Fun Activities For Kids In Ithaca
Suggested by Fall Creek List members.
collected on this web page (You are Here):
- Letting them tell you all about themselves. If you are a good listener this could consume a lot of time and be what they love & remember most!
- wrestling and hanging with their cool uncle, grandpa, etc.
- Have some arts and crafts materials around the house
- Board games
- Ithaca Chess Club (open to all ages of children and adults, and all skill levels) https://ithacachessclub.com/
- Skating at Cass or the Rink
- Cayuga Nature Center … they have an animal room and the animal feeding is often open to the public. There is also an amazing three story tree house to climb and play in.
- Farmers Market … The rutabaga curl on a December Sunday at the Farmers Market is loads of fun (just dress warm or visit Gimme for hot chocolate!), and for the grownups I think they are doing caroling there – Bob Dylan style,
- sledding in the plantations or at Rice Hill
- Cornell’s Polo barns to pet horses,
- If Only Farms or Patchwork, to ride horses
- Playgrounds – collect ’em all: Fall Creek Elementary, Henry St. John, Triangle Park (small – but close), Cass Park, Taughannock Park
- Walk along the water at Stewart Park and feed ducks
- Cascadilla Gorge trail if it’s open
- Walk up to Collegetown, get Bubble Tea, or lunch at Collegetown Bagels … Come down through Cornell and then to Ithaca Falls
- Visit Ithaca Falls
- Check out the two Gnome Trees–Original at 308 E. Marshall (bring a treasure, take a treasure) and Castle at 202 Utica (browse the lost mittens).
- A movie
- Sodas at Palmer pharmacy soda fountain
- Make christmas cookies together
- Cats Pajamas
- the gallery tour downtown.
- Museum of the Earth (PRI) … good exhibits including reconstruction of mastodon skeleton recovered from Hyde Park, NY, and Barbara Page’s grand running mural panels illuminating the paleontological time line (reproduced in a book, too, but the paintings, which are mounted along the ramps between floors, are worth seeing in their architectural setting). … From Sunday, December 26, through Thursday, December 30, the Museum will host “Discover the Past,” a series of fun activities that will take you from the Devonian age to modern day. Each day at 11AM, educators will discuss the day’s topic and make a related craft. … kid activties at Museum of the Earth after Christmas.
- Johnson Art Museum – Family days are offered some Sundays… The top floor of the Johnson Museum of Art, then free play on the hill or the quad
- Purity is always a treat if it is open,
- Explore areas in Ithaca with Google Maps
- go to a bookstore and wander and look at books; … if at one of the big box ones) listen to music together.
- Tompkins County Public Library. (check for special events for kids)
- storytelling events, puppet shows, and such.
- SPCA to pet small animals and kittens.
- Sciencenter … Playground can even be a separate trip from Sciencenter inside
- Events listings in the Ithaca Journal (especially the Ticket section on Thursdays)
- Events listings in the Ithaca Times TimesTable are good.
- concerts, plays, or sporting.
- Ithaca Child has a large events section that’s online. http://www.ithacachild.net/current/current%20html/Export35.htm
- There’s a Gingerbread House contest going on downtown, entries viewable in various downtown locations, but it runs through Dec 25 only. See http://www.downtownithaca.com/events/view/gingerbread-house-contest.html
Events Calendars and Other Resources
- Cornell’s Human Resources does maintain a very comprehensive list of children’s activities. There is a pdf that is published every week, which can be accessed at http://hr.cornell.edu/life/.
- Caregivers can also join the parents-l email list which also provides a link to children’s events and resources: http://hr.cornell.edu/life/connections/elists.html.
- More generally both Ithaca College (at the following URL: http://www.cornell.edu/visiting/ithaca/ithaca_life.cfm) and
- Cornell (at the following URL: http://www.ithaca.edu/ithacaguide/) have pretty comprehensive sites summarizing activities.
- The Cornell events calendar might sometimes list child-appropriate events. http://www.cornell.edu/events/
- The Discovery Trail has its own events calendar online: http://www.discoverytrail.com/happening/news.php