By now, summer is just a fleeting memory of fresh cut grass and the kids are probably inundated with school work. In addition to those piles of homework and the lack of pitter patter throughout the day, you may be starting to feel the first tingling sensations of frustration at the thought of Buffalo winter. If you’re like me and the cold isn’t your friend, you may want to stay in, only escaping your cave for work or shopping. Or, for those who aren’t afraid to venture forth you are probably already looking to get out. In either case, we want to help you get out and experience Western New York with the kids. So, here are some of our favorite family friendly things to do this November – breaking the bank not included.
For parents with kids from 12 months and up, the Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore in Clarence has a free story time at 10:30am on November 1st and November 8th. The best thing about Monkey See, Monkey Do is that the fun doesn’t end there. They have a whole calendar of events for November like Balloons Over Broadway (11/15) and Hokey Fun for Kids (11/29), both free to attend. More info can be found at monkeysread.com.
The Buffalo History Museum offers another story time option for you and the kiddos on November 4th – Toddler Story Time: Harvest Time. Admission for adults is only $7 and kids under 7 are free! Find more details at buffalohistory.org.
The Magic Carpet Community Concert Series
Buffalo Suzuki Strings presents The Magic Carpet Community Concert Series of 2014, an experience crafted for kids 3 to 10 years old and free of charge. November 1st at 10:30am the kids can enjoy Cello, Cello, Cello and then on November 15th at 10:30am have fun with Fantasy Through Orff Music. Each concert is presented in a way that is made to entertain and engage children. Don’t let the kids miss this one! Visit buffalosuzukistrings.org for more information.Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 716-743-8728. Buffalo Suzuki Strings is located at 4 Webster ST N. Tonawanda, NY 14120.
Nature Play Workshop
The Nature Play Workshop, sponsored by the Buffalo Zoo and the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center is a great experience for children up to 5 years of age. Taking advantage of the November 1st workshop means an opportunity for the kids to connect with nature – free nature kit included! The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Aquarium of Niagara in the community room – 701 Whirlpool St. Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Get the registration form at buffalozoo.org or for quick registration, fax the form to (716) 995-6125 or email to [email protected]
Reinstein Woods also has the Day of the Dead walk at 10:30am – also free. For more information on the day of the dead walk call 716-683-5959.
Explore the world of Art
Do you like art? In my humble opinion, you can never go wrong with Art. Whether you want to create, study or just have fun, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is an excellent place for the family. With fine art and the multitude of events they have, everyone in the family is bound to have fun. Check certain tours and art classes for free on November 7th for First Fridays. They will be open from 10am to 10pm. For more information, visit their website at albrightknox.org.
Farmers Market Education
An educational, outdoor option for family time in November includes the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market. Every Saturday this month from 8pm to 1pm you can have fun and learn a lot listening to music and even watch cooking demonstrations in the heart of Elmwood Village. You’ll even get the chance to support the local economy and knock out some items on that grocery list. Bonus! Visit their website at elmwoodmarket.org for more details.
Another great place to have fun with the family is Buffalo ComedySportz where they do fast-paced, improvisational comedy, played as a sport. They offer family-friendly shows every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm and 7pm respectively. Have fun mashing together the love of competition and laughter without leaving the kids at home. They are located at Snyder Square in Amherst at 4476 Main Street. Tickets are generally $9 – $17 and can be bought at cszbuffalo.com.
Explore and More Children’s Museum
Imagination, learning and fun always drive away boredom. That’s why we’re suggesting the Explore and More Museum in East Aurora. The museum offers the perfect chance for the kids kids to get out of the house and get involved in some cool activities all month long. Admission is only 5 dollars for adults and children age one and up. Learn more about specific events at exploreandmore.org. Museum hours are Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m and on the first Friday of the Month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lockport Palace Theater Workshops
Do you have a 10 to 16 year old interested in theater and/or puppetry? Awesome! You need not look any further than the Lockport Palace Theater and their Behind the Scenes Saturdays workshops hosted by program coordinator Steve Copps. On November 8th, participants will have a chance to experience the design and construction of Puppetry, followed up by an actual puppeteering classes on November 22nd. The workshops are held at Lockport Palace Theater (2 East Ave. Lockport, NY 14095) from 10a.m. to 12p.m. and are FREE! For more information and to register your child visit lockportpalacetheatre.org.
I Like You Better Now
I Like You Better Now, an exhibit from the minds of Patricia Brace and Rita Leduc, is a wonderful display of interactive art that stimulates your waking mind. I don’t doubt that this will be an experience to remember. While it may not be for the little ones, it’s a family friendly option for quality time with older kids (I would recommend 15 and up). Don’t miss this one of a kind art exhibit located at Hi-Temp Fabrication on the 4th floor at 79 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. The exhibit runs through November 14th and is visit by appointment (email [email protected]) or go on the Special Performance Evening: November 12, performances at 7 & 8pm featuring BCIJPG – click here for tickets. For more information visit ilikeyoubetternow.com
Greater Buffalo Train and Toy Show
This last idea is fun for everyone who has ever enjoyed a toy in their day. (Like I said, everyone.) It’s the 32nd Greater Buffalo Train and Toy show at the Hamburg Fair Grounds and it takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have some fun playing with trains and toys from throughout history! Don’t worry mom won’t yell at you this time. Oh and don’t be shy, get more information here at trainweb.org.
Enjoy and Have Fun!