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March GoList: The Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Month

March has to make overlooked February “green” with envy. Its 31 days are a celebration of the color of spring, and the Irish, whose patron saint, Patrick, is celebrated from Elmont to East Hampton.

Of course, we here at Mommy Poppins recognize all of Long Island’s cultural diversity. That’s why our March GoList is replete with St. Patrick’s Day festivities and plenty more. Here we offer you the skinny on some select parades, but also children’s theater, spring festivals and nature events sure to delight your young ones throughout the seasonal transition.

Interested in an event? Click through for information on dates, times and addresses. And see our St. Patrick’s entertainment guide for a detailed look at parades, Irish entertainment and more.  

Lastly, don’t forget to check out our Long Island Events Calendar for more exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.     

Take Your Little Devils to NJ Devils Kids Day (Giveaway)

My family goes crazy for sports. We love baseball and Sundays are definitely reserved for rooting on our favorite NFL teams, but our recent  afternoon to see the New Jersey Devils was our first taste of the action-packed family-friendly entertainment of a hockey game. The fun afternoon has me confident we'll be heading back again soon. And you should too. In fact, we're giving away a family four pack to the upcoming NJ Devils Kids Day on March 19th. Read on to hear more about my family's newest sports passion and how you can enter to win. 

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Rock n Roll Classes: Where Westchester Kids can Unleash Inner Jaggers & Joplins

So your child wants to a be a rock n roll star? Then listen now to what we say ...

In response to a growing demand, several music schools here in Westchester have either added rock to their repertoire or opened to exclusively teach the sound to a new generation of aspiring artists. The schools differ in their approaches but all offer both group and individual instruction. Some also encourage public performing or offer opportunities for recording.

Read on to learn about places in our area that offer rock lessons for budding musicians with either amateur or serious aspirations. Looking for more classes in Westchester? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss, and Puppetry

Unseasonably mild weather is expected across the state, creating a perfect chance to get back outside for some family fun, like a maple sugaring workshop. For those who prefer their activities indoors, how about a puppet-making workshop or a new interactive dinosaur exhibit? Either way, there's plenty to do with the family in Connecticut this weekend.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—there are some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

Love That Dog: A Poignant Comedy About Finding Your Voice

New York City Children's Theater's latest production for school-age kids, Love That Dog, is a one-actor play that manages to be both entertaining and poignant. Jack is a 10-year-old boy whose class is learning about poetry in school. He's not thrilled, to say the least, but as he listens to and writes poems he becomes caught up in the magic of words, eventually sharing his story with the audience.

It's one of our top picks for children's theater this winter in NYC. Find out why.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras & Crawfish, Feb 25-26

And just like that, February is coming to an end. Close the month this weekend at a parade at the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston beach or stay local and enjoy other kid-friendly Mardi Gras parties around town, and there are still ways to honor Black History Month with the kids. If you're looking for indoor entertainment, we have a list of indoor play spaces in town and places to go bowling. It's also that time of the year to gear up for the rodeo coming next month! And we've got you covered with our list of things you need to know before heading to the 2017 Houston Livestock and Rodeo

Summer will be here before you know it, so check out our Camp Guide, where you will find everything about camps including Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

8 Rock Climbing Walls for Kids in New York City

Indoor rock climbing is a great way for kids to get some needed activity in the dead of winter or year-round. Why not let them bounce off someone else’s walls for a change, right? Plus, it takes concentration, discipline, and strength, all qualities we're happy to expose them to.

New York City boasts more than half a dozen indoor boulders, at least one in almost every borough, plus a brand-new outdoor, seasonal spot. The best part? Kids tend to love the activity and it isn't too pricey. Try it out in a drop-in program, or sign up for one of the many after-school classes or break camps offered at the eight rock climbing facilities profiled below.

Find more active fun in our Kids' Sports Centers Guide.

Parent Review: Children's World Indoor Playground in Canton

When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday With These Upcoming Events

From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax to Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss has touched the lives of so many through his whimsical rhyming children's books. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers bring kids and books together to celebrate Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd. 

Sponsored by the National Education Association, this nationwide celebration of reading has helped to promote and foster a love of reading for nearly 20 years. Here's a a round up of Read Across America events happening across the state this week and be sure to check out The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, slated to open this June. 

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