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9 fun family freebies you can do this month

If you’re a parent or grandparent of children in Western New York, run to your computer right now and bookmark

It’s got the most comprehensive calendar of local kids’ events I’ve ever found. You can search a list of indoor activities, which comes in handy on rainy days, or search all activities by county, date or holiday. You can also search a great big list of things to do for free.

Here are a few that are coming up soon.

Baby Animals from Kelkenberg Farm. The working Clarence farm will bring some of its newest baby animals to the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place in Clarence. It takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Call for reservations, 741-2650.

Music Together Family Class. A music class for families with children age 7 or younger. You’ll sing, dance and experiment with musical instruments. It’s presented by St. Mary’s School for the Deaf and takes place from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. May 12 at the Aurora Town Library, 550 Main St. in East Aurora. Call 652-4440 to register.

Holland Tulip Festival. It boasts tons of free activities and events around town, including a garden show, book sale, car show, wine tasting, arts and crafts fair and student art show. There are also two parades, at 2 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Some paid activities include a talent show and beauty pageant ($5 for adults, $3 for kids) and midway rides. The festival takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday on North Main Street in Holland. A complete list of events is available at

Reinstein Woods. Join the “warbler walk” and look for the migrating warbler bird from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.

Later that day from 2 to 3:30 p.m., there is a seminar about poisonous plants. That one is geared toward children and adults ages 12 and older.

To register for either, call 683-5959. They take place on the nature preserve, 93 Honorine Drive in Depew.

Hawk Creek talk on the wild side. There will be six different wild animals to meet and learn about at the Boston Free Library, 9475 Boston State Road in Boston from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call 941-3516 to register.

Hawk Creek will also be near LensCrafters at the McKinley Mall on Saturday and May 21 from noon to 5 p.m. with hawks and owls.

Make a kite. Young Audiences of Western New York will be on hand from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday for a hands-on kite-making workshop.

It takes place at the Central Library’s Ring of Knowledge, 1 Lafayette Square. For more information, call 858-8900. YAWNY hosts family activities every second Saturday at the library.

AMF Bowling Kids Fest. Kids get one free hour of bowling and free shoe rental at two local bowling alleys. Adults get discounted rates. Nathan’s hot dogs are available for $1.

It’s available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at AMF Airport Lanes, 3754 Genesee St. in Cheektowaga, and AMF Lancaster Lanes, 7913 Transit Road in Depew. For more information, visit

Kidding Around Yoga. Mommy and me yoga for moms and children ages 3 through 8. It takes place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clarence Public Library. Call 741-2650 to register. Bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Kids Conservation Day. Play games, learn to fish and enter a spear-fishing target contest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28 at Lower Falls Restaurant at Letchworth State Park. Lunch is free.