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Weekend Fun: Bubble Show, Dr. Seuss Day, Turtle Dance Music

Whip up some green eggs and ham—Saturday is Dr. Seuss' birthday! Celebrate his would-be 115th with festivities at Morris Museum, Jenkinson's Aquarium, or Liberty Hall. There are more sweet celebrations taking place this first weekend of March, including Maple Sugaring at Washington Crossing State Park and a Pancake Breakfast at Cora Hartshorn Arboretum.

Little ones can rock out to musical performances like Milk & Cookies: New Jersey Tap Ensemble, Turtle Dance Music, and Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Kick back at more family-friendly performances over the weekend, including Henry & Mudge, Beauty & The Beast, and B-The Underwater Bubble Show

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Guide, including 25+ Art Studios with Drop-In Sessions for New Jersey Kids. And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do with NJ Kids This Month

March comes in like a lion with an abundance of celebrations in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, St. Patrick's Day, and NJ Makers Day. We've rounded up more than 15 things we're most looking forward to this month in NJ, from springtime celebrations to a huge selection of kids' shows. 

Make Dr. Seuss' 115th birthday a festive one at Jenkinson's Aquarium and Liberty Hall. Get your green on at St. Paddy's parades throughout the state. And put those thinking caps on at Makers Day events, including one at Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.  

This month is packed with performances—Beauty & The Beast, Annie, The Cat in the Hat, The Addams Family, B-The Underwater Bubble Show, Disney Junior Dance Party, and much more. And get a taste of early spring at outdoor events like Maple Sugaring at Washington Crossing State Park and Lego Day at Diggerland. 

Read on to see all of our top picks for March awesomeness. And for a complete list of this month's happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Happy (almost) spring!

A Dozen Museums for Kids and Families in Central and Southern NJ

Winter's not over yet, and if you're running out of ideas, don't despair—there's plenty of indoor fun to be found at museums throughout central and southern NJ. At these wonderful and varied spots, you can explore a battleship, learn all about insects, ride a vintage train, gaze at the stars, and even see a shrunken head!

For more educational fun, check out our list of the best museums for kids in northern NJ, or take a ride across the river to check out one of the many excellent museums in Philadelphia.

Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in New Jersey

If you’re looking for a fun, indoor activity that will appeal to the whole family, bowling may be right up your alley! (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.) Here in New Jersey, there are plenty of bowling facilities that offer year-round fun: small-town/neighborhood spots that offer traditional games with modern touches, such as automatic scoring and gutter bumpers; and newer, flashier bowling alleys that feature high-tech bells and whistles like interactive games, video walls, and glow ball. In addition, fun centers throughout the state often include bowling alongside laser tag and arcades.

And bowling alleys are an ideal spot for low-maintenance birthday parties, play dates, and weekend day trips.

Beat the Winter Blues at Unique & Free Indoor Spots in NJ

You've bounced at trampoline parks, visited all of the play spaces, and tried all the indoor activities you can think of—and it's STILL winter. If you're looking for some alternatives to the usual indoor fun spots, you've come to the right place: we've rounded up eight FREE NJ locales that can help you escape the winter doldrums without breaking the bank.

From admiring exotic orchids and art to visiting a charming children's library, you can mix up the routine while staying warm. For more no-cost fun, don't miss our roundup of free indoor play spots.

Weekend Fun: Rosie Revere, Maple Sugaring, Comic Book Fest

February comes to a sugar-coated close with a weekend full of sweet festivities. There's no shortage of maple sugaring event this weekend; check out demonstrations at Great Swamp, Reeves-Reed, and Tenafly Nature Center. Keep the sugar high going at Melick's Marshmallow Roast & Scavenger Hunt and Jakes Branch Birthday Bash

Relax at family-friendly performances this weekend of Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Storybook Showcase. Comic books, trains, and carnival games round out the weekend fun. 

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Guide, including the Top 12 Indoor Play Spaces for Kids Across New Jersey. And look to our February GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

21 Wacky Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Kids

“If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?” Thank goodness Dr. Seuss’ birthday comes once a year—and it always gives us great reason to cheer!

On March 2, we’ll celebrate literacy and Seuss with fun crafts, treats, and other activities in honor of the literary rhyming master. Dr. Seuss’ birthday kicks off a nationwide reading celebration known as Read Across America Day. Schools, libraries, and community centers across the country observe the day with read-alouds, crafts, and Seuss-a-rific treats!

Use this list of 21 zany activities to commemorate the day at home with the kids. Whether you want to start it off with some green eggs and ham or plan your next family vacation to the birthplace of Dr. Seuss himself, there is something for everyone on this list of Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, recipes, and activities—no matter how small. 

25+ Art Studios with Drop-In Sessions for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

Find Family Fun for All Ages at the Morris Museum

If you’re looking for an interactive museum experience the whole family will enjoy, head over to The Morris Museum. While smaller and simpler than a big-city institution, the museum, housed in an old mansion, features an eclectic showing of family-friendly exhibits.

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood near Morristown’s historic district, Morris Museum has become one of my family's go-to's for a quick weekend day trip or a stopover at one of its annual festivals. The vintage musical instruments, model train exhibit, and rock and mineral collection remain big hits with my tweens.

In addition to the hands-on exhibits, the museum features a children’s theater and a robust lineup of family programs and events. There are plenty of reasons that Morris Museum is on our list of 100 Things to Do in NJ with Kids!

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