Now through March 24 Big Apple Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The iconic Big Apple Circus returns to the DMV to spread wonder and whimsy for its second year at National Harbor! In its 41st season, with ringleader Stephanie Monseu at the helm, Big Apple Circus promises another extraordinary show filled with a jaw-dropping roster of superhero talents, in a performance for all! Tickets online. $$ National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.

March 15 to 24 The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. Kids ages 9+. Dates and times vary. Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning book comes to life in a staged concert adaptation with live music. Told through Kenny's ever-witty perspective, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 captures hilarious family antics alongside poignant observations of Birmingham's tragic church bombing. March 23 at 2 p.m. is a sensory-friendly performance. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

March 15, 16 and 17 Super Pet Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). Friday 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun, exciting edutainment for pet lovers! Shop the best pet products from over 150+ local and national exhibitors. Learn about the adoption process from local rescue organizations. Meet and greet pet experts with a variety of specialties, including training, nutrition and health. Leashed, friendly pets welcome. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA.

March 16 19th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Dozens of units will march in the parade, including Celtic dancers, bagpipe bands, school groups, clowns, fire trucks, equestrian units, service organizations and more. Following the parade there will be live entertainment by the Lloyd Dobler Effect on the lakefront plaza until 2 p.m. FREE RIO Washingtonian Center, Grand Corner Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD.

March 16 to 22 GALita: Picasso. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. GALita is a special program dedicated to producing children's theatre in both Spanish and English that inspires a sense of joy, discovery, pride and self-identity in children. The production of Picasso presents the art and life of the creative genius through his memories of family and friends and his love of bullfights, the circus and all types pf performances. Using music, dance and puppets, Picasso explores the artist's life and what inspired him. Tickets online. $$ GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington, D.C.

March 17 and 18 Thumbelina, a ballet. Kids ages 4+. 12 and 4 p.m. Come to see Thumbelina's adventures as she is captivated by the forest and its beauty. You'll meet the friendly flowers, the mysterious and wicked Mrs. Toad and her son, the helpful butterfly and fish, the dancing beetles, the old mouse and the mole. As Thumbelina wanders into the Land of the Fairies, she'll find her Prince! Thumeblina will be presented along with a very special, orginal dance work in celebration of MBTs 30th Anniversary. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.

March 17 and 18 Pinkalicious: The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). Sunday, 3 and 6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. Join Pinkalicious and her friends as they tell the story of the girl who turned pink! Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.

Match 19 X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium. Kids ages 11 to 18. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. X-STEM DC 2019 is a unique conference for kids where some of the greatest visionaries in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will share their stories with middle through high school student. Tickets online. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

March 20 Animal Discovery Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held monthly, Animal Discovery Days shine a spotlight on different animals around the Zoo and celebrate what makes them special and unique. This month hop on oner to the Reptile Discvoery Center to kick off spring with th National Zoo's World Frog Day celebration! Meet frogs and their keepers, as you enjoy frog-themed activities. $$ Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, D.C.

March 21 and 22 Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly. Kids ages 3 to 8. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join wacky citizen-scientist Professor Wingnut and his friend Seymour Seagull as they explore the amazing science of flight! From birds to airplanes, this pair loves all things airborne and are in pursuit of the secret to just what makes them fly. Songs, science and a flight-tastic dance party take off right under the planes in the museum. No cost for tickets, but reservations are required and can be found online. FREE National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.