March 30 and 31 Mother Earth & Me. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the "big blue marble" we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior-and find out some great ways to start right away! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
March 30 through April 30 The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. Dates and times vary. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
March 30 through April 2 Wee-Sale. Times vary. We offer gently used high quality brand name children's clothing (sizes 0-16), and gear. Toys, nursery items, car seats, high chairs, strollers, cribs, children's sporting equipment, pack-n-plays, children's furniture, maternity clothing and more can be found at amazing savings! Specific details online. FREE Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Hyattsville, MD.
March 31 through April 2 "Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
April 1 Cherry Blossom Kite Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. FREE Grounds of the Washington Monument, Washington, DC.
April 1 Kidsafe Child Safety Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a event that will follow the Operation Kidsafe protocol to create an "Amber Alert Ready" document including fingerprints, photo and safety tips to help family's setup a safety action plan. FREE Herson's Kia, Rockville, MD.
April 1 Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. Music, history, and fun come together when kids learn about blues superstar Gertrude "Ma" Pridgett Rainey, plus the foundations of of singing, vocabulary and form essential to the blues. Tickets online $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
April 3 Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our new year-round Nature Playgroup which is to be held each month. Your preschooler will enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Explore nature sensory bins, play games, activities even go for a garden walk. April's theme is "Spring is Here." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
April 5 Public Forum: Students with Autism. 6:30 to 9 p.m. xMinds, a local autism nonprofit has come together with administrators from MCPS to present an opportunity for parents and educators to learn and ask questions about the educational services they provide to students on the autism spectrum. Administrators will present both diploma-track and non-diploma-track educational services. Two information sessions will also be presented in Spanish. FREE Julius West Middle School, Rockville, MD.