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Balloon Modeling Kit

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and feast your eyes on the marvelous beasts that you can tame with your own hands! This easy-to-follow kit teaches entertainers young and old the art of balloon making. The beginner's kit comes with 32 modeling balloons, eye stickers, a hand pump and instructions. With a little squeak here and a twist there, you'll soon master basic balloon creatures like a poodle, dinosaur, dragonfly, lion and more. Best for ages 8 and up. $12 at uncommongoods.com.

Shamrock Shindig

Irish eyes will be smiling at the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore's third annual Shamrock Shindig! This event will take place on March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pierce's Park, located in the Inner Harbor at Pier V, and will feature live music, food trucks, Shamrock Alley for kids, a strolling leprechaun, stilt walkers, games and more! The 59th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will kick off at 2 p.m. The Shamrock Shindig is free. The Shamrock Pass for Children is available for $8 and includes a shamrock derby hat, Irish button, flag, fun band bracelet, temporary tattoo, green beads, two crafts and cookie decorating. For additional information, visit waterfrontpartnership.org.

Super Pet Expo

The Super Pet Expo will unite pet owners and animal lovers at the premier shopping extravaganza and animal entertainment event of the season. From March 21-23, pet lovers and owners will be able to shop for their four-legged friends at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. This fun-filled family event will feature more than 150 pet-related vendors, along with some highly unique entertainment and educational activities. Use the promotional code PARENT to save 40 percent off Weekend Passes when you purchase tickets at superpetexpo.com.

Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is hosting an exciting new exhibition, *Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars*, through Sept. 14. The collection features more than 50 photographs taken by NASA's Mars Exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on opposite sides of the planet in 2004. Expected to only operate for 90 days, Spirit lasted for more than six years, and Opportunity is still functioning! The photos include images of Mars' craters, hills, dunes, dust clouds, meteorites and rock formations. Free; for museum hours, visit airandspace.si.edu.

The White House for Kids

Guiding its readers through the fascinating history of the White House with past and present anecdotes, illustrations and fun activities, The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol gives children a thorough understanding of the most famous house in America. With 21 hands-on activities, kids can entertain themselves the way several presidents have; they can build their own putting green and golf club, bake Chelsea Clinton's chocolate chip cookies, design their own china and more. Best for ages 9 and up. *The White House for Kids* is available at bookstores everywhere and amazon.com.