Have you had enough free family fun yet?
Me neither. Let’s keep it going.
Here’s what’s coming up.
Fisher-Price Play Space. Families with children 8 and younger can run wild, shooting footballs through targets, racing Power Wheels around cone courses and playing with a veritable pirate’s booty of Fisher-Price toys. It happens from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave. Use the West Ferry Street entrance to Tripi Field.
Burchfield’s Enchanted Forest. This one is bound to be super cool. Enter the world of fairies and wizards in the beautiful Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road in West Seneca, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
You’ll make fairy houses, crowns and magic wands, paint rocks and have refreshments in a fairy tea room. Bookmark Burchfieldnac.org/happenings.html, as the venue is a wonderful park with a lot going on, such as the Tuesday family concert series at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 677-4843.
In Good Company performs “High School Musical 2” and “Legally Blonde.” This children’s theater troupe is amazing, and not just because my niece Hannah is in it. The group puts on great family-friendly productions, whether you know the actors or not.
The kids – ages 3 and up – practice five days a week for six weeks, some children for four hours a day. Then, they perform their little hearts out at the Miller Bandshell in Niawanda Park, 300 Niagara St. in the City of Tonawanda. The troupe’s organizers do the whole thing for free. So, even though there’s no charge to attend, you might consider giving generously or buying concessions.
The younger kids will perform “High School Musical 2” at 7 p.m. Aug. 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 11. The teens perform “Legally Blonde,” another fun musical, at 8 p.m. on the same days. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. For more information, call 408-7678.
“Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical.” Niagara University’s Theatre for Young Audiences program will perform a musical based on the best-selling book. It will take place in the university’s multipurpose room in the lower level of the Gallagher Center, 5795 Lewiston Road in Lewiston. Shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 5. There also are matinees at 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and 5, and 10 a.m. Aug. 3 and 6. Reservations are not required. For more information, call 286-8685.
Author visit at the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 4622 Main St. Dave Bauer, author of “What’s Under That Rock, Papa?” will visit the library from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday to read from his book. Interactive activities are geared toward kids ages 5 through 12. To register, call 839-0700.
Learn how to attract butterflies at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St. A naturalist from Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will teach you how to build “fairy houses” that are designed to attract butterflies. Children ages 5 to 10 are invited. Call 683-5959 to complete required registration.
Thunder on the Niagara. Check out the high-speed hydroplane boat races at Gratwick Park, 1100 River Road in North Tonawanda. It’s like NASCAR on the water – which explains why it’s in NT. It happens from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7. There is a fee to park.