The Science “Moo-seum” (as my three-year-old likes to call it) has always given me a nostalgic feel. A staple in the middle school field trip roadshow, I remember really enjoying The Buffalo Museum of Science as a kid – especially the freeze-dried astronaut ice cream that they sell in the gift shop.
As a mom looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t wait to take my daughter to experience it for herself, especially since it’s one of the few places in Buffalo that offers FREE parking (score!). Emma and her friend were intrigued as soon as we stepped into the atrium of the museum and couldn’t wait to explore all four floors.
Exhibits we loved:
- Explorations – This is a must see, especially if you have little ones. Children can roam free and explore interactive “science-themed” stations that include a space shuttle, light table, and Emma’s favorite – a giant water basin with a pump that transports toys from one end to the other. There is also a gated area for toddlers with age-appropriate toys, a book nook, dress up clothes, and more. The kids would have spent all day here if they could!
Mom tip: Try to plan your visit to the museum on a Sunday or off hours during the week when it’s quieter. Also, bring Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer, although they normally have plenty of dispensers around the floor.
- In Motion – This exhibit is fun for any age and focuses on the basics of physics and engineering. The Gravity Wall will keep you occupied for a while, as it allows you to design a series of tubes and funnels and send balls flying through it. (Emma squeals whenever this happens and I could totally see my husband and myself competing to see who can create a better contraption). There is also a Human Motion area that records your movement as you run across the floor.
- Our Marvelous Earth – Our favorite activity here was the “Water Meets Land” station, which allows the kids to pick up “sediment,” throw it on the table, and watch it get washed away by traveling water. The girls also really enjoyed the wind machine, which generates 50 mph hurricane-force winds, causing them to scream with laughter.
Mom tip: They don’t provide smocks for the water station, so make sure you roll up your kiddos’ sleeves! There is also a small sink hidden next to the table that will allow you to wash away the tiny pieces of “sediment.”
The other exhibits we sort of blew through due to short attention spans, but they feature bugs, the human body, animals, and artifacts.
I give the Buffalo Museum of Science 5 stars and think it’s certainly worth the membership. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a rainy/snowy day, this is the place to be. I’m excited that the Museum has been renovating, introducing new exhibits, and hosting events such as “Mess Fest” (and a grown-up one that I’ve been dying to try called “Beerology”).
They also have a great gift shop and still carry the astronaut ice cream! Emma and I may have each enjoyed our own bag on the ride home 😉
WRITTEN BY KRISTEN
Kristen Cronyn is a lover of technology, memes, and emojis. She spends most of her time documenting the ridiculous antics of her daughter on social media, in hopes of one day scoring her own reality TV show.