Emotional and grateful Jamestown volunteers showed up in force to help respectfully and lovingly move Explore & More’s exhibits to their new home.
While the all-volunteer run Children’s Activity Corner of Jamestown, Inc. estimate it will take a year to restore many areas of their still-being-expanded-museum, they will start having exhibits installed within weeks and invite the WNY community to come see them. The Jamestown board members and family – who spent a 12 hour day uninstalling and moving the exhibits alongside Explore & More staff – are incredibly grateful that Explore & More chose to “play it forward” by donating most of their collection to a community in need. They extend their heartfelt gratitude to East Aurora and the WNY community for this gift that will bring joy to Jamestown children for years to come.
As Explore & More Children’s Museum gathers to hold our last day open to the public today at our East Aurora location, we are pleased to announce that the lovingly crafted exhibits that hundreds of thousands of children across Western New York have come to know, love and explore for years will be heading to a new home. With the exception of a few select pieces, the museum’s exhibits will be donated to a new children’s museum in Jamestown, New York.
The newly established all-volunteer run Children’s Activity Corner
of Jamestown, Inc. currently occupies two rooms in 2,000 square feet on the
lower level of an older city building two blocks from the new National Comedy
Center. As the building is being restored in sections, the museum will
ultimately be expanding to 8,000 square feet total, including gym and exhibit
space they are delighted to bring to life with Explore & More’s exhibits. Our
two museums have been collaborating to make this perfect fit possible.
Playing it forward is a constant goal for Explore & More, as
we seek to help spread the power of play to as many communities and community
organizations as possible to help children play into their full potential.
The exhibit pieces will be picked up by the Children’s Activity Corner of Jamestown immediately following Explore & More’s member’s only week and last day open to members, which goes from 10-1 on March 30th.
Come celebrate your creative side with personal power, dance, music, art and theater projects and events each day! Explore & More will be open from 10-5 each day that week with fun activities planned each day:
Monday – President’s Day Celebration
Learn about the voting process by voting on your favorite
exhibit, then make an “I Voted” button to celebrate!
Tuesday – Dance Day
Clann na Cara Irish Dance will be doing a performance at 11am
in the gym followed by an activity making magnet dance dolls in the workshop
Wednesday – Music Day
We will enjoy music classes by MEL’s School of Music &
Theatre and making our own maracas to keep the music going.
Thursday – Art Day
We will be using watercolor, painting and do-a-dot markers to make various works of art and painting a Suncatcher.
Friday – Theatre Day
We will be making a sock puppet and enjoying theatre classes
with MEL’s School of Music and Theatre.
This event is brought to you by presenting sponsor Geico!
Join us as children and their families come together to explore topics of diversity, acceptance, tolerance and kindness through the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be making “I have a dream” crowns where children are encouraged to draw a picture or write their dream. We will be enjoying a puppet performance based on the book It’s Ok to be Different with a focus on diversity and acceptance. We will also be enjoying a jazz trio ensemble with professional musicians from the Historic Colored Musicians Club who have a wealth of musical and historical information to share. We will be open from 10-5 on Monday, January