The Getting-Out Guide :: Boston’s Best Activities for Families This March

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Hello, March! The luck of the Irish is upon us as March roars on! Though the cold winds of winter may still be upon us, spring is just around the corner! The days are getting longer, which gives us even more time to enjoy great activities with our families.

In addition to this guide, our calendar has daily events listed to keep you active and entertained this month!

We’ve also included links to area libraries and recurring events. We know this is not a comprehensive list, so if you think of any fun family activities we missed, please share them with us in the comments.

If you are looking to connect with other moms near you, make sure to join our Community & Conversation Group!

March 1–7 :: Beauty and the Beast :: Massasoit Theater Company, Brockton

It’s a tale as old as time! Enjoy the familiar music and the classic story of Belle and the Beast as their love unfolds right before your eyes in this beautiful stage production. The whole family will love this event!

March 1 :: Bonaparte’s Family Magic Show :: Creative Theater of Winchester, Winchester

This dynamic, fun-filled show features the dramatic appearance of a fluttering white dove named Snow and Bonaparte’s furry friend Fluffy — an adorable magic bunny! Parents and children alike will be impressed by Bonaparte’s high energy amazing magic acts and his hilarious age-appropriate comedy.

March 1 :: PJ Library Springtime Singalong with Vanessa Trien :: Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton

Celebrate spring with a fun sing-along with Vanessa Trien! Get out all those wiggles and giggles while you jump around to Vanessa’s silly tunes. For families with children ages 0-6 years (siblings welcome). 

March 1, 6–7 :: James and the Giant Peach :: The Footlighters Playhouse, East Walpole

This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape! Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. Come enjoy this classic kids tale, brought to life on stage!

March 3 :: International Folk Music Festival :: Berklee Performance Center, Boston

The 34th annual International Folk Music Festival presents traditional and contemporary folk music from around the world performed by Berklee students, faculty, and special guest musicians. Join the Berklee community as it celebrates its vast international student population and the cultures they represent with music from every corner of the earth.

March 7 :: Maple Sugaring :: Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Try your hand at tapping the tree, and enjoy some fresh sap! You will learn about the different techniques and equipment used across New England and why Sugar Maples are so unique. Enjoy a tasty maple treat as well!

March 7 :: 2nd Annual Blue Hills Winter Soupfest :: Milton

This delicious afternoon will include hearty homemade soups, locally crafted beer, and winter fun for the whole family. Enjoy a winter afternoon at the estate with your friends, roast a marshmallow, and enjoy soup and beer around the fire pit!

March 7 :: 2020 Boston Massacre Reenactment :: Old State House, Boston

As we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, the Boston Massacre reenactment will take place in two parts. From 1–5 p.m., reenactors will illustrate the tensions between Boston residents and British soldiers through a combination of interpretations inside and outside the Old State House, Old South Meeting House, and the printing office of Edes & Gill at Faneuil Hall. From 7–7:30 p.m. the reenactment of the Boston Massacre incident will take place outside the Old State House near the Boston Massacre site on the Freedom Trail.

March 7–8 :: South Shore Model Train Show :: South Shore Model Railway Club, Hingham

The SSMRC will open their permanent layout to the public at their annual model train show! The club will host visiting layouts from other clubs, a white elephant table, demonstration clinics, rail movies, and club merchandise will be for sale (cars, shirts, and other apparel). Model train enthusiasts will love this experience!

March 6–7, 13–14 :: Pinocchio :: Concord Youth Theatre, Concord

Come enjoy Pinocchio’s antics and the lively and engaging original pop and jazz score by Rene Pfister! Pinocchio tries his best to tell the truth to Gepetto but keeps getting sidetracked by the Fox and Cat, Candlewick, and their promise of dreams coming true at Paradise Park! Join his adventures on his journey to become a real boy!

March 14 :: Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music :: Boch Center, Wang Theatre

Sing, clap, dance, and move to the music with all your favorite Nick Jr. friends! Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Dora The Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Top Wing. With innovative costuming and a Broadway-style set, Nick Jr. Live! is a perfect way to introduce theater to young children using familiar characters they know and love!

March 14 :: 11th Annual Patriot Place Irish Festival :: Patriot Place, Foxboro

The popular St. Patrick’s Day event features live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, and free Irish-themed activities for children of all ages. The Irish Festival begins at 11 a.m. and will occur rain or shine.

March 14 :: Enrichment Fun in Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day :: Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

Go green with Franklin Park Zoo! Watch some of the animals receive green-themed treats in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Guests can get creative at the arts and crafts table, and test your animal knowledge at the education station.

March 15 :: South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade :: South Boston

Put on your favorite green outfit, and join in on the fun during this annual Boston tradition! Everyone is Irish for the day when the St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls through Southie! The parade begins at the Broadway T Station and ends at Andrew Square, South Boston. Your best bet for viewing the parade is to stake out a spot anywhere along Broadway. Marchers continue to Telegraph St. to Dorchester St., ending at Andrew Square.

March 19 :: Doggy Days: Abby Gets a Check Up :: Discovery Museum, Acton

March is Women’s History Month, and the Discovery Museum in Acton is excited to celebrate women who have made SMART (science, math, and art) contributions throughout history. Local “smart gal” veterinarian Dr. Daphne Flessas from Acton Animal Hospital will visit with Abby the labrador retriever. Guests will try out the role of veterinarian as they find Abby’s heartbeat, see what the inside of a dog’s ear looks like, and much more! Abby is a certified therapy dog from the Pets & People Foundation, which means she’s happy to meet both enthusiastic dog-lovers and anyone who’s curious but might be shy.

March 21 :: Margot Fox and Friends :: Regent Theatre, Arlington

Join Margot Fox and Friends for some family-friendly folk-rock! Come dance, wiggle, and sing to her tunes, old and new, as we shake off the cold and look toward spring! Margot and drummer Pat Tambor will preview songs from Margot’s upcoming album, Blue Guitar, as well as perform favorites like Planet Clementine, Alphabet City, and Moose Crossing.

March 22 :: BYSO on Parade :: Symphony Hall, Boston

Symphony Hall will be transformed into an explosion of children, music, families, and fun! BYSO will present BYSO On Parade, featuring more than 500 young musicians. Vira Slywotzky, host and narrator, will walk you through the afternoon, introducing audience members to the instruments of the orchestra and what it means to be a performing musician. The concert will culminate with a performance of Britten’s “A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” from BYSO’s most advanced orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony, conducted by Federico Cortese.

March 22 :: Harlem Globetrotters :: DCU Center, Worcester

Join the Harlem Globetrotters as they combine athleticism, theater, and comedy into the game of basketball. A fantastic time the whole family will enjoy! 

March 23–27 :: Robotics! Meet Dot and Dash :: Staples Spotlight Space, Needham

Dash and Dot robots by Wonder Workshop are fun and robust tools meant to explore, build and expand kids’ understanding of robotics and coding. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of basics about robots while learning basic coding concepts through fun, hands-on challenges during this exciting workshop!

March 27–April 5 :: Jurassic World Live Tour :: Agganis Arena, Boston

Calling all dinosaur lovers! Jurassic World comes to life for the first time in a touring arena show! Take a trip to Isla Nublar, and experience some of Jurassic World’s most iconic dinosaurs, including Blue the Raptor, Triceratops, Pteranodons, and the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex!

March 28 :: Kids’ Shows: Little Groove :: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline

Come play real instruments such as drums, shakers, and tambourines while you dance, sing, and groove to songs about playtime, sleeptime, trains and planes, rainbows, pigs, monkeys, butterflies, ducks, and dogs! Little Groove performs fun and educational music that kids and adults alike will enjoy!

March 29 :: Bump to Baby Expo :: Double Tree Hilton, Andover

You’ll find everything baby and toddler under one roof at this fun expo! New and expecting parents will be able to meet with local daycares, preschools, doulas, childbirth educators, hospitals, shopping, and more!

March 29 :: PJ Library Birthday Wishes Volunteer Project :: Temple Sinai, Sharon

Let’s take action! Help families experiencing homelessness experience the joy of a birthday party for their children at this volunteer project. Participants will make “partylicious packs” for children in need at Temple Sinai. Families are asked to bring specific birthday supplies for donation to Birthday Wishes. See the list of needed supplies and register here

March 31 :: Riverdance :: Boch Center Wang Theatre

See Riverdance as you’ve never seen or heard it before in the new 25th anniversary production! The original soundtrack is brought back to life in this new production, complete with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, staging and costume design, and an all-new finale number that will blow audiences away.

Storytime at Showcase Cinema de Lux :: Patriot Place, Foxborough :: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.

This free weekly storytime takes place every Tuesday at Showcase Cinema de Lux. After a story reading, a special character makes a weekly appearance followed by a short movie.

Public Telescope Nights at New England Sci-Tech :: 16 Tech Circle, Natick :: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8–9 p.m.

The public is invited to join New England Sci-Tech for an evening of astronomy during the spring, summer, and fall months. Depending on staff availability, inside activities such as planetarium shows and visiting the astronomy classrooms may be available. Visitors are also invited to borrow smaller “starblast” telescopes to use on their own.

Urban Air Sensory Friendly Jump/Play Time :: Bellingham :: Sundays, 9 a.m.

This event is specifically designed for children with autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park and have a lot of fun without loud music and flashing lights! The lights will be white and music/video games turned off for those with sensory challenges during this time.

Family Night at Urban Air :: Bellingham :: Thursdays, 4–8 p.m.

Family Night is a crazy deal! Get four ultimate passes, four bottles of water, and one pizza for $79.99. It’s fun for the whole family!

Baby-Friendly Monday Matinees at the Capitol Theatre :: Arlington :: Mondays, 12–2 p.m.

The Capitol Theatre features a baby-friendly movie every Monday afternoon. Please check the theater’s Monday schedule to see what feature has been selected for parents and their infants.

Kids’ Art Club :: Dorchester :: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

This club has a new art project at the library every Tuesday. Projects include collage self-portraits and artist’s books. Art Club projects are showcased in rotating displays in the library children’s room.

Nature Time at Blue Hills Trailside Museum :: Milton :: Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Introduce your preschool-aged child to nature with this fun program. Programs may feature a story, nature games, crafts, short walks outside, or meeting one of the museum’s animal residents. Meet, play, and learn with other area families. Each program runs for 45 minutes and meets most Thursdays. Museum admission is included with this program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JFN Free Friday Playgroup :: Natick :: Fridays, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Bring the little ones and come join other parents and caregivers in the Metrowest area for a fun-filled morning of play and socializing. There are plenty of songs, activities, toys, snacks, and laughter, as both the children and their grown-ups build connections and lasting friendships.

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays :: Acton :: Fridays, 10–11 a.m.

A great way for the whole family to enjoy time outdoors, the Forest Friday program is held outside, no matter the weather. Every Friday morning there is a nature-based activity based on the weather and season, either in Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. All ages are welcome but activities are designed for 2- to 6-year-olds. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

Storytime at the Curious George Store :: Cambridge :: Fridays, 10:30–11 a.m.

Small children and their caregivers are welcome at these weekly storytimes, running throughout the year.

SaturPLAY :: Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown :: Boston :: Select Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

The Asian Community Development Corporation’s youth program, A-VOYCE, hosts a placemaking event monthly to activate and bring children to The Greenway’s Mary Soo Hoo Park. Each month features a different theme with games, activities, crafts, and more. Youth volunteers are on hand to engage children. SaturPlay is subject to weather conditions.

ImprovBoston Family Show :: Cambridge :: Saturdays, 4–5 p.m.

Improv Boston’s improv and music extravaganza is completely made up on the spot every week based on your suggestion. No two shows are alike! Best of all, children who want to participate have opportunities to be on stage and take part in the fun! The show is ideal for family outings, birthday parties, and school field trips. It’s fun for the whole family and best for children ages 4-12.

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