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10 reasons your family will love March

After a long winter, March has finally arrived. In many parts of the country, March will come in like a lion as a huge winter storm rages with snow, sleet and freezing rain.

March means spring sports, longer days, warmer temperatures, picnic lunches and spring flowers in bloom
March means spring sports, longer days, warmer temperatures, picnic lunches and spring flowers in bloom
Sandy Wallace
Kids love Dr. Seuss books so celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day in March
Sandy Wallace

The Weather Channel has named the first storm of March Winter Storm Titan. The impact of the storm is widespread, with significant snow and ice accumulations from California to New England.

This storm may be the last big blast of winter, clearing the way for warmer weather as spring approaches. Here are 10 reasons your family will love the month of March.

March kicks off with a celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Giesel on March 2, 1904.

The first bestselling book Seuss wrote was "The Cat in the Hat," which was published in 1957. Dr. Seuss wrote 48 books for children and adults which sold over 200 million copies.

In schools, libraries, bookstores and malls across the United States, Read Across America events will take place this weekend. You may find the Cat in the Hat in person at your local library this weekend.

Your kids will find a world full of fun computer activities at Seussville.com. Parents and educators will also find crafts, games, recipes and other resources at this fun site.

March includes a celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and other cities this year. Mardi Gras parades have already begun in New Orleans and many more will be held through March 4, the day celebrated as Fat Tuesday.

You can celebrate Mardi Gras with your family by holding your own parade. Dress up in your favorite costumes, make a King Cake and wear beads of yellow, purple and green.

Daylight Savings Time begins on March 9. Spring ahead by turning your clocks ahead by one hour before you go to bed on March 8. Longer days mean more family time and that's always good.

Celebrate the International Day of Awesomeness on March 10. Kids love anything that's awesome, so celebrate your family's awesomeness in your own unique way.

Spring sports season begins this month in many communities. Whether your child plays rec league or high school sports, there will be lots of busy days spent at the ball field.

March is a great time to visit your local park. Bring kites to fly or bikes to ride. Take a nature walk and find spring flowers and trees in bloom. March is for outdoor lovers.

Math lovers celebrate Pi Day every year on March 14. Pi is the symbol used in math to represent a constant, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159. Visit the website to learn more about Pi Day. Some schools and colleges will hold special Pi Day activities.

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. In cities across America, parades, dances and rivers dyed green will honor the patron saint of Ireland. Be sure to wear green on St. Patrick's Day so you don't get pinched.

College basketball fans love March Madness. The NCAA tournament action begins on March 16 with Selection Sunday. First round action begins March 18-19 on the road to the National Championship. You won't want to miss any of the action.

The first day of spring is on March 20 and March will probably go out like a lamb since it's coming in like a lion. Spring is a wonderful time for families.

Enjoy the great month of March with your family and celebrate the special events that make March one of our family's favorite months of the year.