November 17, 2011 09:00 AM

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Hip, hop, happy feet!

Marcia Gay Harden and her children — Eulala Grace, 13, and twins Julitta Dee and Hudson Harden, 7½ — check out the premiere of Happy Feet Two, held Sunday at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

“There’s no balance! There’s just a constant endeavor to balance,” Harden, 52, tells PEOPLE.

“The ball’s in the air all the time, except when it drops. It used to be, when I was a younger mom, I never wanted the ball to drop. I wanted to keep it in the air all the time. And now I get it — the ball’s dropped. Bend down, pick it up and keep going.”

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