Celebrate women in aviation, hunt for a leprechaun, snack on pi(e) at the Maryland Science Center,  cheer at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, and MORE! Here’s our round-up of weekend fun for Baltimore families.

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ALL WEEKEND

LET’S MAKE TRACKS! (AGES 3+)
Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Animals leave clues behind in nature that tell a story. Hit the trails with one of our naturalists as we look for tracks and scat to find out what animals are around in the winter. Adults and children 3+. $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members). Register in advance. MORE

CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE OF MARYLAND PRESENTS HONK! JR.
Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 | Times Vary

The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland proudly presents Honk Jr, a delightful musical based on the tale of The Ugly Duckling. Shows are March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 1:00pm, and March 12 at 4:30pm. The March 13 show will be sign-language interpreted. Performances take place at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd, in the Administration Building Lecture Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for 18 and under, and available through the Box Office at 443-840-2787 or online at www.cpmarts.org. Tickets sold at the door if available. Space is limited. Advance reservation is recommended. MORE

P.NOKIO: A HIP-HOP MUSICAL
Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 | Times Vary
Sensory Friendly Performance on March 13 at 11 AM
Imagination Stage

G.Petto is an ingenious computer games designer who one day discovers that his newest game character, P.Nokio, can live outside the computer! G.Petto is thrilled at the prospect of having a “son,” and with the help of the Graffiti Fairy, he teaches P.Nokio how to become a real boy. But, P.Nokio falls in with con artists and finds himself in a web of lies that endangers his father. To save G.Petto, P.Nokio must wise up, keep it real, and learn that words and truth are the mightiest weapons of all. A completely contemporary, high-energy musical update of Pinocchio by the creator of Imagination Stage’s hit Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth. MORE

THE COLUMBIA ORCHESTRA: SYMPHONIC POPS
Saturday, March 12 at 7 PM | Sunday, March 13 at 3 PM
Jim Rouse Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Choose from two performances of our popular Symphonic Pops concert! March 12th at 7 PM and March 13th at 3 PM. We pair music from Bernstein’s West Side Story with South Side: Symphonic Dances, a companion piece by Soulful Symphony’s Darin Atwater. Vocalist Cynthia Renée joins the Orchestra for music made famous by Adele, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, & Natalie Cole! Plus, Simon & Garfunkel, Bizet’s Carmen, and Ryan Li and Gianna Baker, the Junior Division Winners of our 2020 Young Artist Competition, sponsored by Gailes Violin Shop, finally get their chance to perform with the Orchestra! MORE

FRIDAY

FAMILY AND FRIENDS STORY TIME (AGES 1-5)
Friday, March 11 | 10 AM
Baltimore County Public Library – Hereford

Develop language and early literacy skills together through stories, songs, rhymes and movement. Designed for children who range from newly mobile and active to learning to sit for short periods; siblings and all abilities welcome. Limited seating available; first come, first served. MORE

PLAY AT DOODLEHATCH
Friday, March 11 | 10 AM – 5 PM
DoodleHatch

Play where Mythological creatures shop! Pick up your Galactic guest at the Star Gate, get a new passport photo as a mermaid, Send a message from the Space Station. Jump on the Giant Bed and lay in the vampire coffin. Rearrange DoodleTopia city and the fairy village. Color and paint in the Art Department. Wear a costume so you blend in! MORE

MUSICAL MUNCHKINS AT MANOR MILL (INFANTS AND TODDLERS)
Friday, March 11 | 10:15 AM
Manor Mill

Join Corinne Zmoos, MS, CCC-SLP for a music-filled class while practicing speech and language science. Sing, dance, and play through your favorite nursery rhymes, original songs, and joyful experiences that scaffold your child’s communication skills. After class, Corinne answers questions about developmental milestones and language acquisition. MORE

KIDS NIGHT OUT
Friday, March 11 | 5 PM – 7 PM
Les Petits Bisous

Children 5 and older are welcome to attend this Kids Night Out where Emily will assist the children as they have a memorable St. Patty’s day theme evening with 2 projects: Leprechaun traps and learning how to create a rainbow buttercream swirl on 4 cupcakes. There is an option to ‘add on’ dinner for your child(ren) in the area when you purchase tickets. MORE

IN SEARCH OF THE TIMBERDOODLE (AGES 5+)
Friday, March 11 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Lake Roland

Timberdoodle, bog sucker, Labrador twister, and mud snipe; all of these are nicknames for the American Woodcock. Join us for a night hike through the fields to call and listen for this peculiar birdas they begin their breeding season. Meet at L’Hirondelle Club Road field loop path entrance. To register, please email lakerol-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov. MORE

SATURDAY

IRISH FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN WESTMINSTER
Saturday, March 12 | 8 AM – 12 PM
Downtown Westminster

The City of Westminster Recreation and Parks Department will host an Irish Festival on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 8am-12noon. This one day rain or shine event attracts approximately 5,000 people to Downtown Westminster. Main Street goes green; featuring Irish-themed food vendors, live entertainment, art & craft vendors, a series of races, activities for the lil’ ones, free trolley transportation and a pub crawl. MORE

BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS: CHIMPANZEE FOREST
Saturday, March 12 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Rise and shine as this VIP experience takes you inside the Chimpanzee Forest before the Zoo opens. Enjoy dining while the chimpanzees curiously peek out their viewing windows at the guests! A full menu will be served as a freshly cooked pre-packaged meal. MORE

FREE MARCH BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Saturday, March 12 | 9 AM – 4:45 PM
The Book Thing

The Book Thing is hosting a March Book Giveaway on Saturday, March 12! Patrons will be allowed into the building to select their own books using a timed-entry format. They’ll also be accepting books through the book donation window from 9 AM – 2 PM. Families can donate up to four boxes of books. MORE

LIVESTEAM: SATURDAY MORNING TUNES’ *ALL NEW* “FROZEN 1 & 2” LIVE SHOW
Saturday, March 12 | 9:30 AM
Hosted by WTMD & The B&O Railroad Museum

If you have young kids, you already know all the words to the soundtracks of the movies “Frozen 1 & 2.” And on Saturday Jan. 22, WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes is thrilled to present a brand new “Frozen” stage show featuring songs from both movies, performed in costume by the classically trained opera singers Outcalls, at the B&O Railroad Museum’s picturesque Roundhouse. The live show is SOLD OUT but WTMD will be streaming the concert. MORE

VIRTUAL | ANTI-RACISM STORY TIME: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Saturday, March 12 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

This month, the Anti-Racism Story Time team sends love and appreciation to women who have been champions of anti-racism, as well as to the little ones who are waiting to grow and change the world too. Read, move, sing and craft with us as we explore themes of anti-racism in a child-friendly environment. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

ANNIE’S STORY TIME (ALL AGES)
Saturday, March 12 | 10 AM
Robinson Nature Center

Join Robinson Nature Center inaugurating this new, monthly tradition. The center turned 10 years old in 2021, so let’s honor James & Anne Robinson, the last private citizens to own the property. The Robinson’s wanted their land to connect people of all ages to nature. Enjoy an inter-generational story time each month near the footprint of where their house once stood. Bring a book or enjoy one of theirs. Free books are raffled off each month with support of James & Anne Robinson Foundation. Info: 410-313-0400. MORE

NORTH PARK TRAIL NATURE AND HISTORY WALK
Saturday, March 12 | 10 AM
The Locke Museum House

A 1.5 mile loop walk for all! Sturdy footwear recommended. Meet at the top of the Lock House drive. FREE and no reservation required. MORE

FUNGUS ON THE FARM (AGES 8+)
Saturday, March 12 | 10 AM
Baltimore County Agricultural Center

Learn about the wild mushrooms that grow on the farm and their domesticated cousins in the greenhouse. Ages 8+. Email baltcoagcenter@baltimorecountymd.gov to register. MORE

SECOND SATURDAY — YOUTH AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES: THE UNFINISHED REVOLUTION
Saturday, March 12 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Maryland Center for History and Culture

Families and learners of all ages are invited to join MCHC for a fun day of exploration about Marylanders from the Revolutionary era. Visitors will see and touch historical replicas used by Revolutionary War soldiers, enjoy interactives and a photography station in The Unfinished Revolution exhibition. This is also a great opportunity for homeschooling parents and K-12 educators to learn about additional resources for digital, virtual, and in-person instruction on these topics. MORE

FAMILY FUN AT THE BEL AIR ARMORY: India Tales, Unexpected Heroes (New Moon Theater)
Saturday, March 12 | 11 AM
Bel Air Armory

Join the Town of Bel Air for a FREE Family event at the Bel Air Armory! Each date features a different performance. Doors open at 10:30am; show 11am-Noon. This series is made possible through the Bel Air Arts and Entertainment District with a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Advance reservations required. A ticket is required for all guests for each date/show you wish to attend. If you reserve a ticket and can no longer attend, please cancel your reservation so someone else may take advantage of this free event! MORE

SNAP INTO SPRING WITH SNAPOLOGY: BUILD YOUR PERFECT PARK (AGES 6- TEEN)
Saturday, March 12 | 11 AM
Baltimore County Public Library – Reisterstown

Create beautiful green spaces using LEGOs and draw inspiration from park designers around the world. Critically think about what aspects make for an ideal park and deliberate on your own style, keeping consistent with the chosen theme. MORE

FAMILY FUN DAY: CELEBRATE WOMEN IN AVIATION!
Saturday, March 12 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Celebrate Women in Aviation! As a family view a presentation on Women in Aviation, create paper airplanes, and fly them toward a target. Free with museum admission. MORE

KIDS FEST PRESENTED BY CHESAPEAKE FAMILY
Saturday, March 12 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Pip Moyer Recreation Center

What do you get when you combine the Summer Camp Fair with the STEAM Fair? KIDS Fest! KIDS Fest 2022 will be an exciting new experience for all of us. This year, Chesapeake Family Magazine is taking all the things that make their traditional Summer Camp Fair wonderful and combining it with the STEAM Fair, usually held in the fall, to make one huge event. MORE

KERPLUNK! SATURDAY FAMILY DROP-IN ART CLASS
Saturday, March 12 | 12 PM – 3 PM
Hosted by Creative Alliance at Southeast Anchor Library

Kerplunk! Family Art Drop-in class is great for younger kids and families! Join the Creative Alliance to create some art projects based on current exhibitions and fun crafts. This week, make string art! MORE

FAMILY FUN: SPRINGTIME ANIMALS (ALL AGES)
Saturday, March 12 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

With the coming of spring, many animals will begin to emerge from their winter hiding places. Join a Naturalist and meet some of these live critters including a mammal, amphibian, and reptile! Registration is required – call 410-887-1081. For all ages! MORE

FIRE, FLAMES AND FLAMMABLES (AGES 10+)
Saturday, March 12 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

For thousands of years, nature has provided resins, fibers, and bark that are flammable. Hike with a Naturalist to find these materials and learn how to use them. $2 members/ $4 non-members. Pre-register. MORE

BEGINNER PUNCH NEEDLE RUG HOOKING: FOLK-ART FLOWER (AGES 12+)
Saturday, March 12 | 1 PM – 4 PM
Manor Mill

This versatile craft began in the 1880’s and in recent years has made an exciting comeback. Come learn an art form that some describe as “Painting with Wool.” In this step by step workshop the student will develop a basic understanding of making a punch needle rug, punch needle techniques, design and color planning, finishing methods. Students will create a Folk-Art Flower (4 1/2” X 4 1/2”). MORE

KID’S SATURDAY OUT AT THE NATURE CENTER (AGES 5-12)
Saturday, March 12 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Robinson Nature Center

Join Robinson Nature Center once a month for a nature-based, outdoor social program for kids. Explore the wonders of nature, play outdoors with friends, learn outdoor skills and have an afternoon away from home! Kids enjoy nature walks, games, investigations and more. Please dress your child to go outdoors. Indoor spaces used for warming breaks. MORE

RAPTOR CHAT
Saturday, March 12 | 2 PM – 3 PM
Marshy Point Nature Center

Join Marshy Point Nature Center to discuss Maryland’s raptors and meet the raptor residents at Marshy Point. $2/person. Advance registration required. MORE

SUNDAY

SUNDAY BIRD WALK
Sunday, March 13 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Marshy Point Nature Center

Explore the estuary and more with their expert bird watchers. Free! Advance registration required. MORE

A SEED IS A SUITCASE (AGES 2+)
Sunday, March 13 | 11 AM – 1 PM
Baltimore County Agricultural Center

Learn about seeds and the plants they turn into with a fun story and craft! Ages 2+. Email baltcoagcenter@baltimorecountymd.gov to register. MORE

LEPRECHAUN SCAVENGER HUNT (ALL AGES)
Sunday, March 13 | 12 PM – 2 PM
Holt Park ad Center for the Arts

This self-guided scavenger hunt will take you around the park as you try to solve rhyming clues. Begin the hunt any time between 12:00 and 2:00. Sign in and begin the hunt at the Holt Center, and follow the clues to find a prize! This event is free for all ages. Please RSVP for this event. MORE

PI(E) DAY
Sunday, March 13 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Maryland Science Center

What’s the Science Center’s favorite dessert? Pi(e)! Celebrate the most mathematically delicious day of the year at the Maryland Science Center! Pi(e) Day is a celebration of the mathematical constant Pi (∏), a number used to calculate the circumference of a circle, and also a celebration of sweet and savory, circular baked treats! Circle up for a well rounded day of endless fun. Get creative with circle art, launch pizza pie toppings with catapults, show off your hula hooping skills, and so much more. MORE

TAP WITH MOVING HISTORY (AGES 8+)
Sunday, March 13 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

Join Moving History at the Eubie Blake Center for tap classes. Enjoy the full 10-week series or register for individual classes. MORE

THE EMERALD ISLE (AGES 6+)
Sunday, March 13 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

The Isle gave us leprechauns, pots of gold and soda bread. Learn more about Ireland and help make soda bread in the Nature Center Earth Oven. $3 members/ $5 non-members. Register in advance. MORE

PURIM PALOOZA
Sunday, March 13 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Join the Jewish Federation of Howard County on Sunday, March 13th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for the 30th Annual Purim Palooza! MORE

STORYTIME WITH WILDLIFE ADVENTURES
Sunday, March 13 | 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM
Snug Books

Wildlife Adventures is an educational outreach program dedicated to reaching audiences with environmental messages while providing a memorable and enriching experience for children of all ages. Join them for story time at Snug Books! MORE

BALTIMORE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE 2022
Sunday, March 13 | 2 PM
Downtown Baltimore

Baltimore’s St. Patrick Parade is truly the jewel in Maryland’s emerald crown. For more than 60 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. MORE

VIRTUAL | PJ LIBRARY VIRTUAL HAMANTASCHEN BAKE
Sunday, March 13 | 4 PM
Hosted by PJ Library

The Macks Center for Jewish Education and PJ Library invites families with young children and tweens to a virtual Hamantaschen Bake. They will also sing songs and hear the Purim story! Registration includes a hamantaschen baking kit which will be available for pickup at the Park Heights JCC. MORE

BALTIMORE CLUB DANCE CLASSES WITH MOVING HISTORY (ALL AGES)
Sunday, March 13 | 4:45 PM
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center

Join Moving History at the Eubie Blake Center on Sundays for Baltimore Club dance classes. Join them for the 10-week session or register for individual classes. MORE