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Four fun day-trips for the whole family

If you’re looking to take a day trip with your kids try these ideas that are sure to be a hit with the family.

The Strong, National Museum of Play

Where: One Manhattan Square, Rochester

What's cool: From hot-wheels to "Sesame Street," to the dance lab and Wegmans Kid’s Supermarket, there is something for everyone.  Your kiddos will run around, trying to figure out what to do first. It is an awful lot to squeeze into a few hours, but it is well worth the drive. You can check out the Toy Hall of Fame, sure to bring back memories of your childhood. Your kids will learn while having a ball.

Distance from downtown Buffalo: 77 miles

Info: museumofplay.org

Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: ages 2 and older, $14; under 2 are admitted free.

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The Legoland Discovery Centre

Where: 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan, Ont.

What's cool: This is a world of creativity best suited for kids ages 3 to 10. There are a ton of attractions, two rides and a 4D Cinema. Come on – every kid loves Legos (parents, too). This place is enormous. You can go along at your own pace, but a typical visit takes two to three hours. You can tour the Lego factory, ride a laser ride, see various amazing Lego displays and even check out the building academy to learn some tricks.

Distance from downtown Buffalo: 109 miles

Info: legolanddiscoverycentre.ca

Hours:  10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday:  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: $22, kids under 2 are admitted free.

Tips:

*Adults 18 and older must be accompanied by a child.

*Walk-up tickets are not always guaranteed, depending on how busy it is, so it is recommended that you order tickets in advance.

*Socks are needed for certain areas, like the Play Zone.

*No food or drinks allowed inside. There is a cafe with a variety of drinks and snacks

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Corning Museum of Glass

Where: 1 Museum Way, Corning

What's cool: This is an interesting place to visit. You can watch live glass-making or learn how to make the glass yourself. You can check out the master glass-makers at work or take classes. Kids will get a kick out of the hands-on innovation center where they can bend glass. There is a lot to see and do, so they recommend about three to four hours for a visit. The galleries are self-guided.

Distance from downtown Buffalo: 109 miles

Info: cmog.org

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 27  through Sept. 5; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 to May 26.

Cost: Free for ages younger than 17; adults, $18; college students, $15.30.

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Destiny USA/Wonderworks

Where: 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse

What's cool: A huge mall might not sound like a ton of fun for the kids, but when you have a mall with Wonderworks amusement park, complete with a Canyon Climb Adventure and about 100 other interactive exhibits, it’s all good.  Wonderworks is billed as an attraction for all ages, but is recommended for the 6 to 16 age group. This is 40,000 square-foot-facility that combines education and entertainment with activities including the inversion tunnel, the space discovery zone, light and sound lab. The Bubble lab offers plenty of time for hands-on fun.

Mall hours (exhibit hours vary):  11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Distance from downtown Buffalo: 151 miles.

Info: destinyuse.com or wonderworksonline.com.

Cost: $25, includes all Wonderworks exhibits, Canyon Climb Ropes Course, one game of laser tag; $15 without the Canyon Climb Ropes Course or laser tag). Ages younger than 3 are admitted free.

 

 

 

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