Weekly Feature

2014-02-05 / Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 6

After-School Escape — Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week, for kids in grades kindergarten through 5, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

sat. 8

Saturday Art Classes for Kids — Allow your children to express themselves through creativity in art. These multi-medium classes are for kids ages 5-15. A piece of art will be completed at each class, and will be taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher, 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, ext. 291, www.buffalogardens.com

Art Express Family Workshop — Art Express family workshops begin with storytelling in the galleries, followed by a tour of selected artworks, and finally a trip to the classroom for exciting art projects. Artwork: “Bethany Krull: Where are the Wild Things”; story: “Snow Dog, Go Dog,” by Deborah Helligman; and activity: “Animal Portraits (bring in pet photo),” 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; $. 286-8367, www.castellaniartmuseum.org

Aquarium Storytellers — Christina Brown from the Community Music School in Buffalo will offer music, movement and sing-alongs, and Jamie Rowitsch will share her storytelling with children, 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls; $. 285-3575, www.aquariumofniagara.org

Crunch, Munch, What’s for Lunch? — For animals, finding food isn’t as simple as going to the grocery store. Join this walk to discover what animals are eating during the coldest months of the year, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

sat. 8 & sun. 9

Kids Fun Fair and Traveling Zoo — New Kids Fun Fair is a fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family. Events include carnival rides, games, face painting, and an exotic animal petting zoo, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Event Center of the Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg; $. 860-491-3421, www.kidsfunfair.com

sun. 9

Free Birds — Part of the Family Film Series, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

mon. 10

Little Tykes Winter Investigation Stroll — Let’s put on those thinking caps, looking eyes and listening ears to spot signs of life in winter, and if there’s snow on the ground, you’ll strap on snowshoes, for ages 2-5, 10-11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.sciencebuff.org

tues. 11

Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Tour — Enjoy a leisurely guided cross-country ski tour by the light of the moon, for experienced skiers, ages 10 and older, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; $ (bring your own or rent skis) - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html. .

wed. 12

Knee-High Naturalists — Want to get out of the house with your young child, ages 3 to 5? Join a fun series that’s just for them. Each hour-long session will feature a variety of activities, such as stories, games, crafts and snacks, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; $ (participants must sign up for entire series) - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html


Explore & More Receives Grants — Explore & More Children’s Museum has been receiving grants to continue to build city and regional partnerships leading up to the museum’s relocation downtown to Canalside in 2016. Explore & More has received $12,000, recently awarded from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Heritage Fund; $5,000 granted from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY; $5,000 given by the Lego Children’s Fund; and in recent weeks, $1,000 from Families of FANA.

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