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Weekend Planner: Theater, Egg Hunts and the Circus

Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8, 2012.

Choose from our list of recommended events to make the most of your holiday weekend.

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged

  • Where: GMU Patriot Center, Fairfax
  • When: Multiple show times now through April 15
  • Why Go: Nothing beats the spectacle of The Greatest Show on Earth.  Don’t miss your chance to see daring stunts, animal acts, and of course, the circus clowns.
  • Price:  Tickets range from $10 - $90

 Children’s Cherry Blossom Celebration

  • Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Friday, April 6 from 12 – 4 p.m. 
  • Why Go: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Gift of the Cherry Trees, you’ll enjoy activities such as origami and searching for cherry blossoms in the gardens.  For ages 3 and up.
  • Price: $6 - $8 per person; registration required

 The Pirates of Penzance

  • Where: Lazy Susan Dinner Theater, Lorton
  • When: Evening and matinee performances now through July 8
  • Why Go: Enjoy cocktails and a dinner buffet, followed by this popular musical stage comedy.
  • Price:  $41.95 for ages 16 and up weekdays and Sundays; $44.95 for ages 16 and up Saturdays; $35 for youth ages 11-15; $25 for children 10 and under

 The Mason Players present: The Life of Galileo

  • Where: , Fairfax
  • When: Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Why Go: A dramatic portrayal of the life of “The Father of Modern Science”.  Co-produced with Theater of the First Amendment.
  • Price: Tickets range from $15 - $20; half price tickets available for students

 Cleanup Project at Meadowood Recreation Area

  • Where: Meadowood Trailhead, Lorton
  • When: Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Why Go: Volunteers are needed to clear out old dumping sites along the trails.  Please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes; gloves will be provided.  Light refreshments offered courtesy of the Mason Neck Lions Club.

 Garden Market

  •  Where: Green Spring Gardens, Annandale
  • When: Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Why Go: Local growers will be selling a variety of shrubs, flowers, and plants for your yard and garden.  Green Spring Master Gardeners will also be on hand to offer professional gardening advice.
  • Price:  Admission is FREE

 Studio 3 Theatre for Young Audiences presents: Home

  • Where: Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton
  • When: Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. through May 5
  • Why Go: This imaginative production uses music and puppetry to tell the story of two travelers searching for a home.  Suitable for ages 3 and up.
  • Price:  $12 for adults; $8 for kids under 12

 Tartan Day Festival and Clan Gathering

  • Where: Market Square, Old Town Alexandria
  • When: Saturday, April 7 from 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Why Go: Celebrate Tartan Day with shopping, live music, and dancing.  Don’t forget your kilt!
  • Price:  FREE

 Egg Hunts:

  • at Calvary Church, Annandale.  Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  FREE
  • Egg Hunt at South Run RECenter, Springfield.  Saturday, April 7 from 10 – 11 a.m.  For ages 1 – 8.  $10 per child; registration required.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Franconia United Methodist Church, Alexandria.  Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  For ages 2 years to 6th grade.  FREE
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  For ages 1 – 9.  $7 - $9 per child; registration required.
  • at Gum Springs Community Center, Alexandria.  Saturday, April 7 from 1 – 4 p.m.  For ages 2 – 12.  FREE
  • at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Alexandria.  Sunday, April 8 from 9 – 10:30 a.m.  FREE
  • Easter Service and Egg Hunt at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Alexandria.  Sunday, April 8 from 10:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.  FREE 
  • at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria.  Sunday, April 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  FREE
  • at Pohick Church, Lorton.  Sunday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.  FREE

 Nature Programs:

  • Wild Things Puppet Show at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m.  For ages 4 – 11.  $5 - $7 per person; registration required.
  • Rabbit: Fact & Fable at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale.  Friday, April 6 at 2 p.m.  For ages 3 – 11.  $5 - $7 per person; registration required.
  • Sunday Morning Bird Walk at Belle Haven Park and Marina, Alexandria.  Sunday, April 8 at 8 a.m.  FREE
  • Fresh Water Ecology at Mason Neck State Park, Lorton.  Sunday, April 8 at 11 a.m.  Parking fee is $4.

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