Spring Break 2018 brings family-friendly fun

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Spring break is just around the corner, but there’s no reason to stress about booking a flight or finding a hotel room. Mansfield families have plenty of options for fun, affordable entertainment right in their own backyard.

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Friday, March 9

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Mainstage Classic Theater brings the fabulous 50′s to life with this production about four best friends, first at their senior prom and then at their high school reunion. Great for all ages, whether introducing kids to the classic bops or reliving your youth. Show runs all week.

7pm  |  Farr Best Theater

Pickleball Mixer

Bring a dish and a racket and come for socialization & competition at this unique evening event. Players will enjoy friendly matches and meet new friends who share a love of the fun, fast-paced game.

5pm  |  Mansfield Activities Center

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Saturday, March 10

Rocks Rock

A quick and easy fun spring break activity, this class provides the materials for you to paint two rocks that can be hidden in the parks as part of the popular Mansfield Rocks program or just kept for yourself to enjoy. Great for ages 2Y+.

1:30pm  |  Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

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Sunday, March 11

Kayaking at Britton Park

Our popular and award-winning program returns for spring. Join a naturalist-led tour of the creeks surrounding Joe Pool Lake while observing local flora and fauna. No experience is necessary and all equipment and training provided. Ages 7Y+ only. All guests under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

5pm  |  Britton Park

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Monday, March 12

Children’s Gardening

Got a little one who loves to get their hands dirty? Join us for a gardening class where kids ages 5Y+ will learn about seeds and soil through hands-on experience that includes dissecting and planting seeds and a walk through the ONP gardens.

1:30pm  |  Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

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Tuesday, March 13

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Spring has sprung, and nowhere is it more clear than at Oliver Nature Park. Take a hike with our naturalists to see how our gardens (and animal friend) are adapting to the changing season. Great for the whole family. Ages 2Y+ must register.

1pm  |  Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

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Wednesday, March 14

Animal Science

How do animals find food, make homes and survive in the wild? This fun, hands-on class allows kids to create puzzles and mazes for our live Wildlife Ambassadors (including bunnies, turtles and more) to solve. Open to ages 5Y+.

2pm  |  Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

Intro to Fishing

Cast a line with us! This is a great introductory course to what could become a lifelong hobby for your kids. All the equipment and supplies (even worms) are supplied, just show up and learn the basics. Open to ages 3-16Y; all anglers over age 16 must have a valid Texas license in Mansfield Parks.

6pm  |  Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

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Thursday, March 15

Junior Geologists

Learn all about fossils and the creatures that left them in these two programs, divided for age-appropriate science. Both include a walk through the park and hands-on experiments.

12:30pm (Ages 5-8)   |   2pm (Ages 8-13Y)   |   Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

Third Thursday

Historic Downtown Mansfield brings the after-hours to life on the third Thursday of each month, with themed games, promotions, live music and more. This month is all about the bunny, including a massive egg hunt throughout downtown. Free to attend and perfect for the whole family to get out and enjoy your hometown.

5-8pm  |  Historic Downtown Mansfield

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Friday, March 16

Movies on Main: Moana

Enjoy a family movie at the Historic Farr Best Theater for a unique hometown experience. Tickets are $1/each and concessions will be available; all cash only. No online reservations; seating is first come, first served.

9am  |  Farr Best Theater

Kayaking at Britton Park

Our popular and award-winning program returns for spring. Join a naturalist-led tour of the creeks surrounding Joe Pool Lake while observing local flora and fauna. No experience is necessary, all equipment and training provided. Ages 7Y+ only, all guests under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

10am  |  Britton Park

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Teams of three enjoy fast-paced competition in this two-day, double elimination tournament for ages 16Y+ that includes a three-point competition on Friday evening. Registration closes March 10.

1-9pm  |  Mansfield Activities Center

Beer Barrel Races & Coffey Anderson Concert

The Pickle festivities begin Friday night with the first-ever Beer Barrel Races down Main Street and a live Texas music concert featuring Coffey Anderson.  All events are free to the public and great for the whole family.

6pm  |  Historic Downtown Mansfield

 

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Saturday, March 17

Pickle Palooza Opens

Mansfield’s famous Pickle Palooza begins at 10 am with vendor booths, kids area, food and drink and live entertainment. Other morning events include a baby parade at 10 am and pet parade at noon.

10am  |  Historic Downtown Mansfield

World’s Only Pickle Parade

The main attraction of the day, of course, is the annual Pickle Parade. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras, so get ready to watch the beads fly as the Pickle Queens and their friends spread St. Patrick’s Day cheer throughout Mansfield.  Stick around after the parade for more live music, shopping and food. See website for more details.

1pm  |  Historic Downtown Mansfield

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