There's a lot to love about March, including St. Patrick's Day, longer days, and other signs of spring. We've got a dozen more things to look forward to this month, from animal encounters and kid-friendly sporting events to live performances featuring Cinderella, Percy Jackson, and a grumpy dragon named Piff. You can make ooblek in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday or build an entire New Jersey town out of Lego. For a complete list of March happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.
Paws Discovery Farm Grand Re-opening – Mt. Laurel
The popular South Jersey petting zoo, now under new management, celebrates its re-opening this week. The farm will offer classes, storytimes, animal programs, special events, and, of course, visits with its resident animals, which include pigs, donkeys, peacocks, parrots, and turtles. On Friday, March 3, admission is free for Mt. Laurel residents.
Piff the Magic Dragon – Morristown
If you like comedy, magic, and disgruntled dragons, then you'll love Piff. The YouTube sensation and star of "America's Got Talent" will bring his one-man show to Mayo Performing Arts Center for one night only.
Steve Petra's Animal Games – Englewood
Puppeteer Steve Petra's act includes Extreme Pickle Balancing, Champion Banana Wrestling, Ultimate Chicken Challenge, and other seriously silly stuff. He'll be at BergenPAC for two performances filled with puppetry, music, humor, illusions, props, and sound effects.
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. Photo courtesy of the Mayo Performing arts Center.
Dr. Seuss Celebrations – Morristown and Point Pleasant
March 4 & 12
Dr. Seuss's birthday is March 4! Celebrate at the Morris Museum's Dr. Seuss Family Festival, where the festivities include ooblek making and a performance of Seussology (March 4); head to Jenkinson's Aquarium to read stories, make crafts, and visit with red fish, blue fish, and more fish; or see a performance of The Cat in the Hat at Mayo Performing Arts Center (March 12).
Kids' Fun Fair and Zoo – Edison
Kids can ride ponies, camels, and even elephants at this traveling fair that's known for its varied and exotic menagerie. There are also kiddie rides, a petting zoo, games, and face painting.
The Lightning Thief – Millburn
Percy Jackson and his friends go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods in this musical version of the popular YA novel at Papermill Playhouse.
Milk & Cookies with Jack McKeon – New Brunswick
In the latest installation of the excellent kids' series at State Theatre New Jersey, master storyteller Jack McKeon takes young audience members on an interactive journey through folk tales, myths, and fairytales. FREE
Hamilton St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo courtesy of the parade.
St. Patrick's Day Parades – Various locations
March 11–12, 18–19
Whether you're Irish all the time or just at this time of year, you can find plenty of kid-friendly St. Paddy's Day parades and celebrations throughout the state.
Families build with Lego on a scaled map of Montclair. Photo courtesy of the museum.
Building Montclair in Lego – Montclair
Ever dream of building an entire town out of Lego? Head to Montclair Art Museum to recreate buildings in Montclair using the little plastic bricks. If this sounds a bit intimidating, never fear: the workshop will be led by a professional architect.
New Jersey Ballet Presents Cinderella – Morristown
This matinee performance of the popular ballet features storyteller narration, so even little ones can follow along. Add a magical fairy godmother, colorful costumes, and a pumpkin that transforms into a coach before your eyes, and you've got a guaranteed hit for dance lovers of all ages.
NJ Devils Kids Day – Newark
Take the family to a hockey game and enjoy giveaways like posters and bobble heads; on-ice entertainment; kids' meals; and a Little Devils Fan Zone complete with bouncy house, face painting, and other kid-friendly entertainment. We're giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to the event.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Madison
Little ones can bring their favorite plush pals to the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts for an afternoon of crafts, treats, and bedtime stories. Kids will tuck their stuffed animals in for the night and then return the next day to find out what hijinks the animals got into during their overnight stay.