March is an in-between month, with winter winding down but the mild weather of spring still a few weeks away. Luckily, there are plenty of events in NJ to keep families busy as we wait out the last of the snow and cold. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and the festivities and parades are already starting: head down the shore and check out the Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade or the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For some fun mixed in with learning, drop by Manasquan Reservoir for a slithery Snake Meet & Greet, visit Sesame Street Presents: The Body at Liberty Science Center or sign up to help create the city of Montclair out of LEGOs during the Building Montclair workshop at MAM. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable amusement park experience minus crazy thrill rides and super-sized crowds, take a day trip to Storybook Land in Egg Harbor. When you enter Storybook Land, you feel like you stepped into a fairy tale. All the rides and attractions focus on classic children’s tales and nursery rhymes, like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella. Storybook Land was created with younger children in mind; the rides and attractions are all geared towards the under 10 crowd. The park is compact, easy to navigate, clean and shady, which is always a plus in the summer. My girls were four when we took our first day trip there and are looking forward returning this summer. Storybook Land is #5 on our list of 100 Things to Do with NJ Kids and #1 on our list of 25 Things to Do with NJ Preschoolers (plus the cover photo).
We all know microwaveable popcorn is terrible for us...but it's so convenient. Did you know you can make your own homemade popcorn in the microwave without the store bought package and all the bad-for-you ingredients? It's super easy, just as fast and will save you tons of dough too. You only need two simple things to make this deliciously convenient snack! Turn an every day brown paper bag into a healthy snack by following these easy steps.
If you'd like to introduce your kids to the magic of theater, check out the 20+ performances and theater-related activities that are part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival. With over 120 performances, workshops, classes, and camp samplers offered throughout New Jersey free or at low cost, The Stages Festival is the perfect introduction to professional theatre for children of all ages. All events are produced by the professional theaters of New Jersey.
We've suffered through a winter of winters and there's an (unsubstantiated) rumor that spring starts this month so... let's GO: March! We carefully investigated and curated a list of family-fun stuff like the end of maple sugaring season, various "Frozen" events, an "Xtreme" circus experience, some animal theatrics, and so much more. And let's face it, we're all dying for some almost-spring activities, so enjoy our top picks for the month of March in NJ!
Where do all those missing socks go? Instead of getting frustrated, turn those unpaired socks into snowmen in just three easy steps. This no-sew craft recycles unmatched socks into adorable snowmen. Add a couple buttons, a pipe-cleaner nose, and those mismatched socks will be transformed into this friendly little Frosty. Next time you are asked, "do you want to build a snowman?" you can smile, sort through the laundry, and say, "yes!"
Hello, March! As we bid freezing February goodbye, let’s hope the coming days bring milder temps and melting snow! The last few weeks of winter bring some neat activities, so check out all the family fun to be had in Jersey. Celebrate the end of maple sugaring season with the Sugar Maple Celebration at Duke Farms and the Maple Sugaring Fest at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Or take a hike in the snow during a Family Nature Walk at Basking Ridge Environmental Education Center and build a Winter Gourd Birdhouse at Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary. And if the thought of the chilly outdoors has you shivering, we’ve got you covered! Take in a new musical retelling of a classic story and see If The Shoe Fits: A Cinderella Story, get zany at Liberty Hall’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast or channel your inner engineer during the Kids Create workshop at the Roebling Museum. For even more weekend fun, check out the full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
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