Portland families have been enjoying warmer weather and even a bit of sunshine. This weekend, fill your family time with activities that celebrate March! Think St. Patty’s day, National Women’s History Month and more. Bake some Irish soda bread, learn about the women who changed Portland, and get outside. Read on to find out more.

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Head to the Playground

Spring is upon us. It’s time to get those kiddos (and yourself) outside. Check out Portland playgrounds all week long. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.

Meet The Women Who Changed Portland

It’s women’s history month. Take the time to learn about the women who changed Portland and then teach your kids about their accomplishments! Find out more here.

Grab a Warm Drink

Spring may be here, but the days are still crisp. Go on a long walk and then grab a warm drink at one of these Portland shops.

Bake up Some Irish Soda Bread

This month is a great time to try your hand at making Irish soda bread. No yeast is needed for this savory/sweet bread. You’ll love this recipe. Event Details.

National Crafting Month

Keeping imagination and creativity alive in a COVID-friendly way with Crafts To Go from The Craft Factory! The perfect option for at home crafting, birthday celebrations, and other special events. Only $10 each when you order five or more crafts! Free delivery in the Portland/Metropolitan area! Event Details.

March of the Flowers Story Time

How do flowers attract pollinators? How do seeds form? And how do flowers lift the human spirit? Learn the answers to these questions in these three books during virtual story time at Seattle Arboretum’s Miller Library.

The Night Flower, by Lara Hawthorne The Secret Sky Garden, by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers Flower Talk, by Sara Levine. Event Details.

Virtual Aquarium Mini Camp

Join animal experts and take a virtual dive into the aquatic world. With opportunities to look nature in the eye with up-close animal encounters, explorers will investigate the impressive world of aquatic animals and uncover adaptations that will leave them in awe. Each session will have a different animal or habitat focus and is designed to be engaging for learners. Kids will tour a specific animal or habitat from the animal world through encounters, hands-on activities and conversations with Shedd experts. Event Details.

Ballet Breaks With New York City Ballet

Get your family moving alongside the artists of New York City Ballet with Ballet Breaks. Each virtual 30-minute workshop will be taught by a different NYCB dancer who will lead your little ones through a warm-up and choreography inspired by a beloved ballet from our repertory. Stretch, twirl, and leap with us as we explore basic ballet concepts and learn a new dance together each week, Saturdays at 11 a.m. EST. Event Details.

Celtic Bells: the Irish in Boston

Listen to the story of Irish immigrants in Boston, weaving in songs and poems of work, humor, protest, longing for home and longing to feel at home as immigrants in America. Enjoy the lively music of the fiddle, bodhran (Irish drum), banjo, flute, guitar and bagpipes. Register online in advance to receive a link to the virtual program. Event Details.

—Annette Benedetti