If you think you can’t experience all four seasons in one week, then you’ve clearly never spent a week in Indiana in March. This unpredictable weather is a tease that is leading us towards the beautiful, warmer days of spring. Regardless of weather it’s snowing, raining, or blazing hot, our March calendar is filled with things to do in Terre Haute throughout the last month of winter and the first few days of spring!
Our March event calendar for families in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley is proudly brought to you by KinderCenter! We’re looking forward to Miss Rhonda’s summer plans. Have you heard of her drop-in classes for preschoolers? They’re called Summer PlayShops.
While the complete schedule is coming soon, we’re proud to show you a sneak peak of the KinderCenter summer themes!
For Infants to 18 months – Busy Days! Take imaginary trips to the grocery store, the park, the doctor’s office, the beach or pool and a family picnic. Each lesson features songs you can sing for all the places you go together.
For 18 months to 3 years – Zoo Train! Take an imaginary fun-filled trip to the zoo! You and your child will enjoy pretending to visit with the monkeys, giraffes, zebras, elephants, polar bears, lions and more! Each lesson features singing, movement activities, stories and crafts.
For 3 to 5 years – PlayShops. PlayShops are fun, educational sessions that include songs, movement activities, a story and a craft all centered on a theme. Each PlayShop is unique since each PlayShop has a different theme. PlayShops are not Kindermusik classes and do not come with Kindermusik home materials.
For children 5 to 7 years – World Adventures. Learn about and experience the cultures of countries through the music, crafts and food of each of these countries. Each class includes singing, movement activities, games, crafts and snacks from each of the five different countries. This is not a Kindermusik class and does not come with Kindermusik home materials.
Ongoing Events in March
Community Planning Process. “This community planning process will allow the residents and community leaders to define how Terre Haute will grow and develop,” states Mayor Duke Bennett. “The final outcome will be a strategic vision with a list of priorities based on the data collected. This tool will be instrumental in moving Terre Haute forward.”
- Wednesday, March 6, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Landsbaum Center for Health Education
- Tuesday, March 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College
- Wednesday, March 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
- Wednesday, March 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wabash Valley Community Foundation
Weekly Events in March
Mondays 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tot Time at Vigo County Public Library Ages 0-18 months: Bring your baby to the Library for stories, songs, dance and activities from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays (except March 19). 5:00 p.m. TV Tuesday at Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12-19: Are you a fan of Gravity Falls? Adventure Time? Do you enjoy relaxing in a fun and comfortable environment? If you answered yes to any of those questions TV Tuesday is perfect for you.
Tuesdays. 9:30 a.m. Story Time Tuesday at Chick-fil-A Terre Haute. Join us every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30am for an hour of stories and activities. All kids 12 and under who participate can enjoy Chick-n-Minis on us!
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. Art Start at the Swope. Free art program for children. Read more in our review.
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. Wiggle Worm Wednesdays at Vigo County Public Library. Ages 2-5: Bring your preschooler to the Library for interactive stories, songs, dancing, crafts and play from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be 30 minutes of free play offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursdays 5:30 p.m. Deming Park Pottery Open Studio. $65/month or $55/month for 3 months. Must have experience and at least 18 years of age unless approved by the instructor.
Thursdays 5:30 p.m. (No class March 7). Deming Park Pottery Basic Hand Building. $35 a class plus a glaze day.
Project: Slab Pitcher.
Thursdays 6:00 p.m. Books Before Bedtime at Vigo County Public Library. Ages 0-5: Wear your pajamas to the Library for stories, songs and crafts before bedtime at this evening storytime. Activities will vary each week from traditional stories, to art, music-making and everything in between.
Thursdays 6:00 p.m. Creative Builders at Vigo County Public Library. Ages 6-11: Hang out with your friends and explore cool technology, art, games and activities.
Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Toddler and preschool open gym at Illiana. $5 per participant. Ends on March 22.
Thursdays at 6:15. Yoga to Go classes for kids. Learn games, yoga poses and breathing techniques that will help us live happily in our bodies. Classes are held in Community Life Center (CLC) behind Emmanuel United Methodist Church on hwy 150.
Fridays 10:30 a.m. Ready to Read Storytime at West Branch Vigo County Public Library. Ages 0-5: Sing along to music, move your bodies with egg shakers and scarves, hear stories and participate in crafts or playtime. Parents and caregivers are invited to participate with their children during this storytime.
Sundays 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Supper at the Center at West Vigo Community Center. Bring the family to our FREE Community Dinner.
This season, we’re highlighting the good things happening with our partner, the YMCA of the Wabash Valley.
WHY DO PEOPLE JOIN THE YMCA?
Kids are welcomed into the YMCA for child watch (while parents work out!), themed kids’ night out events in Vigo County (parents can enjoy an evening with adults while kids are having fun at the Y), holiday events, Healthy Kids’ Day, fall festival, day camp, summer camp, tutoring, sports and more!
Want to join a team? The YMCA of the Wabash Valley has youth and adult sports teams that include volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer in Clay County, and new opportunities on the horizon in Vigo County!
Aqua Aerobics classes take place every Monday and Wednesday at RHIT from 8:30-9:30 am! This class is FREE to YMCA members only.
Find out more about our partner’s membership perks on the YMCA website!
“We Believe” image provided by and used with permission from the Vigo County YMCA.
Daily Events in March
Sat March 16. 1:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day parade. Each year, St. Patrick School hosts an awesome St. Patrick’s Day parade, and the community is invited to attend! Runs from 26th and Ohio to 19th and Ohio to 19th and Poplar.
Sat March 16. 5:00-10:00 p.m. Kids’ Night Out at Vigo County YMCA. The evenings will feature seasonal games, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and more. Children ages 18 months – 12 years. Member rate $15 first child/$10 additional children; Nonmember Rate: $25 first child/$15 additional children.
Sat March 16. 6:30 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party- Dueling Pianos. We’re bringing the community of St. Patrick together to celebrate our faith, family, and friendship like only we know how… with all the beer you can drink. General admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. 21 and older.
Sun March 17. 1:30 p.m. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ride by National Road Bicycle Club. Join us for an amazing road bike adventure around Terre Haute to celebrate the beginning of spring. Choose from 18 & 30 mile routes with SAG provided at Hawthorn Park. Cost is $20 (online through 3/15) or $25 at the event.
Thurs March 21. 5:00-7:30 pm. Community Resource Fair. Free food and refreshments, guest speakers.
Fri March 22- Sun 24. Mary Poppins Jr. at World of Dance.
Fri March 22 or Sat March 23. 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Learning Lab Arctic Adventures at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Bundle up for the final session as we venture to the North and South Poles. Explore the types of animals that live in these extreme climates such as whales, polar bears, penguins, and narwhals. Members: $10, non-Members: $15.
Sat March 23 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A Gardeners’ Gathering at Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. Join us for our annual education and exhibit day! Vendors will be selling gardening supplies and plants! Admission is $1 per person (children under 12 are free) or a canned good which will be donated to local food banks.
Sat March 23. 8:00 p.m. Wabashiki Full Moon/Night Ride. Bike the Wabashiki Trail with our Griffin Bike Park Manager and VCPRD Natural Resource Programmer on an adventurous 10-mile fundraising ride through the river bottoms. Snacks and water provided while supplies last. Payment will be accepted onsite with cash only, please.
Mon March 25- Fri March 29. 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Spring Break Camp at Vigo County YMCA. During Spring Break, the YMCA offers youth, grades K – 6, fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime. Members $100, Non Member $125.
Mon March 25- Fri March 29. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Camp Griffin Spring Break Day Camp. We will provide bike riding clinics, Structured rides, Hikes, educational content, and fun games and activities all week at the bike park. Ages 8-14. $25 per day or $90 for the full week.
Mon March 25- Fri March 29. 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CASY Spring Break Day Camp. A fun-filled week of educational and recreational activities including environmental discovery, arts, literacy, health & wellness, and more! $50/child. Open to youth in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Mon March 25 and Tues March 26. Drug-free event at Skate World on March 25th from 12 – 3 pm and March 26th from 4pm to 7pm with Mental Health America.
Tues March 26. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: Counting Up Spring at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Spring is here! Dig in and discover all that your tot can count and sort this spring. Early numeracy opportunities provide a strong support for future endeavors with math, science, and literacy. Ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Included with admission.
Tues March 26. 1:00 p.m. Building with Strawbees at Vigo County Public Library-West. Ages 5-11: Bring out the inventor in you and start creating huge projects with Strawbees. Experiment with different materials. Combine pieces to create hinges, movable joints or whatever you can imagine.
Fri March 29- Sun March 31. Zorah Shrine Circus at Vigo County Fairgrounds.
Fri March 29. Registration deadline for free “Strengthening Families” program. Strengthening Families Program is a free program consisting of seven, two-hour sessions. During the first hour, parents and youth meet separately with facilitators. During the second hour, parents and youth meet as a family. Topics covered include: peer pressure resistance, reducing stress, finding our family values, better communication skills, problem solving, goal setting and understanding each other better. Join Purdue Extension Educators on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6 and 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Vigo County Public Library in the Youth Services Program room. Dinner is provided and begins at 5:30 PM.
Sun March 31. 2:00 p.m. Big Read Finale at Vigo County Public Library. Celebrate the closing of another successful Big Read program with refreshments, live music and a car show.
Looking for more spring fun? It’s time to register for spring sports! Use our guide to Wabash Valley sports teams and athletic opportunities to keep your family active!
Special thanks to KinderMusik, the Here We Grow Again consignment sale, the YMCA of the Wabash Valley, and Annunciation Catholic Montessori School for making this month’s calendar possible. These partnerships help to keep our site free to readers like you!
As always, typos happen and event details change. Please confirm information with event coordinators before finalizing your plans.
The fun has ended for these great events:
Fri March 1. 11:00 a.m. Gilstrap’s Green Acres Dairy Bar 2019 Opening Day. We will be serving as always, Fresh, Never Frozen 1/3 lb Angus Steakburgers! Also delicious soft serve ice cream and premium hand dipped! Don’t forget the Fries!
Fri March 1. 4:00 p.m. Downtown First Friday Celebrates Dr. Seuss. You could not would not want to miss a First Friday as fun as this! From there to here and here to there we’ll have fun everywhere! Play, eat and shop… March First Friday you cannot top! Come by boat, by train, by car… come one and all from near and far!
Fri March 1. 6:00 p.m. Fix A Flat Clinic – How to change a tire 101 at J’s Bikes. We will discuss how to identify the cause of flats, how to patch and replace tubes, and how to take off a tire, check for damage and replace it. We will go over basic tire and wheel maintenance. Please bring your bike or one wheel with the tire on it. Registration required.
Fri March 1. 6:00 p.m. Big Read Kick-Off and Keynote: Adrian Matejka at Vigo County Public Library. Adrian Matejka, our keynote speaker and author of The Big Smoke, will kick-off our 2019 Big Read program. Refreshments will be served.
Fri March 1. Join the St. Patrick’s Dance for middle school age children at Clay County YMCA on March 1st! Just $5 this event is open to the community. The best dressed irishman or woman will win a prize.
Sat March 2. 9:30 a.m. Preschool Clay by Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $7. Project: Dr. Seuss Tiles.
Sat March 2. 10:30 a.m. Elementary Clay by Deming Park Pottery. Cost: $15. Project: Cat in the Hat Bobble Heads
Sat March 2. 10:00 am OR 1:00 p.m. Learn How to Tap Your Backyard Maples at Prairie Creek Park. Recommended for Ages 18+. $25/person (includes tree tapping kit and pint of maple syrup.) Participants will learn how to identify and select trees to tap, tree tapping techniques and sap collection, boiling and filtration processes to make maple syrup.
Sat March 2. Adult Competition at Ivy Fit. We are a new gym with over 50 obstacles in our 7400 square foot facility. We will test your endurance, grip, strength, and balance. We will also test your abilities to focus under pressure with lights as well. $40.
Sat March 2. Zorah Shrine Mardi Gras Party. Silent auction, meal with included draft beer, and Brand and the Fan Fare Band. All for just $25! Social at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, and music at 8:30 pm. Tickets available at the Shrine Office, Nobles, or at the Door. Proceeds benefit Vigo County Shrine Club. Tickets are not tax deductible.
Sat March 2. 7:00 p.m. Ties and Tiaras at Grace Chapel in Brazil, IN. Tickets : $10 per family/ $15 per family at the door. Desserts, Crafts, Dancing, DJ Milo Miller, Addie Stoelting Photography, Photo Booth, Raffle Tickets. Cash only.
Sat March 2. 11th Annual Mardi Gras. This night helps keep The Swope admission free, provide important community programs, and preserve amazing art in our community. Mardi Gras Dinner – held at The Ohio Building – $100. The Big Easy held at Stables Restaurant – $30. The Mardi Gras Party – held at Terre Haute Brewery – $40.
Sat March 2 and Sun March 3. 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Parke County Maple Fair in Rockville, IN. 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.
Tues March 5. Registration for youth soccer at the Clay County YMCA will open on March 5th to ages 4-14.
Tues March 5. McSlime Night at Mcdonald’s on 46 from 5-7 p.m. We make the the base, and you pick the color and mix-ins for easy, mess-free fun!
Wed March 6. 3:00 p.m. Maple Lines Hikes at Prairie Creek Park. The hike will cover approximately 3-3.5 miles and extends beyond the established trails in the park. Hikers will experience terrain including rolling hills and steep inclines and declines in some areas. Free.
Thurs March 7. 7:30 p.m. Cirque Mechanics: 42ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels at Hatfield Hall. World-class acrobats and powerful music combine with intricate stage apparatus to guarantee an evening of thrills, laughs and excitement. Tickets $29-$35.
Fri March 8 or Sat March 9. 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Learning Lab Digging in the Desert at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Dig your way through the dunes! Sandy deserts, grasslands, and prairies are home to all kinds of animals. Grab your binoculars and compass for this journey! Members: $10 per session, non-Members: $15 per session.
Fri March 8 5:00-8:00 p.m.and Sat March 9 12:00-7:00 p.m. Prom Dress & Suit Drive. Collecting new and gently used formal dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories for prom. All items will be given away for free. Help make their night beautiful! Dressing rooms will be provided. The student must be present and items will be given away on a first come, first served basis.
Fri March 8. 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Terre Haute Women’s Conference at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Celebrate International Women’s Day by exploring ways to navigate your personal and professional life. Since its inception in 1909, International Women’s Day is celebrated across the world to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
Fri March 8. 7:00 p.m. A Night of One Acts at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. A series of 5 short plays (10-15 minutes each, with one 30 minute piece.) Directed by THS Theatre Students! Come support your students and young performers!
The Terre Haute “Here We Grow Again” Consignment Sale has moved to a bigger location–the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds!
Fri March 8 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sat March 9 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Here We Grow Again Kids Consignment Sale at Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. We are so excited to have a new, BIGGER location for our spring sale! Put this on your calendar and get your kids’ summer gear taken care of in one place – at 50%-90% off retail prices!
Admission is free.
Kids are welcome.
Credit cards accepted.
They carry clothing in newborn sizes up through junior size 12, as well as toys, games, puzzles, books, shoes, strollers, pack and plays, high chairs, play equipment and so much more!
Watch the Haute Happenings facebook page for your chance to win presale passes!
Do you know any medical professionals, school employees, or foster parents? If so, let them know that they can SHOP EARLY! (And foster parents can “shop” the donations at the end of the sale FOR FREE!) More details on the Here We Grow Again facebook page!
Sat March 9. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Montessori Morning at Annunciation Catholic Montessori School.
Need a moment of reprieve from your March madness?
Join us for a Montessori morning on Saturday, March 9th 9:30 – 11:30 am!
Let your child experience a few of the unique Montessori materials that nurture focus, independence, and concentration. With hands-on guidance from an AMI Montessori certified teacher, your child is sure to enjoy the morning.
Families can come and go between the Children’s House (classroom designed for children ages 3 to 6) and our fenced-in playground, and all are welcome! Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian the entire time. Register soon for this free event as spaces are limited!
Sat March 9. 9:00 a.m. Homeschool Book Sale at World Gospel Church.
Tues March 12. 10:00 a.m. Tot Time: A World of Color at Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Blue sky, green grass, our skin tones… the world is beautiful and full of color. Ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Included with admission.
Tues March 12. Free pancake day at IHOP.
Tues March 12. 1:00 p.m. Sweet History of Maple Syrup at Prairie Creek Park. This program includes interpretive demonstrations of past and present tree tapping, sap collection, boiling, evaporation and filtration practices. Free.
Tues March 12. 7:30 p.m. The Midtown Men at Indiana State University. Tickets $26-$28. The high-octane musical tour de force that took the Jersey Boys phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, brings to life the greatest hits of the Sixties, rocking performing arts centers and symphony halls across the continent.
Wed March 13. 3:00 p.m. Maple Lines Hikes at Prairie Creek Park. The hike will cover approximately 3-3.5 miles and extends beyond the established trails in the park. Hikers will experience terrain including rolling hills and steep inclines and declines in some areas. Free.