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It’s not so tough being green when the city’s alive with spring and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! Come out and join the cultural festivals, enjoy the changing weather in the city’s parks and participate in fun workshops and events perfect for the whole family. March 2020 has plenty of free things to do with kids as NYC warms up! (PS: Get in your last lick at winter fun with these activities for kids and families!)

photo: Children's Museum of the Arts

BRIC VIsual Arts Popup Workshops

Kids ages 4 and up are invited to get hands on with various media—from podcasts to stop motion animation—with the expert artists from BRIC in this art workshop pop up. 

Saturdays and Sundays in March

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Garden Creatures Community Art Project at the Queens Botanical Garden

This drop-in event will be held every Saturday in March and will provide kids with a way to play with their environment. Visitors will work collaboratively to make papier mache sculptures inspired by nature, from flowers and mushrooms to creepy crawlies.

Every Saturday in March

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St. Pats for All Parade and Concert in Sunnyside

Visit Sunnyside for a fun celebration of St. Patrick's Day that's not as huge or crowded as the main Manhattan parade. The parade celebrates Irish heritage and the Irish community in NYC, and boasts an inviting atmosphere: As implied by the name, all are welcome here!

Sun., Mar. 1

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Exotic Animal Show at Kings Bay Y

Meet some adorable exotic animals in this free family show and learn about the Kings Bay Y summer program in this info-session and free show crossover.

Sun., Mar. 1

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Family Storytime at the Clean Rite Laundromat 

Make laundry time family learning time at the Clean Rite Laundromat's story time! Join a librarian for literacy stories and activities intended for kids up to five years old.

Sun., Mar. 1 and 8

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photo: Brooklyn Robot Foundry

Family STEAM Workshop

Robots, science, and performances, oh my! This hands-on event features fun STEAM activities designed for kids ages 4 and up from the BK Robot Foundry and Soul Science Lab featuring Code SCTY.

Sat., Mar. 7

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Science Discovery Workshop in Marine Park

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a day of exploring nature and our environment. This recurring program introduces kids to topics related to the nature all around us and helps them explore it through crafts and workshops.

Sun., Mar. 8

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Irish Family Center at the Irish Arts Center

Join the Irish Arts Center and the Police Academy League (PAL) for this annual day of Irish culture, music and food. The open day will feature Irish films, hands-on workshops, themed crafts, music, dance, and more. Participate to learn a bit about Irish culture while sipping tea and munching on soda bread.

Sat., Mar. 14

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World Dance Passport at the George Washington Educational Campus

Seep in some culture through the art of movement in this celebration of NYC immigrants, and watch as they tell and dance to express their experience and heritage. The performance will feature Bahar Dance, Calipulli Mexican Dance, and Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance.

Sun., Mar. 15

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Craft Popup at the Grand Bazaar

Come browse locally made wares from jewelry, clothing, art and more, and eat good food while you do. You're welcome to window shop but if you do decide to buy something, you'll be giving to a good cause: All proceeds are donated to four local schools.

Sun., Mar. 15
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Grand Bazaar NYC
100 West 77th St.
Upper West Side
Online: grandbazaarnyc.org 

photo: Amy Reed via Unsplash

St Patrick's Day Parade in Midtown

This massive, boisterous yearly event takes to the streets of Midtown Manhattan and is broadcast live on NBC New York. You can view the parade at any point along its route but be warned: It gets very crowded!

Tues., Mar. 17

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Recreation Day at the J. Hood Recreation Center

Giant games, arts and crafts and fun activities are in store for visitors to this recreation day event.

Fri., Mar. 20

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Family Shabbat Grades K-2 at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

This free monthly event is a great way to get more involved with Jewish culture through songs, performances, and good company. The event is usually followed by pizza!

Fri., Mar. 20 and Sat., Mar. 21

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Children's Garden Family Day at the Queens Botanical Gardens

Spring is almost here, so it's time to get your hands dirty and get planting! This garden exploration will let visitors get hands on with some wrigglu worms, learn about the Botanical Garden's plant and flower collection, plant your own seedling, and learn how to make your own healthy trail mix snack.

Sat., Mar. 21

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photo: Macy's/Diane Bondareff

Macy's Flower Show in Herald Square

Embark on a journey under the sea through Macy's spectacular and beloved flower show. This year's theme is "Voyage to Oceaneum: A Sea of Inspiration," and will feature underwater scenes composed of coral reefs, aquatic scenes, and fantastical underwater creatures.

Sun., Mar. 22-Sun., Apr. 5

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She's on Point National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Get fit and have fun at the She's on Point event, which celebrates girls in sports with hands-on athletic and group activities and "sport clinics" where aspiring athletes can learn all about the sport of their choice.

Sun., Mar. 22

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Holi with the Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children's Museum will bring a splash of color to the nearby Bower Park, with a celebration of Holi that's bursting with fun and bursting powders in all colors. Visitors are encouraged to wear white for maximum effect!

Sat., Mar. 28

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Greek Independence Day Parade in Midtown

Celebrate Greek culture at this annual festival and parade, which commemorates the 199th anniversary of Greek independence. 

Sun., Mar. 29

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—Yuliya Geikhman

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