Wow! So many great events to choose from this weekend, including Behind the Scenes at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee's St. Patrick's Day Parade, several egg hunts, maple sugaring events and more.
Friday, March 11
Animal Movie Night: Watch "The Good Dinosaur" and enjoy s'mores by the fireplace. Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee. 6-9 p.m. $5/youth and $10/adult. (414) 352-2880, schlitzaudubon.org
Little Explorers Playgroup: Children ages 4 and younger can enjoy activities designed to engage their senses. Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce, Milwaukee. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. (414) 431-2940, urbanecologycenter.org
Saturday, March 12
Behind the Scenes Weekend: Walk in the elephant yard. Tour the Aquatic and Reptile Center. Watch orangutans interact with iPads. Plus, much more! Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee. 10 a.m.-2:45 p.m. $11.75/adults; $8.75 ages 3-12. (414) 256-5412, milwaukeezoo.org
Easter Egg Hunt + Celebration: Join in the fun with a puppet show, games, a train ride, egg hunt and much more, including an opportunity to meet the Big Bunny. Apple Holler, 5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant. 10 a.m. $9. appleholler.com
From Sap to Syrup: Learn about how to harvest sap and turn it into maple syrup. Enjoy pancakes, too! Pre-register. Urban Ecology Center Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St. Milwaukee. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $15/adult and $7/kid. (414) 344-5460, urbanecologycenter.org
Just A Little Critter: Designed for kids ages 3-6, this musical is based on Mercer Mayer's popular character, Little Critter. Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $14. firststage.org
Make Your Own Fairy Garden: Explore the whimsical side of gardening by creating a fairy or gnome garden for your home at this family workshop. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $25. (414) 525-5653, boernerbotanicalgardens.org
Maple Syrup Hike at Petrifying Springs: Join in on one of three hikes in Petrifying Springs County Park. Meet at Pavilion #6 Petrifying Springs Park 761 Green Bay Rd., Kenosha. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. pringlenc.org
St. Patrick's Day Parade: The 50th Annual Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick's Day Parade features floats, marching bands and several Irish and Celtic organizations. Downtown Milwaukee, beginning at 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue. 12 p.m. saintpatricksparade.org
Storytime in the Galleries: Come hear a story that relates to a work of art in the museum and then make a drawing. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. 10:30 a.m. (414) 224-3200, mam.org
The Peanuts Movie: See March 11 listing.
The Snow: This world premiere play weaves a fantastical Grimmsian tale for families. Ideal for ages 8+. Todd Wehr Theater, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $12.50-$32.50. firststage.org
Winter Pow Wow: Explore the traditional American Indian pow wow with dancing, drumming, singing, food and activities. Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $8/adults; free for children 12 and younger. indiansummer.org
Sunday, March 13
Daylight Saving Time begins
Back to Nature: Kohl's Art Generation Family Sundays will focus on the beauty of the American landscape. See the American Vision exhibit, paint a landscape and more. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (414) 224-3200, mam.org
Behind the Scenes Weekend: See March 12 listing.
Easter Egg Hunt + Celebration: See March 12 listing.
Just A Little Critter: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. See March 12 listing.
The Peanuts Movie: See March 11 listing.
The Snow: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. See March 12 listing.
“Whose Hands Are These?” Book Event: Green Bay author, Miranda Paul, will talk about her latest book for ages 4 and up, "Whose Hands Are These: A Community Helper Guessing Book." Enjoy this family-friendly storytime with activities, treats and prizes. Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. 3 p.m. Free. (414) 332-1181, boswellbooks.com
Winter Pow Wow: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See March 12 listing.
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