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:

  • 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.

art studio:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.
  • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday

tinkering tank:

  • 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri.
  • 12 pm – 3:00 pm & 4:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday

rooftop terrace – open daily, weather dependent

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

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 (annual shutdown, Monday, September 2nd – Friday, September 6th), Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s 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
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Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Oct 1 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 »
2
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Children’s Garden 10:30 am
Children’s Garden
Oct 2 @ 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 »
3
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 3 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
Oct 3 @ 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 »
4
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Play Late Till 8!
Play Late Till 8! @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Oct 4 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! »
5
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Fearless Family Play Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY 9:00 am
Fearless Family Play Day presented by BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
Oct 5 @ 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 »
Healthy Banana Berry Soft Serve – 4 Sessions! 10:30 am
Healthy Banana Berry Soft Serve – 4 Sessions!
Oct 5 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Healthy Banana Berry Soft Serve - 4 Sessions!
Join Eat Smart NY to make a healthy Banana Berry Soft Serve in our Cooking Galley! Participants will get to make and enjoy their own Read more about Healthy Banana Berry Soft Serve – 4 Sessions! »
6
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Halloween Cupcake Decorating 11:00 am
Halloween Cupcake Decorating
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Halloween Cupcake Decorating
Celebrate this spooky time of year by learning to decorate Halloween inspired cupcakes! Each participant will learn fun decorating techniques and bring home two spooky Read more about Halloween Cupcake Decorating »
7
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
8
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Oct 8 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 »
Incredible Hunt 5:00 pm
Incredible Hunt
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Incredible Hunt
It’s your turn for fun! Grab your friends and join us for our third annual Incredible Hunt Presented by HUNT Real Estate. Don’t miss this Read more about Incredible Hunt »
9
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Children’s Garden 10:30 am
Children’s Garden
Oct 9 @ 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 »
10
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 10 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
Oct 10 @ 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 »
11
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Books, Balls, & Blocks 9:30 am
Books, Balls, & Blocks
Oct 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Books, Balls, & Blocks
If you have a child between the ages of 4 months and 6 years, join us for this wonderful FREE event. Fun activities are offered Read more about Books, Balls, & Blocks »
Au-Some Evenings 5:00 pm
Au-Some Evenings @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Oct 11 @ 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 »
12
National Farmer’s Day
National Farmer’s Day
Oct 12 all-day
National Farmer's Day
Join us this Saturday as we pay tribute to the farmers in our community who make the food we eat possible with fun farming activities, Read more about National Farmer’s Day »
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Spooky Kooky Stop Motion Movies! 11:00 am
Spooky Kooky Stop Motion Movies!
Oct 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Spooky Kooky Stop Motion Movies!
Join us in our 3rd floor Tinkering Tank, where we will be creating our own kooky stop motion movies! First, we will build our own Read more about Spooky Kooky Stop Motion Movies! »
Mummy Hot Dogs 12:00 pm
Mummy Hot Dogs
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Mummy Hot Dogs
Celebrate this spooky time of year by learning to make your own Mummy Hot Dog! Each participant will make a deliciously spooky lunch to enjoy Read more about Mummy Hot Dogs »
13
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Not So Scary Halloween Spooktacular 11:00 am
Not So Scary Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Not So Scary Halloween Spooktacular
Come dressed in your Halloween best for safe, indoor trick or treating, not-so-spooky art projects, and so much more Halloween fun! $15 General Admission / Read more about Not So Scary Halloween Spooktacular »
14
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Oct 15 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 »
16
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Children’s Garden 10:30 am
Children’s Garden
Oct 16 @ 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 »
17
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 17 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
Oct 17 @ 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 »
Library on Wheels – BECPL Bookmobile Visit 10:00 am
Library on Wheels – BECPL Bookmobile Visit @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Library on Wheels - BECPL Bookmobile Visit @ Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library on Wheels is visiting Explore & More’s lobby the third Thursday of each month! With more than 3,000 Read more about Library on Wheels – BECPL Bookmobile Visit »
18
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
19
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
STEM Saturdays presented by National Grid
STEM Saturdays presented by National Grid
Oct 19 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 »
Apple Cider and Homemade Popcorn 11:00 am
Apple Cider and Homemade Popcorn
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Apple Cider and Homemade Popcorn
Learn to use a cider press to make and sample your very own cider creations. Participants will also make home made popcorn for a delightful Read more about Apple Cider and Homemade Popcorn »
20
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
Caramel Apples 11:00 am
Caramel Apples
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Caramel Apples
Participants will make two different delicious apple snacks; a caramel or candy apple, and a cereal treat apple!  This 45-minute class will be taking place Read more about Caramel Apples »
Spooky Movie Prop Makers! 3:30 pm
Spooky Movie Prop Makers!
Oct 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Spooky Movie Prop Makers!
Classic monster movies might seem scary but once you learn about the special effects, they can become fun and even silly! Join us in our Read more about Spooky Movie Prop Makers! »
21
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
22
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Oct 22 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 »
23
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings 10:00 am
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings
Oct 23 @ 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
Oct 23 @ 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 »
Books, Balls, & Blocks 5:00 pm
Books, Balls, & Blocks
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Books, Balls, & Blocks
If you have a child between the ages of 4 months and 6 years, join us for this wonderful FREE event. Fun activities are offered Read more about Books, Balls, & Blocks »
24
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 24 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
Oct 24 @ 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 »
80th Anniversary of the Bat 5:30 pm
80th Anniversary of the Bat
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
80th Anniversary of the Bat
Your friends form the Superhero Alliance of Western New York will be gathering in celebration of the 80th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite bat hero – Read more about 80th Anniversary of the Bat »
25
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 25 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
Oct 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 »
Magic Wands and Potions with Wizard Students 1:30 pm
Magic Wands and Potions with Wizard Students
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Magic Wands and Potions with Wizard Students
Explore your imagination with the help of our wizard students by conjuring magic potions and creating delicious magic wands! The immersive story time will be Read more about Magic Wands and Potions with Wizard Students »
27
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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
Oct 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
Closed to General Public
Closed to General Public
Oct 29 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 »
30
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 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 »
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings 10:00 am
“Newbie Wednesdays” New Parent Mornings
Oct 30 @ 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
Oct 30 @ 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 »
31
Open Studio Hours
Open Studio Hours
Oct 31 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
Oct 31 @ 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 »