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Best NJ Places to Take Preschoolers in March

Spend some time with your 5-and-under at NJ events curated just for them.


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This month’s all about fun with your little ones, including a trip to Marvel Universe Live and storytime with the Easter Bunny (at the zoo!). And if you’re looking for more fun but don’t want to spend too much cash, check out these free things to do in March.

Karaoke and Pizza

When: Friday, March 2
Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown
Price: Free
Deets: It’s the perfect match: karaoke, pizza...and you! Chow down on hot pizza and sing along to favorite songs. Registration required.

First Friday Story Time

When: Friday, March 2
Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center, Hamilton
Price: Free
Deets: Kiddos ages 3-9 can listen to a story about the Abbott Marshlands, plus participate in a craft or activity.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast

When: Saturday, March 3
Where: Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Price: $25/kid and one adult, additional adults $5
Deets: Dr. Seuss fans can enjoy the breakfast snack bar, make a Cat in the Hat hat, go fishing for 1 fish, 2 fish, red fish, blue fish and take pictures with silly props. There’ll also be a sing-along to Seussical the Musical.

Sugar Maple Celebration

When: Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4
Where: Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Price: Free
Deets: Have you ever seen a tree tapping? Get the full experience, including a nature hike focused on wildlife, tree identification and climate change, and find out how each relates to the creation of sugar maple.

My Little Pony Party

When: Sunday, March 4
Where: Chuck E. Cheese, North Bergen
Price: $14.99
Deets: Chow down on some breakfast pizza, bacon and eggs before your meet-and-greet, plus grab a photo with the ponies before belting out some karaoke. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Art Together

When: Sunday, March 4
Where: Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick
Price: Free
Deets: Take a tour of the gallery, led by an instructor, and join an interactive workshop geared towards helping families get creative together.

Family Sundays

When: Every Sunday
Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Free
Deets: Families can drop by and create family-friendly activities designed for kids ages 3 and up. Art activities change monthly based on gallery themes.

Ice Age Late Night

When: Wednesday, March 7
Where: Rutgers Geology Museum, New Brunswick
Price: Free
Deets: Spend an hour learning about Ice Age creatures like mastodons and saber-toothed cats, then try a themed craft and activity.

International Women's Day

When: Thursday, March 8
Where: Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Venture to Staten Island and celebrate International Women's Day by creating a painting to honor women in arts.

Kids and Critters

When: Friday, March 9
Where: Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury
Price: $5/member family, $7/non-member family
Deets: The preserve’s preschool program will give your lil’ ones ages 2-4 the opportunity to listen to stories, learn about animals, walk the trails and make a craft.

Marvel Universe Live

When: Thursday-Sunday, March 15-18
Where: Prudential Center, Newark
Price: $15+
Deets: Marvel fans, assemble! This live-action battle to defend the universe features all their favorite heroes and villains in the ultimate showdown.

Small Explorers March Program

When: Saturday, March 17
Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free
Deets: It’s never too early to get them interested in STEAM. Start with the story If the Dinosaurs Came Back, then hit the Written in the Rock exhibit. They can get involved in hands-on STEAM activities, play with dinosaur costumes, puppets and more.

Bunny Lunch

When: Sunday, March 18
Where: Apshawa Firehouse, West Milford
Price: $8
Deets: That’s right, you and the little ones can meet the Easter Bunny! Grab a slice of pizza, dessert and, of course, a photo with the top hopper.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride

When: Saturday, March 24
Where: Planetarium at RVCC, Branchburg
Price: $8
Deets: You don’t need a rocket to visit the moon, sun and Milky Way. You and the tots can blast off into space without ever leaving your seats.

Colossal Carrot Adventure

When: Saturday, March 24
Where: iPlay America, Freehold
Price: Free
Deets: Stop by iPlay for a visit and photo op with Sonny the Bunny. Hit the trail and collect egg-cellent treats and prizes, plus enter a Grand Prize raffle for an epic birthday party.

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

When: Saturday, March 24
Where: SOPAC, South Orange
Price: $25/adults, $20/kids
Deets: Sit back, relax and enjoy classic stories like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Enjoy puppetry and original music which help to bring these multi-generational stories to life.

Frog Jamboree

When: Sunday, March 25
Where: Pyramid Mountain, Boonton Twp
Price: $3/ages 3 and up
Deets: If your kiddos love amphibians, visit the spring peepers and wood frogs at Pyramid Mountain. Listen to their chorus while learning a thing or two about these NJ natives. Reservations required.

Zoo Storytime with the Easter Bunny

When: Friday, March 30
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Education Center, West Orange
Price: Varies
Deets: Hop into Easter with a storytime, animal presentation and photo with the big hopper himself. Tickets also include zoo admission.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 31
Where: Liberty Hall Museum, Union
Price: $10/parent and kid pair, $5/per additional kid, $4/all additional adults
Deets: Spend the afternoon searching the museum grounds for hidden plastic eggs filled with holiday treats. The Easter Bunny will hop by to surprise the little ones.

Easter Egg Hunts

When: Saturday, March 31
Where: North Wildwood, Wildwood, Long Branch
Price: Free
Deets: It may be a bit of a hike, but if you’re a family of egg-hunting enthusiasts, check out Elks Annual Easter Egg and Jaycee’s Wildwood Easter Egg Hunt for an egg-travagant experience. If you’re further north, hit Easter at the Pier in Long Branch instead for a free meet and greet, bunny hop, face painting, egg hunt and more.

Thomas and Friends—Explore the Rails

When: Ends May 13
Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Introduce them to STEM concepts by letting them take control of Thomas’ cab, make repairs to Percy in the Sodor Steamworks shop, dress like a conductor, play at the Tot Spot and more.

New York International Children’s Film Festival

When: March 1-18
Where: Various NYC locations
Price: $14-20/person
Deets: Celebrating its 21st year, NYICFF has screenings geared for viewers ages 3 and up  animation, live action and documentary genres.

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