Weekend Fun: Parades, Pajama Parties, and Maple Syrup; March 9-10

It's the weekend before Saint Patrick's Day, and that means that two of the largest annual parades and celebrations of all things Irish in New England are stepping off in Hartford and New Haven. If you can't get to these parades, how about...yet another a St. Pat's Parade?  Or, if you're in Southwestern CT, you can take in a parade there (OK, we'll stop now). If lots of Irish-themed marchers aren't your thing, grade school-aged children can watch and listen as Little Red Riding Hood Rides Metro North, with an orchestra "petting zoo" after. Finally, the all-too-brief maple sugaring season continues this weekend, with festivals and demonstrations in New Canaan, East Hartland, and Washington, among many others.

Weekend Fun: St. Pat's, Purim, ComicCon, Women's History, Tilt Fest

St. Patrick's Day is drawing near, and a few of our weekend picks will have you seeing green. Spend your Saturday checking out Irish films at the East Village's Kids Fleadh or listening to some Irish tunes, and on Sunday step dance over to the Irish Arts Center Open House and the Throgg's Neck Parade. Éirinn go Brách!

March is Women's History Month, and girls interested in STEM can check out the Intrepid's Girls in Science and Engineering program, or chat with women biologists from Snug Harbor. Young girl athletes will be inspired by the She's on Point Celebration, while history buffs can learn about women in the American Revolution, or meet Harriet Tubman (well, a costumed facsimile). Plus, everybody's favorite glass—er, plastic ceiling-breaker Barbie has a sweet pop-up in SoHo to celebrate her 60th

Purim arrives on March 20, but why wait? The Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn and the Tribeca Synagogue both host early celebrations on Sunday! Other big events this weekend include the Big Apple ComicCon and the Tilt Festival's FREE Dumpster Ball (sign up online by March 7 if you want to attend). And, of course, you can still catch great kids' films at the International Children's Film Fest.

Still stumped? Find more top events in our March GoList, or our always packed daily NYC Event Calendar. We've also rounded up nearly 50 FREE events happening this March, including this weekend.

Weekend Events: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Children's Theater, Science

Grab your robes and quidditch brooms: The Magical Universe of Harry Potter is coming to the Vanderbilt Planetarium this weekend. Celebrate Pi Day at the Long Island Explorium with Stony Brook University mathematician Moira Chas. Celebrate Irish heritage with traditional music, dance, food, and more at Hofstra University's Irish Festival

Start planning for St. Patrick's Day with our roundup of events across Long Island. 

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Basketball, Spiderman, Dance March 9-10, 2019

As most the nation gets ready to leap ahead an hour this weekend, DC families will want to make the most of the slightly shortened weekend, and area events do not disappoint. 

For families wanting to spend some time outside, there are nature hikes and events to spot animals from reptiles to mammals. For indoor fun, there are crafts, interactive music shows, theater shows, and a pancake breakfast with superheros. 

It's hard to imagine ice skating when we're so close to spring, but don't forget to take advantage of one last weekend of outdoor ice skating before the season is over.

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Weekend Fun: Peter Pan on Ice, Brazilian Carnival, St. Paddy's Parade

This weekend's excitement includes an abundance of promising performances. These include Cumbia for Kids, a foray into Colombian music and dance; Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s Shadow Play, a multimedia production about a mischievous shadow; and Peter Pan & Friends on Ice. At the FREE Brazilian Carnival, catch a Batucada dance performance and engage in a mask-making workshop.

With St. Patrick’s Day a week away, it’s not too early to don your green and eat corned beef. Among the numerous parades in Westchester and the Hudson Valley is one of the largest in the state: the Annual Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Maple sugaring is still in peak season, as are the events that celebrate it, including pancake breakfasts and additional attractions.

Read on for further details and additional options—then head to our Event Calendar for yet more. Also refer to our March GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month and our roundup of FREE family events in March

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Syrup, Irish Fun, Museums March 9-10

Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. You know, it's the dreaded time of year when we spring forward the clocks and lose an hour. With one less hour of free time, Philly families must make the fun count with a little help from our event calendar.

Wake up to delicious maple syrup at Peace Valley Nature Center or Washington Crossing State Park. Afterwards, burn off the sugar at the Philadelphia Leprechaun Run. Speaking of the Irish, there is a prelude to St. Patrick's Day fun this weekend. Families can gather for Philadelphia's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade which is held along Market Street and wraps up between 16th-20th along JFK Parkway. Once the performers are done, head to Malvern for Sober St. Patrick's Day, a family-friendly event featuring kids' activities, dancing, and prizes.

In addition to maple syrup and St. Pat's fun, museums throughout the Delaware Valley are hosting a variety of activities. Penn Museum welcomes visitors to its Music of the World event while the National Constitution Center invites scouts to complete badge work at its Girl Scout Day. Philly kids can also learn about chemistry at Delaware Children's Museum, press printing at Second Street Press, and orchids at Longwood Gardens.

So, don't forget to push those clocks ahead. At least on the positive side, Philly families can look forward to more light from now until the fall. Make it a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Irish Fests, Pippi Longstocking, Cirque Eloize

St. Patrick's Day celebrations kick off in earnest this weekend around Chicago, with a Pot O' Gold Hunt and a St. Patrick's Day-themed kids' baking class on Saturday, plus St. Patrick's Day parades with Irish dancing and music in Lemont and Elmhurst. (If you don't love swimming through beer and crowds, neighborhood celebrations like these are a kid-friendly alternative to the main parade downtown next weekend.)

Kids can meet beloved children's book character Pippi Longstocking over pancakes at the Swedish American Museum on Saturday, or color eggs for Persian New Year at a Persian Nowruz Celebration featuring music and dance performances. The Art Institute hosts a Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt, and a colorful, magical, wild west-inspired circus comes to Millennium Park's Harris Theater with Cirque Eloize. And don't miss your chance to rock out with performances by School of Rock teachers at the Rock for Art benefit fair on Sunday.

It's the final weekend for DIY fort-making adventures at the Filament Theater, as well as the final weekend of performances for the inspiring When She Had Wings in Evanston. But the Morton Arboretum has confirmed that their enchanted Troll Hunt will continue through this summer—since their gentle giants have weathered this rough winter so well. (Better than most of us, anyway.)

Looking for more family fun in Chicago? Look no further than our constantly-updating event calendar, and our indoor winter fun bucket list for Chicago kids.

Insider's Guide to Griffith Park: More Things To Do Than Most Angelenos Know!

Five times the size of New York’s Central Park, Griffith Park was designated as a historic-cultural monument in 2009, protecting it from future development. Angelenos should be thankful to Griffith J. Griffith, a Welsh real estate developer who gifted the land to the city in 1896 as a “place of recreation and rest for the masses.” The result for us has been access to fantastic hiking trails, a home to some of our most iconic museums, and a wealth of other family activities. Lucky Los Feliz and Burbank families can call Griffith Park their local; for the rest of us it's worth setting aside a little time to be surprised by all that Griffith Park has to offer; there are probably one or two items on this list even locals didn't know about!

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