5 Things for Families

Go! Go! Go! Get out of the house before the weather gets sucky again.

1. Shrek The Musical

Everyone’s favorite ogre comes to The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn in this stage adaptation of the beloved DreamWorks classic. Yes, we can call it a classic because it came out THIRTEEN flippin’ years ago.

  • Opens Friday, March 14th • 7:00 PM (show runs through April 28th with morning, matinee, and evening performances)
  • The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive
  • $30

2. The Remarkable Farkle McBride

Well, I can’t say that without laughing. Anyway, spend the morning with the Richmond Symphony as they teach your kids what’s what when it comes to all things orchestra.
Be sure to check out the instrument “petting zoo” before the show, too.

  • Saturday, March 15th • 11:00 AM
  • Carpenter Theatre at CenterStage, 612 E. Grace Street
  • $10

3. Reopening of The Dome

The Dome at the Science Museum is back in action and better than ever–in fact apparently it’s now “the most technologically advanced digital dome theater in the world.” Shows playing on The Dome this weekend are Great White Shark and Wildest Weather in the Solar System. Check out the ticketing page for a full list of upcoming shows and seat availability.

  • Saturday, March 15th • 11:00 AM
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • $9 ($5 for members)

4. Movie Matinee: Cars

Need something to kill time between naps and dinner? The North Avenue Library is ready to help you out with a screening of Cars. Yes, I realize you’ve had enough conversations about Lightning McQueen and Mater to fill seven lifetimes, but hey, it’s free, and it’s guaranteed to keep the kids happy and occupied. Win-win, folks.

  • Saturday, March 15th • 2:00 PM
  • North Avenue Library, 2901 North Avenue
  • Free!

5. Shamrock Hunt

Get the kids outside and into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a shamrock hunt at Rockwood Nature Center. You’ll follow the Shamrock Trail through the forest, ending up at the leprechaun’s surprise pot where everyone will get a special prize…which sounds kind of creepy if you’re picturing this leprechaun instead of this one. Just focus on the latter and everything will be fine. (Intended for kids ages 3-5 and a parent or guardian.)

  • Sunday, March 16th • 3:00–4:00 PM
  • Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
  • $5 (call 804-748-1623 to reserve a spot)

Photo by: theogeo

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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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