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The Amazing Magic Joe will be part of the 3-ring fun on tap when RMSC hosts “Circus-Circus” during February Break.

The Amazing Magic Joe will be part of
the 3-ring fun on tap when RMSC hosts
“Circus-Circus” during February Break.

by Sue Cannon

•Rochester School of the Arts (SOTA) will perform William Shakespeare’s HAMLET from February 7 thru 16 in their Black Box Theatre, 45 Prince Street.  For tickets to see this show, considered to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, call (585) 242-7682.

•Rochester Children’s Theatre will present SHREK THE MUSICAL at Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue, from February 8 thru 17.  Based on the Oscar winning film, the show brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life with all new songs.  It is set in a faraway kingdom where things get ugly when an unseemly ogre shows up to rescue a feisty princess.  Call (585) 389-2170.

•In celebration of the birthday of our Zoo’s white rhinos – Bill and Roscoe – who turn ten this year, the Seneca Park Zoo at 2222 St. Paul Street, will offer free admission, a “Happy Birthday” singing, and treats for the animals on February 8.  A docent touch table will also be set up nearby for families to learn about conservation issues surrounding rhinos.  For information on this ANIMAL BIRTHDAY @ THE ZOO adventure, visit www.senecaparkzoo.org.

•On Saturday, February 8, the Rochester Museum & Science Center at 657 East Avenue will offer presentations on “Mars Rocketry” and on “Use of Minerals in Industry, Fluorescent Minerals, and Local Minerals” as part of the RMSC SCIENCE SATURDAY program.  Call (585) 271-1880.

•One free youth admission will be given with the purchase of one adult admission to the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street on several upcoming holidays.  The FREE YOUTH ADMISSIONS DAYS AT THE ZOO will be on February 14 (Valentine’s Day), February 17 (Presidents’ Day) and on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day).  Call (585) 336-7200.

•February Break Week at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, will be a 3-ring spectacular this year!  CIRCUS-CIRCUS offers the entire family special performances and hands-on activities from February 15 thru 23…a juggler, sword-swallower, balloon artist, gymnast, magician and more will be on hand.  Visitors can also explore the science of fire in a special “Fire Show” performed by the RMSC Players and they can meet live animals!  Call (585) 271-1880.

•At the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, FAT BRAIN SCHOOL BREAK WEEK runs from February 15 thru 23.  Put on your thinking cap and challenge yourself to mind-expanding toys and games!  Call (585) 263-2700.

•BLACK HISTORY MONTH FAMILY DAY is scheduled for Sunday, February 16 at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue.  All ages are invited to celebrate with family art activities, music and dance performances, tours and storytelling.  Call (585) 276-8900.

•From February 17 thru 22 in the Hart Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, area youngsters will discover the classic tale of TREASURE ISLAND.  For this TYKEs (Theatre Little Kids Enjoy) special event, the Missoula Children’s Theatre Experience provides February Break Fun for kids ages five and up.  What makes this especially great is that youngsters can enjoy the experience by simply watching it; or by starring in it!  A full-scale musical with sets, costumes, make-up and props will be put together – starring up to 64 local kids – and staged…all within a week.  Participating youngsters will rehearse from February 17 thru 21, and two performances will then be offered on Saturday, February 22.  Call (585) 461-2000.

•The New York Wine & Culinary Center at 800 S. Main St. in Canandaigua will hold KID’S CULINARY WORKSHOPS on February 18, 20 & 21 – from 2 to 5 p.m. each day.  Kids will learn about knife skills, cooking methods, healthy choices, portion control and food paring; and they can register for a single day or for multiple ones.  The workshops are recommended for ages 10 to 15; ages 9 & under require accompaniment.  Call (585) 394-7070.

•The CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER OF GREATER ROCHESTER will be open on February 19 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue.  Youngsters ages seven and up (accompanied by an adult if they are 7 to 10) can embark on a virtual voyage of discovery to the planet Mars in this high-tech, hands-on activity located at Strasenburgh Planetarium.  Call (585) 697-1942 to make a required reservation.

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