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This hike is perfect for youngsters, but adults can enjoy it too. DeVeaux Woods State Park is a perfect place to introduce young children to the outdoors and nature. It is a short, easy hike with enough surprises and natural wonder to keep the young ones interested, and you can make it longer or shorter to suit your needs. It is located within the Niagara Falls city …

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Children in the 21st century spend free time a lot differently than Dave Bauer did in the 1960s, “when your parents let you out the door and they let you play in your neighborhood.” Society has changed a lot for kids during the last half-century, including a growing reliance on organized sports and a growing dependence on computer technology. Bauer, 68, a retired ear…

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Some stand in front of the water feature, fixated, for up to half an hour. Some push to the front of the line, no matter how many others stand in the way. Some beam over a hands-on exhibit one minute – and pitch a fit the next. None of it matters when kids with autism have exclusive run at Explore & More – The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum at Canalside durin…

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Rosemary Maloney-Hoffman is undeterred. She still believes in magic, even as the rest of Western New York is taking down the last soggy, windblown remnants of Halloween. Throughout her life, magic has transcended seasons. Certainly, it explains why Rosemary would join her parents in dressing up as clowns each year for Halloween while she was growing up in Cheektowaga. O…

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Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash set the mood for spooky season, serving as a fantastic source for costume ideas and reminding how creepy/bizarre this tradition can be. We're only getting started. The schedule hits full bore this weekend, with a bevy of annual Halloween events - from ultra creepy to ultra heavy to ultra '90s - lined up for Buffalo-area haunts (get it?).…

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You've got your pumpkins, picked your apples and made the traditional stops to the Great Pumpkin Farm, Pumpkinville or the MAiZE in Wheatfield. What else is there to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Plenty. From ghost walks and tours, to a seance, horror movies and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on screen and stage, here is a sampling of other holiday happenings. …

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Band members of the Afro-Semitic Experience put their differences front and center in performances that celebrate their shared love of music, and that love will be on display in two Buffalo performances this week. The group will be part of the service at 7 p.m. Friday at Temple Beth Zion, 804 Delaware Ave., and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday it will perform in the Montante Cultu…

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Kevin Campbell was 5 years old when he was introduced to the original “Jurassic Park” movie. Like all kids crazy about dinosaurs, he watched in awe as they came to life before him. Fast forward about 17 years to the recent day when Campbell, now a member of the touring production of “Jurassic World Live Tour” first came face-to-face with a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex f…

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Sports fans show their colors in many ways. Some fans paint their faces, some fans paint their garage doors, and some fans, like Buffalo artist A.J. Fries, make actual paintings. Starting Oct. 18 at the Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Bills fans can get a look at "Superfan!," a dozen Fries paintings inspired by the museum's Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills it…

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BB&G Charities might not be a name you know yet - but it's one you can get behind. It stands for Building, Believing & Giving and it's a local group that strives to give underprivileged children the chance to experience "the joy and positive developmental benefits of supervised activities and camping experiences." That happens through various charity events like…

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Vivian Maloney from Lackawanna wasn't sure how her 4-year-old son would cope with the loud music, excited shrieks of other children, and the sight of adult-sized dancing Linkimals characters. But she brought Cameron Cosme and her two other children to the free Fisher-Price "Let's be Kids" event Sunday in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter on Transit Road in Depe…

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A step inside the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane is a step back in time. The first full-metal plane with multiple engines earned the nickname “Tin Lizzie” and featured eight passenger seats, originally made from lightweight wicker. This weekend, local aviation enthusiasts will get their chance to see the historic plane – one of eight still flying today – and take a ride a…

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Think of it as an artists' Brigadoon: Once every year, an entire community of artistic expression appears in the rooms and hallways of a former high school in Medina (less than an hour north of Buffalo) for an experience known as "PLAY/GROUND." The creative explosion of immersive exhibits lasts only one weekend – this one. For the second time, more than two dozen artist…

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Smell that? It's apples, cinnamon and everything pumpkin. Autumn is in the air and that means local activities are moving into corn fields and pumpkin patches. We’ve found a multitude of fall festivals and events throughout the area. Many are packed with activities for the kids like pumpkin decorating, hay rides and petting zoos. Take a look and make your plans - there'…