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:
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.
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.
*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.
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 https://exploreandmore.org/calendar/au-some-evenings/, or register today for the next AuSome Evening at http://tinyurl.com/ausomeevening.
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.”