Explore & More Summer Fun at Canalside!

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 to arrange visiting Explore & More’s activities Canalside, at least one week prior to the visit: (716) 655-5131 ext. 21.

Generously sponsored by Wegmans Food Markets and Western New York Immediate Care, our upcoming summer Canalside programs include:

July 22 – Great Big Fun with a Life Size Operation Game from WNY Immediate Care

July 29 – Building Buddies

August 5 – ZOOM into Transportation

August 12 – Bubbles Bubbles with WNY Immediate Care

August 19 – Trying Tools and a Life Size Operation Game from WNY Immediate Care

August 26 – Erie Canal Play Day

September 2 – Family Build-a-Thon

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 11:00am-3:00pm.  Details of each day’s activities can be found on our calendar, click here.

Monday, March 21, Democratic Republic of Congo

Tuesday, March 22, India

Wednesday, March 23, Yemen*

Thursday, March 24, Colombia**

Friday, March 25, Myanmar (Burma)*

Monday, March 28, Poland/Dyngus Day

*These programs made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. **This program made possible by Families of FANA.



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!

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Thanks to our generous event sponsors:

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Lunar New Year Celebration Recap

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 exhibit floor, children created and decorated paper lanterns in the art room and made wishes on our Lam Tsuen wishing tree.

Our busiest day was Friday, when we welcomed The Red Dragon School of Martial Arts to perform the Lion Dance in the gym. Children were encouraged to participate in the dance by taking turns trying on a small size lion head and moving around with the performers. Thank you to our generous friends at M&T Bank for sponsoring our activities during this family fun week!

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