The holiday season is around the corner, and with it comes those five words Moms love to hear: “Mom, there’s nothing to do!” Turn this year’s winter break into a “staycation” by exploring some of the things that the Buffalo, New York area has to offer its residents.
The Buffalo Museum of Science – located at 1020 Humboldt Pkwy. in Buffalo, the Museum of Science is a treasure chest of activities, exhibits, and artifacts – kids will have fun, and you know that they’re actually learning something (just don’t tell them!). The Museum has limited hours during winter break due to holidays, but is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. otherwise; check the website for exact dates. Admission is $8 for adults (18 to 61), $7 for seniors (62+), and $6 for children 2 to 17, students with ID, and military with ID (children under 2 are free). The Museum’s special exhibit for the season: “From Here to There,” an exhibition of transportation on land, by sea, and in the air.
Albright Knox Art Gallery – located at 1280 Elmwood Ave. in Buffalo, the current Albright Knox exhibit is a special treat for Buffalo Sabres hockey fans: “Forty: The Sabres in the NHL” features photos and video installations detailing the Sabres’ 40 years in Buffalo and the NHL. From January 2nd through 5th, the Stanley Cup and other NHL trophies will be on loan from the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the exhibit, which coincides with the IIHF World Juniors Champions at the HSBC Arena and Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students (13 and up), and $5 for children 6 to 12 (children under 6 are free); the Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas and New Year’s Days, open on Monday, January 3rd).
Hockey Towne USA Fan Fest – also coinciding with the World Juniors is the Fan Fest, taking place Monday through Wednesday, December 27th through 29th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday). Kids will enjoy the interactive games and the kids’ fun zone, while moms can gather in the “Hockey Mom Zone.” NHL trophies will also be on display at the Fan Fest, and there will be vendors, food in the Buffalo Wing Zone, and entertainment. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free with an adult admission; check out their Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.