Things To Do

Though it may sound ordinary there are many things to do without spending money. A walk, sharing a story or favorite memory, or just sitting quietly for an unscheduled moment with another person can be a significant thing to do. Often some of our most cherished memories are those spontaneous times that we break into laughter from a shared joke or situation. All people, youth included, care about being listened to, and taking the time to listen quietly is a valuable thing to do. Take time to listen and find time to do things with your kids.

Having fun is important! Sports, social clubs, school or church activities are just a few examples of how young people can meet new friends, learn skills and have fun too. Doing new things can be scary sometimes but it gets easier once they get involved. There are places throughout the county that offer programs especially for young people. Some of them are listed here. Check the location nearest you and ask for more information. If they don't offer what you're looking for, ask if they know of someone who does.

A.W.A. Communications Museum, (585)392-3088
Vintage Tracks Museum, (585)657-6608
Wizard of Clay Pottery, (585)229-2980
Bloomfield Academy Museum, (585)657-7244
Bristol Valley Theater, (585)374-6318
Canandaigua Lady, (585)394-5365
Canandaigua Speedway, (585)394-0961
Canandaigua Theaters, (585)396-0110
Cobblestone Arts Center, (585)223-6440
East View Theater, (585)425-0423
Cumming Nature Center, (585)374-6160
Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, (585)325-7760
Finger Lakes Race Track, (585)924-3232
Ganondagan State Historic Site, (585)924-5848
Geneva Movie Theater, (315)789-7978
Geneva Rollerdome, (315)789-6033
Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, (585)394-1472
Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, (585)396-7230
Ontario County Historical Museum, (585)394-4975
Phelps Community Historical Society Museum, (315)548-4940
Rose Hill Mansion, (315)789-3848
Rose Land Bowl, (585)394-5050
Roseland Water Park, (585)396-2000
Smith Opera House for the Performing Arts, (315)781-5483
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, (585)394-4922
South Bristol Cultural Center, (585)396-5950
Sunset Bowl, (315)789-1622
Valentown Museum, (585)924-4170
Lollypop Farm, (585)223-1330
Jillian's Kanoodle Art, (585)394-1070

Youth Organizations

There are many special interest clubs and organizations that provide a variety of socialization activities, cultural experiences, leadership training and much more. Encourage your child or teen to get involved. Listed here are just a few. Ask other parents, teachers, or religious youth directors about other groups that may interest young people.

Boy Scouts of America, (315)781-1166
Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, (315)781-2345
Boys and Girls Club Teen Center, (315)781-2510
Canandaigua Phoenix Program: Salvation Army, (585)396-6968
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, (315)789-2686
4-H Club/Cooperative Extension, (585)394-8455
Naples Youth Center, (585)374-8190
Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council, 1-800-448-6954
    Canandaigua, (585)394-6866
    Clifton Springs, (315)462-7674
    Geneva, (315)789-1616
Recreation and Parks Parks and Recreation programs throughout the city and county offer many and varied recreational programs. Some offer swimming pools, gyms, ice rinks and organized activities such as dance, art classes, sports programs, etc. Our parks also offer open space to walk, run, hike trails and cross country skiing. Call your individual municipal recreation programs for details.
City of Canandaigua Parks and Recreations Bureau,(585)396-5080
City of Geneva Recreation Center,(315)789-5005
Kershaw Park, (585)396-5080
Ononda Park, (585)396-2752
Seneca Lake State Park, (315)789-2331
Swimming Pools (City)
    Canandaigua, (585)394-6866
    Geneva, (315)789-1616
Ice Rinks (City)
Geneva Recreation Center, (585)789-5005
Greater Canandaigua Civic Center, (315)396-7230
Towns (fees vary depending upon activity)
Canandaigua Parks and Recreation Bureau, (585)396-5080
Geneva Recreation Center, (315)789-5005
Gannett Hill Reservation - Naples, (585)374-6250
Victor Parks and Recreation, (585)742-7026
Frost Ridge Recreation Center, (585)594-2304
Farmington Recreation Dept., (315)986-8198

Also, for current information on Performing Arts Events and Cultural Events in Ontario County look up Performing Arts and/or Museums in the front of The Phone Book or contact your local town or village office. For further listings, visit www.co.ontario.ny.us/youth. Click on Funded Programs.

For further information:

Boys and Girls Club of Geneva
Recreational activities are provided as a way to build relationships with children with the goal of enhanced youth development.

Cheshire Volunteer Fire Dept. Junior Program
(585) 394-1133
Program provides educational and recreational activities for girls and boys linked to fire fighting. Junior program is for those aged 14 to 18.

Clifton Springs Area YMCA
The YMCA provides a variety of activities for families and children, including summer programs. No youth membership is charged.

Cobblestone Arts Center
Provides classes in music, dance, visual arts and theater.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County 4-H Youth Development Program
(585)394-3977 x435
A variety of training and activity programs including 4-H programs.

Finger Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America
Organizes Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Explorer organizations in the Finger Lakes area.

First United Methodist Church of Canadaigua Youth Group
Recreation program for teens on Saturdays from 3:30-5 p.m. and other events as scheduled. All are welcome.

Geneva Family YMCA
Provide recreational opportunities including swimming, gymnastics, leaders club, summer camps, after-school programs, sports leagues and wellness programs.

Geneva Housing Authority
The authority provides a variety of educational, recreational and related programs for the agency's tenants.

Geneva Recreation Department
Various recreation classes, leagues and leisure activities.

Geneva Salvation Army
Provides programming for youths and adults including volunteer and community service work and recreational activities.

Greater Canandaigua Family YMCA
Many activities are offered such as swimming, basketball, before- and after-school child care, and a teen center.

Manchester Family Park
(585) 289-4340
The Manchester Family Park is a public park and is open to all Village of Manchester residents. Registration is free to Manchester residents. Those that sign up for field trips pay for the event. Example: Movie tickets, waterpark tickets, Seabreeze, bowling, food, etc. but transportation is provided.

Never Alone Club
(585) 624-1958
Provides drug-free activities in East Bloomfield for young adults aged 10-18.

Never Alone Club Part 2
(585) 396-7313
We generally meet at the Canandaigua YMCA 32 N. Main St., Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. We utilize the Y's teen center, gym and pool. Pool use usually is limited to the first Saturday of the month. Occasionally we will have field trips, run fund raisers or otherwise engage our teens in healthy positive behavior.

Ontario County Arts Council
The council administers state funding for arts at the local level and encourages arts activities in Ontario County.

Ontario County Youth Bureau
The Youth Bureau provides funding to service providers in the community that meet the needs of youth and families.

Salvation Army - Canandaigua
Teens on Friday nights; also sponsor occasional roller blade events and dances.

Salvation Army Youth Programs
Pre-School, After-School, Summer Program (fee charged) and a Camp program serving various age groups.

Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council
Organizes Girl Scout activities in a 13-county area including Ontario County.

Victor YMCA of Greater Rochester
The YMCA provides a variety of recreational activities for teens and middle school students.

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