Children's Activities in South Buffalo, New York

Considered the southern third of the city, South Buffalo was once home to a variety of industries including steel mills, automotive parts manufacturers, foundries and machine shops. South Buffalo borders Lake Erie, the Buffalo River, the town of West Seneca and the city of Lackawanna. Children's activities in the area range from zoos to botanical gardens and museums.

  1. Buffalo Zoological Gardens

    • Open rain or shine throughout the year, the Buffalo Zoological Gardens is the third-oldest institution of its type in the United States. The zoo encompasses garden areas, animal exhibits and naturalistic wildlife habitats. The zoo prides itself on providing the general public with an educational community resource for the advancement and encouragement of the science of zoology by exhibiting diverse species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

      Activities for children at the zoo include a Scout badge program, birthday parties, the Cub Club preschool program, seasonal nature camps, family workshops and a zoo snooze.

      Buffalo Zoological Gardens

      300 Parkside Ave.

      Buffalo, NY 14214-1999


    The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

    • With nine greenhouses and three glass domes, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is at the entrance to Buffalo's South Park. Located on nearly 12 acres, the gardens include native plants as well as plants native to tropic and sub-tropical regions of the world.

      Special programs for children at the Botanical Gardens vary throughout the year and include the Kids' Watercolor Class series and a series called Sunday Afternoon Kids Activities. For current information on these and other programs, call or visit the Botanical Gardens' website.

      The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

      2655 S. Park Ave.

      Buffalo, NY 14218


    Buffalo Museum of Science

    • Offering a variety of exhibits and programs, the Buffalo Museum of Science is a hands-on learning experience for children of all ages. Permanent exhibits include a digital 3D cinema, an interactive early childhood hands-on exploration, the cycle of life in ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, space exploration, gems and minerals, western New York woodlands, vertebrate evolution, ecology of the Niagara frontier and a Tibetan sand mandala.

      Public programs for children at the museum include story and playtimes, camp-ins and birthday parties.

      Buffalo Museum of Science

      1020 Humboldt Parkway

      Buffalo, NY 14211


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