Friday, March 9 

Preschool Story and Nature Hour: Winter Birds. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an hour of nature-themed fun engaging within a storybook, making a craft to take home, and walking the trails to explore what the feathered friends do this time of year. For ages 2.5 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. massaudubon.org.

 

Icy Investigations. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4:30 p.m. Drop-in as embrace the last few days of winter, experimenting with different types of salt on ice, add some watercolors, and discover how cool science can be. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $12.50, children under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Let’s Learn About Japan. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-3:45 p.m. Come find out what kids do for fun in Japan as student teachers from Showa University in Tokyo share with toys, folktales, and crafts from Japan. For ages 3 and up. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Harlem Globetrotters. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 7 p.m. Enjoy the star-studded roster that will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that will thrill all ages. Through Saturday. $24.50-$83.50 dcucenter.com.

 

Saturday, March 10 

Muggle Magic. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Follow recipes using mangrove juice, unicorn’s blood, Swump-Dump water, and more to create a variety of potions, lotions, and concoctions. For ages 7 to 10. Register ahead. Members $22, nonmembers $26. springfieldmuseums.org.

 

Little Groove. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Come explore the Coolidge during this interactive music experience, featuring instruments, dances, and song for a full-body musical experience. Recommended for ages 2 and up. Adults $13, children $10. coolidge.org.

 

Margot Fox Family Fun Time. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m. Come dance, wiggle, and sing to old and new songs, during this family-friendly folk rock concert by Margot Fox and Friends. Members $7; nonmember adults $10, youth ages 3 to 12 $8, children under 3 free. regenttheatre.com.

 

PAW Patrol Live. The Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Join the PAW Patrol on a pirate adventure, as Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern, and discover a secret pirate treasure map. Through Sunday. $25 and up. bochcenter.org.

 

The Irish Balladeers. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Take a musical trip the Emerald Isle during this performance of traditional stories and dances with authentic Irish instruments. Register ahead. Free. jfklibrary.org.

 

Sensory Friendly Screening. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 11 a.m-12 p.m. Come spend an hour at the Little Cinema watching a family friendly film in a quiet and dim theatre, designed for families and children with sensory needs. Recommended for ages 3 to 6. Members $3, nonmembers $5, children under age 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

 

Special Storytime: Jane Yolen. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 2 p.m. Celebrate Jane Yolen’s 365th book of her career, A Bear Sat on My Porch Today, directly from the author herself. Free with admission. Adults $9, youth $6, children under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

 

A Musical Taste of Irish Culture. Worcester Public Library: Main Branch, 3 Salem Sq., Worcester. 2-3:30 p.m. Discover Irish culture during this live performance featuring traditional tunes, stories, and educational engagement surrounding the Emerald Isle. Free. mywpl.org.

 

Daddy/Caregiver & Me Brain Building Afternoon: Racecars. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Dads or caretakers are invited to join in this activity building wooden race cars using real hammers and nails, before painting them. For ages 3 to 7 with caretaker. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

 

Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 5-8 p.m. This is a special evening especially for families with members on the autism spectrum. Play, explore, learn, and enjoy a family dinner . Register ahead. Free. discoveryacton.org.

 

Ballet Flamenco Jesus Carmona. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Celebrated flamenco dancer Jesus Carmona and his company of 10 dancers, musicians, and vocalists perform an innovative and emotionally charged program. $40-79. berklee.edu/events.

Sunday, March 11 

Maple Day. South Shore Nature Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore maple history, culture, and production, and enjoy the process from start to finish of tapping a tree for sap to boiling maple syrup. Members $5, nonmembers $8, ages under 3 free. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

 

Girls Day. MIT Museum, Building N51, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join the bi-annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, through hands-on activities, informal talks, and demonstrations. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Free with admission. Adults $10, youths 5 and up $5, ages under 5 free. mitmuseum.mit.edu.

 

ARTfull Explorations. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln. 1-3 p.m.  Drop-in and explore the Museum exhibitions with the whole family. Investigate new ideas and unique materials inspired by the themes of the artists on view. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $14, youths 12 and under free. deCordova.org.

 

Hands-On History. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd., Concord. 1-4 p.m.  Drop-in for an afternoon for kids and families to learn together through hands-on demonstrations. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $10, youth ages 6 and up $5, ages under 6 free. concordmuseum.org.

 

Backyard and Beyond: Intro to Orienteering. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 2-4 p.m. Explore the outdoor campus of the Museum through use of compasses, maps, and the skills of orienteering. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $12.50, children under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Compañía Eva Yerbabuena. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Enjoy a riveting balance between artistic innovation and rich flamenco tradition, as Eva Yerbabuena performs the Boston premier of her work ¡Ay!. $40-79. berklee.edu/events.