Two More Weeks to See ‘Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol’ at Adventure Theatre!


The Helen-Hayes Award Recommended Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol at Adventure Theatre MTC is in its final two weeks. Told from the perspective of Tiny Tim, this world-premiere production is a playful and imaginative take on the Dickens classic and a must-see for all ages.

With plenty of weekdays performances ahead, it’s a perfect activity to keep in mind for the kids as we head into Winter Break. And you can treat the family to a show on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day — there are performances scheduled on just about all of the holidays!

“Just when you thought you’ve seen the absolute final rendition of a Christmas Carol that you can take, another version pops up that’s irresistible —Tiny Tim’s is one of those. The show doesn’t get a much higher pedigree than a Feininger–Ludwig–Whiddon collaboration, and somehow, they’re all here and deliver the remarkable goods.”
– Debbie Jackson, DC Theatre Scene

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol will be on stage at Adventure Theatre through January 1, 2015. There will be weekday and Sunday matinees at 11am and 2pm and Saturday shows at 11am, 2pm and 4:30pm. Upcoming holiday performances are at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $19 and available for purchase online.

(Note: The 2pm show on Saturday, December 20th, is sensory friendly. These performances have been slightly adjusted for children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other sensitivity issues, but are also open to the general public. Adventure Theatre MTC has been creating Autism/Sensory-Friendly performances for over two years, and was able to share their knowledge for Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre MTC, however, I only promote events, activities, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: December 15-19

Get crafty at the National Portrait Gallery's Open Studio session on Friday

Get crafty at the National Portrait Gallery’s Open Studio session on Friday

Monday - Head to DC’s big train station to check out the little trains. Union Station’s annual Holiday Train Show is back in the Main Hall, featuring an elaborate mountain landscape, plus vintage cars, trees and people, even dogs and cats. After (or before), grab a bite to eat or pop over to the Postal Museum next door.

Tuesday - Venture up to Baltimore for Thrifty Tuesday at Port Discovery. From 1-4:30pm, it only costs $8 (regularly $13.95) to enjoy the multiple levels of awesome hands-on exhibits and programs. It opens at 9:30am if you want to enjoy morning hours, too. (Happy Chanukah to everyone celebrating!)

Wednesday - Bundle up and hit the trail. Great Falls is a great place to hike and enjoy the outdoors any time of the year. Whether you opt for the Maryland or Virginia side of the park along a breathtaking stretch of the Potomac, you’re guaranteed some of the best vistas in the area. Be sure to stop in the Visitor Center where you can learn about the history and nature of the area. Hours are 7am – dark. The Visitor Centers are open from 10am – 4pm. Admission is $5/vehicle.

Thursday - Catch a performance of Arts on the Horizon’s Snow Day at the Atlas on H Street. Recommended for ages 2-6, the nonverbal world premiere production features live music and lots of wintertime fun. Showtime is 10:30am, and tickets are $8. It’s running at the Atlas through December 22. In the evening from 6-8:30pm, head to Pentagon Row for Chanukah on Ice, a festive celebration with latkes, kosher hot dogs, and ice skating! Admission is $10 in advance, $13 at the door.

Friday - Get creative at a National Portrait Gallery Open Studio Friday session. All ages are welcome to explore a different art medium each week with all kinds of fun projects. Drop in anytime from 1-4pm. Admission is free. Before or after your artsy outing, check out the Downtown Holiday Market, located right outside the museum at 8th & F Streets NW — do some shopping, enjoy tasty treats, and maybe even catch some live entertainment. It’s open 12-8pm daily through December 23.

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The Weekend Round-Up: December 12-14

Bundle up for outdoor fun - the brisk air might put a skip in your step!

Bundle up for outdoor fun – the brisk air might put a skip in your step!

Get into the spirit of both the holidays and DC! With loads of seasonal activities, special events, and the ongoing fun around town, this dynamic city is a great place to be right now (and any time of year, for that matter). Happy Weekend!

Georgetown GLOW
Where: Georgetown neighborhood
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 6-10pm
Admission: Free

See Georgetown in a whole new light – literally. Every evening this weekend, the neighborhood will sparkle with modern light art installations on exhibit throughout the bustling community. Works of local, regional, and international artists will be on display in both public and privately-owned spaces, including M Street, Washington Harbour, and more nearby places. Take the family dinner, then go for a stroll to check them all out.

Parcel Market
Where: Canal Park
When: Friday – Sunday
Admission: Free, but be ready to buy!

Parcel Market will transform Canal Park in the Capitol Riverfront into a festive winter wonderland with the best independent retailers, craftsmen, and cuisine in DC. There will be ice skating at the Canal Park Ice Rink, plus creative retail showcasing local small businesses, artists, and designers. Vendors will include Be Clean, DeNada, Matine, Mutiny, Native Danger, TCI Letter Press, Winthrop Clothing Co. for pets, and more! The Parcel Market dining lounge will feature DC foodie favorites and warm drinks in a relaxed atmosphere complete with fire pits as lve music from local DJ’s and performers also fills the air.

Italian Holiday Family Festival
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
Admission: Free

“Buon Natale!” Join American Art, the Embassy of Italy, and the Italian Cultural Institute Saturday for seasonal fun inspired by Italian holiday traditions! Among the Italo-fun: dancers from the Washington Ballet performing original choreography by Mimmo Miccolis, “OperaPop”, Simona Rodano, “The Italian Fairy,” stilt walkers from Italy’s famed Teatro Tascabile, and Zampogna (Italian bagpipes) players performing traditional holiday songs. There will also be craft tables featuring decoration and card making activities, face painting, a photo-op station, and a book signing and meet-and-greet with Shannon Jones, author of KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Rome, Italy. Sounds molto buona to me!

‘Tis the Season
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies be venue

The area’s big holiday events and activities are in full swing! Enjoy Holiday on the Ellipse, including Santa’s Workshop; Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden; Holly Trolley Fest at the National Capitol Trolley Museum; Christmas on the Potomac; Christmas at Mount Vernon; train and light displays, and much more. Get the full rundown on all of them in the 2014 KFDC Holiday Guide.

Gifts that Give Hope
Where: Calvary United Methodist Church
When: Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Admission: Free

Instead of giving another tie or candle this year, how about boxing up hope and happiness? Gifts That Give Hope Arlington is holding their 3rd annual Gift Fair, capturing the holiday spirit in a way that redefines the notion of meaningful, alternative gift giving. This year’s fair will feature 15 local and global nonprofit organizations, many of them based in Arlington. Shoppers will have the opportunity to peruse the tables hosted by each organization and purchase alternative gifts that will directly benefit the mission of those organizations. There will also be refreshments, face painting, and kids activities.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend is in town through the weekend at the Patriot Center
* 101 Dalmations is on the Imagination Stage
* And little ones will enjoy interactive theatre with Inside Out at the Bethesda theatre
* Bright Star Theatre presents Christmas with Santa as this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Rainbow Rock will be rockin in a rainbow wonderland at Jammin’ Java on Saturday morning
* The Kennedy Center presents The Gift of Nothing through December 28
* See Beauty and the Beast at Synetic Theatre
* Fiddler on the Roof is on the Arena Stage (and it’s fantastic!)
* Date night? I highly recommend the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s latest productions of As you Like It in its final weekend, and The Tempest (both are also good for older children who’d enjoy Shakespeare)
* There are holiday shows GALORE on stages right now. Check out the 2014 KFDC Holiday Guide for the full list of them.

Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: $25/adult, $10/child

Nats fans can get a baseball fix at this annual prelude to the season. Join more than 20 Washington Nationals players, coaches, and team personnel for a day full of fun activities for all ages, including photo ops with players and mascots, player story times, caricature art, live batting cages and demos, Nationals merchandise and authenticated memorabilia, interactive games, autographs, and much more.

Shakespeare, Family-Style
Where: Sidney Harman Hall
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

If you want to introduce your kids to the work of The Bard, this is a perfect time to do so. Starting this weekend through December 22, during the five-week run of The Tempest, Shakespeare Theatre Company will be hosting a variety of programs and performances geared especially to young theatre-goers. This post has a schedule of ways you and your kids can participate.

All Aboard for a Model Train Holiday Open House
Where: Historic Vienna Depot of the W&OD Railroad
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Chug on down to Vienna this holiday season to watch model train activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950′s, the Western North Carolina (WNC). Every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry in this layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything. Since the holidays are here, the Polar Express makes an appearance, and Thomas the Tank Engine (and a few of his friends) can also be seen chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. The Vienna Depot is located at 231 Dominion Road NE in Vienna, Virginia. It is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders. Check out the virtual tour on the website.

2nd Annual Cozy Christmas
Where: St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion
When: Saturday, 4-7pm
Admission: Free

Join the folks at Gateway DC (they hosted the awesome ice slide last winter) for Christmas crafts, games, and treats.
 They’ll even have a special guest in attendance — SANTA! They are also debuting the new cafe at Gateway during the Cozy Christmas Celebration — taste the delectable treats from 
The Mustard Seed Cafe by Chef Nadine.

 In addition, there will be a memorial ceremony for former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

Children’s Open House
Where: Alliance Francaise
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Admission: Free

Bienvenue! Discover the programs at The Alliance Française is hosting an open house, where you can learn about their programs for children 1 to 18 years old. Visit the beautiful building and classrooms dedicated to babies and toddlers.Meet the experienced teachers, who are native speakers trained to teach French at all levels. Listen to a few stories in the warm and welcoming library, and introduce your child to French and francophone culture through comic books, novels, and movies. Children can also attend a mini-class to get a taste for French language at the Alliance. See the website for the day’s schedule.

Recreation on Ice
Where: Local ice rinks
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

If the weather is conducive to outdoor ice skating, lace up the skates and get gliding. Enjoy art as you skate at the Sculpture Garden; join a Cartoon Skate at Canal Park on Saturday morning, circle the rink at Washington Harbour; or shop then skate at Pentagon Row, Veteran’s Plaza, Rockville Town Square, or Reston Town Center. This post has details on both alfresco and indoor ice skating options in the area.

Colonial Wassail
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $3/adult, $2/child, free for children under 3

In the winter apple trees need encouragement to bear fruit in the coming year. Gather in the Farm’s orchard to wassail or toast the trees with singing, dancing and chants to ensure a “howling crop.” Enjoy hot spiced cider, ginger biscuits, a roaring bonfire, and 18th century games at this fun and educational holiday event.

Go Nat Geo
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: 10am – 6pm
Admission: $11/adult, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under

Experience two interactive exhibits recommended for all ages. “Spinosaurus” and “Food: Our Global Kitchen” are currently at the National Geograhic Museum, and right now adults can get a discount on admission to visit them.

Roam Free
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
When: Throughout the weekend, 2-5pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy free admission along with the lovely gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. Through mid-March, there is no fee to roam the grounds of the Georgetown locale. Bundle up for a walk among the various plats — it’s a beautiful place to explore any time of year. After, head up to M Street and exprience Georgetwon GLOW. Read more about about Dumbarton and get a glimpse in this post from last fall.

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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Family Fun Pack of Tickets to ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

"Fiddler on the Roof" is at Arena Stage through January 11

“Fiddler on the Roof” is at Arena Stage through January 11

A few weeks ago, I received a last minute invitation to join a friend and her in-laws to see “Fiddler on the Roof” at Arena Stage when her husband couldn’t make it. While I’d seen the film, and have known the story and songs since I was a kid, I’d never experienced the show live on stage. Well, the wait was worth it, because this particular production is fantastic, easily sustaining Fiddler’s reputation as a Broadway classic.


Fiddler on the Roof presents the story of Tevye, “a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land.” It’s a wonderful production, with emotional and playful performances from the actors, jubilant musical numbers, and superb stage direction. The venue itself — the Fichandler Stage, a small theatre with the audience surrounding the stage — heightens the experience with a cozy, intimate feel. Every seat offers a good view, and you’re so close in (we were practically sitting on the stage), you almost feel like you’re part of the family.

The show runs over two and a half hours, including intermission, but it’s so entertaining it seems to go by much more quickly. And while I saw it with a group of grown-ups, I think this is one children could also enjoy. Arena Stage agrees and are currently offering a Family Fun Pack: Four seats for only $125 — a great deal. (Orders must include a minimum of two patrons between ages 5 and 17 per Family Fun Pack; cannot be combined with any other offer or applied to previously purchased tickets; limit two Family Fun Packs per household. All standard fees apply. Must be purchased by phone or in person. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the Sales Office to check on appropriate family shows.)

Fiddler on the Roof is running at Arena Stage through January 11. Individual tickets are $50-99 and can be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office. You can also try to win a Family Fun Pack in the giveaway.

Giveaway: Arena Stage has given me a Family Fun Pack (4 tickets) to see Fiddler on the Roof to give to one lucky reader. For a chance to win it, simply leave a comment below telling me an activity or event you’re looking forward to in 2015. To be eligible, you must like KFDC on Facebook and subscribe to the blog (see sign-up in top left corner). This giveaway will run through Sunday, December 14, and a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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Giveaway: Win a Month of Play & Learn Classes at Gymboree in DC


The KFDC giving season continues with yet another giveaway, this time from Gymboree Play & Music DC. I first mentioned the activity center for children back in spring of 2013, when plans to bring the first Gymboree to DC were announced.

Over a year and a half later, the Play & Music place for children is thriving, offering all kinds of classes for young children. You can encourage development through play and learning with their six-level program designed to support your child’s growth at his or her own individual pace. From sensory stimulation to problem-solving games and storytelling, their classes use play-based activities to stretch the body and mind.

Learn more about their programs on the Gymboree Play & Music website. You can also try to win a month of free classes (4 classes) by entering the giveaway below.

Gymboree of Washington, DC, is located at 2639 Connecticut Avenue NW #113 in Woodley Park. Along with the convenience to Metro, the building also offers parking Monday – Friday (for a fee).

Giveaway: For a chance to win a month of free classes (4 classes) at Gymboree Play & Music DC, simply leave a comment below — anything you want! To be eligible, you must like the Gymboree Play & Music DC Facebook page. These classes are suitable for newborns through 36 months, and must be redeemed by March 31, 2015, valid at the Washington, DC, Woodley Park location only. This giveaway will run through the end of the week, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DC Kids Play, LLC, however, I only promote activities, events, and services that I sincerely enjoy and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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