While travelling with the kids, we always try to visit “educational” places like museums and factories where we can tour the place. Our family loves to discover how things are made either via the internet or while visiting places.
While being in the area of Niagara Falls, we also crossed the border to visit Buffalo as well as drive to a place called Eden in New York State. In this particular town, you can find the Kazoo Factory, Museum and Gift Shop. As the name suggests you can learn more about the fabrication of Kazoos.
To go in the museum and have a tour, you need to go through the gift shop. The visit is worth it as you learn quite a bit about Kazoo. The tour is completely free but it you feel like making you won kazoo – actually putting together parts already prepared for you – you will have to pay a small fee.
While you learn more about making Kazoos you discover an item that is still the same after more than 100 years. Kazoos are still made the same way as it was back then though some of them are special. Our kids all wanted to make their own Kazoo and my then 18 month old girl was able to hum in it. Because if you didn’t know about it a kazoo will only work if you hum. No need to blow as it won’t make any music but if you hum your favorite song the kazoo will work perfectly well.
Learning more about kazoos and making their own one was a highlight for the kids and for the parents. We had a blast visiting this little place and discover a musical instrument still used to this day.
The Kazoo Factory, Museum, and Gift Shop of Eden is located at 8703 South Main Street, Eden, NY 14057. They are open year round but note that they are closed on Mondays.