Thursday, May 28, 2009

What to do in The Buff this summer

The Buff is a great place to be in the summer. There are tons of activities that are sponsored locally by the city/town/village and there are also the activities that are sponsored nationally. With this list you won't be able to say there is nothing to do this summer. At the bottom there is an additional resources list that will help you further plan your calender with festivals and such.

has a Tuesday in the Park series sponsered this year by First Niagara. Every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 you can find a FREE concert starting June 9th with Reverend Horton Heat and ends August 25th with Peter Frampton. Check out the rest of the line up HERE. While the concerts are FREE the parking is $10.

Artpark also has Wednesdays in the Gorge series. Every Wednesday from July 15th thru August 26th you can find even more FREE concerts. Go take a look at the line up HERE. Again, the concerts are FREE but the parking is $10.

**Update** reader Kashann has this great tip for FREE parking at ArtPark:
Don't pay to park at Art park! You pull in just before the parking down the hill and it is free and less walking then the pay to park spot... I love art park. It is gorgeous and they have a great time for kids during and before the show.

Thanks for that great tip Kashann!

Regal Cinemas has a Free Family Film Festival where they offer FREE family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM. This is 18th year offering this fabulous summer activity. The movies are G and PG rated. The theatres for the Buffalo area are: TH201 Walden Galleria Stadium 16 in Buffalo, Niagara Falls Stadium 12 in Niagara Falls, Quaker Cr. Stadium 18 in Orchard Park, and Transit Center Stadium 18 & IMAX in Williamsville. See full details of this great event and all theatres participating at

Thanks to Beth at IN Good "Cents" for this fabulous information!

AMF (bowling lanes) has 2 great offers.
  • The Kids Bowl Free program is a great way to spend your time this summer. Your kids, 15 and under, can bowl 2 games EVERY DAY for FREE (shoe rental is NOT included) from May 4th to September 6th. All you have to do is go to the Kids Bowl Free website and register your children. There is an additional pass you can purchase for $25 that will allow up to 4 adults the same offer. There are several participating locations in our area.
  • If you sign up for AMF's eClub they will send you a coupon for up to 10 people one game of bowling for FREE (shoes not included).
Previously I blogged about Thursday in the Square's FREE concert series HERE.

I also previously blogged about Yoga on the Square HERE.

Previous posts that are helpful and on the same topic:
If you have a birthday this summer check out my Birthday Fun Post for free activities and food ideas.
You never know when you might get rained on so my Winter Blues Post might give you some ideas for indoor play and fun.
On going activities that are available in The Buff are posted HERE.

Tell us, what's your favorite thing, activity or summer event is, in The Buff of course.

Other Resources:
The Buffalo News has put together a great list of Summer Festivals. Check it out HERE and mark your calenders for the events you plan on attending.

Another great resource for helping to plan your summer and calender is the WNY Family Magazine. You can pick the magazine up for free at your local library and Wegmans and other places, or you can access the full magazine online HERE.

WGRZ Channel 2 always has a good list of things to do on their website, What 2 Do.

Home Depot has many different FREE clinics for all adults, women and kids.

Lowes also has FREE clinics for adults and kids.

Toys R Us frequently has FREE kid events with freebies for you kids to take home. Sign up for their email updates to find out about them. From my experience they do not advertise them on their websites but through emails to their customers.

There is a plethora of blogs out there that list other nationally sponsored events from restaurant and activities too. I've linked to some in my many posts and I also have a lot of their buttons on the side. You may also have a different favorite blog that lists these!


brent and kashann said...

Don't pay to park at Art park! You pull in just before the parking down the hill and it is free and less walking then the pay to park spot. Email me if you need directions. I love art park. It is gorgeous and they have a great time for kids during and before the show.
Amber thanks for the list! you are awesome!

Amber said...

Thanks for this great tip Kashann! I'll update the post with this information.

Ann said...

Double Up for a Buck at Premier


Seriously! The sale is going on for the next few weeks and I saw some vodka not just wines this time.

Here's their ad:
Premier ad

The site says through 5/31 but this is the same ad that was in the paper Monday.

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