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family Guide to kids-friendly activities and festivals for all of WNY

By Mary Friona-Celani » Friday, February 5, 2016

It is not easy taking kids out to eat. It can be a not-so-fun experience, in fact. But, there are plenty of family-friendly places around that make kids feel at home. And depending on the night - little ones can even eat free at a few. Here’s what I... Read More

By Thomas Prohaska » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

LOCKPORT – The owners of Spring Lake Winery in the Town of Lockport are seeking permission to host a daylong musical festival on June 18, with a “big name” as the feature attraction. Promoter Tom Tarry of Results Group of Syracuse said he received a proposed contract from the proposed headliner Tuesday, and he... Read More

By Toni Ruberto » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Community groups, schools and churches wishing to have their Lenten fish fry added to the annual Gusto guide can now submit their listings online. Just go to (or click here) and fill in your information using the category "fish... Read More

By Reuben Wolf » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A celebration of Chinese New Year will be hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The event is organized by the Chinese Club of Western New York, the largest nonprofit promoter of Chinese culture around, and... Read More

By Mary Friona-Celani » Monday, February 1, 2016

Well, color me exhausted. Billy Beez USA is up and running and it’s creating quite a buzz. The new attraction – which calls itself a play park – is on the second floor at the Walden Galleria in the food court section of the mall. The... Read More




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By Ben Tsujimoto » Friday, January 29, 2016

1) Buffalo Soup-Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Entrance costs $5 and "Soup Bucks" cost $1 each. Commentary: If you're someone who likes to browse menus as much as I do, then the SoupFest... Read More

By Mary Friona-Celani » Thursday, January 28, 2016

The cast and crew of “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” skated into First Niagara Center on Wednesday evening and was – by all accounts – an instant hit. The vibrant colors and fast pace kept the crowd engaged. The kids took it all very... Read More

By Mary Friona-Celani » Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Get out! No, seriously get outside and enjoy this amazing wintry weather. And bring the kids, too. Let’s face it, winter in Western New York can be challenging – slick driving, shoveling, brutal cold. But, it can and should be celebrated, too. You... Read More

By Matt Chandler » Tuesday, January 26, 2016

For Alexis Darrow, growing up in Bemus Point, a village of less than 500 residents tucked away in rural Chautauqua County, she had but a single dream — to be a professional skater. That meant lacing up her ice skates at age 6 and training six days a... Read More

By Mary Friona-Celani » Monday, January 25, 2016

My kids love books. Like, really love books. And any trip to the library or bookstore is always a huge adventure for my 4-year-old. So, on a chilly Tuesday morning, we made the trek to our closest Barnes & Noble for the free story time. I have to... Read More

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