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Grab & Go Kids Planner: Every Day Is a Parade O' Fun

Irish (and non-Irish) eyes will be smiling at this week's round of fun family activities

March is roaring in with a lion's share of fun family events. Try taking in a parade, an ice show, a high school musical, or a movie.  Make sure you keep your family's energy up with a hearty pancake breakfast.

SENECA VALLEY SCHOOL MUSICAL: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

When/Where: March 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.;

Why Go: It’s high school musical season, and the students at Seneca Valley are kicking it off with a production of one of off-Broadway’s most beloved shows – Little Shop of Horrors. A spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies, it tells the tale of Audrey II, an exotic plant with a craving for blood. This musical is a good bet for families with older children.

Cost: Tickets are $6 to $8; call 724-452-6040 x 1406 for phone sales.

ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST

When/Where: Sunday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Richland Volunteer Fire Department’s social hall, 5857 Meridian Road, Gibsonia. Call 724-443-3306 for more information.

Why Go: Kids and pancakes go together like hide and seek.  Fill your kids’ rumbly tummies while supporting a good cause at this all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring regular and buckwheat pancakes served with heaping sides of sausage, cinnamon apples, and beverages.

Cost: Free with donation

MIGHTY MOVIE MONDAY

When/Where: Mondays at 2:20, 4:40, 7 and 9:20 p.m. at Cranberry Cinemas.

Why Go: Going to the movies can be an expensive proposition for families, but on Mighty Movie Mondays, tickets to all shows are just $5 – plus, you get a free small popcorn. Take the kids to see Rango, a cartoon Western about a chameleon with an identity crisis. The always-entertaining Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango.

Cost: $5

ICE SKATING SHOW

When/Where: Monday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the North Park Skating Rink

Why Go: The Allegheny County Parks Department’s annual ice skating show is a charming way for young ice-skating enthusiasts to spend an evening. The show offers skaters who have taken lessons from parks department’ instructors the opportunity to show off their new skills in a show complete with costumes and music.

Cost: Free; for additional information, contact the North Park Ice Rink at 724-935-1780

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

When/Where: Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in Pittsburgh. The parade begins at the Greyhound Bus Station and proceeds along Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies before ending at Commonwealth Place

Why Go: You don’t have to be Irish to get your kids’ eyes smiling. Just take them to this Pittsburgh tradition featuring marching bands, floats, local celebrities, and Irish dancers. Extend the fun by heading to Fifth Avenue Place after the parade for a full line-up of children’s activities, including face painting, Irish crafts, music and dancing.

Cost: Free

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