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Museums offer holiday events for kids

Two museums geared toward children plan special activities during the holiday break.

The Buffalo Museum of Science will offer special family-friendly activities to all of its guests from Sunday through Jan. 4, while the Explore & More Children’s Museum will offer themed family activities every day through Wednesday.

Here’s the lineup:

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

Live bug demonstrations: Interact with Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and Blue Death Feigning Beetles, and observe Vinegaroon, a Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula. Discover the similarities and differences of invertebrates and explore how they protect themselves in their natural environment, and how humans and our world benefit from bugs.

Air pressure’s effect on weather: See how low- and high-pressure weather systems result in clear or stormy weather. Learn how different weather systems can affect your everyday life through the use of simple household products including a bottle, isopropyl alcohol and a modified bicycle pump.

Basic electroplating on a nano scale: Nano, the science of really small things, is challenging to observe. Witness the wonder of nanotechnology as museum staff coats nickels with copper using electricity and a Nano solution.

Comparing furs: Some foxes have red fur and some have white – but why? Compare and contrast pelts and furs of various animals from around the world. Examine how animals have adapted to their habitats over time to match or stand out from their surroundings and learn the reasons why. Feel, observe and compare the pelts of arctic and red foxes, gray and Arctic wolves, and black and polar bears.

The museum, at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the next week, including on New Year’s Day. The special activities are included with general museum admission: $10 for adults, $9 for those age 62 and over, $8 for children 2 to 17 and free for science museum members and children under 2.

Admission includes five interactive science studio spaces, including the new ARTIFACTS culture science studio and Explorations, a hands-on early childhood gallery designed for “little scientists” ages 2 to 7. National Geographic 3-D Cinema 40-minute film features, presented by M&T Bank, cost an additional $4 and include “Pandas: The Journey Home, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; and “Bugs!” at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, visit sciencebuff.org.

EXPLORE & MORE

The children’s museum, 300 Gleed Ave. in East Aurora, will offer Family Fun Week-themed activities every day through Wednesday, thanks to M&T Bank.

This special event marks the installation of a new “Incredible Milking Cow” exhibit, a prototype for the “Farm to Fork” educational play zone that will be built in the Explore & More museum scheduled to open in 2016 at Canalside. Activities and performances include:

Saturday: Celebrate Cheese!, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Exercise Like the Farm Animals in the gym, with Jerry Turcotte, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday: Vegetable Printing, noon to 3 p.m.

Monday: Explore the Farm, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Erie County Agricultural Society is here with Ag-Tivities, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; performance by The Wondermakers (45-minute show with three multicultural, interactive folk tales), 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Preserving the Harvest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Dairy Fest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sample great dairy foods and meet the dairy princess.

Throughout the week, visitors will also be able to submit a name for the museum’s new cow.

For more information, visit exploreandmore.org or call 655-5131.