Weekend Events: St. Patrick's Day, Tea Party, Theater

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Children's Museum of the East End is breaking out the sodium bicarbonate and whipping up one of its favorite quick breads—Irish soda bread. Be a green engineer and design a trap to lure lost leprechauns all weekend long at the Long Island Explorium.

Dress as your favorite princess and be treated like royalty at Ballet Long Island's Princess Tea Party.

Check out our St. Patrick's Day guide for a roundup of more events across Long Island. 

Crafts for Kids in Queens: 9 Awesome Drop-in Art Spots for Families

Despite NYC's long list of great indoor play options, sometimes kids want to do more than just run and jump around. An art project is a great way to spend a winter or spring afternoon, when the usual roster of play spaces, kiddie gyms and museums is feeling a bit tired. Get busy at a local drop-in art studio to pass some indoor time. Kids can get their hands dirty doing pottery, painting, collage and more. 

For drop-in art studios and kids' craft spots, Queens is a worthy rival to Brooklyn and Manhattan. From museums with regular family art programs to places to paint plaster to FREE workshops at the Queens Library, here are nine spots where kids of all ages can flex their creative muscles. 

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: St. Patrick's Day, Maple Sugar, Kids' Theater

The biggest, greenest party of the year hits Chicago this weekend, with family-friendly St. Patrick's Day celebrations all over town. The biggest and greenest, of course, is the annual dyeing of the Chicago River on Saturday (catch the best views from a kid-friendly river cruise), set dressing for the great downtown St. Patrick's Day parade. But with kids it might be just as fun to hit one of the many neighborhood celebrations—the South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday is family-friendly, as are the Northwest Side celebration, the Naperville parade, the big party at Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville, and the St. Patrick's Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center.

No sooner have we put away our shamrock hats than it's time to pull out the bunny ears, with the Easter bunny holding court at Orland Square and at Yorktown in Lombard. But the surest, sweetest sign that spring is actually around the corner: Maple syrup season. Tap into the good stuff at maple sugaring festivals and events at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago, Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook, and Spring Valley in Schaumburg.

Chicago's vibrant children's theater scene continues to deliver through the chilly final days of winter. This weekend sees the opening of The Time Warp Trio based on the bestsellers by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, as well as Winnie the Pooh at the Beverly Arts Center.

For more ideas for family fun in Chicago, our jam-packed event calendar is at the ready. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Leprechauns, Consignment Sales March 16-17

The luck of the Irish has arrived in the Delaware Valley this weekend. Philly kids can search for leprechauns, listen to Celtic music, take a St. Patrick's Day train ride, and see an Irish dance performance. Many parades are set to march down the streets of Levittown, Springfield, Wilmington, and Conshohocken so be sure to grab the perfect viewing spot. Afterwards, head to an Irish festival at Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio or Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub.

While there certainly is a lot of St. Patrick's Day fun, the weekend isn't all about the Irish. Harry Potter fans can search through the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a themed scavenger hunt. Those interested in meditation and yoga can participate in St. Alban's Mindfulness Day. Girls can learn about coding at First African Baptist Church while kids interested in archaeology can spend time digging at Newlin Grist Mill. Don't forget to get a jumpstart on updating the kids' closets for spring at the many consignment sales going on this weekend. Hopefully, you'll catch some good deals, if you aren't able to catch a leprechaun.

Weekend Fun: St. Patrick's Day, Purim, Maple Sugaring

With the March snow melting, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday, and the weekend is chock-full of opportunities to wear your best green. Among the many parades are the Mamaroneck-Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is reported to be the second largest in the state.

Other seasonal fun includes Purim Carnival, featuring a magic show, inflatables, and other kid fun in honor of the holiday. And, with the maple-sugaring season drawing to an end, carpe diem at maple sugaring with a pancake feast, where you can not only learn about the maple-sugaring process but get instant gratification atop a stack of pancakes. For sheer entertainment, catch a family performance by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

For more options to choose from, read on, consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

18 Things to Do With Kids in Industry City, Brooklyn

Located within a former industrial storage complex along the waterfront in Sunset Park, Industry City has evolved over the past decade into something of a cultural and foodie hub. The eight formerly derelict city-block-sized buildings, running from 33rd to 37th Streets between Second and Third Avenues, are now home to artist studios, work spaces, great shopping, art exhibitions, a chocolate factory, a Brooklyn Nets training facility, an international food hall, and even a roller rink.

During the week, the courtyards and restaurants in Industry City tend to be ruled by the young workers who report to various offices and work spaces in the complex. But weekends bring an influx of shoppers, food-lovers, and young families for a unique mix of tastes, sights, art, and family programming. Hands down, it’s one of our favorite places to spend a summer weekend morning or a rainy winter afternoon. Read on for ways to make the most of a trip to Industry City with kids.

LI-Based Pint Size Painters Helps Kids Make a Masterpiece

Submerge your budding Picasso into an artist's world with a kit from Pint Size Painters. The fully equipped immersion kit, invented by a pair of Long Island parents, encourages the learning of art history while inspiring kids to create original artwork.

Explore more possibilities at these drop-in art locations for kids or become inspired at these Long Island museums and art galleries

10 Free Classes Kids Can Take at Stores and Businesses around LA

"I never run out of enriching activities for my kid," said no one EVER! Well, there are lots of classes in LA, some of which could send your bank account into cardiac arrest, but we have 10 classes your kid can do for FREE at local stores in your community. Okay, we say free; stores offer classes for free because, well, they think you just might consider a stroll down the aisles before you leave, and they're hoping a few items make their way into your basket. Stores are counting on your kid to scream, "I gotta have that!" before you leave. If you can manage to get the kids into the "free" activity and out again before the cash register rings, though, these free events are for you. (Oh, and you are a super parent!)

When Kids Get in Free at Chicago Museums, Zoos, and Parks

Chicago's museums, zoos, and parks rank among the best in the country—and lucky for busy, cash-strapped parents, many museums, zoos, gardens, and cultural institutions offer FREE or reduced admission at least once a month. Plus, many of the "grown-up" museums let kids in for free year-round, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, and most of the big institutions, including the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum, host popular free days just for Illinois residents throughout the year.

It can be hard to keep track of when and where these freebies are available, so we've compiled a list of reduced or FREE admission days and times at favorite Chicago cultural spots from the Art Institute to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Weekend Fun: St. Patrick's Day, Disney Jr. Dance Party, Diggerland

It's the final weekend of winter! Celebrate like a lucky leprechaun at festive St. Patrick's Day events, including METC's St. Patrick's Day Storytime and Craft, St. Patrick's Day at iPlay, and oodles of St. Pat's parades. Springtime is on the horizon with Diggerland's Season Opening this weekend.

Top off the winter at family-friendly shows, such as Annie and The Addams Family at UCPAC, plus Disney Jr's Dance Party at NJPAC. And don't miss FREE craft events this weekend at Princeton University Art Museum and Indigo Books

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including  30+ Free Things to Do in March. And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.


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