Family-friendly St. Patrick's weekend festivities

Do something new this St. Patrick's Day

If you're over the bar scene and looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your family this year you're in luck because there is no shortage of local events this weekend in Milwaukee.

Start the celebrations early on Friday, March 16. YouTube star Matthew Ball a.k.a The Boogie Woogie Kid is coming to the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum at 7:30 p.m. for a Jazz/Blues/Swing/Boogie piano performance. Admission is $12-$15.

Another performance option is the Legally Blonde production at Whitefish Bay High School. This event takes place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Parental discretion is advised as the show contains mature content.

The Racine Theatre Guild is showing Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure all weekend. There are two shows on Friday at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and three on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $6. 

Holy Rosary Church Hall is serving dinner on Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for their annual Catholic East Lenten Fish Fry. The meal is a classic fish fry with baked and fried fish, baked potato or french fries, coleslaw, rye bread, dessert and coffee. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for kids and $9 for seniors and takeout. 

On Saturday, families can start the day out at the Lucky Leprechaun 7K. Participants can run or walk through Wauwatosa, starting and finishing in historic Hart Park. The 7K begins at 10 a.m. and the cost is $40 per person. Proceeds from the event benefit the MACC fund - Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.

If you're looking to stay indoors on Saturday there are more events including Studio Saturday at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and Lego Club at West Bend Community Memorial Library.

Studio Saturday is a recurring event where families of all ages are invited to stop by a create a unique art project. This weekend's project is Block Printing. The event goes from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and is free for members.

Lego Club is a free event where families can stop by the library and build something out of Legos to go on display at the library. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m.

Also on Saturday is From Sap to Syrup! Maple Sugaring. This event takes place at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park. It is both indoors and outdoors and explores the process of making maple syrup. After learning about the process guests are invited to put the syrup to the test with a pancake meal. It takes place on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $15 for nonmembers, and $5 for children, $7 for nonmembers. 

Saturday is also the 6th Annual Party with the Sled Dogs Fundraiser. Twenty-five Door County Sled Dogs will be at the Wil-O-Way Underwood Park in Wauwatosa from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. for guests to pet and admire. There will also be music, food, raffles and kids activities. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12-years-old and under. 

The Railroad to Wonderland Model Train Show at the Mitchell Park Domes is happening all weekend from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Guests can read along as Alice finds herself on the journey to Wonderland. Regular Dome admission rates apply.

A couple markets on Sunday are the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and buy something new. 

The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market at the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center offers a variety of treats from teas, spices, cheese, meat, bakery items at more. Stop by this market anytime from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

So Milwaukee Spring Market is at South Milwaukee High School on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  This decorator market is perfect for purchasing home items and gifts for upcoming spring events, plus the Easter Bunny will be there! 

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