March is not just about leprechauns and clovers. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is tons of fun, but you can also celebrate lesser-known holidays. They range from the delicious (National Pancake Day) to the wacky (Dr. Seuss Day). Scroll through to find out about March’s hidden holidays and how to fete them in Chicago with your family.

photo: Kristi Veale via Flickr

Pig Day — March 1
Honor oinkers everywhere by teaching your kids the importance of saving and investing with the City of Chicago’s Money Savvy Pig. The City Treasurer’s office makes it possible for you to download printable activities or even purchase a segmented piggy bank that teaches kids how to split their money into saving, spending, donating, and investing compartments.

Go online to chicagocitytreasurer.com for more info.

National Craft Month
You might be arty all year ’round, but March is your excuse to really amp it up. Get crafty with the folks at Easel Art Studio, which has classes for kids as young as 12 months. Or, drop by a parent/child Open Art non-class where you can try out the best of what Easel has to offer.

Easel Art Studio, 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave., Bucktown (773-360-1720 or easelartstudio.com).

 

photo: US Army via flickr

Dr. Seuss Day — March 2
In honor of the man who created literary gems like Hop on Pop, The Cat in the Hat and too many more to mention, Barnes and Noble Clybourn is hosting a Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! celebration complete with storytime, games and activities to honor this beloved author’s birthday and his contributions to children’s literacy.

Mar. 2, 6:30 p.m.; Barnes and Noble, 1441 West Webster Ave., Lincoln Park (773-871-3610 or stores.barnesandnoble.com)

photo: Sugar Factory

National Pancake Day — March 4
Finally, a week of excuses to eat pancakes! IHOP is giving away free pancakes on Tuesday, February 27 and will also be raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of the celebration. For local flavor, check out our story on Pancake Spots That Need to Rule Your Breakfast World.

Chicago’s Birthday — March 4
LEGOLAND® Discovery is chocked full of Windy City landmarks in their MINILAND Chicago, making it a great stop on Chicago’s 181st birthday. Take a trip to the ‘burbs to check out the mini O’Hare airport and Soldier Field, as well as a whole room of recognizable architectural favorites.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago, 601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg (847-592-9700 or chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter.com)

photo: via pixabay.com

National Cereal Day — March 7
Today’s all about celebrating cereal, and we think 19th-century food inventors Will and John Kellogg and Charles William Post would suggest breakfast at Glenn’s Diner if they could. That’s because the North Center restaurant offers more than 25 varieties of cold cereal which are displayed on the wall for customers to hem and haw over. With options like Apple Jacks, Raisin Bran, Cinnamon Toast Crunch (or “CTC” to real cereal lovers), making a choice sure isn’t easy!

Glenn’s Diner, 1820 W. Montrose St., North Center (773-506-1720 or glennsdiner.com)

National Peanut Cluster Day — March 8
An excuse to eat chocolate! Yes! This is also the perfect time to support your local candy shops or find a new favorite by reading our story Sweet! Cool Candy Shops You Might Not Know.

National Day of Unplugging — March 9 & 10 (sundown-sundown)
Cut the cord from your tech and enjoy hands-on fun with your kids. Our pick? The Museum of Science and Industry’s temporary Brick by Brick exhibit running through April 1. This is a must-visit for LEGO lovers in your family, with more than a dozen large-scale LEGO structures and hands-on building opportunities.

Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Hyde Park (773-684-1414 or msichicago.org).

photo: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Learn About Butterflies Day — March 14
Here’s a holiday to bug out about. Celebrate with a trip to the one of Chicago’s hidden gems right in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Journey inside the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven to get up-close with more than 75 species of exotic butterflies from the Southern hemisphere. The 2,700-square-foot greenhouse is home to 1,000 butterflies.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Lincoln Park (773-755-5100 or naturemuseum.org)

French Language Day — March 20
Oh, la, la, it’s French Language Day pour tout le monde! Don’t speak French? Your kids will after taking classes at The Alliance Française de Chicago. Each fun foreign language class is taught by native speakers for children ages 1-12 years old and split by age and language skill level. Check the website for program schedules.

The Alliance Française de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn St., Near North Side (312-337-1070 or af-chicago.org)

photo: courtesy of JeremyMcWilliams via flickr

Take a Walk in the Park Day — March 30
There are tons of places to go for a stroll, starting with The Morton Arboretum’s 1,700 acres that are blanketed with walking paths. If the weather isn’t cooperating, get your green fix at Lincoln Park Conservatory during its free annual Spring Flower Show, held through May 13. At least you’ll be able to experience all of the gorgeous colors of spring indoors even if it hasn’t quite bloomed in the park.

Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 43, Lisle (630-968-0074 or mortonarb.org); Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Dr., Lincoln Park (312-742-7736 or lincolnparkconservancy.org). 

 Which of these holidays will you celebrate? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Maria Chambers & Jo Aaron