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Weekend Planner: Acrobats, Campfires and the Easter Bunny

Fun happenings in and around Northern Virginia Friday, March 29-Sunday, March 31.

It's Easter weekend, and still spring break for many in Northern Virginia. Time to have a little fun! We've rounded up some area weekend events — be sure to get out there and play!

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale:

  • Rabbit: Fact & Fable: Kids ages 3 to 11. Friday, 2 p.m. Meet a rabbit, and learn about the tradition of the Easter Bunny. Preregister. $$ 
  • Natures' April Foolers CampfireKids ages 4 and older. Friday, 7:15 p.m. Learn how animals use trickery to get a meal or keep from being a meal. Toast marshmallows. Preregister. $$ 
  • Dinosaur Egg Hunt: Kids ages 3 to 8. Saturday, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a dinosaur-themed egg hunt in Nature Playce. Make a dino craft. Preregister. $$ 

Easter Bunny at Fair Oaks Mall:

  • Easter Bunny Photos: Visit the Easter Bunny and have your photo taken with him. Recurring daily, until Saturday, March 30; at Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax; hours: 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny is available through March 30 in his garden in Grand Court. The Easter Bunny will take brief carrot breaks throughout the day. Included in each photo package is a promotional certificate for a FREE 8"x10" Table-Top Photo Panel from Snapfish. Plus, every child receives a special Snapfish Activity Book just for visiting.

George Mason University, Fairfax:

  • Mason Players present, "Passaggio": Thursday to April 7, at George Mason University’s Harris Theatre; recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, at the theater, at 4400 University Dr., Fairfax; at 8 p.m. Saturday and April 6-7 at 2 p.m. For more information, call (888) 945-2468; admission is $20 general admission; $15 students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups. "Passaggio" is set in a small Italian town, where the annual festival of the Madonna lies in the hands of the opera-loving mayor. As the secret lives, hidden loves and faithful passions of the townsfolk intersect, the mayor's belief in the power of song collides with the demands of the people to bring a little wealth back to the town. What everyone needs is a miracle - is there any such thing anymore? 
  • Les 7 Doigts de la MainFriday and Saturday, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts; recurring daily at the center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Hours are 8 p.m/2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, call (888) 945-2468; admission is $24, $40, $48. This circus and acrobat troupe from Montreal delves into the surreal underworld of the human psyche in this edgy, pulse-raising theatrical experience. PSY (pronounced “P,” “S,” “Y”) travels through a landscape of distorted visions, vanishing dreams, and jumbled memories, as the young energetic artists overcome insurmountable challenges by performing incredible, mind-blowing acrobatic feats. 

Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton:

  • Cool Cow ComedyFriday, 8 p.m., at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. For more information, call (703) 584-2900. Admission: $15 general admission. Cool Cow Comedy continues to bring its monthly comedy series to the Workhouse Art Center again. 

Farther Afield:

  • Easter EggstravaganzaFriday and Saturday, at Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Va., from 12 Noon to 6 p.m. Make your way to the Planet Snoopy section of the park where you can participate in a variety of Easter activities-with most activities free after paying for admission. Opportunities for Easter family fun include interacting with llamas, baby chicks and cuddly bunnies at the petting zoo and partaking in a scavenger hunt for PEANUTS Easter eggs. All that excitement will surely work up an appetite, so head over to the all-you-can-eat Easter brunch with Snoopy ($16.18 on 3/30 and 3/31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) where you will enjoy unlimited delights from ham, fried chicken and biscuits to sweet treats like apple cobbler and brownies.
  • Blossom Kite Festival - Washington, D.C.: Washington Monument grounds - Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.; Saturday, 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m. The third annual Blossom Kite Festival features world-renowned kite fliers from around the world as they compete in battles and perform tricks. Kids can bring their own kites or even make their own at an activity station. Free

Know of another event this weekend in Northern Virginia others should know about? Feel free to tell other readers about it in the comments box below.

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