There are plenty of ways to keep your family busy throughout the cold weather months. Bundle up and brave the cold for a day of sledding, or learn something new together at one of Western New York’s growing number of interactive museums. After a day of Buffalo’s best winter activities, head home for family game night and an early bedtime.
Enjoy a few of these winter activities in Buffalo before spring comes.
Albright Knox Art Gallery
On the second Sunday of every month, the Albright Knox offers $5 admission for the entire family. Interactive art activities, story time and 45-minute tours are all included in Family Funday!
For almost all of your family’s favorite Buffalo winter activities in one place, head to Canalside. You can skate, curl and ride ice bikes.
Older kids will love this all-ages comedy show. The entire show is improvised, so there’s no telling what it will be about. However, they try to keep things at about the same inappropriateness level as Shrek.
Explore & More Children’s Museum
This winter will be the Explore & More Children’s Museum’s last in its current East Aurora home. Get ready for the brand new Canalside location set to open in the spring of 2019!
Of course, the Sabres play within the HARBORCENTER complex. There are other teams that play here as well, including the Buffalo Beauts and Canisius College Golden Griffins, that offer just as much action on the ice with a more family-friendly price tag.
Your Local Library
An afternoon at the library is the perfect indoor activity when the weather in Buffalo is just too cold to spend time outside. The Lancaster Library offers tons of fun programs throughout the winter for all ages.
Niagara Power Vista Center
You could easily spend a day exploring the interactive exhibits on the history and process of gathering power from the Niagara River. Plus, they’re completely free.
There’s no shortage of snow in Buffalo during the winter, so get outside and play together! When you’ve used up all the snow in your yard for life-sized snowmen, head to a sledding hill. There are gentle hills all over Western New York, including Chestnut Ridge Park, Delaware Park and Como Lake Park (which is also home to two skating rinks).
The Strong National Museum of Play
Make the drive to Rochester to spend the day at the Strong Museum. There are over 150,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, including the long-time favorite Wegmans Super Kids Market.
Theater of Youth
Take in an all-ages show at the Theater of Youth, located in Allentown. The 2018-2019 season includes A Charlie Brown Christmas, Tuck Everlasting and The Jungle Book. Every show includes a Talk-Back, which gives curious kids a chance to ask actors about the play.