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Save the date for:
March 29: Snow Ball - annual kids event from Rochester City Ballet
March 29: Peter and the Wolf from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) at Hochstein
Tuesday, March 31: Information Session and Student Shadow Visit at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women.
Tuesday, March 31: Kids Eat Free Easter Party at UNO Pizzeria and Grill Webster.
Wednesday, April 1: Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby at Powder Mills Park
Saturday, April 4: Mommy and Me Tea at Studio E.
Friday, April 10: Opening of The Secret Garden at Nazareth College Arts Center
Friday, April 17: Peking Acrobats from the RPO
Saturday, May 2: Imagine RIT annual festival at RIT
Saturday, May 2: Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train at Nazareth College Arts Cente
The other night, I was strapping myself into a seat on a regional jet bound for St. Louis when the captain's voice came over the loudspeaker. "Just so you know, this trip will be a rough one, Short, but bumpy enough that we need to cancel the beverage service. And it's probably best to use the bathroom now."
I took his advice. However, It turned out that the flight wasn't nearly as bad as what the captain had led us to expect. Yes, it was a bit more like a roller coaster than you'd prefer when you're 26,000 feet over terra firma. If I hadn't been prepared, it would have been a nerve-wracking experience, but as such, it was no big deal. I still love flying.
As I retrieved my belongings from the overhead bin, I reflected that the trip was actually a lot like the experience of parenting teenagers. When you have little kids, everyone talks in hushed tones about how difficult they'll be when they're teenagers. So you prepare. You read books like Faber & Mazlish's How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk (my all-time favorite parenting book). You make your own parents sift through their memories to describe what YOU were like as a teenager. You steel yourself against the turmoil that is sure to come, even while you're putting on a smile and planning a bar mitzvah.
And then... nothing. Or, at least, not what you were expecting. (Not EVER what you were expecting.) Sure, lots of things shift during flight. And wow, do they unleash their uncertainty about that in your direction. But for most kids, if you stick close to them (but not suffocatingly close), set your expectations high and your confidence in them to match it, and step in when your inexperienced pilot veers too far off course, that should do the trick to launch them into adulthood toward their dreams.
And, sometimes, there are disasters, even when you think you're prepared. (I almost WAS a disaster, though my parents never found out.) That's the most important lesson here: You can, and should, think reasonably about what the chances are for certain problems to occur given your family's circumstances, and seek professional assistance when the winds fling you about too much. But for the most part, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight, even the bumps. Teens are endlessly fascinating. And confusing. And amusing. And infuriating. And worthwhile.
Just keep your seat belt fastened low and tight across your lap,
—Debra Ross, Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com
P.S. As you can probably tell, our theme for today's newsletter is TEENAGERS. A full 36% of our readers have teens! Click here for a master list of upcoming activities that teens will enjoy.
P.P.S, Although I use the analogy light-heartedly, I don't mean to make light of the fact that airline disasters do happen. Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the Germanwings airliner earlier this week in the French Alps.
2) Thanks to the 1500 readers who downloaded a free copy of my new book Seasons and Reasons: A Parent's Guide to Cultivating Great Kids last week during the sale. That pushed us right to the top of the parenting section of Amazon Kindle for the time period, which got the book on a lot of radars. Looks like Amazon still has the print version on sale for $8.99 instead of $9.99, so this might be a nice time to order it as an Easter or Mother's Day gift.
3) The Snow Ball: This Sunday!
Rochester City Ballet
1326 University Avenue, Rochester
Sunday, March 29th 11am & 2pm
$25 per person
Join Rochester City Ballet in yourvwintery finest as the Snow Queen and the Snowflakes celebrate the crowning of a new Queen! Will Jack Frost steal the crown? Or will Mother Nature save the day? Find out at the Snow ball.
Rochester City Ballet will transform its studios into a magical winter forest and invite guests in for a storybook performance, hot cocoa bar, treats, raffles, and giveaways for the March 29 party. The Snow Ball is recommended for children ages 3-10. Please call 585-461-5850 to make your reservations. (None will be sold at door.)
4) Peter and the Wolf: Part of the RPO's OrKIDStra series. This Sunday at Hochstein Performance Hall, 2pm!
Marlene Pauley, guest conductor
Kevin Doran, narrator
Introduce your family to the classic story that's delighted generations of young audiences. Featuring a colorful cast of characters, each brought to life by a different instrument, Prokofiev's enchanting symphonic fable weaves music and narration for a woodland adventure that entertains young and old alike. Click here for more info and tickets.
KidsOutAndAbout.com is proud to be a family media sponsor of the RPO's OrKIDStra series.
5) What's that TAPPING sound?
It's the second of two Maple Weekends in New York State, and this means great hands-on family experiences around our state! KidsOutAndAbout has a whole list of Maple Syrup and Sugar activities in our region.
Maple Sugaring activities in our area this weekend:
Maple Sugaring at RMSC Cumming Nature Center
Maple Weekend at Sweet Dream Maple Farm in Corfu
Maple Weekend 2015 Open House at Trout Brook Sugarhouse in Honeoye Falls
Wohlschlegels Naples Maple Farm
Sugaring Off Sundays at The Farmers Museum in Cooperstown
You can see Maple Weekend activities all over the state of New York during Maple Weekend by going to http://www.nysmaple.com/nys-maple-weekend/.
6) Klutz School-Break Week at The Strong, March 28 - April 5
Turn pipe cleaners of all sizes into caterpillars, dragons, and anything else your imagination can dream up. Create unique artwork using your fingers and an ink pad and fashion paper airplanes to soar through the sky. Check out Klutz craft books including Twisted Critters, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes, and Klutz: The Most Amazing Thumb Doodles Book in the History of the Civilized World.
Materials for school break week at The Strong generously provided by Klutz.
7) April Break Workshops at Spotlight!
Need something to do over April/Spring Break? Come spend it at Spotlight Studios in Fairport!
Check out the daily themes and events going on during April Break 2015!
Monday: Flower City Vaudville
Tuesday: Sketch Comedy and Improv OR Music/Art/Science All-In-One
Wednesday: Disney and Broadway Musical Theatre OR Fairytale Expose
Also be sure to sign up for Spotlight Summer Camps! All the details are online at SpotlightArts.com
How do we teach creativity? Classes and camps at the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery allow the time and the materials with which to play. They do so by providing a warm, welcoming environment with enthusiastic artist instructors and amazing access to over 11,000 artworks in the Gallery for inspiration.
Each day at Creativity Camp has an overall theme with two related classes and a wide variety of projects. Classes are held in a studio setting where talented artist instructors challenge, instruct and provide positive feedback, allowing your child to develop as an artist. Children are closely supervised and enjoy a lunch/recreation break and two snack/stretch breaks each day. You can join the camp for the day, or the full week. At Art Day School, kids can get messy and be creative.
9) Giveaways! We have terrific giveaways:
- A week of summer camp at Lollypop Farm
- A birthday party at The Sandbox
- Tickets to George Eastman House's showing of The Wizard of Oz April 5
- And more!
Click here to get to our giveaway page to learn how to enter these!
10) The easiest, biggest-bang-for-the-buck party you'll ever run is easily an Easter Egg hunt!It's simple to put together, it's cheap, it's fun for all ages, it's pretty quick, and EVERYONE has a great time that they remember throughout their lives. It's easiest to run one if you plan several weeks in advance. So we present a great article from Kim Schaaf:
How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt.
And then we have a big list of Easter events, egg hunts, bunny hunts, and breakfasts here:
Easter Events and Egg Hunts
11) Spring Break Camps and Activities
Spring Break is next week, and it's time to start filling in your calendar. Check out dozens of camps and activities taking place during Spring Break week.
If you're lucky enough to be planning a vacation during that week, KidsOutAndAbout has you covered there as well. Our staff has traveled far and wide across America, reporting back on all the ridiculously awesome places for family vacations. Read our reviews to be prepared!
Thursday, March 26: Free Trial Irish Dancing Classes at Ashford Ballet Company/MGOS Academy of Irish Dance. Try an Irish Jig with McLaughlin-Goodwin-O'Shanecy Academy of Irish Dance
Thursday, March 26: Rochester Public Market--Regular Market Day at City of Rochester Public Market. The Rochester Public Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturdays (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 52 weeks a year. The Market offers a huge array of produce and food products, many from local growers.
Friday, March 27: NYSP2I Earth Day K-12 Student Poster Competition at New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. Show NYSP2I what your school could do to help the earth. Be creative! Be inventive! What would you do to make your school more environmentally friendly? Prizes will be awarded in each age group: K-4, 5-8 & 9-12. Posters are due March 27, 2015.
Friday, March 27: ROLLER SKATING NIGHT AT BAY VIEW at YMCA- Bay View. Bring the whole family for roller skating, arts and crafts, games, snacks, and more! $5 per person (skate rental included.) For more information contact Ryanne Boring at 341-3223 or Ryanne.Boring@rochesterymca.org.
Friday, March 27: Fitness Fridays for Kids at Highland Branch Library at Highland Branch Library. Join us on Fridays from 3-4 PM for a fun afternoon of fitness. We will show a workout DVD, have a hula hoop contest, and more. A healthy snack will be provided for those that participate.
Friday, March 27: STAGES presents Seussical, Jr. at Stages (A Magical Journey Thru Stages). Stages (A Magical Journey Thru Stages) located at the Auditorium Center, presents the hit musical, Seussical, Jr. performed by Stages Kids
Saturday, March 28: Critter Challenge at Seneca Park Zoo. Learn how animals survive in their natural ranges by taking animal-related challenges. Docents are available for questions about your favorite animals.
Saturday, March 28: Frozen Sing Along and Snowflake Craft at Rochester Public Library - Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Sing along with the movie at 11 am and then create a snowflake to take home.
Saturday, March 28: Pancake Breakfast at Genesee Country Village & Museum. NEW for 2015! Come and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with real maple syrup, any weekend in March! Breakfast is served from 9 am to 1 pm on March 8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29.
Saturday, March 28: Drop-In Tours at Lollypop Farm at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester. Learn about the history, programs and services, and mission of Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. Plus you'll enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek!
15) SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Sunday, March 29: Spring break special: Kids and Teens FREE at the Memorial Art Gallery. at Memorial Art Gallery. Kids 18 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Don't forget the museum is open on Tuesday, March 31st and until 9 pm on Thursday!
Sunday, March 29: Maple Weekend at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. Come in and try our all you can eat pancakes with Boxler Maple Syrup. See HiddenValleyAdventure.com for details. Reservations suggested.
16) 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: ROLLER SKATING NIGHT at YMCA- Bay View
Saturday: Egg Hunt at Perinton Recreation & Parks Department
Sunday: Sugaring Off Sundays at The Farmers' Museum
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: STAGES presents Seussical, Jr. at Stages (A Magical Journey Thru Stages)
Saturday: Critter Challenge at Seneca Park Zoo
Sunday: Snow Ball at Rochester City Ballet
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Family Fun Night at Glacier Ridge Snow Tubing
Saturday: Ogden's Largest Easter Egg Hunt! at Ogden Parks and Recreation
Sunday: Family Days at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Story Time with Miss Kim at Charlotte Branch: Rochester Public Library
Saturday: Eggstravaganza at New York Power Authority
Sunday: 6x6x2015 Submissions at Rochester Contemporary Art Center
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Breathing Fire: Teen Poetry SLAM at Writers & Books
Saturday: Spring Break Special at Clubhouse Fun Center
Sunday: Spring break special: Kids and Teens FREE at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Congratulations to all Rochester-area organizations who made the list of our Top 20 Places to Take Rochester Kids!
2014's Top 10:
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
Click here to find out who won in each category!