There is always fun to be had when St. Patrick's Day weekend and the beginning of spring rolls around.
However, finding that fun with your whole family can be a little difficult, as the bars in downtown Annapolis tend to get filled early and often with revelers.
The Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr., is offering a fun St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to offer something just for kids. Just drop in.
Follow clues to find the leprechauns hidden in the library...and a prize at the end. Visit aacpl.net/location/eastport for more information.
Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church, 855 Chestnut Tree Drive, is hosting a free Family Movie Night Friday at 6:30 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy Big Hero 5, plus popcorn and treats.
Fun for kids and their parents can be found at Parents Night at the Brick House-Annapolis, 129 Lubrano Drive, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Children age 4 and up who are potty trained can be dropped off for 2.5 hours of pizza, snack, games, movies, and, of course, LEGOs, while you go out and enjoy some St. Paddy's Day fun of your own.
It costs $30 for the first child, $15 for each additional sibling. Pizza and cupcakes are included. Space is limited, reservations are required. For information call 410-571-3089.
Here's a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Bring your whole family to Port Discovery, 35 Market Place Baltimore, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Get in for just $2 per person during Target $2 Family Fun Night. Play and learn while exploring Port Discovery's three floors of interactive exhibits, including the new, limited-time only Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails! exhibit, and the always popular KidWorks, Kick It Up, Tiny's Diner and Miss Perception's Mystery House exhibits. You can also visit with the Maryland SPCA, learn about asthma with The Johns Hopkins University, and more. This event is generously sponsored by Target, allowing visitors to get in for just $2 each, a discount of more than $12 a person off of Port Discovery's normal admission. Visit www.PortDiscovery.org for more information.
Saturday at Port Discovery is Thomas & Friends Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with museum entry, which is $14.95 for individuals ages 2 and up. Members and children younger than 2 years are admitted for free.
Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine won't want to miss Port Discovery's special Thomas & Friends Day in celebration of the Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit. Make Thomas the Train magnets, abstract train artwork, train whistles and train totes. Have fun with pop-up science projects that explore the science behind trains, simple machines and engineering through interactive demonstrations and experiments. Also enjoy live music from the roaming musician, Mr. Norman, and an interactive version of the limited-time only play, The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, performed at Port Discovery with special permission from Penguin Random House.
Sunday at Port Discovery is Super Sunday, a family fun day, from noon to 5 p.m., filled with trains, music, art and more. Enjoy Choo-Choo Circle Time, pop-up art projects, Jingle Jangle Music Time, the Percussion Garden and Kamishibai Story Time that will make your imagination go wild. Admission is free with museum entry.
Saturday night is Tween Night at Clay Bakers in Annapolis. Kids age 10 to 14 can come in and paint pottery with friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Pizza and drink are included and staff will be on hand to teach techniques and give instruction when needed. Cost is included in cost of pottery chosen. Visit www.theclaybakers.com for more info.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival began Thursday and goes through April 16. This wonderful family fun celebration is a great tradition for families in our area and now is the time to go, as the blossoms are early this year.
The Tidal Basin Welcome Area & ANA Performance Stage, 1501 Maine Ave. SW, features musicians and performances from noon until at least 6 p.m. each day through April 2, and there are many other events taking place over the next month.
Explore the full schedule at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/category/events/
Tawes Garden in Annapolis, corner of Rowe Blvd. and Taylor Ave., will host the Discover Nature Children's Program-Four Leaf Clover on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This monthly program is geared toward children ages 2 to 4 years and lasts for an hour. You will talk about four-leaf clovers, read a related story, walk through the garden, and do a craft. The cost for each child for each session is $1. Please call Ranger Jay Myers at 410-260-8184 in advance to sign up.
Celebrate Women's Month at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library this Wednesday night at 6 p.m. with Women's Movie Night / Noche de Cine para Mujeres. McFarland, USA is an inspired PG-rated sports drama based on actual events when a cross county track team made up of underprivileged Latino students, wins a state championship as a result of community support, encouragement and believing in each other even in the midst of difficulties. Enjoy this movie in Spanish language with English Subtitles. Snacks and door prizes provided. The program is provided in partnership with Georgetown East and Tyler Heights Elementary Hispanic Mom's Groups, and organized by AACPS Bilingual Facilitators. Visit http://www.aacpl.net/events/womens-movie-night-noche-de-cine-para-mujeres-93362 for more information.