Family Fun at Canalside

By: Amelia Blake, Manager of Interpretive Programs

This year was our 8th year with FREE family fun programming at the waterfront! During the summer of 2017, Explore & More hosted 11 activities days along the boardwalk of Canalside. On each of these days we brought hands-on, play based learning activities from our Museum to the heart of the city.

Our Family Fun Days at Canalside are located just steps from the location of our brand new Canalside Museum! The excitement surrounding the spring ground breaking and subsequent construction site fueled the program plan for this summers’ activities. This summer, each Family Fun Day at Canalside highlighted one of the exciting new Play Zones that will be in our future Museum. These Play Zones are: Being Good Neighbors, Moving Water, Playing Together, Lighting Buffalo’s Imagination, Building Buffalo, Farm-to-Fork, and the Rooftop Garden. In addition to the large Play Zones, our summer programming also showcased the Art Studio, Tinkering Lab and Driving Buffalo’s Dreams.

We kicked off our summer programming at the end of June with an exciting announcement that West Herr will be sponsoring Driving Buffalo’s Dreams within the Lighting Buffalo’s Imagination Play Zone. Children and their adults were able to design and assemble their own three-dimensional car to drive around! Each child designs his/her own car based on unique interests and aspirations. In our Driving Buffalo Dream’s area of the new Museum, children will be able to accomplish this same project. Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to incorporate their own design into a digital scene of Buffalo. Individuals will be able to manipulate their car as they drive around the city!

The summer fun continued in the weeks to follow! Playing Together sponsored by Delaware North, Buffalo Bills Foundation, Buffalo Sabres Foundation and New Era was featured through a variety of fun games that encouraged children to work together. Some of our most popular activities of the day were lawn bowling, catch, and walking on stilts! These activities were designed for children to refine their gross motor skills, work together as a team, and make new friends.

Our activities inspired by the Rooftop Garden, sponsored by The Wegmans Family Foundation, allowed participants to become a gardener for the day. Each person decorated a small pot and planted a fruit or vegetable of choice. The Farm-to-Fork (sponsored by Wegmans) activity day allowed participants to learn how food is grown and role-play as a farmer, farm market worker or chef.

A sneak peek of Being Good Neighbors (sponsored by the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation) brought culture to life. Participants created art projects inspired by the cultures of India, China, Germany, Colombia, Somalia and Italy. In addition to art projects, participants were able to watch an incredible performance by Eric Borketey Ansuade. Born in Ghana, West Africa, Eric incorporates acrobatics in his traditional and contemporary dance. This performance captivated visitors of all ages.

Throughout the course of the summer, Explore & More reached thousands of people with our free programming. It is thanks to our generous sponsors at Wegmans and Western New York Immediate Care that we are able to spend the summer providing this series of programs for FREE to the children of Western New York. We can’t wait to see what next summer brings!

Summer Fun With Explore & More!

Explore & More’s Summer Fun is back both at Canalside and in East Aurora, with FREE Family Fun Fridays at Canalside and Wander the World Wednesday WOWs at the Museum.

Free outdoor fun at Canalside means Family Fun Fridays, beginning June 23rd, 11am – 2pm. Each week we will celebrate a different educational play zone area of the new Museum at Canalside with crafts, games and activities. Below is a list of this summer’s themes and days. (Please note: There is no Family Fun Friday on July 28 or August 4 due to Canalside festivals, but those dates are replaced with two Sundays, July 9 and August 27.)

June 23: Farm-to-Fork
June 30: Driving Buffalo’s Dreams
July 7: Playing Together
July 9: Recycled Creations (Sunday)
July 14: Rooftop Garden
July 21: Building Buffalo
July 28: OFF
August 4: OFF
August 11: Tinkering
August 18: Moving Water
August 25: Fine Arts Day
August 27: Imagination Playground (Sunday)
September 1: Being Good Neighbors
These great programs are FREE to you thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:
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Wander the World with us this summer during Wednesday WOWs at Explore & More! Each Wednesday in July and August, 11am – 2pm, we will visit a different country and explore the culture, crafts, traditions, performances, food, clothing, language and more!

July 5 – India
July 12 – China
July 19 – Germany
July 26 – Somalia
August 2 – Italy
August 9 – Poland
August 16 – Burma
August 23 – Yemen
August 30 – Colombia
Wednesday WOW programs are ongoing from 11am – 2pm, and FREE with your admission or membership thanks to the New York State Council for the Arts with the Support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, along with Employer Services Corporation.

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-2:00pm.  Details of each day’s activities can be found on our calendar.

Monday, April 10, India

Tuesday, April 11, Colombia**

Wednesday, April 12, China

Thursday, April 13, Yemen*

Friday, April 14, Myanmar (Burma)*

Travel the World Around Buffalo is FREE with your admission thanks to the generous sponsorship of the East Aurora Rotary.

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*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.

AuSome Evenings Welcomes Erie Canal Play in April!

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 Friday of each month from 5:30pm – 8:00pm, are free for families thanks to the sponsorship of Hodgson Russ LLP. With a variety of activities in the Museum and in the gym, storytellers, music therapy and more, families connect and children grow at Explore & More’s AuSome Evenings!

Erie Canal Play will be introduced at the AuSome Evening in April, too, giving children and chance to imagine themselves in the heyday of the Erie Canal. For more information, visit, or register today for the next AuSome Evening at