Calendar

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.

Tickets

Advance ticket purchases are required. You can purchase tickets here.

Museum Hours

Hours of Operation:

New hours!
Open:
Monday 10 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Members Only:
Saturday 9:30 AM – 10 AM

Holiday Hours:
The museum is closed on the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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Members Only Playtime

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Members-only playtime means that our members get access to all the fun and play the museum has to offer, just with other members!  This special members-only playtime is a perk that comes free with every membership.

Folk Art Fridays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

This Folk Art Friday we'll be in the Art Studio creating Valentine's Heart Hand Mosaics! Join us at Explore & More for FOLK ART FRIDAYS every Friday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, as we conduct activities that will immerse children and families in different forms of folk art, from dance and movement to songs and storytelling, to costuming and crafts.  Don't miss Read more about Folk Art Fridays »

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Museums on Us

Explore & More is pleased to be part of Museums on Us, Bank of America customers enjoy one free general admission ticket on the first weekend of every month.  To register, please call the museum at (716)655-5131. Be sure to present your Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® or Bank of America Private Bank credit or debit card and a photo Read more about Museums on Us »

Free
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Waterway Wednesdays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us in Moving Water every Wednesday from 10 AM - Noon as we learn about the Erie Canalway and the surrounding waterways which have crafted Buffalo and the Western New York region into the wonderful place that it is today! Supported by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the NYS Canal Corporation.

Waterway Wednesdays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us in Moving Water every Wednesday from 10 AM - Noon as we learn about the Erie Canalway and the surrounding waterways which have crafted Buffalo and the Western New York region into the wonderful place that it is today! Hands on Watershed Model, this craft was a favorite for guests’ way back in 2019, we are excited to Read more about Waterway Wednesdays »

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Children’s Garden

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

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 caregiver to engage with each other, follow a simple routine and make new friends. 

$12
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Growing Me

What: Growing Me is the next step after Children’s Garden. This is a one-hour program for ages 4-5 where we focus on Pre-K and Kindergarten readiness skills. In this class children will grow their confidence by practicing skills independently while still receiving parental supervision. In Growing Me we focus on social and emotional development, language and communication, early literacy, and mathematical thinking. We play with puzzles, write, Read more about Growing Me »

$12
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Members Only Playtime

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Members-only playtime means that our members get access to all the fun and play the museum has to offer, just with other members!  This special members-only playtime is a perk that comes free with every membership.

Folk Art Fridays

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Out of this World: The Art of Space -Space is a beautiful place to explore. Scientists have been charting space since the beginning of time. Our views of space have changed so much from the early telescopes of the 17th century to the James Webb telescope today! Join us in the tinkering tank to learn how to chart the stars!  Read more about Folk Art Fridays »

Inventor’s Day

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Join us in the Tinkering Tank as we recreate some of George Washington Carver’s most famous inventions!

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Au-Some Evening

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum 130 Main Street

Once a month, our special Au-Some Evenings give children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Families will have access to the museum space and play zones, including our cafe. Featured activities include a music center, therapy dogs, art projects and gross Read more about Au-Some Evening »

Free