Explore and More Gift Shop!

At Explore & More, our Gift Shop features educational toys for children 6 months old and up. During your visit to our museum, be sure to check out our Festive Fun for Little Ones $10 gifts and under table, and our free holiday gift-wrapping with any gift shop purchase. Donations for gift-wrapping are appreciated and all funds will help to give the gift of play to families in need through FISH of East Aurora. Here are a few of our featured toys that make great gifts this holiday season:

Hape Double Bubble – $23
6 months +

Double Bubble by Hape is a wire bead maze that has a wooden base with four sturdy suction cups that can hold this toy to smooth surfaces. This portable and engaging toy provides your child with stimulating interactive play.

Hape Architetrix Constructor Set – $23
97 Pieces, Ages 7+

The Architetrix Constructor Set by Hape, includes 97 bamboo rods and plastic connectors to build shapes and structures that start flat and build dimensions. Your child can build 3D structures like rocket ships, and houses while developing fine motor skills. This set is similar to the Polysticks that can be found in our “Inside Architecture” exhibit at Explore and More.

Melissa and Doug Catch and Count – $25
Ages 3+

Catch and Count 10 magnetic fish with this wooden fishing set from Melissa and Doug. Use the 2 wind-up fishing rods to match, sort and count the fish, or use the spinner to play as a game! Find the fish and fishing poles in our “Food for thought” exhibit at Explore and More!

Hape Fix-it Tool Box – $25
17 pieces ages 3+

Little builders can practice their tinkering skills with the Fix-it Tool Box from Hape. This toolbox includes a hammer, wrench, screwdriver, nuts, bolts, and other wooden tools to practice building skills. Fix up little projects and also build structures to encourage children to develop hand-eye coordination skills, and also teaching them basic building techniques.

December Break Week

Looking for something fun AND educational for your kids to do this Winter Break Week? Bring the whole family to Explore & More for a week long STEM celebration. Children and their caregivers will explore a different STEM concept each day from December 26th – December 30th. Activities will be hosted in our workshop room from 11:00am – 2:00pm. These activities are free for members or included with paid admission thanks to our generous supporters at National Grid and the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation. Check out this year’s program schedule below:

Tuesday, December 26th – Magic with Magnets!
Explore the world of magnet play through hands-on experiential activities and create a take home art project that will remind you of your fun-filled day.

Wednesday, December 27th – Making a Mess!
Does your child LOVE making a mess? But do you hate having this mess in your own home? Join Explore & More education staff in a day of messy play with ice painting, oobleck, bubbles, and a messy take home art project.

Thursday, December 28th – Wild Weather!
Join Explore & More and Channel 7’s Andy Parker as he brings the weather machine to the museum! The weather machine will be at the museum from 11:00am – 12:00pm. There will also be a weather take home project that will continue the conversation at home. This project will be available from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Friday, December 29th – Animal Adventures!
Explore & More will have a live animal presentation join us for this animal adventure. In addition to exploring the unique animals with our guest, visitors will be go home with their own animal art project to remember a fun day at Explore & More!

Saturday, December 30th – Construct, Design, Create!
We close our our STEM celebration with a large scale build in the gym. Visitors will use our Imagination Playground, Rig-ama-jig, Action Stackers, Kapala blocks and more to design and build life size structures. In our workshop room, visitors will use their imaginations to plan and construct a unique creation using recycled materials.

Why pick just one day to come and play? Renew your membership today to participate in all of these programs for free!

Day After Thanksgiving – Family Fun Day

The holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones, and there’s no better way to continue those Thanksgiving celebrations than by spending the day together at Explore & More! Gather the whole family for a special day of learning, playing and fun-filled activities at the Museum.

On Friday, November 24th from 11:00am – 2:00pm, children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to join us for a hands-on art project of designing snow globes to celebrate the holiday season! Free for members and included with paid general admission, this activity is designed to extend the experiential learning of our Museum exhibits into a take-home art project that you and your family can continue to enjoy.

With our hands-on snow globe activity, children will develop and improve their fine motor skills as they engage in manipulative, exploratory play – all while utilizing their scientific thinking in terms of measurements and number operations. And, each child will leave with a distinct work of art that expresses their personal interest, which only reinforces their sense of personality and wonder.

While our special activity only lasts through the early afternoon, the Museum will be open from 10:00am-5:00pm for a full day of fun! Don’t forget to stop by the front desk and renew your membership or purchase a gift membership for a loved one at a special 10% off Black Friday discount.

Additionally, members receive 15% off in our gift shop on November 25th only. Check out our great selection of educational toys that will keep your little ones busy playing and learning without even noticing!

Let’s Get Physical!

Let’s face it, in the winter months it is tough to get the kids outside and running as often as we would like. Many days it is just too cold to play outside. That is why Explore & More presents an annual program called Let’s Get Physical!

Explore & More first presented this program in 2009 and it has steadily grown since its inception. Let’s Get Physical runs annually on the first and third Saturdays of each month from November – March from 11:00am-2:00pm in the gym. The program incorporates numerous physical education techniques and movement-centric play tools including games, music, Imagination Playground as so much more!

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Summer Fun: Wandering our World Around Buffalo!

By: Amelia Blake, Manager of Interpretive Programs

Who are your neighbors? Do they celebrate the same holidays as you? Do they eat the same food as you? Wear the same clothing? Listen to the same music? Often, the answer to these questions are no! We live in a region bursting with cultural diversity from both recent immigrant populations to those who have lived in our community for generations.

Explore & More has a long-standing reputation for providing high quality, one-of-a-kind cultural programming in schools, community centers and at our Museum. This summer, thanks to the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, Explore & More celebrated nine different cultures that help to make up the fabric of Buffalo! Each Wednesday in July and August, our programming staff highlighted a different culture including: India, China, Germany, Somalia, Italy, Poland, Myanmar (Burma), Yemen and Colombia. Every program featured cultural music or dance performances, food, language activities, and a unique art project. We worked directly with the members of these communities to accurately represent the featured cultures.

Our summer opened with a celebration of India featuring dance performances throughout the afternoon from Devi Bollywood Dance. Even our youngest visitors were up and moving as they learned some simple traditional dance moves. The fun continued throughout the summer with performances from The Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, ACCESS of WNY, Amor and Heritage and The Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY just to name a few.

In addition to performances, food, language, and art projects, each child that participated in Wander our World received a “Passport” for further exploration of the culture. Each child receives a passport which includes information on common object identification including translations, popular holiday celebrations in that culture, sports played, and other facts to inspire continued investigation into the culture.

We have known for years that our cultural programming is fun, engaging, and educational! This year we went even further and took an extensive review of how our programming impacts the cultural awareness of participants. Early findings have showed that after visitors participated in one of our Wander our World programs they were inspired to learn more about the culture presented. Additionally, a large portion of participants were unaware of these cultures in their own neighborhoods prior to our program. These preliminary results show the importance of continuing and growing this type of programming.

Buffalo is known as the City of Good Neighbors. Showcasing the diverse cultures in Western New York is just one way that Explore & More investigates what it means to be a good neighbor. Through programming like Wander our World, we are able to increase cultural awareness and acceptance within our community. Cultural programming and exhibits help to teach our young visitors not only what being a good neighbor means but also how each one of them can actually become a good neighbor!