Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Summer Time in The Buff!

Since today is the official first day of summer I thought this post would be appropriate!

Buffalo 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 you’ll find an additional resources list that will help you further plan your calendar with festivals and such.

Artpark has a Tuesday in the Park series sponsored by First Niagara. Every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 you can find a FREE concert starting June 15th with War and ends August 31st with The Machine performing Pink Floyd. Check out the rest of the line up at While the concerts are free, parking is $10**.

Artpark also has Coors Light Wednesday series. Every Wednesday from July 14th thru August 25th.

**You don't HAVE to park in the Art Park parking lot. Pick a spot that is free and just walk from there.

Regal Cinemas has a Free Family Film Festival where they offer FREE family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM. This is 19th 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 Starts 6/29 and ends 8/25.

AMF Bowling Lanes has 2 great offers.
1) 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 24th to September 19th. All you have to do is go to the 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. Maybe the Thrift store has some bowling shoes??!!
2) 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).

Thursday at the Square has a free concert series. Info for this can be found at

Niagara Power Project has an admission-free visitors center featuring state-of-the-art exhibits and a full calendar of events. Visit for more information.

Gusto at the Gallery Family Nights are open every Friday all year long. Every Friday from 3pm until close there is no admission fee. There are workshops, performances and more. We’ve done this with our kids and they love it! As an extra bonus, have some art time a day before and a day after and talk about the art museum and what it is. You’ll be surprised at how much your kids will enjoy this event.. Everything is free except parking. ENJOY! Visit for more information.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Delaware Park, behind the rose garden. Tuesdays-Sundays through July 11th. 7:30pm. FREE event. Visit for more information.

Movies in the Park presented by East Aurora Wesleyan Church, East Aurora. FREE family friendly movies every Friday in July & August at dusk in Hamlin Park Bandstand, Oakwood Ave. (some say it’s easier to get to on Prospect), East Aurora. For more info call 716-652-0392 or email

Home Depot has many different FREE clinics for all adults, just women and just kids. For information on the kid's clinics visit HERE.

Lowes also has free Build & Grow Clinics for kids. On Saturday 6/26 you and your child can sign up to build a Monster Truck! Find more information at their website:

Toys R Us frequently has FREE kid events with freebies for you kids to take home. Last Saturday they had a Lego building contest with prizes and giveaways! Sign up for their email updates to find out about them, you can sign up at From my experience they do not advertise them on their websites so it’s only through emails to their customers.

Birthday Freebies! There are lots of Birthday Freebies out there from free ice cream to free dinners and more. You can find a huge list of Birthday Freebies to sign up for in my Birthday Fun post.

Rainy Day Plans! You never know when you need a good rainy day back up plan… and you still want/need to get out of the house. There’s a great blog post written about the locations in our area that you can depend on to brighten those rainy day/winter blues check it out HERE.

Water Fun! Pools and Splash Pads in the area are set to open July 1st. There are lots of places to go and get wet for free in the area too. Garrison Park in Williamsville has a nice 18” wading pool. Island Park in Williamsville has a 2’ wading pool. For a full list of indoor pools, outdoor pools and splash pad locations visit the City of Buffalo's website.

Free lunch for the kids! At many local parks the City is providing free weekday lunches to our kids from 11am – 1pm on a first-come, first-served basis. These are the locations that I am aware of in the city: Cazenovia Park, 129 Cazenovia Street; Delaware Park, Rose Garden; Hennepin Park, 24 Ludington Street; MLK Park, Fillmore and MLK Parkway; Public School #3, 255 Porter Avenue; Public School #18, 118 Hampshire Street; Riverside Park, 50 Crowley Street; Shoshone Park, Pool House area; Waterfront School, 94 Fourth Street.

Other Resources:
• The Buffalo News, you can find a list of local happenings at:
• 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 at:
• WGRZ Channel 2 always has a good list of things to do on their website, What 2 Do.
• Planning a trip out of town? Check out Western New York Family Magazines sister magazines at, you never know … they might have activities you won’t want to miss!
• For a complete list of Summer Concerts and Festivals visit: Best of WNY.
• Buffalo Moms Like Me has a pretty comprehensive Summer 411 list.

How about you? What are your plans this summer in The Buff?


Boss said...

First, I plan to call you back. Then, after that, we'll see...

Alaska said...

YAY! Thanks Amber--I've been working on a list too--just to use but this has all the good stuff on it. You didn't mention Artpark Saturdays though, so here is the link: Saturdays 12-4 Art galore.
they let my kid paint and they clean up the mess, it doesn't get better than that.

You rock. ak

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