Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and Around Buffalo
2017's Winners: Best for Kids in the Buffalo / Erie / Niagara region!
The best places to take kids in Buffalo, Erie County, and the Niagara Region of New York, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey.
Throughout the year, the Buffalo Zoo offers guests fascinating animal exhibits, naturalistic wildlife habitats, beautiful garden areas and several unique areas in which to enjoy an environment that is full of fun, adventure and history. The Buffalo Zoo is open daily rain or shine!
Theatre of Youth (TOY)
Theatre of Youth Company, Inc. (TOY) stimulates the imagination, nurtures the creative spirit and enhances the education of young people by engaging them in relevant, child-centered, and professionally-produced live theatre programs. TOY believes meaningful childhood experiences in the theatre develop confidence in creative thinking skills, cultivate empathy and establish a life-long connection to the arts.
Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence
Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence is a family-operated business open for tours and group parties for all ages year-round. We are a real livestock and horse farm that has been welcoming farm visitors for over 30 years. There is fun for everyone every season of the year. Pumpkin pickin’ in the fall, sleigh rides in the winter, baby animals in the spring, and summer picnics. Come for your birthday, with your school, for pumpkins, or just for fun.
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is a 292-acre complex of forests, ponds and wetlands. We offer a variety of opportunities to explore and learn about nature for families and people of all ages, including guided walks, seasonal programs and events.
Buffalo Museum of Science
The Buffalo Museum of Science is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the study and interpretation of the natural and physical sciences. BMS offers traveling exhibits, a 3D cinema and permanent exhibit halls, including our hands-on early childhood gallery, Explorations, and the new interactive health science studio, Explore YOU presented by Independent Health. Our museum offers free parking and is handicapped accessible.
Bounce! Eat! Play! Bounce Magic is the BIGGEST indoor inflatable play and party facility in WNY! Giant inflatable bounce houses, large toddler only area, delicious new menu items, arcade games and prizes, indoor mini golf and a horizontal rock wall, all indoors! Open play daily, no reservations required. Don’t forget your socks!
Canalside is a growing regional destination and entertainment district, situated on 21 historic acres along downtown Buffalo’s emerging waterfront on the Buffalo River.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
When you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you’ll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on our beautiful 35-acre grounds.
Explore & More Children's Museum
With nationally recognized and award-winning programs and exhibits, the most generous free admission policy in the area, and a mission to provide critically important informal learning experiences for all, Explore & More has become an important asset to the well-being of children and families in Western New York.
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards is a family owned 340 acre working fruit and vegetable farm. Pick your own apples, pumpkins, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, & plums. Also has a Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA)! Pumpkin Fiesta weekends in September and October.
Tifft Nature Preserve
Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre nature sanctuary dedicated to conservation and environmental education on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Explore 5 miles of maintained trails for hiking and easy wildlife viewing. Tifft offers year round hands-on environmental education programs- from school groups to birthday parties and scout workshops.
Just Fun Family Entertainment Center
Something fun for EVERYONE! Birthdays and Open Play! Indoor playground, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, 18 hole Black Light Mini Golf, Aeroball, Battle Zone shooting arena with Battle (paintless paintball, 11+) or Bazooka (soft foam balls, 7+)! Arcade & Food!
Allegany State Park
Gorgeous and amenity laden, the park is divided into two areas - Red House and Quaker - both located in Salamanca.
The 2016 season is the Bisons 131st season of professional baseball in Buffalo. Come out to Coca-Cola Field in spring and summer for the absolute best quality sports and family entertainment experience and value in town!
Martin’s Fantasy Island
Grand Island. Martin's Fantasy Island is a family-friendly theme park that’s just minutes away from almost anywhere in Western New York. It features thrill rides, live shows, a water park, a petting zoo, miniature golf, and other attractions.
My Local Library
Of course, the libraries in the Buffalo area are not really ONE place, but MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
Erie County Fair
Hamburg. The Erie County Fair happens for 12 days every August in Hamburg at the fair grounds, just 20 minutes south of Buffalo. It is justifiably one of the most famous county fairs in the United States. Find great food, lots of free great concerts and more! Admission for kids 12 & under is FREE every day of the Fair.
Olcott Beach Carousel Park
Located down the street from Olcott’s famous Lighthouse and across from Olcott Beach is a wonderful vintage amusement park. It features a 1928 style Hershell-Spillman two row carousel. Five vintage kiddie rides, and a wonderful 1931 Wurlitzer band organ. In addition, there is a Pick Up A Duck Game, Skee Ball and a Vintage Arcade. Our stage features Rob and Carol Allen’s Magic Show at 2 p.m. each day we are open. Kiddie rides are for those under 52” tall and each ride is just 25¢! Open Memorial Day Weekend - June on Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 6 p.m. Open Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sun. from 12 - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 - 8 p.m., July - Labor Day.
ComedySportz is improv comedy played as a sport! Watch the fun unfold as two teams of comedians try to outwit each other and earn points from the fans, as a referee moderates the action and calls fouls.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDERolly Pollies
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEBuffalo Zoo
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumBuffalo Museum of Science
Favorite Performing ArtsTheatre of Youth
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence
Favorite Nature CenterTifft Nature Preserve
Favorite Professional Sports TeamBuffalo Bills
Favorite Arts Education Program/CenterBuffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
Favorite Sports Education Program/CenterRolly Pollies