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Four fun events for the weekend

National Public Gardens Day at the Botanical Gardens

It’s a day to celebrate and raise awareness of America’s public gardens. It’s also a great reminder of the important role they play in the environment, plant and water conservation and community education.

Walk through the beautiful gardens, check out the kids garden and play room, all for a discounted admission.

Where: The Buffalo & Erie Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13

Cost: $1, members and kids 2 and under are free.


Thomas the Train Ride

If your kids love Thomas the Tank Engine, they will love this event for all ages. A Day out with Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas and a variety of his friends, storytelling, temporary tattoos and an Imagination Station with arts and crafts, and more.

Where: Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 14, 15, 21 and 22

Cost: $21.


“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” at Canisius College

It is the first official touring production of “Have You Filled a Bucket Today.” The play uses humor, heart and larger than life characters to teach students the concepts of bucket filling and bucket dipping.

The story of the 4th grade student is a fun way for kids to learn about kindness and respect. Audience members will learn the song and get to sing along with the cast.

Where: Marie Maday Theater at Canisius College, 2064 Main St.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14

Cost: Tickets range from $8 to $12.


Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo

If you love reptiles, amphibians or arachnids, this is for you. Bring the kids for an up close and personal look at some amazing creatures. There will be an appearance by Captain Jack Sparrow, animal adventures, face painting, and more.

Where: Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo, 2755 Union Road, Cheektowaga

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 15

Cost: Adults: $6; 6-12: $4; 5 & under: free

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