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A road race, toddler play, Annie production, and story times — pick and choose from this week’s array of events.
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Where/When: Sunday, March 20, registration at 8:30 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m., Tewksbury Memorial High School, 320 Pleasant St., Tewksbury
Why Go: Grab your family and get out to support the Meghan McCarthy Brain Tumor Fund by running or walking or pushing a stroller in the second annual Meghan McCarthy 5K Road Race.
Pricing: $15 pre-race, $20 race day
Where/When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, Turf Time, 20 Carter St., Tewksbury
Why Go: Tire the kids out! The space includes tumbling mats, ball pits, jump houses, slides, tunnels, basketball hoops, push cars and ride-ons, blocks, crafts and a variety of toys. Designed for children ages 0-5.
Pricing: $5 per walking child (infants are free)
Where/When: Saturday, March 19, 10:30 a.m., Tewksbury Public Library, 300 Chandler St. Tewksbury
Why Go: Dads, grab your kids and head to the library for a story, song and a donut!
Where/When: March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m., The Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Rd., Andover
Why Go: The Merrimack Junior Theatre presents Annie. Bring the whole family and enjoy a wonderful performance by local children.
Pricing: $8 per person
Where/When: Saturday, March 19, 1-3 p.m., Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., North Andover
Why Go: Listen to popular children’s stories and learn a little sign language too. Quota International of Andover presents a story time narrated in sign language. For children ages 4-10 with parents.