A Rochester Mom’s Guide to the Month of March

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March is in like a Lion! With the snow we received, it might not seem like spring, but have no fear, it’s right around the corner.  We have all the great family events in Rochester listed out for you in this guide to help you get through the next few weeks when we will welcome spring!

To view each week’s events, click the plus sign to expand the section. We’ve also added a tab for all of our upcoming Rochester MN Moms Blog events! Don’t see your event listed? Fill out the form below!

Thursday March 16th

Moms Who Lunch | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Rochester MN Moms Blog in partnership with Downtown Rochester, Minnesota is pleased to announce our Moms Who Lunch lunch series for 2017! We are so pleased to be partnering with 4 downtown restaurants to provide a working lunch open to ALL moms.

This will be a great opportunity to chat with and meet other moms, have a delicious meal at a fantastic savings just for RMMB readers and learn a bit more about Rochester MN Moms Blog and Rochester Downtown Alliance. This is fun, casual and a great chance to network! There will also be some great giveaways. Follow along on our Facebook event for all the updates!

Our first lunch will be held at Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar. They have put together an amazing menu especially for us! Tickets are free but required for this event to indicate attendance and help us plan! Get your tickets here.

Address: 7 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:30pm-1:00pm
Cost: $9/entree
Website

Tuesday March 21st

Special Showing of Beauty and the Beast | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Grab your closest girlfriends, your mom, your daughter and/or your BFF and join us for a special showing up the upcoming live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast just for Rochester MN Moms Blog! You definitely know you want to…

Join us at Cinemagic for special discounted tickets and enjoy concession discounts as well.

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5/ticket
Website

Saturday May 6th

Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms | Rochester MN Moms Blog

We are so pleased to be presenting our 2nd annual Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms. Sponsored by City Moms Blog Network, Rochester MN Moms Blog and Olmsted Medical Center, this lovely event will bring you all you need to know about being a mom in the Rochester area!

This event is planned for moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon. You will have a choice of a morning or afternoon session that includes: pampering, light snacks, photo booth, educational resources, giveaways and swag, shopping and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources.

You can find all the information you will need by following our event page!

Address: Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: Event time will be announced in the spring.
Cost: Tickets will become available in the spring.
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Wednesday March 1st

Wiggle Wednesday | Allegro School of Dance and Music

Allegro’s way of introducing the arts to our littlest friends.  They will dance, sing, read a story and enjoy special time with an adult who loves them.

Address: 2342 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:15am
Cost: FREE, register here.
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Friday March 3rd

Pool Party | YMCA

Bring your inflatables for a pool party at the YMCA!

Address: 709 1st Avenue SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: YMCA Members/FREE. Community Members will need to purchase a day pass here.
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Saturday March 4th

Rochester Winter Farmers Market

An indoor market with the best local produce!

Address: Building #35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Free Kids Workshop | Home Depot

A hands-on workshop for you and your child! You get to work on a rain gauge house together, so you and your budding scientist can measure the rain dropped by spring storms. Once the gauge is built, your child can paint their project to personalize it.

Address: 3050 41st St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Think and Do Free Family Day | Rochester Art Center

Since 2004, children and families have taken part in one of Rochester Art Center’s most popular and exciting programs, Think and Do Free Family Day. The first Saturday of each month, admission to Rochester Art Center is free for everyone. Guests are invited to create original art pieces in the studio classroom, our Grand Lobby and occasionally off-site with a collaborative partner.

Address: 40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Otter Feeding | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

River otters are a curious animal with many adaptations for hunting on land and fishing in the water. Watch a staff member feed the river otter at Zollman Zoo and learn fun facts about river otters.
Address: 5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, 55920
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Tuesday March 7th

Beauty vs The Beast Battle Prep | Rochester Public Library

Drop in before the movie to prepare for the ultimate Beauty vs. the Beast showdown. Create claws, tiaras, and more!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Beauty vs The Beast | Rochester Public Library

Come and enjoy the 1991 animated movie and cheer for your favorite side!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Friday March 10th

Stuffed Animal Sleepover | Rochester Public Library

Wear your pajamas, bring your stuffed friend and listen to a story. Then, tuck your pal into bed and wish them sweet dreams. Who knows what adventures they will have overnight in the library! Come back Saturday morning to pick up your friend. All stuffed participants will take home a photo memory book of their sleepover.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 4:30pm-5:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Saturday March 11th

All About Owls | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

It’s owl courtship time! Let us show you WHOO they are, where they live, and how they live in our natural world. Live birds will be displayed.
Address: 5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, 55920
Time: 11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Animal Tracks and Signs | Chester Woods Park

Meet at the Chester Woods Park office where park staff will greet you and talk a little about the different things to look for in the wild during the winter. We will then lead you on a hike through the park in pursuit of a few of these signs.
Address: 8378 14 Hwy SE, Eyota, 55934
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
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Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library

Lights, shakers, dance! Put on your dancing shoes for 30 minutes of non-stop dancing fun!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Kids in the Kitchen: St. Patrick’s Day | Hy-Vee

Drop your kids off while you shop and they’ll enjoy this fun, interactive class! Children will be making rainbow fruit kebabs, shamrock pizzas and green yogurt dip!
This class is recommended for children aged 4-10 years.

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $10/child, Advance registration required by March 8, 2017. Register today at customer service in the store or by calling 507-292-6000. Payment due upon registration. You may also register online via Eventbrite.com – see above link. Small fee added to Eventbrite registrations.
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Star Wars Day | Hy-Vee

It’s Star Wars Day at your West Circle Hy-Vee! Say hello to Chewbacca, Rey, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. Enjoy a light snack and make a craft!

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Sunday March 12th

Climb for Kids |Roca Climbing & Fitness and Bolder Options

Come out to support Bolder Options this evening and join in some friendly competition! Win some prizes, enjoy great snacks, and meet some of the great people who mentor youth in our area through this program!

Address: 6071 Rome Cir NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: $15/person, spectators are FREE
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Tuesday March 14th

Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library

Lights, shakers, dance! Put on your dancing shoes for 30 minutes of non-stop dancing fun!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 6:30pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Friday March 17th

Kids Night Out: Beauty and the Beast | Color Me Mine

The 3rd Friday of every month is “Kids Night Out”! Starting at 5:30 you may leave your child or children for 2 1/2 hours of painting fun, games,
crafting and dinner. Children must be age 5 or older. The March theme is Beauty and the Beast.

Address: 416 Crossroads Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $35/child. Register here.
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Meet The Beast | CineMagic Hollywood 12

Bring the whole family to meet the Beast from Beauty and the Beast before or after seeing the movie!

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: All day event.
Cost: Tickets may be purchased for the movie at CineMagic Hollywood 12
Website

Saturday March 18th

Rochester Winter Farmers Market

An indoor market with the best local produce!

Address: Building #35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Maple Syruping | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Join park staff for a brief history of maple syruping then hike to Oxbow’s sugar bush as we demonstrate how we tap our sugar maples. This program ends with a small sample of Oxbow Parks’ maple syrup! Dress for the weather and expect mud.
Address: 5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, 55920
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Build a Bird House | Chester Woods Park

Please call 507-287-2624 to reserve a bird house kit and a spot for this fun program. Meet at the Chester Woods Park office to build your very own bird house. There is a small fee of $5.00 for each kit and reservations are required by February 20, 2017 as kits are limited.
Address: 8378 14 Hwy SE, Eyota, 55934
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
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Sensory Screening | Paragon Chateau Theaters

These screenings are open to children with special needs and their families. The lights are up, and the sound is down. You are totally free to move around. The Saturday March 18th Beauty and the Beast.

Address: 3450 East Circle Drive NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets are available at the theater.
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 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Meet The Beast | CineMagic Hollywood 12

Bring the whole family to meet the Beast from Beauty and the Beast before or after seeing the movie!

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: All day event.
Cost: Tickets may be purchased for the movie at CineMagic Hollywood 12
Website

Sunday March 19th

Meet The Beast | CineMagic Hollywood 12

Bring the whole family to meet the Beast from Beauty and the Beast before or after seeing the movie!

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, Minnesota 55901
Time: All day event.
Cost: Tickets may be purchased for the movie at CineMagic Hollywood 12
Website

Tuesday March 21st

Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

 Stories, songs and fun for you and your family!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 6:30pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Cuentos y canciones: Stories & Songs in Spanish

Join Rochester Public Library, Gage Elementary School, and Listos Preschool for a Spanish Immersion storytime for the whole family.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 5:30pm-6:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Saturday March 25th

Maple Syrup in Your Backyard | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Learn how to produce syrup from even a single maple or box elder tree. You’ll cover the basic equipment and techniques required to collect and process sap.

Participants will practice tapping a tree and sample some finished box elder syrup. Appropriate for adults and families with school-age children.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Cost: $4/member $5/all. Register here.
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Maple Syruping | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

Join park staff for a brief history of maple syruping then hike to Oxbow’s sugar bush as we demonstrate how we tap our sugar maples. This program ends with a small sample of Oxbow Parks’ maple syrup! Dress for the weather and expect mud.
Address: 5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, 55920
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Monday March 27th

Sit Stay Read | Rochester Public Library

Kids are invited to practice reading aloud for 15 minutes with a certified therapy animal. For a positive reading experience, only the child should attend. Caregivers are asked to remain in the library. No pre-registraion. In person registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the event.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Tuesday March 28th

Family Creation Stations | Rochester Public Library

Discover art, science, and more with your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 6:30pm-7:009m
Cost: FREE
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Painting Night | Hy-Vee

Bring your friends and your creative side for this fun and unique event! Participants will be painting this locally made “Home” sign which is made of red oak. The sign measures 13.5″ wide by 14.5″ tall. Enjoy drink service from our Market Grille while you paint!

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $40/person. Limited space available, please register in advance by Thursday, March 23. Register by visiting or calling customer service at 507-292-6000.
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Friday March 31st

Spring Break Movie | Rochester Public Library

 Kick off spring break with Finding Nemo, and then check out some of our fishy activities in Youth Services!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost: FREE
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Spring Break Movie | Rochester Public Library

 Kick off spring break with Finding Dory, and then check out some of our fishy activities in Youth Services!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Tuesday March 7th

Local Creators Night | Forager Brewing Company

This week’s session will feature Cassandra Buck: The Art of Reuse Session 1 & 2

Interested in a new, unique, and engaging way of reusing discarded items to create a work of art? In this session you will create a mosaic out of found objects.

Address: 1005 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $20/person, purchase tickets here.
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Wine & Cupcake Decorating Party | Hy-Vee

Join Chef Megan in the Market Grille for a Wine and Cupcake Decorating Party. The evening will include some light appetizers, door prizes, one glass of wine, and a set of 6 medium cupcakes for each person to decorate and take home! There will be a variety of different colors and flavors of frostings to choose from plus many extra toppings for your cupcakes!

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $25/person, Pre-registration and payment required by Sunday, March 5. Please register at the customer service counter or by calling 507-292-6000. You can also register online on Eventbrite.com by searching “Wine and Cupcake West Circle” (small fee added to eventbrite registrations).
Website

Thursday March 16th

Moms Who Lunch | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Rochester MN Moms Blog in partnership with Downtown Rochester, Minnesota is pleased to announce our Moms Who Lunch lunch series for 2017! We are so pleased to be partnering with 4 downtown restaurants to provide a working lunch open to ALL moms.

This will be a great opportunity to chat with and meet other moms, have a delicious meal at a fantastic savings just for RMMB readers and learn a bit more about Rochester MN Moms Blog and Rochester Downtown Alliance. This is fun, casual and a great chance to network! There will also be some great giveaways. Follow along on our Facebook event for all the updates!

Our first lunch will be held at Victoria’s Ristorante & Wine Bar. They have put together an amazing menu especially for us! Tickets are free but required for this event to indicate attendance and help us plan! Get your tickets here.

Address: 7 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 11:30pm-1:00pm
Cost: $9/entree
Website

Tuesday March 21st

Special Showing of Beauty and the Beast | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Grab your closest girlfriends, your mom, your daughter and/or your BFF and join us for a special showing up the upcoming live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast just for Rochester MN Moms Blog! You definitely know you want to…

Join us at Cinemagic for special discounted tickets and enjoy concession discounts as well.

Address: 2171 Superior Dr NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5/ticket
Website

Wednesday March 22nd

Open Studio in the Pantry |Kutzky Market

All are invited to come and create in the Pantry! Bring your own non toxic materials or pay to use ours. Once a month beginning in March.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $8 if you wish to use provided materials
Website

Friday March 31st

Bock Beer Festival | Quarry Hill Nature Center

Enjoy an evening featuring samples of spring bock beer varieties, snacks, live music and some “science of the night” including a chance to “poke” your beer at the bonfire.

A Bock tradition: “Mulled Ale”
Head out to the bonfire to get your beer ‘poked’ with a red-hot iron poker. Inserting a hot iron poker into your Bock will cause a slight crystallized effect on the body of the lager and a bit of smoke from the fire will add flavor.Live music by Jeremy Jewell a long-time Rochester fixture in the music scene, he plays a variety of harmonica accompanied acoustic music with vocals.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Cost: $20/person. Register here.
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