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Holiday Magic on the AFI Silver Screen

Some movie classics are as much a part of the holiday season as twinkling lights and generously spiked eggnog.  For many, watching Flick’s tongue get stuck to the flag pole is practically inked on the Christmas calendar. Rather than catch it at home on a cable channel, how about making it a little more magical this year — for both you and the kids?

The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring presents their annual Holiday Classics series, and it looks like they’ve added some flicks (and Flicks) to the mix . A variety of seasonal big screen favorites will play at various times throughout the week:  A Christmas Story, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and Gremlins are a few that can be enjoyed by the whole family at both matinee and evening showings. You can view the full line-up of movies and schedule here.

Tickets are $7/kids 12 and under, $8.50/adult matinee, $11.50/adult general admission and can be purchased in advance online or at the box office.

The AFI Silver Theatre is located at 8633 Colesville Road, at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in downtown Silver Spring.

 

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Kids Euro Festival: Four Weeks of Free European Art & Culture in DC!

You don’t have to cross an ocean to introduce your kids to European art and culture.  Thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, 27 EU embassies, and more than a dozen major cultural institutions, Europe is coming to us via the Kids Euro Festival, a virtual passport to four weeks of continental artistic adventures.

From October 14 through November 10, the festival will present more than 200 FREE children’s performances all around the metro area. Mimes, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts on the schedule.  Public libraries, DC embassies, National Geographic Live, the Kennedy Center, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, the National Childrens Museum, Shakespeare Theatre, Strathmore, and AFI are among the many performance venues.

The festival, designed for children ages 2-12, is the largest of its kind in the country. More than 27 countries in the European Union are represented in the shows that highlight national cultural traditions and art.

Visit the Kids Euro Festival website for the complete schedule of performances and age recommendations. You can also “like” the Facebook page for updates on events.

 

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It’s Movie Time, Baby!

I just learned that E Street Cinema eliminated the Rattle & Reel program, the weekly film screening geared  toward parents with small babies. Word has it that low attendance and strollers becoming a fire hazard were the reasons.

But it’s not the end of baby-friendly movies altogether. Several local cinemas host weekly and bi-weekly showings for film-goers with babes in tow. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, these are screenings where parents can watch a flick without worrying that their crying infant is disturbing other guests, because, chances are, those other movie patrons are concentrating on their own wailing child. Also, the lights are dim, not dark, and the volume is lower than normal.  (For more about the concept, see this post.) And while there are no hard-and-fast rules, these programs generally seem to be for babies around 6 months and under.

Those of us with older kids are in luck as well. Special summer movie series for families have begun or are about to begin at local theaters and a couple of outdoor venues.  These weekly programs invite guests to view films on the very cheap and sometimes even for free!

Here’s a list of local theaters offering baby-friendly and summer family screenings.  If you know of any others, feel free to mention them in the comments section, and I’ll add them to the list.

Regal Cinemas Potomac Yards
What: Mommy & Me (don’t let the name fool ya — all caregivers welcome)
When: Every other Tuesday at 10am (next up is Hangover II on June 14)
Tickets: $9 regular matinee price

AFI Silver Theatre
What: Silver Babies
When: Fridays at 10:30am
Tickets: $8.50

The Movies at Montgomery Mall
What: Movies & Moms
When: Wednesdays at 10am
Tickets: “Classic” movies are free; New movies are $5, kids 5 and under are free

The Majestic (Regal Majestic 20 in Silver Spring)
What: Movie Moms Club
When: Wednesdays, first two matinees
Tickets: $8.75, $7.75/ages 3-11, free for ages 2 and under

Regal Summer Movie Express
What: Family movies at Regal Theaters
When: Tuesdays & Wednesday at 10am starting June 28 (check website for schedules)
Tickets: $1

Noma Summer Screen
What: Outdoor movies – L Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue NE
When: Wednesday evenings, food starts at 7pm, movie starts at 9pm
Tickets: Free

Movies on the Potomac
What: Outdoor movies at the National Waterfront
When: Sunday evenings June 12 – September 4
Tickets: Free

Summer Film Series @ The Atlas
What: Family Series
When: Saturdays at 5pm July 2 – September 3
Tickets: Free, but there is a $2 booking fee

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