Congratulations. You’ve made it to March, Mother Nature’s transition month. Soon we will close the book on winter fun and “spring” ahead to a season of rejuvenation and cultural celebration.
No sooner does March receive the seasonal baton from February than we on Long Island begin the countdown to the official arrival of spring, which, for the record, is 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Not soon enough?
An early Easter this year means egg hunts and bunny sightings follow by less than a week the last of Long Island’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. And while you might be eager for outdoor entertainment, we remind you there are still plenty of indoor alternatives should the weather necessitate an extended bit of cabin fever.
So here are our picks for the best family entertainment options in this final month of winter. As always, check out our Events Calendar for more opportunities as they emerge.
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Montauk's popular parade closes out the St. Patrick's Day season on Long Island. Photo courtesy of Montauk Friends of Erin
St. Patrick’s Day Parades — Islandwide
All month long
Beginning with Kings Park on Saturday, March 3 and continuing through Montauk on Sunday, March 25, Long Island celebrates its Irish heritage in grand style. Also enjoy parades in Rockville Centre, Bayport-Blue Point, Hampton Bays, Patchogue, and, of course, Huntington, one of the largest parades with more than 50,000 spectators expected. FREE
Trout Unlimited Fishing Clinics — Oakdale
Saturdays, March 3, March 10
In this traditional March event, kids 3 and older can learn to fly fish at Connetquot River State Park with the help of Trout Unlimited experts.
Superhero Day — Riverhead
Saturday. March 3
Join Batman, Spiderman, and others at the Long Island Aquarium for a tribute to real superheroes—Long Island’s first-responders. Come dressed as your favorite superhero.
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The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about making kids smile. Photo courtesy of the John W. Engeman Theater
The Cat in the Hat — Northport
Saturday, March 3-Sunday, March 4
Catch everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss character and his friends on their final appearances at the John W. Engeman Theater.
Purim Carnival —Lawrence
Sunday, March 4
Join Temple Israel of Lawrence as it celebrates the Jewish festival with games, face painting, an obstacle course, prizes, and more.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown — Bellmore
Weekends, March 10-March 25
Join the Peanuts gang for this classic performance and enjoy a character meet-and-greet after the show.
Hofstra University Irish Festival — Hempstead
Sunday, March 11
Celebrate Irish culture with music, food, children’s games, vendors, and more.
Winter Birding Walk — Oyster Bay
Saturday, March 17
Join a naturalist from the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on a walk to observe the birds that call the area home. Dress appropriately.
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Indulge your sweet tooth at East Wind in Wading River. Photo courtesy of I Love Chocolate Fest
I Love Chocolate Fest — Wading River
Saturday, March 17-Sunday, March 18
Head to the East Wind hotel and resort to sample more than 50 chocolate exhibits and treats and enjoy a visit from—you guessed it—the Easter Bunny.
Peter Rabbit — Elmont
Saturday, March 17 and March 24
The seasonal classic comes alive on stage at the BroadHollow at Elmont.
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Mr. Bunny and friend Li'l Chick headline Vanderbilt Museum's holiday festivities. Photo courtesy of the museum
Easter Parades and Egg Hunts — Islandwide
Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25; Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 1
The weekend before Easter is the traditional start of egg hunts and other seasonal activities on Long Island. On Saturday, March 24, enjoy an Easter parade in Bellmore
and egg hunts at Belmont Lake State Park
and Heritage Park in Mount Sinai
. On Sunday, March 25, hop over to United Skates of America
in Seaford for breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Then on Saturday of Easter weekend (March 31), enjoy a bunny breakfast at the Vanderbilt Museum
in Centerport or an egg hunt at the Long Island Aquarium
in Riverhead. On Easter Sunday, April 1, celebrate with brunch and a special day at the aquarium
, or at a holiday party at United Skates of America
. There's also a delightful Easter bonnet parade and egg hunt on Sunday in Port Jefferson Village
. Benner’s Farm in East Setauket
hosts egg hunts on both days of Easter weekend.
Piping Plover Volunteer Day — Jones Beach State Park
Saturday, March 24
Join nature educators from the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center as they help protect this vulnerable and endangered seabird.
Check back throughout the month as more St. Patrick’s Day and Easter weekend events are added.