Each year, the SPCA Serving Erie County gives more than 15,000 dogs, cats, and exotic pets a new lease on life. Founded in 1867—making it the second-oldest humane society in the country—the SPCA’s compassionate animal rescue, rehabilitation, foster care, and adoption services have earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for extraordinary accountability and transparency, the highest rating available in all three categories. In the adoption center, furry faces peer from comfortable, clean cages as staff and volunteers evaluate customers’ needs and introduce them to compatible pets, decreasing the chance of conflict when adopters' favorite shows compete with Animal Planet specials. Before becoming eligible for adoption, pets undergo thorough health, temperament, and behavioral evaluations, and those who need extra TLC receive additional obedience training.
In addition to matching people with loving pets, SPCA Serving Erie County’s staff investigates more than 200 animal-cruelty complaints per month, and provides emergency animal-rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rescued animals receive state-of-the-art medical care in the facility’s onsite surgical suite, and rehabilitation programs prepare them to thrive in loving homes. A local, independent humane society, the donation-supported SPCA Serving Erie County is not associated with the ASPCA and receives no government funding.
Louis Tussaud's Waxworks entices curious families and individual seekers with rooms brimming with waxified legends, people, and achievements. Today's Groupon grants admission for two guests into Waxworks' sprawling English Tudor–style building, which houses 16 theme galleries, filled with glossy tableaus of more than 100 true-to-life wax figures crafted by international artists. Past and present celebrities—including film and music stars, politicians, religious figures, and famous heroes and villains—pause from high-stakes staring contests for photo opportunities with passing patrons. Sit on Oprah's couch, snuggle into bed with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, or play host to an unblinking audience of invisible fish.
Situated snugly on the beauteous bayshore forest of Lake Chautauqua, Camp Onyahsa boasts a rich, 113-year history of bolstering passions for outdoor adventures, dramatic creativity, and nature-nurturing in kids and young teens. Campers can embrace their inner tree-hugger or plant-handshaker with informative hikes through the verdant woodlands before channeling their naturalistic inspirations into creative writing and drawing classes. Camp Onyahsa takes full advantage of its shoreline, allowing young aqua-lovers to pursue swimming, sailing, tubing, and fishing activities, with rigorous water safety training provided by the experienced staff.
The National Ballet of Canada graces the nation's stages with classic and contemporary repertoire culled from across the globe, bolstering the emerging works of Canadian choreographers. Onegin sees the pairing of Tchaikovsky's rich harmonies with the plot of Pushkin's classic poetic novel, balancing the two with John Cranko's modern choreography and the Good Witch of the North's flirtatious cackle. Allow an orchestra seat ($123.74–$171.20) to envelop you as the melodramatic composition fills the room, or gaze upon the embellished costumes and coiling formations from a nestled seat in Ring 3 ($134.47) or Ring 4 ($94.92). Arrive early, as late callers will be forced to eat an entire ballet slipper before being seated at intermission.
Designed to meet expectations of the Ontario science-and-technology curriculum, the in-class workshops enrich day-to-day learning with age-appropriate hands-on investigations and interactive games. To avoid the exploitation of wild animals, Keep It Wild! leaders engage with students using these tools instead of bringing live animals into classrooms. A Grade 1 workshop lets students create a life-sized model of an elephant, test an elephant-ear replica in the cold, and learn about pachyderms living in captivity. Grade 5 students, meanwhile, compare chimp and human fingerprints and discover whether their memories are as strong as a monkey’s.