March 17 Paint the Waterfall Green, Lake Katherine, Palos Heights, 12PM-4PM, watch the waterfall be dyed green, kids are encouraged to dress in green, free, complimentary samples of Green River. also check out the nature center and go for a walk
March 17 A Taste of Maple Syrup Fest, Cummins Square, River Forest, 11AM-2PM, learn how real maple syrup is made, enjoy food from food trucks with maple syrup inspired menu items, free admission
March 17-19 Barrington Celtic Fest, McGonigal's Pub, Irish dancers, Irish music, bagpipers, free admission but donation to Relay for Life appreciated, 21 and older only after 8PM
Friday, March 18
March 18-20 Chicagoland Family Pet Expo, Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, live entertainment, pet rescue groups, pet item vendors, 1PM-9PM Fri, 9AM-6PM Sat, 10AM-5PM Sun, adults $10, kids 3-12 $5, parking $7 (cash only), $1 off coupon online, check out Friday special, please do not bring pets
Saturday, March 19
March 19 Maple Fest, Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, 9AM-1PM, maple tapping demos every hour, free, maple snacks and hot beverages for sale
March 19 Northwest Celtic Fest, Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates, 10AM-5PM, live entertainment, Celtic food, kids games, Irish dancing demos, whiskey/scotch tasting and more, free admission and parking
March 19 Living History Day, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 1PM-3PM, crafts, activities, games and demos, $5 pp, drop in UPDATED TIME DUE TO MiSPRINT IN AHPD CATALOG
March 19-20 Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend, Chicago Botanic Garden, 11AM-4PM, write a seasonal haiku, make a cherry blossom hanging scroll, watch a suminagashi demonstration, enjoy storytelling and koto harp demo, free, parking $25 per car for nonmembers
March 19 Crystal Lake's Largest Easter Egg Hunt, Veteran Acres-Baseball Field, 11:30AM-1:30PM, egg hunt begins promptly at noon, separate area for those ages 0-3, crafts, purchase an egg for an egg roll and more, 10,000 eggs, free event, bring your basket!
March 19&20 Maple Syrup Hikes, Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, 12PM-2PM every half hour, see tapping in process, see how tap turns to sap, $6 pp, children under 3 free, must register: 847-968-3321
March 19 Sap's Rising, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, walk through the forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the history of maple syrup production, free
Also, Barrington Celtic Fest and Chicagoland Pet Expo from above.
Sunday, March 20
March 20 44th Annual Maple Syrup Fest, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-3PM, tree tapping hikes, maple syrup making, maple syrup history and more, free.
March 20 Easter Egg Hunt, Towne Square, Palatine, 12PM-1:30PM, broken into age groups, bring a basket, ages up to 9
March 20 Easter Egg Hunt, Capinnari's Mt. Prospect, 12PM, free, bring your own basket, for ages 2-7
Also, Malott Japanese Garden Spring Weekend, Maple Syrup Hikes, Barrington Celtic Fest and Chicagoland Pet Expo from above.