BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – By this time next year, construction should be well underway for the new Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside. But, that group is getting a head start on serving the downtown Buffalo community, by bringing one of it’s huge annual events into the city this summer.
Local leaders came together Thursday morning at City Hall to lay out the details of the upcoming citywide Day of Play at Explore & More’s Touch-A-Truck event. That will be held Sunday June 5, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the Buffalo News parking lot on Scott Street.
In the past, Explore & More’s Touch-A-Trucks have been held out in East Aurora, limiting the number of Buffalo families that could make the trip. Now, the event should be more accessible to downtown children, who will be able to climb in, on, and around more than 40 large vehicles, from construction equipment to emergency vehicles, learning while they play. “Explore & More’s Touch-A-Truck is a chance for all of us to come together and celebrate our most precious resource: our children,” said Julia Spitz, who co-chairs the Touch-A-Truck event with her father.
This year, several sponsors are providing free admission tickets to thousands of local families to give more people a chance to enjoy the event. Mayor Byron Brown passed out free tickets to dozens of local students at the announcement event Thursday.
The NFTA is also providing free rides to a thousand families who are receiving those sponsored tickets.