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The Science of Sports

Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway (896-5200). $9 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children.

Going back all the way to grade school, “sports” and “science” were two things that just never seemed to go together—separate, antithetical realms that somehow dictated that success in one guaranteed failure/public PE-class embarrassment in the other.  The Buffalo Museum of Science has partnered with all of the Queen City’s major sports franchises (that would be the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, and Bandits) to hopefully both dispel this notion and provide some educational family fun while it’s at it through a season-long series of interactive (read: your kids can play on them) exhibits.  Budding hockey fans are invited to test their shooting accuracy and reaction time via a state-of-the-art equipment used by professionals while future frustrated football fans can learn the ins and outs of what makes the Bills so hard to watch (kidding, kidding).  Can’t make it this weekend because you’ve got tickets to a real game?  No matter—the exhibits run through January 6, giving you about a month and a half to catch them after the Bills are inevitably mathematically eliminated from playoff contention after about Thanksgiving.  With tickets costing but a fraction of what a trip to Ralph Wilson or Coca Cola Field will run you, why not? —edward a. benoit