Tax Credit Possible

We were delighted to have New York State Senator Charles Schumer come to our construction site at Canalside to announce he is leading the charge to push for a phenomenal $35 million tax credit which could yield $7-$8 million in grant funds back to the museum. The competition is fierce for these national community development fund tax credits, the recipients of which won’t be announced until July. These funds are not yet secured. While portions of the grant, if awarded, could potentially be applied toward a segment of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. matching challenge grant, Explore & More still has a significant way to go toward raising the $7 million still needed to complete the construction of our new state-of-the-art family friendly facility in the heart of Buffalo. If you or your business would like to make a donation or attend one of our upcoming fundraiser events, please contact Janine Tramont at

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.