St. Patrick's Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Parties, and Painting

Okay, my friends, it's go time: the last weekend of winter is here, and we're ready (after this week's nor'easter, more than ready!) to say farewell to the snow and the cold. Celebrate the sweetest part of winter with a little maple sugaring in ReddingHebron, or Sharon or stay indoors to see a fun family show such as Goldilocks at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport or Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live at either the Shubert in New Haven on Saturday or the Jorgensen Center in Storrs on Sunday. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: St. Patrick's Day, Easter Bunny Breakfast

With the March storms now behind us, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on Saturday, the weekend is chock full of opportunities to wear your best green.  Among the many parades are the Mamaroneck-Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is reported to be the second largest in the state.

Other seasonal fun includes maple sugaring with a pancake feast, having breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and making a spring bonnet for your American Girl doll.

For more options to choose from, read on, consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Weekend Fun: Lots of Green, Easter Eggs, and Flower Power

St. Patrick's Day troops into town this weekend, marching up Fifth Avenue on Saturday and through Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Sunday. If you need more inspiration, our St. Patrick's Day list offers outstanding info on everything shamrocky, including a St. Paddy's Day storytime with Pete the Cat at The Strand on Saturday and Sunday.

Naturally, green isn't the only game in town. The International Children's Film Festival comes to a rollicking conclusion Saturday evening, with its Best of the Fest Screening and Awards party and plenty of screenings on Saturday and Sunday for all ages and interests. Watson Adventures is back at the Met with a magical hunt for Harry Potter Fans, and Lightwire Theater dazzles dino aficionados with Dino-Lite at Symphony Space. Black Beauty plays at The New Victory Theater and the Lincoln Center has a tot-friendly Waves, All the Glows Sees.

There are signs of spring, too. Don't miss the weekend-spanning Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Flea at Our Lady of Grace Church in Brooklyn. Kids can pose with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs from 1–3pm both days. Find more egg hunts around town with our full rundown of NYC Easter fun, including Easter Bunny brunches. This weekend, the New York Hall of Science also opens its fabulous Rocket Park Mini Golf.

New interactive undersea art is available at the American Museum of Natual History with its Unseen Oceans exhibit. Plus, you can go full-on rainbow at the Kidding Around Flower Power Fest, planting seeds, decorating headbands, and creating watercolor cups to support the LGBT Community Center.

And there's more. (Because of course, there's always more!) As always, take a peek at our March GoList or our ever-expanding daily NYC Event Calendar.

Best Nature Centers in New Jersey to Visit with Kids

If you’re feeling burned out on indoor play spaces and museums, and longing for spring, try a visit to of New Jersey's awesome nature centers. No need to worry if the weather's still a little iffy—there are plenty throughout the state with programs happening year-round.

We've rounded up 10 nature centers that combine both indoor and outdoor fun for kids of all ages. Spend some time exploring nature and checking out hands-on exhibits and activities that explain our local flora and fauna. Most places on our list are open year-round, except for major holidays.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Chocolate Fest

Everyone's Irish this weekend. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day across Long Island by participating in a wee bit o' crafting at the Long Island Explorium or the Long Island Children's Museum. March in St. Patty's Day parades in Patchogue or Glen Cove.

Remember, on this final weekend of winter, you can always pop over to our March GoList to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Get Almost Free Admission to Luna Park on Opening Day

It's no secret that all of us here like "FREE." We're always on the lookout for free activities around NYC, play spaces, and even summer camps. But Luna Park's March 24 opening day event at Coney Island, Brooklyn, makes the four-letter word all the better, as almost all proceeds from donations will serve the Girls Scouts' 6000 troop.

Read on to find out what's included in this almost-FREE day and who you'll be helping with your small donation.

Taking the Ice Cream Sandwich up a Notch in NoHo

When is an ice cream sandwich more than an ice cream sandwich? Maybe when the Care Bears get involved.

We went to check out NoHo's uber-cool gourmet ice cream sandwich spot, Cream, last week, on a quest to find out just how exceptional an ice cream sandwich can be. Not only did we get a deliciously satisfying answer to that question, we also managed to hit the store the night the Care Bears were there launching their month-long special flavors. We even got to sink our teeth into a new version of the decadent cronut. If you've got a hankering for ice cream (and who doesn't?) coupled with kids who love Care Bears (ditto), you'll want to stop into one of the LA area's three Cream locations before the end of March.

Weekend Fun: Diggerland, St. Patrick's Day, Marvel Universe Live

St. Patrick's Day, plus a taste of Easter and Passover, make for a weekend full of holiday fun. Get in the green spirit at St. Paddy's Day festivities, like Sea Isle City's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration, Button's Birthday Weekend, Bayonne's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and METC's Can a Leprechaun Be Caught. Get a jumpstart on Easter and Passover at events like Brunch with the Bunny and Build Your Own Seder Plate.

It's a busy festival weekend, with exciting family events like the Montclair Literary Festival, the 8th Annual Kidfest in New Brunswick, and Diggerland's Season Opening. And there are plenty of performances on stages throughout NJ, including Marvel Universe Live, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, and School House Rock Live!.

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, or start planning your summer with Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

SpongeBob the Musical Hammers Home All the Right Messages

SpongeBob SquarePants (the cartoon) might be pretty far down on your list a parent-approved media. But SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical just made it to the top of mine. Talented actors, a solid storyline, and insanely imaginative sets—and a complete lack of hokeyness—made this performance a family Broadway standout. You won't find oversized sponge or starfish costumes, but the talent seamlessly translated the characters (none of whom are human) to the stage and easily transported the audience to a quirky and much-loved Bikini Bottom.

Read our review for a sense of what to expect from this infectious performance, or check out our complete Theater Guide for NYC Kids for many more options.

A Fun Foodie Adventure in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with the Kids

If you’ve been itching to try to decipher signage in a foreign language, step into a market that smells like 15 kinds of sausage, and stuff your face with foods from the Old World, then all you and the kids need to do is hop on over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Somehow, despite the fact that neighboring Williamsburg has become the poster child for rampant development and gentrification, Greenpoint has managed to maintain its charm and Polish flavor. That’s not to say that the neighborhood hasn’t changed or that skyrocketing rents haven’t impacted local families, but many of the shops along Greenpoint’s main drag, Manhattan Avenue, are still locally owned markets and restaurants often specialize in Polish foods. If you have Eastern European roots, locals might even address you in Polish. All this makes a day in Greenpoint feel like a trip to the Old Country.

Greenpoint is just one of many ethnic foodie thoroughfares in the city. We aim to help you travel the world airfare-free with the Mommy Poppins Passport Series. We'll spotlight the best international streets in all five boroughs. Introduce kids to the diverse food and fun that immigrants have brought to New York City’s streets, including in Astoria, Manhattan's Chinatown, and even at a Queens mall.


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