This week’s Kids Menu is brought to you by the good folks at Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center. If you and your family are looking for some terrific new — and often free—activities, we can vouch for STEC. Not only do they offer free drop-in tennis for both kids and their parents on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, but they also offer affordable yearly memberships that help underwrite programming for underserved members of our community. State of the art tennis courts, Zumba, personal training, a well equipped Fitness Center, and after school programs round out a fantastic community center.
Look them up on the web at sportsmenstennis.org and make a plan to visit soon.
Yay, sports: On March 1, Registration opens for Dorchester Youth Soccer. Go to dyssoccer.com. Get your kiddos signed up before March 18 so you can enjoy the changing seasons as you cheer them on from the sidelines. And as for baseball, registration is now open for Dorchester Baseball. Ages 4-12 go to DorchesterLittleLeague.org, and for ages 13-16, go to DorchesterBabeRuth.org
Cead Mile Failte: If you’re the parent of little ones and are up for a bit of a road trip, the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton has a fantastic program every Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Each week, they’ll offer a different activity for toddlers, such as arts & crafts, dance, singing and yoga- all while parents sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and baked goods. The cost is a steal too: just $5 for non-members (free if you’re an ICCNE member). Reserve your spot at (781) 821-8291 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., March 3 at 9:30 a.m.— the Dot Day Parade Committee will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Character Breakfast to raise funds for the June parade. Characters such as Poppy and Branch from Trolls, Batman, Minions, Mickey, Minnie, Moana, Peppa Pig, Cookie Monster and Elmo will be on the scene at Meetinghouse Church. A delicious breakfast will be served by Season’s Catering and ice cream will be available from Chill on Park. $20 per adult, $10 per child 12 and under. Children under 2 are free.
Saturday, March 3, World Wildlife Day at Franklin Park Zoo. “Big Cats: Predators Under Threat.” Learn what you can do to help protect and make a difference for the future of big cats. Ask questions directly to zookeepers about some of the endangered animals that call Franklin Park Zoo home during zookeeper chats. Guest are also invited to discover more about big cat conservation at the education table and get creative at the craft table.
Monday, March 12, 11 a.m.— Black History Heroes, Soldiers and Spies presented at the Grove Hall BPL, 41 Geneva Ave. Buffalo Soldiers, including Colonel Charles Young, as they explore and settle the American West.
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m-noon- St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton. $7 per person, includes refreshments and entertainment including music, dance, arts & crafts. 200 New Boston Rd, Canton. www.irishculture.org
Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. — Cold Night, Hot Stove presented by the All Dorchester Sports League. At First Parish Church, 10 Parish St.