March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Unless you’re stuck in the house with kids – then it’s all lion, all the time.
Good thing there are lots of fun, free things going on this month for families.
Western New York Equifest. A horse show with clinicians, performers and more than 100 vendors. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 19 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway in Hamburg. Visit wnyequifest.com.
Build a birdhouse. Everything you’ll need is provided. The workshop is at 1 p.m. March 5 at the Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave. Call to register, 883-6651.
Star Wars Jedi Academy. Kids ages 6 to 12 can practice their lightsaber skills at several libraries this month:
• Niagara Branch, 280 Porter Ave., at 6 p.m. March 10.
• Angola Public Library, 34 N. Main St. in Angola, at 4 p.m. March 11.
• Crane Branch at 1 p.m. March 12.
• Elma Public Library, 1860 Bowen Road, at 6:30 p.m. March 16.
• Williamsville Branch, 5571 Main St. in Williamsville, at noon March 19.
• Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, at 3 p.m. March 21.
• Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place in Clarence, at 4 p.m. March 22.
• Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, 4622 Main St. in Snyder, at 6:30 p.m. March 30.
Call the library to register.
Movin’ and Groovin’. Dance, yoga, interpretive movement and other energetic activities for kids ages 2 to 5; from 11:30 a.m. to noon March 4 at the Lancaster Library, 5466 Broadway.
Wing and Rotor Club of Western New York. More than 50 remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters will be on display in the Sears Court at Boulevard Mall, 730 Alberta Drive in Amherst. You can even experience an actual flight simulator. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 19 and from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 20.
The Ice at Canalside. The first Friday of each month, the first 200 people at the ice get free admission. Admission on First Fridays is always free for kids 5 and younger. It’s $4 for kids 6 to 12 and $6 for those 13 and older. Skate rental is $4 extra. Call 574-1537.
Au-Some Evening. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, the Explore & More Children’s Museum hosts free activities designed for children on the autism spectrum, as well as their siblings, friends and relatives. It includes access to the museum and the Imagination Playground blocks.
The museum is located at 300 Gleed St. in East Aurora. Register in advance, 655-5131, extension 3.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. On the first Friday of each month, admission to the gallery is free from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some activities cost extra for nonmembers. On March 4, there’s a free, drop-in family art activity for families inspired by Henri Rousseau’s “Flowers in a Vase.” Register in advance, 270-8292.
Ellicottville Winter Carnival. There’s a full calendar of events at Holiday Valley, 6557 Holiday Valley Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 and 13. There are events throughout the Village of Ellicottville, too, including a family-friendly Mardi Gras parade down Washington Street. Call 699-2345.
Maple Weekend. See how maple syrup is made March 19 to 20 and April 2 to 3 at maple producers across the region. For a map of locations, visit MapleWeekend.com.