Friday, March 16 

Family Game Day. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games, building materials, and other activities available for all. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Saturday, March 17 

Maple Sugaring Weekend. Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Pkwy, Sharon. 9 a.m. A day of the magic of turning sap into syrup, during this 45 year old celebration, covering the evolution of maple sugaring from the traditions of the Native Americans onward, before enjoying a delicious meal with a sugaring quiz board, crafting, and more fun. Registration recommended. Through Sunday. Advance $10, day-of $12. massaudubon.org.

 

Preschool Story Hour: In a Nutshell. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Rd., Worcester. 10-11 a.m. Bring your favorite adult for a thematic hour of story, activities, and a naturalist-led walk. For ages 3 to 5. Register ahead. Member children $3, nonmember children $4, adults free. massaudubon.org.

 

Pop-Up Play Day. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come build and rebuild the big, blue blocks of Imagination Playground, inspiring innovative and collaborative play. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $13, youth ages 4 and up $6, ages under 4 free. berkshiremuseum.org.

 

St. Patricks’ Day Celebration. The Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., North Easton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop-in and search for leprechauns, design a trap, and wear your green for a special treat on a day of leprechaun magic. Free with admission. Members free, nonmembers $9, ages under 1 free. childrensmuseumineaston.org.

 

Nowruz 2018: The Persian New Year Festival. Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Welcome the arrival of spring at the MFA’s annual celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, through demonstrations, music, dance, art-making, and more. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $25, youth ages 7 and up $1, children under 7 free. mfa.org.

 

Karen K and The Jitterbugs. TCAN: Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. 11 a.m. Bug out with Karen K and her Jitterbugs Hop, Bumble, Stinky, and Slug Bug, during this unforgettable, crowd-engaging, theatrical show. Members $10, nonmembers $12. natickarts.org.

 

Revels Spring Sing. Belmont Watertown UMC, 80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown. 2 p.m. Wave goodbye to winter surrounded during this joyful family celebration of spring filled with music, songs, and mumming fit for the season, featuring songs from England, Ireland, and America. Adults $20, children 11 and under $8. revels.org.

 

Zootopia. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 2-3 p.m. Watch this Disney animated film showing us that we can be whoever we want to be, through the lens of a bunny police officer and her unlikely Fox partner on a quest to solve a mystery. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

 

Sunday, March 18

Artbarn: Parables from the Parthenon. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Explore ancient Greece through three classic myths – from King Midas to Medusa – brought to life through Artbarn’s Duck Soup Troupe. Adults $13, children $10. coolidge.org.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 12-4 p.m. Celebrate the Caterpillar’s special day at The Carle and enjoy a special art studio project, food search, films, Storytime, and more. Free with admission. Adults $9, youth $6, children under 1 free. carlemuseum.org.

 

Learn to Geocache. South Shore Nature Science Center, 48 Jacobs Ln., Norwell. 1-2:30 p.m. Come sharpen your birding skills or learn the basics of a map of compass, during this continuation of our ‘Learn To…’ series. For ages 5 and up. Register ahead. Members $13, nonmembers $15. southshorenaturalsciencecenter.org.

 

Sunday Volunteer Days. Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, 113 Goodnow Rd., Princeton. 1-4 p.m. Learn about nature as you assist with a variety of projects such as gardening, grounds work, trail clearing, wildlife monitoring, and more. Free. massaudubon.org.

 

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown. 2-5 p.m. Embrace your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys at the USS Constitution Museum, as we listen, learn, and lift up our voices. Suggest donation $5-10. ussconstitutionmuseum.org.