The problem with February, besides it being very cold, is that it’s a short month and March 1st seems to sneak up on you! That’s my excuse for why the March list is a little late. There’s still plenty of March to go, though, so check out the events happening around the Pioneer Valley this month! If there’s an event you think we shouldn’t miss, come tell us in the Facebook group!

If you’re wondering how we define “cheap” when looking for things in this guide, we typically look for events that will either cost the entire family less than $20.00 or no more than $5.00 per person (with some exceptions–some things are a great value and a worthwhile special event). Remember, the majority of this guide is date specific and some require advanced tickets or registration. Also,  if you loved this list, share it with a friend! Send it to their Facebook or email them!

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March  6: Families of Spirited Children Support Group  at It Takes a Village. Cummington, MA

March 7: Storytime Kids Yoga at Forbes Library, ages 6-12, held after school. Registration required. Northampton, MA

March  8: Put together this St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Bin!

March  9: Free Second Friday Art at Smith College.   Northampton, MA

March 10: Saturday Family Science Series at The Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Amherst, MA. FREE

March 11:  Storrowton Village Museum Maple Harvest Day. The event starts with a pancake breakfast! West Springfield, MA

March 12:  Find a library story time near you! Don’t see your library on the list? Let us know and we’ll add it!

March 13: LGBTQIA+ Parents Monthly Meet Up at Haydenville Library. Young children and babies welcome.  Haydenville, MA

March 14: Huntington Play-to-Learn at Gateway Family Center. Huntington, MA

March  15: Head to your library and check out these books all about snow.

March 16:  Got a kid that’s nuts about dinosaurs? Don’t miss Reading the Rocky Book of the Past at Great Falls Discovery Center. This event continues until April 1st. Turners Falls, MA

March 17:  It’s Maple Weekend! On this today, and on the 18th, visit these participating sugar shacks.

March 18: Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The parade steps off around 11:30. More info available on the website.

March 19: Drop-in storytime for babies to age 2 at East Longmeadow Library.  East Longmeadow, MA

March  20: It’s the first day of spring! If you’ve got an early riser, check out the sunwheel at UMass Amherst.   Amherst, MA

March 21:  Check your local library for free or discounted museum passes and reserve one today!

March  22: Check out the events scheduled for the end of March at the Holyoke Children’s Museum. Holyoke, MA

March  23: Free screening of An American Tail, followed by Shabbat dinner. Northampton, MA

March  24: Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Agawam Lions Club, Agawam, MA

February  25: Do some winter exploring at Holyoke Heritage State Park with this Signs of the Season program. Holyoke, MA

March  26: Moms with Mugs at It Takes a Village. Childcare provided. Ashfield, MA

March  27: Get your morning off to a good start with the Rise and Romp Storytime at Wheeler Memorial Library. Orange, MA

March 28: Got cabin fever and kids climbing up the walls? Head to Big Y and drop the kids off for free childcare while you shop or hang out in the cafe.

March 29: Music and Movement at The Carnegie Library, Turners Falls, MA

March 30:  Visit the Eric Carle Museum. The art studio is always open! Amherst, MA

March 31: Children’s Authors Visit and STEAM program at Meekins Library, Williamsburg, MA