March is almost here – Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.  Here are the events happening that require tickets or advanced registration.  Don’t miss out on something great!

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Carnival of the Animals
Sunday March 1 – Countyard Theater, Plano
Sunday March 22 – Frisco Discovery Center
Ages 3-12.  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.

Popovich Pet Theater
Sunday March 1, 3pm
Eismann Theater, Richardson
The most beloved family show in the world, featuring an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots… even geese and mice! Critics describe the show as a unique blend of physical comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets.

Illustrator 101
Monday March 2, 6:30pm
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

Photoshop 101
Wednesday March 4, 6:30-7:30pm Parr Library, Plano
Tuesday March 24, 7-8pm Haggard Library, Plano
Learn how to use Photoshop to manipulate your photos and create better images. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each session. Free Ages 13-18

Family Freestyle Robotics
Saturday March 7, 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

Pinocchio
Geppetto’s Marionette Theater, Dallas
through March 22
This classic childrens story is presented with over twenty handcrafted marionettes. Join Pinocchio, Geppetto, the Blue Fairy and Stromboli in this fun and fast paced show geared to families and children of all ages.

Oklahoma!
Wylie Acting Group for Children
March 5-7
Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with dance and boot-stomping energy. Full of classic tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” this musical production will thrill audiences young and old.

Seussical Jr
Plano Children’s Theater
March 5-8
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Recommended for all ages.

A Year With Frog and Toad
Genesis Children’s Theatre, Plano
March 5-7
Adapted from the three-time TONY-nominated Broadway hit comes A Year With Frog And Toad KIDS. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books and featuring a hummable score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical show follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons.

Fun on the Farm
Friday, March 6 at 10:30am
Friday March 20 at 10:30am
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the Lorax story and activities. 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. Registration required.

TinkerBelle
Friday, March 6 at 6:30pm
Plano Metropolitan Ballet Jr Company Jubilee – the story of Tinkerbell

Family Canoe Try-It
Saturday, March 7 from 1-4pm
Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney
Give canoeing a try! No experience is necessary. After safety and paddling introduction, spend about 30-40 minutes on a guided canoe trail around our wetlands followed by free time to explore on your own.  Registration required.

Night Hike
Saturday March 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
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. No flashlights are necessary. Ages 5 years and up. $10/person. Registration required at 972-219-3930 or [email protected]

Family Robotics: Airplane Rescue
Monday March 9, 2-3pm
Parr Library, Plano
Build an airplane that changes speed as it tilts up and down! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages

Heritage Farmstead Staycation
Heritage Farmstead Museum
March 10-13, 10am-3pm
Enjoy a self guided tour of the property at your own pace while experiencing hand-on activities and a daily demonstration. Activities include chicken feeding, tractor driven wagon rides, games of the past, plowing & planting, school house visit, milking the cow, clothes washing and dish washing. Registration required

Robotics: Bob’s Robot Apocalypse
Tuesday March 10, 2-4pm Schimelpfenig Library, Plano
Wednesday March 11, 3-5pm Davis 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

Family Robotics: Drumming Monkey
Thursday March 12
Davis Library, Plano
Learn about levers and energy transfer as you build a mechanical monkey that can drum! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free All Ages. Sessions at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm

Made With Code Projects
Saturday March 14, 3-5pm
Haggard 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 2nd grade & up

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Dallas Children’s Theater
March 13 – April 5
Enjoyed by ages 4 and up. A puppet show. Back by popular demand! The musical adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved rabbit tale lavishly blends puppetry and live acting on the Baker Theater’s stage. Peter Rabbit’s mother warned her children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, lest they get baked into a pie like their father. When she leaves the burrow, curiosity gets the best of little Peter, and he visits the garden. Will he escape the fate of his father and find the way back to the safety and warmth of his home? Fall in love again with this cozy tale of everyone’s favorite naughty bunny.

Paddy Dash
Frisco Square
Saturday March 14
Enjoy a challenging sanctioned 5K, a 1 mile fun run/walk, our Piddy Pat 50 yard dash (free for kids 10 and under!) and our expo area with bounce houses, vendors, music, and free food and drinks. before March 1: Adult – $25, Kids 12 and under – $10 Dogs – $5

Save Drops, Save Watts
Saturday March 14 from 8:30am-12:30pm
Schimelpfenig Middle School, Plano
Don’t miss this fun family event focused on ways to conserve water and energy around the house. The event kicks off with a 1-mile Chasing Leaks Fun Run on the Chisholm Trail. Dress in your most imaginative water or energy “Conservation Heroes” costume and be eligible for prizes.  Pre-registration is required at learn2livegreen.com. Deadline March 11. After the run explore the entertainment for kids; including Water4Otter, Mr. Eco, and Newton’s Lab. For the grown-ups, there will be workshops teaching how to conserve energy and water around the home, and vendors will be available,so you can ask the experts.

Owl Prowl Night Hike
Saturday March 14 from 6:30-8pm
Heard Natural Science Museum, McKinney
Bring your family to see a live owl presentation. Then, stay for a guided night hike on our sanctuary trails.  Pre-registration required.

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.

Stars on the Prairie
Friday March 20 at 7:45pm
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Bring a chair or a blanket, plan on a night hike if it’s cloudy. $5 entrance, $5 program. RSVP to [email protected]

Campfire
Saturday March 21, 7:30-9:30
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Songs, stories, s’mores. RSVP to [email protected]

Family Opera: The Elixir of Love
Winspear Opera Center, Dallas
Sunday March 22, 12:30pl lobby activities, 2pm performance
Sung in English with English supertitles,  50 minutes with no intermission.  Our newest family production — a hilarious, fully-staged one-act opera about a young man who hopes to win the heart of his true love, with the help of one Doctor Dulcamara and his mysterious potion!  The Elixir of Love features the TDO Orchestra. Be sure to come early to enjoy family activities in the lobby!

Disney on Ice: Frozen
American Airlines Center, Dallas
March 25-28
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The Academy Award winning movie is LIVE and coming to your town with dazzling special effects, astonishing skating and inspiring songs like “Let It Go.” Join Elsa and Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and many more of your favorite Disney characters for this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship!

Podcasting 101
March 26, 7-8:30pm
Haggard Library, Plano
Learn the basics of Podcasting using microphones and Adobe Creative Suite. Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to each session. Free Ages 13-18

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.

Family Robotics: EV3 – Family Freestyle
Saturday March 28, 3-5pm
Davis Library, Plano
Is your family ready for the next step in robotics? Play together with our EV3 robotics kits and see what your robot can do! Registration required. Registration opens two weeks prior to session. Free Ages 9+

Aqua Egg Hunt
Saturday March 28 at 11am
Frisco ISD Natatorium
Children 2 ½ to 10 years of age should come wearing their swimsuit for this holiday hunt. Participants will gather eggs, enjoy crafts, and have the opportunity to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and other roaming characters. A mesh bag will be provided to collect the eggs in the pool, but participants should remember to bring a basket to take their eggs home. Pre-registration is required for this event and is available online or in person at the Frisco Athletic Center.

Kayak Tour
Saturday March 28 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]

Click, Clack, Moo
Eisemann Center
Sunday March 29 at 2:30pm
When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech‐free zone.” He puts her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join the cows in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.