Weekday Picks: St. Patrick's Day, Ninja Turtles, Under the Guns, March 13-17

St. Patrick's Day is more than a green thing; it's a celebration of Irish culture. The holiday falls on a Friday this year, leading to much adult-type celebrating, but there are still plenty of ways for kids to mark the day. They can hunt for gold among the Malibu leprechauns, then collect another pot from the leprechauns of Thousand Oaks. And of course the holiday wouldn't be the same without bagpipes and corned beef at the Farmers Market.

Another option this week, as the weather turns (slightly) warmer, is a Movie Under the Guns on the battleship Iowa at San Pedro. Finding Dory screens free on the ship's fantail; just be sure to dress warmly whether you wear green or not. And speaking of free, there are some free museum days to catch this week as well.

Anyone in your family need a haircut this week? Grab Opey and hop a train to Union Station for the pop-up 1930s classic barber shop treatment. 

For even more options, peruse the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our March GoList. Read on for our top picks this week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Puppet Lessons, Butterfly Gardening, and Irish Step; March 13-17

Winter is making a roaring comeback this week, so your activity forecast is sure to include a not-entirely-seasonal mix of indoor fun and snow-day boredom busters. But there's ample cause to venture beyond the homestead this week, with three special events at the local libraries, including a tech exploration session for pre-teens, a puppet workshop, and an Irish step dancing party to help kids get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit. If your dreaming of butterflies, birds, and other spring things, join a pollinator-friendly seed-crafting activity or catch a local production of Mary Poppins. Need more inspiration? Check out our Event Calendar.

St. Patrick's Week Picks for Connecticut Kids: Music, Dance, and Crafts, March 13-17

It's the last week of winter, but it looks like March is not going to let us go without a fight. With a major snowstorm forecasted for most of the state this week, you'll want to be sure to check with any venue before heading out to see about potential cancelations and postponements beginning Monday evening and going into Wednesday. You'll find all kinds of St. Patrick's Day fun happening all over the state from craft workshops in Darien and Rowayton to a free family concert of traditional Irish music to an Irish dance performance

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: World Dance, St. Patrick's Day

It’s time for St. Patrick's Day, and while adults have their own festivities, there are plenty of FREE ways for kids to celebrate, plus numerous parades  continuing through the weekend.

The headliner event this week is Russian Seasons Dance - Celebration of World Dance. With some half dozen different styles of international dance performed, you’ll get a sampler of Ukrainian, Argentinian, Irish and other art forms all for the same ticket. STEM programs are thriving, and My Robot Friend promises comic learning, when participants “program” each other to navigate an obstacle course. An art form making a comeback this week is Macrame—sure to appeal to finger knitters and other crafters. There are also ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, both this week and all month long.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

Persian New Year Events to Celebrate with NYC Kids

This year, March 21 is the second official day of spring, but also the holiday of Nowruz (new day), the Iranian, or Persian, New Year. For those unfamiliar with the tradition, this 3,000-year old holiday, celebrated at the time of the vernal equinox, is rooted in the pre-Islamic traditions of the Zoroastrian religion. Friends and family spend quality time together and enjoy delicious Persian food. Houses are deep-cleaned, gifts are exchanged, and symbolic traditions are brought to life.

In New York City, there are family-friendly Nowruz-themed events galore to ring in spring in a truly unique and memorable way. Here are seven great ways to celebrate Nowruz with your little globalists, exposing them to a beautiful and centuries-old culture.

Looking to learn more about Muslim culture? Take little ones to the America to Zanzibar interactive exhibit on Muslim cultures across the globe. It was recently extended for another year.

8 DIY Party Spots for Long Island Families

If you have a crafty kid, you already know his or her No. 1 birthday party wish probably involves pots, pans, paint, and pottery. DIY birthday parties are on the rise and proving to be a treat for children of all ages, who get an opportunity to learn a craft and take a project home with them. These eight party spots on Long Island either offer venues where kids can create and build or boast experts who come to your home to entertain guests with a special project. 

Don't forget to check our directory and Long Island Birthday Party Guide for more ideas. 

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Princess Tea, Zoo Explorers, Bug Club

Creatures big and small are in the spotlight during this second full week of March. Visit animals at Turtle Back Zoo Explorers Program, amphibians of all kinds at Bergen County Zoo’s Amphibians for Tadpoles, and a variety of insects at Essex County Environmental Center’s Kids’ Bug Club. Plus, celebrate an early St. Paddy's Day at St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, or enjoy high tea at Mommy & Me Tea with a Princess.

Read on for our best children's events the week of March 13–17, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and March GoList for even more March madness.

We're also happy to announce the brand-new Besties Awards. Nominate your favorite New Jersey businesses for kids: the best places to eat, make, do, learn, and play. Simply add your favorites to this nomination form, and we'll reward those businesses that make raising kids in New Jersey the best with a Besties Award. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Stories, Plays, St. Pat's March 13-17

The week after Daylight Savings Time always throws my family for a loop. Thankfully, Philly families can compensate for the lost hour by focusing on some exciting, entertaining, and engaging activities found in our events calendar.

Attend storytime at Parkway Central Library, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, or Morris Arboretum. See a performance such as Storybook Musical Theater's Puss 'n Boots or Unionville High School's Mary Poppins. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by listening to The Irish Tenors as they sing unforgettable Irish music at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center or by attending the Newtown Irish Festival to eat Irish foods, see Irish step dancers, and get a twisted balloon creation.

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