Looking for some fabulous things to do with your family this month that won’t cost you a thing? Well, look no further than this list. It’s filled with fun, FREE activities around Long Island that won’t bust your budget.
We’re talking creative March storytimes and unique mommy-and-me classes, nature activities to get the whole family outdoors, Easter-themed events, open houses at camps and schools, and more. You’ll find even more suggestions for family-friendly fun in our March GoList and event calendar.
Book Revue's weekly storytime in Huntington includes stories, crafts and music. Photo by AnnaLee Barclay
Toddler Time at Book Revue — Huntington
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Hourlong story and craft sessions happen every Thursday at Book Revue. Once a month, musician/guitarist Jeff Sorg leads the kids in song and dance.
March 1 and 15
Stacey Wallenstein, Mid-Island Y JCC Parenting Center coordinator and mother of three, facilitates this class at Buy Buy Baby in Huntington, which provides gliders, water, and snacks.
New Exhibit: From Frankenthaler to Warhol: Art of the '60s and '70s at Heckscher Museum of Art —Huntington
Wednesdays to Sundays
The last day to catch this fun, interactive exhibit is March 11, so don’t miss this opportunity to help your children discover the work of iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and others.
Weekly storytime and activity at Barnes & Noble — Islandwide
At Barnes & Nobles all across Long Island, enjoy fun, weekly storytimes, where children listen to stories, create a fun craft, and participate in activities. Check out these locations for more details: Carle Place, Manhasset, and Massapequa Park in Nassau; Bay Shore, East Northport, and Lake Grove in Suffolk.
Picture Book Learn and Play at Farmingdale Public Library — Farmingdale
Fridays and Saturdays
Thrill to fun, interactive storytimes with crafts, games, and activities.
Tanger Weekends — Riverhead
Celebrate all the North Fork has to offer at this fun, family-friendly event hosted by Tanger Outlets and Northforker. Enjoy food and drinks, ice carvings, and special activities sponsored by the Children’s Museum of the East End.
Free Kids Workshops at Home Depot—Commack
March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
Let your kids spend a Saturday morning perfecting DIY skills. They’ll learn tool safety tips and create a craft to bring home.
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Teens can learn about filmmaking at Youth Film Day at Hofstra University. Photo courtesy of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University
Youth Film Day — Hempstead
Take part in hands-on filmmaking workshops for kids in grades 7-12. Note: The program is currently at capacity, but there is a waiting list.
Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Store — New Hyde Park
March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
Stop by the store anytime from 11am to 3pm on a Saturday, when kids have the opportunity to create a cute craft to take home.
Babywearing Dance Fitness Class — Massapequa
March 4, 11, 18, and 25
Get some exercise while cuddling with your baby…who can resist? Bring a safe baby carrier.
Grandparents Time at Farmingdale Public Library — Farmingdale
March 5, 12, and 19
It’s grandma or grandpa’s special time to bond with the grandchildren at this story and activity time.
Weekly Storytime at Pottery Barn Kids — Huntington
March 6, 13, 20, and 27
A storytime and activity event happens here every Tuesday during March.
Little Fingers at Farmingdale Public Library — Farmingdale
March 6 and 13
Little ones can enjoy crafts, games, and toys while developing their fine motor skills.
Open House at the Nature Preschool of Long Island — Old Westbury
Check out this preschool, which offers half-, full-, and extended-day programs. Enjoy a special gift when you mention you saw this event on MommyPoppins.com.
Tales for Tots — Smithtown
Enjoy a storytime produced in partnership with Smithtown Library for ages 3-5 who come with a caregiver.
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Rolling River's open house includes plenty of free activities for kids. Photo courtesy of Rolling River Day Camp
Rolling River Prospective Family Day — East Rockaway
March 10 and 24
Kids participate in games and activities while parents learn more about what the camp offers.
Buckley Country Day School Open House — Roslyn
Take advantage of this open house and gather information about this school for kids in grades K-8.
Nature Walk: Winter Birding — Oyster Bay
Families can take a guided walk to Eel Creek at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site for some winter bird watching.
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The annual Easter parade in Bellmore includes a visit by, you guessed it, the Easter bunny. Photo courtesy of Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores
Easter Parade — Bellmore
Children up to age 12 can participate in this holiday parade. Wearing your Easter finery is encouraged.
Easter Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park — North Babylon
Plenty of fun activities are planned, including an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more.
Piping Plover Volunteer Day at Jones Beach — Wantagh
Families can learn about ways to protect the endangered piping plover, a seabird native to Long Island.
Top photo: Kids can get their hands dirty, in a good way, at Rolling River Day Camp. Photo courtesy of the camp