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Free Things to Do with Houston Kids in March

The great thing about springtime in Houston is we get to enjoy this sliver of time where the weather is typically enjoyable. The chilly spittle of winter passes before the excruciating summer heat, and we are left with pleasant temperatures perfect for outdoor fun.

Our event calendar is packed with great things to do this month to take advantage of the weather, but here's a list we know all parents will love - FREE events happening in March perfect for kids. And if you enjoy free things and events, because who doesn't, check out our Free Fun Things to Do with Houston Kids guide.

St. Patrick's Day Events and Free Parades for Kids on Long Island

Few regions celebrate their Irish heritage better than Long Island.

From Rockville Centre to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance, and more. Huntington itself swells with visitors on the second Sunday of March when one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day gatherings in New York State kicks off in the village downtown. That Huntington parade is dwarfed perhaps only by New York’s City’s celebration, which this year is Saturday, March 16.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on Saturday, March 2 and climaxing with Jamesport’s on Saturday March 30. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times, and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar and March GoList for the best in family entertainment all month long.

15 Free and Fun Things to Do in March with Boston Kids

With everyone's favorite Irish holiday happening this month and spring just around the corner, there's a lot to celebrate in March. Fortunately, many kiddo-friendly activities are also free! From parades to cooking classes to winter festivals, here are our picks for March family fun that won't break the bank.

Top St. Patrick's Day Parades and Events for Philly Families

Being home to one of the longest continuously held St. Patrick's Day parades, Philadelphia certainly knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish during the month of March. However, it's not all about pub crawls and green beer. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are opportunities to learn about Irish history, see Irish step dancing, listen to Celtic music and Irish stories, search for hidden leprechauns, and, of course, watch a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade! We have rounded up a list of exciting activities worth a pot of gold. So, get the family ready and have some fun this St. Patrick's Day. Sláinte!

Birthday Freebies in NYC: Where Kids Eat Free and Get Gifts

In the era of rent-out-the-whole-museum and hire-a-marching-band kid birthday parties, it's nice to find a freebie.

Of course, there are plenty of at-home, DIY ways to celebrate your child's birthday for FREE, from mirror notes to playing hooky. But it's also the one time of year you can take advantage of all those corporate birthday clubs that promise to make your kid's big day even more special with fun freebies like complimentary gifts, food, and other deals.

We've rounded up a mix of local spots, with a lot of national chain restaurants and play spots thrown in, which all offer birthday goodies. Some are specific to kids, though some you can snag, too, and most will require some sort of email-list sign up. 

Find more fun for their big day (maybe even a marching band) in our Birthday Party Guide and Directory for NYC families.

25 Free Things to Do in March with Westchester Kids

In like a lion, out like a lamb goes March, the saying goes, and Westchester families are looking forward to the arrival of spring mid-month and the fun that lies ahead. We're always hunting for a good bargain, so below we've rounded up our top FREE events for families to help our readers get the most out of the month without getting the most out of your wallets.

Some of the FREE seasonal fun this month include various holiday celebrations—St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, Purim, and Women's History Month—as well as sweet maple-sugaring adventures. And don't forget our list of FREE places to play for year-round fun.

Read on for our top picks, but also consult our Event Calendar for more free (and not-so-free) activities. If you subscribe to our newsletter, we'll keep you in the know, March and beyond!

Free Things to Do With Kids on Long Island in March

If you’re looking for fun things to keep your family entertained and your wallet untouched this month, you can stop your search right here. We’ve rounded up a slew of FREE family-friendly activities across Long Island that will help get everyone through this (hopefully) last bit of winter.

In March, there are plenty of libraries and bookstores offering crafts and storytimes celebrating everything from Dr. Seuss Day to St. Patrick’s Day. Other free events let kids try their hand at chess, go for a swim, or head out on a walk in search of native birds. On March 12, the whole family can observe National Pancake Day with a free stack at IHOP; on March 20, celebrate the first day of spring with a free cup of Italian ice at Rita’s.

Long Island also celebrates its Irish heritage with a month's worth of St. Patrick's Day parades: Enjoy the pipes, drums, and marchers, free of charge from Rockville Centre to Montauk

For more fun activities that won’t cost you a penny, check out our lists of free indoor play spacesrestaurants where kids can eat free and the best places kids can get a free birthday treat on their special day. And don’t forget to check out our events calendar and MarchGoList for more seasonal inspiration.

Nearly 50 Free Family Events This March in NYC

March means the first glimmer of hope for warmer days ahead. This month also hosts a slew of stellar events that won't break the bank—in fact, they're all FREE! Get ready for Dr. Seuss celebrations, Irish revelry for St. Patrick's Day, and early springtime flowers. There are also slightly more offbeat (and still FREE) events like a 90-second kids' film festival, National Pancake Day, and Pi Day at MoMath.

Read on for almost 50(!) FREE things to do this March in New York City, including in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Find more top events in our March GoList, or our always packed daily NYC event calendar. Plus, find lots of seasonal to-dos in our NYC Spring Guide for Families.

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