Weekly Feature



2017-08-17 / Entertainment

Family Activities

thurs. 17

The Lego Batman Movie — Chris McKay’s animated film featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson and Zach Galifianakis, as part of Flicks on Old Falls at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block, part of Old Falls Street, USA, a three-block destination in downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Free. www.FallsStreet.com

The Building & Construction Magic Show — Join magician Cris Johnson as he presents this interactive magic show involving buildings, architecture, construction and problem-solving, 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Kenmore Branch library, 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore, and again at 3 p.m. at the Kenilworth Library, 318 Montrose Ave., Buffalo; Free.

Toddler Time — Stories, songs, movement and activities for children 2 to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda; Free - registration required. 332-4375

M&T Free Farmstead Thursdays — Visitors will have access to family-friendly educational programming, demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters, guided tours of the historic village and farmstead, and 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst; Free. 689-1440, www.bnhv.org

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, Aug. 17, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; no registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

fri. 18

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — David Yates’ film based on J.K. Rowlings books, and featuring Eddie Redmayne, Sam Redford, Collin Farrell, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, will be presented as part of an outdoor summer movies series, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Clearfield Recreation Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Amherst; Free. 631-7132

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs — Phil Lord’s animated film featuring the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Andy Samberg, as part of the free family activities and movie, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, Restoration Church, 504 Frankhauser Road, Amherst; Free. 541-0794, www.restorationbuffalo.com

Family Fun Festival — Activities, raffles and Chiavetta’s chicken dinner for the first 50 adults and free pizza and chips for children under 12, presented by Every Person Influences Children, Liberty Partnerships Program and the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at the Power Vista at the Niagara Power Project, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston; Free. 278-8151

sat. 19

Eclipse-O-Rama — Join the Buffalo Audubon Society and many other partner organizations for a free family activity day celebrating the upcoming solar eclipse, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug 19, at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, One Lafayette Square, Buffalo. 858-8900, www.buffalolib.org

Stories In the Woods — Enjoy hearing a nature story, followed by a guided walk in the woods, for children ages 3 to 7, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Woods Walk: Nature Guide’s Choice — Join the guided nature walk through the woods, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Free Family Fun on Saturday Afternoons Series — Tunes @Noon Performer, Straight Up, and Mama Earth’s Kitchen and the annual Dance of the Fireflies Family Event, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, Old Falls Street Middle Block, Niagara Falls, N.Y. www.FallsStreet.com

Storks — Nicholas Stoller’s animated feature film starring the voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Ty Burrell and Jennifer Aniston, as part of the Summer Family Film series, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora; Free. 652-1660, www.theauroratheatre.com

Children’s Block Printing — Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by Japanese culture and was a dealer in traditional Japanese block printing. Children will take a walk through the house to see some of the prints the Martin family collected, then create their own block prints. There will be different materials so that different ages can create their art. Appropriate for ages 5 and older, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Darwin Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo; $10 per person. 856-3858, www.darwinmartinhouse.org

Creatures of the Night — What goes screech, peep and chirp in the night? Tifft and Ecology and Environment, Inc., present a special evening of Buffalo’s wild nightlife, for ages 5 to adult, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; Pre-registration required $. 825-6397, www.tifft.org

sun. 20

Family Walk — Guided walk led by a naturalist through the Beaver Meadow preserve, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, Beaver Meadow, 1610 Welch Road, North Java; Donation. (585) 457-3228, www.buffaloaudubon.org

Girls and Their Dolls in the Garden Party — Enjoy a Victorian luncheon of tea sandwiches, Caprese salad, fruit, cookies and cakes on the historic Hull House grounds, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster; $. 681-2971, www.hullfamilyhome.com

mon. 21

Shrek — Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson’s animated adventure comedy featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, John Lithgow and Cameron Diaz, presented by Wegmans and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as part of the free family movie night on Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park, at dusk Monday, Aug. 21, Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo; Free. www.bfloparks.org/delaware

Back to STEM Week — Get ready for the school year with some exciting STEM activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 25, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; $. 693-1885, info@carrouselmuseum.org

Eclipse View & Do — Come safely view the eclipse and take part in activities for all ages. Telescopes with solar filters and free eclipse glasses will be handed out, plus astronomy activities and food trucks, 12:30-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, Buffalo State College’s R-14 Lot on Rockwell Road, near Grant Street, Buffalo; Free. 878-4911

tues. 22

Ukulele for Kids — Kids ages 7-12 can learn to play the ukulele, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 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, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, 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. 23

Toddler Time — Stories, songs, movement and activities for children 2 to 5 years old, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Tonawanda; Free - registration required. 332-4375

Free Admission Wednesday — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. 693-1885, www.carrouselmuseum.org

Senior Stroll — Experience a leisurely guided walk through Reinstein Woods, for adults only, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Bird Walk For Kids — Take a walk to look for birds by the ponds and in the woods. Parent or caregiver must accompany child, for ages 8-12, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov

Shrek — The 2001 DreamWorks Pictures’ 90-minute computer animated adventure comedy film about a green ogre is directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson and features the voices of Mike Myers as Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey, John Lithgow as Lord Farquaad, and Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona, as part of the Buffalo Harbor Movies Under the Stars series, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Buffalo Harbor State Park, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; Free. 822-1207

EPIC Summer Storytime — Meteorologist Andy Parker from WKBW will teach children about weather, and Judd Sunshine will provide music, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Canalside, 44 Prime St., Buffalo; Free. 332-4130, www.epicforchildren.org

Announcement

Budding Scientists — The Budding Scientists program is now accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 school year. The Budding Scientists Reggio Emilia-inspired program curriculum will encourage problem-solving skills, creativity and social and emotional growth, while giving children the foundations needed to thrive as active learners. Choose one or two days a week and engage your 3- to 5-year-olds in high quality, developmentally appropriate drop-off programs, a complement to the Budding Naturalists program at Tifft Nature Preserve. Participants must be toilet trained, no pull-ups. It will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 3-May 24, 2018. Registration is $50 (non-refundable). Tuition options: $90 per month for one day a week, $180 per month for two days a week. For more information, contact Kelsey Bartosz by emailing kbartosz@sciencebuff.org or calling 896-5200, ext. 204.

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