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The Weekend Round-Up: June 23-25

The lovely Fairy Lolly at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, where there’s a Mud Day on Sunday



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It’s the first “official” weekend of the summer, and there are so many cool ways to enjoy it! A Giant BBQ Battle, summer fun, all kinds of live entertainment, a day of play for little ones, art and mud, baseball, plus the myriad Everyday Play options around DC that practically guarantee a good time. Happy Weekend!

Summer in the City
Where: Throughout the area
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by activity

Free concerts, outdoor swimming, special exhibits, movies under the stars, sprayground fun… Activities exclusive to the season can be enjoyed all around the area throughout the weekend. Get the full scoop on all of these joys of summer in the 2017 Summer Guide.

Barbeque Battle
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Downtown DC
When: Saturday 11am – 9pm & Sunday, 11am – 7:30pm
Admission: $15/adults, free for ages 12 and under

Join one of the biggest summer barbeques around as the Giant National Capital Barbeque Battle returns to pit some of the nation’s best barbequers against each other to compete for big prizes. The reward for attendees: Samples from all the entrants (plus, more food), live music, cooking demos, kids’ fun, and more. It all takes place along Pennsylvania Avenue NW, from 3rd to 7th Streets.

Heritage Days
Where: Various locales | Montgomery County, MD
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the history, culture, and natural beauty of Montgomery County, MD, as more than 30 historic sites welcome visitors for guided tours, re-creations of historic events, children’s activities, and more — all free of charge. Learn about the history of dairy farming, railroads, and trolleys; African American communities, astronomy, local arts & culture, and outdoor recreation. Check the online brochure for participating locations and activities.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: FedEx Field | Landover, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Tickets: $17-40

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Dance and Bagels
Where: CityDance POP
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Add some entertainment to your brunch! CityDance POP invites you for a morning of dance and bagels. Bring the family to a sample class and mini performance, and maybe even get the kids signed up for dance lessons.

Refurbished Bike Sale
Where: Impala | H Street NE, DC
When: Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Kick off Summer with a “new to you” ride! All sale support Phoenix Bikes and their mission to educate youth, promote bicycling, and build community. The sale will be held in the courtyard of Impala Cantina y Taqueria located at 1358 H Street NE.

National Day of Play
Where: Gymboree Play & Music | Cleveland Park, DC
When: Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm  
Admission: Free

Gymboree Play & Music is opening their doors for all to join in the play event of the year. All families with children from birth to 5 years old are welcome to drop-in for spectacular play activities, flying parachutes, bubbles, art, music, and more!  Sites are located in Alexandria, Burke, and Chantilly. Jump in and enter to win this $150 gift basket, filled to the brim with bubbles and play products.   

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

* David Engel Jedi Training Academy! is this weekend’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performance at Wolf Trap
* Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook is running at Adventure Theatre
* It’s the first weekend for Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure at Imagination Stage
* And little ones will love Raton en Movimiento!, also playing at the theatre in Bethesda
* Company | E presents Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book at the Kennedy Center
* Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour is now running at the National Theatre – see it with older children or on a KidFree outing
* See a classic on stage as the Kennedy Center presents The Sound of Music
* See another classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo
* Creative Cauldron has a production of The Wizard of Oz on their stage, too
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch running at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12 and up
* Make it a KidFree outing at a performance of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The School for Lies
* My Fair Lady at Olney Theatre is recommended for ages 10 and up
* Catch Shakespeare in the Park As the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings The Tempest to PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD

Room for Children
Where: House of Sweden | Georgetown, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Visit the space for family fun at the Swedish Embassy on Georgetown’s waterfront. This library and arts studio for the young is designed to stimulate children’s interest in books, music, storytelling, and self-expression. Room for Children pushes the boundaries of what a library can be. Parents are encouraged to engage in it all with kids and share the experience! It’s open on weekends through December, and every Saturday, there is a storytime session at 2pm.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Local parks | Fairfax, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Celebrate the great outdoors at Huntley Meadows, take a wagon ride at Riverbend, enjoy colonial games and icecream at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, and more! Go here to see all of your options, this weekend and beyond, and register for activities.

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 2pm
Admission: $17.50/ages 10-17, $19.50/adult

Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt that kids and adults will love! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together (but all-adult teams are allowed to compete separately) Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Read about this super fun adventure in this KFDC post.

Vine on the Waterfront
Where: Oronoco Bay Park | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12-6pm
Admission: Free

This food and wine festival in Alexandria may sound like a grown-up event — and the main festivity is, for the most part — but there will be activities for little ones, too! The festival will showcase some of the best of Alexandria’s restaurants and Virginia wineries. And to complement it all will be live entertainment, a children’s corner (moon bounce, arts & crafts, and more), and cooking demos. While admission is free, you will need to purchase tickets to sample food and wine – $20 for 8 tickets, $20 for the wine sampling. Rain or shine.

Get the Blues
Where: Homestead Farm | Poolesville, MD
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $3

Blueberries are currently ripe for the picking at Homestead Farm (along with tart cherries, too!). While admission to the farm is free, it’s $3 to access the patches. BYO container or purchase one there. Be sure to visit the goats and pigs while you’re at the farm. And for more places to PYO produce, see this post.

Mud Day
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Solomons, MD
When: Sunday, 12-4pm
Admission: $5, free for members and kids under 4

Join Annmarie for this popular family-friendly event where everyone is encouraged to stomp, splash and get dirty! Giant mud play areas like the Mega Mud Pit and the Mini Mud Pit will welcome little ones to play.  Make mud pies in the Mud Kitchen and create a Mud Masterpiece in the Mud Gallery. Give the trees at Annmarie Garden some personality with a Squish-a-Face Forest Friend activity, using clay, mud and natural materials to make faces on the trees. Take home mud creations including a Terrific Terrarium and Seed Cake to remind you of the wonderful mud-a-licious day you spent there! Light snacks will be available for purchase.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, beach chairs, sunscreen and bug spray, and extra clothes.

Nats vs. Reds
Where: Nationals Park
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Nats are hosting the Reds all weekend and there are a bunch of special evens and promotions to enjoy along with the baseball action of the field, including Game of Thrones night on Friday and Pups in the Park on Sunday. Before you plan your day at the ballpark, checkout these KFDC tips on how to do a Nats game without breaking the bank.

Author Reading
Where: Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe | Shaw, DC
When: Sunday, 3-4pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy a reading of the children’s book, Niama’s Adventures, by the author herself! Renina Jarmon will be at the bookstore to read the tale about Niama, a little African-American girl who uses her magic wand to time travel to various places and meet trailblazing black women. She visits the astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, Queen Nefertiti in Egypt and Ms. Ella Fitzgerald in Harlem. Niama is happy and free and she wants you to be free, too

Flamenco Juntos
Where: GALA Hispanic Theatre
When: Sunday, 4-6pm
Admission: $20/adult, $17/child

How about some flamenco to spice up your Sunday? A KFDC reader let me know about this flamenco student recital, showcasing the students of Yolit Yospe-Kachlon, Alexa Miton, and Edwin Aparicio. The show will also feature performances by the teachers and guest artists. A small reception will follow the showcase.

Screen Time – Wonder Woman
Where: Movie Theaters around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by theater

If you haven’t yet seen Wonder Woman on the big screen, make a plan to go. Our family caught a screening last weekend, and everyone loved it! The movie isn’t a cheesy remake of the 70’s TV series, but a well thought out, action-packed, dramatic story. And that it spotlights a female superhero makes it all the better.

UniverSoul Circus on the Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Sunday, 6pm
Admission: Free

Sunday is Target Family Night at the Kennedy Center as UniverSoul circus brings its amazing spectacle to the Millennium Stage. The combination of circus arts, theater, music, and audience interaction that embraces and celebrates urban pop culture from around the world.

**MORE GOOD STUFF TO KNOW**
* Sibley Memorial Hospital is hosting a diaper drive for DC Diaper Bank. Help them reach their goal of 7,000 diapers by October and support families in need!
* There’s lots of good theatre to catch this summer. See what’s coming to local stages and save your seats!
* Tour de Fat, the zany-in-the-best-way-possible festival celebrating bikes and beer, is coming up on July 22, and this year it will be a ticketed event.
* Bargain alert: 100 Montaditos, the Spanish chain at Yards Park specializing in mini-sandwiches, has tons of $1 menu items on Wednesdays. Plan for fountain play then yummy food!
* XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a must-experience exhibit this summer. It’s sold out for the weekend, so reserve tickets for a later date!


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The Weekend Round-Up: June 16-18

Celebrating this fun dad this weekend

Celebrating this fun dad this weekend



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School is out, summer is almost officially in, and it’s Father’s Day. All great reasons to celebrate, and this round-up is full of ways to do it. Happy Weekend! And Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

Celebrate Dad
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

If you’re still in need of plans for dad’s big day, there are so many great ways to celebrate. There are activities and offerings especially for the occasion, special events that coincide with the date, and everyday outings that can be made special with a few extra touches and great company. See this post with a bunch of ideas to help plan your day.

Awesome Con
Where: Washington Convention Center | Mount Vernon Square, DC
Whne: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Starts at $35/day, free for 10 and under

The mid-Atlantic’s premier pop culture convention brings a three-day celebration of television, movies, comic books, science, technology and more to DC. With hundreds of hours of programming, an impressive lineup of special guests, and exciting activities for fans of all ages, this is going to be one fun event. More details here, but note that the chance to enter the giveaway has ended.

Jazz It Up
Where: The Yards | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
Admission: Free on Friday, starts at $49/day Sat/Sun

The annual DC Jazz Festival presents a selection of the genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists at venues all around the city over a whole week. And it culminates this weekend at The Yards with a three-day blowout of music and good times.

Friday Night Fishing
Where: Diamond Teague Park | Capitol Riverfront, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Join Anacostia Riverkeeper at the dock at Diamond Teague Park for catch and release fishing. This Friday evening kicks off the series that will take place every Friday through August 25. Rods, reels, bait, and instruction are all free. No registration required — just show up! Diamond Teague Park is located at on the Anacostia River, between Nationals Park and Yards Park.

Joys of Summer
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by locale

The calendar may not say so, but it’s summer for all intents and purposes, so celebrate with one — or several — of the many activities exclusive to the season. Swim under the sky, catch a concert beneath the stars, see a special exhibit, play at a water park, and more. For the whole gamut of seasonal fun, check out the 2017 Summer Guide.

Spy Fiction Writer’s Workshop
Where: International Spy Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday, 5:30-7:30pm
Admission: $30, $25/members

The shadow world of spying has captured the imagination of authors for centuries. Kids ages 9-14 can join this writing workshop for young spies led by Melissa Mahle, former CIA intelligence officer and author of Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra and Camp Secret.  Learn from her hands-on work in disguise, surveillance, and spy gadgetry and be the one to develop a plot and storyline that grips readers’ attention and quickens their pulses. Dinner included.

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

* It’s opening weekend for Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook at Adventure Theatre
* See a classic on stage as the Kennedy Center presents The Sound of Music
* See another classic on strings as The Puppet Co. presents The Wizard of Oz
* And Panda Monium is the featured Tiny Tots show at the puppet theatre in Glen Echo
* Creative Cauldron has a production of The Wizard of Oz on their stage, too
* Hedwig and the Angry Inch running at the Kennedy Center is recommended for ages 12 and up
* Make it a KidFree outing at a performance of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s The School for Lies
* Catch Shakespeare in the Park As the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company brings The Tempest to PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, MD

Taste of Reston
Where: Reston Town Center | Reston, VA
When: Friday, 3-11pm & Saturday, 12-11pm
Admission: Free (purchase tickets for tastings)

The largest outdoor food festival in NoVA has also been named “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine for several years. Reston Town Center will be bustling for two days with restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, a Wine ‘n Dine area, and the Family Fun Zone featuring activities, interactive games, demonstrations, and arts & crafts for all ages.

Strawberry Fields in Petworth

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Petworth, DC

When: Saturday, 4-8pm

Admission: Free


Okay, maybe not fields, but a Strawberry Festival is even better! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church welcomes all to enjoy free family to celebrate the season, including two bounce houses, face painting, crafts, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, and tours of Rock Creek Cemetery (where the church is located). Food, including strawberries and strawberry shortcakes, can be purchased there. Located in Petworth DC, the main entrance to the grounds is on Rock Creek Church Road NW & Webster St NW.

Creative Spark! 
Where: National Building Museum | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Saturday, 1–5 pm
Admission: Free

Drop in to experience innovation and creative expression in the world we build for ourselves through activities designed and facilitated by the National Building Museum’s Teen Council. Complete a digital scavenger hunt that connects you to the collections and historic building and share your vision of DC’s future through collage-making. A teens-only workshop and hangout space will be available. Some activities require exhibition tickets, but high school students receive free admission with a valid school I.D.

Columbia Heights Day Festival
Where: 11th Street Park btw Park & Irving | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

Whether or not you live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC, you’re invited to bring the fam out for a fun, free day of excitement and activities to help celebrate the community. In its 12th year, Columbia Heights Day brings together residents and businesses for all kinds of festivities. Enjoy local food vendors, live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and tents full of fun and unique vendors, and more!

Shaw Open House
Where: Shaw Neighborhood, DC
When: Saturday, 1-5pm
Admission: Free

Everyone from arts enthusiasts and the health conscious to foodies and families are invited to Shaw Main Streets Open House for tastes from some of DC’s best restaurants and bars and fun family-friendly experiences at distinctive retail and art establishments in central Shaw. Attendees can look forward to an afternoon full of discounts, fun and freebies, including fun prizes for the kids, cocktail samples, lots of free bites and an array of specially curated experiences.

Innovations in Flight Family Day
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | Chantilly, VA
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Head to the Chantilly arm of the Air & Space Museum for a special Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display. See military, recreational, and home-built aircraft as well as classic automobiles. Enjoy presentations, demonstrations, special tours, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Celebrate the Inka Road
Where: National Museum of the American Indian
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Learn how to dress a llama, see how the Inka engineered a bridge out of grass, and participate in an interactive weaving project. This festival will transport you to the Andes with live performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities found along the Inka Road. A pop-up planetarium featuring the constellations of Inka sky culture will be available courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. For lovers of Andean music and dance, Tradiciones Bolivianas and Centro Cultural Bolivia will perform throughout the weekend.

Columbia Pike Blues Fest
Where: Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed | Arlington, VA
When: Saturday, 1-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Enjoy food and beverages, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities as you spend the day on Arlington’s oldest and newest Main Street—in one of its most diverse, vibrant communities—listening to quintessential American music that will make it impossible not to get up and dance. The Blues Festival covers three blocks at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive. So put on your dancing shoes, grab friends and family and head to the Pike for a day of great music, food, art and fun!

Juneteenth Celebration
Where: Walker Miller Regional Park | District Heights, MD
When: Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free

Bring the whole family to celebrate this historic date and enjoy free concerts, exhibits, and activities honoring African American culture. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom — the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the name.

Around The World Cultural Food Festival
Where: Washington Monument Grounds | National Mall, DC
When: Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Admission: Free

The largest cultural food festival in the DMV brings together diverse, authentic, living traditions from different countries around the world. With a mission to preserve and strengthen the culture of each country while presenting it to the public, all the participants have a chance to learn from one another and understand the cultural differences and similarities. And the public will have the opportunity to learn, to eat, to dance, to shop, to witness these vibrantly connected cultures and create their own connections with each and every single country presented in the event.

Colonial Pickling
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm | McLean, VA
When: Sunday, 1-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child, free for 3 and under

Homemade pickles prepared from the kitchen garden will preserve the Claude Moore Colonial Farm family’s crops and bring flavor to the family’s meals in the coming year. Help the farm wife pickle vegetables as she combines salt, water and homemade vinegar. Enjoy samples, too!

DC Way Soccer Festival
Where: Tyler Elementary School Field
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: Free

The goal of this festival is to gather parents & children to play soccer, socialize, and have fun! It’s a great chance to introduce your child to the magnificent game of soccer, test your own skills, participate in fun competitions, and ask the DC Way coach all the questions regarding the game — and sports in general. Festival programs will include multiple games & activities such as soccer tennis, a parents vs. children challenge, best strike contest, and more. Bring the kids and let them fall in love with the game of soccer.


**More Good Stuff to Know**
* The next Wizard School Scavenger Hunt by Watson Adventures is June 24 at the National Gallery of Art. These tend to sell out so reserve your spots soon!
* In case you haven’t heard (or seen it all over local Instagram feeds) yet, XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is the must-experience exhibit in DC this summer.
* I’ve already declared myself a big fan of Joselito, and it looks like I’m in good foodie company. Give it a taste if you haven’t yet!
* Watch the sky Friday night shortly after 9pm, as a rocket launch from Wallops Island creates colorful clouds (if it’s not scrubbed due to weather like the several previous attempts).


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Live Entertainment on Stages Around the DMV this Summer

Catch a rockin'

Catch a rockin’ “Wonderland” production at Imagination Stage



Summer is arriving and bringing a whole new lineup of live entertainment to local stages. The best part: There are shows to indulge all ages and interests, from musicals to puppetry to dramatic plays to concerts to dance performances to acrobatics to magic. This round-up, in order of opening date, has details of all of them. Now go save your seats!

One Destiny
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: June 7 – July 1
Tickets: $5 with tour

In this one-act play learn about President Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute performance explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. The production also has been featured in local schools and at the White House. Be sure to check the schedule for days and times, as it’s not performed every day. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The Wizard of Oz
Where: Creative Cauldron | Falls Church, VA
When: June 8-25 (look for a ticket deal)
Tickets: $60/family 4-pack, $30/adult, $20/student, $15/child

Bring your imagination and get swept away to the wonderful Land of Oz as Creative Cauldron tackles one of the most iconic musicals of all time. All your favorite characters, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, will be brought to life by talented local professionals. They will be joined by an ensemble cast drawn from a new Professional Musical Theater Workshop. Enjoy all of those memorable songs from the MGM classic (Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain/A Heart/The Nerve and We’re Off to See The Wizard) that have made this show an American treasure.

The School for Lies (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: Lansburgh Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through July 7
Tickets: $44-102

From the comic imagination of Shakespeare Theatre Company favorite David Ives comes a timely take on Molière’s ruthless satire. A gleeful truth-teller, Frank is a French aristocrat who despises his society of liars and doesn’t mind telling them so. His well-aimed barbs wreak havoc in a world of pompous suitors and extravagant ladies, until rumors ricochet and alternative facts become reality.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: June 13 – July 2
Tickets: $59-159

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny” (The New York Times). This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It’s about finding your other half; it’s the story of the origin of love. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

The Sound of Music
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: June 13 – July 16
Tickets: $49-169 (look for a ticket deal)

The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Washington. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its award–winning score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and the title song. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The Wizard of Oz
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: June 13 – July 20
Tickets: $10

Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the tale follows closely the original story in L. Frank Baum’s first, best known and best-loved of the classic Oz tales: There are more adventures than included in the film: more of Baum’s original dialogue is included: and, the witch plays only a minor (less scary) role. Recommended for Pre-K – Grade 6.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: June 16 – August 14
Tickets: $19.50

When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some “stealers,” she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Recommended for all ages.

The Tempest (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park | Ellicot City, MD
When: June 16 – July 23
Tickets: $42.50/adult, $15.50/student, free for 18 and under

Plan a picnic as you see Shakespeare in the park! Shakespeare’s magnificent final play of storm and shipwreck, mystery and magic, and profound redemption is perfect for a summer’s eve in the PFI Historic Park. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: June 21 – August 13
Tickets: $15-30

Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock ‘n’ Roll musicians! She takes advice from a Zen Caterpillar and a wise Cheshire Cat. She has tea with the unwelcoming Mad Hatter, and argues with the childish Tweedledee and Tweedledum. When the vicious diva Red Queen tries to destroy her, Alice fights back only to find herself in a battle of the bands with the Jabberwocky, a many-headed monster who embodies all her fears and insecurities. Alice ultimately outperforms him on keyboard and drums; she is crowned at last, and returns home, a stronger and happier girl. The writers have successfully translated Carroll’s irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: June 20 – August 5
Tickets: $10

For much of the summer, Wolf Trap presents Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, a varying lineup of family-friendly performances on Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30am. Amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove, the stage is set for lively adventures in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater. All of the productions are recommended for children between Kindergarten and 6th grade. The full schedule of shows is available on the Wolf Trap website. And you can read a KFDC review of the series from a past summer here.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $6

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java | Vienna, VA
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends

Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local acts perform every Thursday and Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Ongoing daily, 6pm
Tickets: Free

The Kennedy Center presents these free, no-tickets-required performances every day at 6pm, and the public is welcome to enjoy them. The acts span the genres — you can see everything from contemporary dance to folk music to puppetry to comedy shows to opera scenes. Millennium Stage showcases everyone from local youth choirs to internationally known bands (They Might Be Giants performed there a few years ago). This is a great series to keep in mind for whenever you’re looking for some free, easy entertainment.

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: The National Theatre | Downtown, DC
When: June 20-25
Tickets: $28-128

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

My Fair Lady
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: June 21 – July 18
Tickets: $33-65

One of the most romantic scores of all time, featuring standards like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “The Street Where You Live,” takes on new life in an intimate reimagining of the classic My Fair Lady. Flower-seller Eliza Doolittle wages a romantic battle with uppercrust Henry Higgins, with surprising results in this production. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: FedEx Field | Landover, MD
When: June 22 – July 23
Tickets: $17-40 (look for a ticket deal)

The world-class, live entertainment attraction that has captured the hearts and imaginations of a new generation of families is celebrating its 23rd year of FUN. UniverSoul connects with progressive, upwardly mobile, urban pop cultures from around the world, embracing and celebrating the unique and familiar aspects of global cultures and ethnicities into a stellar production that blends circus arts, theater and music. A fresh, cool, and hip approach to live family entertainment!

Raton en Movimiento!
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: June 24 – July 30
Tickets:

Nellie and Amelia are two adventurous mice ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the La Luna, since it is cat-free and made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering queso (so they have heard). In this interactive play, the audience becomes part of the story through multi-sensory activities. This production is now performed in both Spanish and English. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Company | E Presents Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: June 25
Tickets: $35

The timeless tale of a boy and friends (who happen to be a bear, a snake, and a whole lot of wolves, to name a few) becomes a celebration of movement and music in Company | E’s celebrated family classic. A fun-filled family adventure for the young and the young-at-heart!

The Science of Sound
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
When: June 27, 11am & 12:30pm
Tickets: $15/adult, $5/child

Come hear and “see” what sound is all about! Sound waves become visible in this exciting performance that uses technology to transform sound into a multisensory experience. Caryn Lin uses her five-string electric violin, loop recorder, oscilloscope (a device that displays electronic signals and waveforms), and other special effect tools to create amazing soundscapes.

Galapagos George with Barefoot Puppets
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: June 28-30
Tickets: $3-8

Based on the true story of “Lonesome George,” this show tells the tale of a truly one-on-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described as “an uplifting eco-fable,” this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man’s impact upon the environment.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: June 29 – July 2
Tickets: $29-90

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful Broadway hit is based on your favorite Disney film! Come fall in love with the magic for the first time–or all over again! “One of the most ravishing things I have ever seen on a Broadway stage” – Time Magazine

Finding Neverland
Where: Hippodrome | Baltimore, MD
When: June 27 – July 2
Tickets: $42-132 (Look for a ticket deal)

Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Taratibu
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 5-7
Tickets: $3-8

The Taratibu Youth Association (TYA) is a sensational ensemble of young artists representing the performing arts of the African diaspora. With eclectic and diverse musical influences, TYA performs percussive dance styles from stepping to traditional South African Gumboot. They also perform modern dance and hip hop. TYA sings in Zulu and Sotho from South Africa, Kiswahili from Tanzania, Creole from Haiti, and Yoruba from Cuba. Their performances are educational and inspirational; telling stories of empowerment and cultural history from several different countries. You may learn a song in Zulu, steps from Taratibu; a Pan African drill or learn the history of ‘Ti Zwezo,’ the traditional song of Haiti. Recommended for ages 5-16.

Backyard Theater for Kids
Where: Strathmore | North Bethesda, MD
When: Thursdays, July 6-27
Tickets: $8/ages 3 and up

A summertime favorite, Backyard Theater for Children returns with enough music and magic to thrill kids and parents alike – all outdoors under a big tent! Feel free to bring blankets or low beach chairs along with a bag lunch then grab a patch of grass after the applause.

Capital Fringe Festival
Where: Venues throughout DC
When: July 6-30
Tickets: Varies by show

Filling the city with non-stop theater, dance, music, visual art, and everything in-between, the annual Fringe Festival presents an eclectic mix of performances from all genres, for all ages. Family-friendly shows are always among the lineup; other acts would make for a great date night or adult evening out. Check out the calendar to plan your Fringe experience. Festival tickets go on sale June 19.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – In Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: July 7-8
Tickets: $35-58

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

The Originalist (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: July 7-30
Tickets: $56-91

When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court? Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the show afresh with a brand-new staging for the Kreeger Theater.

KidSpy Performance- The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery
Where: I nternational Spy Museum
When:July 8, 11am – 12pm
Tickets: $10, $9/members

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate children and adults alike. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Rhythm & Beats with Max Bent
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 11-14
Tickets: $3-8

Max takes the audience with him as he takes the mic to make some crazy-good mouth music. This astounding human beatbox introduces kids to the most powerful musical instrument ever: their own bodies. With lots of audience participation and exciting on-the-spot improvisations, Max covers themes in hip-hop culture, language, math, and music. Get ready to make some truly hip beats! Recommended for ages 5-12.

Cabaret (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: July 11 – August 6
Tickets: $59-149

Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd and leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Latin Ballet of Virginia: Alma Latina
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
When: July 12, 11am
Tickets: $15/adult, $5/child

Embark on a tour of Latin American dance with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Learn more about the steps and history of dances like the Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata along with Flamenco and Capoeira. Discover the origin of these popular dances in this lively celebration of Latin America’s rich cultural heritage that is steeped in tradition, rhythm, music, and dance.

By the Seashore
Where: The Lab at Convergence | Alexandria, VA
When: July 13- 30
Tickets: $6

Art on the Horizon’s summer production takes tiny theatre-goers on a magical journey to a place children love to visit — the beach! From birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between, young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean, and in the sky (with no need for wings or scuba gear!). Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Recommended for ages 0-2.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Where: Vinson Hall Community Ballroom | McLean, VA
When: July 14-30
Tickets: $25

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. REcommended for ages 13 and up.

Summer Magic with Dave Thomen
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 18-21
Tickets: $3-8

Celebrate an American summer on the National Mall with D’s Magic. You won’t believe your eyes when Mr. Dave performs illusions with boxes, hoops and maybe even a rabbit and magic hat! D’s Magic will surprise and astound you. This Discovery Theater favorite is back for another summer of magic and entertainment! Recommended for ages 5-12.

MAMMA MIA!
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: July 18-19
Tickets: $25-75 (look for a ticket deal)

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. It’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical now on its farewell North American tour! MAMMA MIA! combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.

An Octoroon (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: Woolly Mammoth | Penn Quarter, DC
When: July 18 – August 6
Tickets: $34-44 (look for a ticket deal)

A plantation on the brink of foreclosure. A young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate’s owner. An evil swindler plotting to buy her for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are trying to keep things drama-free, because everybody else is acting crazy.

Thurgood
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: July 19 – August 20
Tickets: $45-70

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up.” So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who changed the face of American jurisprudence. He argued and won the Brown v. Board of Education decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the “separate but equal” mandate in Maryland law schools. Spend an evening with the late Justice at this one-man show, and consider just how far we’ve come… or have we? Recommended for ages 13 and up.

The Music Man
Where: Kenmore Middle School | Arlington, VA
When: July 21-30
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (look for a ticket deal)

Encore Stage & Studio’s theatre by kids for kids presents the story of con man Harold Hill as he makes his next stop at River City, Iowa to start a band, despite his lack of musical knowledge. After tricking the citizens of River city into buying instruments and uniforms he plans on leaving town with all of the money. In the midst of his scheme, he accidentally falls in love with the local librarian, Marian. Will she help Harold see the error of his ways before it’s too late? Enjoy Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy that has been entertaining audiences since 1957. Recommended for ages 6 and older.

SOLE Defined
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 25-28
Tickets: $3-8

SOLE Defined puts an exciting twist on percussive dance by turning their bodies into human drums. In one word, SOLE Defined creates a “Percussical,” an innovative twist on the traditional musical with its integration of percussive dance and multi-media with acting, singing. Each show is a power-packed performance to create a free flowing conversation through music and movement. Recommended for ages 5-16.

Circus!
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: July 27 – August 27
Tickets: $12

In grand circus tradition, the “Greatest Show on Strings” features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were built more than 50 years ago by Christopher’s parents for “Len Piper’s International Marionette Circus.”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: July 18 – August 20
Tickets: $49-159

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Cello Fury: Melodies, Moods, and Movies
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
When: August 2, 11am
Tickets: $15/adult, $5/child

This cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a rock and roll drummer brings movie themes to life in a lively performance designed for children that fuses symphonic sounds with driving rock beats to create an unforgettable musical experience.

Jurassic Park – In Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: August 5
Tickets: $35-58

An adventure 65 million years in the making comes back to the big screen. Watch Steven Spielberg’s original Oscar-winning dinosaur classic in high definition as the National Symphony Orchestra brings John Williams’ iconic music to soaring, scaly life.

KIDZ BOP Best Time Ever Summer Tour
Where: Hippodrome | Baltimore, VA
When: August 12
Tickets: $48-168

Catch The KIDZ BOP Kids live, when they hit the stage in 2017 to perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits. The ALL-NEW “Best Time Ever” tour will hit Baltimore this August!

BON VOYAGE! A Happenstance Escapade (KidFree Suggestion)
Where: Round House Theatre | Bethesda, MD
When: July 14-30
Tickets: $26

BON VOYAGE! A Happenstance Escapade is the story of a hilarious collection of 19th century dreamers who meet on the way to Paris, the obstacles and surprises they encounter, and their comic misadventures at the Moulin Rouge, the Metro, the Catacombs, and the Grand Universal Exposition of 1889. This show reminds us of the beautiful values of Liberty, Equality and Camaraderie.

Othello
Where: Sidney Harman Hall
When: August 15-23
Tickets: FREE!

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Free For All will presents Othello this summer. This Washington tradition offers free performances of a Shakespearean classic to the public. Tickets are available through an online lottery or by waiting in line day-of when a limited number available.

Cirque de Soleil: OVO
Where: Eagle Bank & Royal Farms Arenas | Fairfax, VA & Baltimore, MD
When: August 16-27
Tickets: $30-156+ (look for a ticket deal)

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight, and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

Live from the Lawn: Uke Fest
Where: Strathmore | North Bethesda, MD
When: August 23, 7pm
Tickets: Free

It’s back and better than ever! Strathmore’s Uke & Guitar Summit celebrates its 7th year with a grand finale featuring Benny Chong, Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Sam Marchuk, Maureen Andary, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and the Strathmore Uke Orchestra. Don’t miss this all-star celebration of the little instrument that brings people together in harmony.

Know of anymore great shows that you don’t see listed here? Feel free to mention them in the comments!

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