In addition to your local parade, there are many ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Boston area. From storytimes to animal fun to crafts to music, you're sure to find something to bring out your Irish green!
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"St. Patrick's Day Fun," Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton. Fri.., March 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. With museum admission: $9. Celtic music, crafts and a little leprechaun magic. Participate in different activities from searching for pots of gold to learning the history of St. Patrick’s Day. Best of all wearin’ of the green will get you a special treat at the front desk. www.childrensmuseumineaston.org
"St. Patrick's Day Storytime and Treasure Hunt," The Curious George Store, 1 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Fri., March 14, 10 a.m. - 10:45. Free. RSVP required. Listen to some St. Patty’s themed books and then find the gold at the end of the rainbow following the clues around the store. www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com
"Celtic Celebration," Old Sturbridge Village, Route 20, Sturbridge. Sat., March 15 & Sun., March 16, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $24; seniors (65 and over), $22; ages 3-17, $8; 2 and under, free. Irish music, food, step dancing, and stories. Irish musicians will explain the difference between jigs and reels and tell of the Irish experience through song. Museum exhibits and historians will explain what caused the wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century, and also talk about what life was like for Irish families after they arrived in America. www.osv.org
"WGBH's A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn," Sanders Theatre, 1500 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Sat., March 15, 8 p.m. & Sun., March 16, 3 p.m. $25-$45. A wide range of new and familiar musicians alike perform to help celebrate the holiday in true Irish style. www.wgbh.org
"St. Patty-cakes Breakfast," Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorne St., New Bedford. Sun., March 16, 9 a.m. Adult members, $8; child members, $5; adult non-members, $13; child non-members, $10; under 1 are free. Pre-registration with payment required. Delight in deliciously green pancakes in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day at the Bear’s Den Café, then explore the Zoo to see what all the animals are up to for the day. www.bpzoo.org
"St. Patrick's Day Enrichment," Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. Sun., March 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. With zoo admission: adults, $17.95; seniors, $14.95; ages 2-12, $11.95; under 2 and members, free. Watch as many of the animals receive green-themed enrichment items. Enrichment can be offered in a variety of different ways and zookeepers use novelty foods, sounds, smells, boxes, bags, and toys to provide activities that excite all the senses. www.zoonewengland.org
"Celebrate St. Patrick's Day," Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. Mon., March 17, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. With museum admission: $14. Various activities to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, including the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums (at 11:30am), making a 4 leaf clover, creating green bubbles, a parade at 2 p.m. and more. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org
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