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OWL is in the process of opening a Winter PlaySpace & Children's Musuem on Main Street in Oneonta!  We will be open Tues, Thurs, Sat, & Sun starting January 18th, 2014.  This is a short term experiment (thru April.)  If we meet our fundraising goal before then, we may extend the lease for another year.  This project serves the dual purpose of providing families a warm place to play during the winter, while determining if a brick & mortar space is a viable option for OWL's future.
Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is an all-volunteer registered 501c3 not for profit organization and is registered with the New York State Board of Regents.

For this endeavor, we need:

-cash donations

-volunteers!  click here to get involved

-primer & (white) paint

-brushes, rollers, & trays

-laminate flooring

-gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Price Chopper, Walmart, OfficeMax

Please contact us at or via Facebook with questions/comments.

Pictured above (left to right): OWL board members Caitlyn Davey, Aaron Sorenson, Ariann Tubia w/ Tanner Tubia, w/ Palace Cigar owners Tom & Karen Oliver @ 277 Main Street.

Thanks so much for your support!!

Thursday, 30 September 2010 02:38

The Pit Run and OWL

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Here's a sample of one of the activities Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) will be offering during the Pit Run, in Oneonta's Neahwa Park the morning of Sunday, Oct 3rd. It's a bosun's chair. A line through a series of pulleys allows a child to lift themselves off the ground effortlessly! Additional activities and crafts will explore the theme of healthy muscles and bones.



The details of this event are in our events pages.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010 01:15

Science Saturday - Professor Snape's Potions Class

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It's another Science Saturday!

OWL will be presenting "Professor Snape's Potions Class," featuring open hands-on chemistry activities for children with their grownups from 12:30 - 4:00pm on Saturday, October 16th at the Science Discovery Center. These activities will be geared toward children aged 2 - 13, and no registration is necessary for the open activities.

Additionally, SUNY faculty will be offering "Advanced Potions Class." Be an alchemist for a day: watch as colors appear, disappear, and re-appear, create potions and take home your own glowing creation. The first advanced workshop will be for ages 5-9 at 1:00pm. The second will be for ages 10 and up at 2:30 pm. Both classes will be about one hour long. Pre-registration through the Science Discovery Center is required for the advanced potions workshops. Call Hugh (607) 436-2011 or email


Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is pleased to partner once again with The Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta.

$5 recommended donation.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 02:39

Hogwarts and Hartwick

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Harry Potter in the Muggle World presents:

Hogwarts and Hartwick

For youth and the young at heart, Saturday October 30th, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St

Sorting Hat Seating begins at 4:00pm
Feast at 4:30pm

Dinner includes chicken tenders, drumsticks, veggies, dinner rolls, pumpkin bars with whipped cream, and apple cider or water.

Magical Music featured throughout, by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles

Costume and door prizes!

Make your reservations now: $8 youth (16 and under), $10 (over 16), call Jeff at FUMC office 607-432-4102

Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL)

Generously sponsored by Hartwick College and First United Methodist Church of Oneonta


Tuesday, 31 August 2010 10:55

Activities in October

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October promises to be an exciting month for OWL! We've been invited once again to provide fun and interactive children's activities during the Pit Run, scheduled for Sunday October 3rd in Oneonta's Neahwa Park. Our theme will be the human musculoskeletal system.


Science Saturday also returns in October. On the 16th of October, Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) will once again team up with the Science Discovery Center on the SUNY Oneonta campus, this time presenting chemistry with 'Professor Snape's potions class.' The Science Discovery Center will be open throughout the presentation and OWL will be offering open ended learning activities for children aged two and up, with their grown ups! The SUNY Oneonta science faculty will also be offering workshops for older children. Stay tuned for details on these workshops and how to register.


There is an exciting fundraiser in the works for October: Hogwarts and Hartwick is a fanciful, sit down dinner with Hartwick faculty dressed as Hogwarts staff. More details will be posted here, as the event nears.

Mark your calendars in November for Paintfest 2010 - Now in 3D! Paintfest will be on Saturday November 13th. This event features washable fun for the whole family, through inventive painting activities at multiple paint stations. Workshops with area professionals will also be offered. See last year's paintfest pictures on Flickr.

If you haven't already signed up for our e-newsletter, check out the first edition here.

Saturday, 14 August 2010 13:59

Upcoming fun

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Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) representatives will available be at Goodyear Lake Day on the morning of Saturday, August 21st. This all day event is sponsored by The Goodyear Lake Association, Inc. and The Polar Bear Jump, and takes place at Krol Field, with parking on Lakeshore Drive So, Maryland, NY. The morning will feature crafts, food, games and exhibits, followed by historical presentations and cloggers in the afternoon. The Country Express, a country and western band, will perform at 2pm. The evening will bring chicken BBQ, a boat parade, and lastly, fireworks. Visit for details.

Don't miss Science Saturday, on October 16th at The Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta. The theme will be Professor Snape's Potions. Details will be posted here as the details of this fun event become finalized.


Then mark your calendars for Paintfest - Now In 3D! Paintfest will be on Saturday, November 13th, and will feature open painting/playful painting activities as well as art workshops with area professionals. Details on workshop registration and all the fun will be posted here, as soon as they become available. Set aside your old wooden chairs and small wooden tables to donate for this event! Call 607-431-8543 to donate.

Sunday, 04 July 2010 00:39

Books Alive 2010 photos posted

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Many thanks to Micheal Forster Rothbart Photography for sharing their talents and posting their pictures from our Lee Knight Books Alive event, which was conducted on April 10, 2010. See all of the pictures at
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 01:47

Ice Cream Social

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On Sunday June 6th, 2010, the volunteers of Oneonta World of Learning presented the second annual ice cream social. Originally planned as a community event for Oneonta's Wilber Park, the event was moved to the large tent outside of the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center. As rain continued to pour down, Foothills generously opened their doors and the entire event moved once again, this time into the Foothills' atrium and theater. It was, perhaps, the best thing that could have happened.

The atrium was the perfect place to premier our newest exhibits, all involving magnets and how they are used to make things work. Children and grownups alike were able to demonstrate hands on how devices such as magentic accelerators and magnetically levitated trains work. At the same time, child advocacy groups, childcare centers and schools provided parents with an oportunity to learn about local resources.

Many thanks to the volunteers who set up the event not once, but twice, in the pouring rain. And let's not forget the Oneonta Fire Department, the Oneonta High School Senior Class, and Oneonta Job Corps for scooping all of that delicious ice cream.

Oneonta World of Learning would like to thank The Daily Star for generously sponsoring this event, as well as The Arc Otsego, The City of Oneonta and The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center for sponsorship & support.

Additional support donated by WSKG, Exit Realty, Hartwick College, SUNY College at Oneonta, Central New York Radio Group, Green Toad Bookstore, Latte Lounge, OfficeMax, DTi, and First United Methodist Church. Ice cream supplied at cost or gratis by Schwan’s, Huff’s Ice Cream, Pie in the Sky, Friendly’s Ice Cream, the Golden Guernsey, and Stewarts Shops.

Sweet Home TV has posted a video clip of the event at

WBNG - Binghamton Channel 12, aired a brief clip covering the ice cream social a few weeks back. Here's a link to it for those of you who are interested!

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