calendar

take your pick of play dates!

Check out our calendar below for special programs and activities to plan your fun-filled adventure, or just pop by any day we’re open during our regular museum hours—we promise you’ll always find something to do.

daily open studio time:
cooking galley – times vary
art studio – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
tinkering tank – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

daily mobile fun units presented by M&T Bank:
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

museum hours

Summer Hours (July & August)
Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily*
* First Friday of the Month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

School Year Hours (September – June)
Monday, Wednesday – Friday*: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed for reserved school groups
Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
* First Friday of the Month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Holiday Hours
The museum is closed on the following holidays: Memorial Day, Labor Day Week (annual shutdown), Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Annual Cleaning & Maintenance
The museum will be closed Labor Day week for annual cleaning and exhibit maintenance.

Jul
21
Sun
Art Studio @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in our 4th floor Art Studio for creative activities during our open studio time – no registration required.

 

Buffalo Launches to the Moon! @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Jul 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing, and how Buffalo helped launch astronauts safely to and from the Moon. We will be building and experimenting with different types of straw rockets in our 3rd floor Tinkering Tank!

This class is recommended for children 6-12 years.

Please note: Class fee covers the cost of one participating child. Museum admission and/or membership are required for entry.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Siblings cannot attend, unless the sibling is a paying participant. All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Tinkering Tank
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in our 3rd floor Tinkering Tank for hands-on activities! This program is free and open to visitors of all ages – no prior registration required.

Cooking Galley
Jul 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Stop by the Cooking Galley to cook up some fun and try a healthy snack!  This program is free and open to visitors of all ages – no prior registration required.

Jul
22
Mon
Art Studio @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in our 4th floor Art Studio for creative activities during our open studio time – no registration required.

 

Tinkering Tank
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in our 3rd floor Tinkering Tank for hands-on activities! This program is free and open to visitors of all ages – no prior registration required.

“Cook the Books” (Series): Roti @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Jul 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Taste and experiment with different Indian spices* in this hands-on cooking workshop in the 4th floor Cooking Galley! Together, we’ll read the children’s book Hot Hot Roti for Dada-Ji by F. Zia and learn to make our very own roti and mango lassi.

*Ingredients will include wheat flour, yogurt, mango, milk, and various spices.

Recommended Age Range: 3-10

Please note: Class fee covers the cost of one participating child. Museum admission and/or membership are required for entry.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Siblings cannot attend, unless the sibling is a paying participant. All classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

 

Jul
23
Tue
Art Studio @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in our 4th floor Art Studio for creative activities during our open studio time – no registration required.

 

Tinkering Tank
Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us in our 3rd floor Tinkering Tank for hands-on activities! This program is free and open to visitors of all ages – no prior registration required.

Jul
24
Wed
Kinder-Ready @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Come join us on this weekly adventure of play and learning to get ready for kindergarten!  Occurring Wednesdays in our Tinkering Tank from 9:30-11:30 beginning July 10th through August 28th, this “Super-Fun” readiness program is designed for children entering kindergarten to practice skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.  Age-appropriate activities touching on all developmental areas will be covered through exhibits, circle time, learning centers, stories and crafts. Parents/Caregivers will engage with their children and come away with ideas and suggestions for carryover at home.  Click here to register!