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2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN

2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN

2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN

Kids SUMMER FUNFRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN

2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN

A Special Guide To Childrens Summer Events.

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Special supplement produced by the Advertising Department of the Watertown Daily Times

2013 KIDS SUMMER FUN

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Friday, March 22, 2013

SUMMER SPORTS SCHOOLSAT

Get Your Kids into the Game(NewsUSA)- When it comes to improving academic performance, boosting self-esteem and teaching social skills, few things beat team sports. Sports give kids the opportunity to get attention and respect, and to use the natural skills that come with youth, like speed and coordination. According to one survey of 2,185 children conducted by The Womens Sports Foundation and Harris Interactive, kids who played sports or who participated in activities like frisbee, camping and hiking felt healthier and more conident about their bodies than those who did not. Other studies demonstrate that children active in sports perform better in school and are less likely to use drugs as young adults. Of course, sports can have a downside. Overly competitive leagues, discouraging coaches and injuries from unsafe practices can quickly turn kids away from sports. So how can you make sure that your child has a positive experience? Here are some tips: * Make sure that your child is mature enough to participate. In general, kids arent equipped for the rules and cooperation required in team sports until age six or seven. But each child develops differently. Dont push children if theyre not ready. * Make sure that the league or coach emphasizes fun. If you ask children why they want to play a sport, theyll probably say that they want to have fun or make friends. No matter their sport of choice, make sure that your childs enjoying him or herself. * Dont stress winning over everything else. Extreme competitiveness overrides any sportsmanship your child would otherwise learn. Focus on personal markers of success, not the league championship. You can reward your child for playing a sport even if their league does not. You can order your own trophy and present it for a job well done, whether that means making the winning hit or simply putting in a good effort. * Dont force your child to specialize too soon. Few kids are going to get sports scholarships; instead of trying to turn your child into a baseball or basketball star, let them try out a variety of sports. Some children are never going to enjoy sports. Instead of forcing kids into an activity that they dont like, ind another physical activity, such as track, cycling or hiking, that they can enjoy.

ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITYCanton, New YorkBasketball boys & girls ................................June 23-27 Lacrosse boys & girls ...................................June 23-27 Swimming boys & girls .............June 23-27, July 22-26 Girls Soccer Academy ................................June 26-29 Baseball ............................................................July 8-11 Team Basketball ............................................July 12-14 Lake Placid Soccer Camp ........July 14-20, July 21-27 Squash ............................................................July 14-18 Cross Country and Track & Field .................July 21-25For more information call:

315-229-5813 or visit us online at

www.stlawu.edu/athletics/summersports

2013 KIDS SUMMER EVENTS6/5 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 6/12 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 6/14 Great NYS Food & Wine Festival Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, Clayton Exhibitions 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road. Food and wine products made in New York state. More than 70 exhibitors. Admission: $5; military, $4; children, $3. 6/14 5:30am Community Picnic Zenda Farms, Clayton - Socials Sponsored by Thousand Islands Land Trust, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, Zenda Farm Preserve, Route 12E. Live music, games, water balloons, raffle, prizes. Hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, desserts and beverages. Cost: $12; children younger than 12, free. Advance reservations appreciated, www.tilandtrust.org, 686-5345, or events@tilandtrust.org. 6/15 Great NYS Food & Wine Festival Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, Clayton Exhibitions 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road. Food and wine products made in New York state. More than 70 exhibitors. Admission: $5; military, $4; children, $3. 6/15 Free childrens fishing classes Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Fineview - Children Sponsored by Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, taught by local author and photographer Spider Rybaak, Saturdays, May 25, June 15, July 6, Aug. 31, Sept. 14, and Oct. 5, at the nature center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100. Two classes each day, regular fishing with worms and lures, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and fly-fishing, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students 16 and older need state fishing license. Information: 482-2479. 6/16 Great NYS Food & Wine Festival Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, Clayton Exhibitions 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, Town of Clayton Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road. Food and wine products made in New York state. More than 70 exhibitors. Admission: $5; military, $4; children, $3. 6/19 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 6/26 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime

Lyme Free Library, Chaumont Learning - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 6/27 Spaghetti Dinner St. Anthonys Catholic Church, Watertown Something to eat - Dinners Sponsored by Altar Rosary Society, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 21, April 25, May 30 and June 27 (Mount Carmel), St. Anthonys Catholic Church, Monsignor Sechi Hall, 850 Arsenal St. Takeouts, 4 p.m., bring containers. Cost: $8; children 3 and older, $4.50; children younger than 3, free; sauce, $5 per quart; meatballs, 75 cents each. 6/28 11:00am Krebashia Kingdom Chateaugay Recreation Park, Chateaugay - Fairs and festivals Medieval fantasy faire, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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How to Keep Kids Entertained All Summer Long(WMS)- Summer vacation often starts with high expectations. Children are excited about the prospect of fun days outdoors playing with friends, while parents anxiously await relaxing months without the responsibilities of school and extracurricular clubs. But once summer vacation arrives and the irst few days have passed, parents often ind that the litany of cheers and giggles transform into a chorus of Im bored. Many parents pore over ideas that will keep their children busy throughout the summer. Many activities that come to mind tend to be expensive, so if cutting costs is a priority, parents might need to think outside the box to come up with entertaining ideas that wont break the bank. Camp Summer camp is a popular way for kids to spend their summers, but many camps are expensive. Parents looking for an alternative to costly camps should consider local programs that offer summer activities. Libraries, schools and childcare centers may have programs that run the length of summer and are considerably less expensive than more formal camps. A YMCA or even a swim club may also put together activities. Parents whose children attend afterschool sporting classes, such as karate or soccer, may ind that the organizations offer a camp or summer program.

Day Trips If a parent is off for the summer, then day trips may be a possibility. Schedule a few day trips to different locations that the kids are excited to see. Newspapers routinely print Go See It or Just Go listings that highlight local events. The family can gather around the table and decide which outings would be interesting and then mark them on the calendar. Some parents purchase season passes to amusement parks and take the kids several times over the summer. In

either case, bring snacks and lunch from home when possible to keep costs in check. Kid Swap Chances are many of your neighbors are also facing the same dificulties as they try to ind ways for kids to spend their summer afternoons. Parents can get together and set up a schedule for entertaining the kids. For example, one parent is responsible for the whole lot one day, while the next day another parent takes a turn. This gives parents the opportunity to take a break from

parental responsibilities and enjoy some quiet time. And for the children, time spent in a pool, watching movies, playing video games, or riding bikes is often more enjoyable with friends in tow. Fun Projects Children often want to feel useful, and may enjoy the responsibility of some easy tasks in and around the house -- so long as the tasks are fun. Washing the car with a hose and a bucket of sudsy water is a fun way to cool off during the hot summer days and get a chore done. While parents should not expect a perfect job, they can rest assured that the kids will have at least an hour of fun in the sun and water. Set aside a patch of the yard that children can turn into their own personal gardens. Encourage digging in this area and provide seeds or seedling plants as well as kidsized gardening tools. Each day the kids can check on the progress of their gardens. Some home-improvement and craft stores sponsor free learning activities for children. They can be held in the morning or afternoon and will teach interesting skills that can be put to use again at home. Summer vacations are soon to arrive, and parents can be armed with a list of enjoyable -- yet inexpensive -- ways to keep kids busy.

2013 KIDS SUMMER EVENTSSaturday, June 29, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Chateaugay Recreation Park, 7247 Route 374. Includes history, music, dance, belly dancers, jousting, sword fighting, magic, demonstrations, Kiddie Kingdom, Celtic folk music, The Queen, Birds of Prey, smoked barbecue, merchants in the square. Admission: $10; senior citizens and students, $5; children younger than 5, free. Free parking. 6/29 11:00am Krebashia Kingdom Chateaugay Recreation Park, Chateaugay - Fairs and festivals Medieval fantasy faire, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Chateaugay Recreation Park, 7247 Route 374. Includes history, music, dance, belly dancers, jousting, sword fighting, magic, demonstrations, Kiddie Kingdom, Celtic folk music, The Queen, Birds of Prey, smoked barbecue, merchants in the square. Admission: $10; senior citizens and students, $5; children younger than 5, free. Free parking. 6/30 11:00am Krebashia Kingdom Chateaugay Recreation Park, Chateaugay Leisure - Fairs and festivals Medieval fantasy faire, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Chateaugay Recreation Park, 7247 Route 374. Includes history, music, dance, belly dancers, jousting, sword fighting, magic, demonstrations, Kiddie Kingdom, Celtic folk music, The Queen, Birds of Prey, smoked barbecue, merchants in the square. Admission: $10; senior citizens and students, $5; children younger than 5, free. Free parking. 7/3 7:00pm American Pops Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall, Potsdam The arts - Concerts Performed by Orchestra of Northern New York, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall, SUNY Potsdam. Includes John Williams Liberty Fanfare, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Armed Forces Salute, Coplands Hoedown, American Salute, Sousas Stars and Stripes Forever, fiddle tunes such as Ungars Ashokan Farewell, The Devils Dream, and Bonapartes Retreat. Conductor: Kenneth Andrews. Featuring fiddler Gretchen Koehler. Tickets: $22; senior citizens, $20; students, $10; children, free. Box Office: 267-2277 or www.onny.org. 7/3 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont Learning - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 7/6 Free childrens fishing classes Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Fineview Learning - Children Sponsored by Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, taught by local author and photographer Spider Rybaak, Saturdays, May 25, June 15, July 6, Aug. 31, Sept. 14, and Oct. 5, at the nature center, Wellesley Island State Park, County Route 100. Two classes each day, regular fishing with worms and lures, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and fly-fishing, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students 16 and older need state fishing license. Information: 482-2479. 7/10 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont Learning - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 7/17 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 7/24 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 7/31 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 8/5 Seeking toys for children Massena, - Donations Sponsored by Coast Guard to support local Toys-for-Tots, bring toys 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 14, Seaway Building, 180 Andrews St. 8/7 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 8/14 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 8/21 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack. 8/28 11:00am Sail into Reading storytime Lyme Free Library, Chaumont - Children Hosted by Lyme Free Library, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Childrens Room. Preschool stories, crafts and snack

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Help Kids Learn the Game of Golf(WMS)- Adults who play golf know just how fun and frustrating the game can be. Whether youre a veteran golfer or someone just learning the links, golf can be challenging. But as exacting as the game can be, it also can be just as rewarding, even for kids. Children who embrace the game of golf will learn a host of lessons they can apply in all facets of life. A humbling game even for professional golfers, golf can teach kids lessons in humility and the value of persistence even when things arent going your way. Golf is also a great way for parents to get kids off the couch and outdoors for some fun in the sun. Instead of spending summer afternoons in front of the television, kids who play golf are out patrolling pristine golf courses while getting some cardiovascular exercise along the way. Golf can also strengthen a childs hand-eye coordination, which can help them in other activities, including many different sports. Though many people do not begin playing golf until theyve reached adulthood, its never too early for boys and girls to start learning the game of golf. Parents of preschoolers can start their kids off with a toddler play set. Though its just a toy, a play set can help lay a solid foundation for future golfers. Kids who have watched Mom and Dad play golf or practice their swing can develop their own swings on their play set. As kids approach school age, dont overlook the nearby putt-putt or miniature golf range as a valuable teaching tool. Miniature golf clubs are small enough for many children to use comfortably, and kids can use miniature golf courses as a place to put any lessons or advice on putting to good use. Whats more, a miniature golf course is more than just golf, with creative courses and other fun activities, so kids wont feel overwhelmed with golf. When kids move on from preschool to elementary school, some might want to tag along with Mom or Dad to the driving range. You should try to avoid overwhelming kids with too much instruction or information. Instead, keep things as simple as possible, teaching them the basic swing and encouraging them no matter how quickly they adapt. As kids enter middle school and approach high school, those who are enjoying the game of golf can take advantage of the driving range if they havent already begun to. A driving range typically has markers that indicate the distance of a regular hole, regardless of which tee you will play from on an actual golf course. Kids can aim for holes at shorter distances to learn how far their drives are going. You can then adjust the lessons you teach your children based on how far youngsters can drive the ball. As a child gets closer to high school, you might want to buy the child his or her own set of clubs. Look for inexpensive clubs (oftentimes, thrift stores or other secondhand retailers have clubs for sale) because growing children will eventually grow out of their irst set of clubs. When your child inds a set of clubs that suits him or her, teach the proper way to swing and consider signing up your son or daughter for lessons. Those irst few lessons can prove invaluable, turning a pastime into a passion kids will carry with them throughout their lives.

Are you a teen in high school that loves performing or behind the scenes work in theatre?Will be presented with 2 performances in July, 2013Open to Students In Grade 9 Through 12 enrolled in the following schools:Adirondack Central School Beaver River Central School Carthage Central School Copenhagen Central School Harrisville Central School Lowville Academy and Central School South Lewis Central School

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Off to Summer Camp They Go!By Tresa Erickson, MAB Your children are no longer babies. They havent been so for a while, but youve always thought of them that way until this year. Seems like they matured over night, and now youre ready to give them a little more independence and send them to camp this summer. Most children are ready for summer camp around age 10. Not only can they take care of their personal needs, but most are spreading their wings and can handle a little time away from Mom and Dad. In fact, they might even look forward to getting away from home for a week or two. In order to select the right camp, you need to ask family and friends for recommendations. You might also want to contact your local park district for a list of the camps they offer and conduct a search online. You will probably ind a wide range of camps available. However, not all will meet your childrens needs and interests. Sit down with your children and discuss your indings. Select some camps together and then contact each for further information. Together, you can ind the right camp and you should enroll your children in whatever camps you choose as soon as possible before they ill up. Once your children are signed up for camp, you can start preparing them for what lies ahead. Make sure you post a calendar somewhere and count down the days to camp together. Read through the camp brochures together and check out some books on camping adventures. If they arent already, get your children excited about camp by relating tales of what you did at camp as a kid. Create a packing list for camp and help your children gather their things. Encourage them to take a cherished keepsake in case they get homesick and need a reminder of home. Discuss the issue of homesickness with your children and let them know that its ok to miss home from time to time. Get up early on the irst day of camp and take your children to camp, if possible. Help them get settled into their new surroundings, meet their camp counselors and explore the area together. Dont stay too long, however. Leave as soon as you think your children are ready. Keep your farewells short and sweet, try not to get too emotional and encourage your

children to have a great time. Send your children letters while they are away to prevent them from getting homesick. If they are staying at camp for more than a few days, send them a care package, if permitted. Hold off on any special celebrations until your children get back from camp. This will ensure they dont feel like they missed out on anything big while they were gone. Pick up your children from camp, if

possible, and throw them a little welcome home party. Help them make a scrapbook of their camp experiences and encourage them to stay in touch with the friends they made. In all likelihood, your children will enjoy their days away at camp and want to do it again next summer. They will become more and more independent with each passing year and leaving the nest may be easier for them.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

EASTER BUNNY TRAINCelebrate the joys of Easter by taking the family on a train ride! Travel from Holland Patent Station to Remsen Depot. At Remsen, you'll hunt for Easter eggs, meet the Easter bunny, and return. An exciting event for all ages.

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Prepare Family for the Great Outdoors(NewsUSA)- According to the Travel Industry Association, one-third of American adults take camping trips, making camping the nations number one outdoor vacation activity. Camping provides a budget-friendly chance to enjoy nature. Campers can pitch their tents anywhere, from backyards to national parks. For families, camping should be a healthy way to enjoy nature - not a stressful trip. With some careful planning, families can arm themselves against any unexpected mishaps. Basic supplies and some must-haves: - Sun protection. Sunscreen, hats and glasses complete any outdoor ensemble. - Insect repellent. Nothing ruins the great outdoors like a close encounter with mosquitoes, gnats and ticks. - Clothing. Getting dirty while camping is part of the fun, so dress children accordingly. Pack extra socks, T-shirts and underwear, and bring portable stain remover. - Snacks. Its raining too hard to start a ire? Bring crackers, snack bars, cereal, nuts and dried fruit as emergency rations. Canned soups, vegetables and spaghetti also make for quick meals. - Cooking basics. Nothing compares to campire cooking. Rustle up vittles in inexpensive cookware that can be used over an open ire, like skillets, pots and pans. - Grilling supplies. A portable grill, charcoal, starter fluid and matches make for a better dinner than cold refried beans. - Dinnerware. Stick with the basics at dinner. Use plastic or paper plates and utensils for easy clean-up. - Drinks. Avoid dehydration with bottled water and juice boxes. Bring a cooler to keep drinks cold. - Flashlights. Supplement starlight with lashlights, lanterns and plenty of batteries. For emergencies, bring along a wind-up lantern that doesnt need batteries. - Smores. Smores are easy to make and are the perfect ireside treat. All you need are marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers - and napkins. Camping outdoors can produce the memories that become family legends. A little planning will keep campers happy to re-tell these stories around campires for years to come.

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Summer Will Be Here Before You Know It!com) departs from Clayton and Wellesley Island State Park. Meet American Girl Doll Author Did you know that the 2012 American Girl doll Caroline Abbott lives in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812? Caroline and her friends have all kinds of adventures and daring excursions onto Lake Ontario in a companion book series written by author Kathleen Ernst of Wisconsin. Ms. Ernst will be at the Sackets Harbor Battleield State Historic Site on July 6 to meet Caroline fans and sign books. The battleield intends to host a Victorian tea party, doll rafles and 1812-related activities. For more information, visit www.SacketsHarborBattleield.org. Bridge Celebrates 75 Years Did you know that the Thousand Islands International Bridge that connects the United States and Canada just 20 miles from Watertown has been around for 75 years? The Bridge Authority will mark the occasion with a special ireworks display Friday, Aug. 2, from the shoreline of Boldt Castle on Heart Island near Alexandria Bay. The festivities continue with an open house on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the base of the U.S. bridge span at Collins Landing, conveniently located just off of Interstate 81 near the bridge toll booths. Refreshments including ice cream and drinks will be served. Live music, historic video of the bridge construction and more are planned for entertainment. This will be a family-friendly event. Fairytale Castles Exist Nearby Two real-life castles open to visitors in May. The Boldt Castle (www.boldtcastle.com) on Heart Island near Alexandria Bay is six stories tall and has more than 120 rooms! Heart Island is also home to the two-story Powerhouse with arched entrance walkway, three-story Childrens Playhouse and other stone buildings. Construction on the castle began in 1900 and lasted until 1904, when its builder, George Boldt, suddenly stopped construction because of the untimely death of his wife, Louise. Broken-hearted, Mr. Boldt never returned to the island. The castle opens May 11. Many school groups visit the castle in May and June, but its also a popular stop for not only local families but visitors from all across the world. Singer Castle (www.singercastle. com) on Dark Island near Hammond was once the private hunting lodge to Frederick Bourne, president of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. The fourstory, 28-room castle was built from 1902-1904. The castle is noted for its medieval dcor and hidden passageways within the walls that were once used by dining and wait staff to serve Mr. Bourne and his guests promptly and without intrusion. Visitors are toured through the passages. The castles are located on islands, which means visitors need either their own boats or to hitch a ride with one of the touring companies that runs among the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River. Boat tour companies can take visitors on sightseeing cruises, lunch and dinner cruises, eco-tours, ireworks cruises and more. Uncle Sam Boat Tours (www.usboattours.com) leaves from Alexandria Bay. Clayton Island Tours (www.claytonislandtours. com) leaves from Clayton.

Courtesy of Thousand Island Tourism Council Summer will be here before you know it, and that means there are many new and exciting things to do in Watertown and the 1000 Islands area! Lighthouse Opening in June Did you know that you can take a boat tour of the 1000 Islands and get to walk to the very top of a real lighthouse? Rock Island Lighthouse located between Alexandria Bay and Clayton is opening June 22 for tours! Visitors to the island will be able to tour through all of the buildings and climb the spiral iron staircase to the top of the lighthouse. The lighthouse keepers quarters, a museum and other buildings will also be open for touring. The lighthouse is operated by New York State Parks and admission is just $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free! The lighthouse will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Access to the island is available from Clayton Island tours. The boat tour company (www.ClaytonIslandTours.

Build. Learn. Explore.Think Big this summer at Summer Science Camps at NNY Math in the Salmon Run Mall. Morning and afternoon sessions in Physics, Sports Science, Food Science, Biology, Engineering and Coding!Brian@nnymath.com facebook.com/nnymath

Environmental Education CampsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) runs four environmental education camps throughout the state. Participants 11- 17 years old can experience a balance of environmental education, sportsman education and outdoor fun! Lessons and hands-on activities teach kids about nature. Swimming, hiking and canoeing are on the agenda, too, as campers learn new outdoor skills. Campers come away with a life-long passion for nature and a dedication to stewardship of our natural resources. For more information visit DECs website at http://www.dec. ny.gov/education/29.html

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American Girl doll Caroline Abbott

Boldt Castle, Alexandria Bay

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Get Kids to Volunteer(WMS)- Volunteering is a great way for people to give back to their communities. Its also a great way for parents to instill character in their children. When kids volunteer, they learn lessons about responsibility while also learning how enjoyable it can be to help the less fortunate. Kids who volunteer early in life are more likely to do so throughout their lives, and that lifetime of service can be invaluable. The following are a few age-appropriate ideas that can help get kids excited about volunteering and giving back to their neighborhoods. * When kids reach elementary school, parents should introduce them to volunteering. Activities for school-aged kids should be simple, such as accompanying their parents to food banks where kids can help feed the homeless and less fortunate. Kids with grandparents living in assisted living facilities can read to residents at the facility or bring them homemade arts and crafts or even foods they helped prepare. These tasks are simple, and kids wont feel nervous when accompanied by parents. * When kids reach middle school, they might not feel its necessary for Mom and Dad to tag along as much. This is perfectly alright, and its a great time for kids to branch out and choose some volunteer activities of their own. Instead of accompanying kids to the food bank, let them work a shift on their own. Kids who have been volunteering since early childhood might have some volunteering goals of their own by the time they reach middle school, so dont insist they continue with current activities if theres something else sparking their interest. Kids might want to help an elderly neighbor with shopping for groceries or taking care of their property. Encourage such ideas, and expect kids to want to exercise some independence when they reach middle school. * High school students tend to have busy schedules, but those who have been volunteering since childhood will likely ind a way to continue doing so. Teenagers tend to have more speciic interests than younger children, and parents can encourage teens to incorporate those interests into their volunteering. For example, kids who love sports might be able to work with the local sports and recreation center to coach younger athletes. Or kids who excel in the classroom can tutor younger students. Volunteering can look good on a high school students resume when the time comes to apply for college, but parents should be careful that their high school-aged children dont stretch themselves too thin with extracurricular activities. Encourage volunteering but not at the expense of schoolwork.

What To Do When Schools OutBy Katie Stokes When you are the main daytime caretaker of your children, summer vacation can loom awfully large this time of year. Come mid-June, no bus will swoop in to rescue you from a grumpy morning. Your harried, but comfortable schedule will be utterly annihilated and it will be up to you to teach your kids how to make a craft with whats left. Summer fun with school-aged kids takes cooperation, a sense of adventure, and at least a little planning and discipline. But with some preparation, you, too, can look forward to the day the bus stops showing up and the kids are all yours again. Here are ive ways you can prepare yourself and your kids for that big lump of free time coming your way, ready or not: 1) Schedule Maybe youre the type of person who likes every minute to be assigned to a task even if that task is relaxation time. Or perhaps youre the type who likes to have a generic guideline, but is willing to drop everything for an unexpected adventure. Either way, youll feel more relaxed if you keep a generalized schedule. What that looks like is completely up to you, but a good rule of thumb is to schedule a morning activity, an afternoon activity and to keep set meal and rest times. 2) Sign Up for Day Camps Several local organizations offer weekday camps for kids over the age of 5, and many schools offer a summer recreation camp or program for enrolled students. To stay updated on the dates, times and costs of these opportunities, follow NNYLife.com on Facebook. We regularly update the blog with information about family activities and share news about new day camp/ activity/event opportunities on our Facebook page. 3) Add Water - We live near a great lake, a major river and the best waterpark in the state. But if youre not one to pack up for the beach, you should at least invest in a slip n slide or kiddie pool early in the season. A couple of other great ideas weve been wanting to try are building a giant water-illed blob made from plastic sheeting, or making a homemade outdoor waterpark with PVC piping and some cheap foam noodles. If all else fails, what adult doesnt have fond memories of running through the sprinkler? 4) Look for New Activities Sometimes were just stumped. Weve already painted everything in sight, emptied the jumbo bubble solution bottle, its raining outside and theres no way the kids are watching another cartoon because youre afraid their brains will start leaking out of their ears. Thank you God for inventing the internet. Pinterest the online pin board of great ideas from around the world has a never ending supply of ideas for indoor crafts, outdoor crafts, tips for traveling with kids, yarn Mission: Impossible mazes and even more bizarre things youll wonder why you didnt think of irst. All you need is a little preparation, a little imagination and a great big sense of humor for when things go awry. 5) Food + Outdoors One of our favorite parts of summer is food (eating, growing, cooking) in the outdoors. There is such an abundance of wonderful produce in northern New York beginning in July that its hard to stop. Every Wednesday, we visit the GWNC Chamber Farm & Craft market downtown and pick up some new variety of fruit or vegetable to add to our repertoire, and there are many, many more farm markets throughout the area with goodies ranging from fresh greens to fresh-baked oatmeal whoopee pies (sinfully good!). We cook out, we eat a la carte at every opportunity, and we revel in the lush and all-too-fast summer growing season.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

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Let the Hunt BeginBy Tresa Erickson, MAB Summer will soon be in full swing, and at some point the kids will grow bored. Shake things up a bit with some rather old fashioned fun: a scavenger hunt. You can run the hunts anyway you want, and you wont need a lot of supplies. Scavenger hunts are just that --hunts for a list of items of your choosing. The items may be things or actions, old or new, themed or unthemed, hidden or in plain sight, with clues as to their whereabouts. Participants may look for the items on their own or in teams and collect the items or take photos of them, if instructed. Generally, the person or team that inds the most items on their list in the least amount of time wins. Scavenger hunts can take place almost anywhere from a backyard to a neighborhood to a popular locale. You can contain the hunt to your basement or branch out into your neighborhood. Just make sure you let your kids know which neighbors are in on the hunt. Along with choosing a location, you will have to write up some challenging clues and set a time limit to keep the hunt hopping. Instead of leaving a note for your kids to look for the next item at the swings, you can be more cryptic and suggest they head west to Grandmas favorite place to play as a kid. Your kids will have to think a little, and theyll have to do it fast in order to ind everything on their list in the half hour you allotted for the hunt. Scavenger hunts can be a great deal of fun, and the more thought you put into yours, the better time your kids will have. Creativity is the name of the game. Another example is to have it at a local park and ask your kids to perform and photograph some of the items on the list. You can have them take a picture of themselves as they coast down the slide with a dandelion tucked behind their ear or jump over a series of puddles without scaring the ducks at the nearby pond. Scavenger hunts require little in the way of supplies, and you can have them over and over. They are a great way to keep kids busy on those long summer days.

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