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Friday, March 23, 2012

Top 5 Events For Kids This Weekend

One of the best things about raising a family in Rochester, NY is the abundance of kid-friendly museums, attractions, and events. There is almost always something going on to entertain the kids. This weekend is no exception with maple syrup, vehicles, the Emerald City, animals, and science experiments taking center stage.

If you're looking for some family fun, check out what's going on:

Maple Weekend
March 24-25, 2012 ~ 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
You can visit the Maple Weekend website to find a demonstration near you. The Cummings Nature Center in Naples and Genesee Country Village in Mumford are both participating. There will be maple syrup demonstrations and tastings, a pancake breakfast (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.), crafts, and other activities for kids and families. Admission fees vary.

Things That Go
March 24-25, 2012 ~ 12 - 4 p.m.
What little kid can resist cars and trucks?! Visit the Rochester Museum & Science Center for some hands-on activities and an up-close look at an electric car (Saturday only), motorcycle, pink loader, hovercraft, and an antique fire truck. Included with general admission.

Wizard of Oz Weekend
March 24-25, 2012 ~ 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
There's no place like home, and there's no place like the Strong National Museum of Play! (we visit about once a week) There will be performances by the Bubble Man and by The College at Brockport Xylophone Ensemble, you can meet Glinda the Good Witch, create Oz-themed works of art, and more. Plus, if you haven't seen the Wizard of Oz exhibit yet, it's definitely worth a visit! Included with general admission.

Critter Challege
March 24, 2012 ~ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Stations around the Seneca Park Zoo will feature games and hands-on activities led by zoo docents to teach kids how animals survive in the wild. Could you spot your dinner from a mile away? Stand on one foot while you sleep? The Critter Challenge will give kids a better understanding of how animals live. All stations will be indoors, in the various zoo buildings. Included with general admission.

Family Science Day
March 24, 2012 ~ 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Families with young children will want to stop by the Winton Branch Library for some hands-on experiments with professional scientists. The first 30 families to register will receive a family science activity kit [(585) 428-8204]. Admission is free; registration is required.

I think I'm leaning toward Genesee Country Village for Maple Weekend. Besides all the typical maple goodness, their flyer tells me that Grieve's Brewery is demonstrating how beer can be made with maple syrup. Yum! That, and they have maple fudge. The kids won't get a vote; we're going. Because momma said so.

Have fun with your family this weekend, and be sure to let me know if you visited any of these events. If you have any other good ideas for the Rochester area this coming weekend, please post them in the Comments section. Thank you!

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