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Friday, September 28, 2012

Family Fun This Weekend

The weather is pretty dreary this Friday - perfect for a family movie night. Blankets, tea or hot chocolate, some popcorn...sounds like just the thing to me! Thankfully, it should be sunny and a bit warmer this weekend. What a great opportunity to pick some apples and pumpkins, and welcome the fall.

Game Night at ArtsROC
Friday, September 28 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
ArtsROC School of Art, Music, & Language, 3462 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, NY
Enjoy pizza, movies, Wii, Xbox, Minecraft, and all the LEGOs you can imagine. Cost is $25; register online.

Family Zumba Party
Friday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.
YMCA Southeast, 111 East Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY
Bring the whole family for Zumba, a cardio dance class with a multicultural beat. No experience necessary. Enjoy refreshments, raffles, and fun for adults and kids of all ages. Proceeds benefit families in our community through the YMCA Invest in Youth Campaign. The cost is $10 for individuals and $15 for a family up to 6 people. 

Smithsonian Museum Day
Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, NY
Museums across the country are opening their doors to Smithsonian Pass Holders, including the Genesee Country Village & Museum. To download your free ticket (max. two per download), click here to complete the form on the Smithsonian site.

Edgerton Model Railroad Room Open House
Saturday, September 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus Street, Rochester, NY
The historic, 60-year-old model railroad layout features Rochester in all four seasons. The exhibit is only open to the public on the last Saturday of each month, so be sure to stop by.

Wildlife Defenders
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30; Farm is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Wildlife Defenders from 12 - 3 p.m.
Stokoe Farms, 656 South Road, Scottsville, NY
Learn about porcupines, kookaburra, and even see a rare silver fox. General admission is $9; Wildlife Defenders included with admission. Be sure to check out the Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest, too (open Saturdays and Sundays through October 28).

Hilton Apple Fest
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Located in Hilton, NY between Heinz Street, Grove Street, Henry Street, and West Avenue (Route 18)
Enjoy live music and entertainment, food, crafters, and tons of apples. Check the event schedule and get ready for some fun. And apples. Parking is available at Hilton High School, Firemen's Field, West Ave. School, and Hilton Elementary School.

Pumpkin Hollow
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, October 28; Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m./Sat-Sun: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gro-Moore Farms, 2811 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY
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 (pay for individual activities or pay One Price Ticket for $10 per person). Mazes, slides, haunted house, fun house, pumpkins, apples, homemade candy and caramel apples, pies, fry cakes, cider, apples, and more await!

Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weekends through October 28)
Brown's Berry Patch, 14264 Roosevelt Highway, Waterport, NY
Pick your own apples, pumpkins, and raspberries. Face painting, pony rides, hayrides, dinosaur corn maze, lots of pumpkin and apple treats made at Brown's, Barnyard Adventure, Barnyard Express, pedal cars, rope maze, giant slide, playground, and more. Fees apply for activities; please check web site for details.

You Pick Apples, Raspberries, and More
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
G and S Orchards825 Atlantic Avenue (Route 286), Walworth, NY
From now through the end of October, enjoy an afternoon of family fun while picking apples, berries, pumpkins, and more.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival Weekends
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30  from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weekends thru October 31)
Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road, Macedon, NY
Celebrate autumn with the Maize Maze, Back 40, hayrides, and cow train rides. Check out nursery rhymes made entirely of pumpkins and gourds, fun picture cut-outs, and a funny graveyard. Admission is $10.50/ages 5+ and $6.50/ ages 2-4.

"Pumpkintown" & Pick-Your-Own Apples
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weekends thru October 28)
Lagoner Farms6985 Lake Avenue, Williamson, NY
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, enjoy wagon rides, ride the Cider Barrel Express, explore the Mini Maze, Ring the Corn Cob, Knock the Apple Off the Tree, Bowl Over the Cider Jugs, play Farmer's Fastball, and more. Activities are 1-2 tickets each (tickets are $1 each) or pay one price: $10 each or $35 for a family of 4. Lunch menu is available.

Trolley Rides
Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road, West Henrietta, NY
Purchase your tickets, then 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.

Enjoy the foliage, the pumpkins, and, of course, some apples this weekend! In addition to the fall festivities listed above, Wickham Farms has a hayride and train ride [below], and Powers Farm Market has a haunted hayride and Halloween teepees among other fun fall activities. They both have pumpkins, and are both ROCmomma- (& ROCkiddos-) approved. As always, thanks for reading.

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