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1. Discover the secret to marital bliss this weekend as Mr. and Mrs. Claus receive guests in their 30-ton caboose.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27, 28, Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, 18 and 19 at the Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart, 3366 Union Road at Walden Avenue.

Every child gets a free hand-stamped gift bag from Santa, who sets up shop in the Big Red Caboose.

Don't forget a camera, but if you do, Mrs. Claus will snap a shot that the elves will develop for FREE.

2. Thanksgiving with Arthur!

Featuring the star of "Arthur's World," based on the PBS series and books by Marc Brown that engage urchins in role-playing, reading, writing and fantasy-play.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Rochester's Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square.

Make napkin rings and a centerpiece for turkey day or play "Pin the Hat on the Turkey."

Enjoy comedy and magic performances. Dress up like a clown and laugh!

Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $5 children ages 2 to 17.

Call (585) 263-2700 for more information.

3. A weekend of outdoor frolic:

10 a.m. Friday -- "Babes in the Olmsted Woods" at South Buffalo's Cazenovia Park features a natural world of games, stories and short hikes for preschoolers and their companions. Call 838-1249 to register. Donation requested.

9 a.m. Saturday -- "Survival Skills Mini Workshop" at Knox Farm State Park. No immunity challenge! Priorities and shelter building will be covered. Free. Located on Buffalo Road in East Aurora.

4. Find a different kind of polar express this weekend when the Western New York Railway Historical Society presents its "Train and Toy Show and Sale" in the International Agri-Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds on South Park Avenue.

The show will feature toy trains, railroadiana, models and displays. Steamers, miniatures and a circus display model, too.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6 to 12.

e-mail: jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com