Now Open Weekends at Canalside!

Limited sneak peek tickets are now available here for our nearly-completed museum at Canalside! We are excited for Western New York to see all that we have in store at Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum. Opening festivities supported by RBC Wealth Management.

To reserve your ticket, follow the link above. Select the time slot and appropriate number of tickets to accommodate your group.

A New Day for Play in Buffalo

Buffalo is no longer the only city its size without a children’s museum as we prepare to open our doors at Canalside. The all-new 43,000 square foot museum spans four floors of fun with exhibits for and about Western New York. The exhibits tell the story of Buffalo’s history, community, sports, industry, innovation, architecture and agriculture – all through the lens of PLAY!!

The $29 million Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’ s Museum is expected to bring 250,000 new visitors annually to Buffalo’s waterfront. Our building was officially dedicated in gratitude to all of the public, private and corporate entities and individuals who helped bring this community vision to life.

Mary Wilson, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chris Jacobs, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Mayor Byron Brown, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples and Assemblyman Sean Ryan were all on hand to help dedicate the building in honor and memory of the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Mary Wilson said her husband would be proud, “Ralph would have loved being here today with his name on a museum that will bring joy and fun to a community that he loved so dearly. That is how he lived his life.”  The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation selected Explore & More as a recipient of $6 million in matching grant funds.

Explore & More tells the Story of Buffalo and Western New York through seven educational play zones. The museum has a wide range of fun and educational programming offered daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and seasonally, as well as on school holidays & breaks with something new and fun happening every day in the museum. Topics can include a wide range of subjects including STEM activities, art, music, culture, cooking and learning more about ourselves, our health, and our region. We will also offer free programming outside at Canalside every Friday during the summer.

Explore & More is invested in creating a museum that delights children of all abilities. We have developed visual, social, communicative, sensory, and behavioral supports throughout the museum – from quiet kits and call-ahead accommodations, to sensory friendly spaces, social narratives, visual schedules, visual/sensory maps, special needs changing table and more.

Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum hopes to help all children play into their potential during each and every visit.

We can’t wait to play! 

Honoring Veterans With Veterans Day Activities

Join us Monday, November 12th from 11am – 2pm for a day of activities honoring our Veterans at our Veterans Day event Presented by Geico and also Sponsored by Independent Health. Activities include:

  • Making lap blankets for Veterans Hospital
  • Making cards for Veterans
  • Gratefully accepting donations of travel-size toiletries for active duty troops
    Scout chorus singing patriotic songs

Free admission for Veterans and families of active duty personnel with proper I.D. on 11/11 & 11/12. All toiletries gathered at this event will be donated to the Deployed Service Members of the 914th from the Niagara Falls Airbase.

While our Veterans Day activities are midday, the Museum will be open from 10am – 5pm for a full day of play!

Come share your love of country and our military who serve!

Let’s Get Physical

When it’s too cold to play outside, come play inside with fun gym activities at Explore & More to work the wiggles out all winter long! Join us for Let’s Get Physical brought to us by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York the first and third Saturday of each month from 11am – 2pm November 3rd through March 17th!

Explore & More first presented this program in 2009 and it has steadily grown since its inception. The program incorporates numerous physical education techniques and movement-centric play tools including games, music, Imagination Playground as so much more!

We are excited to announce that JumpBunch will be back with us again for the 2018-2019 Let’s Get Physical season. JumpBunch will be here to play on the first Saturday of each month providing carefully structured, age-appropriate activities that are fun and beneficial! These activities are designed to sharpen physical skills, make sports fun, and build healthy habits. Children will engage in a wide variety of activities to help get them moving.

On the third Saturday of each month, visitors will engage in gross motor play with our Imagination Playground, sports equipment, and scooters! Children of all ages will incorporate creativity into physical activity while building with Imagination Playground. By incorporating sporting equipment, we are also encouraging group and rules based play into gross motor skill development. Our visitors have so much fun burning energy they don’t even realize they are learning!

Don’t just take our word for it that Let’s Get Physical is a great way to spend the afternoon, listen to what our visitors have to say! 85% of families surveyed said that they were more active during the program than they would have been if they did not attend. 90% responded that they would continue to be more active in the coming weeks. And 99% of families surveyed said they would come back to another Let’s Get Physical!

Come check it out for yourself – we can’t wait to see you there!

Join us on these dates:

November 3, 17
December 1, 15
January 5, 19
February 2, 16
March 2, 16

Come play!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York

Family Fun Day 11/23


The holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones, and there’s no better way to continue those Thanksgiving celebrations than by spending the day together at Explore & More! Gather the whole family for a special day of learning, playing and fun-filled activities at the Museum with Family Fun Day brought to us by Independent Health.

This Black Friday have the children come make a holiday gift, free with admission or membership. On Friday, November 23rd from 11am – 2pm, children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to join us for a hands-on art project of designing snow globes to celebrate the holiday season! This activity is designed to extend the experiential learning of our Museum exhibits into a take-home art project that you and your family can continue to enjoy.

With our hands-on snow globe activity, children will develop and improve their fine motor skills as they engage in manipulative, exploratory play – all while utilizing their scientific thinking in terms of measurements and number operations. And, each child will leave with a distinct work of art that expresses their personal interest, which only reinforces their sense of personality and wonder.

While our special activity only lasts through the early afternoon, the Museum will be open from 10am-5pm for a full day of fun! Don’t forget to stop by the front desk and renew your membership or purchase a gift membership for a loved one for only $40 valid in East Aurora through March 30, 2019.

Additionally, members receive 15% off in our gift shop on November 23rd only. Check out our great selection of educational toys that will keep your little ones busy playing and learning without even noticing!