Check out these family-friendly events in the Milwaukee area in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday, March 12

Blarney Run: A 5K run, 2-mile walk or quarter-mile "Twinkle Trot" for ages 10 and under. 10 a.m. Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool Grand Hall at Hoyt Pool, 1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa. (414) 774-8672,

Milwaukee's St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The 50th annual parade features floats, marching bands and several Irish and Celtic organizations. 12-3 p.m. Downtown Milwaukee, beginning at 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Post-Parade Party: The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin will host a post-parade party from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center. Children 5 and younger are free; $10 for unlimited family members; $2 per person. The party will include Irish music, dancing and a stage featuring children's stories.

Sunday, March 13

Milwaukee Irish Fest Family Day: Join the fun at the fourth annual Milwaukee Irish Fest Family Day in the Village with free Irish-themed activities, perfect for all ages. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 476-3378,

Trinity Irish Dancers: Watch young dancers during a 20-minute traditional Irish dance performance. 1 p.m. Free with museum admission. Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. (414) 390-5437,

Thursday, March 17

Snake Patrick Day: Feel the scales on a live snake and touch a turtle’s back. Plus, you can eat some green cake and green cookies. 6-7 p.m. $5-$8. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside. Pre-register. (414) 352-2880,

Saturday, March 19

Racine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Join in the fun, starting at 12 p.m. The parade begins at Main and 6th streets.

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