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.

Get Ready: New York State's Biggest Indoor Water Park Opens in April

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark—billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state—is finally opening this spring!

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills over a year ago, we’ve been eagerly anticipating its grand opening. Originally scheduled for April 5, the resort has announced that the opening will now take place Friday, April 19, 2019

Located about 2 hours from midtown Manhattan in Monticello, NY, the Kartrite is an exciting alternative to farther-afield indoor water parks in the NYC area. Reservations are now open for April and beyond—perfect for spring break, a weekend away, or your family's summer vacation. Read on for more details, plus a peek inside the space.

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.

30+ Free Things to Do in March with New Jersey Kids

Oh, the places you'll go in March, especially when so many events are free! You can celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at no-cost events like Celebrate Dr. Seuss' 115 Birthday and Dr. Seuss Storytime & Craft

Get creative at free Makers Day events this month, including events at Scotch Plains and Fanwood libraries. And don't miss this month's free St. Patrick's Day parades

As we inch towards spring festival season, enjoy some March freebies like Montclair Literary Festival, New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival and 9th Annual Kidfest.  

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our list of Fun & Free Public Indoor Spaces

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in March

As March settles into the Delaware Valley, Philly families can expect lots of great opportunities for free fun. Cooler weather fades to milder temperatures warranting many outdoor events, while holidays such as St. Patrick's Day provide a plethora of excitement and anticipation.

This month, kids can play in the Playhouse, explore a museum, taste maple syrup, take a computer class, experience Dr. Seuss fun, and hike through nature. There is truly something for everyone in the family.

With so many options, it may be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, we rounded up some of our favorite free activities. Now, get out your calendar and schedule some budget-friendly fun for your family. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Spring Fling Toddler Fair, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, March 2-3

Houston, are you ready to rodeo? Because it's that time of year! Dust off your boots, tip your cowboy hats, and saddle up because the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is officially here, and we're ready to help you navigate through everything you need to know before you go. Here are our best rodeo resources for parents taking on the rodeo with kids:

While the rodeo is currently taking over downtown, that's not the only thing happening this weekend worth checking out; our event calendar is packed with lots of other awesome activities! Some favorites include a special Toddler Fair at Sienna Plantation, the Museum of Fine Arts annual Azalea Trail, the Texas Independence Day Celebration at The Woodlands Children's Museum, and the Kids Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Czech Center Museum.

If all else fails, we highly recommend heading to one of Houston's amazing family-friendly breweries. The kids get to play and you get to kick back with a tasty craft beer; it's a win-win for everyone!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Mardi Gras, Whales, Seuss, & Planes of Fame

Let the good times roll! This is the weekend when the chickens come home to roost, except they look like whales, because they are in fact whales. We also have 50 monkeys, but only one tiger. Expect to see a lot of hat wearing cats and more fish than you can shake a stick at. (Side note: if you want to catch the fish, you're going to have to do more than shake your stick.)

The sun will come out tomorrow, but not necessarily on the weekend, so you might want to have plan B waiting in the wings. We Angelenos are getting very good at water-proofing our weekends (lots o' movies, storytimes, and other roof-over-your-head activities).

Why, I'll bet you're even getting to like this watery weather. Go on: tell us what you really think! (No, really, join us in our new Mommy Poppins Grown-ups Facebook group and let's have a chat, just us chickens.)

Keep reading to keep the good times rollin'!

Weekend Fun:Big Hair, Historical Tea, and Maple Sugar Fun, March 2-3

Have you noticed the days are getting a little bit longer and there’s the slightest hint of spring in the air? To suit the turning weather (or maybe just our hopes for it), the first weekend of March is filled with an eclectic mix if outdoor fun, retro ski competitions, a Purim carnival, and even a little early St. Paddy’s Day fun. But, any true Nutmegger knows there's a short period between winter and spring when a certain sticky and delicious substance flows through our trees. We are in the thick of Maple Sugar Season! Our calendar is filled with tons of maple sugar fun this weekend.


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