Lots of St. Patrick's Day fun, a children's book signing and reading, a comedy show for the whole family and more!

Friday, March 15 

Backyard and Beyond: Forest Fridays. Discovery Museum, 177 Main St., Acton. 10-10:45 a.m. Enjoy a nature-based activity based on the weather of the season either in the Discovery Woods or out on the adjacent conservation land. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $14.50, ages under 1 free. discoveryacton.org.

Family Fun. Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., Newton. 3-5 p.m. Drop-in for family games and activities for an afternoon of fun. Free. newtonfreelibrary.net.

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Saturday, March 16

Maple Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Get a taste of the season, smell wood smoke and maple syrup, and enjoy tree tapping and sugaring. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths 4 and up $14, ages under 3 free. osv.org.

Circle of Songs: Live. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 10:30 a.m. Join nationally-known early childhood educator and musical entertainer Hugh Hanley as he brings his energy and music for parents and children to enjoy. Members $7; nonmember adults $12, ages 3-10 $10, ages under 3 free. regenttheatre.com.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Zoo. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visit the zoo to watch some of the animals receive green-themed treats, get creatives with arts and crafts, and discover fun facts. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16.95, youths 2 to 12 $11.95, ages under 2 free. zoonewengland.org.

Arms + Armor Demonstrations. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. A fun interactive program where you can learn about different kinds of arms and armor used by Roman soldiers, Medieval knights, and beyond. Free with admission. Members free; nonmember adults $16, youths 4-17 $6, ages under 3 free. worcesterart.org.

"The Dirt Girl" Book Signing & Story Time. Enchanted Passage, 145 Armsby Rd., Sutton. 12-1 p.m. Join local author Jodi Dee at this children's book launch and signing, and stay for a reading. Free. facebook.com/events/2217995981852554/

Happier Family Comedy Show. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 3-4 p.m. Get your creative imagination jump-started during this on-the-spot family friendly improvisational show from this favorite Western Mass-based group. Member adults $9, youths $4.50; nonmember adults $10, youths $5. carlemuseum.org.

Daddy & Me Brain Building Afternoon: Firetrucks. Leominster Public Library, 30 West St., Leominster. 3-4 p.m. Dads and caretakers are invited to bring their child to the library to enjoy firetruck stories, and a hands-on building of wooden firetrucks with hammer, nails, and paint. For ages 2 to 4 with caregiver. Register ahead. Free. leominsterlibrary.org.

Leprechaun Traps. Worcester Public Library: Burncoat Branch, 526 Burncoat St., Worcester. 3-4 p.m. Use everyday household items to trap some unsuspecting Irish fairies with just the right bait, setup, ingenuity, and STEAM concepts. Free. mywpl.org.

Remembering the Queen: The Music of Aretha Franklin. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 8 p.m. Celebrate the Aretha Franklin with this live concert performance. $30-40. regenttheatre.com.

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Sunday, March 17

Maple Days. Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Get a taste of the season, smell wood smoke and maple syrup, and enjoy tree tapping and sugaring. Free with admission. Adults $28, youths 4 and up $14, ages under 3 free. osv.org.

Jumanji. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunter star in this adventurous adaptation of the award-winning children’s book following an untamed boardgame. Adults $9.50, children $7.50. coolidge.org.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore culture, identity and stories of immigration through arts, crafts, activities, and live performances celebrating Irish and Irish-American culture. Free with admission. Members free; nonmembers $17, ages under one free. bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 7 p.m. The longest consecutively running jazz festival in the world comes to Boston featuring a stunning line-up of musicians and singers. $45-65. berklee.edu/events.