The Explore & More Children’s Museum isn’t scheduled to open at Canalside until next summer but the museum aims to make its presence felt at both its current site in the Southtowns and on the Buffalo waterfront.
Free Family Fun Fridays will take place at Canalside and Wander the World Wednesday (WOWs) at the museum, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora.
Both will stretch through August.
Each week downtown Explore & More will celebrate a different educational play zone area of the new Museum at Canalside with crafts, games and activities. Family Fun Fridays each will stretch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; they won’t take place July 28 or Aug. 4 to accommodate a pair of Canalside festivals, but those dates will be replaced with two Sundays, July 9 and Aug. 27.
Each event will have a theme:
June 23: Farm-to-Fork
June 30: Driving Buffalo’s Dreams
July 7: Playing Together
July 9: Recycled Creations (Sunday)
July 14: Rooftop Garden
July 21: Building Buffalo
Aug. 11: Tinkering
Aug. 18: Moving Water
Aug. 25: Fine Arts Day
Aug. 27: Imagination Playground (Sunday)
Sept. 1: Being Good Neighbors
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday through August, families can “visit” a different country at the Explore & More Museum to explore culture, crafts, traditions, performances, food, clothing and language. The programs are free with admission because of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and support from the State Legislature. The countries include:
July 5: India
July 12: China
July 19: Germany
July 26: Somalia
Aug. 2: Italy
Aug. 9: Poland
Aug. 16: Burma
Aug. 23: Yemen
Aug. 30: Colombia
Explore & More Children’s Museum, which marks its 23rd year this summer, provides an environment for creative play and learning through hands-on exhibits, activities and programs that inspire creativity, curiosity and imagination. Its new museum is scheduled to open in the South Aud Block at Canalside in the second half of 2018. For more information, visit exploreandmore.org or call 655-5131, Ext. 11.