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WNY United Family Fun Day

(a reader submitted event)

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On August 30th, 2015 we will celebrate our 20th Annual Family Fun Day event at Coca-Cola Field. This is a great day for families to end their summer together in a fun place, having a great time at the ballpark and enjoying tons of activities; all while supporting local substance abuse prevention programs.

Tickets are just $8 in advance ($10 at the door) and include the “Kid’s Zone” where we have Games, Bounce Houses, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting…and tons more! Each attendee receives a lunch voucher and a game ticket for that day with their paid admission. The event will be set up behind the stadium while the Bisons host the Railriders, allowing families to play and watch the game!

We’ll also have the Family Fun Day Raffle on the concourse. These baskets are filled with autographed Bills & Sabres gear, gift certificates to local restaurants and shops, salon packages, entertainment passes and a lot more.

Tickets can be purchased at Wegmans That’s The Ticket locations.
August 30
12-3 pm
http://www.wnyunited.com/family-fun-day.html

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts 2015

Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts!  (Be sure to look at what’s happening on the Kidsfest Stage!)  August 29-30 2015elmwood ave

August Public Events at Tifft Nature Preserve

August Public Events at Tifft Nature Preserve!

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Turtle Tour Sunday, August 9 from 2-3:30PM for Age 8 to Adult

Meet live turtles up-close, explore turtle facts, then join in a guided walk in search of Tifft’s wild turtles. We discuss native/non-native, wetland restoration, threatened species and more. Binoculars provided or bring your own. Pre-registration required. Non-Members: $5.  Buffalo Museum of Science Members SAVE 10%.  Please call 716-825-6397 or click  www.TIFFT.org.

Bug Jars, Sunset & Stars Friday, August 14 from 7:30-9:00PM f0r All Ages

Enjoy Tifft’s 40 acre grassland while searching for some of the smaller residents of the Preserve. Bug nets and jars provided. Then, we’ll hike to the highest mound (the 2nd highest natural point in Buffalo!) and view the Lake Erie sunset. Afterwards, we’ll look to the stars and share a nighttime story or two. Pre-registration required. Non-Members: $5.  Buffalo Museum of Science Members SAVE 10%.  Please call 716-825-6397 or click  www.TIFFT.org.

Creatures of the Night Saturday, August 22 from 8:30 – 10:30pm for Age 8 to Adult

What goes screech, peep, and chirp in the night? Tifft and Ecology and Environment, Inc. biologists will present a special evening of Buffalo’s wild nightlife. Participants will safely observe scientific techniques in action like bat mist netting and learn more about the importance of bats to the ecosystem and threats they face. On a guided hike we’ll lure in insects of the night for a closer look and listen for amphibians calling in the marsh. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Non-Members: $5. Buffalo Museum of Science Members SAVE 10%.  Please call 716-825-6397 or click  www.TIFFT.org.

If You Listen to the Trees Saturday, August 29 from 3-5PM for All Ages

Local Buffalo author and artist Wende Essrow will share her new children’s book “If You Listen to the Trees” with audiences of all ages during this special book release event. Children and adults will enjoy live music, light refreshments, and a guided activity in creating a book-inspired charcoal drawing of their own to take home. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author and original artwork from the book will be displayed.  Pre-registration required. Non-Members: $5.  Buffalo Museum of Science Members SAVE 10%.  Please call 716-825-6397 or click  www.TIFFT.org.

Movies in the Meadow – Outdoor Summer Movies in Buffalo

Movies in the Meadow – Outdoor Summer Movies in Buffalo!

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Outdoor Movies – DEPEW

Outdoor Movies – WILLIAMSVILLE

Outdoor Movies – ORCHARD PARK

Outdoor Movies – GRAND ISLAND

Sketch Nite @ the TR Site

Sketch Nite @ the TR Site

(A reader submitted event)

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Bring your pencils and sketch pads to the TR Site on Tuesday evening, August 4th for Sketch Nite! You’re invited to sketch a variety of themed objects from our collection, or look for inspiration in the restored areas of the museum and house.

This is a great chance for artists of every level to tour the Site and see historic items that are rarely on public display! Our theme for August is “Strolling Around the Pan.” You’ll be able to see (and sketch!) articles of clothing from 1901.

And even if you aren’t artistically inclined, this is a great chance to stop in for a tour and talk to one of our experts about the items on display.

Admission includes a full museum tour. Free for TR Site members; adults $10; seniors & students $7; children $5.

August 4th from 5pm-8pm

Mom Review: Canalside

Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo reviews Canalside!

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We recently got a chance to visit Canalside – a definitive part of Buffalo summer.  Canalside is adjacent to the First Niagara Center and HarborCenter, located on the large green strip of land between the Skyway and the Buffalo River at 44 Prime Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Our family has three busy kids and driving downtown sometimes flusters me, so I made sure to go when my husband could also go for our first visit. In the future, I’d feel comfortable going solo. Single parents – do not be deterred from this fun experience!

Upon arrival, we found parking was a bit of a challenge. The website recommends street parking along Prime Street and Hanover, but on the day we attended it was coned off with security guards turning people away. We got a little stressed driving around and ended up going the wrong way down a one-way street before we decided to park at HarborCenter, which was a reasonable $5 maximum for the day.

Our first impression of Canalside was its size. It’s huge, and since many activities are open-ended free play, we weren’t exactly sure where to start or what to do. While there are scheduled events, Canalside lends itself well to casual strolling, basking in the sunshine and finding interesting things along the way. My kids were excited about the oversized Connect 4 games, and they spent a long time challenging each other. Nearby, kids from a summer camp kicked a soccer ball around.  Others played with an Imagination Playground – a large set of foam blocks and ramps that can be assembled in limitless ways. We ate our picnic lunch on the colorful Adirondack chairs and joined an Exercise Like the Animals class on the lawn – a lot of fun and a good workout too!

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A lot was happening on the central lawn, but we wanted to see all of Canalside, so we headed south along the boardwalk to the “beach,” a sandy enclosure filled with buckets, chairs and a large wooden boat structure.  It seems to need a bit of upkeep; some of the sand toys were broken, as well as the steering wheel on the boat.  My kids enjoyed it, though, except my one year old who was revolted by the sand. Water bikes were available for rent nearby. We caught a dance performance by Spezio Dance and then went on a hunt for the illustrious SharkGirl, who was surprisingly hard to find (hint: she’s near the remote control sailboats). As we searched, we got to explore the northern end of Canalside with its fun bridges (some filled with tables, chairs and board games), paddleboats, and summer market.

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Activities and events at Canalside change daily, so this is definitely not an all-inclusive list. While there are many opportunities to spend money if you wish, it’s also a great place for families on limited budgets to enjoy summer and spend time together. We plan to go back and explore some more! For more information, check out www.canalsidebuffalo.com.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

*There are long rows of portable toilets. While that is never a pleasant experience, they were the cleanest ones I’ve seen and were well-stocked with hand sanitizer.  According to the website, there are also restrooms near the Dish restaurant and in the Naval museum.

*There are a couple restaurants and lemonade stands available for food purchases.

*We enjoyed cooling off with a quick visit to HarborCenter on our way out. We rode the elevator to the top, checked out the ice rink, and took in an awesome view of Canalside from the eighth floor.

*Outer Harbor Playground is only a few miles away if you are looking for even more Buffalo fun.

ABOUT the MOM “REVIEWER”

Jaime

A transplant from Cleveland, Ohio, Jaime enjoys teaching, raising her three little Buffalonians, and exploring Western New York with her husband.

Chalkfest Buffalo 2015

Chalkfest Buffalo 2015!  Don’t miss it!

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Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2 from noon-6pm each day!

ChalkFest Buffalo! is a free annual event in the heart of Downtown Buffalo, hosted by the 500 Block of Main Street Association.   An entire city block is transformed into a colorful playground for two days, with more sidewalk chalk than anyone could dream of.   We are excited to announce that it will be located at the newly renovated Fountain Plaza, directly across from M&T Center at One Fountain Plaza.

LOCATION: Main Street, Downtown – between Mohawk and Huron

Head over to the Chalkfest Buffalo website for many more details.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade of WNY (Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo)

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Mom Review: Buffalo Harbor State Park

Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo reviews Buffalo Harbor State Park!

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Recently, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about the newly opened Buffalo Harbor State Park and its great new playground.  After visiting, my family agrees that it lives up to all the hype! We’ve visited a lot of playgrounds in Buffalo, and this is our new favorite.

The Outer Harbor Playground is located on Furhmann Drive, directly across from Tifft Nature Preserve and just south of Dug’s Dive.  The setting is unique and unexpected for an urban playground, offering views of the lake, windmills, and grain elevators.  My kids, of course, were much more interested in the actual playground than taking in the sights. It’s nautically themed and very cleverly designed. The main climbing structure resembles a boat, and it has three compact floors with ladders in the middle reminiscent of submarine ladders. Inside, there are plenty of lookouts, nooks and “rooms” which inspire creative play.

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Clearly, much thought went into this playground design. It has unusual play elements like a modern merry-go-round called a supernova that is a slightly-slanted spinning ring, several one-person spinners, and the awesome climbing wall made of stacked dodecahedron shapes. Where there are typical playground elements, they are used in atypical ways – kids can climb the outside of the boat by first climbing the rope ladder and then scaling the curved rock wall, or use ladders that turn and grow smaller as they climb.

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There is plenty to explore for the younger crowd, too!  The preschool play structure is spacious and creative as well; my one-year-old could climb up the stairs and go down the slide on her own (with supervision), but I also watched three and four year olds challenge themselves with age-appropriate rope and rock climbing.  My one-year-old spent a while playing on a small boat structure; later, we discovered that the entire structure could spin around!  There are delightful details everywhere; surely we missed some on our first visit.  We will definitely be back, and we’ll definitely take our out-of-town guests here to show them this awesome slice of Buffalo!
Here are some visiting tips:

*It gets hot, and there is little shade. Consider going in the morning hours to beat the heat.

*Pack a picnic lunch to eat at the pavilions, and consider adding on a trip to Tifft Nature Preserve or Canalside for a full, fun day!

*There are nearby bathrooms, but they are just far enough away from the playground that they feel isolated. Buddy system recommended!

*There are doggie clean-up bags and a bike rack too; Harbor State Park is pet and pedal friendly.

ABOUT the MOM “REVIEWER”

Jaime

A transplant from Cleveland, Ohio, Jaime enjoys teaching, raising her three little Buffalonians, and exploring Western New York with her husband.

Royal Prince and Princess Camp!

Royal Prince and Princess Camp for ages 3-8!  This camp takes place at the Royal Academy of Ballet and Dance!

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Make your child’s summer magical, unforgettable and full of dancing fun!

Come join us for one of our most beloved programs at RAB… Prince & Princess Camp!  Children age 3-5 and 6-8 will enjoy adventures in learning, growing, and sharing childlike wonder through dance, theatre and crafts. No previous dance experience needed!

What we do at Prince & Princess Camp:

  • Ballet and Creative Dance classes related to a theme
  • Create fun arts and crafts related to each theme such as: tutus, tiaras, wands and more
  • Enjoy adventures in learning, growing, and sharing childlike wonder through dance, theatre and crafts.

Times and Tuition:

Time: 9:30am-11:30
Dates: July 27 – July 31
Age: Ages 3-5 and 6-8.  No previous dance experience needed!
Tuition: $100 for the week

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Royal Academy of Ballet and Dance.  Let them know Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo sent you!

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