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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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.

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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

Women in Engineering Day

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

 Western New York has a rich history of women in engineering, in particular Louise Blanchard Bethune. Bethune became the United States’ first female architect. Join us in the Tinkering Tank to celebrate Bethune and other women engineers! 

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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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Folk Art Fridays

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

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 out on the fun! Participation is FREE with paid admission.  Better yet, become a member Read more about Folk Art Fridays »

Grown Up Night of Play: Mixology in the Museum

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

Mix, Make, Sip, & Play. Why limit happy to an hour? Friday, June 24, 2022 » 6:30-9:30pm 21+ limited capacity Grown Up Night of Play is back! Grab your friends and a cocktail (or mocktail!) and join us for Mixology in the Museum, where you’ll be learning mixology through play. Whether it’s crafting your own cocktail recipe with a local Read more about Grown Up Night of Play: Mixology in the Museum »

$45

Dinosaur Park: STEAM Family Workshop *Sold Out*

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

*Sold Out!* Welcome to Dinosaur Park! Explore & More has partnered with HSBC to bring you this special Dinosaur Park Workshop. Prepare yourself as we take a look at Paleontology, the study of fossils, explore different dinosaurs that could have lived in the region, and finally create your own dinosaur park to bring home. What sort of habitat will you Read more about Dinosaur Park: STEAM Family Workshop *Sold Out* »

$15

Princess Birthday Cupcake Class

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

Join Rapunzel and celebrate the best day ever! Explore and More is turning 3, so we are celebrating with cupcake decorating, crafts, and Storytime! Rapunzel will provide encouragement, tips, and tricks as you decorate your own cupcake with delicious frosting and dazzling sprinkles, as well as engaging crafts and interactive Storytime. This celebration will truly be an unforgettable, fantastic experience. Read more about Princess Birthday Cupcake Class »

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Pay What You Wish

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

Everyone is invited to pay what you wish,  every Saturday in June! Let's leverage the healing powers of play together.

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Birthday Celebration

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

 Explore & More turns 3 years old this year and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Join us for a fun-filled, week-long celebration throughout the museum with birthday activities and fun for the whole family. June 25th, 10-11:30 AM – Join Rapunzel and celebrate the best day ever! Explore and More is turning 3, so we are celebrating with cupcake decorating, Read more about Birthday Celebration »

Dino Day

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

Let's explore different dinosaurs that could have lived in our region and create your own dinosaur park to take home, while supplies last! Presented by HSBC. Click here for tickets.

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Birthday Celebration

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

 Explore & More turns 3 years old this year and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! Join us for a fun-filled, week-long celebration throughout the museum with birthday activities and fun for the whole family. June 25th, 10-11:30 AM – Join Rapunzel and celebrate the best day ever! Explore and More is turning 3, so we are celebrating with cupcake decorating, Read more about Birthday Celebration »