Spring is here and there are lots of great family-oriented events happening.  Below are the ones that require tickets or advanced registration.  Don’t miss out on something great!  For more events check the PAM Calendar.

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The King and I
The Music Hall at Fair Park
March 20 – April 4
This show is appropriate for all ages. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives.

Rogers and Hamerstein’s Cinderella
The Genesis Children’s Theatre, Plano
March 27 – April 4
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rogers and Hammerstein hallmark of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957,starring Julie Andrews, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Leslie Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a remake in 1997 which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage,with great warmth and a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

Play Street Easter Parties
April 2
Play Street, Frisco
Egg hunt, photo ops, baby rabbits, free play, Easter treats.  $25/child
1-2:30pm, 3:30-5pm OR 6-7:30pm.  Call 469-362-8624 to reserve your spot.

Family Robotics: Ferris Wheel
April 3, 10-11am
Harrington Library, Plano
Use your math and engineering skills to build a Ferris wheel that rotates and stops for passengers! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Egg Hunt & Bunny Breakfast
Amazing Jake’s Plano
April 4, 8-1oam
Egg Hunt begins at approximately 9:30am, $6.99/person.  Includes Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Egg Hunts for children. All guests are required to purchase tickets for entry regardless of age. Bring your Easter Baskets.  Reservations Required.

Breakfast with the Bunny
The Westin Stonebriar, Frisco
April 4, 9-11am
A fundraiser for Journey of Hope Grief Support Center.  Delicious breakfast buffet, Easter egg hunt, crafts, silent auction, raffle, goodie bags and more and…an appearance by the Easter Bunny! $35/adults, $30/child

Aquatic Easter Egg Hunt
Plano Aquatic Center
April 4, 12:15-1pm
Hop on over to the swimming pool for a one-of-a-kind hunt. The Easter Bunny and PAR-D Duck will be laying eggs in the water for your child to collect. Participants should be comfortable unassisted in the water. Please bring a container to carry eggs home. Ages 3-10 Following the hunt, participants may stay and swim during the public hours of 1- 6pm (non-participants and parents will need to pay the daily admission fee for public swim). Pre-registration is required for the event.

Family Freestyle Robotics
April 4, 3-5pm
Haggard Library, Plano
This freestyle session lets you pick which robot you want to build! We will provide WeDo kits for families with younger kids, and EV3 kits for those looking for a challenge! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Ropes Course Adventure Day
April 4, 1-4pm
Heard Museum, McKinney
Don’t miss your chance to experience a ropes course program and the zip line! Ropes course programs usually require a group (of 10 or more) in order to participate. On this day, however, individuals or groups may come out the course and get a chance to experience our challenging ropes course! Reservations required.

Free Acting Workshop
April 6, Frisco
April 13, McKinney
April 20, Plano
One day advance RSVP Required.   For ages 6+.  Held by Plano Children’s Theater.

Robotics: Intro to EV3
April 7 6:30-8:30
Haggard Library, Plano
Get hands on with the new EV3 Lego Mindstorms kits with a build session. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 13-18

The Illusionists
April 7 – 19
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
Direct from Broadway , the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Dallas Summer Musicals! This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Fun on the Farm: Planting Seeds
April 10, 10:30am-noon
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Spring is the time to plant seeds. Children will plant seeds like farmers do and learn about what can grow from a seed. Children learn through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. Ages 2-5.

Day Out with Thomas
April 10-12 & 17-19
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Activities include a 25-minute train ride behind a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine as well as photo opportunities with Thomas and the Controller of the Railway, Sir Topham Hatt.  All-day entertainment includes magic shows, live interactive family stage music, petting zoo, arts & crafts, the Sandbox Fun Dig, and more!  When purchasing tickets, choose from 12 different train ride times per event day.  Each ticket includes your train ride and all-day entertainment and activities.

Balloonacy
April 10 – 19
Dallas Children’s Theater
Our youngest audiences will enjoy this award-winning story of a lonely old man (played by DCT’s own Karl Schaeffer) and his friendship with a balloon. The old man is set in his solitary ways until a red balloon blows through his window and insists on becoming his friend. Sweet, inventive and packed with physical comedy, this play shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere.   Enjoyed by ages 3+

Shoulders of Giants: The Physics of Angry Birds
April 11, 2-5pm
Haggard Library, Plano
What would Isaac Newton have to say about Angry Birds? Can science make you better at video games? Find out as we learn about force, motion, and energy with real-life Angry Birds! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

The Billy Goats Gruff
April 11
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
A Dallas Opera family event
Our newest production is an adaptation of the popular folk tale based on scenes from operas by W.A. Mozart, G. Donizetti, and G. Rossini. Sung in English, this story reinforces a strong anti-bullying message, the importance of kindness and attending school regularly. 12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities, 2:00pm — The Billy Goats Gruff (Sung in English)

Made with Code Projects
April 11, 3-5pm
Parr Library, Plano
Introducing coding skills to a new generation, Google has assembled an interesting collection of projects at www.madewithcode.com which will be worked on in class. Mentors will help you complete as many projects as possible; one of which is to design a simple bracelet which will be produced by Google’s partner and sent to your home for free! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Grade 2 and up.

Jack and the Beanstalk
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas
April 11 – May 30

Night Hike
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
April 11, 8pm
We may hear some bumps in the night, but have no fear…it’s probably just an armadillo. Follow our trail guides on a moonlit stroll down the Redbud Trail. Coyotes howling, owls hooting, and other night sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. Ages 5 years and up. $10/person. Registration required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Lowe’s Build & Grow
April 11, 10-11am
Lowe’s Stores
Free kid building event.  Registration required.

Mobile App Development Workshop
April 12 1:30-4:30pm
Davis Library, Plano
This introductory 3-hour workshop will be a combination of presentations and hands-on training, and does not require any programming background! Each student will create their own app and leave with the necessary tools to make more complex Android Mobile Apps. Presented in partnership with OASiS Texas & TiE. Participants need to bring their own laptop and charger and are also encouraged to bring an Android device and USB connector. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Grades 6-12

Fancy Nancy the Musical
April 12
Eisemann Center, Richardson
The story follows Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel, who are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, that’s fancy for 100 percent sure, that she and Bree will be picked to be mermaids. When another girl wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn’t the one she wanted?

Junior Robotics: Smart Spinner
April 13 & 20
Davis Library, Plano
Learn about gears, rotation and speed as you build and test your own smart spinner! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 7-9

Robotics: EV3 Sensors
April 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Haggard Library, Plano
Learn about the two new Lego Mindstorms sensors (gyro and color) and see them in action. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 13-18

Disney’s Mulan Jr
April 17 – 26
Heard Craig Hall, McKinney
Defying the village matchmaker, Mulan takes up arms and disguises as a boy in order to spare her father from having to serve in the army. The Huns have invaded, and it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor!

Twelfth Night
April 17 – 25
Plano Children’s Theater
Orsino, the Duke of lllyria, is in love with his neighbour, the Countess Olivia. She has sworn to avoid men’s company for seven years while she mourns the death of her brother, so rejects him. Nearby a group of sailors arrive on shore with a young woman, Viola, who has survived a shipwreck in a storm at sea. Viola mourns the loss of her twin brother but decides to dress as a boy to get work as a page to Duke Orsino.  Despite his rejection Orsino sends his new page Cesario (Viola in disguise) to woo Olivia on his behalf. Viola goes unwillingly as she has already fallen in love at first sight with the duke. Olivia is attracted by the ‘boy’ and she sends her pompous steward, Malvolio, after him with a ring.

Great American Cleanup Celebration
April 18, 11am-2pm
Plano Centre
Plano is participating in the Great American Cleanup – organize a group, select a park, creek or neighborhood to clean up and register.  Pick up your cleaning supplies April 15 – 17, do your clean up and then head to Plano Centre (with your trash bags) for the GAC Celebration from 11am-2pm.  There will be music, recycled arts and crafts, a recycling truck to check out, face painting animal adoptions, food trucks and more!

Shoulders of Giants: Up, Up, and Away
April 18, 2-5pm
Haggard Library, Plano
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction! Let kinetic energy take you to new heights as we team up to build and launch water bottle rockets – you’ll even get to test your designs in a working wind tunnel! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Kayak Tour
April 18, 4-6pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the waters of McWhorter Creek. All equipment is provided. $20/paddler (or $15/ annual pass holder). Ages 7 years and up. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Campfire
April 18, 7:30-9:30pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Meet us at a cozy campfire for traditional campfire fun, which may include stories, songs, and of course toasted marshmallows. $10/person or $30/family. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected].edu.

Carnival of the Animals
April 19
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Camille Saint-Saëns famous work paints a picture of the variety of creatures in the animal kingdom through music. The concert will also feature puppeteers from Le Theatre de Marionette and Geppetto’s  Marionette Theater. The concert day begins at 2:15 with activities such as crafts, coloring, Be a Conductor, and the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, a hands-on experience where kids can see, hear and play different instruments.  Concert starts at 3pm

Kayak Tour
April 19, 2-4pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the waters of McWhorter Creek. All equipment is provided. $20/paddler (or $15/ annual pass holder). Ages 7 years and up. Registration is required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Bob’s Robot Apocalypse
April 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Haggard Library, Plano
Program an EV3 robot to navigate and survive a dangerous wasteland! Previous EV3 programming classes recommended. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 13-18

Fun on the Farm: Farm Animals
April 24, 10:30am-noon
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Meet our farm animals both old and new. Children learn through a story and a unique activity, enjoy a fun craft project and have a wagon ride. Fee includes one parent and one child. Ages 2-5.

Junior Robotics: Smart Spinner
April 25, 10:30am-noon
Harrington Library, Plano
Learn about gears, rotation and speed as you build and test your own smart spinner Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 7-9

Shoulders of Giants: Energy in Motion
April 25, 2-5pm
Haggard Library, Plano
Have you ever wondered how a wind turbine works? Learn how to harness the forces of nature as we explore the relationship between work, energy, and power! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Illustrator 101
April 28, 6:40-7:30pm
Haggard Library, Plano
Learn how to use Illustrator to create scalable vector graphics and designs. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 13-18