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Discount Diva: Cheap ways to spend a rainy day

You know what they say: April showers bring May … showers, apparently.

“I Love a Rainy Night” as much as Eddie Rabbitt does, but there are only so many “Rainy Days and Mondays” you can sit in the house listening to Carpenters records.

My family is all geared up for the sunny days of spring, which makes the gray, dreary days we’ve been having even harder to bear. That’s especially the case for the kiddos.

It’s a good thing this is Buffalo and there are always lots of fun things to do.

Here are some of them:

• Kids Lab. The Foundry will host a kids lab Wednesday for children ages 8 and older. There will be arts and crafts activities inspired by the Foundry’s maker community, who work in wood, metal, tech and fiber arts.

It will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but a guardian must remain present for the hour. It’s located at 298 Northampton St. For more information, visit TheFoundryBuffalo.org or call 885-1381.

• Fairy and Gnome Houses. Visit the Botanical Gardens and see tiny fairy and gnome houses made by local crafters. They’ll be on display through Sunday. Some time with the colorful flowers is bound to perk up the whole family, too.

Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for students 13 and older with an ID and $6 for kids age 3 through 12. Kids 2 and younger are free. The Botanical Gardens are located at 2655 South Park Ave. For more information, call 827-1584.

Thursday morning storytime. Mr. Adam will read a story geared toward preschoolers, then lead them in songs. It happens every week from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst.

• Hour of Code. Celebrate Computer Science Education Week at the Microsoft Store at Walden Galleria on Thursday with its Hour of Code. The free, 90-minute workshop will show kids ages 8 and older how to code and program.

To register, visit MicrosoftStore.com/WaldenGalleria. Parents must stay in the store for the duration of the class. It takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Microsoft Store on the first level of the Walden Galleria, 1 Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. For more information, email empricol@microsoft.com or call 706-2280.

• STEAM Powered Club at the North Tonawanda Public Library. Geared toward kids in fourth grade or higher, the monthly club focuses on activities based on science, technology and art, including nature-based science experiments and crafts.

The event is open to residents of North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Pendleton. Registration is required by calling 693-4132 or visiting the library in person, 505 Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda.

• Make It Monday. Craft and activity challenges every week at 4:30 p.m. from May 15 through June 19. Kids will flex their imaginations and creative problem-solving skills to create, invent or build. It takes place at the Orchard Park Public Library, 4570 South Buffalo St. Call 662-9851 to register.

• Rolly Pollies of Western New York will have free gym classes for 2-year-olds from Monday through Saturday, for 3-year-olds from May 15-20 and for ages 4 and 5 from May 22-27. One free class per child. Register 24 hours in advance. There are two locations, at 9630 Transit Road in East Amherst (689-6151) and 4058 North Buffalo Road in Orchard Park (662-7424).

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