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5 March Events for Families You Don’t Want to Miss

Has there ever been a March that feels better than this one?

Sure, the bar has been set pretty low the last two years, but the sunshine, warmth, and low numbers of you-know-what have us feeling pretty darn fine.

Here are five March events for families you do not want to miss!


1. St Patrick’s Day Parade 

The St. Patricks’ Day Parade is back after a two year hiatus. Photo from www.stpatricksparade.org

After a two-year hiatus, the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and Westown Association are excited to announce the 54th Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It returns to downtown Milwaukee on Saturday, March 12 at noon! 

The parade steps off at North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (formerly Old World Third Street) and West Wisconsin Avenue ending at Water Street and Highland Avenue.

The event features over 120 units including Irish dance groups, pipe and drum corps, local celebrities and dignitaries and more.

The popular event was cancelled just two days before it was scheduled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed again in 2021 due to the City of Milwaukee’s public gathering restrictions at the time.

This will also be the first parade in the city since the 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade. 

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are set to perform at the Parade, where they will be honored along with other victims of the Waukesha tragedy. First responders will also be honored for their dedicated service throughout the pandemic. 

The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation, dating back to 1843. 


2. The Secret Garden

“The Secret Garden” exhibit is now open at the Warehouse Art Museum

“The Secret Garden” is a new art exhibit on display at the Warehouse Art Museum on St. Paul Avenue. The exhibit has a spring, floral theme as the name suggests, filled with brightly colored art pieces from a private collection. There is also an impressive gateway mural painted by a local artist.

It is accessible for small children and strollers, and there is a coloring and reading activity to go along with the exhibit. “The Secret Garden” movie will be playing in the background.


3. Sugar Moon Family Hike

Take an evening hike at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center under the full moon of March – also known as the Sugar Moon on Friday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the history of maple sugaring and why this moon gets such a sweet name. 

Make a stop at the maple trees, then hike down to the beach and watch the moon rise above Lake Michigan. 

Finally, gather around the fire and listen to indigenous legends of maple sugaring while enjoying some maple treats. 

This program is designed for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more maple sugaring events, check out “10 Maple Sugaring Events in Southeastern Wisconsin“.


4. “Inside the Zoo” at Milwaukee County Zoo

Go “Inside the Zoo” like never before March 12th and 13th. Say hello to Chalupa the new octopus. Photo from instagram, @milwaukeecozoo.

March 12th and 13th are special days at the Milwaukee County Zoo called “Inside the Zoo’.

Gain insight about what happens “inside the Zoo,” how the staff cares for 2,200+ animals and operates a 190-acre zoological facility. 

There will be tours through locations like the Train Stop in the South End Circle, the off-exhibit moose habitat and the basement of the Aquatic & Reptile Center. 

Informational tables will be available to learn about animals like big cats, gorillas and domestic yaks.

Don’t miss the new giant Pacific octopus named Chalupa!


5. Annual Train Show at the Domes

Photo from Instagram, @jo.camera.roll

Now through April 3rd, check out the G-scale trains ride through a mini Menomonee Valley, Kosciuszko Park, Mitchell Street and other iconic spots in the barrios, or neighborhoods, around Milwaukee.

Filled with colorful small plants, this garden train show celebrates the Latinx communities in Milwaukee.

Make a reservation here.


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