$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 zone – one of seven – in the planned facility.

The announcement was made during a program that Explore & More educators facilitated with fourth-grade students at Eggert Road Elementary School.

“Those of us fortunate enough to call the City of Good Neighbors our home understand the importance of Being Good Neighbors. I can think of no better legacy to leave my children, and all of our children, than the opportunity to discover the world around them and all of the things that make our hometown special,” said Paul Saffrin, Trustee of the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation.

“Every year our students benefit from the hands-on learning experiences that Explore & More provides, either at the Museum or right here in our school. Explore & More’s programs expand on what our students are learning in the classroom, providing a much richer experience through our partnership than what any school can do on its own,” said Terry Tryon, Principal of Eggert Road Elementary in Orchard Park .

“We are excited to be a good neighbor at Canalside, bringing creative hands-on learning experiences to children and families in Buffalo and from across the region. We feel a great responsibility to be part of the solution for moving the needle on school readiness and achievement for the 50% of the City’s children who start school at a remedial academic level – while also making a positive impact economically and socially,” said Douglas Love, CEO of Explore & More. “It’s a monumental task, with an even greater impact – and it’s good neighbors like Paul Saffrin that are helping to make this dream a reality for Western New York’s children.“

“Paul Saffrin’s generous gift takes the museum two-thirds of the way to their $27 million project goal. This is a game-changing investment in a once-in-a-lifetime project, which will mean so much for the region’s children today…and for generations to come,” said David McNamara, Managing Partner of Phillips Lytle and Chair of Explore & More’s Capital Campaign.


Explore & More Children’s Museum is currently located at 300 Gleed Avenue in East Aurora, and will open in the South Aud Block at Canalside on the Buffalo waterfront in the second half of 2018, after breaking ground in March 2017. saffrin-pc

Haudenosaunee Day of Sharing, October 10!

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 11am – 2pm.  Explore & More is open Monday, October 10th from 10am – 5pm, and this special program is free with your admission! Special thanks to Buffalo Spree and the New York Council for the Humanities for supporting this program.

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

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 Frontier Automobile Dealers Association, approximately 2,000 of those students were transported to Explore & More free of charge! This donation has allowed us to reach more children in our community than in previous years and furthered our mission of being accessible to all.

In addition to our field trip attendance, Explore & More visited over 50 different schools in Western New York, educating over 5,000 students in their schools. Explore & More presented a variety of programs, including Culture Days which take students on a whirlwind trip around the globe, and Five Senses, a program that encourages children to use their own tools of exploration to experience the world around them!

We can’t wait to see everyone again for the 2016-2017 school year. Enjoy your summer!

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 be available to schools and community centers across Western New York beginning in the Fall of 2016!

In addition to these new programs, Explore & More will continue our Culture Day programming and Five Senses with a new twist. In all program offerings, students learn through hands-on experimentation, creative play, and immersive experiences. We know that it can often be a challenge to take a field trip out into the community. Let Explore & More bring these programs directly to your students for an in-school field trip!

Book a program for the 2016-2017 school year today by calling 716-655-5131 ext. 21 or email [email protected]!

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

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 to Explore & More to over $500,000.

“We’ve been committed to Explore & More’s mission since the beginning, and the Museum’s expansion and relocation to Canalside is a great springboard to broaden our partnership for the community and for the children of Western New York,” said Shelley Drake, Senior Vice President of M&T Bank and President of the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation. “As a community-focused bank, we work together to help our neighbors flourish and our customers succeed.”

M&T will be sponsoring the café in the new Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside, which will be situated adjacent to the canal towpaths and able to serve both Museum patrons and Canalside visitors.

The Museum’s educational exhibits and programs have incorporated play into learning for the last two decades—an approach M&T wants to add into the curriculum at the Westminster Community Charter School.

“This unique partnership will expand on the innovation and imagination already taking root in our schools, bringing the latest in experiential learning to young children and their families in our community,” said David K. Chamberlain, Vice Chairman of the Westminster Foundation and CEO of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.

“Experiential learning is at the heart of what we do, and this is an exceptional opportunity to extend the classroom and curriculum to benefit students and teachers,” said Explore & More CEO Douglas Love. “We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with M&T Bank, and believe that this expanded relationship will benefit both organizations and the community by positively impacting Buffalo’s children.”