Save a seat for us Sharkgirl! We’re coming!! We are delighted with the progress of construction as our community vision takes shape at Canalside with the cladding now on the exterior of the building. We are busy planning for the next stage, which is the turning over of the core and shell of the building from ECHDC to Explore & More this summer. Once we have access to the building we will bring in the infrastructure, heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical. Exhibits will start to come in in December with installations and limited “soft opening” testing taking place December through March with an opening to the public planned for the Spring of 2019. We are so excited! We look forward to our playdate with Sharkgirl!
Join us for some big fun at our 9th annual Explore & More Touch A Truck! This year’s event is at the Buffalo News where over 40 construction, emergency, commercial, utility and specialty vehicles will be available for you to investigate first hand! Get up close and personal with these larger than life vehicles!! Click here to buy tickets!
Explore & More’s Membership Coordinator Dan Walsh, Director of Marketing Jeannine Weber Kahabka, Manager of Interpretive Programs Amelia Blake and Floor Manager Danielle Gmerek checked out the exhibits at the Strong National Museum of Play on a rare “adults only” Night of Play. They were guests of the Museum Association of New York’s annual conference held in Rochester this year. We would like to point out that most of the other MANY museum representatives played calmly on the pinball games in the arcade while Explore & More staff had rice wars, got stuck in slides, had dance offs, jumped rope, weighed eggs, rode a Big Wheel, sat in a space ship, operated a helicopter, held a puppet show and ate more cookies and macaroni and cheese than anyone.
Join us each day this week for a week full of worldly fun with your little one! This spring break, we’ll be traveling around the globe daily from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with crafts, activities and more that will keep your little explorers laughing and learning each day. On Monday, we welcome the Seneca Nation for a Haudenosaunee Day of Sharing with dance, pottery and weaving activities. On Tuesday we celebrate Puerto Rico with a music performance, maraca painting and a rainforest frog activity with the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. On Wednesday we will enjoy a lion dance with the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, a spin drum making activity and a dragon puppets workshop. On Thursday we will learn more about Myanmar (Burma) with a candle performance, padauk flower and thanaka face painting, a straw painting activity and a weaving demonstration with the Karen Society of Buffalo. Then on Friday we welcome the Arab American Language Students at ACCESS of WNY as we learn about Yemen with a dance performance, candle holders, spice scents, language activities and henna art projects. This Spring Break Week is free with membership thanks to our generous donors at the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation. Even without a membership, all activities are included with a paid general admission of $7 per person for anyone over the age of 1.
Explore & More Children’s Museum was proud to accept an incredible grant of $120,000 from the Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Standing Committee comprised of Erie County, NY, The City of Buffalo, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the New York Power Authority. This gift will not only directly support our Moving Water exhibit in our new Museum at Canalside in Buffalo, but will also be generously matched dollar-for-dollar through the recently awarded Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation challenge grant. We are so humbled to be a part of such a community of kindness and excited for all of the work – and play – to come!