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Climb the Rocks, Dino-Mania and More …

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,” wrote Anne Frank in the diary that has come to be known the world over. Let your children experience the iconic schoolgirl’s message of hope in Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s annual production of The Diary of Anne Frank, which will be staged at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn; part of JET/YES (Youth Education Services).

Donor-supported student matinees, primarily for school groups, (although the public is welcome at $9 per ticket) take place 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31; 10 a.m. Friday, April 1; 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 4; and 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 5.

A public performance is offered at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1; tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for students.

Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Info: Tickets: (248) 788-2900.

Not headed anywhere this spring break? Make your staycation an exploration of Michigan adventures with the fourth annual Museum Adventure Pass. Break out your public library card to receive Pass access to more than 200 public libraries.

The Pass also grants free admission (for up to four people) to 33 arts and cultural institutions. Take a day trip to climb aboard Port Huron Museum’s Huron Lightship, a floating lighthouse, and visit the Thomas Edison Depot Museum.; and the list goes on; valid through Sept. 30, 2011.

For details, participating organizations and current exhibition information, visit

Here’s a great way to challenge the whole family (ages 5 and up) to an adventure — while subliminally teaching your kids to listen to you! Schedule a visit to the rock climbing wall at Life Time Fitness. Courses include bouldering, top rope, lead climbing and more, all offered in instructional courses, or open climbing hours, so families can have a blast together while developing communication and teamwork skills. Not a member? No worries. Come try it out with a $25 day pass or as the guest of a Life Time member. Rock climbing is available at Life Time Fitness in Novi, Troy and Commerce Township.

Life Time Fitness, Novi (248) 735-0100, Troy (248) 267-1000 and Commerce Township (248) 960-0955;


Like to move it, move it? Move it to the Fox Theatre, where Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo have escaped the Central Park Zoo and hit the stage en route to the wilds of Africa.

Our favorite funky friends from the Madagascar movies are going wild in Madagascar Live, an action-packed adventure with vivid costumes and sets, original songs and a host of plotting penguins. Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1. Tickets start at $15.50.

Fox Theatre, Detroit. (800) 745-3000;;


They roar! They move! They’re prehistoric! And now they’ve come to Detroit. The Detroit Science Center — has debuted Dinosaurs Unearthed, the largest dinosaur exhibition to ever come to the city.

Including more than 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, five full-size skeletons and almost 40 fossil replicas and eggs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the exhibit will thrill dinosaur-fanatics and the uncultivated alike.

While you’re there, check out Dinosaurs Alive! in the four-story-high domed IMAX theater and the Dinosaur Planet planetarium show, both included in the price of admission to the exhibition. Through Sept. 5, 2011. $17.95/children 2-12 and seniors; $19.95/adults.

Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Detroit. (313) 577-8400;



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