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See the ‘Spirit of America’ Come Alive at a Free Show for Students and Families

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Over the next couple of weeks, the United States Army Military District of Washington invites the public to journey through American history with Spirit of America, a free, live-action show celebrating the spirit, strength, and history of our nation. Performances will take place September 10-12, at the DC Armory in Southeast, and September 18-19, at the EagleBank Arena (formerly Patriot Center) in Fairfax.

Teachers, especially, are encouraged to bring school groups to the production that is designed to educate as well as entertain. Performed in the tradition of both a military review and a large-scale theatrical production, Spirit of America presents our nation’s history, common values, and American musical heritage. The best opportunities for school field trips are Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11, 10:30am, at the DC Armory and Friday, September 18, 10:30am, at the EagleBank Arena.

During the show Soldiers dressed in historic uniforms reenact key moments throughout history. From the Revolutionary War to current operations, these vignettes feature a unique perspective of American history — that of the citizen soldier. Highlights include Paul Revere’s Ride, Fort McHenry and the Star Spangled Banner, the Lewis and Clark expedition, battle scenes with short periods of simulated gunfire, and stories of the life of a Soldier taken from letters and historical documents. The show also features music by The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and performances by the elite elements from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), including The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Continental Color Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.

Everyone is welcome to the Saturday performances, but parents should read the FAQ section first to determine if it’s appropriate for their children. While the show is recommended for kids in Grades 5 and up, younger children can also attend, though some scenes with simulated gunfire and war re-enactments may not be advisable for them.

To reserve group tickets and for more information about Spirit of America, contact the public affairs office at 1-866-239-9425, or via email at usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.jfhqncr-soa-omb@mail.mil. Tickets are not required for shows at the DC Armory September 10-12, but patrons who prefer something printed to bring with them can request tickets through EventBrite here.

For shows at EagleBank Arena September 18-19, ticket reservations are accepted by either mail order, in person at the box office, and/or online. There is no limit to the number of tickets you may request, and seating is general admission.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the United States Army Military District of Washington, however, I only promote activities, events, and programs that I sincerely enjoy and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Adventure Theatre Presents OLIVER! at Round House Theatre

Franco Cabanas as Oliver

Franco Cabanas as Oliver



I always love an opportunity to bring my children to see stage productions of books they enjoy. It’s a chance to watch a story that was once just on pages and in their heads come to life, to see imagination and interpretation at work. So, as Owen is finishing up Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the timing of this new production couldn’t be better.

Adventure Theatre MTC is bringing OLIVER! to Round House Theatre in Bethesda. Opening Friday, July 24, and running through August 16, the show is ATMTC’s first full-length musical production. And if their trove of wonderful children’s productions on the Glen Echo stage is any indication, this one is sure to be a hit.

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This steampunk-inspired OLIVER! features an extraordinary team of Helen Hayes Award Recognized local performers and Adventure Theatre MTC veterans, accompanied by a chamber orchestra as this version of the classic story is performed.

A young orphan who arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money, and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Packed full of joyful songs, including Consider Yourself, You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two, Oom-Pah-Pah! and the exuberant Food Glorious Food, this will be the theatrical highlight of your year.

Director Joseph Ritsch speaks to the heart this production, “As a director I always ask, why this play now? Why OLIVER! now? … I was so taken by Oliver’s continual ability to find the joy in life even in the most dire of circumstances. There is a light in this young man that shines bright no matter how dark his world gets. There is something so beautifully hopeful in that, and in today’s complicated world of 2015, such hope is indeed a welcomed necessity.”

It sounds like a show that will have many of us wanting more.

OLIVER! will be on stage July 24 – August 16. Tickets are $35/students and $45/adults and can be purchased on Adventure Theatre MTC’s website or by calling the box office at 301.634.2270. All performances will take place at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD.

*Important for parents to note: This is a two-act show, so it runs two hours long with a 15 intermission approximately. It is also faithful to the stage version and may be too violent for very young children. Recommended for around ages 7 and up, but parents should use their best judgement.


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


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The BFG Marks a Giant Leap in DC Children’s Theatre

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Have you heard the big news? The BFG, the beloved Roald Dahl book, has been brought to life for the stage and will be at The National Theatre through July 25. Owen and I saw a performance this past weekend, and we both found the production hugely entertaining.

Integrating magnificent puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling, this stage version presents the tale of the world’s only friendly giant, who brings good dreams to humans, and Sophie, an orphaned little girl, as they embark on a magical journey to save the children of England from bad giants. It does so with adventure and humor that captivates both children and adults.

And this presentation of The BFG is more than just a wonderful show. It’s the inaugural production of The National Children’s Theatre, an alliance between Imagination Stage and The National Theatre to bring the theatre arts to more children in DC. In pre-performance remarks about the partnership, it was announced that 10,000 children from each ward in the District would be invited to see The BFG in November — a tremendous treat for many! I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

The BFG is running at The National Theatre through July 25, with morning performances during the week, an evening show Friday, and a matinee on Saturday. It’s recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $14-38.


Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to see The BFG, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.


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Pinstripes in Georgetown is Right up Your Alley

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Even though school wasn’t cancelled for the snow today (DCPS, anyway), it made me recall last winter, when there seemed to be an exorbitant amount of days off, between holidays, snow days, and other random administrative reasons. It’s a good reminder to have some activities in my back pocket that the kids and I could enjoy together, different than our usual go-to pursuits, but still ones we can count on happening just about any day.

Pinstripes in Georgetown recently made the cut. On one of those random days off, we took advantage of Tots Playtime at the venue that’s a bistro, bowling alley, and bocce court all in one. Every weekday from 10am to 12pm, kids can bowl for just $5, and there’s no cost at all for parents to join them. June 2015 Update: The Tots Playtime promo has changed, and it’s now $5/child to bowl, plus $5 shoe rental. Adults (up to 2 per child) still bowl free.

A little lemonade stand welcomes little guests

A little lemonade stand welcomes little guests

Cozy couches and nice tables where you can dine and relax

Cozy couches and nice tables where you can relax while you wait your turn and dine, too

So, when you think bowling alley, you probably picture a big, loud place that serves pizza, hot dogs, and fries that you probably have to eat in a separate area from where you bowl. Pinstripes is different. To start, the lanes are nice and modern; the seating/scoring area right behind them has cozy couches and a table, so you can eat right there; and the music isn’t blaring. On top of that, they have great menus (it’s also a bistro, after all), including a Kids Menu with several choices — for $8 they get a starter, entree, dessert, and drink — and a nice selection on the main menu.

Morning fare, and kiddies options in addition to an extensive main menu

Morning fare and kiddies options in addition to an extensive main menu

Grilled salmon at the bowling alley...yum!

Grilled salmon at the bowling alley…yum!

The kids and I bowled a couple of rounds, eating lunch about halfway through. Ramps are available for little bowlers as are bumpers in a couple of lanes. The staff was incredibly nice and attentive, helping us find balls light enough for Sasha and taking food and drink orders and bringing everything right to us. It might seem a little luxurious for a bowling outing with kids, but there are no complaints here. The Tots Playtime is such a great deal, and regular bowling alleys often end up being just as, if not more, pricey.

A little help from the ramp

A little help from the ramp

The tots deal isn’t the only reason to go to Pinstripes. They occasionally host special events for kids — they had an egg hunt last Easter, provided family entertainment at Taste of Georgetown, and held a Kids in the Garden day, where the chef taught guests about gardening, plants, and seeds. You can also host your own private events there, including children’s birthday parties, and there’s a special Sunday brunch that welcomes families. Of course, you can also go for a kid-free outing and enjoy a meal in the restaurant along with some bocce to top it off.

Next time: Bocce

Next time: Bocce

Did I spare any details? Check out the website for even more info.

Pinstripes Georgetown is located in The Shops at Georgetown Park at 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW. Hours are Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 11:00pm, Friday: 10:00am – 12:30am, Saturday: 10:00am – 12:30am, and Sunday: 10:00am – 10:00pm.

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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.

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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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