Ralph Wilson Grant Challenge

On the sweetest Valentine’s Day we’ve ever had, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation made a sweetheart of a deal – announcing a matching $6 million challenge grant to Explore & More Children’s Museum if the museum can raise $6 million on our own. We gratefully accept that challenge! Half of the grant funds will go toward construction of the new museum, while the other half will establish an endowment. In order to preserve name recognition while honoring the tremendous commitment to the Western New York community of the foundation’s namesake, the new museum at Canalside will be named Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum. We could not be more honored or thrilled! Thank you to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation for this extraordinary gift to the children and families of Western New York and beyond! If you or your business would like to make a matchable donation click here.

The Wheels On the Bus

Our ongoing gratitude to the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association for their 10-year commitment to providing free buses to Title 1 schools so these students can come visit our current and future location. The 2018 installment of this incredibly generous and thoughtful $270,100 gift given over 10 years was presented at the Buffalo Auto Show, removing a critical obstacle to schools across our region! Thank you NFADA!

February Break Week

Looking for something fun AND educational for your kids to do this February Break Week? Bring the whole family to Explore & More for a week long Arts celebration. Children and their caregivers will explore a different art projects each day from February 19th – February 23rd. 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 the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation. Check out this year’s program schedule below:

Monday, February 19th – President’s Day 

Exercise your voting rights by selecting your favorite exhibit at Explore & More! Visitors will also create patriotic works of art.

Tuesday, February 20th – Process Art

Come create unique works of process art at Explore & More! Use a variety of unique materials to paint in this fun art week activity.

Wednesday, February 21st – Light and Color

Learn how colors mix and interact with light through shadow play, light tables, and stained glass. Activities will take place in the workshop room and Faces of Buffalo.

Thursday, February 22nd – Color Mixing

Only RED, YELLOW and BLUE here! Learn all about color mixing and how paint your own rainbow from only three colors. Visitors can also explore tints and shades by mixing in white or black.

Friday, February 23rd – Music and Dance

Explore the world of music and dance during our final day of February Art Activity Week. Stop into the workshop room to sing and dance with Music with Mar. Join us in Faces of Buffalo to create a dance ribbon or musical instrument.

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

March to Membership

It’s time to play!

Explore & More Children’s Museum thanks all of our members for keeping the laughter and learning going since 1994. It’s because of our wonderful community of playful minds and explorers of all ages that we are able to keep growing to new heights – and new spaces!

Due to strong interest in maintaining ongoing memberships at Explore & More, we are continuing to offer membership plans which will be accepted through March 31st, 2019 at our East Aurora location.

Even with the big changes to come, all big laughs are being accounted for. Our growing family can’t wait to continue laughing and learning with yours.

Let’s Keep the Conversation Going (& Growing)

You’ve heard the rumors on the playground – Explore & More Children’s Museum is growing! We are underway with our biggest change yet as we get ready to open a new place of play at the heart of Buffalo’s Canalside.

As we change, grow and go to new heights of playing and learning, it’s important that we hear from you, too. As parents, caregivers, guardians and fellow explorers, you know how special your little ones are and the unique ways that they interact, learn and more. That’s why we want to keep the conversations going. Explore & More is proud to be hosting two separate focus group sessions that get down to what truly matters: our community of little explorers.

Our ‘How We Play’ group will help us determine the best exhibits and spots in our Museum. Combining your experiences in our current exhibits with an introduction to each new one we have in the works, you can help us determine all the things that you love – and could love more – for the fun that’s still to come.

Our second group, ‘How They Learn,’ allows us to ask the questions of how your own child likes to play and how you, as the caregiver, can sense their learning frameworks. We’re all in this together, and the more voices are heard, the better we can help support and teach developing little minds.

We invite you to join in on either conversation – or both! To sign up, email ablake@exploreandmore.org with the specific group or groups you’d like to attend for more information and times.