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Friday, March 15, 2013

Family Fun This Weekend

After a brief winter dry spell, the Rochester area is once again brimming with fun activities for the family. Here is your guide to fun for this weekend.

First, "beware the Ides of March," on Friday, March 15. A fortune teller gave this warning to Julius Caesar, but he was not cautious enough. Caesar was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March - March 15 - in 44 B.C. So maybe this story isn't one for the kiddos, but you can go on a Shakespeare-related tangent and watch "Gnomeo & Juliet" together for a Family Movie Night instead. Yes, it's a stretch.

Saturday, March 16 is Everything You Do Is Right Day. You get the picture - it's going to be a perfect day because everything you do is right. Need some reassurance? Then just listen to a pep talk from Kid President; you'll soon be on the right track.

Of course, Sunday, March 17 is Saint Patrick's Day. Bake Irish Soda Bread, make St. Patty's Day crafts, and cook something with Guiness for dinner (I think I'm going to try The Beeroness' Mushroom, Stout, & Goat Cheese Pot Pie or Oh My Veggies' Vegetarian Irish Stew, or maybe both).

Race: Are We So Different?
Daily through Sunday, April 28, 2013
Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Explore the stories of race from biological, cultural, and historical points of view. This new exhibit features hands-on activities, 3-D animation, and more. Included with regular museum admission.

LEGO Travel Adventure
Daily through May 12, 2013
National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY
Hands-on LEGO and DUPLO building stations, racing ramps, tons of LEGO displays by LEGO Master Builders, and even a spot to take a photo of your own creation and email it to yourself or friends and family. Included with regular museum admission. Check out the ROCmomma review here.
Kango St. Patrick's Day Party
Friday, March 15 from 4 - 8:00 p.m.
Kango Play Center, 1565 Jefferson Road, #180, Rochester, NY
Enjoy a Leprechaun Hunt, St. Patrick's Day projects, win gold coins, roller skate, play in the bounce house and climbing structure, and more. The Kango St. Patrick's Day Party is $1 in addition to regular admission ($10 total); there is never a charge for adults. Be sure to wear socks.

Game Night
Friday, March 15 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. (repeats on Fridays through June 14, 2013)
ArtsROC, 3462 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, NY
Kids ages 5-12 can enjoy movies, Wii, Xbox, Minecraft, tons of LEGOs, and a pizza party for $25 at ArtsROC. Call (585) 218-9125 or email info@artsroc.net for more information. Or click here to register.

Free Family Night
Friday, March 15 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
YMCA- Southeast, 111 East Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY
The Adventure Center is open until 9 p.m. (remember your socks!), enjoy pizza in the Lobby at 5:45 p.m until it runs out ($1/slice), play in the Gym from 6-8 p.m. and enjoy an Ice Cream Social, and swim in the pool until 9 p.m. Free and open to the community. If you are interested in enrolling your child in nursery school at the Y, the Nursery School Staff will be available at the Ice Cream Social to share about the program.


Critter Challenge
Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY
Try some fun activities that will provide a better understanding of what some species do in order to survive. Find out how your senses compare to an animal's at stations located throughout the zoo's buildings. Included with zoo admission.

Cool Kids! at GCC presents: The Magic Guy
Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m.
Genesee Community College, 1 College Road, Batavia, NY
Don't miss The Magic Guy, Chris Wilkinson, and his unique blend of slapstick fun, silliness, aduience interaction, and magic. Open to all ages; admission is free.

Rochester's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celtic Family Faire
Saturday, March 16: Parade at 12:30 p.m.; Faire from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Main Street, Rochester, NY
The parade runs down East Avenue, beginning at Alexander Street, and continues down Main Street, ending at Plymouth Avenue. Check out the parade web site for parking information and other details, and be sure to check out ROCmomma's parade review with tips for attending with kids.
The Celtic Family Faire is held on the second floor of the Radisson Hotel at 120 East Main Street, Rochester. Enjoy Celtic music and dance, games, storytelling, and more.

Family Features: Bolt
Saturday, March 16 from 2 - 4:00 p.m.
Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY
Enjoy a free fun family flick! Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and a brief humane education lesson will begin at 2 p.m. to kick off the movie. ("Bolt" is rated PG) No registration necessary. Admission is free, however donation to help homeless animals are greatly appreciated. Some food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Open Gym & Extreme Sports Practice Night
Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. (repeats Saturdays through May 25)
Sports Academy of Victor, 6385 Route 96, Victor, NY
Have fun with mats, sports equipment, tumble track, foam pit, turf field, batting cages, spring floor, and inflatables. Instructors are available to help. For ages 6 and up; cost is $10.


Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, March 17 and Saturday, March 23 - Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Various Locations Throughout New York State (use the zip code search to find a location near you)
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, or just find out how maple syrup gets from a tree to your table, at one of the many Maple Weekend celebrations in New York. Several locations also have activities for kids, such as  Genesee Country Village & Museum. Check out ROCmomma's review of Maple Weekend 2012 here.

Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 1 - 5 p.m.
National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY
Meet Mouse from Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Don't forget your camera! Included with regular museum admission.


Free Youth Admission Day
Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY
Receive one free youth admission with the purchase of one adult admission at the Seneca Park Zoo.

Family Fun Craft Day
Sunday, March 17 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rochester Public Library (Central Library), 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY
Families are invited to come to the Children's Center of the Central Library to create a shamrock wreath for St. Patrick's Day. This program is free, so bring the whole family.

Have a great weekend! As always, thanks for reading.

May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. 
May your heart be as light as a song. 
May each day bring you bright, happy hours. 
That stay with you all the year long.

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