March arrives and with it comes lots of opportunities for families to get out and shake off the last bits of winter. Here are a few suggestions for ways to do just that.

March arrives and with it comes lots of opportunities for families to get out and shake off the last bits of winter. Here are a few suggestions for ways to do just that.

The Wolf Tales

How bad is the Big "Bad" Wolf? We've heard from the Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and even the boy who cried "Wolf!" But we've never gotten the Wolf's side of the story. In this world premier production, created by CATCO director Steven C. Anderson, the Wolf finally gets to tell his tale. The show runs from March 7-16. Kids' tickets are $10, adults' are $20.

Studio Two, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-469-0939, catco.org

......................................................... Butterflies are Back!

And not a moment too soon! Help our friends at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens celebrate the opening of its annual Blooms & Butterflies exhibition. This always-popular event opens March 8 and runs through Sept. 28. On opening day, you can get your picture taken with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and enjoy crafts, food and the musical stylings of Shizzle Dizzle Magic.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. (East Side), Columbus 43203, 614-715-8000, fpconservatory.org

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Blue Jackets are Back!

And March also brings the return of the Columbus Blue Jackets - back from the Olympic break and ready to continue their nail-biting bid for the NHL playoffs! Home games in March take place March 1, 4, 11, 13, 18, 21, 25 and 29. Be there and be loud!

Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. (Arena District), Columbus 43215, 614-246-4625, columbusbluejackets.com

......................................................... St. Patrick's Day Parades

We do not lack for opportunities to be wearin' the green around here. You've got your choice with Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15 and Columbus's parade, which steps off at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 17.

Dublin route starts at Metro Place and ends at Waterford Drive, 614-410-4545, dublinohiousa.org; Columbus route runs from Nationwide Boulevard in the Arena District to Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 614-491-4449, shamrockclubofcolumbus.org

......................................................... Freckleface Strawberry The Musical

Based on a book by actress Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical is a new musical about a little girl who learns, with the help of her school friends and teacher, to love those freckles on her face and also love herself! Suitable for ages 4 and older, the show opens March 6 and runs Thursdays through Sundays until March 23.

Park Street Theatre, Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 Park St. (Short North), Columbus 43215, 614-224-6672, columbuschildrenstheatre.org