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Family fun this week includes a petting zoo, a farm breakfast, a new twist on an old story and a St. Patrick's Day celebration.
FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK
Where/When: , 130 Newton St., Saturday, March 12, 10 to 11 a.m.
Why Go: Bring your toddlers through early elementary school-aged kids to enjoy some crafts, snacks and story time. Free play on the toddler playground will be available from 11 to 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.
Where/When: Drumlin Farm, South Great Road, Lincoln, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why Go: See how sap is collected from maple trees, explore the natural history of trees as you learn about northwoods production of maple syrup, enjoy a breakfast of hearty pancakes with real maple syrup, Drumlin's own roasted potatoes and sausage, and breakfast beverages. Learn about Native American sap-to-syrup techniques. Breakfast seatings are at half-hour intervals, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy on-going educational maple sugar programming between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Pricing: $14/adults, $11/kids 2 and older. Children under 2, free. Fee includes admission to the farm.
Where/When: Concord Youth Theatre, 50 Beharrell St., Concord, Saturday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Why Go: Most have heard the classic story of The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. The performance boasts a host of new characters including a dragon, a cyclops and gnomes. This new musical blends jazz, pop and Broadway to take you all the way from once upon a time to happily ever after.
Pricing: Tickets $13/person
Where/When: Beehive Art, 339 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, Saturday, March 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Why Go: Kids ages 9 to 14 will have the chance decorate their own colorful and unique bird house. A wooden birdhouse is provided. Finished birdhouses will stay at the studio for a couple days to allow them to dry and to coat them with weather-seal polyurethane.
Pricing: The registration fee is $35. Register and pay in advance to secure space.
Where/When: Barefoot Books, 89 Thoreau St., Concord, Sunday, March 13, noon to 3 p.m.
Why Go: Indulge in some pottery painting, Irish story telling and an interactive Irish dance. Group dance geared for 6-12 years, but all ages welcome.
Pricing: Free, pottery painting is discounted