Summer with Young Audiences of Western New York

Young Audiences of Western New York will once again be hosting regular summer shows and activities at Canalside and Old Falls again this summer! Every Wednesday 11am and 12pm at Canalside July 2nd through August 27th (44 Prime Street Buffalo, NY 14202) Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12pm and 1pm July 2nd-August 23rd (Old Falls Street Niagara Falls 14303)   Dynamic and educational summer experiences that explore Western New York’s history with local artists in dance, spoken word, music, theatre, and visual arts. Families and children will see and learn from Western New York artists, and interact with artists during hands-on programming. Check out Young Audiences’ Public Programs page for more details!

Family Days at Healthy Zone Fieldhouse Orchard Park

Get out and Play at Family Days at the Healthy Zone Fieldhouse We are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to participate in an afternoon filled with fun and healthy activities at the home of the Buffalo Bills. We’ll have something fun for all ages, so bring the kids! There are lots of interactive games to play and drills to run on the turf. Have your picture taken with the one and only Billy Buffalo. And don’t forget to stop by our Healthy Zone Cruiser for even more healthy activities! Register today! Space is limited for each date; if your first choice is full, please join us on another date. Every participant must bring a ticket and waiver to the event. The ticket and waiver…

Alden Winterfest

Alden’s Winterfest is taking place Friday, January 31st- Saturday, February 1st. Activities include a hockey shootout, market place, dog sled exhibitions, bon fire, pancake breakfast and ice skating!   See more information at

Third Annual Canalside Holiday Celebration

The third annual Canalside Holiday Celebration is a free, festive, and family-friendly event centered around our majestic 30-foot evergreen tree at Downtown Buffalo and Canalside’s newest waterfront attraction – the East Canal, located near the corner of Scott and Washington Streets next to the “Erie Canal Harbor” Station on the NFTA Metro Rail!   The 2013 Celebration kicks off at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 20th, with holiday singing and free kids activities (in a heated tent!), all leading up to the arrival of Santa Claus on the NFTA’s Metro Rail to assist us with our tree lighting! The festivities continue Saturday, December 21st, from 1-5 pm with more free kids activities, free horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, food trucks, and another visit from Santa Claus on the Metro…

Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce “Jaycees” Annual Holiday Fundraiser

The Junior Chamber of Commerce “Jaycees” have graciously chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County as the beneficiary of its Annual Holiday Fundraiser! We want to extend an invitation to all our Bigs to attend this event with us!   It will take place at SoHo Burger Bar, 64 West Chippewa Street Buffalo, NY  14202 on Friday, December 20th from 7-10pm. Tickets are $30 per person, and includes light fare and three hours of open bar.   Cocktail/Business Attire, Adults Only

Free Rides on the Maid of the Mist This Weekend!

Not only is the Maid of the Mist extending its season for another two days, but they are also offering FREE rides on these days! The season was originally scheduled to end on both sides of the border on Thursday, October 24. On Friday, the hours of operation out of Niagara Falls State Park will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get down to the falls and take advantage of this opportunity to check out the Maid of the Mist with your Little!

Halloween Fun!

  It’s time to gear up for All Hallow’s Eve once again! Check out the following kid-friendly events for a Spooktacular Big & Little Halloween! Pumpkinville 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley Admission is free and includes a petting farm, gem mining, a trip to goat mountain (where you can interact with goats), the children’s Storyland section, a tour of the antique cider mill and more. For an additional $3.50 each (or $12 for an unlimited wristband), explore a corn maze, hayrides and a cow-themed tractor ride. When: Open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 31. For more information: Visit or call 699-2205. Mysterious World of Bats Dudley Branch Library, 2010 South Park Ave. Come dressed for a costume party and…

Explore Squaw Island!

On Saturday, September 14th from 12-2pm we have a trip to Squaw Island planned with the Buffalo Audubon Society.  This is a great opportunity for you and your Little to get out and explore the great outdoors. Did you         know that Squaw Island is a wetland and is the home to many different bird and animal species that you might not see other places in Western New York? Throughout the two hour trek, a environmental and wildlife expert will teach us interesting facts about the watershed, animals, and environment.   If you are interested in joining our adventure, please let your case manager know by Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  We hope that you and your Little will be able to come and enjoy…