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Friday, October 5, 2012

Family Fun This Weekend

All right, so who is in charge of this weather, anyway? Why are all of these beautiful fall weekends filled with rain? I know we need the rain, but this is putting a severe damper in my plan to visit a different pumpkin farm each weekend day in October. Thankfully, Monday should be dry...and most of the pumpkin patches are open in full fall-festival glory for Columbus Day. In the soggy interim, there are pirates, dinosaurs, and trains to entertain us!


Story Time & More
Friday, October 5, 2012
1. Lift Bridge Book Shop, 45 Main Street, Brockport, NY - story time at 10:30 a.m. for toddlers ages 1-4, with songs and games
2. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY - come for the story at 11 a.m., stay for the farm animal fun!

Fall Harvest Festival
Friday, October 5 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Strike It Up Artistic Center, 2045 Route 104, Ontario, NY
Bounce house, face painting, games, pumpkin painting, raffles, and more. There will be a prize for the best costume. Admission is $5 per child (includes all attractions; raffle tickets and baked goods sold separately); parents pay $1 per attraction they wish to individually participate in.


Lego Education Masterclass or Fashion Day-Camp
Friday, October 5 OR Monday, October 8 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
ArtsROC School of Art, Music & Language, 3462 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, NY
Lego Masterclass: Build a major Lego set, participate in building challenges and games, and make a Lego stop-motion video to post on YouTube. Also includes a custom mini-set to take home.
Fashion Day-Camp: Participate in workshops and team challenges, and end the day with a fashion shoot down the runway. The camp focuses on basic sewing skills and fashion illustration.
Registration for each class is $50 and includes a morning snack and a pizza party lunch; click here to register online.

15th Annual Apple Tasting Tour
Friday, October 5 - Wednesday, October 31
Various Locations in Wayne County, NY
Visit fourteen markets to taste the different varieties of apples and collect stamps at each market you visit. Take the Apple Taste Test, enjoy other food samples, enter door prize drawings, and more.


Exhibit Opening: A T. Rex Named Sue
Saturday, October 6, 2012 through January 6, 2013; Mon-Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
See the largest, most complete, and best-preserved T. Rex! Touch casts of Sue's bones, complete a 3-D puzzle with bones, move models of Sue's jaws, and more. Included with general admission.

Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest
Saturday, October 6 - Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (weekends through October 28, plus Columbus Day)
Stokoe Farms, 656 South Road, Scottsville, NY
Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy over 30 fun activities, including animal attractions. General admission is $9.

Holiday Hollow Halloween & Pirate Festival
Saturday, October 6 - Monday, October 8 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (continues Saturdays and Sundays through October 28)
Holiday Hollow, 1410 Main Road, Corfu, NY
Happy, family-friendly Renaissance Fair-like entertainment including 8 live stage shows, a Haunted Parlor, Hook's Hideout Maze, teacup search, caricature artist, face painting, games, and food. In case of inclement weather, shows move indoors. Admission is $11 for ages 11 and up; $10 for ages 3-10; ages 2 and under are free. Discount coupon available on web site.

Pumpkin Hollow
Saturday, October 6 - 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, October 6 - Sunday, October 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (weekends through October 28 plus Columbus Day)
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, October 6 - Sunday, October 7 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, October 6 - Sunday, October 7 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, October 6 - Sunday, October 7 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, October 7 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.

Stay warm, stay dry, and have fun this holiday weekend! As always, thanks for reading.

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