Dollar Day at the Botanical Gardens! (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Dollar Day at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens!


Dollar Day at the Botanical Gardens on December 28th, 2014 from 10am-5pm.  members and Kids under 3 are FREE!

Santa’s Workshop at the Botanical Gardens (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Santa’s Workshop at the Botanical Gardens, December 13th!

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Santa’s Workshop

December 13
Garden Admission $9 adults, $8 seniors & students, $5 kids 3-12, members & kids under 3 are free!

Come join us for this annual family fun tradition! To participate in holiday themed activities and crafts, there will be an additional $2 fee per child. Photos with Santa will also be available for $5 each. Paid Garden admission is required.

Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Zoo (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Breakfast with Santa at the Buffalo Zoo!


The Zoo will host its annual Breakfast with Santa events on December 13, 14, 20, and 21. There will be two seatings each day at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Prepaid, nonrefundable tickets are required due to limited seating. Ticket prices for non-members are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Members will receive a $3 discount per ticket. Children under the age of 24 months will be admitted for free.  (High chairs are not available.) Tickets are on sale now by CLICKING HERE or calling 1-800-838-3006.

Tickets include a buffet breakfast provided by CJ’s Catering, family-friendly activities, Zoo admission, and a visit with Santa!

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration!

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Buffalo Place will present the 2014 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration!  This annual holiday event is held at Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Street) and marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season at Rotary Rink.  Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. with free ice-skating.  At 6:00 p.m., Santa and local officials will countdown the lighting of the tree and the start of a spectacular fireworks display over Fountain Plaza.  Anthony J. Colucci III, President and Vice Chairman of Buffalo Place, Inc. will serve as emcee for the program.

Immediately following the Tree Lighting, the fun will continue with visits with Santa, holiday gifts, horse and wagon rides, clowns and balloon art, face painting and free ice-skating.  Bring your own skates and enjoy free ice-skating.  There is a $2.00 skate rental fee for children and $3.00 skate rental fee for adults.  Santa and his elves will visit with children from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Train Day at the Buffalo History Museum (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Train Day at the Buffalo History Museum!


Date: 11/28/2014 1:00 PM – 11/28/2014 4:00 PM

Address: One Museum Court – The Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo, NY

Phone: 716-873-9644

Description: A holiday tradition for many Western New Yorkers.  This popular event features model train diorama, train crafts, face painting, tours, artifact scavenger hunts, and more!

Members free, adults accompanying children free, $5/child general

Adaptable Me: Saturday Workshop Series (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Beyonder Academy presents it’s first Saturday Workshop Series for kids! Dr. Rodney Dietert, internationally recognized scientist, author and lecturer will lead a series of science and creativity activities on November 15, 1-4 p.m. at SUNY Buffalo State. $21 per person or $70 for school teams. Register today to reserve your spot!  (a reader submitted event)

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Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra Concerts (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra Free Concerts!


The Greater Buffalo Youth String Orchestra begins its thirty-second season this fall with an ensemble of 32 string players.

The first concert, conducted by Dennis Lell, will be presented on Monday, November 24th at 8:00 PM at St. Gregory the GreatRC Church on Maple Road in Williamsville. This Fall’s concert starts with Mozart’s Divertimento in C Major and the Concerto Grosso by Francesco Manfredini, known as the “Christmas Concerto.” Soloists in the Manfredini are Suzie Lee and Valerie Xu-Friedman, solo violins, and Elise Yu, solo cello. The Valses Nobles by Franz Schubert is next on the program, featuring solos by Suzie Lee, violin, and Alisdair Boyd, viola. The Rumanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok will complete the concert, with violin solos by Suzie Lee.

The GBYSO’s next performance will be at the BPO-GBYO Side-by-Side event at Kleinhans Music Hall on Thursday, February 26th, 2015. This appearance in the Mary Seaton Room will be a pre-concert event beginning at 6:30 PM before the BPO-GBYO concert. Please save this date for all GBYSO members and parents.

Our programs are free and open to the public.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!! Santa’s Vision at the Adam’s Mark Hotel (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

Santa’s Vision at the Adam’s Mark Hotel!  RESCHEDULED!! to January 31st from 9am-3pm, 2015!!

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The Rinks at Harborcenter – Public Skate

Harborcenter Public Skates details:



  • Children Ticket 7 and under with purchase of one regular ticket: $1.25
  • Children 7 and under with skate rental: $4.00
  • Regular Ticket: $6.00
  • Regular Ticket with Skate Rental: $9.00

Public Skating Rules

  • Patrons must wear skates when on ICE
  • In the event of an injury, notify a skate guard or rink personnel immediately
  • Skate at your own risk
  • No jumps or spins
  • No more than 2 people can skate together
  • Skating in a manner that endangers or interferes with other skaters’ safety is prohibited
  • Roughness, excessive speeding or weaving is prohibited
  • Skaters are not to carry children or secondary items (cameras, purses)
  • No headphones allowed
  • Throwing snowballs or other objects is prohibited
  • No eating or drinking on the ice
  • No sitting or accessing penalty boxes or player benches
  • Please leave ice promptly when horn sounds
  • One hour ice sessions include up to 10 minutes of ice maintenance
  • Rule violations could be cause for expulsion from arena

Bubblefest at the Buffalo Museum of Science (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)


For those who have never experienced Bubblefest before, get ready to be bubbled-out! All four floors of the Museum will be filled with bubble activities. Immerse yourself in bubble crafts, bubble demonstrations, and bubbles so big you can stand in them!

The Corning Museum of Glass will also be on-site providing free live glassworking demonstrations.

NEW THIS YEAR - save (a lot) of time in line by purchasing tickets in advance at If you’re a non-member, add a membership to your cart and general admission to Bubblefest is FREE for all individuals covered by your membership.

Entry is included with general museum admission ($10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 children 2-17) and free for BMS Members. Special bubble performances will require an additional charge of $3 per non-member or $1 per BMS Member.

What you should know:

- Food and drink will be available for purchase from Elements Cafe and other vendors at the event.

- Proper footwear is recommended. Floors may get a little “bubbly” in activity areas.

- Some activities may dampen clothes and shoes. Consider bringing an extra set of clothes for your child(ren).

- When parking around MLK, Jr. Park, do NOT park on the grass or you may be ticketed.