Here are the family-friendly events happening in March that require tickets or advanced registration. Don’t miss out!

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Watership Down
Plano Children’s Theater
through March 5th
Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Footloose
The Art Centre Theatre, Plano
through March 6th
This musical adapted from the Oscar-nominated movie of the same name exploded onto the stage to the thrill of audiences everywhere, garnering Tony nominations for its brilliant Top-40 score. Footloose celebrates the fundamental life force that is music, as we watch Ren and his mother move from big-city Chicago to a small farming town–one in which local edicts include a ban on dancing (instituted by a local preacher) that is supposed to “protect the youth.” The preacher’s daughter has eyes for Ren, however, and the story takes some interesting turns, set to the fabulous music and choreography that is the hallmark of this great show.

The Little Mermaid
The Art Centre Theatre, Plano
through March 6th
The inspirational tale from Hans Christian Anderson comes to life as we follow Ariel, a rebellious little mermaid, who is fascinated with life on land. Her controlling father, King Triton, forbids her visits to the surface, which she ignores–and she ends up falling hard for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a deal with the devious sea witch to become human for three days. Of course, plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, and the King must make the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved daughter.

Cinderella G2K
Church Street Auditorium, McKinney
through March rth
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

Hansel and Gretel
Dallas Children’s Theater
March 4th – April 3rd
Recommended for ages 4 and up. You don’t always need a prince and princess for your heroes to live happily ever after. Two children in search of food for their hungry family get lost in an enchanted forest. They must depend on all their powers of imagination to save them from the crafty, mysterious old woman in the candy house and (in this less “grim” version) lead them back to the loving arms of their parents. The familiar, melodic music of Engelbert Humperdinck brings an inventive theatricality to the retelling of this beloved fairy tale ad-venture. Hansel and Gretel brings another feast for the eyes and ears to the stage from Kathy Burks’ Master Puppeteers.

The Wizard Of Oz
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, North Dallas
all month
Join Dorothy on her infamous journey over the rainbow to the land of Oz with the Scarecrow, the Tin man, and the Cowardly Lion. Recommended minimum age: 3-6

Super League Gaming: Minecraft
Wednesdays March 2nd & 9th
Cinemark Legacy
A 4-week, in-theater league. Gamers attend once a week and play alongside their teams. There are 4-7 gamers per team. Every gamer gets a limited edition Galactic Mission Gaming Jersey. Gameplay lasts 90 minutes. Every week, each gamer must bring their own fully-charged laptop with Minecraft 1.8 installed. Sorry, iPads and tablets are not compatible with Galactic Mission.

Cinderella
Eisemann Center, Richardson
March 11th – 13th
In an enchanting race against the clock, TBT brings this beloved fairy tale vibrantly to life. Fabulous frocks, stepsibling rivalry and the most coveted shoe of all time provide pageantry that enthralls audiences of all ages.

Ropes Course Adventure Day
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, March 12th 1-4pm
You’ll have a chance to participate in three High Rope Elements at least once (possibly more as time allows): Team Power Pole, Bessie’s Tree Climb, and an exciting chance to soar down 500 ft long zip line. Plus, enjoy low ropes elements. Individuals and small groups are welcome to participate in our pre-scheduled Adventure Days. Preregistration is required for this program. The minimum requirements are 10 years old and 50 pounds.

Owl Prowl Night Hike
Heard Museum, McKinney
Saturday, March 12th 6:30pm
Bring your family to see a live owl presentation and then stay for a guided night hike on our sanctuary trails. If you have ever been on a hike and the sun set before you finished, you know that experiencing a trail at night can be a completely different experience from hiking during the day. Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night with Heard Trail Guides. Night hikers will be encouraged to sharpen their senses to be able to spot signs of animal life and learn more about the inhabitants of the Heard. Preregistration is required.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
March 11th – 27th
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is making its Dallas RETURN to the Music Hall at Fair Park. So dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea!

Rossini and Company
Winspear Opera House
Sunday, March 13th
The Dallas Opera’s Family Concert Series breaks new ground this season as it delves into the curious life and times of the phenomenally talented and eccentric Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini. A fast-thinking genius who created more than 40 operas and a host of other works during his relatively short career, Rossini was a man with a tremendous appetite for life – starting in the kitchen! Bring the kids and spend an hour enjoying some of opera’s Greatest Hits! From the William Tell Overture (“The Lone Ranger Theme”) to The Barber of Seville (“Figaro!”), The Dallas Opera Orchestra under the direction of acclaimed conductors Peter Manning and Paolo Bressan will leave you cheering for extra helpings! 12:30pm — The lobby will open for fun activities including crafts; 2:00pm — Rossini & Company (Sung in multiple languages with English supertitles).

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Dallas Children’s Theater
March 18th – April 10th
Recommended for ages 7 and up. The award winning author of “Because of Winn Dixie” and “The National Ambassador” for Young People’s Literature launches the extraordinary pilgrimage of Edward, a beautiful, much-loved toy rabbit who loves only himself. When he is ripped from the arms of his doting young owner and lost, Edward finds that his breakable heart can learn to love, lose, and love again. This stunning, highly theatrical play became an immediate must-see hit following its premiere and is sure to go down in history as a family classic with your family being among its first audiences. Trust us, you’ll be sorry if you miss this one.

Easter Egg Hunt
Dallas Arboretum
March 18th, 19th, 25th & 26th
Start off your morning with a scrumptious breakfast, festive Easter crafts and a delightful Egg Hunt in Jonsson Color Garden. The Easter Egg Hunt at the Dallas Arboretum is a wonderful time for all. Members only.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 19th 9-11am
The Westin Stonebriar, Frisco
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! $40/adults, $30/child

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Genesis Children’s Theatre
March 25th – April 2nd

Victorian Eggstravaganza and Spring Festival
March 26th
Heritage Farmstead Museum
The Heritage Farmstead Museum will be hosting an egg hunt for children 8 and younger. After the hunt stay for the day as we celebrate the joys of spring on the Blackland Prairie with the traditional shearing of our sheep.  Hands on demonstrations include carding, skirting, washing, dyeing, and weaving the wool.  Other activities include tours of the Farrell Wilson house wagon rides, and special exhibits. Online Pre-Registration: $6, admission at the Door: $8