Explore & More at Canalside

Turning dreams into reality, the playful way

The dream of building a new Explore & More Children’s Museum on the Buffalo Waterfront is becoming a reality! Our plans for a new, 43,000 square foot museum in the South Aud Block of Canalside are well underway. We’ve already completed our schematic designs, and have been very successful in our Play It Forward capital campaign. We’re so grateful for the generosity of our community, and also for the many other generous capital gifts that continue to come in.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation broke ground on Explore & More’s new site in March 2017 and we are on track to open in late 2018! Best of all, our new home will be an incredible boost to our mission—and Buffalo. Here’s just a sampling of the impact our expansion will have.


With new visitors coming to play, Explore & More can have a nearly $90 million economic impact over the next 10 years.


Explore & More will be a public space where children and families from all walks of life can play together. And the impact goes far beyond childhood—people who visit museums are more likely to vote, be active in their communities and volunteer as adults.


Today, 50% of children in the city of Buffalo enter kindergarten at a remedial level. Studies show that kindergartenders who visit a museum—even if it’s only once—have higher achievement scores by 3rd grade, no matter their socio-economic status.

The Explore & More Blog

The Work & Play of Progress

  • Driving the Fun Downtown for Touch-A-Truck June 11th!


    Don’t miss this year’s Citywide Day of Play at Touch-A-Truck Sunday, June 11, 11am – 4pm, Buffalo News Parking Lot on Scott Street between Washington & Michigan. Tickets on sale NOW at Wegmans, Explore & More or online here!              . Thanks to our generous event sponsors:          

  • Travel the World Around Buffalo This Spring Break!

    Meet The Animals

    Explore & More is the perfect place to spend your STAYCATION, visiting a different home country of a Buffalo immigrant population each day over spring break!  From food sampling to craft making, games to performances, language activities, art projects, there’s so much to explore! The Museum is open 10:00am-5:00pm each day listed below, with our special activities ongoing from 11:00am-2:00pm…. Read more »

  • AuSome Evenings Welcomes Erie Canal Play in April!

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    Have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Join other families impacted by ASD for a fun, safe and welcoming evening each month at Explore & More Children’s Museum! Created and run in partnership with Buffalo State College’s Exceptional Education Department, the Children’s Guild Foundation, and Women of Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, AuSome Evenings at Explore & More, the second… Read more »

  • Groundbreaking for New Museum in March!

    South Aud Block - FFAE Architects - North Elevation - 02-14-17

    Both the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) Board and the Buffalo Planning Board met this week and approved the architectural plans so that construction can begin on the new Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside. “Today’s design approval is the final step for Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside before construction begins on this much anticipated project,”… Read more »

  • Fall in LOVE with Creativity During February Family Fun Week

    Making Art With Monet

    Bring your imagination to Explore & More over February break and get creative with our Family Fun Week exploring the arts! We are OPEN 10am – 5pm with special activities 11am – 2pm, Monday February 20th – Friday February 24th: Monday, Feb. 20: Participate in our Voting activity for Presidents’ Day and make your own voting ribbon! Tuesday, Feb. 21:… Read more »

  • STEM Family Fun at Explore & More Over Winter Break


    Thanks to a generous grant from our friends at the Kenmore Rotary Club, families enjoyed a week of fun STEM activities at Explore & More over the December break week. From creating squishy circuits to building with Rigamajig, from playing with light boards to painting with magnets, children and their families enjoyed a variety of building, engineering and science activities in… Read more »

  • Things That Go Sniffle in the Night


    Dr. Chow from Western New York Immediate Care will be here every third Saturday at 11:00am through May to talk to parents and answer questions about family health and childhood illnesses. The talks are in the Museum, so your children can play while you get your questions answered and some valuable information about keeping your family healthy!

  • Let’s Get Physical Every Saturday!


    Join us every Saturday (excluding December 24 & 31) November – March for fun family time in the gym, 11am – 2pm! From Zumba to kids’ yoga, hula hooping to Jump Bunch sports, there’s something to get everyone in the family moving. Let’s Get Physical programs are drop-in, ongoing, and FREE with your admission or membership, thanks to our generous sponsor, BlueCross BlueShield… Read more »

  • $1 Million Gift Brings Museum Closer to Canalside!


    Explore & More Children’s Museum recently announced a $1 million capital gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation for the Play It Forward capital campaign to build the new museum at Canalside. With ground breaking set for March, and a planned opening in the second half of 2018, this gift will go toward sponsorship of the Being Good Neighbors educational play… Read more »

  • Haudenosaunee Day of Sharing, October 10!

    Day of sharing 2016

    Don’t miss our favorite Day of Sharing with our Iroquois friends coming up October 10th.  The kids have the day off of school, so bring the whole family and immerse yourself in Haudenosaunee customs, traditions and fun! We will have beading activities with the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and a Three Sisters activity with the Ganondagan State Historic Site, all from… Read more »

  • Over 6,000 Students Visited Us With Their Schools This Year!

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    With summer here, we would like to take the time to thank all of the schools and administrators that chose Explore & More for a field trip or program in the 2015-2016 school year! This year, over 6,000 students visited Explore & More in East Aurora for a field trip or workshop. Thanks to the generous donation from the Niagara… Read more »

  • New School Year, New Explore & More Programs!


    Plan for the 2016-2017 school year with new and innovative programs from Explore & More! Explore & More is excited to announce the launch of new and exciting programming for the 2016-2017 school year! Programs include Tinkering, Playing with Food, and Erie Canal Play Days. All programs align with NYS Curriculum Standards and Common Core. These exciting, innovative programs will… Read more »

  • Meet Andy, Our New Floor Manager


    This past May, Explore & More added a new floor manager, Andy Powrie, to its staff. Andy comes to Buffalo from Ann Arbor Michigan, where he was a Facilities and Exhibit Technician, and front desk staff, at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Andy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public History and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University, and served… Read more »

  • M&T Expands Partnership to Include Capital Investment, Curriculum Development

    M&T Press Conference

    A sunny day of fun at Canalside was the backdrop for Explore & More and M&T Bank’s announcement of the expansion of their partnership to include a capital investment in the new museum at Canalside, and Explore & More’s assistance with first-grade curriculum for Westminster Community Charter School in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood. These new investments bring M&T’s total commitment… Read more »

  • Wednesday WOWs Mean Summer Fun at Explore & More!


    Wednesday WOWs are in full swing at Explore & More, with themed activities for all ages every Wednesday, 11am – 2pm, throughout July and August. From PUSH Physical Theatre and Healthy Eating, to activities with acclaimed local children’s author Keith White, Jr., Wednesday WOWs will feature special guests, activities, crafts, performances and fun for all ages. Wednesday WOWs are drop-in… Read more »

  • Explore & More Summer Fun at Canalside!

    Wegmans & Immediate Care

    Explore & More is enjoying its 9th season at Canalside with free family outdoor fun every Friday, through September 2nd, from 11am – 2pm.  Bring the whole family to enjoy FREE, drop-in, hands-on activities outdoors, under tents on the lawns adjacent to the Canals every Friday! *Please note: Daycares, camps, school groups and other groups must contact our Programs Manager… Read more »

  • Travel the World Around Buffalo This Spring Break!


      Explore & More is the perfect place to spend your STAYCATION, visiting a different home country of a Buffalo immigrant population each day over spring break!  From food sampling to craft making, games to performances, language activities, art projects, there’s so much to explore! The Museum is open 10:00am-5:00pm each day listed below, with our special activities ongoing from… Read more »

  • Spring It On!


    Explore & More is happy to participate again in the United Way’s Spring It On program.  This 24-hour, community-wide fundraising event will help raise funds for a variety of free admission opportunities for families and small groups at Explore & More.  Visit our Spring It On page here from 8:00am March 24th through 8:00am March 25th to support our campaign!

  • Driving the Fun Downtown for Touch-A-Truck for a Citywide Day of Play!

    WHAT A DAY WE HAD! Check out all the fun that happened June 5th during the Citywide Day of Play at Touch-A-Truck.  We can’t wait for next year, June 11, 2017!                   Thanks to our generous event sponsors:                                          A-Clean Windows… Read more »

  • Membership Corner

    Members-Only Hours Coming Again Soon!  From 8am – 10am on the third Saturday of every quarter, member families will have a special opportunity to explore the Museum before we open to the public.  Use the quiet time to get creative with our exhibits and your child’s imagination!  The next Members-Only Hours are April 16th. Our Membership Advisory Council (MAC) will… Read more »

  • Lunar New Year Celebration Recap

    Show & Tell

    What a week we had celebrating the Lunar New Year over the February break! Each day children tasted dumplings, cookies, and green tea, created a Lunar New Year themed craft, practiced writing Chinese characters, and had their name written in Chinese. Throughout the week children created dragon puppets, clay pottery, and Beijing Opera Masks in our workshop room. On the… Read more »

  • Spotlight on: Explore & More’s Junior Docent Program

    This fall, Explore & More launched a Junior Docent pilot program. This innovative community initiative welcomes high school teens ages 14-18 to Explore & More through a series of trainings focused on the importance of volunteerism and multi-cultural sensitivity. Our partnership with International Prep High School of Buffalo has afforded eight high school seniors the opportunity to enhance their leadership… Read more »

  • February Means Friendship at Explore & More…and a SWEET Deal!


    February is Friendship Month at Explore & More, and that means there’s a SWEET Deal for you and a friend! Bring a friend in and both sign up for memberships between now and February 14, and you’ll both receive $10 off your membership! Already a member? You’ll be receiving an email with a $10 off coupon to share with a… Read more »

  • Come Play With Us!

    Iroquois Day of Sharing


  • Douglas Love on AM Buffalo – Video Link


    CEO Douglas Love talks about what the children’s museum experience can mean for young minds on AM Buffalo today!  Click here to watch!

  • Harrison is Home

    I am a four year old doggie named Harrison. I love squirrels, walks, treats and sniffing out new places.  My dad just moved to Buffalo to build the new Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside.  This is my first time in Buffalo and I am not sure what it is going to be like.  I just know that wherever… Read more »

  • A MILLION Thanks to Our Friends at Delaware North!

    In the season of thankfulness, we are so grateful to have recently announced a $1 million capital gift from Delaware North for the Play It Forward campaign! With this gift, Delaware North will sponsor the Being Good Neighbors educational play zone in the new museum at Canalside. We can’t think of a better neighbor than our friends at Delaware North!… Read more »

  • Request for Proposals!

    Explore & More Children’s Museum is requesting proposals for Interior Design and Construction Phase Services  for the new museum at Canalside on Buffalo’s Waterfront. Qualified firms must demonstrate expertise in program development level functions through project design, procurement, construction administration, and commissioning. The project work requires full architectural and engineering services for the museum interior, utility design and mechanical design.  Proposals are… Read more »

  • Our New Site at Canalside!

    It’s a GO! On September 16th, the Board of ECHDC voted to accept the term agreement for Explore & More’s new site in the South Aud Block at Canalside. Over just a few yards from our originally proposed site, this new site sits on both towpaths, and will give the Museum a stand-alone building with more usable space inside and… Read more »

  • The Educational Value of Field Trips

    Taking students to cultural institutions can have a lasting impact. The field trip is a longstanding tradition in American public education. Students pile into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions including art, natural history, children’s and science museums as well as, theaters, zoos and historical sites. Today, culturally enriching field trips are on the decline. The decision… Read more »

  • The Summer Slide

    Is the summer achievement gap avoidable? To achieve in life and school, children and adults need ongoing opportunities to enrich their skills. This is especially true during the summer months. Many Americans have visions of summer as a carefree time when “kids can be kids.” Adult caretakers take for granted the prospect of enriching experiences such as summer camps, time… Read more »

  • Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose

    A Report from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years. In the United States, there is a widespread belief that teaching children to read early—in Kindergarten or even PreKindergarten—will help them be better readers in the long-run. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that this is so. How then did this idea take hold so strongly? Read the… Read more »

  • Our Move to Canalside

    You may have read some stories recently in the news about changes in our move to Canalside. Here’s the update! ECHDC had originally slated the Museum for a parcel in the South Aud Block that was both on the tow path of the canal and abutting Main Street. Last fall, they decided to put that parcel out to bid for… Read more »

Get Involved with Canalside

VOLUNTEER. You can get involved by volunteering at the museum or on one of our committees. We have immediate openings available in our Docent Program. Learn more.

SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS. For more information about getting involved, attend a Show & Tell presentation. Learn more.