Weekly Feature



2017-04-20 / Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 20

After-School Escape — Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a different fun hour-long outdoor activity each week, for children in grades K through 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; no registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours — Learn about the Museum’s role in the Pan-Am Exposition, go behind-the-scenes and see the same artifacts that thrilled visitors over a century ago, 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Toddler Time — Stories, songs, movement and activities for children 2 to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda; Free - registration required. 332-4375

Budding Scientists — The Budding Scientists program gives children the foundation to thrive as active, curious learners, 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $ - pre-registration required. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Steward’s Day Training — Become a volunteer to help remove invasive species and aid in trail maintenance. Training includes a guided invasive species walk, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837 .html. Trail Steward’s Days will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday from May to June, and from July to September will be volunteer’s choice of days and times.

fri. 21

Earth & Moon Hike — Celebrate Earth Day with a guided sunset hike in search of nature getting ready to rest for the day and awaken at night, for ages 18 and older, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.tifft.org

sat. 22

Dissection Discoveries: Sheep Hearts — Ages 8 and older will investigate and explore the inner workings of organisms around us, 11 a.m.-noon (basic) Saturday, April 22, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

The Little Mermaid — The beloved tale of “The Little Mermaid” is brought to the stage in a brand new production following a sold-out tour of China and featuring the Panto Company, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Riviera Theatre and Performance Arts Center, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; $. 692-2413, www.rivieratheatre.org

Earth Day — Celebrate Earth Day with Wild Spirit Education. There will be a storytime for the little ones and you will be able to meet live birds of prey and other animals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. 837-7209

Fungi With a Fun Gal — Explore the wonderful world of mushrooms. Enjoy a walk to look at mushrooms that you find, while learning the basics of mushroom identification and how fungi contribute to the ecosystem, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Lego Engineering Club — Lego brain teasers, free builds, design challenges and more. Attendees will also get to bring home a Lego souvenir, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Tifft Shoreline Sweep — Join in on the biggest single-day shoreline cleanup in WNY. Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will partner with Tifft to clean Preserve shorelines, for ages 8 to adult, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 22, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.tifft.org

Volunteer Opportunity: Earth Day Volunteer Open House — Become a volunteer for the environment. Explore volunteer opportunities at Reinstein Woods, such as greeting visitors, becoming a nature guide or helping care for trails, for adults 18 years and older, those under 18 will need to be accompanied by a guardian or parent, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Aliens! — Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of these alien invaders, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Wegmans Family Days: Welcome Spring — The entire family will have the opportunity to engage in the hands-on learning activities centered around nutrition during this event, along with different nutritional themes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

sat. 22 & sun. 23

Patriots Day Weekend — Patriots Day Weekend launches Old Fort Niagara’s reenactment season with a salute to veterans and patriotism with family-friendly, educational and interactive activities that will enlighten visitors about the Battles of Lexington and Concord that began April 19, 1775, and started the American Revolution, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, at Old Fort Niagara, Old Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; $. 745-7611, www.oldfortniagara.org

sun. 23

Kids’ Make-It, Take-It Workshops: Totally Trees — Celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day as participants will create a paper tree sculpture and a colorful tree painting, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo; $. 827-1584, www.buffalogardens.com

Kick Up Some Fun with Fantastic Friends of WNY — Special needs children are encouraged to join Fantastic Friends of Western New York at an indoor soccer field to play soccer or just run around, 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at Sahlen’s Sports Park, 7070 Seneca St., Elma; $. 863-7393

mon. 24

Budding Naturalists Early Childhood Series — Nurture your child’s sense of wonder and curiosity for nature while encouraging physical, cognitive and social development at the Reggio-Emilia inspired, drop-off program for ages 3-5, 9-11:30 a.m. Monday, April 24, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.tifft.org

tues. 25

Mastodon’s in Our Backyard - The Byron Dig — Excavated from Genesee County, take a look at the specimens that teach us about life on the Niagara Frontier from over 10,000 years ago, 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Budding Scientists — The Budding Scientists program gives children the foundation to thrive as active, curious learners, 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $ - pre-registration required. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Ukulele for Kids — Kids ages 7-12 can learn to play the ukulele, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda. Instruments are provided and no experience is necessary; $. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

Ukulele Sing and Play — Learn to play the ukulele and sing along to popular songs, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda. Ukuleles are provided and no experience is necessary to join; $. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

wed. 26

Homeschool Series: Nature Quest — What have you always wanted to know about nature? This is your chance to find out, as you explore through hands-on activities, experiments and guided trail hikes, for ages 2-5, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $100 nonmembers, $80 BMS members - Pre-registration required. 825-6397, www.sciencebuff.org

Toddler Time — Stories, songs, movement and activities for children 2 to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda; Free - registration required. 332-4375

Birdwatching Walk — Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds, 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

ongoing: now-April 28

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Easter Display — Featuring live chicks and bunnies, and springtime blooms, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, April 28, at the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario; $. 905-354-1721

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