Welcome back to the Patch Grab & Go Kids Planner.
We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.
Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
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This week, pick and choose from a wide array of events, from live theater to St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
• CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY EARLY
Where/When: 4931 Elm Street; 4844 Cordell Ave, The Irish Inn at Glen Echo, 6119 Tulane Ave.
Why Go: St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity. This day in his honor is a great opportunity to learn about Irish culture and traditions. Take the kids to a pub this weekend, BEFORE the crowds descend, for Irish music and food.
Where/When: Walt Whitman High School 7100 Whittier Blvd, Bethesda, 7p.m. March 13
Why Go: Join the Capitol Steps, a Washington-based troupe of one-time Congressional staffers, for an evening of music and political satire. Proceeds benefit the Post Prom Party.
Pricing: $30 general admission, $25 MCPS students and teachers
Where/When: Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., 3p.m. March 12
Why Go: Music is for everyone. Program includes songs, movement and music for newborns through four year olds and their caregivers.
Where/When: 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda MD 8p.m. March 12
Why Go: Attend a unique theater event that tasks six theater companies with writing, directing and performing a 10 minute play within 24 hours. It’s a fascinating look at the process of live theater.
Pricing: $15, recommended only for older children and adults.
Where/When: auditorium, 4301 East-West Highway, 7:30p.m. March 11, 12 & 18 and 2p.m. March 19
Why Go: A challenging and important night out for families with children ages 13 and up, The Laramie Project is often used as a method to teach about prejudice and tolerance. It focuses on the reaction to the homophobic murder of a college student in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. The play is divided into three acts, and 14 actors portray more than seventy characters in a series of short scenes.
Pricing: $10 at the door