Whether you’re an adult looking for places to spend time with the kids, or an adult who wants to play to awaken the kid in you who loved trains or dinosaurs, we’ve put together a list of special events and attractions that even adults. feel like kids again.
Antarctic dinosaurs. This traveling exhibit at the Buffalo Science Museum will take you across Antarctica, where you’ll come face to face with extinct creatures such as the 25-foot-long Cryolophosaurus and the Thanivasaurus sea monster. Visitors will be able to try the excavation methods used in excavating dinosaur fossils and see about 50 fossils such as the humerus of a pterosaur, a flying reptile. Tickets are for admission and are separate from regular museum entrance. The cost is $24 for adults, $21 for children ages 2 to 17, seniors, students, and military personnel.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Movie Night. The BPO has two themed movie nights that have been created for children. At each event, the audience will watch a very popular film on the big screen while listening to the live soundtrack performed by BPO. On June 4th at 7:30pm, BPO will play the music from Star Wars: A New Hope at Kleinhans Music Hall. This is the original 1978 film where we first heard the iconic Star Wars theme. BPO is moving on to another popular film franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on July 9th at the Artpark in Lewiston.
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Day off with Thomas. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Thomas & Friends from June 10-12 at this annual event at the Medina Railway Museum (530 West Ave.). Trains with Thomas leave every 45 minutes, in any weather. The day includes themed activities, a meeting with Sir Topham Hatt, activities at the Imagination Station, an approximately 25-minute ride on the Thomas Train, and entrance to the museum. The venues for events are open from 8:00 to 18:00.
Nights at the baseball park. The Buffalo Bisons continue to host special evenings specifically for families at Sahlen Field. The popular Star Wars Night team returns on June 11 with pre-game and post-game performances from your favorite – and not-so – Star Wars characters. (The Bison will be wearing Palpatine T-shirts.) New this year is Marvel Defenders of the Diamond Night on August 1st. 27. Captain America and Captain Marvel will be there, as well as other guests. Bring your pet for Dog Days to the park, where you can get treats and Bison gear for your best friend. The remaining dates are June 9, July 6, August 8. 23, 6 September. Family packages available.
Buffalo Heritage Carousel. This beautifully restored vintage carousel includes 30 horses, a sea dragon, a deer, a lion, a tiger and an ostrich among the menagerie. Located inside a solar-powered U-turn at Canalside on the waterfront in downtown Buffalo, it was designed and custom built in 1924 by Spillman Engineering in North Tonawanda for Domenick De Angelis. Summer hours (June, July and August) from 11:00 to 19:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; from 11:00 to 17:00 on Sundays. It is closed on Tuesdays. Wrinkles – $1.
Animal Adventures in the Hidden Valley. Walk and ride on the wild side of this 63-acre nature reserve, home to about 400 animals of almost 40 species. Look out for Betsy the goat and her newborn twin boys in Little Animal Adventure, where you can get up close and even feed some of the animals. Another newborn is Bessie the zebu calf and you can also meet Sadie, 1 year old, the Nilgai antelope. The Wild Animal Safari is a 3.5 km self-driving route. (Shuttle buses are available but must be booked in advance). Entrance costs from 12 to 15 dollars. Food – both human and animal – is available on site. A complete list of animals and rules is available at hiddenvalleyadventure.com. Address: 2887 Royce Road, Warisburg.
Old Fort Niagara. This is one of those treasures that we take for granted. Set against a scenic backdrop where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario in Youngstown, the 22-acre National Historic Landmark is home to six 18th-century buildings, including the impressive French Castle built in 1726. Other buildings date back to the 19th and 20th centuries, when the fort was a military post. Self-guided and self-guided tours are available during normal hours, but kids will especially enjoy one of the living history events, which includes extended activities such as artillery and musket demonstrations, music, and cooking. The French and Indian War Camp, the Fort’s biggest event of the year, recreates the 1759 Siege of Fort Niagara on July 2-4. Learn about the American Revolution on the New York frontier during Soldiers of the American Revolution July 23-24 and Fort Niagara’s role in the War of 1812 during Camp September 3-4. The fort is open year-round with extended hours from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission: $17 for adults, $12 for children aged 6 to 12.
Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve. Who doesn’t love playing in the mud? This 54-acre park in Blasdell is home to fossils from the Devonian period, the “Age of the Fish,” dating back about 380 million years ago. This way, you not only encourage digging, but also keep all the fossils you find. I wonder what are the chances of finding a fossil? If you just look down, it’s about 100%. Bring your own small shovel and bucket, or rent equipment on site for $5. The site is available. It’s outdoors, so bring sunscreen and appropriate clothing. Food is allowed; just clean up after yourself. Penn Dixie is located at 4050 North St., Blasdell. Entrance costs 11-13 dollars.