It’s officially June, and summer vacation is almost here! Even though school’s out, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Here at Thimble, we are proud to be located in Buffalo NY, so we did some research to find events that will keep WNYers and their families busy with STEM activities all summer long. Whether your child is intent on becoming a future engineer, programmer, or more interested in the arts, we promise that there is something for everyone. If you see a star next to the event, that means that Thimble will be there. Look for our orange table and come say hi!
Thunder of Niagara International AirShow ⭐
Where: 2720 Kirkbridge Dr., Niagara Falls, NY
When: June 9th, 9am – 5pm
June 10th, 9am – 5pm
Age Range: All Ages
Taking place at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, the two-day event features over 50 planes, showcasing civilian and military aircraft. Some of the planes that will be flying are the USAF Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and the F-15E Strike Eagle. The Niagara STEM Expo will also be happening all weekend. The STEM Expo features booths that will give young adults the chance to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math along with offering opportunities. For more information about the STEM Expo and the event itself, click here.
Buffalo River Fest Park Festival
Where: 249 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (Near Michigan Ave)
When: June 15th, 6pm – 12am
June 16th, 11am – 12am
June 17th, 1pm – 5pm
Age Range: All Ages
This festival is a great way to spend time together outside and celebrate Father’s Day! The 3-day festival includes the Rigidized Metals River Fest Regatta, walking tours, a kids area, and a Father’s Day fishing contest! The Regatta will be held on Saturday and allows for people competing to build their own boat. Prizes will be handed out to the “most creative seaworthy vessel” and “best-built vessel.” For the full schedule of events and more information, click here. Some events require reservations.
Buffalo Museum of Science, Discovery Camps
Where: 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211
When: Every Monday, June 25th – August 27th, 9am – 4pm
Age Range: 5 – 12
Beginning the week of June 25th, the Buffalo Museum of Science is hosting Discovery Camp all summer long. We love that each Discovery Camp program has a different educational theme with a strong focus in STEM. Each week, there will be three different classes offered, one for each age group (ages 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12). A few of our personal favorites include, “Fizz, Bang, Fun!”, “Superhero Science”, and “Chemistry in your Cabinet”, some of which are already sold out! To learn more about the classes, prices, and how to register before time runs out, click here.
Achievers-n-Believers, Summer Discovery Program
Where: Trinity United Methodist Church: 711 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst, NY
When: Monday – Friday, July 9th – August 31st, 9am – 3:30pm
Age Range: 4 – teen
Starting the week of July 9th, students will learn about diverse topics in STEM that are fun and interactive with the Achievers-n-Believers Summer Discovery Program at Trinity United Methodist Church. Each day, the kids will rotate through different activities in science, making food, exploration, and many others. Use the code EARLYBIRD for 50% off your registration fee! For more information and to register, click here.
Buffalo Science Fest by Science Demands Action⭐
Where: Canalside, 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202
When: July 14th, 1pm – 4pm
Age Range: All ages
The second annual March for Science will begin at Niagara Square and end at Canalside. Once the walk is over, a Science Fair will be hosted along with talks from invited speakers. The Science Fair will focus on topics in biology, environmental science, and all things STEM! It will include hands-on activities and demonstrations that will be fun for all ages. For more information, click here.
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
Where: Elmwood Ave Between W Ferry And Lafayette, Buffalo, NY 14222
When: August 25th & August 26th, 10am – 6pm
Age Range: All Ages
The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts is a Buffalo staple that has happened every year for the past 18 years! It brings together the community and highlights some of Buffalo’s greatest artists and musicians. The two-day festival is full of shopping, dancing, and performances from a wide array of artists. Since being environmentally sustainable is a big focus of the festival, there will be an “Environmental Row.” The row features booths which demonstrate what we can do to reduce our footprint and be more sustainable. For more information, click here.
If you don’t live in or near Buffalo, don’t panic! Check your local science museums and schools for camps along with doing some online research. If you need more to do, there’s always a Thimble kit! Thimble kits are great to do as a family and include a curated curriculum to prepare your children for a future in STEM. Happy building!