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Explore & More is a non-profit organization that provides an environment for creative play and learning through hands-on exhibits, activities and programs that spark creativity, curiosity and imagination. The museum was founded in 1994 by a grassroots group of parents, educators and designers focused on one goal – creating quality exhibits and programs for children and families. Since that time, the museum has steadily grown, expanding exhibits and programs each year.

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Programs

Culture Days

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Immerse your students in a unique global experience featuring countries from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Explore & More Culture Days use colorful decorated classrooms, carefully selected artifacts and an interactive approach to engage your students. Our staff will help your students to discover how children in other parts of the world live, eat, play and learn. Explore & More Culture Days start early when our educators come to your school and transform familiar classrooms into other countries. Students then rotate from classroom to classroom and from country to country. Each individual country’s program includes dynamic discussion followed by an appealing and appropriate game, activity or craft. Plan your culture day by selecting the countries your students would most like to visit: Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, China, Japan, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands or Yemen. Programs are adapted to fit the age of the students and the time available.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
30

Visit to Explore & More

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A school visit to Explore & More is scheduled for 1½ hours. Teachers can choose to bring their classes in one of two ways: a group visit or a workshop visit. Workshop visitors will receive a take-home passport and experience the focused activity chosen a by their teacher. All visiting students have the opportunity to explore all the museum exhibits. There are more than 30 hands-on activities arranged by topic- Culture Corner (featuring South Africa, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Faces of Buffalo), Food, Glorious Food! (interactive play by picking vegetable,  selling at the farm stand, and cooking in the kitchen), Building Curiosity (construction and architecture), Exploration Rocks (geology) and the Art Room (featuring a rotating art topic and murals of Van Gogh’s masterpieces).

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.

 
Grade Level:
PreK-3

States of Matter

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Atoms? Disordered molecules? Vaporization? States of Matter? Using illustrated discussion and critical thinking your students will discover the magic of science. Students will work together in discussion to understand the science behind an imploding aluminum can, will watch in awe as dry ice sublimates and permeates through your classroom and discover the importance of carbon dioxide in your fire extinguisher. Astonishing demonstrations and active student participation will engage your students and help them to understand these concepts.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
2-6
Audience Limit:
30

Featherbeds

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Featherbeds is designed to encourage students to think like birds. Workshop participants will uncover why birds make nests, what makes a good nest, what materials can be used in a nest and why eggs are an important part of a nest. After a group discussion about bird nests, students will have an opportunity to examine real nests, requiring students to recognize a bird’s reliance on their surroundings in making their nests. Students will then have the opportunity to build a nest of their own out of materials that a bird in WNY would use: grasses, lint, twigs, bark, yarn, fur and more will be provided. Students will use critical thinking in determining the best materials and in building a stable nest. A nest is only complete when an egg is made to fill the nest. This program takes place during nesting season only: April through August. This gives participants an opportunity to examine birds at work in their neighborhood.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.

 
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-2
Audience Limit:
30