Dance to the traditional music of the North Wildwood St. Patrick’s Day Parade, meet the beloved Sleeping Beauty at Learning Express Toys of Holmdel, have a relaxing day at the Montclair Museum of Art, enter a pie eating contest at Pi Day in Princeton, or enjoy milk and cookies at the State Theater. Whatever you do this month, make sure to check out these free and exciting events.
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1. North Wildwood St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 12th, 2016 | 11:30 AM
Bagpipes, traditional-wear, great music, and much more. Celebrate Irish-American heritage and tradition by the beach this March with the North Wildwood St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Old New Jersey Ave, Wildwood, NJ 08260
2. Meet Sleeping Beauty
March 6th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Disney’s very own Sleeping Beauty will be meeting all of her devoted fans at Learning Express Toys of Holmdel. She will also be taking photos, so make sure to bring your camera.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 State Route 35, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733
3. Free Thursdays at the Montclair Museum of Art
March 3rd, 2016 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Admire the beautiful work of artists from all around New Jersey at the Montclair Museum of Art during their monthly free Thursday event.
Montclair Art Museum
3 S Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
4. Winter Kitchen at Howell Living History Farm
March 5th, 2016 | All Day event
Take a trip back in time at the Howell Living History Farm with their kitchen dating back to the early 1900’s. There will be cooking demonstrations, samples to try, and hands-on activities.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln., Lambertville, NJ 08530
5. Pi Day in Princeton
March 12th, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Whether your child is a math lover or not, celebrating Pi-Day is a fun experience for the whole family. Princeton’s Pi-Day will feature pie eating contests, an Einstein look-a-like contest, a violin exhibition, and more to fill your families day with excitement.
Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom
Also throughout locations in Princeton, NJ
Locations listed on website
6. Eyes of the Wild LIVE Animal Show
March 31st, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Learn more about wildlife and meet the animals in person at this educational event.
138 Hickory Corner Rd., East Windsor, NJ 08520
7. Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
March 6th, 2016 | 1:00 PM
The best way to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Seuss is with a special story time and interactive crafts.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
331 Georgia Tavern Rd., Howell, NJ 07731
8. Ocean City Easter Fashion Promenade
March 27th, 2016 | All day event
Forget the egg hunt and head over to Music Pier and Boardwalk for the Ocean City Easter Fashion Promenade where a competition for the best Easter costume will be held.
Music Pier and Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ
9. 8th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Hackettstown
March 13th, 2016 | 3:30 PM
Over 80 Irish bands, horses, dancers, and many people from the community will be coming together on March 13th to celebrate Irish-American tradition. Don’t miss out on the biggest event in Hackettstown.
219 Main St., Hacketstown, NJ 07840
10. Milk and Cookies at the State Theater
March 5th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Live music, storytelling, puppetry, and of course, milk and cookies! Bring your children to the Milk and Cookies series for children at the State Theater for a wonderful performance by many kid-friendly artists that engage children in dancing and singing.
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901
11. Thomas the Tank Engine Day
March 5th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Every kid loves trains and on Thomas the Tank Engine Day, young children are invited to play with wooden train sets, check out the model train layouts, and do train crafts at Pittore Justice Center.
Pittore Justice Center
25 S Union St., Lambertville, NJ 08530
12. Meet the Orchestra
March 6th, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Play with complex instruments and meet some of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Conductors during this interactive, musical series.
60 Locust Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
13. Sugar Maple Celebration at Duke Farms
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Learn how to tap a tree, go on a nature hike, participate in activities, or find out more about climate change with the professionals at Duke Farms.
1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
14. South Plainfield 90th Anniversary Celebration
March 12th, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Celebrate South Plainfield’s 90th Anniversary by joining them with an exciting reenactment, receiving colorful balloons, eating delicious birthday cake, and having beautiful face painting done.
Borough Hall, South Plainfield, NJ
15. Zootopia event
March 5th, 2016 | All Day Event
Before you and your family catch them in theaters, stop by your local Disney store and solve a case with the characters from Zootopia.
Located at any participating Disney Store
16. Art events at Wheaton Arts:
Take a break and try these relaxing art crafts with your children at Wheaton Arts.
Blind Contour Drawing
March 12th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Finger Print Doodles
March 26th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, NJ 08332
17. Free Concert at iPlay America
March 12th, 2016 | 8:00 PM
Young and talented, Dylan Scott, performs his own, traditional country songs at iPlay America. This free concert will melt the heart of any country lover out there.
110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728
18. Theater Performance of Peter the Wolf
March 19th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Peter the Wolf faces the classic story of growing up with child-friendly music, story-telling, and a puppet show appropriate for children ages 5 – 12 years of age.
10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731
19. Ga-Ga Fest
March 19th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Participate in this popular summer camp game that is a cross between dodgeball, handball, and gladiator. Using a safe, soft ball to play, children are encouraged to engage in this exciting game and win some awesome prizes.
400 NJ-38, Moorestown, NJ 08057
20. Seashore Scientist Drop-In Series
March 19th, 2016 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Oceanography, microscopic organisms, and hands on experiements. Join the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center in understanding more about the ocean and its lively, winter-loving creatures.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Activity Center
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, 221 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
21. Geocaching with LL Bean
March 13th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
LL Bean wants you and your family to treasure hunt using technology. With only your iPhone and a GPS, find the treasure along the trail at Plainsboro Preserve. A guide will teach you how to use technology for the better through this interactive, family-friendly workshop.
80 Scotts Corner Rd., Cranbury, NJ 08512
22. Spring Vendor and Craft Expo
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Spring is just around the corner, so make sure to stop by the Spring Vender and Craft Expo and explore the different vendors and offers. There will also be face painting and entertainment for the whole family.
2000 Route 208, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
23. College Planning Workshops
March 31st, 2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
College planning can be stressful. The College Benefits Research Group invites high school students and their parents to attend this college planning workshop to help ease the burden of finding a college, choosing a college, and more. Register online.
Elks Lodge, 50 Hinchman Ave, Wayne, NJ 07470
24. Free Roving Park Naturalist Walks
March 5th, 2016 | 9:00 AM
The naturalists at Free Roving Park are ready to answer your questions about nature. Join them on their free monthly hike, catch a glimpse of the beauty of winter, and learn a little bit more about the area.
Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Activity Center
383 3rd Ave., Manasquan, NJ 08736
25. Garden State Discovery Museum at Moorestown Mall
March 10th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Moorestown Mall is holding an event with a special guest, the professionals of Garden State Discovery Museum who are presenting arts, crafts, and fun activities for the entire community.
400 NJ-38, Moorestown, NJ 08057
26. Adventure with Dora and Diego
March 6th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Discover the botanical gardens, take a photo and meet Dora and Diego, or engage in a scavenger hunt.
45 Spruce Street, Oakland, NJ 07436
27. Health and Fitness Expo
March 19th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Focus on family health and attend the Health and Fitness Expo where there will be health-related activities and screenings, and information on the best exercises and foods.
Wildwood Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
28. Science Saturday
March 12th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Using aluminum foil to create a barge, building paper flying devices, and constructing kid-sized towers are just a few of the activities that will be taking place at for Science Saturday. Friends School of Mullica Hill invites children of all ages to test their abilities.
15 High Street, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
29. Horse Rides at Howell Living History Farm
March 12th, 2016 | All Day Event
Let your children take a ride on Howell Living History Farm’s work horses as they will be on pony ride duty for the day. Riders must be between 5 and 12 years old.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Woodens Ln., Lambertville, NJ 08530
30. 10th Annual Living Local Expo
March 19th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Witness environmentally-friendly cooking demonstrations, crafts made from recycled materials, and educational information about going green.
Rider University Gymnasium
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648