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thurs. 19

Sunset New Moon Stroll — Watch a beautiful sunset atop the mounds at Tifft and search for crepuscular inhabitants (animals active at twilight times of dawn and dusk) of the preserve, including deer and beaver, 8:15-9:45 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

fri. 20

Field Day Games — Enjoy the fresh air and tons of outdoor games and activities for the entire family, noon-4 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Explore & More’s Canalside location, Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, downtown Buffalo; Free. 655-5131, www.exploreandmore.org

sat. 21

Kids Fun Day with NFL Players — Event includes Free Football and Cheer Camps, hosted by Buffalo Bills player Spencer Johnson, at 3 p.m., and the Great Amazing Race for Youth at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Stiglmeier Park, 500 Losson Road, Cheektowaga; $. www.GreatAmazingRace.com, www.SpencerDJohnson.com

Aquatic Exploration — Grab nets and scoop in the pond to search for aquatic animals, for children ages 6-12, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Southtowns Walleye Association Fishing Derby — Bring your rod and reel for a day of fishing Tifft’s Lake Kirsty, which is connected to Lake Erie. Sunfish, bass, carp, and perch can be caught. Prizes, refreshments for sale, and educational exhibits will be available, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $. 649-8202, www.sciencebuff.org

Astronomy Night — Use telescopes to view a thin crescent moon setting in the west, with Mars and Saturn in the southwest, constellation and an open star cluster, too, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, 4050 North St., Hamburg; $ - No registration required. 627-4560, www.penndixie.org

sun. 22

Trek Tifft — Drop in and join Friends of Tifft for a guided tour of the preserve, 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Fairy Kingdom in the Park — It’s a Family Fun Day full of fantasy. Make fairy houses, dance with gnomes, enjoy music and activities at a lovely nature preserve, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca; Free. 677-4843, www.burchfieldnac.org

mon. 23

Little Tykes Mini Nature Camp — Games, crafts, a hike and more help to foster the nature explorer in your child, ages 3-5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 23 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo; $ - Pre-registration required. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

Industrial Archaeology — Tifft plays an important role in Buffalo’s industrial past. Examine real artifacts found at Tifft to investigate what has taken place at Tifft during the last 200 years, all ages, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, July 23 at the Erie Canal Harbor Canalside, downtown Buffalo; Free. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

tues. 24

Cozy Camping Stories — Children ages 5 and older are invited to hear the kind of stories you’d enjoy around a campfire, play camping games and make s’mores, too, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, 4622 Main St., Snyder; Free - Registration required. 839-0700

wed. 25

Going Batty — Separate fact from fiction and learn about the only true flying mammals, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

Wednesday WOWs — “Iroquois Day of Sharing.” At 11 a.m., Randy Greene and the Niagara River Iroquois Dancers will perform dances, and from noon to 3 p.m., other Iroquois artists will share traditional crafts, Wednesday, July 25 at Explore & More, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora; Free with membership or paid general admission. 655-5131, www.exploreandmore.org

Industrial Archaeology — Tifft plays an important role in Buffalo’s industrial past. Examine real artifacts found at Tifft to investigate what has taken place at Tifft during the last 200 years, all ages, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the Erie Canal Harbor Canalside, downtown Buffalo; Free. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org

thurs. 26

Stroller Strut — Bring your stroller or wagon and share a sensory exploration of nature with your young child, ages 3 and under, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 26 at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew; Free - registration required. 683-5959, www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html

ongoing: now-Sept. 3

Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body — Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk in this exhibit, through Sept. 3 at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo; $. 896-5200, wwwbuffalomuseumofscience.org

2012-07-18 / Entertainment

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