Signs of spring are everywhere: outdoor soccer is starting up again, Tyler Arboretum is hosting a frog hunt and children's sales are popping up left and right. At this time of the year, drama companies are also finally presenting hard-practiced productions, so take advantage by seeing any one of the great shows on stage this week in the Marple Newtown Patch area.
Patch's Family Best Bets for the Week
Where/When: Marple Newtown High School's Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and also at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Why Go: Follow along as the dangers of workplace romance are explored to hysterical effect in this romantic comedy The Pajama Game, taking place at the fictional Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. The stormy relationship between a new superintendent and a union leader comes head-on when the workers strike for a 7.5-cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but also a hilarious battle of the sexes.
Pricing: Reserved seating tickets, $10 each
SOCCER SHOTS DEMO CLASS
Where/When: Paxon Hollow Middle School at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Designed specifically for children ages 3 through 8, this program teaches soccer skills using imagination and creative games. In learning the sport, kids also learn listening skills, fair play, habits of exercise and respect for others.
Pricing: Demo class is free; $66 for following six-week session
A KIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Where/When: Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Why Go: Watch the Marple Newtown Players perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a marvelous children’s musical that explodes in a joyous celebration of this classic comedy. The show is full of mischief and mayhem, misunderstanding and magic potion mix-ups, as kings and queens, humble workers, fairies, parents and kids all chase their dreams.
Pricing: $7 per person
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
Where/When: Players Club of Swarthmore at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Why Go: Fall in love with impetuous, outspoken and delightful Anne once again as you follow her adventures straight from the pages of the beloved classic.
Pricing: $15 for adults, $8 for students
TINY TRACKERS AGES 4-5: FROG HUNT
Where/When: Tyler Arboretum at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Why Go: Join in the search for frogs, fish and more as spring arrives in the pond. The program includes a lesson, an outdoor walk, and a craft to take home.
Pricing: $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers, registration required
OUTGROWN CHILDREN'S CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT SALE
Where/When: Covenant United Methodist Church of Springfield from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Stock up on gently used children's clothing, shoes, indoor and outdoor toys, games, sports equipment and more. Don't miss the sweets and treats table to reward any little ones tagging along.
Pricing: Free to enter.
STEPPING STONES KIDS SALE
Where/When: St. Katharine of Siena Catholic Church from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: Get some great deals on gently used children's clothing, shoes, indoor and outdoor toys, games, maternity clothes, baby equipment and furniture and more. Get even better deals during the last half hour of the sale when many items are reduced to half price.
Pricing: Free to enter.