Rochester Family Newsletter March 8, 2012 | Kids Out and About Rochester

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Rochester Family Newsletter March 8, 2012

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Summer Camp Fair: This Sunday @ Eastview Mall
A Year with Frog & Toad: Opens this Sat/Sun at Nazareth College Arts Center
Seussical the Musical Fri/Sat at Pal-Mac HS
Annie Fri/Sat at Greece Athena Middle School
Saturday: Wilmot Winter Carnival at Marketplace Mall
Next weekend: Seussical the Musical at Allendale Columbia
Next weekend: Gardenscape 2012: Flower Show at the Dome Center
Next weekend: Maple Sugaring Festival at Genesee Country Village
Next weekend: Sesame Street Live (March 16-18) Special KOA discount code
Next Saturday: Fiona's Fairy Frolic - a fairy festival from Rochester City Ballet
Next Saturday: St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celtic Family Faire
Giveaways page: Basket of goodies from Comella Orthodontic, Fiona's Fairy Frolic

Upcoming Open Houses for preschool, private school, classes
322 FREE upcoming events

Dear KOA readers:

This week, Katie, our editor in Albany, and I both acquired odd pencil-shaped devices that we really didn't want. Katie acquired an Epi-pen to use in case her younger daughter's sudden, mysterious case of hives is the harbinger of a serious allergy. I acquired a palate expansion key that I must twist each night to widen the new metal bar covering the roof of my older daughter's mouth.

Neither of us cried. Hurray for small accomplishments.
Today’s society gives us mixed messages about parental self-control. "Be real with your children," people say. "Parents aren't perfect, and shouldn't pretend to be." On the other hand, it's our job to be adults, to maintain calm, to do our best to show our kids how to master life's issues; it's terribly scary for a child to see a parent out of control. So I fall pretty firmly in the "I'm the mom, I do not cry in front of the baby" camp (short of serious tragedies); in difficult or uncomfortable situations, the last thing my girls need is to worry about ME. So there was no wailing or gnashing of teeth (so to speak) yesterday morning as Madison was leaving for the orthodontist's office to have her first "appliance" applied. I did not obviously mourn the last time I'd see those unadorned pearly whites for the next two years. No, I moan here, in print, publicly, in front of 10,000 KidsOutAndAbout readers. Katie does, too, on her Capital District Fun blog. Yep. We're grownups.
2) On the other hand, one of the things I love is how many brilliant people in the scientific community in Rochester are dedicated to to understanding our health. My kids love helping the cause of science by participating in research studies, especially if there is a neat little stipend involved. Ella and I have just enrolled in a study at the University of Rochester's Department of Neurology. Here is the information in case your kids are interested as well:

The University of Rochester Department of Neurology is conducting a study of childhood behaviors and movements. Participants will complete a 20-30 minute one-time interview. No blood samples or medications are involved in the study. Participants receive a $20 gift card for completing the study and may receive a parking or bus pass. Here are the criteria:
   • Do you live in a zip code starting with 146**?
   • Do you have a child 7-12 years old?
   • Is your child Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Caucasian?
If so, you and your child may be eligible for the study. To participate, or for more information, contact Dr. Erika Augustine, 585-276-4639. More information can be found at this link.

3) It is EXACTLY the time of year when parents are gathering info to make decisions about next school year's educational opportunities for their kids. If you're thinking about private school, don't miss Allendale Columbia School's Open Houses March 13, 14, and 15. Learn about Allendale Columbia's world-class program, meet faculty, staff, and parents, tour the campus, and learn how the AC Advantage can enhance your child's life. Each date will focus on a different set of grade levels to help you get the targeted information you are looking for.
Tuesday, March 13: Those deciding about Grades 1 through 5, 9:45 am - 12pm.
Wednesday, March 14: Nursery and Kindergarten, 5:15pm - 7pm.
Thursday, March 15
: Grades 6-12, 9:45am - 12:30 pm.
Visit for more information and to register.

4) Maple Sugaring starts next weekend, which means the Maple Sugaring Weekends at Genesee Country Village. This year, the Maple Sugaring Festival will be held March 17-18 and March 24-25, 2012. What will you experience if you go? Using video we shot last year, I made a quick one-minute "Try It Before You Buy It: Maple Sugaring at the Genesee Country Village" video.

5) Middle- and high-school percussion students are invited to compete via video for a Percussion Scholarship to the first ever PercROC Fest, which will be held the first weekend of May in Rochester. Any student ages 13 – 18 from the six-county greater Rochester area (Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, Genesee, Ontario and Wayne) may apply.  Applicants must submit a link to a four-to-five-minute YouTube video, demonstrating their performance on a percussion instrument of their choice (such as drum set, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, snare drum, timpani or multiple percussion instruments).  A letter of recommendation from the student’s music teacher is also required.  Only applications received through!scholarship by March 31, 2012 will be accepted. 

6) The 18th Annual Summer Camp and Activity Fair, sponsored as always by the inimitable Genesee Valley Parent Magazine, will be this Sunday at Eastview Mall from 11am-4pm. It's a marvelous opportunity to learn all about summer camps and meet the camp organizers in person!

If you don't get to the camp fair, don't worry... you have a MARVELOUS camp resource right here on! We have a Week-by-Week Guide to Summer Camps 2012.

7) Do your kids love ponies? How about Easter Egg Hunts? How about Easter Egg Hunts with Ponies? Castle Creek Farms in Mendon is hosting their 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt with ponies on March 31. It's only $5 per child and includes a pony ride! Castle Creek has hidden over 500 eggs for kids to find and they will have not only the pony rides, but hay rides and more. There are also still openings for CCF's Spring Break Camp.  Email Mindy at for more info.

9) Do you like Soft Rock?  Do you listen to WARM 101.3?  Well, now you can have direct input into the songs they play by rating songs in the WARM 101.3 Listener Survey.  WARM 101.3 puts out a listener survey every 2-3 weeks.  You log in and listen to some song “hooks,” and then say how much you like them or how much you don’t.  In addition, WARM 101.3 asks questions about your feelings on the DJs and other programming stuff.   Each survey takes about 10 minutes.  The next survey has just started, but it's not too late to get in on the action! The prize, for one random winner, will be a free Amazon Kindle. I’d love it if a KidsOutAndAbout reader were to win!  Register to receive WARM 101.3’s surveys at!

0) As I said above, my 12-year-old daughter Madison just started the whole braces 2-year odyssey. When we were kids, braces seemed to be one of the rites of passage reserved for adolescents. But have you noticed that kids seem to be getting braces or other "orthodontic devices" at a much earlier age these days? I confess that I had my suspicions that orthodontists had simply found a way to separate parents from their cash earlier, until my kids' pediatric dentist told me that my kids' mouths didn't qualify for early orthodontic intervention. So why is it that some kids benefit from early orthodontic intervention? And how do you know whether your child should be evaluated? Dr. Brandon Comella of Comella Orthodontic in Victor and Brighton answers these questions in an informative article written exclusively for Why Are Kids In Braces So Young Nowadays?

Also: In conjunction with the release of this article, Dr. Comella's office has supplied a nifty (and dentally-appropriate) giveaway of a goodie basket. Check that out on our Giveaways page.

10) Did you know that having an organization listing and posting to our calendar is COMPLETELY FREE? Click here for details about how to list any local family-friendly organization on KOAA.

11) I typically announce the giveaways on our Facebook page as soon as they're posted, so I encourage you to check there regularly. 88% of our readers use Facebook...are you one of them? Please do "Like" us by clicking the Like button here.

12) If your business would like to offer a giveaway, email me the details and, if it's appropriate, we'll get it on the page right away. And of course, click here to get to our main giveaway page to get details on how to enter these drawings!

13)  What can you do for ABSOLUTELY NO COST?There are currently 322 FREE upcoming events on our calendar. Who wins when organizations around here offer things to do for free? We ALL do!


14) The Bravo Family, the Wall Family, the Woods Family, the Smart Family, and the Walker Family are 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. Here are their plans this weekend.
Friday: Family Fun Night - Roller Skating at the Westside Y
Saturday: Bay View SNAG Golf clinics for kids
Sunday: “Healthy Strides for Happy Kids” Camp Northpoint Walk at Ganondagan

The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Seussical the Musical at Pal-Mac HS
Saturday: Annie at Greece Athena Middle School
Sunday: Sunday Cinema at the (Central) Library: Alice in Wonderland

This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Seneca Park Zoo class for 3-year-olds: Animal ABC's
Saturday: FREE Fly Tying & Casting Clinic at Powder Mills Fish Hatchery - for all ages.
Sunday: Extreme Mammals exhibit at the RMSC

The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities. They also shop smart!
Friday: Untold Stories exhibit at George Eastman House
Saturday: Christopher Returns! Christopher Seaman returns to conduct the RPO
Sunday: 18th Annual Summer Camp & Activity Fair at Eastview Mall

The Wall Family prefers indoor activities. Here is their weekend itinerary:
Friday: Numbers League Superhero Display at Strong Museum
Saturday: Wilmot Winter Carnival at Marketplace Mall
Sunday: Shalom Haverim Concert at Temple Beth El

15) Want to see what is happening day by day in the greater Rochester area? There are LOTS MORE ACTIVITIES than just what are listed for our families. Here are some links to make it easy.

Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
Sunday, March 11

P.S. Concerning today's publisher's note at the top:  I remind myself constantly that many people have real problems. I know that Madison needing braces is NOT a real problem. Remembering this helps to kick me out of the funk that envelops me at the thought of twisting that palate expansion key night after night. To those of you who are yourselves, or have loved ones, experiencing real problems today, my heart goes out to you. You're in my thoughts.
Debra Ross