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It was a rainy day and my girls and I were a bit bored. Since my girls are 20, 19, 4 and 1, it’s never easy to find a place that makes everyone happy. We gave Clay Hands Pottery in Clarence a whirl. I figured everyone can work at their own pace and make what is appropriate for them. I had heard about Clay Hands through a friend who said it was good for kids of all ages. …

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Talk about the beauty of nature. The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, about five miles from the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. The gorgeous atrium hosts thousands of tropical butterflies that roam freely around the tropical rainforest setting. They make themselves at home. In the trees. On the flowers.…

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I can honestly say that I was a bit intrigued by the name of this place - Just Fun. It sounded cool. And fun. And it was. It was actually pretty neat. The owner of Just Fun, John Young, said he opened the place in 2010 and gears it toward everyone and anyone. “It’s for anyone from 1 to 104,” he told me. I really liked the place, but I am not sure I would agree with tho…

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Would you like to get some spring in your kid’s step? Literally. It’s pretty easy to do; just head over to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. I know, I know - I wondered if my kids would get bored walking around and looking at flowers, too – but I was pleasantly surprised at just how much fun we had at the gardens. For starters, we went on a nasty, soggy, cold day. Just wal…

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Sometimes fun is fun and sometimes fun is more than just a good time. Sometimes, it comes with a lesson or two. Or more. At Explore & More Children's Museum in East Aurora, kids do a good deal of learning, even if they don’t quite realize it. I’ve been here quite a few times, although this was the first for my little ones. Emma, 4, and Ella, 1, both really enjoyed it.…

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The anticipation had been building in our house as we waited for the big day of "Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!" at Shea's Performing Arts Center. "Sesame Street" is a favorite of my two little ones. At ages 4 and 1, both girls enjoy the music, characters and fun of one of the most beloved children’s programs ever. But would "Sesame Street Live" keep them as entertained …

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Here are a few words of advice for a visit to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Be prepared to say what I said a bunch of times: "Not now, sweetie. Maybe next time." The phrase will come in handy. My daughter, Emma and I went to the Walden Galleria to check out the process. It is quite a process. It was a Saturday afternoon and we were armed with our gift card from Aunt Shannon. Per…

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Rainbow Roller Rink in North Tonawanda may be the best deal in town. I’ve taken my kids to Rainbow Rink many times over the years. It is always fun, clean and high energy. The music is pumping, kids and adults are skating ‘round and ‘round, having a ball. It’s just a little too busy to bring little ones, though. It’s a bit dark, loud and fast for them. So, I was intrigued…

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If you haven’t been to the Aquarium of Niagara recently, now might be the perfect time to check it out. It has a special new resident, a dedicated staff and big plans for the future. My husband and I brought our two little ones on a recent Saturday afternoon. We were impressed, moved by what we saw and our girls had a ball. I’ve been to the aquarium quite a few times, but…

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Well, color me exhausted. Billy Beez USA is up and running and it’s creating quite a buzz. The new attraction – which calls itself a play park – is on the second floor at the Walden Galleria in the food court section of the mall. The rain-forest type setting is a one-of-a-kind adventure, just as it claims to be. The enormous play area has obstacle courses, huge slides, b…

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The cast and crew of “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” skated into First Niagara Center on Wednesday evening and was – by all accounts – an instant hit. The vibrant colors and fast pace kept the crowd engaged. The kids took it all very seriously, too. Many of them attended in their favorite character costumes and princess dresses. There were plenty of kids dressed as Anna …

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My kids love books. Like, really love books. And any trip to the library or bookstore is always a huge adventure for my 4-year-old. So, on a chilly Tuesday morning, we made the trek to our closest Barnes & Noble for the free story time. I have to say - I was pleasantly surprised. My kids really liked it. We arrived about five minutes before it started at 10:30 a.m. Th…

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It had been a while since I visited the Buffalo Museum of Science. With teenagers no longer really interested in going with me - although it certainly is not just for kids - I waited until I thought my 4-year-old was ready to check it out. She had a blast. We found quick parking in the free lot, which was a great way to begin. Then just walking into the museum's atrium wa…