January 29, 2014
Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 7:34 AM EDT
East Aurora, N.Y. (WKBW) - They have everything from ball and car to making homemade play dough.
“I smooshed the play dough,” Explorer Noelle Smith said.
Public Relations Person Jennifer Fee said Explore and More Children's Museum has it all.
“Explore and More is a hands on children's museum and we've been in business for 20 years,” Fee said.
The museum started at the current location in East Aurora 1994. Fee said their goal from the beginning has been to expand and move to a more central location. Now, they are working to make their move to down town Buffalo.
“We were selected by Erie County Harbor Development Corporation in May of 2012 for the site on the south Aud block of Canalside,” Fee said.
The 40,000 square feet building will be a big part of up and coming Buffalo waterfront. There still is a long way to go. They have recently gotten their capitol campaign for the project underway and an architect has been chosen.
“We are in some great conversations with major funders. It's going well. We expect by June we will have a design of building. On our end we are planning more detailed exhibits,” Fee said.
They just received some other backing to make the transition to the waterfront a bit smother.
“We received $12,000 Erie Canalways Heritage Foundation to plan our falling water exhibit. We also received $5,000 from Ronald McDonald House to help keep up our partnership with the public library system and our program called Encompass Outreach,” Fee said.
They plan to break ground in Spring of 2015, opening it's doors a year later.
“In East Aurora it's great for here but people in the Northtowns may not know or come because it's a long way to come verses if its in a bigger area more childeren will be able to use the facilities,” Mother Kalle Reynolds said.
They already have a new exhibit that will go in the waterfront facility called Faces of Buffalo.
“Explore our diversity and really talk about the neighbors in Buffalo,” Fee said.
Fee said it is exciting and fun activities like this that will attract families downtown once everything is in place.