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This will be the 25th year of the beautiful Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima shrine. The family-oriented event creates a wonder of color and lights on the shrine’s 15 acres with 75 displays and an illuminated shrine. Most of the displays are made by staff. The theme for this year’s celebration of lights is “the year of mercy.”The lights shine brightly from …

This will be the 25th year of the beautiful Festival of Lights at Our Lady of Fatima shrine. The family-oriented event creates a wonder of color and lights on the shrine’s 15 acres with 75 displays and an illuminated shrine. Most of the displays are made by staff. The theme for this year’s celebration of lights is “the year of mercy.”The lights shine brightly from …

Your kids will love a fun after-school adventure in the great outdoors. The after-school escape at the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (93 Honorine Drive, Depew) is a great chance for you and your kids to check out some of the 292-acre complex of forests, ponds and wetlands. Every Thursday through June, kids in kindergarten through 5th grade and their parents or caregiver…

Here are some free fun events for kids this weekend. The Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo) offers free second Fridays every month. You can bring your kids in to enjoy tours, activities and more from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Events and programming are planned for the entire family. Recommended ages are four years and older. Visit burchfieldpenne…

Here is a huge event in more ways than one. It’s Dino Daze at the Buffalo Museum of Science from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14. You can celebrate all things dino as the museum unveils its newly restored Allosaurus. Kids can be a paleontologist for a day as they dive into a giant dig pit, play trivia, make their own fossils and more. Each child will create and decorate their …

Here is a huge event in more ways than one. It’s Dino Daze at the Buffalo Museum of Science from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14. You can celebrate all things dino as the museum unveils its newly restored Allosaurus. Kids can be a paleontologist for a day as they dive into a giant dig pit, play trivia, make their own fossils and more. Each child will create and decorate their …

They say a book is a gift you can open again and again – that’s just one reason to check out the WNY Children’s Book Expo. This free event is best suited for ages 3-12. Kids can meet dozens of children’s authors and see illustrator presentations. There will be story readings that can help foster a love of reading, spark curiosity and imagination, and encourage inde…

They say a book is a gift you can open again and again – that’s just one reason to check out the WNY Children’s Book Expo. This free event is best suited for ages 3-12. Kids can meet dozens of children’s authors and see illustrator presentations. There will be story readings that can help foster a love of reading, spark curiosity and imagination, and encourage inde…

If you and your kids love trains, look no further than this very popular event. The Great Batavia Train Show is hosted by the Genesee Society of Model Engineers and is one of the premier hobby events in Western New York. Your kids can learn all about the history of trains, how they work, and what they’re used for. Of course, they can have a blast checking out the models,…

Shop ‘til you drop and save big money. It’s not easy shopping, not for the faint of heart. Think Black Friday. Plenty of shoppers, only a few of each item and some great deals. It is a bit like controlled chaos. I have heard about the Bella Kids' semi-annual consignment sale in the past, and it seems to just keep growing. I headed over to the pre-sale to see what it w…

It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. Get ready for an electric time at the 11th annual Town of Niagara Electric Lights Parade. This always is a huge hit with the kids who love the floats, bands, and of course, Santa – who will be on hand to greet the crowd. The parade will head down Military Road in the town beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7. There also …

Let your kids express themselves through creativity in art at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 South Park Ave.). The hands-on art classes take place on Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. All of the sessions are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Classes are $13 each and are for kids ages 4 to 15 years old. A professional artist and teacher will help the kids complete the…

Celebrate Aviation month at the Audubon Library (350 John James Audubon Pkwy., Amherst) with high-flying fun at a free event from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 for kids ages 6-12. The event includes aviation books and plane trivia. Kids will also make paper airplanes and test them, too. Registration is required at 689-4922. On Nov. 6, bring your kiddos to the Albright-Knox Art Galle…

Want to find out how many other people in Buffalo might have the same Halloween costume you do?Google’s new microsite Frightgeist can help.According to the site, “Star Wars”-related Halloween costumes are the most popular getups in Buffalo.The top five list for “locally trending” costumes in Buffalo also includes the generic superhero (No. 2), comic book characte…

Want to find out how many other people in Buffalo might have the same Halloween costume you do?Google’s new microsite Frightgeist can help.According to the site, “Star Wars”-related Halloween costumes are the most popular getups in Buffalo.The top five list for “locally trending” costumes in Buffalo also includes the generic superhero (No. 2), comic book characte…