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The Best Things to Do in Manhattan in March 2020

kids making crafts at a boothPhoto by NYC Parks

Spring is just around the corner! Say goodbye to winter and welcome this new season with new happenings around New York City. Don’t miss out on making festive cookies at Taste Buds Kitchen, attending the Girls in Science and Engineering Day at the Intrepid Museum, and so much more! Browse through our round-up of all the ways to enjoy this month with this list of things to do in Manhattan in March 2020.

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Things to do in Manhattan in March 2020!

Pizza Perfection Class – Chelsea
March 3

Bring your little chefs to the Kitchen to learn how to make world-famous mini pizzas. Master the perfect dough with yeast, whole wheat and honey, then move onto the yummy tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese and oregano. This family class is for kids ages 2 to 5, making it a great (and delicious!) activity for your real little ones. $45 per kid with one caregiver, 1:30-2:30 pm. Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 West 27th St., New York, NY 10001, tastebudskitchen.com

Sugar Cookie Decorating

March 3,10,17,24

Here is an event for the littles chefs. Explore different ingredients, use your imagination to decorate, and eat your own handmade desserts and delicious Sugar Cookies! Parents are invited to elive all your fondest childhood memories at the Malibu Farm for a fun-filled night of sugar cookie decorating – and eating! All you’ll need to bring is your family and piping skills. Join the creative team of Malibu Farm for Sugar Cookie Decorating every Tuesday in March. Soak in all the fun and fond memories of decorating sugar cookies!

Michael & The Rockness Monsters – Upper West Side
March 7

Michael & The Rockness Monsters present an interactive, super galactic, funk-inspired, rock ‘n’ roll experience for families at this energetic concert. Recommended for ages 2 to 5, your little ones will love the humor and catch melodies. Atrium events are also celebratory, yet relaxed and suitable for most audiences, but you can also borrow sensory supports so your kiddos with special needs can enjoy the show as well! Free, 11 am-12 pm. David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 West 62nd St., New York, NY 10023, lincolncenter.org

twist and twirl cookies at Taste Buds Kitchen

Twist & Twirl Cookies Class – Chelsea
March 7

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious, swirled cookies! In this family cooking class, kids ages 6 to 8 will work together with their caregivers to make a festive cookie. Learn how to get a perfect swirl pattern with rainbow sprinkles on the outside, among other delicious secrets that make for great baking. $45 per kid with one caregiver, 9-10 am. Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 West 27th St., New York, NY 10001, tastebudskitchen.com

Mocacreate: Vintage Family Albums – Little Italy
March 7 and 21

Illustrate and then “vintage-fy” beloved family memories by aging them with tea and coffee at this MOCACREATE session. Use vintage photos of old families, buildings, and Chinatowns long gone as your inspiration. Then showcase your masterpiece in a personalized scrapbook filled with your favorite things. Free, 2-5 pm. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., New York, NY 10013, mocanyc.org

NYCRuns Spring Flings 5 K & 10 K – Riverside Park
March 8

As the weather warms up, it’s time to head outside and get active! What better way to get back into the outdoors active groove than with the NYCRUNS Spring Fling 5K & 10K? Enjoy beautiful views of the Hudson, free finish line photos and videos, and a fueling spread of bagels, fresh fruit and more. Run for fun as a family, or jump into the competition. There’s even an age group award in the 5K for your little ones, ages 9 and under! $50 through March 5, $60 on race day, 8 am 5K, 9:15 am 10K. Riverside Park, 108th Street and Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10025, nycruns.com

girls in science engineering day

Girls in Science and Engineering Day – Hells Kitchen
March 14

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Museum invites your family to the sixth annual Girls in Science and Engineering Day. Enjoy hands-on experiences, exciting demonstrations and engaging discussions provided by science-based organizations, college programs and New York City public school students. Although the program celebrates girls and women in science, all are encouraged to attend this museum-wide event. Free with pre-registration, 11 am-3 pm. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036, intrepidmuseum.org

just kidding theater

Just Kidding: Squirrel Stole My Underpants – Upper West Side
March 14

A mischievous squirrel steals Sylvie’s favorite piece of clothing when she’s hanging up her laundry in the backyard! Will Sylvie rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? The Gottabees’ stories reflect children’s everyday aspirations, concerns, and emotional experiences. Through wordless puppetry action and live music, your family will discover something imaginative and new. $17, $14 Members, 11 am and 2 pm. Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, symphonyspace.org

Pi symbol on door of Museum of Math

Pi Day and Night 2020 – Nomad
March 14

Head to the Museum for pi-themed activities, including Rhythmic Rotations, MoMath’s signature giant hula-hooping contest. Pi Day events also coincide with the first-ever UNESCO International Day of Mathematics, so you can be guaranteed a day of educational fun for your family. Starting at 6:30 pm, keep the festivities going with Pi Night: try out the new “Pi Detector,” enjoy pi-themed refreshments, and even participate in a giant group demonstration of the meaning of pi! Free with museum admission, $35 Pi Night, 10 am-5 pm and 6:30-9 pm. MoMath, 11 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010, momath.org

Patrick’s Day Tea – Battery Park City
March 17

Show off your best green outfit on St. Patty’s Day at this holiday gathering. Join friends and Battery Park City Authority staff for tea and sweets. Whether you’re Irish or not, all are welcome to St. Patrick’s Day Tea! Free, 2-4 pm. Battery Park City, 200 Rector St., New York, NY 10280, bpca.ny.gov

Recreation Day – Washington Heights
March 20

There will surely be something for everyone at Recreation Day! Enjoy an afternoon with your family playing jumbo games, getting crafty and creative with art activities, and lots more. Fill up your Friday with playful, active, and imaginative fun. Free, 12-3:30 pm. J. Hood Wright Recreation Center, 351 Fort Washington Ave., New York, NY 10033, nycgovparks.org 

kids making crafts at the table for arch madness

Arch Madness – Financial District
March 21

In the spirit of “March Madness,” architectural features of skyscrapers will be pitted against each other and young architects will have to choose which ones will rise to the top. Designed for ages 5 and up, this family workshop will encourage creativity, imagination and outside-the-box thinking! $5 per kid, Free for members, RSVP requested, 10:30-11:45 am. The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280, skyscraper.org

Brain Awareness Weekend Drop-In – Upper West Side
March 21-22

Visitors of all ages can drop into the Educational Lab in the Hall of Human Origins to celebrate the wonders of the brain. Learn how the brain evolved in animals, chat with neuroscientists, participate in hands-on activities, and explore how our perception of color can change our minds and influence our actions, inspired by the new exhibition, “The Nature of Color”. Free with Museum admission, 12-5 pm. Hall of Human Origins Educational Library, American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5102, amnh.org

puppet show of treasure island

Treasure Island – Theater District
March 20-29

Bring your family for a puppet theater performance in this rendition of Treasure Island! Follow the adventures of cabin boy Jim Hawkins as he battles the high seas. Can Jim solve the mystery of Captain Flint’s buried treasure? Or will he walk the plank? From Milan’s famed Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company, kids ages 8 and up will get a kick out of this show. Tickets start at $17, multiple showtimes. The New Victory Theater, 209 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036, newvictory.org

slice of cake at sweet and spicy pop-up

Sweet & Spicy Pop-Up – Financial District
March 22

Come hungry to the Sweet & Spicy Pop-up! Choose treats from a curated selection of artisanal spice and sweet-makers. There will be everything from creatively handmade sweet toasted marshmallows and stuffed cookies, to flaming hot sauces and salsas, and freshly made wood-fired spicy pepperoni pizzas, fiery empanadas, more! Free admission, costs vary for food, 10 am-5:30 pm. Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th St., New York, NY 10024, grandbazaarnyc.org