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.

Invention Exchange – Sold Out!

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

Just imagine all that you can invent! Campers will learn skills in electronics, robotics, and fabrication to create useful, fun, and silly inventions to solve a series of challenges. After building foundational skills, makers will explore the entire design process to invent their own independent project. Your child will learn while having fun! Ages: 8 – 12 Date: Monday, August Read more about Invention Exchange – Sold Out! »

Free Play Fridays Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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

Join us for some fun in the sun every Friday in July & August as we play and make friends! FREE PLAY FRIDAYS take place rain or shine from 11 am-1 pm at the Pierce Lawn, Canalside, and each week features a different activity! Registration is not required!  This free program is presented with the help of our friends at Read more about Free Play Fridays Teamwork Makes the Dream Work »

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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

Find the Superhero Within Community Day

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

Buffalo EOC in partnership with Explore & More is pleased to present Find the Superhero Within: Community Day. Families can expect a fun-filled day of giveaways, sweet treats, superheroes and more surprises with pay-what-you-wish admission to the museum! Come learn about the tuition-free programs available at the BEOC then enjoy a free scoop of Superhero ice cream thanks to Perry’s Read more about Find the Superhero Within Community Day »

Farm to Fork Camp – Sold Out!

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

If you need some help with your garden, enroll your budding green thumb in this five-day gardening and cooking camp. Kids will learn how to care for a plant from growing to harvesting, then they’ll take the day’s produce and make a healthy dish to bring home and share with their family. As an added bonus, this camp features the “Farm Read more about Farm to Fork Camp – Sold Out! »

Waterway Day

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

Join us in Moving Water along with the Buffalo Maritime Center 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!  The Buffalo Maritime Center will be bringing their boat building trailer to help lead in the construction of a working Read more about Waterway Day »

Free Play Fridays Crazy Kickball

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

Join us for some fun in the sun every Friday in July & August as we play and make friends! FREE PLAY FRIDAYS take place rain or shine from 11 am-1 pm at the Pierce Lawn, Canalside, and each week features a different activity! Registration is not required!  This free program is presented with the help of our friends at Read more about Free Play Fridays Crazy Kickball »

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STEM Saturday presented by National Grid

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

  Get those wheels turning this weekend with STEM based activities that power the play across the museum the third Saturday of each month presented by National Grid. Come play your way through Science, Technology, Engineering & Math based activities that are so fun, kids don’t even know they’re learning!

World Honey Bee Day: HSBC Family Fun Day

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

 Join our friends from Fairytale Farms in creating a folk art jar candle out of real beeswax. Learn mind-boggling facts about bees while also creating a beautiful piece of art. We can’t wait to create with you an amazing, immersive experience. Thanks to our friends at HSBC for their support! Space is limited for this free workshop, please pre-register here.

Weird Science for Kids

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

This Summer Camp will spark children’s imagination and encourage exploration! Learn how much fun science can be as you explore the weird world of science as we conduct daily experiments to unravel the mysteries of electricity, chemistry, light, and sound. Try not to get stuck as you make your own quicksand. Learn about floating rocks, cornstarch, fake snot, sink the unsinkable and Read more about Weird Science for Kids »

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Together to Kindergarten

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

We know summer is just starting, but it is never too early to start preparing for school! In September, many children will be “leaving the nest” and going off on their own for the first time. No, we are not talking about going to college. We’re talking about little ones going to Kindergarten! For many kids, this will be the first time they spend Read more about Together to Kindergarten »

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Together to Kindergarten

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

We know summer is just starting, but it is never too early to start preparing for school! In September, many children will be “leaving the nest” and going off on their own for the first time. No, we are not talking about going to college. We’re talking about little ones going to Kindergarten! For many kids, this will be the first time they spend Read more about Together to Kindergarten »