By Sue Cannon
Last chance for Halloween fun …
•On October 31, a TODDLER HALLOWEEN PARTY is scheduled at Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. Halloween activities and goodies for the littlest trick-or-treaters are planned. They will meet storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes and play games. Call (585) 263-2700.
More events For You and the Kids …
•During DINO DAYS at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, you can explore the three geologic periods of the Mesozoic Era in programs designed especially for younger kids. Dino Days will be on November 3 & 4. Also on the 3rd & 4th, check out “SPACE ODYSSEY: COLONIZATION OF SPACE – a new event created for families exploring how we’ll survive and what we’ll do on other worlds. Call (585) 271-1880.
•Students from the Rochester School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street will perform BAD SEED by William March thru November 4 in the school’s Black Box Theatre. Please note – this classic suspense story is not recommended for young children. Call (585) 242-7682.
•Students from the Eastman School of Music will present a FAMILY CONCERT on November 2 at Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. Call (585) 263-2700.
•The ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC YOUTH ORCHESTRA will open its season on November 4 with a concert at Hochstein Performance Hall. The group is comprised of 105 musicians in grades eight through twelve …and the concert features works by Brahms, Britten and Gershwin. Call (585) 454-7311.
•MONDAY KICKS FOR AGES 2 TO 6 on November 5 as youngsters two through six years enjoy playful learning activities centered around “Rainforest Animals.” Call (585) 263-2700.
•The Strong National Museum of Play, at One Manhattan Square, celebrates animals this month at their TODDLER BOOK CLUB meetings, based on “Diego’s Animal Tales.” Events are held on Mondays, on November 5, 19 & 26. Call (585) 263-2700.
•The SCIENCE SATURDAYS program on November 10 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, will be a double feature. Learn about the Greyhound Adoption Program of Rochester; and laser light technology. Call (585) 271-1880.
•More than 40 authors and illustrators will take part in the ROCHESTER CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL. The event will be held on November 10 at Monroe Community College, 1000 E. Henrietta Road in Brighton; and there will be activities for kids and grown-ups to enjoy. Visit www.rochesterchildrensbooksfestival.org.
•Youngsters can enjoy a DORA AND DIEGO ‘MEET AND GREET’ on November 10 & 11 at the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. They’ll pose for pictures, and lead youngsters through the Dora and Diego: Let’s Explore exhibit. Call (585) 263-2700.
•Rochester Children’s Theatre will perform YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN from November 10 thru 18 at Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave. Call (585) 389-2170.
•The Smith Opera House at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva NY will present SECRET GARDEN on November 11, performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. Call (315) 781-5483.
•The CHALLENGER CENTER is open on November 12 at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, 657 East Avenue. Embark on a virtual voyage to Mars in this high-tech, hands-on simulation. Kids need to be at least 7 to take part in this one, and those 7 to 10 must be accompanied – one on one – by an adult. Call for a required reservation @ (585) 697-1942.
•NANCY WILEY, the artist behind the Little Red Riding Hood storybook display at the Strong National Museum of Play, will be on hand at the museum, One Manhattan Square, on November 12. Kids can meet her, grab a cape, picnic basket, hunter’s vest and other costumes; and act out the tale using puppets! Call (585) 263-2700.
Editor’s Note …Details on Holiday Fun For the Little Ones can be found in our Holiday Planner.