2013 Harborfest Children’s Events Lineup

Oswego, NY – The Harborfest Children’s Committee has packed the parks with events and activities for kids every day of Harborfest week.

Tuesday July 23 at Breitbeck Park
The Children’s Gala – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Come enjoy this Old-Timey Carnival in the Breitbeck Food Tent full of events and activities especially for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets are $5, which includes the cost of food, and can be purchased at the Oswego YMCA, Mother Earth Baby at 70 W. Bridge St., or at the Harborfest Offices. The Gala will also host the first T-Shirt decorating workshop.

Wednesday July 24 at Breitbeck Park
T-Shirt Workshops – 3 to 5 p.m.
T-Shirt Workshops open to everyone will begin on Wednesday July 24th in the Breitbeck Food Pavilion. Come decorate your T-shirt on Wednesday or Thursday to wear in Friday’s Children’s Parade!
Subsequent workshops will be held Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Breitbeck Pavilion and in Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square on Friday July 26th from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday July 25 at Breitbeck Park
T-Shirt Workshop 10-11:30 a.m.
Catskills Puppet Workshop – noon to 3 p.m.
Come to Breitbeck Park to make your very own puppets with the Catskill Puppet Theater and carry them in Friday’s Parade. Enjoy this opportunity to work with the best of the best in this creative and hands-on workshop.

Friday July 26 at Breitbeck Park
Entergy Nuclear Activity Tent – 10 a.m.
Children can enjoy free face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts and fun hands-on activities. The tent will also feature the Twin Magicians and the Oswego Book Mobile, which will allow children to visit with their favorite characters from stories and participate in read-alouds.

The Show of Love with Joe Trionfero – 12 to 1:30 p.m.
A Harborfest tradition, Trionfero uses enthusiasm and audience participation to teach children about the importance of respecting one another.

Children’s Parade – 1:30 p.m.
The 2013 Harborfest Children’s Parade, presented by Oswego Health and The Palladium-Times, invites children of all ages to join in for the annual procession on Friday at 1:30 PM at Breitbeck Park. The Parade will begin at Breitbeck Park and travel along Lake Street to West Fifth Street and will conclude in the Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square.

Friday July 26 at Novelis Family Park
The Novelis Family Park is focused on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and farming and aims to make these disciplines fun and interactive for children. Park hours are:

Friday – 2 to 7 p.m.
Saturday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Oswego Health Post-Parade Activity Area – 2 p.m.
Come enjoy the many activities like carnival games, an obstacle course, and a putting green and win prizes. Activities will run all afternoon after the parade.

The Children’s Museum of Oswego Tent – 2 p.m.
Visitors will have the unique opportunity to experience interactive, hands-on exhibits that nurture the curiosity and imagination in all of us. Throughout the day on Friday and Sunday, The Children’s Museum of Oswego will also present a variety of workshops that include science experiments, make-and-take art projects, LEGO car construction, garden composting and more!

Catskills Puppet Performance – 2:30 p.m.
Combining backgrounds in art, music, drama and American folk culture, they are one of the nation’s finest touring companies. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see them perform for the public in the Children’s Tent!

Children’s Musical – 4:45 p.m.
“Ellis Island… the American Dream,” follows the lives of immigrants traveling to the United States during the year 1907. Come watch the 56-hardworking local child-performers in their debut show, or be sure to catch them in one of their repeat performances throughout the weekend!

Saturday July 27 at Novelis Family Park
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Children’s Tent: 11 a.m. – The Children’s Musical
1-1:45 p.m. – Marionette Magic Theatre
2:30-4 p.m. – The Children’s Musical
4:30-5:15 p.m. – Marionette Magic Theatre

Bandstand:  11:30 a.m. – noon – The MOST, Colder Than Ice
12:30-1:15 p.m. – InJest
1:45-2:15 p.m. – The MOST, Polymers
2:45-3:30 p.m. – InJest
4-4:30 p.m. – The MOST, Colder Than Ice

The Marionette Magic Theatre:
The Marionette Magic Theatre takes you back to a time when imagination brought out originality and artistry. With more than 30 years of experience, Regina Schaefer is one of the leading producers of professional marionette shows. These are exciting, captivating, and enchanting shows that will bring memories, laughs, and fun to every member of the audience.

The MOST’s Traveling Science Shows are interactive science presentations and workshops designed for kindergarten to middle school age groups. Each 45-minute presentation aims to inspire student interest in science by connecting the students’ own experiences and knowledge with the themes in the show. These performances are aimed to get kids excited about science.

Sunday July 28 at Novelis Family Park
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children’s Tent:    11 a.m. – The Children’s Musical
1 – 1:40 p.m. – Farmer Tom, Singer/storyteller
2:15 – 4:15 p.m. – Oswego’s Got Talent

Bandstand: 11:30 a.m. – noon – The MOST, Colder Than Ice
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – The MOST, Polymers
2 – 2:45 p.m. – Mr. Twisty
3:15 – 3:55 p.m. – Farmer Tom, Singer/storyteller
2:45-3:30 p.m. – InJest
4 – 4:30 p.m. – The MOST, Colder Than Ice

Oswego’s Got Talent Variety Show – 2:15 p.m.
The inaugural Oswego’s Got Talent is a community collaboration celebrating creativity, youth artists, diversity, and creating an awareness of Oswego County’s rich cultural resources. Come watch this unique exhibition of local youth artists and performers in the Children’s Tent!

Nels Ross is an acclaimed performer, speaker, and oddball who entertains in North America and abroad. His “In Jest” comedy variety shows blend clean comedy, hilarious audience participation, incredible juggling, edge-of-your-seat stunts, and extraordinary yet useless skills.

Farmer Tom:
Farmer Tom Walsh creates a celebration of reading! Farmer Tom Walsh inspires the students to pick up a book or use the Internet (with guidance) and see how enriching, educating and entertaining reading can be. Farmer Tom Walsh educates by bringing a understanding of farm culture, safety, farm animals, history of farming, the first green industry, recycling, science, nutritional value of fresh vegetables, cooperation, working together and the fun of physical activities through music and songs from down on the farm.

For more information please visit oswegoharborfest.com or call the Harborfest office at 343-6858.