Looking Back: Historical Places To Go With the KidsAug. 25th, 2015 4:29 pm
Western New York Catholic Schools' blog has been your source for fun, educational, and family friendly places to go and things to do this summer. Here are a few great places to go in WNY for a look back at history and a chance to connect Catholic school students with their parents and grandparents.
Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center
While the sun is still shining this summer, Penn Dixie is a great place to take a ride, explore nature, and see how we can learn from fossils and geology.
A fantastic exploration into natural history, a trip to Penn Dixie will open up your student into several facets of the STREAM curriculum. Dig for and learn about fossils and ancient species of our region, examine current living plants and animals on site, or study the unknown aspects of astrology and our universe through a telescope. Over 143 different bird species have been identified at the site, and they offer specific events to see constellations and planets up close. They also offer day camps for boys and girls ages 8-12. The site is owned and operated by the Hamburg Natural History Society.
Check out the website for full details on special events, camps, and programs.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm
Admission: Non Member Adults: $9
Children 12 and Under: $7
For Reservations/Group Trips (716) 627-4560
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
Who doesn't remember their first trip around ride? on a classical Carrousel? The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda offers gives a great glimpse into history.
With an exciting collection of rides, exhibits, tours, and educational programming, the factory museum provides a fantastic educational experience for your Catholic school students. Exploring art, science, math, and social history of the American amusement industry, this place is great for toddlers to grandparents. See how the hand carved horses were, and are still crafted in the word carving shop, see how the music was created and played on a working 90 year old Wurlitzer music roll, or take a ride on any of the fully functioning rides! See the factory museum website for more information on educational programs and what else to do on site!
General Admission: Adults $6
Children Ages 2-16: $3
180 Thompson St.
North Tonawanda, NY 14210
Buffalo Fire Historical Society
Another opportunity to take a step back into the past with the family, the Buffalo Fire Historical Society is a great exhibit for children to connect with parents and grandparents.
With over 30 collections of historical artifacts from the Fire Department, the museum is a great place for kids to learn about history and safety, and for older folk to see some amazing old memorabilia. Take a look at real fire trucks from yesteryear, steam powered and horse-powered carriages! Check out the website for more info on tours, safety lectures, and demonstrations. Have a family member who served in the Buffalo Fire Dept? Members will research your relative for more information and stories from the past!
1850 William St.
Buffalo, NY 14206