Caitlyn Davey - Oneonta World of Learning

Enriching Life

Through Play

Caitlyn Davey

Caitlyn Davey

Sunday, 13 March 2016 19:28

Local Resources

 Check out these other local resources dedicated to family fun, lifelong learning, health & wellness, and community enhancement!

(* designates 2013 OWL supporter)


*Hanford Mills Museum


*Boys & Girls Club

*Maple Shade Farm

*Community Music Network

*The Arc Otsego

*Science Discovery Center @ SUCO

*Carriage House Art Studio

*Oneonta Tae-kwondo

*Community Arts Network of Oneonta

*SUNY Oneonta

*Opportunities for Otsego


*Pop Shop Oneonta

*Girl Scouts

James L. Popp Butterfly Conservancy

Four County Library System

DCMO BOCES Board of Cooperative Education Services

STEM Leadership Council

Baseball Hall of Fame

SUNY Delhi

Hartwick College

Oneonta Theater

Safe Kids

Oneonta Parks & Rec

Otsego County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Catholic Charities (Childcare Resource & Referral)

Girls on the Run


Franklin Stage Company

West Kortright Center


*Oneonta Stallions

Main View Gallery

Artisan's Guild

Watershed Post

Daily Star

O-Town Scene

Boy Scouts

Hometown Oneonta

City of Oneonta

Chamber of Commerce

Main St Oneonta

Foothills Performing Arts Center
Roxbury Arts Group

*OCCA Otsego County Conservation Association

Pie in the Sky

Taste of the Catskills

Oneonta Bluegrass Festival

*City of the Hills Festival

*First Night Oneonta

Catskill Puppet Theater

Colorscape Festival

Farmer's Markets

La Leche League

CADE Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship

Pure Catskills

Watershed Agricultural Council

Cardio Club

Fly Creek Cider Mill

Monkey Barrell Toys

Howe Caverns (Cobleskill)

Animal Adventure Park (Harpursville)

Discovery Center of the Southern Tier (Binghamton)

MOST (Syracuse)

Wonder Works (Syracuse)

Corning Museum of Glass (Corning)


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Art Box Auction!

Our landlords @ 277 Main Street- Karen& Tom Oliver of the former Palace Cigar-  donated dozens of cigar boxes to OWL.  We distributed them to local artists, who created one-of-a-kind keepsake boxes and wall art!

The boxes were on display and for sale via auction at the grand opening of a new gallery in town: MAS (More Art Space Gallery @ 77 Main Street, next to the police station.)

May 16th (Fabulous friday)
Gallery guests bid on special pieces of Oneonta History- representing the transformation of a cigar store into a children's playspace!  All proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning.

Huge thanks you's to Tom & Karen Oliver(Palace Cigar), MAS Gallery, thanks to the artists & bidders! Karin Bremer, Diana Cozzens, Hope Von Stengel, Joseph Von Stengel, Doug Jamieson, Simone Mantellassi, Chanda Misevis, Zena Gurbo, Casey Ruland, Peter T. Booth, Julia Rissberger, and the Oneonta High School Art Club!


Friday, 27 December 2013 15:01

BIG NEWS! 2014 OWL Winter PlaySpace & Museum

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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.

Stay tuned for the launch of our Indiegogo crowd funding campaign!


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!!

Monday, 07 October 2013 15:37

Play Dough

play dough

Good times at the Fall Festival at Greater Plains yesterday!
Want the recipe for OWL's homemade playdough?
2 C. water (bring to a boil)
food coloring
2 T vegetable oil
1 C salt
4 t. cream of tarter
2 C flour
mix all ingredients- add optional scented oil or spice

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Wednesday, 05 June 2013 01:08

Phunny Putty

phunny putty

Many many thanks to all of the volunteers and attendees of this past weekend's Ice Cream Social!  What an amazing event!! 
An extra-special thanks to Mary Peterson, a member of OWL's education committee. She is such a knowledgeable and generous person- truly an asset to the OWL community.  Below, Mary has shared her special recipe for "Phunny Putty"- an intriguing ooze & sensory delight.

Thanks, Mary!!!



20-Mule Team Borax®

Water (some hot, some cold)

Dosage cup or measuring spoon

Elmer's Glue-All® white glue

Plastic cup

Food Coloring

Craft Stick

Small zipper-type bag

Glow-in-the-dark pigment (optional)



1.) Pour 12 oz. of hot water into a container.  A soda bottle works well.  Add 2 tablespoons of Borax, and cover tightly.  Shake the bottle. Most of the Borax should dissolve, but some should settle to the bottom.  If not, add a bit more Borax until you cannot dissolve any more.  This is called a saturated solution, which means that the water has absorbed as much Borax as it can.

2.) Pour 25 mL (5 teaspoons) of glue into the plastic cup.  Try to get all the glue into the cup for accurate measurement. (you can measure 25 mL of water into a cup, mark the line at the water level, then pour the water out and measure glue to that line.)

3.)  Pour 20 mL (4 teaspoons) of water into the glue and mix it up with the craft stick.  The ratio between the glue and water is important for the phunny putty to be the right consistency.  In some settings, it is a good idea to premix a large quantity of glue and water in the right proportions, then use 45 mL of that mixture and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

4.) Add 3 drops of food coloring to the glue and water mixture.  Mix well with the craft stick.  You may add 1/8 tsp. of glow-in-the-dark pigment now.  The colors will be pastel.  Adding enough color to make red, for instance, instead of pink, will cause the putty to ooze color and be very messy.

5.) Add 15 mL (3 teaspoons) of the Borax solution to the glue and water mixture.  Mix well with the craft stick and watch what happens! If your cup has more gluey-looking liquid, add a little more Borax solution.  Stir until you have no large globs of glue.  You may need to scrape the phunny putty off the stick and stir some more.

6.)  When your Phunny Putty forms a fairly solid blob, pull it off the stick and squish it between your hands.  It becomes less sloppy as you play with it.  Set the putty on the table (not a paper towel), wipe your hands on a paper towel, then mop up the sloppy stuff on the table.  Push the towel into your cup, and put in the trash.

7.)  If you keep your Phunny Putty in a plastic bag between using it, it should stay nice for a long time!

CAUTION:  Phunny Putty will stick to paper and fabric! The kitchen table is a good place to play with your phunny putty.

Chemistry Explanation: Elmer's Glue contains polyvinyl alcohol, a polymer whose molecules are cross-linked to form an extended network.  The cross-linking agent is the tetraborate ion.  This ion is formed when the Borax, sodium tetraborate, is dissolved in water forming a mixture of boric acid and tetraborate ions. The result is a gel that is similar to Silly Putty®.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 01:59

6th Annual Ice Cream Social


Please join us on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 1-5pm at the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club (70 River St, Oneonta, NY) for OWL's 6th Annual Ice Cream Social!  (No admission, donations are welcome)

FREE ice cream & activities brought to you by Oneonta World of Learning and our local sponsors! The day is just packed full of activities, performances, & demonstrations including:
Phunny Putty (see the rainbow of colors available in the photo above!)
Home Depot Crafts
Remote Controlled Aircraft
The 4-H Robot
ARC obstacle course
& much much more!

Pit Crew BBQ available for purchase
The OWL Pop-up Gift Shop will be open for business.

Live Entertainment

1:00 Stanley and Wade School of Dance
1:30 Oneonta Tae Kwon Do
2:00 Zumba
2:30 Miss Pam/ Music Together
3:00 Schenevus a cappella choir
3:30 Jin Shil Martial Arts
4:00 Tinny Wilkins Indonesian Music and Dance
4:30 Elite Dance Studio and the Stallionettes

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:20

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