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10/13/10 11:34:03 AM  Hubbard Street 2 performance of Harold and the Purple Crayon. (C) Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

piano (C) Todd Rosenberg Photography 2010

Color Their World, Maple Syrup and More …

Inspired by the 1955 classic children’s book by Crockett Johnson, in which a young boy paints a world of adventure with a purple crayon and infinite imagination, Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure is brought to musical life by Hubbard Street Dance 2 (and a little help from the audience). Suggested for children ages 4-11. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. $5-$20.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (800) 745-3000;

Calling all girls ages 6-12 (and their female chaperones): In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Detroit Zoo is opening its gates for Girls’ Night Out, a sleepover party that will include a late-night tour of the zoo, keeper talks, craft projects, a marshmallow roast and breakfast at an animal habitat. Guests also will meet some of the dedicated women who work at the zoo. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, through10 a.m. Sunday, March 11. $50 per person.

Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717;

It’s maple sugar season! Head to Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve for a lesson in tree-sap tapping then turn it into sweet treats to sample, including boiling the sap down to make maple snow candy and maple nut sundaes. Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. $5 per person ($20 per family maximum). Come back for a Maple Campfire Cook-Out, where you’ll learn more about maple-tree tapping around the campfire and sample sweet and savory treats you can make at home. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. $5 per person ($15 per family maximum).

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 North Hill Circle, Rochester. (248) 656-0999;

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the hugely popular and Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel series MythBusters, have become spokespersons at large for applying science to real life. They bring their live stage show, MythBusters: Behind the Myths, to Detroit, with onstage science experiments, audience participation and matching of wits between Hyneman and Savage — as well as members of the audience — to help the pair support or debunk urban myths. 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Friday, March 16. $35-$99.50.
Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; or

Kids bouncing off the walls? Let them bounce to their pitter-pattering hearts’ content during Open Bounce and Play times at Inflatable Playspaces in Royal Oak. All the inflatable slides, bounce houses and obstacle courses needed for a day of fun, every Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-noon, through March. $7.95 per child; adults are free.

Inflatable Playspaces, 5160 Meijer Drive, Royal Oak. (248) 288-5888;



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