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Kids Out And About
Rochester Family Newsletter
October 23, 2014
Upcoming FREE events: 999 of them!
Master Guide to Fall Fun
Halloween - Fun stuff
Halloween - Scary stuff
Review of Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park
October 26: Trick-or-Treat at Genesee Country Village
October 26: Wickham Farms Halloween activities
October 26: Closing day of Holiday Hollow
Wednesday, October 29: Haunted Halloween Skate at Bill Gray's Iceplex
November 2: Grand Re-Opening of Aerial Arts of Rochester Circus School at Aerial Arts of Rochester
November 2: Raise the Roof! at Lillian's Restaurant & Party House
November 2: Family fun fundraiser for Golisano Children's Hospital at Nola's BBQ
November 8: 'I Can Be' Career Day at Girl Scouts of WNY. Register by 10/23
November 8 & 9: Fly Guy and other Stories from TYKEs Theatre
November 9: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Nazareth Arts Center
November 15: Rochester Children's Book Festival
December 13: Doug & Gary's 25th Reunion Concert at Nazareth Arts Center
In last week's newsletter, I talked about how useful it is to try on different roles, particularly in the context of Halloween. When kids are encouraged to experiment with who they are, they get to make better-informed decisions about who to become as they get older. And so I also talked about how useful it has been for my own kids to take this one step further by being involved with community theater.
In the days after that newsletter was sent, readers from around the country wrote to me to say, essentially, that this concept applies to everything new that kids experience: Sure, putting on masks or acting on stage provide opportunities for literal role playing. But one reader in particular talked about a different kind of mask her daughter had started wearing recently: a fencing mask.
Sports, this reader pointed out, can have the same kind of benefits for kids. Trying different sports when kids are young, or even when they're teens, helps them develop new skills, gives them a sense of mastery over their body, and lets them explore different parts of their personalities...plus, it reinforces the ideas of a work ethic and of goal-setting. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with popular team sports such as basketball, soccer, or football, there are further advantages to your child trying less-popular sports, like fencing, rowing, squash, martial arts, or polo--not least of which is the fact that he or she will have a better shot at college scholarships! (Speaking of which, several colleges now have Quidditch teams, so Harry Potter fans should take note!)
Fencing, in particular, had always intrigued me as one of those sports I always meant to learn about but never had: I had this vague impression of 18th-century English dukes dueling, but that was about it. So I scheduled a KidsOutAndAbout interview with Iris Zimmermann, who, along with her sister Felicia, was an Olympic fencer in 2000. The two of them now own the Rochester Fencing Club. I wanted to know more about why fencing might be good for kids to try, what age kids should start fencing, and whether those pokey things are dangerous. Iris gave me the scoop. Check out the interview here.
One of the things I love best about publishing KidsOutAndAbout is the sheer number of times parents have emailed me to say, "I never would have found out about that if it hadn't been for KidsOutAndAbout." Have your kids engaged in an unusual sport or activity that should get more play in front of today's parents? Let me know, and I'll do my best to shine a light in its direction.
--Debra Ross, Publisher
2) Have you stocked up on Halloween candy yet? Well, wait! Before you do, our Albany editor, Katie Beltramo, would like you to consider options Beyond Candy this year. Can you delight trick-or-treaters without stuffing those little faces? Katie says yes, and she's got some great ideas on how to do it! And your kids' dentist will thank you!
3) We love discovering wonderful NEW picture books, and we bet you do, too! Katie is on fire this week with a second article: She led our KidsOutAndAbout editors around the country on a quest for their most beloved Halloween Favorites. Whether you're looking for a story that's scary or soothing, and whether you're reading to a baby or even a teen, we've got Fourteen Frightfully Fabulous Halloween Read-Aloud Books for you! Find them in your local library, at your local bookstore, or hunt them down on Amazon in time for the holiday!
If you've let all the earlier weekends of October slip by, this weekend is your last chance to visit Holiday Hollow, with its seven live stage shows and more than a dozen other attractions.
My daughters Madison and Ella, both of whom work as Holiday Hollow cast members, can testify that the Walker family (owners of the popular Pembroke venue) will not allow any cast member to drop their energy levels even an iota until they're waving goodbye to the last guest on Sunday.
If you've missed the details about this happy, entertaining, and family-friendly Halloween attraction, be sure to Click here for KidsOutAndAbout's review so you can see lots more about what a trip to Holiday Hollow entails, and click here to print a page that will get you $1 off your tickets. You may also want to check out Holiday Hollows Facebook page for daily schedules and the latest weather updates. Most shows run rain or shine, thanks to Holiday Hollows heated indoor theater, but schedules may change on rainy days. Their Facebook page is the best place to check for the latest information.
Halloween at the Farm
Sunday, October 26, 2-4 p.m.
Wickham Farms in Penfield will celebrate its last weekend for the season with family-friendly Halloween festivities. Free activities will include trick-or-treating around the farm; a costume parade at 2:45 p.m.; and a giant pumpkin drop at 3 p.m. A giant carved pumpkin will be picked up with a tractor, then dropped to the ground for a giant splat! Attractions and activities available for a fee include face painting, pumpkin painting, hay rides, kiddie train ride, 2 -acre corn maze and jumping pillow. Inside the barn the farm will be serving freshly made donuts and cookies, hot and cold local apple cider and lots more!
The last weekend in September through the last weekend in October, The Garden Factory, on Buffalo Road in Gates, invites you to join their Fall Family Fun activities, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Their activities are kid friendly, with rides, games, arts & crafts geared toward kids ages 2-10, they offer fun for the whole family! With special animal visitors, carnival rides, face painting and balloon animals, delicious foods and more, there is sure to be something to please everyone! Plus they're hosting the Pirate Toy Fund for a special Pirates & Princesses Pancake Breakfast on Columbus Day!
7) (Sc)Aerial Adventures Halloween Headlamp Tours at Bristol Mountain. 4 NIGHTS OF FUN AND FRIGHTS on the haunted zip-lines and eerie bridges at the summit of Bristol Mountain with 3 SPOOKY (not scary) aerial adventure courses, for ages 7 & up and 2 SC-AERIAL adventure fright courses not for the faint of heart! This Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, at Bristol Mountain. (You're parking on the top of the mountain, not down at the base... see the web site for directions, and make sure you reserve your spot in advance.)
9) Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books opens SUNDAY at the Memorial Art Gallery!
Fifty-seven masterpieces of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most important picture-book series, Little Golden Books. Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. This exhibit will be at the Memorial Art Gallery through January 4.
Among the artists who have contributed to the ambitious series are Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry and Bob Staake. Selected from the vast Random House archive will be examples from such picture-book classics as Tootle, I am a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly. During the exhibit, join a variety of distinguished, notable, noteworthy, and nearly famous members of the community who will be picking their favorite Golden Books for a read aloud. This Sunday at 2pm, Tony Infantino from WARM 101.3 will be the guest reader! Click here for more details.
10) Reserve your tickets now for Fly Guy!
Reserve your tickets today for FLY GUY AND OTHER STORIES at TYKEs - Rochester's #1 children's theatre!Shows are Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. This brand-new musical brings to life seven of todays most popular and charming children's books: Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl (by Elmira native Tedd Arnold); Diary of a Worm (by Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss); The Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch); Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig (by Kate McMullan); Horace and Morris But Mostly Dolores (by James Howe); Lilly's Big Day (by Kevin Henkes); and the Caldecott Medal-winning book Kitten's First Full Moon (by Kevin Henkes). TYKES Theatre shows are held at the Jewish Community Center on Edgewood Ave in Brighton. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here.
A high-energy concert for kids! Winner of a Latin Grammy Award for Best Childrens Album, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band was also named Best New Childrens Artist by USA Today and Best Kids Band by CBS-TV. People Magazine named their CD A Potluck the #1 Cool Kids Album of the Year and Coca-Cola chose their song Falling for the companys national summer campaign. The group, starring Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, combines clever lyrics with irresistibly fresh pop beats to create a catchy indie-music sound, and the songs on their five acclaimed and award-winning recordings explore the wonder and joy of childhood.
Your kids want to go to this concert! For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
12) Private lessons at Eastman Community Music School!
It's not too late to sign up for private music lessons at the Eastman Community Music School! Students of all ages and abilities can register for private lessons on all instruments, voice, or composition at any point during the year. Registration is also open for the winter session of Early Childhood Music, an internationally-acclaimed program for children from 4-months to 6-years old. Early Childhoods winter session begins January 3rd, and space is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Visit www.esm.rochester.edu/community or call (585) 274-1400 for more information.
13) Adventure is waiting.
With fun and discovery at every turn, Cub Scouting makes the most of right now and provides children a foundation they can stand on to embrace opportunity, overcome obstacles, and make new discoveries. Imagine your son's excitement of racing a Pinewood Derby Car that he made with you. And when that car races down the track, he's cheering it on while you're cheering him on. And both of you celebrate his achievement. That's Cub Scouting fun family experiences. More adventure is waiting for your son: Camp outs. Making new friends. Catching fish. Gaining Confidence. Playing sports. Working together. Discovering trails. Having fun. Begin your adventure today at BeAScout.org or call 585-244-4210.
14) We've got giveaways! Family four-packs of tickets !
- Tickets to next weekend's Zombie Prom: The Musical
- Tickets to Fly Guy and other stores at TYKEs Theatre Nov 9
- Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books exhibit opening at the MAG
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Sounds great! But you have questions. We've answered the toughest skeptic's questions in our personal review of HelloFresh.
Read the KidsOutAndAbout review here by our editor, Kathleen.
16) THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Thursday, October 23: Corn Maze @ Wickham Farms at Wickham Farms. Our 2 acre corn maze is open every day from 10 a.m. until dusk. It takes roughly 45 minutes to navigate. The cost is $5, or its included in the $15 Do-It-All Pass.
Thursday, October 23: Pumpkin Hollow at Gro-Moore Farms: Free Daily Activities at Gro-Moore Farms. A wide variety of games, crafts and other activities. Daily activities for up-to-3rd-graders are free, some weekend activities have an extra fee.
Thursday, October 23: Spirits of the Past - Theatrical Tours at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Take an after-hours guided tour through the candlelit and spooky streets of the historic village on Oct, 17-18 & 23-25 to find costumed characters spinning tales from iconic horror literature of the 19th century. (Reservations Required)
17) FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Friday, October 24: Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts: Macbeth at Nazareth College Arts Center. The shortest and one of the bloodiest and most violent tragedies in Shakespeare's canon, "The Scottish Play" is so notorious you cannot say its name in a theater space without courting disaster, a superstition in keeping with the play's backdrop.
Friday, October 24: Halloween Spooktacular Party & Concert at Rochester Academy of Music & Arts. Prominent local musicians perform at Halloween Spooktacular event, featuring costume contests, games, spooky songs, & more.
Friday, October 24: Halloween Read to Annie at Brighton Memorial Library. Help get our favorite shih-tzu Annie ready for Halloween! Bring in or pick out your favorite Halloween story to read to Annie. Costumes are welcome! Registration required. Call 784-5300 or stop in to register.
18) SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Saturday, October 25: Tails & Treats at Lollypop Farm at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester. Join us for a spooktacular afternoon of Trick-or-Treating around the farm and howlingly-fun games and activities!
Saturday, October 25: STAGES presents Zombie Prom the Musical at Stages (A Magical Journey Thru Stages). Stages (A Magical Journey Thru Stages) located at the Auditorium Center, presents the hit musical Zombie Prom the Musical October 24 through November 2, 2014.
Saturday, October 25: Play, Eat and Trick-Or-Treat at GCC! at WGCC-Radio. Join us for Batavias best indoor trick or treat and Halloween party for kids! Show off your Halloween costumestrick or treat inside! The party features bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin painting, movies on the big screen, great food and more!
Saturday, October 25: World Record Attempt Dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller at Gold's Gym Webster. Come learn to dance Michael Jackson's Thriller dance in a world-wide attempt to break the world record of people simultaneously dancing the Thriller Dance!
Saturday, October 25: Haunted History Tours of Auburn at Seward House Museum. Costumed guides will lead you around Auburn, sharing macabre tales of Victorian funeral practices, the assassination attempt on Mr. Seward, the spectral sightings of Seward family pets, and the mysterious incident of Anthony Schimers gold.
Saturday, October 25: Special Needs Cheerleading Open House at Fame NY Cheerleading. Join us for a Free practice and tour our facility on Saturday, October 25th from 1-2PM Email us to reserve your spot at email@example.com
Saturday, October 25: Fall Family Festival at the Buckland Farmhouse at Buckland Farmhouse. Come celebrate the fall season with us in the Brighton Town Hall complex. The Recreation Department and the Brighton Memorial Library will provide your ghosts and goblins a howling good time.
Saturday, October 25: Halloween Spooktacular at The Strong Museum. Calling all witches, princesses, and superheroes! Come dressed in your Halloween costume, dance to Halloween tunes, make a spooky craft, and enjoy performances by Hilby, The Skinny German Juggle Boy. Included with general museum admission fees.
Saturday, October 25: Children's Short Films from Around the World -- free at the Dryden Theater! at High Falls Film Festival. A collection of 13 films that creatively illustrate life and imagination. Three of the films were made by children.. Most have gentle social messages sharing, being grateful, hard work and stress a diversity of race, class and gender.
Saturday, October 25: Celebrate Halloween at Eastview! at Eastview Mall. Little ghosts and goblins will enjoy live entertainment and trick-or-treating around the mall on Saturday, October 25th from 11am - 1pm in our Main Court.
Sunday, October 26: Holiday Hollow Halloween and Pirate Festival 2014 at Holiday Hollow Halloween Festival. Family friendly, happy, non-scary Renaissance Fair-like Halloween Village with a Halloween and Pirate theme, including 7 live shows and more than a dozen other Halloween and pirate attractions in Americas only Halloween Shire.
Sunday, October 26: Whooos Ready for an Entire Owl Weekend!? at Wild Wings, Inc.. Day 3...learn all about the amazing owls living at Wild Wings with their individual traits and characteristics that make them so cool and interesting! They will be displayed in The David Carafos Ed. Classroom for a close-up look but not to touch!
20) Our fictional families that take their kids to activities based on their particular interests. Here is what they are up to this weekend.
The Walker family focuses on health and physical fitness.
Friday: Haunted House at Best Foot Forward
Saturday: Rock n' Skate at Village Sports, World Record Attempt Dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller at Gold's Gym Webster
Sunday: Al Sigl Community WalkAbout at Al Sigl Community of Agencies, 2014 Wayne County Apple Tasting Trail at Apple Tasting Trail, Halloween Public Skate at Thomas Creek Ice Arena
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Halloween Spooktacular Party & Concert at Rochester Academy of Music & Arts
Saturday: Halloween "Spooktacular" at Nazareth College Department of Music
Sunday: Halloween Party and Trick or Treating at Legacy at Willow Pond at Legacy at Willow Pond
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Whooos Ready for an Entire Owl Weekend!? at Wild Wings, Inc.
Saturday: Family Fun Activities@ Lagoner Farms [ at Lagoner Farms
Sunday: Fall Sky Ride 2014 at Bristol Mountain at Bristol Mountain, The Great Pumpkin Patch at McCracken Farms Brockport NY
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Minecraft Game Nites at ArtsROC School of Art, Music & Language
Saturday: TRICK-OR-TREAT PARTY @ Marketplace Mall at Marketplace Mall, Ogden;s Townwide Garage Sale at Ogden Parks and Recreation
Sunday: Trick-or-Treat in the Village at Genesee Country Village & Museum
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Chucktober at Chuck E. Cheese's Henrietta
Saturday: Halloween Storytime featuring Click, Clack, Boo! at Barnes & Noble Booksellers/Pittsford, Chucktober at Chuck E. Cheese's Henrietta
Sunday: FALL FAMILY FUN at The Garden Factory - Sept 27 - Oct 26 at The Garden Factory
20) And here's your weekend, presented day-by-day for your convenience... it's insane, every October weekend, with so many events and opportunities. I LOVE fall in Rochester!
Friday, October 24
Saturday, October 25
Sunday, October 26
Have a wonderful weekend!
Congratulations to all Rochester-area organizations who made the list of 2014's Top 20 Places to Take Rochester Kids!
2014's Top 20:
1. Strong National Museum of Play
2. Seneca Park Zoo
3. TYKEs Theatre
4. Rochester Museum & Science Center
6. My local library
7. Lollypop Farm
8. Stokoe Farms
9. Genesee Country Village & Museum
11. Jungle Jolt
12. Rochester Children's Theatre
13. Jump Club
15. Darien Lake Amusement Park
16. Wild Wings Nature Center at Mendon Ponds
17. Jewish Community Center
18. Brown's Berry Patch
19. Wickham Farms
20. Clubhouse Fun Center
Click here to find out who won in each category!