March Adventures: 14 Things to do This Month

Baystateparent Magazine

Kiddos in the Kitchen 

Wednesdays, March 9 & 23 

Dover 

Kiddos in the Kitchen.

Powisset Farm hosts two drop-off cooking classes for children ages 7-12 this month. On March 9, kids will learn to make classic New England whoopie pies. On March 23, they’ll cook up springtime treats including green goddess dip, spring flower sugar cookies and fruit and veggie smoothies. Cost $75; Trustees members $60. thetrustees.org.

Discovery Museum First Friday Night Free 

Friday, March 4 

Acton 

First Fridays Free at the Discovery Museum.

Explore the museum and Discovery Woods with free admission on the first Friday night of each month. Non-perishable food donations for Open Table and the Acton Food Pantry are accepted. Reservations are required and can be made 10 days in advance. discoveryacton.org.

Preschool Farm Explorer Fridays 

Fridays, March 4, 11 & 25 

Southborough

Preschool Farm Explorers Fridays.

Little explorers will be fully immersed in what life is like at Chestnut Hill Farm, with a new experience each Friday morning. Learn about a farm topic then take a walk around to look for animal signs, do a science experiment, or visit the animals in the barnyard. Finish the morning with a project to take home. For ages 2 years 9 months to age 5. Adult supervision is required; not a drop off program. Registration required. thetrustees.org.

Biggest, Best Dr. Seuss Birthday Party 

Saturday, March 5 

Springfield 

Seuss Birthday Party at the Springfield Museums.

The Springfield Museum, home to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, hosts this all-day salute to beloved children’s author and Springfield-native Theodor Seuss Geisel on his 118th birthday! Meet the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2, enjoy a strolling magician, and spin the big wheel to answer Seuss trivia and win prizes. You can also make your own Seuss-inspired crafts, like a wacky wiki vehicle and a silly Seussian character. Included with the cost of admission. springfieldmuseums.org

Creative Clay Sculptures Stories for Children 

March 5, 12 & 19 

Lincoln 

Creative Clay Sculpture Stories for Children.

Over three consecutive Saturday mornings at deCordova, kids will use fun clay hand-building and decorating techniques to create a variety of small story-connected sculptures. All tools, materials and firing are included in this course, appropriate for all skill levels and ages 7-15. Cost $170; $136 for Trustees members. thetrustees.org.

Winter Story Hour in the Carriage Barn 

March 6 & 13 

Ipswich 

Winter Story Hour in the Carriage Barn.

Tuck the bunnies, chickens, and goats in for the night at Appleton Farms. This program is an open, self-guided hour of free exploration in the barnyard, punctuated by two stories read aloud. Bring your favorite farm-y stuffed animal and a blanket if you’d like. Registration required. thetrustees.org.

Roaring Lion Birthday Celebration

Saturday, March 12 

Boston 

Roaring Lion Birthday Party.

Franklin Park Zoo’s lion brothers, Dinari and Kamaia, are turning 13! Celebrate the occasion and see the big cats enjoy a special “birthday cake.” Stop by their exhibit for educational chats to learn all about lions all day long. Free with admission. zoonewengland.org.

Arms & Armor Demonstrations

March 12 & 26

Worcester

Arms & Armor at WAM.

What was it like to be a soldier? How did one live? What was the equipment like? At the Worcester Art Museum, learn about the Roman Empire from Legionary and Auxiliary soldiers of the First Century through their history, weapons, tactics, and daily life on March 12. Then, on March 26, explore the armor of medieval knights. Free with admission. worcesterart.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades 

Sundays March 13 & 20

Worcester & South Boston 

St. Patrick's Day Parades.

Don your green and stake out a good spot. Colorful floats, music and Irish cheer await as St. Patrick’s Day Parades return this month after a two-year hiatus. The Worcester Country parade marches on Park Ave. on Sunday, March 13. The Southie Parade takes off from West Broadway on Sunday, March 20. 

Junior Farmer for a Day at Chestnut Hill Farm 

Monday, March 21 

Southborough 

Junior Farmer for a Day at Chestnut Hill Farm.

Help care for farm animals, learn about farm-fresh food, hike the trails, create natural crafts, and explore the farm from the eyes of its most important team member: the farmer! This drop-off program is designed for children in grades K-5. Cost $90; $72 for Trustees members. Registration required. thetrustees.org.

Preschool Story Hour 

March 11, 23, 24 & 25

Worcester & Princeton

Preschool Story Hour.

Enjoy a thematic story hour, activity and naturalist-led walk at Broad Meadow Brook or Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuaries. March topics include the water cycle, winter birds and salamanders. For ages 2.5 to 5. Cost $5. Registration required. massaudubon.org.

CoComelon LIVE! JJ's Journey

March 26 

Boston 

CoComelon LIVE!

The hit series’ first-ever live production is coming to the Wang Theater for two shows. Join JJ and his family in JJ’s journey to writing his own song. With all the favorite characters and over 20 songs, including new original music, the show is a terrific journey through the world of CoComelon. Expect a fun-filled, interactive musical romp with magical special effects. Tickets start at $33.50. bochcenter.org.

Emotions at Play with Pixar’s Inside Out

Daily 

Boston 

Emotions at Play Exhibit.

The first interactive exhibit based on the award-winning film is on display through May 15 at the Museum of Science, Boston.  Focusing on the five core emotions featured in Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear – hands-on and digital experiences offer opportunities to explore some of the ways we express our emotions – and recognize emotions in others, too. Even if you’re not familiar with the film, you’ll see how identifying emotions, creating memories, and fostering storytelling are universal experiences for all of us. Included with admission. mos.org

Dino Safari 

Daily 

Boston 

Dino Safari.

Grab a Jurassic passport and feel the thrill of standing next to 30+ giant moving dinosaurs on this walk-through expedition at historic Quincy Market. Along the journey, earthquakes might erupt, dinosaurs could battle, and your family might just have to help save a baby dinosaur’s life. You'll learn how dinosaurs evolved over time, where on Earth they lived, and the discoveries paleontologists have made about how they ate, moved, and behaved. Tickets start at $18. dinosafariboston.com.

StoryWalk at the Auburn Mall 

Daily 

Auburn 

StoryWalk.

Take a stroll through the Auburn Mall’s indoor StoryWalk with self-guided stories from Auburn Library located at the West Wing. Books are geared for ages 3-8 and are changed out every 3 weeks.