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.”

Wednesday WOWs Mean Summer Fun at Explore & More!

Wednesday WOWs are in full swing at Explore & More, with themed activities for all ages every Wednesday, 11am – 2pm, throughout July and August.

From PUSH Physical Theatre and Healthy Eating, to activities with acclaimed local children’s author Keith White, Jr., Wednesday WOWs will feature special guests, activities, crafts, performances and fun for all ages. Wednesday WOWs are drop-in programs and are free with Museum membership or admission.

Upcoming WOW themes include:

 July 27 – Healthy Eating Activities and special performance by PUSH Physical Theatre,

sponsored by Walmart

 Aug. 3 – All About Animals

 Aug. 10 – Reading Fun with children’s author Keith White Jr., also: Book Making

Aug. 17 – Big Build in the Gym with Imagination Playground & Rig-ama-jig

 Aug. 24 – Police & Fire Safety, with special visitors from our local stations

Aug. 31 – Life on the Erie Canal, sponsored by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

     and the Tower Foundation

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