February 9, 2013

Snow-free family fun abounds

Story time,valentines,plays amongopportunities


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Need a breather from the icy stuff?

Well, there’s plenty for you and your family to do, out and about.


Today from 9 a.m. to noon, kids zero to 4 years old can scoot, jump, run and slide at the Lakeside Play Gym at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall located on the corner at 1610 Route 22 in Whallonsburg.

The event is sponsored by the Lakeside School, which can be reached at 963-7385.


It’s a celebration of hats starting at 10 a.m. today at the “Second Saturday Storytime” presented by Bookstore Plus, 2491 Main St. in Lake Placid.

The store offers story time year-round in its children’s department.

“We do it weekly in the summertime,” said Marc Galvin, owner. “We add Mondays, and they are not the same topic. It’s a community outreach to kids in the area. We have a couple of stories around a topic, and we do a craft. Obviously, you want to get kids interested in books at a young age. Having a craft and a couple of books around a topic, they get really excited about reading and getting read to.”

Galvin’s wife, Sarah, leads story time.

“We’re getting blank visors, and they will be able to decorate their own hats,” he said.

John Klassen’s “I Want My Hat Back” and “This is Not My Hat” are the selected books.

“We’re encouraging kids to wear their favorite hat if they have one,” Galvin said.

For more information, call the Bookstore Plus at 523-2950.


Sunday keeps the fun coming with a public swim at AuSable Valley High School at 1490 Route 9N in Clintonville. 

The cost is $2 for the public and $1 for students.


If your family likes drama, check out the senior play “Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit by Jane and Jim Jeffries,” presented by Chazy Central Rural School located at 608 Miner Farm Road in Chazy.

The family comedy runs for two performances: 7 pm. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 or $15 for families.

“It’s a silly parody of every ‘Law and Order’ show you’ve ever seen,” said Kathryn Brown, senior-play advisor.

“It’s a crime-investigation play. We start the play with Humpty-Dumpty falling off the wall. Detective Green and the Punnish Sir investigate the crime scene. Mother Goose makes an appearance. That’s Humpty-Dumpty’s mom.”

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Jack Sprat and Mrs. Sprat are interrogated as well as support groupies Jack Be Nimble and Mary Had a Little Lamb.

“All our famous nursery characters appear in the play trying to figure out what happened to Humpty-Dumpty,” Brown said.

“The play ends like every ‘Law and Order’ episode with the trial scene. There’s a surprise ending, a fun twist.”


The family that likes to create together gets the opportunity to do so at Second Sunday Family Arts offered from 1 to 3 p.m. at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts located at 23 Brinkerhoff St. in Plattsburgh.

Sunday’s theme is Valentine’s Day.

“They are going to make an envelope and fill it with little multilayered valentines made of construction paper and personalized for each friend,” said Shawna Armstrong, gallery/graphic coordinator.

“They’re unique valentines and not the classic heart-shaped valentines.”

The event is $5 per child or $12 for a family of three or more.

“Next month, we have a special Second Sunday at the Champlain Centre mall,” Armstrong said. “They are sponsoring us, so it will be free. The theme is Champy, and they (the children) will make noodle mosaics of Champy because it’s National Noodle Month, I do believe.”

The arts center can be reached at 563-1604.

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