Amy Pondolfino - Oneonta World of Learning

Enriching Life

Through Play

Friday, 22 June 2012 02:14

International Mystery Train Ride

***Alert - Cancellation***

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the International Mystery Train for July 15th has been canceled.  We apologize for the inconvience that this may cause.  Please check back to see when it will be rescheduled.

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Join OWL on board the historic Cooperstown and Charolotte Valley Railroad! Travel the globe, use forensic science and track down an international art thief all in about 2 hours! This will be an interactive experience for the whole family. Activities will appeal to all ages.

International Mystery Train Ride
Sunday, July 15th, 2012
Train departs Milford Depot at 1pm
136 East Main St, Milford NY
Tickets $10, ages 3 and under free.
For reservations call the depot at 607-432-2429.

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The train departs the Milford Train Depot at 1pm and returns to the depot about 2 hours later.

Presented by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), this event is made possible with the assistance of a Broome, Chenango & Otsego County Decentralization Grant.

OWL is sponsored in part by CSEA workers through-out Otsego County, Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPVC), Bella Michael's and NYCM Insurance.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:53

It's an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social!

Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is proud to present

An Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Sunday June 3rd from 1 to 5pm in the upper level of Oneonta's Wilber Park.

If it rains, the event will be held at the Boys and Girl's Club on River St.

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NEW THIS YEAR: Pit Crew BBQ offers food for purchase.

Join us as OWL presents Physics Olympics, an interactive science event for children from preschool through middle school, with their grownups. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT will include performances by Miss Bala's Flying Dancers, the Stanley and Wade School of Dance, Schenevus Central School A Capella Choir, Cardio Club of Delhi, Oneonta Taekwon-Do and MTC DJ Service.

Activities for all ages will include Disc Golf by, Home Depot crafts, and National Baseball Hall of Fame activities. Remote controlled aircraft demonstrations will be conducted in the lower level of the park, courtesy of Leatherstocking RC Buzzards. 

Meet local child advocacy groups and learn more about local resources for parents.

Icy pops - donated by Hannaford! Ice cream provided at cost or gratis by Friendly's, Stewart's shops, Pie in the Sky, and Golden Guernsey.

Park in the middle school lot and follow the trail at the back of the parking lot into Wilber Park. Handicap parking only will be available be in the upper level of the park.

Please thank our many sponsors. Without their support none of this would be possible! The Arc Otsego, Directive, Town Square Media, Five Star Subaru, WSKG, Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPCV), Bella Michael's, MTC DJ Service, NYCM Insurance, Oneonta Boys and Girls Club Inc, Friedman LLP, The Catskill Regional Teacher Center, Exit Realty, SUNY College at Oneonta, BJ's Wholesale Club, Hannaford.

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Saturday, 03 December 2011 22:13

Santa's Mom visits during fundraiser


We were honored during today's pictures with Santa fundraiser event when Santa's own dear mother popped in!

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We'll be at The Southside Mall through the 24th of December, offering more opportunities to make a Christmas wish and get your picture taken!


Saturdays from 11am - 2pm
Sundays from 2pm - 5pm (through Dec 18th)

Saturday Dec 24 9am - noon

I'd also like to thank our local Hannaford super market in Oneonta for donating ALL of the candy canes for these events!!!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 22:58

Santa fundraisers this December

Look for OWL at the Southside Mall on weekends this December! We're very grateful for this opportunity to offer pictures with Santa for $5 each. All proceeds go to Oneonta World of Learning!

Santa's hours are 11am-2pm on Saturdays and 2pm-5pm on Sundays through the weekend of December 17th and 18th. Additionally, Santa will be on site from 9am to noon on Saturday December 24th!

We also really enjoyed joining Oneonta's Holiday parade on November 19th. Thank you to everyone who walked and to the Southside Mall for their generous support! Happy Holidays everyone!

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I'd also like to thank our local Hannaford super market in Oneonta for donating ALL of the candy canes for these events!!!


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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 02:06

Looking for inexpensive fun?


Many of OWL's friends have been trying geocaching—a large scale treasure hunt the whole family can enjoy. If you have a portable GPS system you have everything you need to get started! Learn more at

If you don’t have a GPS, try letterboxing. Visit and register—it's free. Then, type in your zip code and start discovering the treasures! Instructions on how to complete the quests are listed on the site. There are a surprising number of letterboxes in our own community. It is possible that you have passed many of them every day and not even noticed them. Happy hunting!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 01:25

Paintfest pics


Here are a few of the photos from our 4th Annual Paintfest! This year's theme was Paintfest: Around the World. There was a fantastic variety of painting activities to choose from revolving around art in various countries. Over 160 children participated this year! Yet it never seemed crowded and I want to really thank all of those who spent the past two months planning this event and especially those who were able to join us and pitch in the day of the event.


A huge thank you goes, as always, to The Arc Otsego for the loan of their building (and for allowing us to get crazy with the paint in their rooms and hallways)! They've baked a lot of cookies for the kids and a big thank you goes to them on that account as well.


We had a lot of enthusiastic help from Oneonta Job Corps volunteers and the OHS Art Honor Society! One volunteer left us a note: 'Today I felt like a child again and I never thought that it would ever happen, thankyou.'


Of course, we couldn't do this without our Paintfest veterans, core volunteers and local artists - thanks again!

Our Paintfest sponsors this year include:
A & D Transport
The Arc Otsego
Central New York Radio Group
CSEA Workers through-out Otsego County
In Memory of Susan T. Miller
Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPCV)
Tom and Amy Pondolfino
The Rissberger Family
Friedman LLP
Bella Michael’s
The Tubia Family
Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta
Catskill Mountain Embroidery and Screenprinting


Donated funds and services made it possible to provide t-shirts to all of the participants, and to keep our dream alive. Thanks for making all that we do possible!

Monday, 31 October 2011 01:16

4th Annual Paintfest!


4th Annual Paintfest: 'Around the World'

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Featuring washable fun for the whole family.

Discover Australian Aboriginal Painting, Nez Pierce Sand Painting, Japanese Cherry Blossom Painting and more.

No registration required; come any time between 10am-2pm. T-shirts will be given to participants while supplies last. Suggested donation $5 per child.

DIRECTIONS: From Chestnut Street in Oneonta, turn onto Cepperly Avenue. Turn right onto Lower River Street. Oneonta Day Services is just past Lutz Feed.

If you like what we're doing THANK OUR SPONSORS: The Arc Otsego, Directive, Central New York Radio Group, CSEA Workers Through-out Otsego County, In Memeory of Susan T. Miller, Insurance Professionals of Chenango Valley (IPCV), Tom and Amy Pondolfino, The Rissberger Family, Friedman LLP, Bella Michael's, The Tubia Family, Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, Catskill Mountain Embroidery and Screen printing. 

Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:23

Science Saturday - The Universe

Explore the wonders of the universe when Oneonta World of Learning again teams up with The Science Discovery Center to present Science Saturday. Children with their grownups are invited to view a planetarium show on the night sky, build a take-home telescope and a planisphere, and more. Activities will be appropriate for children aged 2 through 13.

Saturday Oct 15, 1-4 pm
Science Building #1
SUNY College at Oneonta
$5 Suggested Donation

Directions: Enter the campus from Ravine Parkway. Science Buidling 1 is on the left, past the Morris Conference Center.

Friday, 19 August 2011 01:13

Meet OWL at Tunes 'n' Tomatoes

The West Kortright Centre brings you Tunes ‘n’ Tomatoes on Sunday, September 4 from  11AM–5PM.

Make your own musical instruments with Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), learn wacky science from the Dirtmeister, enjoy live music throughout the day and dig into some fabulous local food. There will be a silent auction and an antique appraiser on site ($5 fee for appraisals).

Tickets are $15 adult or $5 under age 19 and each ticket purchase includes a free 2011 admission to Hanford Mills Museum. For more information about Tunes ‘n’ Tomatoes at The West Kortright Centre call 607-278-5454.

The West Kortright Centre is located at 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith, NY 13757.

Saturday, 16 July 2011 13:34

Directions to Pine Lake

Just in case, here is a link with driving directions from Oneonta NY to Pine Lake (1894 Charlotte Creek Rd, Davenport, NY 13750): CLICK HERE.

Registration links and full details are the previous two posts. See you there!

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