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,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “The museum is an important component of our work to redevelop the South Aud Block and build on the amenities and attractions that are drawing millions of people to Canalside.”
The lower floors of the museum will be activated with a café along the Canal Towpath and a retail space on the ground floor along Lloyd Street, anchoring the corner of Lloyd Street and Marine Drive. The ground floor will also include two entrances for museum guests, allowing school groups to be separated from daily visitors as necessary. The second floor includes a two-story educational play zone along the canals while the third floor provides more educational play zones and views of the Buffalo River. On the fourth floor, overlooking the canals and the city skyline as backdrop, a rooftop terrace will allow museum guests to views of Canalside from a unique vantage point, with more educational play zone exhibit areas inside.
With the design now complete and approved, construction will begin in March 2017. LeChase Construction is providing construction management services for the pre-construction and construction of the children’s museum core and shell structure.
“We are thrilled to be moving forward with our plans for this one-of-a-kind children’s Museum at Canalside,” said Douglas Love, CEO, Explore & More Children’s Museum. “With groundbreaking next month, it will be wonderful for children and families in the City and visiting the City to watch this place being built just for them.”
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: Get artistic with Crayon Resist and Color Reveal fun!
Wednesday, Feb. 22: Don’t miss this melodious day when we welcome Music with Mar!
Thursday, Feb. 23: Let the chill outside bring inspire the artist inside with Ice Painting!
Friday, Feb. 24: Time to get moving with dance! Try family Zumba, and create Rainbow Rings.
These special family fun activities are free with your admission or membership to Explore & More.
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 the workshop room and in the gym. Out on the floor, Explore & More was excited to unveil two new STEM-related exhibits, Lauri building sets in Building Curiosity, and magnetic shape challenges in Inside Architecture.
We can’t wait for our next family fun week over the February break, when we will have Presidents’ Day activities on Monday and Art activities the rest of the week! As always, we are open on Mondays and Tuesdays in addition to our regular days and hours of operation during Family Fun Weeks, and our Family Fun Week activities are FREE with your membership or admission.
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!
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 of Western New York.