Looking for free things to do in March? You may still need your winter coat, but there are plenty of free indoor and outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained (and off their screens!)
Wednesday, March 4
Climate Change Late Night
Bring your small scientists to the Rutgers Geology Museum to learn about the Earth’s climate and how it’s changing through demos, arts and crafts and activities.
Saturday, March 7
Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Deck them out in all the green they have and paint four leaf clovers on their cheeks before finding a place along the Boulevard to watch the floats. After, watch the pipe bands and stay for the flag salute. Then, head to the Hershey Hotel for live Irish music.
Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 14-15
Thursday, March 12
Read to a Dog
If your kiddos in pre-K through grade 5 need to practice their reading, they’ll love storytime with Spud the therapy dog at the Ridgewood Library.
Friday, March 13
Bring your lil’ ones ages 2 and up to the Summit Free Public Library for a simple craft that’ll be worthy of a spot on your fridge.
Saturday, March 14
Maple Sugaring Living History Farm
Hit Echo Hill and take a tour of the farm, plus learn how Native Americans discovered sap and how syrup came to be produced in the 1930s. Watch a tree tapping, visit a sugar evaporator and taste real syrup on a pancake.
Picture Book Palooza
Ages 4-8 can join the Cranford Public Library and various picture book authors and illustrators for readings, crafts, autographs and more.
Tuesday, March 17
PAWS for Reading
Hit the Allwood Library Branch to read with Molly the therapy dog. Kids ages 5 and up can spend 10-15 minutes practicing their reading, or just spending time with Molly.
Saturday, March 21
New Jersey Makers Day
Head to the State Museum to meet makers, try tools and find inspiration. Kids can learn about carving duck decoys and check out Cricut cutting machines, mobiles, sculptures, recycled materials and more. If you’re near the Piscataway Library, stop by for a chemistry show and explorations in block printing, robotics, neuroscience, coding and more.
Stages Festival: The Velveteen Rabbit
Introduce your kids to this classic book at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center’s stage adaptation. Stick around to learn more about the story and work on a hands-on activity.
Saturday, March 28
Makers Day Robotics Demonstration
If your kids are interested in robotics, take them to the Bound Brook Library to learn from the local high school’s For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics team, where they’ll watch a presentation and demo of robot Robbe.
Sensory-Friendly Film: The Lion King
Catch a screening of the 2019 remake of Disney’s The Lion King at the Bridgewater Library. This viewing will be sensory-friendly with lights on and sound low.
Monday, March 30
Baking and Books
Grades 2-5 can go beyond the stacks at North Plainfield Library. They’ll work with others to make zucchini bread and listen to stories while it bakes.
Tuesday, March 31
Tiny Tots Storytime
Take your toddlers to the Glen Rock Public Library for a storytime featuring books, songs, finger plays, movement and dance.
Sunday, March 1
Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at a parade a little early at the shore. Find a spot on Main St. and watch thousands of marchers, performers and decked out floats.
Trailblazers Volunteer Day
If your middle schooler needs service hours, anyone age 10 and up can volunteer at Liberty State Park Nature Center and help maintain the trails by removing weeds and vines from the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area. Registration required. If you can’t make it, there’s another session on Sunday, March 15 and March 29.
Bridgewater Winter Carnival
Let the kids roam free at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, where they can play at carnival games, a GAGA space, inflatables, the Frozen room and more. For an additional fee, they can hit the game truck, petting zoo, crafts room and hair braiding station. Food will be available for purchase.
Ages 2-5 can sing songs and listen to stories about city life read by museum staff and librarians from the Hoboken Public Library at the Fire Department Museum.
Monday, March 2
Read Across America
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Johnson Free Public Library with various crafts and activities. Drop in any time from 11 am-5 pm with kids of all ages.