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We’ve taken our girls to quite a few of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's kid-friendly events at Kleinhans Music Hall over the past three or so years. We went to the Halloween Symphonic Spooktacular, the Cirque de la Symphonie at the BPO,  Peter Rabbit and Other Tales, and a few others. Every time - very single time - my girls have had the best time. The shows are al…

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I’ve always loved fall. Everything about it. It’s no longer the beginning of the school year, and it’s not quite the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday. (Regardless of what the big-box stores seem to think.) Fall is that time between where things are kind of chill; where you’re not exactly running around like a mad-person. Not all the time, anyway. I feel like fall…

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Summer is flying by, so don't miss out on the many free activities in the area. Here's a guide to a free family-friendly event for every day in August. Aug. 1  Movies at Canalside. Enjoy a family movie outdoors. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; concessions will be available. This week's movie, starting at about 8:30 p.m., is the adorable feature "Trolls." Aug.…

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Anyone who knows me knows that my kids are my life. I would do anything for them. And I basically do. But I'm not afraid to admit (OK, maybe I'm a little afraid) that my marriage is my top priority. Please don't fire up the hate-mail yet - let me explain. If you have a bad marriage, you're likely stressed, unhappy and maybe even clinically depressed. There's no doubt th…

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There are many amazing events in the area all summer long. So many things to do, but as a mom, I always wonder which ones are kid friendly. I'm assuming other parents wonder the same thing when they hear about a cool event; kids or no kids? The East Aurora Music Festival is coming up from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 10. I made some calls and did some research and here's …

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There are many wonderful places to picnic in the Buffalo area. Countless parks to make countless memories. But beyond the location and having some little sweeties to share it with, there’s not much needed for a perfect picnic. The trick is to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Here are ten things to include in your picnic basket. Sunscreen. In my opinion, it’s …

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I remember hearing about "Star Wars" Night at Coca-Cola Field last year. Seemed cool, but I never got around to getting tickets. My 5-year-old is a huge fan, so I remember wanting to get tickets, but, as things often do, it slipped my mind. Then, I remember being super mad when I saw all of the pictures on Facebook. It seemed like every one of my friends had gone. And h…

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If your kids are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine, they'll be thrilled to hear this: Thomas is chugging into town. The annual "Day Out with Thomas: Friendship Tour 2017" will zip into Medina, giving little engineers a chance to head to the mainline for some family fun. "Day Out With Thomas" includes a 25-minute ride to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway. …

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The weather is great, isn't it? The temperature is warming up into the 50s and 60s. I love it. My kids do, too. Sure they're very much looking forward to the dog days of summer, but a nice spring is a step in the right direction. Now, it's time to visit some of our favorite spots. We like free places, mainly because my 2-year-old, Ella, doesn't like to stay in one place ve…

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If you've never heard of "Music with Mar," it's a national program that brings music and learning to kids. Classes are designed for children ages 6 months through 6 years to teach educational concepts through music. And it's a whole lot of fun, too. There are dozens of different classes around, taught by different teachers, but they all follow the same basic idea - use …

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It is an amazing, rewarding honor to raise children, but it's also challenging, frustrating, hard work. There are countless parenting books - I've read many of them - that give you advice, guidance and tips for making things easier. For raising nice children. Happier children. Healthier children. They tell you how to bathe, feed, discipline and educate your children. …

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Can't you feel it? The warm air on your skin. The sun beating down on your face. The smell of flowers. Birds singing. Frogs croaking. OK, you get it. I have spring fever - big time - and my kids do, too. So, now that spring is officially here (despite lingering snow on the ground), we have some fun must-dos. Treat our animal friends. We love this. We take a string,…

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We rarely do fast food. That being said, there are times we've stopped at McDonald's. And Emma, 5,  absolutely needed one of the must-have kid toys. For the most part, the toys make the trash within a few days. There is one exception, but it wasn't McDonald's. We stopped at Chick-fil-A on a recent trip to Florida, and would you believe the item that came with the kid…

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During the recent winter break, the spring-like temperatures got us outside. It was gorgeous and so much fun. Cabin fever was beginning to set in, so the sunshine was a breath of fresh air. Friends invited us on a play-date to check out the park at Wales Primary School.We had never been to Butterfly Park (4650 Woodchuck Road, East Aurora) and were happy to check it out. …

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Want a great way to keep the kids from climbing the walls at home? Take them to jump their little hearts out at Get Air in Cheektowaga. Yes, they absolutely will be jumping for joy. I can pretty much guarantee it. We are a fairly non-traditional family - as in our kids are 21, 20, 5 and 2. So finding something for everyone is a bit of a challenge. We found it at Get Air…