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Fisher-Price Collectors Club:
East Aurora Information!


Every year, the Fisher - Price Collector's Club holds our annual convention in East Aurora, NY - the home of Fisher-Price Toys! The convention used to take place in late August, but in 2009 it switched to late July. The convention usually consists of a sit-down dinner, plus an antique toy show and sale! Some years we have other events, like a swap meet, or a get-together the day before the convention.

So East Aurora is the place to be - below is some information on where to stay, how to get here, and some maps so you don't get totally lost!



*** Hotels and Lodging ***

There are many hotels to pick from in the Buffalo area, but only one is located directly in East Aurora (the Hampton Inn). Many of the area hotels are located near Buffalo Airport, which is about 20 miles north of East Aurora. Quite a few club member live locally, but many come to town just for the convention. Club members have been known to stay in East Aurora itself or in nearby bed and breakfasts, though some are known to stay closer to Buffalo and more proximity to Niagara Falls. Most members make their own hotel plans individually; there is no official hotel that everyone flocks to and gathers at (wish there was!).

Sadly it seems that hotels don't seem to run very cheap during the summer in the area! There are some smaller bed and breakfast type places closer to East Aurora that may be cheaper (but I never stayed there and don't know about them personally). So listed here are some hotel suggestions for a nice stay in the area!


    
Hampton Inn, East Aurora NY
49 Olean Street, East Aurora, NY 14052

Quite a few members of the Fisher Price Collector's Club stay here. It is right in East Aurora and close to all the activities! We all heard stories of some members who stay here and end up gabbing and chatting in each other's rooms, often lasting well into the wee hours of night!

    
The Buffalo Marriott Niagara
1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst NY 14221

For those wanting a full-service hotel, this is it! It has an heated indoor pool that connects to an outdoor pool; a restaurant; and room service, too! About a 35 minute drive to Niagara Falls. The hotel was renovated in 2008. It is located about 20 miles north of East Aurora.

    
Comfort Suites, Buffalo Airport
901 Dick Rd. Buffalo NY 14225

This hotel is very close to the Buffalo Airport. Many club members used to stay here before the East Aurora Hampton Inn opened. Most rooms at this hotel are actually one room (not a seperate bedroom), but still the rooms are bigger than average. Beware of king bed suites - some have bathrooms with a big open window that looks into the room (yeah I wound up in one - awkward!).

    
Homewood Suites, Buffalo Airport
760 Dick Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

This hotel caters to the larger family who need one bedroom suites. (I am not sure if this hotel has two bedroom suites). Very close to the Comfort Suites listed above, and quite close to the Buffalo airport.




*** Transportation (Getting There!) ***



Most club members drive to East Aurora, NY, but we have a handful who fly out! East Aurora is about 20 miles from the New York Thruway and the city of Buffalo. Many drive also because they fill up their cars with all their Fisher Price toys to sell! For those living further way, Buffalo-Niagara Airport is about 20 miles north of East Aurora. So if you fly on a Funjet, drive a camper, take a Huffy-Puffy train, ride a motorcycle, find any way you can to come to East Aurora for the Fisher Price Collector's Club annual convention!

Thanks for checking out this web page! If your curious and want to see what goes on at our annual conventions, There is a fun writeup from the 2012 Convention here.
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