Elite Eight, Earth Hour, Kids’ Choice Awards and more are featured in this week’s 5 Things to Do.


It’s not over yet

They call it March Madness for a reason -- non-sports-loving spouses can’t believe the NCAA Tournament isn’t over yet, and they’re starting to get mad about their husbands sitting in front of the TV all weekend. There won’t be much of a let-up this weekend, however, as Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games are on tap. Head to NCAA.com for schedules.

Turn out the lights

Earth Hour, which garnered worldwide support last year, takes place Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time. During this hour, people are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances. The movement was started by the WWF to raise awareness about environmental issues, and this year’s event is expected to top last year’s efforts. Check your newspaper for public events to celebrate the hour, or go to EarthHour.org for more information.

And the winner is …

Nickelodeon’s annual Kids’ Choice Awards airs Saturday, and if you have youngsters in the house, you’ll probably be tuning in. The show airs during Earth Hour in some time zones (8 to 9:30 p.m. EDT), so you’ll have a tough decision on your hands if you want to be green but have mercurial preteens in the house. We suggest you celebrate Earth Hour but leave the recording device on to tape the awards show. If that’s just not going to happen, celebrate your own Earth Hour at a later (or earlier) time, and go all out with the awards show – why not host an Oscar party-like affair? For more on the show, go to Nick.com.

Break out the brooms

Saturday is the end of National Cleaning Week, so what better time to do some spring cleaning? Get rid of clutter around the house and finally clean that dirty corner in the fridge. Get the kids involved by making a game out of the chores, or have them go through their clothes and pick out ones they can donate. If you need some cleaning tips, head to GoodHousekeeping.com.

Knock knock. Who’s there? April Fool’s!

Wednesday is April Fool’s Day, so make sure you and your kids have some jokes in your “fooling” arsenal. There are plenty of Web sites that have joke collections on them (parents, you’ll want to surf for jokes with the kids, as there also are plenty of dirty-joke sites), or pick up a joke book. One of our favorites is “Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever.” Or just memorize this one: A toothless termite walks into the bar and says, “Hey, where’s the bar tender?”

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