Summer is flying by, so don't miss out on the many free activities in the area. Here's a guide to a free family-friendly event for every day in August.
Movies at Canalside. Enjoy a family movie outdoors. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; concessions will be available. This week's movie, starting at about 8:30 p.m., is the adorable feature "Trolls."
Light show at the grain elevators. This show will stun the kids – and you. The elevators will transform into an artistic lighting installation. Starts at dusk. A good view is from the boardwalk at Canalside or from the Outer Harbor.
Nothing corny about this. It's opening day for the Eden Corn Fest. Eden celebrates the season of corn with a four day fair-like festival, continuing through Aug. 6. There's plenty of free fun including performances, a corn-eating contest and a big parade. 3 to 11 p.m. American Legion Post 880 grounds, 2912 Legion Drive, Eden.
'Tis the season for outdoor movies. Movies in the Meadow at Delaware Park is another fun one. Today's movie is the animated family film, "Secret Life of Pets." Refreshments available for purchase. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Delaware Park, Parkside Lodge, 84 Parkside Ave.
Chalk it up to tons of fun. ChalkFest Buffalo is a fun family event in downtown Buffalo. There will be games, activities and chalk drawing, along with entertainment and prizes for all the children who attend. Noon to 6 p.m. 501 Main St.
Take a hike and learn along the way. Enjoy a guided walk led by one of the naturalists with the Buffalo Audubon Society. 2 to 6 p.m. Beaver Meadow Preserve, 1610 Welch Road, North Java.
Full Moon Walk. Get your kids outside, walking and learning at this fun event at Reinstein Woods, a stunning preserve that is home to a large variety of wildlife. Kids can experience the sights and sounds of wetland creatures under the light of the full moon. Starts at 8:30 p.m. 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. Registration is required; call 683-5959.
Birds of Prey at Food Truck Tuesday. This event, put on by Wild Spirit Education, will be a great time. They will have an informational display with some cool non-releasable birds of prey. Plenty of food and live music as well. 5 to 8 p.m. Larkinville, 745 Seneca St.
Kids Lab at the Foundry. An hour of creativity with arts and crafts for ages 8 and older. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Foundry Buffalo, 98 Northampton St.
Free Farmstead Thursday. Enjoy free admission to the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village from 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 31. The museum is at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.
Boardwalk Bazaar will leave your family amazed. From fire performers and magicians to aerialists and acrobats, you are sure to be left in awe. 5 to 10 p.m. Canalside.
Touch-a-Truck, Stuff-a-Bus. Your kids will love this hands-on event where they can climb aboard a firetruck, police car and more. Bring nonperishable food items to stuff a bus full of donations benefiting Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier. Noon to 5 p.m. Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls.
Lewiston Art Festival. Lewiston’s signature event, now in its 51st year, features work by more than 175 exceptional artists and fine crafters on Aug. 12 and 13. You can check out the ArtZone to create a make-and-take activity. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Center Street, Lewiston.
Maker Mondays at the Central Library. Drop in the Launch Pad and make a craft to take home. Rotating activities include book arts, button making, flower pressing and make your own bike streamers. No registration required. 3 to 5 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square.
Elmwood Village Picnic in the Park. Have loads of fun singing and dancing with the Steam Donkeys. Bring your lawn chairs and maybe a little picnic and have a fun family friendly time. 7 to 9 p.m. Bidwell Park.
Live at Larkin. Because you can never have too much free music, here's another option for great tunes and great times. The Summer Concert Series at Larkin runs every Wednesday. Today, it's Viva Elvis with the Party Squad and Band Named Sue. Plenty of free parking. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Larkinville, 745 Seneca St.
Wellness Walk. Drop by Tifft Nature Preserve and enjoy the fresh air and the sights and sounds of the season with a healthy outdoor walk on beautiful and accessible trails. 10 a.m. to noon. Tifft Nature Preserve (1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.).
Restoration Church has a free family movie and the forecast calls for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Activities and games start at 7:30 p.m. and movie starts at dusk. Refreshments are available for purchase. 504 Frankhauser Road, Amherst.
Summer Family Film Series. Free movies every Wednesday and Saturday all summer at the Aurora Theatre. This week your kids can check out the adorable animated film, "Storks." 11 a.m. Aurora Theatre, 673 Main St., East Aurora.
Bike at the Harbor. Bring your bikes and head over the Wilkeson Pointe for a leisurely paced bicycle ride along the Outer Harbor trail. Stop at several points of interest along the way. Bike helmet is required. outerharborbuffalo.com
Blue Grass Monday. Forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience America’s music and the relaxing down-home feel of music in the park with the Canal Street String Band. 7 to 9 p.m. Hennepin Park Gazebo, Fourth and Center streets, Lewiston.
Zoomobile and more. Stop by the Dudley Library branch for a fabulous End of Summer Reading Carnival. There will be plenty of crafts, activities, prizes and more. The Buffalo Zoomobile will stop by from 5 to 6 p.m. as well. Dudley Library, 2010 South Park Ave.
Free day at the Herschell Carrousel Museum. It's a great day to head to the museum. There is a huge playroom filled with fun activities your kids will love. You can take a museum tour and learn all about its history. Rides are 50 cents each. 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda.
Lunchtime music. Most free music is in the evening, so this is a great change of pace. Bring your kids downtown to One M&T Plaza and dance along to Big Wheelie & The Hubcaps. You can walk around downtown and even take your kids on a metro rail ride. Noon to 1 p.m.
Mommy and me sing along. Join Miss Kathy at Barnes and Noble – McKinley Mall at 10:30 a.m. center stage in the children's department for a fun Mom and Me Sing Along. For ages up to 5. McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.
Pop Up Park Buffalo. This is all about building problem solvers. They'll have real tools such as hammers, saws and drills; scrap raw materials, fasteners and hardware. Get a T-shirt with space for the children to write their name. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Registration required.
Elmwood Festival of the Arts. Yes, it's time again. Your kids can make crafts in the kid's zone, check out the performances up and down the Elmwood strip. Fun for everyone with hundreds of local and national vendors, live music, dance and entertainment. Starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 26-27.
Canalside kids get moving. Children's programming that incorporates health-related fitness focusing on cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and flexibility all while having fun. 6 to 8 p.m. Canalside Beach. canalsidebuffalo.com
Downtown Country Market. Your kids can help you pick out local produce, tasty treats and even have some fresh lemonade. You’ll find flowers and plants, too. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Main Street between Court and Church streets. buffaloplace.com/market
A day of beauty at Niagara Falls. Head on over to Niagara Falls State Park – the nation's oldest state park – for a hike and nature in all its glory. Dawn to dusk. niagarafallsstatepark.com
Playground fun. The nautical-themed playground along the Outer Harbor is free fun combined with stunning views. The ground at this playground is soft and sponge-like. The swings, slides and other climbing features are colorful, sturdy and cleverly built. The entrance is off Furhmann Boulevard between Gallagher Pier and the Small Boat Harbor.