It may still be chilly, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t find great places to take your preschoolers in March. Bundle up the tots and take them to meet The Cat in the Hat at Morris Museum’s Dr. Seuss Family Fun Day, or get up close and personal with dinos at the State Theatre’s Dinosaur World Live in New Brunswick. They can get lost in the ball pit before making slime at Liberty Science Center’s Extreme LSC, or sing along with their favorite Disney characters at CURE Insurance Arena’s Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment in Trenton.
Looking for free things to do this month? We’ve got you covered.
Sunday, March 1
Maple Sugaring Fest
Stop by the Reeves-Reed Arboretum to learn how early settlers originally tapped maple trees and turned sap into syrup. After, try the family scavenger hunt and Maple Syrup Challenge, then sample syrup made at the arboretum.
Jurassic World Live Tour
Head back to Isla Nublar at Prudential Center and witness another adventure with the Jurassic World crew and its dinos, like Blue the raptor. Watch as a team of scientists rushes to save Jeanie, a new dinosaur, while evading the Indominus rex and thwarting corrupt plans.
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 around the museum.
Saturday, March 7
Dr. Seuss Family Fun Day
Bring your kids to meet The Cat in the Hat, hit the photo station and make Seuss-themed crafts for Dr. Seuss’ 115th birthday at the Morris Museum. Early access for families with disabilities is available at 10 am. Hit the Bickford Theatre at 11 am (sensory-friendly) and 1:30 pm for Seussology, an interactive show delving into the author’s works.
Included with admission
Sunday, March 8
Build Montclair in LEGO
Bring your kiddos ages 5-14 to the Montclair Art Museum to use more than 60,000 LEGO building blocks to recreate specific Montclair buildings on a large-scale map of the city. Fifty families can participate with a max of four people per group (there must be at least one adult).
Tuesday, March 10
MasterChef Junior Live!
If your family loves watching MasterChef Junior at home, you don’t want to miss your chance to see these culinary demos live at NJPAC. The challenges will bring plenty of entertainment—and messes—from contestants of seasons past, plus you can ask the kid chefs questions before you leave. VIP meet and greets are available, too.
Saturday, March 14
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.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day at METC
Follow the rainbow to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts for stories and art projects that celebrate St. Patty’s Day, like coffee filter shamrocks and stained glass rainbows. Registration recommended.
Included with admission
Sunday, March 15
Dinosaur World Live
Join one brave explorer as they visit new lands and find prehistoric dinosaurs like the T.rex, Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Segnosaurus and more at the State Theatre. Your kids can see live dinos in person, plus pick up some historical and scientific facts.
Monday, March 16
The Cat in the Hat
Ages 3-8 can watch what happens when Sally and Conrad spend an afternoon with the funniest, most clever cat they’ve ever met at MPAC. But everything better be in order before mom gets home!
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. If you’re looking for Makers Day events near you, there’s plenty around NJ.
Explore the Fun of Science
Spend an afternoon at iPlay America with Mad Science, where the kids can experiment with polymers and make their own bouncy balls.
Character Breakfast: Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ
Ages 3-12 can meet Disney favorites Elsa and Anna at Tavistock Country Club before sitting down for breakfast while the characters perform in a show. There’ll also be a dance party, arts and crafts and face painting.
Stages Festival: The Velveteen Rabbit
Head to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center for a stage adaptation of this classic book. Stick around to learn about the story and work on a hands-on activity.
Sunday, March 22
The Amazing Max
This comedic magician is bringing his interactive tricks and illusions to SOPAC. Known for entertaining adults and mystifying your lil’ ones, The Amazing Max will wow the whole family.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Dive to the bottom of the ocean with your lil’ paleontologists ages 4-12 and learn about prehistoric marine reptiles through puppets, technology, science and a little imagination.
Wednesday, March 25
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
The magic school bus will hit the stage at Wilkins Theatre for an interplanetary journey. Ms. Frizzle’s students have to figure out how to work together to find their way through the Milky Way.
Thursday, March 26
Hit the laser tag arena, try slime experiments or get lost in the giant ball pit at the Liberty Science Center. Then, visit the planetarium for a laser show and gaze through the high-powered telescopes to see deep into the Milky Way. Classic exhibits like the Touch Tunnel and Infinity Climber will also be open.
$20/adults, $15/kids online
Thursday-Sunday, March 26-29
Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Hit CURE Insurance Arena to see Lightning McQueen, The Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Anna and Elsa as they embark on a new adventure—on ice!
Friday, March 27
New Shanghai Circus
It’s all about defying gravity at RVCC with acrobats, contortionists and jugglers who can do unbelievable feats with their bodies, pulling from 2,000 years of Chinese circus tradition.
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.
The RVCC Planetarium has you covered with a variety of shows that’ll keep the lil’ ones entertained. Ages 3-8 can hop on a Rockin’ Rocket Ride to learn about the moon, sun and planets to a fun soundtrack. Storybooks in Space will teach ages 4-8 about the stars and planets. Stuffed animals welcome.
Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29
Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music
Your kids’ favorite Nick Jr. characters from PAW Patrol, Dora The Explorer, Blue’s Clues and more will band together for the ultimate live adventure at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. VIP tickets include an aftershow meet and greet with Dora and Rubble from PAW Patrol.
Sunday, March 29
Pancake Brunch and Maple Sugaring
Stop by the Tenafly Nature Center for real maple syrup on griddle-made pancakes, plus fruit, coffee, hot cocoa and a lesson on maple syrup.
Easter EGGspress at DiDonato’s
On Fridays-Sundays from March 20-April 11, hit the Easter EGGspress for a train ride, meet and greet and photo op with the Easter Bunny. Then, collect all the eggs you can at the egg hunt, try a game of bowling and 3-D, glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf. There’ll also be a free snack in the toy cottage.
$10.95/online, free/12 months and under
On Sundays through March 22, all’s sweet at Tenafly Nature Center. Your family can learn to identify maple trees and the history and technology behind making maple syrup. Then, boil sap to make fresh, warm maple syrup for tasting.
$5/members, $15/member family; $10/non-members, $30/non-member family
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