By Alicia Dziak
Spring break has arrived! With more than a week off, here’s your chance to explore all the area has to offer!
Spend the weekdays visiting all those places you haven’t been to in a while, or check out a unique event designed with kids in mind!
On April 7 and 9, families are invited to join the twice-monthly Family Fun Tours at Albright-Knox. These 45-minute tours explore different themes based on works in the 1962 Building. Family Fun Tours are free but space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Sunday, April 9 is Family Fun Day—museum admission for the entire family is just $5, and includes an array of programming for children and their families. (Regular parking rates apply.) For more info, visit www.albrightknox.org.
On April 8, head to the Hamburg Fairgrounds for Kidabaloo, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m.
Kidabaloo is a great Family outing with all kinds of games & activities for the kids! Come see your favorite super heroes, princesses, cartoon and storybook characters, live shows, crafts, face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses and more! Bounce through a castle, join a hula hoop contest, take a goofy photo with a clown, and leave with a smile and a prize or two! For more info, visit www.the-fairgrounds.com.
Reinstein Woods in Depew is full of family-friendly fun during the break. Do you like geocaching? On April 8 at 10 a.m., take part in the Geocaching Egg Hunt. Participants will learn how to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit, then search for hidden eggs in the preserve. Fee: $2 per person; free for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.
On Tuesday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Family Nature Quest: Full Moon Walk at Reinstein Woods. Hike out to Flattail Lake to observe the moon and nocturnal critters by moonlight. Bring binoculars if you have them.
On Saturday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m., learn about Natural Egg Dyeing. Discover how spices, fruits, vegetables and other natural materials can create rich natural colors and patterns as you dye eggs. Bring your own eggs, limit of 6 per person. Registration required for all of these events at Reinstein; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
No matter the weather outside, it always feels like spring inside at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss a WNY’s favorite Easter tradition—the Spring Flower Exhibit, now through April 23. This year’s exhibit will be dripping with color. Included with the exhibit is the 4-H Farm that will host baby bunnies, chicks, pigs, ducks and much more.
The Easter Bunny will visit April 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kids ages seven and under are eligible to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Avenue in Buffalo.. Collect two eggs to exchange for a prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a basket to collect eggs. Hunters are admitted free to the Botanical Gardens this day!
Botanical Gardens’ Members $8, General Public $10, after April 2, $12. Register early!
The Hunt sells out every year! Register online. Kids ages seven and under are eligible to participate in the Hunt. Collect two eggs to exchange for a prize! The Hunt is outside so dress accordingly and bring a basket to collect eggs. Hunters are admitted free to the Botanical Gardens this day! If you plan to visit the Botanical Gardens this day before or after the hunt, admission will apply. Inside – kids of all ages can enjoy fun activities: a scavenger hunt, games, the 4-H Farm, prizes and more! Food trucks will also be on site this day – Cheesy Chick & Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, 4-H and Star 102.5.
Visit www.buffalogardens.com for more information.
Explore & More in East Aurora is the perfect place to spend your staycation, visiting a different home country of a Buffalo immigrant population each day. From food sampling to craft making, games to performances, language activities, art projects, there’s so much to explore! See the world in a week, April 10-14. Travel the World Around Buffalo is free with your admission thanks to the generous sponsorship of the East Aurora Rotary. For more info, visit exploreandmore.org.
Head to the Zoo and visit all the animals. You can also have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 8, 9 and 15, and celebrate Ape-ril with the Zoo’s primates on April 8.
The Buffalo Bisons kicked off their season April 6 at home. This will mark the 30th season the Bisons play at Coca-Cola field and several events and home games are planned over the break and in the upoming months. Visit www.bisons.com for more info.
On April 13, head north to the Herschel Carrousel Museum The museum will be open on the second Thursday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy half-price admission, ride the carrousels and have fun with family activities in the Children’s Gallery. Visit www.carrouselmuseum.org for more info.
Of course, spring break is also a great time to rediscover everything there is to see right in Springville. Peruse the shops along Main Street, grab a bite at one of the many eateries, curl up with a book at the library, take a walk along the Pop Warner trail or a hike at Sprague Brook.
With so much to do, spring break is sure to fly by. With just a little planning, the words “I’m bored” will not be in your kids’ vocabulary during their week off!