Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Pixar Exhibit: Disney’s Pixar movies are a true cinematic gift that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The unique animation burst onto the film scene in 1986 and is still wowing movie fans. This spring, The Franklin Institute launches a special six-month long exhibit that explores the science and technology behind Pixar animation. There are more than 40 interactive displays and hands-on learning experiences. To see some of the programs, visit www.fi.edu/exhibit/science-behind-pixar.

Franklin Square Park: As the weather warms up, Franklin Square officially opens for the season. Explore its eight-acre grounds, which includes a mini golf course, carousel, playground and more. You can visit the Storytelling Bench to hear about the park’s history or stop by the centerpiece, the gorgeous fountain in the middle of the park. Finally, SquareBurger offers delicious warm weather food like milkshakes, hamburgers and fries.

The Sound of Music: Don’t miss the beloved Broadway show, The Sound of Music, as it hits the stage at the Academy of Music through March 20. Tickets start at $20 on March 18 and $25 the rest of the weekend. Performance times vary throughout the weekend. Join Maria and the Von Trapp Family as they sing their way through the popular score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-mi” and “Edelweiss.” Visit www.kimmelcenter.org for tickets.

Lights, Camera, Sing!: The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus brings the music from famous Hollywood productions to the Prince Music Theater. From gay cult classics to popular dramas, this event offers something for everyone. Running March 17-19, performances are at 8 p.m. each evening and 2 p.m. March 19. Tickets start at $27.50 and can be purchased at princetheater.org.

American Roots: The National Museum of American Jewish History is offering a special look at one family’s history through April 3. Trace the Andrews family through 11 generations, all the way back to the founding of America. The family includes Haym Salomon, a famous participant in the American Revolution. Examine historical artifacts that accompanied the family throughout 300 years. General admission tickets are $12.

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