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I guess all of the Beatles music and soothing meditation sounds I play at home didn’t do much for Ella when it comes to the whole "peace" vibe. Here’s what I learned taking her to our first mom and me yoga class: she’s a tiny crazy baby. An adorable, sweet, perfect little crazy baby. Or maybe she’s just a toddler.  Yep. That’s probably what it is. I decided …

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It is time to celebrate nature at its finest. Here are a few ideas sure to please everyone in the family, especially the kiddos. The Spring Nature Festival at Chestnut Ridge Park (6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park) will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23. The family themed event includes live animal demonstrations, archery lessons for kids and ecolog…

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It was a rainy day and my girls and I were a bit bored. Since my girls are 20, 19, 4 and 1, it’s never easy to find a place that makes everyone happy. We gave Clay Hands Pottery in Clarence a whirl. I figured everyone can work at their own pace and make what is appropriate for them. I had heard about Clay Hands through a friend who said it was good for kids of all ages…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf” at 2:30 p.m. April 17 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). This is a comical story about Little Red Riding Hood that is great for kids of all ages. Tickets range from $9 for kids to $18.50 for adults. Tickets and info here. Why you should check out this event: THE BPO is awesome and Kleinhans is…

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I’ll begin by saying this: Albright-Knox Art Gallery calls it a "toddler" art class – but it is for 3 and 4 year olds – so perhaps it’s more of a preschooler art class. Either way, it is actually pretty cool. The classes are held on the first Friday of each month (which is First Fridays at the gallery). The cost of the class is $10 (free for members), and you real…

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I can remember my time as a kid at the Boys and Girls Club on 17th Street in Niagara Falls, although back then, it was just the Boys Club. I can remember going to summer day camp, playing basketball in what seemed like the biggest gym ever, and I’ll never forget the wonderful staff who really seemed to care about us kids. I’m sure that I didn’t have a clue just wha…

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We can all take a collective deep breath knowing spring has finally sprung. Now, it’s time to celebrate the season of life. Here are five pretty sweet ways for you and your kids to welcome spring with open arms. Maple Sugar Festival When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 and 3 at the Genesee Country Village & Museum (1410 West Hill Road, Mumford) This family-friendly …

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I can honestly say that I was a bit intrigued by the name of this place - Just Fun. It sounded cool. And fun. And it was. It was actually pretty neat. The owner of Just Fun, John Young, said he opened the place in 2010 and gears it toward everyone and anyone. “It’s for anyone from 1 to 104,” he told me. I really liked the place, but I am not sure I would agree wi…

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Would you like to get some spring in your kid’s step? Literally. It’s pretty easy to do; just head over to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. I know, I know - I wondered if my kids would get bored walking around and looking at flowers, too – but I was pleasantly surprised at just how much fun we had at the gardens. For starters, we went on a nasty, soggy, cold day. Ju…

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Yes, get messy. In fact, get the ooey, gooey, sticky kind of messy. It's Messfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Parkway). This is an annual event that celebrates all of the messy stuff in life. Well, some of it, anyway. The fun takes place all throughout the museum, with plenty of hands-on activities for all ages. [Read a…

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Sometimes fun is fun and sometimes fun is more than just a good time. Sometimes, it comes with a lesson or two. Or more. At Explore & More Children's Museum in East Aurora, kids do a good deal of learning, even if they don’t quite realize it. I’ve been here quite a few times, although this was the first for my little ones. Emma, 4, and Ella, 1, both really enjoyed…

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Spring will be here before we know it – so it might be a good idea to enjoy the winter weather while it lasts. Glide over to The Healthy Zone Rink in East Aurora for some ice time. We had a blast – and can’t wait to go back. We went on a Saturday afternoon. It was chilly so we were surely grateful for the warming lodge. It’s nice to have a place to warm up every s…

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Curiosity is the hallmark of a happy childhood, and toddlers are curious little people with big appetites for fun. They’re no longer infants, but aren’t quite preschoolers yet. They need to continue to develop motor skills, but this is also an important time for intellectual, social and emotional growth. And, if you don't keep them moving and wear them out, they'll wea…

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The anticipation had been building in our house as we waited for the big day of "Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!" at Shea's Performing Arts Center. "Sesame Street" is a favorite of my two little ones. At ages 4 and 1, both girls enjoy the music, characters and fun of one of the most beloved children’s programs ever. But would "Sesame Street Live" keep them as entertaine…

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Here are a few words of advice for a visit to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Be prepared to say what I said a bunch of times: "Not now, sweetie. Maybe next time." The phrase will come in handy. My daughter, Emma and I went to the Walden Galleria to check out the process. It is quite a process. It was a Saturday afternoon and we were armed with our gift card from Aunt Shannon. Per…