School is out for the week! If you’re wondering what to do with all that free time, the Syracuse area libraries, museums and nature centers have you covered. There’s plenty to do with the family or just for the kids, like ballet performances at the Everson Museum of Art, arthropod tours at the Earth Museum, snowshoe and nature walks at the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville, card games, story time, cartoons and more. All libraries and museums have prepared for this week. Now go have fun!
(And a pro tip for parents: if you need a midweek wine night but can’t nab a babysitter, there’s a virtual wine tasting with your name on it.)
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse will be open daily this week, and their schedule is jam-packed with kid-friendly events like STEM story time, nebula art flight simulations and more. again. Access their events calendar at most.org for more information.
The Earth Museum in Ithaca will also be open every day this week, and it will offer a 30-minute tour on the history of arthropods on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. They also have some other visits and a series of science videos on their website for kids, with short films on solar energy, reusable clothing, snowflakes and more. Go to their website at museedelaterre.org for more information about the visit and to access the videos.
If you’re starting to feel trapped indoors, head to the great outdoors. Many week-long outdoor camps at local nature centers are all fully booked, but the Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville offers daily guided snowshoe walks and creature talks for families that you can sign up for at 8 hours on the day of the event by calling the nature center at (315) 638-2519. Learn about beavers, turtles, owls and other wildlife, or try snowshoeing, snow sculpting or hiking. There is an event every day, check onondagacountyparks.com for the full list.
The Sterling Nature Center still has room in its free events – they have wildlife viewing hikes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and outdoor botanical explorations on Fridays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. Email [email protected] to register and call (315) 947-6143 for more information. There’s also citizen science birding at Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego on Tuesday at 9 a.m. if you’re willing to do some driving. More information about this event can be found at calendar.oswego.edu.
Card games, crafts and STEM in libraries
Onondaga County Public Libraries are closed Monday for President’s Day, but have big events planned for the rest of the week. Enroll your children at “How to Speak Doggie” at Liverpool Library on Mondays so they can learn how to approach and recognize a happy dog with Helping Hounds Dog Rescue.
On Tuesday, go to the Beauchamp branch library to make a Ghanaian Sankofa bird in cellophane and tissue paper. There are card game night for teens at Liverpool Library on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and “Scene tweenat the same time for the youngest (this event requires registration). On Thursday, stop by the Petite Bibliothèque and make a red paper fish for Lunar New Year or see the STEM Kits “Boredom Busters”.
There are also tales at Liverpool Library every weekday at 10 a.m., then a Swiss chess tournament for anyone under 18 on Saturday at 1 p.m. In-person registration is required for the tournament. Many activities are planned throughout the week in the libraries. Consult the library calendar on onlib.org for more.
Rome’s Capitoline Theater will host its annual “Cartoon Madness” shows during the break. The theater will screen a dozen short films featuring popular Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies characters like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, the Roadrunner, Tweety Bird and more. This year’s theme is “Daffy Deep Dive”, so Daffy Duck will make frequent appearances. All cartoons are rated “G” and are suitable for families. Sessions are Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. www.romecapitol.com for tickets and more information.
blue man group
End the week with tickets to Blue Man Group at the Landmark Theater downtown. It’s a big kid-friendly event with goofy comedy, splashy drum performances and the blue men themselves. More than 35 million people around the world have seen the Blue Man Group in action, and now they’re arriving in Syracuse a month ahead of schedule, just in time for February vacation. Tickets cost between $35 and $59 per person. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Go to landmarktheatre.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test is required for ages 12 and up. The show is not recommended for children under 3 years old.
Always looking for more to do? Go out and hunt for the syracuse.com/The Post-Standard medallion, hidden somewhere in public in Onondaga County. Whoever finds it will win a prize of $2,000.
You can browse the list of clues here.