Free Family-Friendly March Events

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Free Family-Friendly March Events

Although we’ve had a pretty mild Winter, I’m still ready for Spring and all the new life it brings! The first day of Spring is officially March 19 and to kick it off, I’ve compiled this list of both indoor and outdoor activities. Please let me know if you are aware of other FREE events to add! 

FREE Family-Friendly March Events 

March 2: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday (Farmington Community Library) – Come hear guest reader, Jeff Pavlik, read a Dr. Seuss story, share in some birthday cake and other fun activities.

March 3: World Wildlife Day (Canton) – Celebrate World Wildlife Day with a Super Hero theme! Howell Nature Center will present their program called “Wild Super Powers”.

March 4 & 7: Stopping by the Woods on a Snow Evening – A Winter Star Talk (Dearborn)The Hammond Planetarium at Henry Ford College presents seasonal planetarium shows of the night sky. The planetarium is currently featuring a show titled “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” featuring the stars and constellations of winter followed by a multimedia presentation on the planet Jupiter.

March 6: Cranbrook Institute of Science (Bloomfield Hills) – Visit for FREE after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of the month courtesy of the MASCO Corporation Foundation.

March 6, 13, 20, 27: Free Winter Term Planetarium Show (Wayne State University, Detroit) – There will be some hands on demonstrations, a live star talk about the current night sky and  favorite astronomical objects, and follow up with ‘Phantom of the Universe: The Search for Dark Matter’ – a full dome film about the search for this material that physicists believe makes up 27% of the universe, narrated by Tilda Swinton.

40 of our 60 seats are reservable for every show. Reserve seats at noon on the Sunday prior to a show at wsuplanetarium.eventbrite.com . Reserved seats get claimed quickly, but there are always 20 walk in seats available too. Full details available on the Facebook page.

March 7: Magnetic Magic! (Wayne): You’ll be amazed at the fun you can have with magnets! The library Wizard will demonstrate some of the incredible things you can do with them. Learn how to make metal objects float, see the iron in your cereal, and have some hands on powerful fun! No registration is necessary. The program is recommended for children 5 and up. Kiddos under 10 must have an adult remain with them.

March 7: Kindermusik with Grandfriends (Livonia) – Kindermusik with Grandfriends is an innovative concept for bringing generations together through music and play. The same beloved Kindermusik curricula used in the classroom are brought into a residential care facility and creatively adapted to include the residents. The residents are invited to participate in meaningful ways as parents and their little ones enjoy this lively class in their presence. Some children will “adopt” a special grandma or grandpa here as the same seniors tend to watch the children grow and play with music. Parents are encouraged to facilitate this special bond between the seniors and their child that may continue to blossom outside of class time.

Educators from Evola Music of Canton present this monthly intergenerational program the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 am at Angel Gardens of Livonia. We’ll sing, play, dance, and more together as we create new friendships and strengthen brain development in all participants. The event is free, but registration is recommended. Call 734.455.4677. All families receive a small gift to take home.

March 7: Mommy & Me Hike (West Bloomfield) – Join West Bloomfield Parks Naturalist on a nature discovery and exercise walk. The trail is unpaved so all-terrain strollers are recommended. Indoor activities will be added if it’s too cold.

March 8: Bird Watching for Beginners: Wonders of Water Fowl (Belle Isle, Detroit) – Join the Belle Isle Nature Center staff, local Audubon chapter members and other birding experts for a free, five-part “Birdwatching for Beginners” course. Each session can be taken individually or combined with others to develop your bird identification skills. We’ll cover everything from how to use field guides, apps, binoculars and spotting scopes; maintenance and enjoyment of your backyard bird feeders; and identifying common birds by sight and sound. Come join us to build your birding confidence and enjoyment.

Each session will include both indoor classroom and outdoor discovery time. This series is intended for participants 12 years of age and older; students 12-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. No experience or equipment necessary. 

March 7, 14, 21, 28: FREE Day at the Flint Institute of Art (Flint) – This museum is FREE to visit every Saturday thanks to Huntington.

March 12: Novi Nature at Night: All About Bats (Novi Civic Center) – Are you batty about Michigan’s most misunderstood nocturnal wildlife? Learn all about our nine species of bats, the threats they’re facing, how their populations are being managed throughout the Great Lakes region, and how you can participate in bat-related citizen science projects. They will cover everything from bat houses to bat calls in celebration of our only flying mammals. Pre-registration required by calling 248.347.0414.

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day Party (Beacon Park, Detroit) – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some good ol’ fashioned fun at Beacon Park Detroit! Beacon Park will be transformed into an Irish pub complete with live entertainment throughout the afternoon, lawn games and free activities for kids.

March 14: Leprechaun Mask Making & Parade (Ann Arbor) – Leprechaun Mask Making 12PM followed by Parade at 2PM. Second floor hallway by the Chime Stand of Kerrytown Market.

March 14: Royal Oak St. Patrick’s Parade 2020 (Royal Oak) – It’s that time again to gear up and get your green on!

March 15: 62nd Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade (Detroit) Join the United Irish Societies for the 62nd Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade, presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund. This year’s theme is “St. Patrick’s Parade, Always Marching Forward in Celebration of Our Heritage” and the Grand Marshal is Peggy Sullivan Gray.

March 19: Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen (Nationwide) – Visit Dairy Queen for a FREE small cone. Any donations raised will benefit Beaumont Children’s locally.

March 19: Thrilling Thursdays: First Day of Spring Community Open House (DNR Adventure Center, Detroit) – Fee admission from 6 to 8 p.m. for all visitors and special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits at the Outdoor Adventure Center! 

This month, celebrate the first day of spring with their spring open house. This will be your opportunity to meet and engage with different community organizations in the Rivertown area. Learn about the many upcoming social, leisure and educational programs being offered to the public.

March 28: Peter Cottontail Workshop (Wayne) – Free family friendly event for kids of all ages. Make Spring/Easter Crafts to take home and enjoy. Kids can make Easter Baskets and fill them with Candy or create that one of a kind masterpiece for your Spring/Easter decorating.

March 28: LEGO’s in Livonia (Livonia Public Library) – There will be LEGOs, and lots of them! LEGO Free Play in the Storytime Room. Grades 5-8.

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