Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: March GoList

Best NYC March Family Events, Activities, Concerts and Shows

We are currently updating the March GoList.  For the most up-to-date info on what to do in March please visit our events calendar and Winter Activity Guide.  

The coming of spring isn't the only thing to look forward to this March. The month is blooming with awesome family events, and our top picks are featured in our latest NYC GoList. In addition to annual favorites like Macy's FREE Flower Show, family-friendly St. Patrick's Day celebrations and Purim carnivals, we're also highlighting some brand-new experiences like a star-studded spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, an immersive Björk retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, and a few exceptional family theater shows, including a kids' musical by '90s pop singer Lisa Loeb.

As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address and time. And keep in mind: In NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to try to beat the crowds.

Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top 12 things to do with kids in New York City this March.

The Boy at the Edge of Everything — Lincoln Square
Saturday, March 12-Sunday, March 20, see event listing for specific schedule.
This trippy, thought-provoking new show co-created by Seattle Children's Theatre and NYC's own cutting-edge Trusty Sidekick Theater Company makes it's NYC debut this month as part of Lincoln Center Kids. Can two isolated, inquisitive but oddball 12-year-old boys reach each other across the abyss? After all, one lives on Earth while the other resides at the end of the universe, watching over, well, everything. Since its world premiere at Seattle Children's Theatre in 2014, it has played all over, especially in playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's native Australia. Like most Trusty shows it's a little hard to describe. But don't worry that it's too heady: We hear there are plenty of lowbrow gags, too.

The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems  Upper West Side
Friday, March 18 - Sunday, September 25
This is one of our top picks for the entire year! The New-York Historical Society's new exhibit offers an up close look into the magnificently imaginative world of beloved kid-lit author and illustrator, Mo Willems. On display will be original sketches, drawings and an insider’s peek at the author/illustrator's creative process. The exhibit opens with a Family Weekend, that kicks off Friday March 18 with a reading and signing by the man himself, tickets are free but reserving in advance is a must!  Saturday and Sunday March 19 and 20 the fun continues, kids can sketch their favorite Willem's character into NYC street scenes, create wire sculptures, listen to beloved stories read aloud and pose for pics with Elephant and Piggie. Free with paid admission.  

Dinosaurs Among Us — Upper West Side
Monday, March 21–Monday, January 2, 2017
Another top pick for 2016! The American Museum of Natural History continues it's yearlong celebration of dinosaurs with a brand-new exhibit. Dinosaurs Among Us explores the connections between the prehistoric monsters and our feathered friends through hands-on stations and rare fossil displays. On exhibit are a tiny dinosaur model whose sleeping posture mimics that of a modern bird, a nest with newly hatched dinosaurs, a feathered 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur, and a winged dromeosaur.  While at the museum be sure to check out the just added 122-foot-long titanosaur  (like you could miss it!).

Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival  Midtown East
Sunday, March 27
This is one of our favorite celebrations of the whole year! Fifth Avenue between 49th and 57th streets close to traffic and opens to revelers in beautiful bonnets, snappy hats and jaw-dropping headdresses. Truly a must-do event. FREE

Cat in the Hat

Luna Park 

Tilt Kids

Easter Egg Hunt

Moon Mouse


Purim Carnival – Upper East Side
Sunday, March 20
You don't have to be Jewish to celebrate Purim. The holiday is inspired by the biblical story of Queen Esther, who stood up to her husband's evil adviser, Haman, in order to save her people. Although there are lots of festive Purim parties around town, the 92nd Street Y's annual bash is one of our favorites.   We expect the day to include carnival games, a petting zoo, a bounce house, a Purim play and a magic show. Plus kids can make the holiday's traditional pastry, hamentashen, and create mishloach manot (treat-filled Purim baskets). Don't forget your costumes! 

Paper Bag Players: Hot Feet and Theater & Art Workshop – Upper East Side
Sunday, March 15
We're longtime fans of the Paper Bag Players, the half-century-old, NYC-based children's theater troupe that crafts costumes, sets and props out of cardboard and paper. The company's latest revue, Hot Feet, features some of the Players' most beloved skits from their lauded history including "Move Over" set on a crowded rush hour subway, "Happy Day" about a stolen lunch box and the popular "Polar Bear" sing-along. Catch the show at the Jewish Museum on March 15 and children ages 6 to 10 can also enjoy a creative theater and art workshop with the troupe before the performance. Show and workshop: $28 for adults; $20 for children; pricing for just the show or workshop also available

St Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day Open House – Midtown West
Sunday, March 15
Everyone feels a wee bit Irish around St. Patrick's Day. Although the holiday and Manhattan's iconic parade officially fall on Tuesday, March 17, there are plenty of other celebrations throughout the month that are much more family-friendly. Our pick for the best way to celebrate: The Irish Arts Center's annual open house featuring crafts like make-your-own fairy costumes, football (that's soccer to us Americans) skills with the Manhattan Gaels, a dance party with DJ Púca, and a slew of Irish culture workshops where kids can learn to play the tin whistle or speak Gaelic. FREE

Macy's Flower Show: Art in Bloom – Midtown West
Sunday, March 22-Saturday, April 4
Every year, Macy's glorious installation of blossoms ushers in spring in the city. For 2015, the megastore is mounting a colorful, multidimensional display exploring the connection between art and nature. Traditionally, Macy's hosts a slew of FREE events in conjunction with its Flower Show but the details for this edition aren't yet finalized. We'll be sure to update this post and our event listing once the info is available. FREE

Brooklyn Kids Rock – Fort Greene
Saturday, March 28
This fifth annual music fest is like Lollapalooza for the preschool set (especially now that Kindiefest is no more). This year's concert takes place at Roulette and the lineup includes Rolie Polie Guacamole, The Good Ms. Padgett, Timbalooloo, Jeremy Plays Guitar, Raga Bye Baby and Katie Mullins, plus games and eats. Proceeds benefit Brooklyn's Maple Street School. In advance: $15, $50 for a family four-pack; at the door: $18

And don't forget about our February GoList pick the New York International Children's Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, March 22!

Honorable Mentions

NYC always has so many amazing things going on, it's difficult to choose. So here are a few more cool events worth considering for your March calendar. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletters so you can get our weekly picks in your inbox.

Free water ice - spring and national pancake day 

Broadway Playhouse

And remember to check our Event Calendar as we're always adding new listings.