Puppets, zebras, and shamrocks, oh my! There are plenty of reasons to be out and about this weekend — including Baltimore’s favorite Irish tradition, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Here are your best bets for family fun in Charm City this weekend.

Baltimore Family Events this Weekend

Puppet Fairy Tale Theatre at Everyman Theatre
Who doesn’t love a puppet? In this two session workshop at Everyman Theatre, students will use a popular fairy tale as the inspiration to design and create Puppet Theatre. Young artists will use an assortment of materials to embellish a blank puppet, adding features that help to describe a particular character and then collaborate to create scenery that will help further tell our story. The workshop will conclude with a brief performance of our fairy tale for family members. $40. Saturday, 10 AM – 11 AM. MORE INFO

Zoo Bloom
Spring is almost here! It’s time to escape hibernation and head to The Maryland Zoo for their first big event of the new Zoo season. Join them Saturday, March 14th from 10am – 4pm for Zoo Bloom. They’ll be welcoming spring (and warmer weather) with special activities and treats for you and the animals. As part of this special event the Zoo will be featuring a full schedule of animal enrichment, where their animals will receive spring-themed treats. MORE INFO

Drop-in Art Activities: The Walters Story
The Walters family collected art from around the world, from medieval stained glass to 19th-century marble statues. Create your own collection with watercolor paintings, silks, and more! By the end of the month, you’ll have the beginnings of your very own gallery. This weekend, make swirling silk prints. Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM. FREE! MORE INFO

Towson University Family Arts Day
Bring the kids and join Towson University’s Community Art Center for an exciting Family Art Day featuring a kite making workshop, interactive gallery tours and story time inspired by the current exhibitions: PERSEVERANCE: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World and Illustrators 56 and 56 Plus. These workshops are fun for all ages! Saturday, 12 PM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

Pi(e) Day at The Maryland Science Center
If there are two things that should be paired together, it’s Party and Pi(e). March 14th, or 3.14, marks the celebration of the mathematical constant, Pi, which is used to calculate the circumference of a circle. The Maryland Science Center is ready to celebrate everything Pi, from eating pie to reciting Pi, to exploring different ways to draw a circle.Dangerously Delicious Pies has donated pies for the party, but save a little room for the pie eating contest! Saturday from 12 PM – 4 PM. Free with Paid Admission. MORE INFO

Irene’s Wish: Family Storytime Hour with Author Jerdine Nolen
Discover the power of wishes with a reading by children’s award-winning author Jerdine Nolen of her latest book, Irene’s Wish at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum. A young girl wants her father to be home more often, but her wish takes an unexpected turn in this story of enduring love between parent and child. Create a craft project related to wishes following the reading with lemonade and cookies. Recommended for children ages 6-10. Saturday at 1 PM. MORE INFO

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio
In Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR., the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.” Presented by The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland. Saturday and Sunday, 1 PM. READ OUR REVIEW before you go! MORE INFO

Shrek! The Musical by Charm City Players
Everyone’s favorite Ogre is back in this hilarious show based on the Oscar-winning film. Charm City Players was awarded “Best Family Theatre for 2014″. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and an opportunity to meet the cast. Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. MORE INFO

Open Play and Passover Program with CJE
Join Downtown Baltimore JCC and the Center for Jewish Education to explore the holiday of Passover . We will celebrate with a mazta box making craft, story time with PJ Library and interactive play and songs! Sunday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. MORE INFO

Shamrock Shindig
Irish Eyes will be smiling at the Waterfront Partnership’s 4th Annual Shamrock Shindig! Featuring live music by Philly-based Celtic band Barleyjuice, food trucks, beer, wine, mixed drinks, Shamrock Alley for kids, a strolling leprechaun, stilt walkers, games and more, this event is a fun and family-friendly way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The event concludes just in time for the 60th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which kicks off at 2:00 p.m. Admission to the event is free and includes live music and strolling entertainment. A Shamrock Pass for children and Unlimited Drink Wristband for the 21+ crowd are both available for additional purchase. The Shamrock Pass for children includes a shamrock derby hat, green beads, Irish button, Irish flag, Irish fun band bracelet, two crafts, a temporary tattoo and cookie decorating. The Unlimited Drink Wristband for adults 21 and over includes beer, wine and mixed drinks. Sunday, 10:30 AM – 2 PM. MORE INFO

Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Baltimore’s St. Patrick Parade is truly the jewel in Maryland’s emerald crown. For more than 50 years, thousands of spectators from the region have crowded the streets and sidewalks of downtown Baltimore and the famous Inner Harbor to watch thousands more march and celebrate Irish culture, music, song, and dance. The Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Monument, proceeds down Charles Street and continues to Pratt Street and Market Place. Sunday at 2 PM. MORE INFO

Newbery Winner at The Park School
Come and meet Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and 2014 Newbery award winner. Her books will be available to purchase and for signing at this event. This is a free ticketed event on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets may be picked up at The Children’s Bookstore. Sunday at 2 PM. MORE INFO


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