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Friday, May 18, 2012

Outdoor Family Fun This Weekend

The weekend weather forecast calls for getting outside with the kids! There are so many outdoor choices this weekend; how many can you fit into two days?!  

Family Fun Fridays: Gym and Swim
Friday, May 18 from 5:45 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Southeast Family YMCA, 111 E. Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY
5:45 p.m. - ? - Pizza ($1/slice) in the Lobby
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Adventure Center (bring socks)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Crafts in the Lobby
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Bounce Houses in the Gym
6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Carnival Games in the Gym
7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Family Swim & Inflatables in the water!
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Adventure Center
Admission is free; YMCA members only.

Friday May 18, Saturday May 19, and Sunday May 20 from 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Avenue, Medina, NY
All aboard for a 25-minute ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, listen to stories about Thomas and Friends, dance to live music, stop by the food court, and visit the activity tents with train tables, temporary tattoos, Mega Bloks, and much more. Purchase tickets for your train ride time, and enjoy the rest of the activities before or after your ride. All activities are included in the cost of the train tickets.

Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20
Highland Park, Highland Avenue & South Avenue, Rochester, NY
Ten days of free entertainment and lots of fun, surrounded by more than 1,200 lilac bushes. Be sure to check the web site for the children's entertainment schedule.

Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Sunday, May 20 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY
Meet Corduroy, the department store teddy bear. Don't forget your camera. Included with general admission.

Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY
Celebrate Armed Forces Day with performances of patriotic music, displays of military vehicles, uniforms, equipment, and collectibles, and special presentations. The usual displays, activities, and of course, the farm animals will be on hand as well for lots of fun. Admission fees vary; free admission for all active military and veterans.

Saturday, May 19 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Line Road, Penfield, NY
Free party to celebrate Dance Like a Chicken Day. Enjoy games, crafts, and a Chicken Dance Contest every half hour. Chicken Dance activities are free; does not include admission to Wickham Farms attractions.

Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East Henrietta Road, West Henrietta, NY
Purchase a ticket for a unique trolley ride when you arrive. While you wait for your trolley, explore the train cars, antique cars, fire truck, and the model trains in the museum. At your departure time, board the trolley and enjoy the 1-mile ride to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Explore the second museum before boarding for a ride back to the Museum of Transportation. 

Looking for more outdoors, less programming? Check out these fun spots:
  • Kershaw Park, Canandaigua, NY - playground, beach trails, gorgeous view
  • Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY - waterfalls, trails (Note: this is not a stroller-friendly location)
  • Lollypop Farm, Fairport, NY - walk through the adoption center, barn, and outdoors through the trail of farm animals and to the petting area 
  • Mendon Ponds Park, Honeoye Falls, NY - playground, lots of trails, and see the raptors at Wild Wings 
  • Powder Mills Park, Pittsford, NY - don't miss the fish hatchery where you can feed the trout 

Slather on the sunblock, put on a hat, and get outside this weekend! Have a great time, and as always, thanks for reading.

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