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Science Museum classes help kids learn to love science

The Buffalo Museum of Science has an awful lot to offer. The exhibits are always changing, there is so much to do and learn. It's fun for everyone and kids have a great time.

And let's face it - getting our kids interested in science at a young age can only help them down the line. In addition to the exhibits, the museum offers a few cool classes for kids.

So, on a cold Friday morning, we headed to the museum for some fun. Our first class was the "Toddler Team." This is a class for kids from six months to 2 years old.

In our class, there were about six toddlers along with their caregivers (some parents, some grandparents.) All were having a ball. The little ones played with bubbles, blew bubbles, painted with bubbles. For the most part, the kids were entertained. The 30-minute class flew by.

[Photos: Smiles at Dino Daze, a kid-friendly event at BMS]

Kids get messy. And learn. Win-win. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

The teacher, Miss Catherine, was great with the kids. The idea of this class is to let the little ones have fun, get messy and learn as they go along. I'm not sure what my 2-year-old, Ella, learned in class, but she did get messy and she did have fun. The cost of the class is $5, plus paid admission.

"Curiosity Corner" takes things a step further and is for older kids, like my 5-year-old, Emma. They still explore slimy stuff and get messy, but they're also introduced to science basics. The teacher read a book and taught a lesson with fruits and vegetables.

It was a very important lesson, too, that some things might look different on the outside but are the same on the inside. The apples and peppers were a wonderful experiment. This class if for kids ages 3 to 5. The cost of the class is $5, plus paid admission.

[Photos: Smiles at Bubblefest, another event at BMS for kids]

Science lessons. And life lessons. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

After class, we walked around the museum and looked at all of the fun exhibits. The lesson of the day for my girls: what goes up must come down. Eventually.

The museum also has a Budding Scientist and Storytime programs as well. Budding Scientist is a drop-off program for 3 to 5 year olds. The free storytime is offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. More details on all the toddler and pre-school programs can be found here.

The hands-on exhibits are always a hit with kids. (Mary Friona-Celani/Special to The News)

Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway

Admission: Adults, $11; ages 2 to 17, $8; ages younger than 2 are admitted free.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

Classes registration: The classes fill up quickly so register your child by calling 896-5200, Ext. 383.


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