This past weekend we checked out a new restaurant and saw Venus and Jupiter through the ISU telescopes. You can do this, too! Check out the “open house” hours listed in our calendar on March 18th! They said they had several kids there for the first time last weekend–way to show up, friends!
This month we’re looking forward to 60 things to do in Terre Haute in March including a St. Patrick’s parade, the chance to meet royal princesses, FREE Spring Break fun, and more! Read on for details!
60 Things to Do in March in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley
Thursday, March 30.Lego Stop Motional Animation for Teens at the Vigo County Public Library from 3:00-4:30 pm. Ages 12–19: Build your own Lego® movie, from character casting to creating movement, with Lego® Stop Motion Animation for Teens! Team up to design your set, direct the action, and add voiceovers to your own short film using Lego® mini-figs and the Lego® Stop Motion Animation kit. Final products will be viewed on a projection screen.
Thursday, March 30.The Hidden History of Terre Haute with the Vigo County Public Library. What made Emancipation Day in 1888 significant? Which Terre Haute mayor spent six years in federal prison—and why? Do you know who “the bear driver” is? Uncover local legends, important events, and infamous people that are foundational to Terre Haute’s history but are not widely discussed today at The Hidden History of Terre Haute.
Thursday, March 30.Spring Break Mini Golf at the WEST branch of the Vigo County Public Library from 1:00-4:00 pm. All Ages: Tee off this Spring Break at West Branch Library! Test your putting skills on the nine-hole mini golf course. Keep track of your score to enter the tournament; winners from each age group will receive a trophy for the best score at the end of the day. If the weather permits, this event will be held outside at the West Branch Library instead of the meeting rooms.
Friday, March 31.Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Library. Ages 6–12 from 10-noon: Everyone’s favorite canine superhero is back—and so is the villainous Piggy with a new diabolical plot—in Dav Pilkey’s highly-anticipated Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea. Stop by the Main Library to celebrate the release of the eleventh graphic novel in the Dog Man series, create your own Dog Man-inspired crafts, and enter your name in the prize drawing for a chance to win a Dog Man stuffed toy, books, and more! Registration opens on March 17.
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The fun has ended for these great events:
Wednesday, March 1-Friday, March 3.Read Across America Week with Once Upon a Child. Coloring contest, 50% off books, Dr. Seuss books/items released.
Wednesday, March 1. Be Yourself: A Wabash Valley Community Read Storytime at the Vigo County Public Library. Encourage your little ones to embrace who they are and be their authentic self! At this special storytime, your child will learn how important their individuality is and how to recognize and appreciate the unique traits of others through stories, activities, and more.
Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, March 16.Lego Lab with the Vigo County Public Library. Every month, your child can attempt the monthly challenge’s theme or build their own designs. At the end of the evening, spend a few minutes touring everyone’s designs and learn how others solved problems in their own builds. Your child’s design will be part of a month-long display in Youth Services.
Friday, March 3.Fun Art First Friday with the Swope Art Museum. The Swope Art Museum is happy to bring back family-friendly art activities during First Friday! This free event includes a fun make-and-take art project for all ages. This Friday, we are making collages inspired by our exhibition Curious Vessels by Melody Evans. Head over to the Swope from 5-8 PM to see Melody’s show and make some art! If you have any questions, please get in touch with email@example.com.
Friday, March 3-Sunday, March 5. Parke Players Presents Steel Magnolias at the Ritz Theater in Rockville.
Saturday, March 4.Royal Princess Coronation. Calling all little princess come meet Disney Princesses at the Wigwam! Cinderella’s & Belle’s iconic ballgowns comes to life at the Wigwam Skate and Event Center that allows their warm, sincere spirit to shine through during that magical moment of the Princess Coronation. Tickets include a crown, cookies, and royal kiddie cocktail.
Saturday, March 4.Wabash Valley STEM Fest. Hands-on experience for grades K-12 in robotics, virtual reality, computer coding, agriculture science, art, drones, food science, engineering, and more!
Saturday, March 4.The Wildflower Spring Market and Food Truck Rally. Make sure to start off the Market season off right and shop with over 100+ vendors and enjoy all the food from the food truck rally! The Easter Bunny will be hopping by as well passing out sweet treats for everyone to enjoy! Kids can also enjoy facepainting as well as freshly spun cotton candy with The Sugar Studio and so much more!
Saturday, March 4. See “International Magician of the Year 2015” at 3pm CENTRAL in Paris, IL! He takes our stage following a three-day residency with area classrooms and interactive professional development with teachers. A delightful performance to be sure!
Saturday, March 4.Empathy Builders at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 0–10: Give your child’s self-esteem a boost at Empathy Builders! Through stories and songs, they learn to see other people’s perspectives shape the world around them and understand how their unique personalities and skills are an important part of who they are.
Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5.2023 Parke County Maple Fair. At winter’s end, Parke County’s Maple Syrup Producers begin tapping the maple trees that provide sugar water for making maple syrup. Join in on the fun the last weekend of February and the first weekend of March at the Parke County Maple Fair™. Travel country roads with world famous covered bridges and tour maple syrup camps throughout the county. See how maple syrup is made down at the “sugar camp” and sample its wonderful flavor.
Sunday, March 5.Cuddles and Canvas at Old 40 Farm. Come paint along with us and play with the goats! Beverages and supplies provided. Painting will be of a goat, of course!
Monday, March 6.Haute Create Cosplay Co-Op. Ages 15 & Up: Are you building your next cosplay masterpiece for an upcoming convention? Work alongside other like-minded makers and creators, access Haute Create’s array of innovative technology, and receive assistance from Vigo County Public Library’s Tech Team when you need it at the Haute Create Cosplay Co-Op.
Monday, March 6.Push the Button: Teen Jackbox Party Game Night with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12-19: Use your smartphone or tablet to prevent an alien invasion with Jackbox Games®’ Push the Button or pick another game from a Jackbox Party Game® pack! Jackbox Games® are multi-player games where you will work with others to solve puzzles, answer trivia questions, or create and define new words. If you don’t have a smart device, you can borrow one from the Teen Space to play.
Wednesdays in March starting on March 8.Wiggle Worm Storytime with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 2–5: Start your toddler or preschooler on the path to a successful year in Kindergarten with Wiggle Worm Storytime. At Wiggle Worm Storytime, your child will build early learning skills through listening to, reading, and discussing stories; practicing the alphabet; and expanding their vocabulary. They will also develop fine motor skills by performing fingerplays and body movement-based activities while learning how to cooperate with others in a group setting. Each storytime ends with a half-hour session of free play for you and your child to socialize with others.
Wednesday, March 8.Bingo by the Books at the WEST Branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Gather with your friends and neighbors for refreshments and be ready to shout, “Bingo!” as you play traditional and non-traditional bingo games with the chance to win prizes. Bingo cards and number makers will be provided.
Wednesday, March 8 and Friday, March 10 at 7pm. Watch The Lion King Jr. at Northview High School in Brazil. Tickets are $8 Pre Sale and $10 at the Door! To get Pre-Sale Tickets, Email Brenda Buchanan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop in the Northview H.S. Front Office to see the school secretary (Holly). Pre-sale ($8) tickets are also available to be picked up at “Will Call” the night of the show. Cash, credit/debit cards, and checks are all accepted. Checks should be made out to Northview H.S. Drama.
Thursday, March 9.Food labeling: what’s in there anyway? at the Lifelong Learning Center of the Vigo County Public Library. Are you watching your sugar intake or does your child need to avoid certain allergens? Nutrition labels provide a lot of vital information, but they aren’t the only labels you’ll find on your food’s packages. Learn how to understand the basic information all food labels require, what marketing claims on packages actually mean, and how to determine what information you need to make informed decisions with experts from Purdue Extension.
Thursday, March 9.After School Story Break from 3:30-4:30 pm at the WEST Branch of the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6–10: Third-grader Aven Green is an expert at solving mysteries—she’s closed three cases since she became a private investigator a month ago! When her teacher’s lunch bag disappears, her great-grandmother’s dog goes missing, and a new student arrives, Aven faces her greatest challenge yet: solving three mysteries simultaneously. Find clues alongside Aven while enjoying refreshments and a snack
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Saturday, March 11.Experience Virtual Reality with Haute Create and the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12 & Up: Create intricate clockwork mechanisms, save a fantasy world, become a spy, or travel to distant planets with either the HTC Vive™ or the Meta Quest 2 VR headset.
Saturday, March 11.Wabash Valley Bridal Society Show. Join us for vendors, samples, demonstrations, games, prizes, and connecting with local businesses who will help you create the wedding of your dreams! Are you looking for a wedding photography? A wedding cake? A honeymoon destination? The perfect venue? Catering? Any other wedding elements? We have the perfect fit for you!
Saturday, March 11.Open Barn at Old 40 Farm. 2 to 4pm EST. Everyone is welcome and this is a FREE event! We will have our shirts, locally made goat milk soap, gift certificates, and stickers for sale. You can play with the goats, pet the chickens and ducks, and meet the pony! We will have lemonade and popcorn. There will be games for the kiddos as well as face painting.
Saturday, March 11.Open Studio Night at “Upstairs at the Gosnell” in 12 Points. Stroll through the art studios, meet the artists and browse artwork being made in the historical 12 Points neighborhood. Shop from the resident artists as well as our guest makers and vendors. Grab something to eat from Butta’s Better BBQ food truck out front. Pop into the Twelve Points Book Company for a local drink and live music from High Lonesome.
Saturday, March 11.Goat Yoga at Old 40 Farm. Come enjoy yoga with the goats at Old 40 Farm. There are limited seats available, tickets must be purchased prior to the event on Eventbrite. We provide the yoga mats!
Sunday, March 12. FREE community concert at The Lab at Locust Street. The THSO Brass Quintet will present a FREE recital for the Ryves Neighborhood on Sunday March 12 at 5pm at The LAB located 1668 Locust Street in Terre Haute. Join us for an afternoon of classical, jazz, and movie music performed by the Principal Brass players of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra!
Friday, March 17.“UnWined” Concert Series featuring Dylan Raymond at The Sycamore Winery. Dylan Raymond will be playing inside the winery from 6-9pm EST. Hens and Chick’s Food Truck will be serving up gourmet grilled cheese and more from their food truck from 5-9pm EST. This event is FREE and open to all ages.
Saturday, March 18.Kindred Roots Farm Spring Gardening Class. Spring is a wonderful time of year to garden. Join us to learn from expert growers and see how we grow nutritious plants. We will be covering the how-to and what to grow throughout the year, including vegetables in season, herbs year around, and flowers that impress. You’ll learn tips to maximize harvest, where best to plant in your garden, and techniques for how to build the best soil possible. We always conclude our time with refreshments and a Q&A.
Saturday, March 18.Sonia Math Day at Rose-Hulman. If you are a girl with an interest in mathematics, this event is for you! Each year, Rose professors and math majors invite girls to campus to participate in engaging and interactive sessions, which pay tribute to Sonia Kovalevsky – a pioneer for female mathematicians. The free event is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the Rose-Hulman Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). This event is open to those who are currently in a high school level mathematics class. Registration closes on Monday, March 13. Register today!
Saturday, March 18.Mommy and Me Painting and Punch. Join Alpha Omicron Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Inc. for Mommy & Me, Painting and Punch! This experience will include a classroom style painting class where you and your child/children will paint your own, one of a kind flower door hanging. You can pick your favorite color, add polka dots etc. It is YOUR creation so you get to decide! You will be able to go home and hang up your door hanging the same day!
Saturday, March 18.Baby Social Hour at the Library. Ages 0–2: Your little one can broaden their horizons, explore new environments, and build their social skills while you learn about the importance of postpartum mental health from the Wabash Valley Midwives. Tummy time mats, infant mirrors, and other infant-friendly toys will be available. After the presentation, socialize with other caregivers or ask the Wabash Valley Midwives for more information and resources.
Saturday, March 18.Read to Rover with the Vigo County Public Library from 10-noon. Share a book with a furry friend from Love on a Leash. These good-natured therapy dogs are eager to listen to your child practice reading aloud in a stress-free setting, complete with cuddles, belly rubs, and ear scratches!
Saturday, March 18.Mario Kart Tournament with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 8–12: Be the first past the finish line at the Mario Kart Tournament! Fifteen registered racers will compete against each other; earn the Winner’s Cup for your track and advance to the next bracket until two champions are left to race for the grand prize. Will you stand in the winner’s circle or be knocked out by a blue shell? Non-registered viewers are welcome to attend and cheer on their favorite racer.
Saturday, March 18.Vigo County Public Library Robotics League: Open Practice. Ages 9 & Up: Perfect your code for the VCPL Robotics League time trials at Open Practice. At these sessions, you’ll be able to meet other robotics enthusiasts, share tips, and ask for advice in a relaxed environment.
Saturday, March 18.Spring Fun Cookie Decorating Class at Makers Studio in 12 Points. Interested in learning more about decorated sugar cookies?! Sprinkles Cookie Co is here to help! In this 1.5/2-hour class, we’ll cover the basics to sugar cookies (so – yes, it’s beginner friendly!), do some piping practice with Royal Icing, and cover the general concepts around dough and icing! Everything you’ll need is provided at class along with a live in-person instructor – just bring a smile (and maybe an apron).
Sunday, March 19.The Sinfonietta Orchestra Presents: To Thine Own Self Be True at St. Mary-of-the-Woods Cecilian Auditorium. Take a musical journey through Clare Poole’s The Authenticity Project with the Sinfonietta Orchestra. Beginning with Giuseppe Verdi’s “The Force of Destiny,” you will explore the characters and the book’s themes through musical selections and narration by Vigo County Public Library’s Executive Director Kristi Howe. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Admission for children ages 10 and under is free-of-charge. Tickets will be available at the door.
Sunday, March 19.THSO Presents: Moonlight Serenades. Moonlight Serenades features members of the THSO under the direction of Artistic Director, Dr. David Bowden, for an afternoon of exceptional chamber music! Enjoy two beautiful serenades at Hatfield Hall on the campus of Rose-Hulman.
Monday, March 20.Art of Coding: Spring Flowers with the Vigo County Public Library. HTML and CSS may be the basis for websites and some games, but you can also use basic coding principles to make art. In The Art of Coding, celebrate the first day of spring by creating a dancing flower using a free codepen.io account. Prior knowledge of HTML and CSS is optional.
Tuesday, March 21.Try This Teens: Perler Bead Art at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12-18: Experiment with a new hobby every month at Try This Teens! This month, create pixel-style art with Perler Beads, colorful beads which fuse together when heated with an iron.
Thursday, March 23.Intro to Soldering with Haute Create and the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 13 & Up: Soldering is a multi-purpose technique that will allow you to build electronics, make repairs, and create crafts! In Intro to Soldering, you will pick up this valuable skill and learn how to use the Haute Create soldering stations safely by making your own DIY synthesizer. Customers who wish to use the Haute Create soldering stations independently must complete this class.
Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 25.The Great Pages Circus comes to Terre Haute! Ready for a show stopping, heart pounding family adventure? Free tickets for kids! The Great Pages Circus has the finest international circus acts and artists for a spectacular show each year! Although our Elephants and Tigers have now retired, we still present our liberty ponies, horses, and camels. These highlight our fabulous aerial, juggling and clown acts to complete the family experience and whenever possible Earhart’s Globe of Death makes an appearance with adrenaline rushing motorcycle mayhem. Your circus experience will last approximately an 90 minutes.
Featured Event: Arts Illiana Presents TableScapes 2023
Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25.Join Arts Illinana as they celebrate 20 years of TableScapes! A weekend extravaganza of creativity featuring twenty-five beautifully designed tables. Introducing the new family-friendly Tablescape Junior, a special exhibit by K-12 children under the guidance of local teachers and community volunteers. Tablescapes Junior exhibits will be on display in the reception area during all Tablescapes events at the Sycamore Banquet Center, Indiana State University Campus. Purchase tickets for all events here:
Saturday, March 25.Alpaca Encounter at the White Violet Center. Get up close and personal with our fuzzy friends and learn why they are so beneficial to White Violet Center and its USDA-certified organic farm. And be prepared to make your own ornament from alpaca fiber.
Monday, March 27.Spring Break camps begin with Makers Studio at 12 Points. Join us Saturday, March 25th at 6:00 pm for wine, laughs, and a good time under the tent! Sweet Release is a hilarious, must-see performance!
Monday, March 27.Let’s Make History! Art and History Workshop with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 8–12: Your child can use facts to build their own fictional story just like Nathan Hale does in his Horrendous Tales and his recent release Let’s Make History! Madison King, owner of MuseArt, will teach your child drawing techniques, help them learn how to find and evaluate sources to inspire their stories, and explain sequential art—the basis of comic books and graphic novels. Supplies will be provided.
Tuesday, March 28.Basic Cartooning with Corinne Roberts and the Vigo County Public Library from 1-2pm. Ages 6–12: Drawing can help your child develop their fine motor skills and provide an outlet for their creativity. In Basic Cartooning, illustrator Corinne Roberts will take your child through basic shape construction and line drawing techniques that will allow them to create their own characters and scenery. Register to receive a Zoom link and a kit with basic drawing supplies or join in the in-person viewing of the live stream in the Youth Services Program Room. No prior drawing experience is necessary.
Tuesday, March 28.Lego Stop Motion Animation for kids at the Vigo County Public Library from 3-4:30 pm. Ages 8–12: Encourage your child to turn their ideas into reality, experiment with creative problem-solving, and work cooperatively with others. Teams of two will build models, create background scenery, move the Lego® mini-figs between scenes, and add voiceovers to produce their own short film using a Lego® Stop Motion Animation kit.
Tuesday, March 28.Painting with Nicole at the WEST Branch of the Vigo County Public Library from 2:00-4:00 pm. Ages 5-15: Whether your child is a seasoned artist or a first-time painter, they can learn the basics of working with acrylic paint, develop their hand-eye coordination, explore their creativity, and take home their very own painting on canvas.
Wednesday, March 29.Paws-itively Stress-Free Teens with the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12-18: Do you need a break after a stressful day at school? Spend an evening with the therapy dogs from Love on a Leash! These friendly, gentle dogs are trained to create an environment where you can relieve stress—whether you want to play with them, relax and pet them, or watch others interact with them. You won’t need to stay the entire evening; drop in and spend some time with Love on a Leash whenever you can while the dogs are at the Library.