Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Family Opera and All Things Irish, March 12-13

They say we're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and this weekend offers plenty of opportunities for the wearing of the green. From a free Irish festival to a spectacular show (pictured) to a chance for families to give Irish dancing a try, local venues are offering plenty of ways to celebrate. If you'd rather hold off until the 17th, some completely different events going on this weekend include family-friendly opera with kid performers, a fairy tale ballet, and a chance to travel around the French-speaking world. So many choices!

If that's not enough, you can still get the kids a taste of the maple syrup process at a boildown, celebrate Easter at an egg scramble, or make three-cornered treats at a hamantash bake for Purim.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • If you're thinking about taking the kids to see Zootopia, check out our parent review first.
  • See what awaits at the end of the rainbow at any of these St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
  • Ready, set, go! Get the kids to the starting line for one of these egg hunts.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!


Easter Egg Hunt - Norton
These annual, non-competitive hunts along the Winslow Nature Trail are a favorite with children and parents.

Commonwealth Ballet Presents The Nightingale - Weston
Hans Christian Andersen's beloved tale of The Nightingale has been transformed into a family-friendly ballet of true friendship, love, and courage.

A Little Bit of Ireland - Waltham
Reagle Music Theatre brings one of the largest Irish shows in New England with a cast of 100 to the stage to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Family Opera: Weaver's Wedding - Cambridge
This opera is based on a Bengali animal fable by Upendrakishore Raychaudhuri and features kids and their families onstage.


Celebrate! with the Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers - Boston
The Greene-O'Leary School of Irish Dancers demonstrate their athleticism, skill, and poise while presenting traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.

Maple Syrup Boildown - Somerville
Visitors watch and learn as sap from local maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire.

Annual Spring Egg Scramble - Dorchester
Children can join in the scramble for candy and toy filled plastic eggs scattered across the field at DCR Pope John Paul II Park.

Irish Festival - Foxborough
The popular St. Patrick’s Day event at Patriot Place features live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, plus free Irish-themed activities for children.

French Around the World: Voyages en Francophonie - Lexington
Take a trip with your friends and family to Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti, Lebanon, Monaco, Morocco, and Seychelles in this free festival for families.


Irish Dance - Arlington
Families can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a free dance party, Irish style.

Fiddler on the Farm & The Whyte School Irish Step Dancers - Dover
Performers at this celebration include Celtic fiddler, Claire Pettit and Irish Step Dancers from the Whyte School, who share traditional, solo, and group dances.

Hutch Magazine Creativity Workshop - Dedham
The collaborative environment of the workshop may help kids begin stories, art, poetry, or other creative submissions for Hutch Magazine.

Hamantash Bake for the Family - Brookline
Families can get into the Holiday spirit with a Hamantash Bake fest to make the delicious treats and take them home.

Photo courtesy of Reagle Music Theater/Herb Philpott

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