Free Skating on Wednesdays at Clinton Square

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs has announced a partnership with Excellus/Blue Cross Blue Shield and Pathfinder Bank which will bring free ice skating to Clinton Square on Wednesday nights from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“We appreciate when the business community partners with the Parks Department to provide opportunities like this to the community,” said Baye Muhammad, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs. “I appreciate the contributions of both Excellus and Pathfinder Bank who made this possible.”
Through underwriting from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, skaters will be able to enjoy free admission to the downtown ice rink on Wednesdays in January and March 4 and 11. Pathfinder Bank, which has recently opened a branch in the Pike Block in downtown, will underwrite free admission to the rink on Wednesday evenings in February.
“Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is pleased to partner with the City of Syracuse to help fund free skating in Clinton Square this winter,” said Arthur Vercillo, M.D., regional president, Excellus/BlueCross BlueShield. “As Central New York’s largest nonprofit health insurer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield strives to live up to its mission of continually seeking ways to improve the health and health care of the residents of the communities it serves. Free ice skating in downtown Syracuse will give thousands of people an opportunity to get more physical activity and increase their ability to stay healthy during the winter months.”
The Clinton Square Ice Rink, located in the heart of Downtown Syracuse, serves over 20,000 skaters each year. It operates annually from November through March. Skate rental is $3.00. More information about the rink, including full hours of operation and group rate fees, can be found at the City of Syracuse Department of Parks website at

Disney on Ice was a blast!

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On the drive home my husband and I couldn’t decide if watching the kids as they watched the show was better than the show itself! We all had a blast and enjoyed Disney on Ice. The skating was, of course, impressive, but the costumes really were spectacular. It seemed that everyone had a favorite character to wave at as they skated onto the ice.

Loved the music!

Loved the music!

There were numerous snippets of Disney movies such as Cars, Toy Story 3 and The Little Mermaid. The show lasted 2 hours with a decent size intermission between each (2) 45-minute half. Smaller kids were getting a little fidgeting near the end and we saw a few sacked out fans being carried out of the War Memorial!


Tow-Mater in the House!


Don’t miss out on flying fairy Godmothers, zooming race cars and skating potato heads!  Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy is presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and shows are held today through Sunday, January 4th.  On Jan. 1, tickets for nonpremium seats are $5 off. Order tickets here. Happy New Year!


Disclosure: Feld Entertainment provide me with tickets for the opening show of Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice Giveaway!

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Disney On Ice presents The Worlds of Fantasy! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, the show is coming to the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse Wednesday, Dec. 31 to Sunday, Jan. 4.

Rev up for nonstop fun with your beloved Disney characters from Disney/Pixar’s “Cars” and “Toy Story 3,” and Disney’s “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt will take audiences from wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, with dazzling skating, special effects and stunts certain to create a lifetime of memories.

We are giving away a (4) pack to see the show on Opening Day, December 31st at noon. To be entered in the giveaway, comment on this post about your favorite character or their kids’ favorite character from these four Disney stories. Winner will be announced December 28th. Deadline to enter the contest is midnight, December 27th. Tickets were provided by Feld Entertainment.


Win Fair Tickets (with parking!)

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The Fair kicks off tomorrow and they have generously given us 2 general admission tickets with parking ($25 value)!

NYS_Logo_Color-014Children 12 and under are admitted free every day of the Fair. Students 16 and under are admitted free on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Let us know what your favorite part of the Great New York State Fair is in the comments. We’ll pick a winner Friday at 10:00am. Winner will be contacted via email and have 24 hours to respond before we choose another winner.   Tickets and parking pass will be at the Will Call window at Gate 1 for the winner to pick up upon their arrival at the Fair.

Ready, set, go!

Baby Food Workshop

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Batches of Baby Food
Saturday January 11 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Dewitt Community Church | 3600 Erie Blvd. East

For moms of young children, we will be gathering to make loads of baby food to freeze! $15 includes a variety of vegetables and fruits that we’ll be cooking and pureeing to freeze for babies. Squeeze pouches provided, but please bring your own containers (freezer-friendly) to fill and bring home. Also, feel free to bring your little one. There will plenty of moms to help cook and care for kids! Email Rebecca to sign up at or call 464-0224

Flatout Bread Giveaway

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Flatout Bread asked me to give their products a try and create ways to enjoy them at home. So far we did make-your-own burritos (big hit), tuna and/or chicken roll ups with spinach, tomato and Kerry Gold cheese and, the favorite? Pizza! We filled a tray with the toppings, tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheeses, pesto and spinach & broccoli. Happily, those were eaten before the pizzas were even topped.

[Exhibit A]


The kids enjoyed making what they wanted and a bonus is that they crisp up really quickly in the 425 degree oven. I love ways that you can put out a host of ingredients and everyone has a hand in making their own meal.

You will want to visit the Flatout Bread Facebook page for some awesome ideas on way to use Flatout Bread. Today on twitter I will be checking in to hear about your favorite pizza toppings. You can win prizes from Flatout just for tweeting, use hashtag #flatoutgood and be sure to let me know, @cnymamas.

Flatout Bread is giving away a $50 Walmart gift card so you can pick up our own to try at home!

Giveaway details:
*Giveaway runs 12/24 through Monday 12/30/13, 7PM EST.
*Winner must respond to email within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
*Only One Name entry per household and you must be 18 years or holder.

The $50 Walmart gift card was provided by Flatout Bread products. Everything I wrote in this post is 100% my opinion. Flatout compensated me for my time with promotional product.

Craft Tray

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Simple idea that has already entertained the kids (and during a play date!) this weekend. I picked up the craft items at the dollar store, AC Moore when I had coupons and added in odds & ends that we had laying around the house. The plastic tray is also from the dollar store, but you can use smaller bowls or another divided container.

The open-ended manner in which the supplies are given to the kids truly lead to some cute crafts. Having these supplies on hand will help keep us busy over the holiday break.


Everson Offers Teen Drawing Class During February Break

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Explore ideas and techniques related to drawing in this week long course
with artist and teacher Anne Cofer. Participants will experiment with a
variety of materials to develop an understanding of the elements and
principles of art and design. Learn concepts relating to drawing as a form
of expression and a method of communicating information. Multiple approaches
will be used including alternative drawing tools, creating drawings with
printed line and employing theories of visual perception to create a wide
variety of images.

Ages 13-18; February 18-21 (Tues-Fri) during Mid-winter recess; 9:30 am –
3:30 pm; Members $140; Non-members $175

To register or find out more information visit or contact
Qiana Williams,, 315 474 6064 x303

Family Holiday Events

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A few events to consider for this weekend and into next week. Be sure to swing by your local library and stock up on books & DVDs for family movie nights over break!

Gingerbread Gallery
Erie Canal Museum
More than 40 gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows and made locally by professional and amateur bakers from across the region. $2/children, $4/adult. Runs through January 5th so you can make it a winter break tradition!

Festival of Lights
December 20th & 21st
6pm-8:45pm at Burnet Park
Take a horse-drawn wagon ride at Burnet Park, decked out for the holidays. Santa & snacks await at the “The North Pole” Free! Call 315-473-4330, ext. 3006 for more information.

Holiday Hoopla
December 24th
Mundy Branch, 1204 S. Geddes Street
Cookie decorating, crafts and a story. For ages 5 to 11. Starts at 3pm. 435-3797 for more info.

Clothespin Wreath

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The clothespin wreath is a fun craft to do with the kids. We did it in stages, first painting the pins and then adding them to the wreath.


Supply List

clothespins (12-in wreath took about 54 pins and the 6-in about 24 pins)
metal wreath ring (found some ones at Joanns)
paint & brushes
ribbon to hang
Sharpie (optional)

First, paint the clothespins. As we finished them we clipped them to the side of a plastic bin. Our son chose to paint his as they were clipped on so he could paint the insides easier.


When they are dry, you can put them right on the wreath or write on the clothespins with a Sharpie. What you are grateful for, fun winter activities & traditions, family members, etc. Hang on the front door or in the windows to add some color to winter!