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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.

museum hours

School Year Hours (September – June)
Monday, Wednesday – Friday*: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed for reserved school groups
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 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, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 1 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
2
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 2 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
3
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Dec 3 all-day
Closed to General Public
On Tuesdays, Explore & More is closed to the general public so that we can better accommodate large school groups for field trips.  If you Read more about Closed to General Public »
4
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 4 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings 10:00 am
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings
Are you a new parent looking to connect yourself and your little one with other new parents and their infants?  Join us for Newbie Wednesdays, Read more about “Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings »
Children’s Garden 10:30 am
Children’s Garden
Dec 4 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Children's Garden
The Children’s Garden is a 1 hour program in our third floor Tinkering Tank for our littlest ones (ages 2-3) along with their parent or Read more about Children’s Garden »
5
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 5 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Explore Even More 9:30 am
Explore Even More
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Explore Even More
Looking for that special drop-off program for your 4-5 year old this Fall? How about a little EXPLORE EVEN MORE in our brand new children’s Read more about Explore Even More »
6
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 6 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Play Late Till 8!
Play Late Till 8! @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Dec 6 all-day
Play Late Till 8! @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
The play extends late for parents who work, kids who need a night of getting their energy out, or families looking for an excuse to Read more about Play Late Till 8! »
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy 6:00 pm
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy
Join the Green Grouch and Cindy to construct a tasty Graham Cracker House made of sugar, spice and everything nice!   Entertainment for the day Read more about Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy »
7
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 7 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Fearless Family Play Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY 9:00 am
Fearless Family Play Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fearless Family Play Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
Join us the first Saturday of each month for a full day of fun and engaging healthy activities located throughout the museum’s play zones and Read more about Fearless Family Play Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY »
“Keep it Moving!” with Young Audiences of WNY and Devi Bollywood Dance Studio 10:00 am
“Keep it Moving!” with Young Audiences of WNY and Devi Bollywood Dance Studio
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Get up and get moving in this fun dance class with Gaitrie Subryan of Devi Bollywood Dance! This program is included with paid admission thanks Read more about “Keep it Moving!” with Young Audiences of WNY and Devi Bollywood Dance Studio »
“Keep it Moving!” with Young Audiences of WNY and Devi Bollywood Dance Studio 11:00 am
“Keep it Moving!” with Young Audiences of WNY and Devi Bollywood Dance Studio
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Get up and get moving in this fun dance class with Gaitrie Subryan of Devi Bollywood Dance! This program is included with paid admission thanks Read more about “Keep it Moving!” with Young Audiences of WNY and Devi Bollywood Dance Studio »
8
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 8 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Breakfast with Santa 9:30 am
Breakfast with Santa
Dec 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast with Santa
Join Santa for Breakfast at Explore & More! This family friendly event includes a light hot breakfast, a holiday inspired art project and a printed Read more about Breakfast with Santa »
Winter Warm Up with Hot Cocoa and Your Own Mug! 11:30 am
Winter Warm Up with Hot Cocoa and Your Own Mug!
Dec 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Winter Warm Up with Hot Cocoa and Your Own Mug!
In this class you will learn to make home made hot chocolate and decorate your own mug to use for your tasty treat! Note: Dairy Read more about Winter Warm Up with Hot Cocoa and Your Own Mug! »
9
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 9 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
10
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Dec 10 all-day
Closed to General Public
On Tuesdays, Explore & More is closed to the general public so that we can better accommodate large school groups for field trips.  If you Read more about Closed to General Public »
11
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 11 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Children’s Garden 10:30 am
Children’s Garden
Dec 11 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Children's Garden
The Children’s Garden is a 1 hour program in our third floor Tinkering Tank for our littlest ones (ages 2-3) along with their parent or Read more about Children’s Garden »
12
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 12 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Explore Even More 9:30 am
Explore Even More
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Explore Even More
Looking for that special drop-off program for your 4-5 year old this Fall? How about a little EXPLORE EVEN MORE in our brand new children’s Read more about Explore Even More »
13
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 13 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Au-Some Evenings 5:00 pm
Au-Some Evenings @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Au-Some Evenings @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Once a month, these special Au-Some Evenings give children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, their friends and family, an opportunity to play Read more about Au-Some Evenings »
14
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 14 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
15
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 15 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
16
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 16 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
17
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Dec 17 all-day
Closed to General Public
On Tuesdays, Explore & More is closed to the general public so that we can better accommodate large school groups for field trips.  If you Read more about Closed to General Public »
18
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 18 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Children’s Garden 10:30 am
Children’s Garden
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Children's Garden
The Children’s Garden is a 1 hour program in our third floor Tinkering Tank for our littlest ones (ages 2-3) along with their parent or Read more about Children’s Garden »
19
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 19 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Explore Even More 9:30 am
Explore Even More
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Explore Even More
Looking for that special drop-off program for your 4-5 year old this Fall? How about a little EXPLORE EVEN MORE in our brand new children’s Read more about Explore Even More »
20
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 20 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy 3:00 pm
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy
Dec 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy
Join the Green Grouch and Cindy to construct a tasty Graham Cracker House made of sugar, spice and everything nice!   Entertainment for the day Read more about Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy »
21
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 21 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
STEM Saturdays presented by National Grid
STEM Saturdays presented by National Grid
Dec 21 all-day
STEM Saturdays presented by National Grid
  Get those wheels turning this weekend with STEM based activities power the play across the museum the third Saturday of each month presented by Read more about STEM Saturdays presented by National Grid »
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy 9:30 am
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy
Dec 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy
Join the Green Grouch and Cindy to construct a tasty Graham Cracker House made of sugar, spice and everything nice!   Entertainment for the day Read more about Graham Cracker Houses with the Green Grouch and Cindy »
22
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 22 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
No-Sew Winter Pillow 1:30 pm
No-Sew Winter Pillow
Dec 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
No-Sew Winter Pillow
Create your very own no-sew penguin or peppermint swirl pillow!  We’ll have the supplies – just bring your creativity!
23
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 23 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
26
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 26 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
Explore Even More 9:30 am
Explore Even More
Dec 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Explore Even More
Looking for that special drop-off program for your 4-5 year old this Fall? How about a little EXPLORE EVEN MORE in our brand new children’s Read more about Explore Even More »
27
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 27 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
28
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 28 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
29
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 29 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
30
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Dec 30 all-day
Join us in our Art Studio, Cooking Galley, and Tinkering Tank for our daily open studio hours!  Check below to learn when your favorite studio Read more about Open Studio Hours »
31
Countdown to Noon! 10:00 am
Countdown to Noon!
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Countdown to Noon!
Ring in the New Year at a kid-friendly hour at Explore & More’s annual countdown to noon!  Our studios will be activated throughout the day Read more about Countdown to Noon! »