Families can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Easter with these all-ages events, plus family-friendly arts and outdoor educational events.
A Year with the Frog and Toad
MARCH 3-17, Chicago Street Theatre, 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Based on the storybook favorite, this family musical follows the woodland adventures of two friends — a worry-wart toad and his perky frog friend. Children of all ages will be delighted with the play's whimsical score and colorful cast of characters.
LaPorte County High School Art Competition
MARCH 3-26, Southern Shore Art Association Gallery, 724 Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.879.4980. southernshoreartassociation.com. Underwritten by the Unity Foundation, this exhibit will showcase the finest examples of LaPorte County's High School artists in a variety of media.
Maple Sugar Time
MARCH 4-5, 11-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chellburg Farm, U.S. 20 and North Mineral Springs Road, Porter. 219.395.1882. nps.gov/indu. Attendees can get a sweet taste and experience the making of maple syrup at various times in history.
Runnin' with the Irish 5K
MARCH 11, 8:30 a.m. kids fun run, 9 a.m. 5K run/walk, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. CR-25 E., Chesterton. runsignup.com. With a course that travels along the roads of the state park, this annual race offers a half-mile fun run for kids and a 5K run and noncompetitive walk to benefit St. Patrick School in Chesterton.
Leprechaun Fun Run 5K Run/Walk
MARCH 11, 9 a.m., Crown Brewing, 211 S. East St., Crown Point. 219.663.4545. crownbrewing.com. This family/pet-friendly 5K fun run benefits St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Free beer or pop and breakfast buffet will be available to run participants.
Maple Syrup Time on the Weekends
MARCH 11-12, 18-19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart. 219.769.1215. lakecountyparks.com. Attendees can experience the sticky business of making syrup from tree sap firsthand, plus see how corn is ground into cornmeal and more.
St. Baldrick’s Merrillville
MARCH 12, noon-4 p.m., LUOE Local 150, 2193 W. 84th Place, Merrillville. 219.440.2281. stbaldricks.org/events/nick6thannualevent. Each year the people are invited to shave their head to raise funds and give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Participants who do not want to shave their heads can still raise funds, volunteer or enjoy fun activities for the whole family — including a fun fair, a DJ, auctions and more.
Sesame Street Live—Make a New Friend!
MARCH 16-19, Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Crown Point
MARCH 17, 3-6 p.m. dinner, Crown Point City Fire Department, 126 N. East St., Crown Point. dusk parade, along Main St., downtown Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov. The city's St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin with the annual corned beef and cabbage dinner, followed by the Glow Irish Run/Walk and the illuminated parade with entries that will light up the night.
Photos with the Easter Bunny
MARCH 19, 12:30-2 p.m., Northgate Park, Calumet Avenue and Harrison Place, Dyer. 219.865.1045. dyerchamberofcommerce.com. Children will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and have a photo taken.
Flashlight Egg Hunt
MARCH 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St., Schererville. schererville.org. Kids can use their flashlights to find prize-filled eggs that are scattered throughout the lawn of the community center. A pizza party and BINGO will follow the hunt. MARCH 21: Registration deadline.
Odd Squad Live!
MARCH 21, 6 p.m., Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Odd Squad Live! Springs into action on stage in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids get to participate in solving a seriously strange case.