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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Family Fun This Weekend

Happy National Scrabble Day! Today is a great opportunity to play the 75-year-old game with the family, or just the two of you after the little ones are in bed.

Tomorrow, April 14, is Look Up at the Sky Day. It's a perfect reason to get your kids to do some bird watching, or even just finding shapes in the clouds.

Need some more excitement in your weekend? Well, there are a few things going on as well. Check them out!

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.

Curious George Swings into Spring
Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
WXXI Studios, 280 State Street, Rochester, NY
PBS Kids presents hands-on activities, a special episode of "Curious George," and giveaways. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY
Bring your old electronic devices - including unwanted cell phones, laptops, printers, and ink cartridges - to the eighth annual EcoFest for recycling. You may also bring paperback books, eyeglasses, sneakers, and old flags. A raffle ticket is awarded for each item brought in; the grand prize is a new mountain bike. Plus free tire pressure check, "green" games/activities, a wildlife show at 1 p.m., and food to purchase.

The Kingdom of Grimm
Saturday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
National Museum of Play at The Strong, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY
A theatrical performance by students from SUNY Brockport based on the folktale The Brothers Grimm. Included with general admission.

Tiny Science NanoDays
Saturday, April 13 from 12 - 4 p.m.
Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Learn about small-scale science and technology - like the minuscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces - in a way that's fun, hands-on, and easy to understand. Included with general admission.

36th Annual RIT Juggle-in-Public Show
Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
RIT, Clark Gym, One Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY
See jugglers from around the nation at this juggling festival. Doors open at 7:10 p.m. Click here for a map, detailed directions, and parking info (Parking Lot D). Tickets are $14 for general public, $10 for RIT staff, students, and seniors (65+), $8 for children ages 10 and under.

Open Gym & Extreme Sports Practice Night
Saturday, April 13 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, April 13 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday, April 14 from 12 - 4 p.m.
National Museum of Play at The Strong, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY
Move like a piece on a giant game board and journey through the history of games in Game Time! Interactive stations include digital party games, racing games, card games, a giant game of bingo, and more. Included with general admission.


How I Became a Pirate
Sunday, April 14 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (repeats 4/20 at 2 p.m., 4/21 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.)
Hart Theater at JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY
When Captain Braid Beard and his crew invite Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, it's the swashbuckling time of his life. Based upon the best-selling book by Melinda Long and David Shannon.  Best enjoyed by children ages 4 and up. Tickets are $15 each; you may order tickets online.

Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; departures at 12, 12:30, 1, and 1:30 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. No reservations required.

Billy Kelly and The Blahblahblahs in Concert
Sunday, April 14 at 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Join WXXI for a special children's concert with singer/songwriter Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblahs. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the concert starts at 11 a.m. Tickets - available at 10 a.m. - are $25 for a family four-pack, $7 for additional kids tickets, and $10 for additional adult tickets.

Family Fun: Craft
Sunday, April 14 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 beautiful magnetic handprint for Earth Day. This program is free, so bring the whole family. No registration required.

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

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