Summer fun 4 families: Museums

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Rain or shine, local museums have much to offer, including the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Amy Bieber, says there are some new, permanent studios within the museum called science studios.

“Each one features a different science topic and they’re all interactive and also feature some of our collections pieces,” explained Beiber.

Bug Works and a new artifact studio on the second floor are also popular.

Every week during the summer, there are special camps called Discovery Camps for children 5 to 15-years-old. They used to only allow children up to 12-years-old, so the age limit is higher this year.

“There’s been a demand for 15-year-olds, so we have some new workshop spaces that allow us to do some more advanced science programs on robotics and circuitry. They have been extremely popular during the spring and winter breaks so we decided to incorporate them into our summer camps as well,” said Beiber.

The explorations gallery on the first floor is extremely popular for toddlers and children up to 7-years-old. There are different stations that look into arts and crafts, even outer space. They let children learn science through play and fun.

The big attraction this summer is the Mummies of the World exhibit, which Beiber says is great for families, as long as the children are ready for some of the mature content.

According to Beiber, “We do encourage parents to check into the exhibit a little before they bring their children, we’ve had a lot of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds love it, but it really depends on your child.”

The exhibit takes you through a journey of the world and all the different types of mummies that exist. They are either culturally preserved, or naturally preserved. You will see animals, as well as fully body, mummified remains, and will learn about the whole mummification process.

It costs $22 for non-member adults, and $15 for member adults, in addition to general museum admission.

For more on pricing and camp availability, you can visit the museum’s website.

In North Tonawanda, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is opening a new, outdoor Kiddieland Testing Park. The park features four refurbished kiddie rides from the factory’s post-war, baby boom era. It officially opens on Saturday, May 24.

Below are a few links to other museums you may want to visit this summer:

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Buffalo History Museum

Explore and More Museum in East Aurora

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