Local family events, from a Mad Hatters parade and April Fools jazz concert to Linvilla's Fishing Derby and a Jitterbugs story time, provide ample opportunity to get a little silly this week. Or, get ready for spring by building a wooden planter at the Home Depot kids workshop or by stocking up on low-priced, warm-wather clothes and outdoor toys at the Just Between Friends sale in Glen Mills.
Patch's Family Best Bets for the Week
Where/When: from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Why Go: Help your child assemble a wooden planter or basket for spring in this "how-to workshop" designed for children ages 5 to 12. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. Plus, each child goes home with a kid-sized orange apron and an achievement pin.
JITTERBUGS MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
Where/When: at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Why Go: Participate in storytime on steroids, where the stories are interspersed with singing, dancing, parachute play and other movement activities. This program is appropriate for children up to 6 years of age.
FAMILY FUN FISHING DERBY
Where/When: from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Why Go: There's big trout, big prizes and big fun to be had for the whole family, no fishing license required. Bring your own rod or rent one at Linvilla, where they'll also have plenty of bait, breakfast, lunch and drinks for sale. Meet at the farm market for transportation to the pond.
Pricing: $14.99 per fisherman
FIRST FRIDAY APRIL FOOLS JAZZ CONCERT
Where/When: Creative Living Room at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Why Go: Join Hot House Jazz Band for an April Fools jazz concert for kids. These three fantastic veteran local musicians, Eric Henry on tuba, Paul Butler on clarinet and Jim Smith on guitar, will have kids hopping and improvising with instruments and sounds in this fun-filled family music time celebrating jazz. An April Fools Open Mic for all will follow the program.
Pricing: Free, donations appreciated
MAD HATTERS HAT CONTEST AND PARADE
Where/When: Ardmore Initiative at 6:15 p.m. on Friday.
Why Go: Bring your Mad Hat made from recycled materials, enter it to win great prizes and then join the Mad Hatters parade. Part of First Friday Main Line, this event is open to individual artists of any age, with children's, family and adult categories and prizes for maddest, most creative and more. All hats have to be wearable and can be interpreted in any way you wish.
JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS SALE
Where/When: Brandywine Youth Club in Glen Mills from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
Why Go: Be a part of the nation's leading children's and maternity consignment sales event and get unbelievable deals on all you need for spring and summer. Sale items include baby carriers, furniture, toys, maternity, cribs, coats, play equipment, family dvds, joggers, activity mats and more.
Pricing: $3 admission for Saturday only (or use this coupon to get in free), Sunday free admission