There's a lot to love about March, including St. Patrick's Day, train rides with the Easter Bunny, and other signs of spring. We've rounded up 21 things we're most looking forward to this month, from springtime celebrations to a huge selection of kids' shows.
This month is packed with performances—the Sesame Street gang, Marvel superheroes, performing pets, the Runaway Bunny, taco-chomping dragons, and many more cool characters are coming to stages throughout NJ. You can celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with storytimes or a birthday party; build an entire New Jersey town out of Lego; and celebrate the Holi Festival with a burst of color and music. And amusement parks are reopening for the season at the end of the month!
Read on to see all of our top picks for March awesomness. And for a complete list of this month's happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Happy (almost) spring!
Dr. Seuss Celebrations – Various locations
Dr. Seuss's birthday is March 4! Just a few of the celebrations happening throughout NJ include the Morris Museum's Dr. Seuss Family Day, Liberty Hall Museum's Dr. Seuss' Birthday Party, and a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at Barnes & Noble.
Milk & Cookies: Suzi Shelton – New Brunswick
In the latest installment of the excellent family series at State Theatre New Jersey, award-winning songwriter Suzi Shelton will get kids and grown-ups on their feet with her danceable pop-rock hits. Geared toward ages 3–8.
Marvin the Mouse blasts off in Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey. Photo courtesy of the production
Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey – Newark
Marvin the Mouse embarks on the space adventure of a lifetime in Lightwire Theater's glow-in-the-dark performance at NJPAC.
Gizmo Guys – Englewood
With their dazzling technique and infectious humor, the Gizmo Guys—Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker—have amazed and amused audiences around the world with their juggling act. Check out their rapid-fire act bergenPAC.
Celebrate spring at the Holi Festival at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the arboretum
Holi Festival at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum – Short Hills
Join the naturalists at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and the Millburn-Short Hills Indian American Association as they welcome spring with a celebration of colors, music, and fresh air. Get ready for spring with traditional dances and performances, hikes, and more!
Cinderella comes to UPAC in a one-hour, sensory-friendly performance. Photo courtesy of the theater
Sensory-Friendly Theater: New Jersey Ballet's Cinderella – Rahway
One New Jersey Ballet’s most popular ballets for children, Cinderella, comes to Union Performing Arts Center in a one-hour, sensory-friendly performance designed and adapted for children with sensory sensitivities. NJ Ballet’s Storyteller narration ensures that even the littlest theater-goers can follow along with ease.
New Jersey Maker's Day Events – Various locations
Create cool stuff and see awesome demonstrations at sites throughout NJ, including the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, the Morris County School of Technology, local libraries, and more!
Hamilton celebrates St. Patrick's Day in style. Photo courtesy of the parade
St. Patrick's Day Parades – Various locations
March 10–11, 17–18
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.
Marvel Universe Live – Newark
This all-new show, coming to Prudential Center for eight performances, unites some of Marvel’s greatest superheroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, and Black Widow. Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes in a performance that features cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts, and video projection.
Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories – Manasquan
Hold the salsa! Theatreworks USA presents its newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books, including the tale of taco-devouring dragons.
8th Annual Kidfest – New Brunswick
Magic 98.3 presents a fun-filled day of live entertainment, games, contests, giveaways, a climbing wall, bounce houses and more, held at Rutgers University.
HUP – Branchburg
HUP is an enchanting musical experience designed for very young children, up to 24 months. The performance combines live classical music with a heartwarming storyline featuring two violins, one cello, a very important tree and one very mischievous raccoon. Enjoy a relaxed and comfortable performance at the Theatre at RVCC, with the chance to stay and play afterward.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater – Newark
Former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich presents the extraordinary talents of his performing pets in two shows at NJPAC. His entourage is composed of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland pony, and more than 30 performing pets, including house cats and dogs (all rescued from animal shelters), geese, white doves, and parrots.
There's no shortage of eggs at the annual Easter egg hunt at Alan Augustine Village Green in Scotch Plains.
Easter Events – Various locations
Easter is on April 1 this year, and March is hopping with Easter-themed fun, including Bunny brunches, egg hunts, and train rides.
Harry the Dirty Dog – Manasquan
The white dog with black spots who hates taking baths comes to Algonquin Arts Center for two morning performances. Geared toward ages 5–8.
Families can 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.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Madison
Little ones can bring their favorite plush pals to the Museum of Early Trades & 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.
Favorite bedtime stories come to life at SOPAC this month. Photo courtesy of the production
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny – South Orange
Margaret Wise Brown's beloved stories come to life at South Orange Performing Arts Center in a whimsical production by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. The hour-long performance features puppetry and original music, and is recommended for ages 3–8.
Amusement Parks Opening Weekend – Various locations
Hard to believe it's that time again, but it's true: This weekend marks the opening of many NJ amusement parks, including Jenkinson's, Six Flags, and tot-friendly parks like Storybook Land.
Cirque du Soleil VOLTA – East Rutherford
March 29 – April 22
Cirque du Soleil's newest Big Top production, VOLTA, is coming to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this spring. With its space-age future pop sound, VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail.
The Sesame Street gang comes to State Theatre NJ in a brand-new musical. Photo courtesy of the production
Sesame Street Live! Let's Party! – New Brunswick
March 30 – April 2
Join the Sesame Street gang in this all-new interactive musical, where they discover choosing a party theme is more challenging than they could have imagined. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 5:30pm, plus Monday at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Some performances include a pre-show tour of the stage.