by Sue Cannon
•Local balloon artists including Larry Moss and Don Cheatle will create a large balloon sculpture on October 3 at the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, in celebration of BALLOONS AROUND THE WORLD DAY. Call (585) 263-2700.
•DINO DAYS at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, will provide a chance for families to explore the three geologic periods of the Meszoic Era with programs specifically designed for youngster which complement the new exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue. The programs are presented on October 6, 8, 13 & 27. Call (585) 271-1880.
•On Columbus Day, October 8, celebrate the history of video games during E GAME REVOLUTION DAY at the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. Try your hand at a wide-range of modern and classic video games throughout the museum. Call (585) 263-2700.
•The RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, at 657 East Avenue, will offer a chance to embark on a virtual voyage to Mars on October 8 in the CHALLENGER CENTER, a high-tech, hands-on simulation open to children at least 7 years of age. Those ages 7 to 10 need to be teamed one-to-one- with an adult. Call for a required reservation at (585) 697-1942.
•Visitors to the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, on October 13 will be able to explore a new display, LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD STORYBOOK. Based on the work of doll artist Nancy Wiley, the exhibit integrates whimsical dolls and puppets with three dimensional stage sets and photo illustrations. Call (585) 263-2700.
•The LITERATURE LIVE series, which finds characters jumping off the pages of children’s books to meet, greet and pose with youngsters, continues on October 13 & 14 at the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square as Stellaluna, the baby fruit bat, appears. Call (585) 263-2700.
•The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s OrKIDStra SERIES opens this year on October 14 at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Avenue. Michale Butterman conducts “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant!,” narrated by Michael Connor. The program is a spin on “Carnival of the Animals” and brings the audience into the entertaining world of the Clocktapus, Hatchickens, Trumpetoos and Tubaboons, Ballpoint Penguins and the Tearful Zipperpotamuses. Visit www.rpo.org.
•A FALL FAMILY FUN FEST is planned on October 14 at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue. There will be face painting, pony rides, games, a family swim, roller skating, yoga, a play gym, arts & crafts, a bounce house, magic show and more. Visit www.jccrochester.org for details.
•At the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, a TODDLER BOOK CLUB session is scheduled on October 15. This month the subject is “Around the World with Dora!” Also on October 15, it’s time for MONDAY KICKS FOR AGES 2 TO 6, as youngsters two through six enjoy playful learning activities centered around “World Travels with Dora!” Call (585) 263-2700.