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Get Kids into the Act at Adventure Theatre Summer Camp

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There are so many options for summer camps in the DC area, and my kids have been to a variety of them over the years. But there’s one that consistently has been a part of our summer: Adventure Theatre’s acting camp.

The program is a fantastic opportunity for kids going into grades 1 – 6 to experience musical theatre in a fun, full-day camp. They work alongside accomplished DC-area theater professionals and teaching artists during daily rehearsals in dancing, singing, and acting. With props and costumes, singing and scene-work, sessions culminate in a performance of a full-scale show for family and friends. And this is all with one of the best children’s theatres around!

Sasha on stage in the 'Camp Runamuk' performance last summer

Sasha on stage in the ‘Camp Runamuk’ performance last summer



Owen started our family trend with the camp, participating in the two-week sessions for several summers. Sasha began carrying on the tradition last year and loved it so much she’s signed up again. I truly adore the program, too. The kids really learn an incredible amount about acting and the inner workings of the theatre, and the production at the end is such a treat. It’s so impressive to see just how much they get out of classes, and knowing how much fun they have in the process makes it even better.

Adventure Theatre Summer Camp is held at both Glen Echo Park and in the District at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. All sessions run for two weeks everyday from 9am – 4pm with before and after care available.

For more information, including rates, registration, and the shows being performed this summer, visit the Adventure Theatre website:
Camp at Glen Echo Park
Camp at the Atlas


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


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Hot Tickets for Live Entertainment Through Winter

Catch 101 Dalmations at Imagination Stage through January 4

Catch 101 Dalmations at Imagination Stage through January 4



As the mercury drops, keep the kids warm and entertained at a show! Holiday productions, puppet theater, dramatic and comical plays, live music, basketball thrills, ice dancing, and more fantastic experiences are coming to venues all around the area. Here’s where you can see them, listed in order of opening date. And if you know of a great production that you don’t see here, feel free to mention it in the comments.

Holiday Shows
Where: Local theatres
When: Throughout the holiday season
Tickets: Varies by production

From seasonal traditions to special performances, there are numerous shows that will entertain and capture the holiday spirit on stages around the area. The KFDC 2014 Holiday Guide includes a comprehensive list of them.

101 Dalmations
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through January 11
Tickets: $17-30

When Mr. and Mrs. Dearly welcome a new litter of Dalmatians to their 1950s London home, Cruella de-Vil is quick to plot their kidnap. Loving puppy parents Pongo and Missis discover their location, and set out on a harrowing adventure through the countryside to rescue their puppies. With the help of several friendly dogs along the way, the family reunites on Christmas Day, and Cruella is defeated. But will the Dearlys take in all 101 dalmatians? Recommended for ages 4-10.

Tiny Tim’s A Christmas Carol
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Through January 1
Tickets: $19

Tiny Tim longs to have his father home on Christmas day, but mean old Mr. Scrooge won’t give Bob Crachit the day off! There must be a way to change Scrooge’s mind – perhaps a ghost or two will set Scrooge right. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the meanest man in town? This exciting world premiere story of a father and son is adapted by Broadway’s Tony-winning Ken Ludwig (Twas the Night Before Christmas) and his very own son, Jack. Get ready for the wildest ride you’ve ever had at Christmas!

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through November 30
Tickets: $12

This audience-favorite show is back from hibernation! Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments. Recommended for ages 1-5

The Gift of Nothing
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Through December 28
Tickets: $20

Today is a very, very merry special day! Mooch, a charming and curious cat, wants to get the purr-fect holiday gift for his best friend Earl, a loveable pup. But Earl already seems to have all he needs: a bowl, a bed, and a squeaky chew toy. So what do you get someone who has everything? Well, nothing, of course! Based on characters in the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, this world premiere musical adaptation of Patrick McDonnell’s The Gift of Nothing follows Mooch’s frantic and hilarious search to find Earl absolutely nothing–which always turns out to be something! Join the delightful duo, along with their owners Millie and Ozzie, cantankerous Frank, adorable Doozy, and an onstage pianist for this festive and heartwarming adventure. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

The Nutcracker
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: November 28 – December 30
Tickets: $10

The Puppet Co.’s annual holiday treat! The Nutcracker is the festive story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy and their adventures together in the land of the Sugarplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production. Don’t miss it! Recommended for children in Kindergarten and up.

Boogie Babes
Where: Union Market, Eastern Market, & The Atlas
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at Union Market on Wednesdays, in Eastern Market’s North Hall every Thursday, AND at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on Fridays. Go for the show, then grab lunch in the Markets or hit one of the many eateries on the H Street Corridor.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Ongoing daily, 6pm
Admission: 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.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
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.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Through December 13
Tickets: Free

The free theatre program runs on select Saturdays with performances at 9:30am and 11:30am. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. See the complete schedule of performances here. Tickets are distributed day of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5

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.

Fiddler on the Roof
Where: Arena Stage
When: Through January 4
Tickets: Start at $50

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic! More than just a poor milkman, Tevye is 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. With a jubilant and masterful score including “If I Were a Rich Man;” “Sunrise, Sunset;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition,” Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary makes his Arena debut as Tevye in this celebration of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles, large and small.

Seasons of Light
Where: Discovery Theater
When: December 1-19
Tickets: $3-8


Joy, warmth, and community illuminate seasonal holiday celebrations the world over. Back for its 16th season, this signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of Ramadan, Devali, Sankta Lucia, Chanukah, Los Posados, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. This show sells out early, so don’t wait to get your tickets! Recommended for ages 5-10.

Snow Day
Where: Workhouse Arts Center
When: December 3-14
Tickets:$8

One cold December morning, a young girl named Skip wakes up to find the entire neighborhood covered in a thick, dazzling blanket of white snow. A playful (if not a little mischievous) winter elf takes her on an adventure – showing her just how magical snow can be! Join Skip as she experiences all the excitement, joy, and wonder of her very first snow day. This nonverbal world premiere production features live music and lots of wintertime fun, just in time for the holiday season.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: Synetic Theatre
When: December 3 – January 11
Tickets: $20-95

In this brand-new adaptation, produced by Paata Tsikurishivili, directed by Company Member Ben Cunis and adapted by Ben and Peter Cunis (The Three Musketeers, Genesis Reboot), Synetic draws on the darkness and sensuality of the original French fairy tale to create a passionate and inspiring Gothic romance. Synetic’s athletic actors and innovative theatrical effects will transform this classic story into a visual dream full of wonder, mystery, and redemption. This production will be a primarily movement-based piece with some dialogue. This performance will be family-friendly with some scarier moments. Recommended for children 7 & up.

Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure: Jake & Sofia Live
Where: The Lyric in Baltimore
When: December 5-6
Tickets: $25-95 (look for a deal here)

Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior’s hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance by Cinderella. Then it’s off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It’s danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure sails into your town.

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend
Where: Patriot Center
When: December 12-14
Tickets: $18-30 (look for a deal here)

Chamki is from far away and she’s visiting Sesame Street for just one day! Grover has a long to-do list for his friend, from kayaking to hot yoga, but Chamki is busy enjoying cookies with Cookie Monster, singing with Abby Cadabby, and doing ‘The Elmo Slide.’ Will an appearance from Super Grover get Chamki’s attention? Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family! No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies!

The Tempest Family Week
Where: Sydney Harmon Hall
When: December 12-21
Tickets: Varies by event/performance

If you want to introduce your kids to the work of The Bard, this is a perfect time to do so. From December 12 through 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.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: Warner Theatre
When: January 6-11
Tickets: $47-143

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast smash Broadway hit brings to life the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Purchase tickets through TicketMaster here.

Cinderella
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: January 9-18
Tickets: $12/adult, $10/child (look for a deal here)

A young girl, nicknamed Cinderella by her cruel stepsisters, dreams of leaving her work behind and becoming a princess in this classic musical. When the royal family throws a ball, she finally gets her chance… if she can be home before midnight! With a little bit of magical assistance from her fairy godmother, Cinderella just might win the heart of her very own Prince Charming. This timeless fairytale is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Circus!
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: January 16 – February 15
Tickets: $10

In grand circus tradition, the “Grandest 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.” Recommended for pre-K and up.

Mockingbird
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 17 – February 1
Tickets: $20

Caitlin’s world has always been black and white. As an 11-year-old on the autism spectrum, she used to rely on her older brother to help make sense of things beyond dictionaries, schedules, and the facial expressions chart at school. But now that he’s gone, she’s all on her own. With the support of her advisor, father, and a new reading buddy, Caitlin begins to understand how to get close to people again, embrace the “messiness” of emotions, and use her burgeoning artistic talents to move on. Hailed as “extraordinary… [a] moving and insightful masterpiece” by Publishers Weekly, Kathryn Erskine’s 2010 National Book Award–winning young adult novel has been adapted for the stage by Julie Jensen, a recipient of the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays. Directed by Tracy Callahan, this moving, vibrant, and surprisingly humorous world premiere play shows how the perseverance of one girl can change a community–and how black and white can always be complemented by a kaleidoscope of colors. Recommended for age 10 and up.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Karen K & the Jitterbugs
Where: Discovery Theater
When: January 23
Tickets: $3-8

BUG OUT with Karen K & the Jitterbugs! Known for their upbeat, catchy, genre-swirling tunes that parents enjoy as much as their kids, Karen K & her Jitterbugs keep hands clapping and feet jumping at their rockin’, crowd-engaging shows performed across the country. The scene is set in Karen K’s Bug Out, the fort in her back yard where she seeks adventures and makes music with her imaginary friends, the Jitterbugs.

Monster Jam
Where: Verizon Center
When: January 24-25
Tickets:

The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into the Verizon Center in January. Grave Digger, Backwards Bob, Aftershock, Krazy Train, Crushstation and Stinger are among the vehicular beasts you’ll see tearing up the indoor terrain this year.

Petite Rouge a Cajun Red Riding Hood
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: January 30 – March 8
Tickets: $19

Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this family-friendly, Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N’awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale and adapted from the book by Mike Artell and Jim Harris, a red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild “duck” chase through New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Will they make it to Grandmere’s house with a basket full of Cajun goodies? Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention
Where: Discovery Theater
When: February 5-6 & 10-12
Tickets: $3-8

Beauty magnate Madame C.J. Walker, agricultural chemist and “peanut man” George Washington Carver, education giant Booker T. Washington, and even cranky chef George Crum, who accidentally created the potato chip, all take center stage in this vibrant living-history production. Discovery Theater’s original interactive play honors the creativity and genius of African American entrepreneurs and inventors and inspires the achiever in all of us. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 7
Tickets:

What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone’s favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Join NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan as they explore the human voice. As it turns out, the violin has a voice, too! As you listen to Schubert’s The Trout, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and Rossini’s Two Cats, you’ll discover that the strings of the violin are very similar to our very own vocal cords. Recommended for ages 3 to 5, kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to these interactive programs and have their teddy bear friend join in all the fun! The show lasts approximately 45 minutes, but go early for “Musical Playtime.” Starting 45 minutes before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy music and movement activities especially designed for small children.

Imago Theatre: Frogz
Where: Strathmore
When: February 22
Tickets: $25-38

The spellbinding Imago Theatre thrilled Strathmore audiences in 2011 with the “Felliniesque mayhem” (Variety) of its brilliant physical comedy and stunning stagecraft. The company returns with its best-known show, Frogz— a double hit on Broadway in two smash engagements at the New Victory Theatre. Enjoy “familyfriendly entertainment” that’s “lively, inventive, mysterious, thrilling, truly goofy fun” (Boston Globe)!

Black Violin
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: February 8
Tickets: $26

Virtuoso violinists Kev Marcus and Will B are Black Violin—a dynamic duo of high-energy, classically trained musicians renowned for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act. Their electrifying style mines the synergy among classical, jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop. Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin is sure to enthrall… and rock the house.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy
Where: Verizon Center
When: February 11-16
Tickets: On sale December 29

Experience a magical Disney fantasy live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Worlds of Fantasy.

Jack’s Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 14-15
Tickets: $20

“Pretty is as pretty does,” says young Jack–and that’s just the kind of spunky no-nonsense outlook that sets him apart from his older brothers. So when Old King threatens to kick their mama off her mountaintop farm, fearless Jack sets out on a fantastic journey to talk some sense into the unruly ruler and settle up the deed! Along the way, Blue-Beard Giant and other intriguing characters equip him with a magic gunnysack, a fortune-telling pickle jar, and an enchanted axe. Can Jack chop down Old King’s hackberry tree and win his daughter’s hand in marriage? Or will he lose his head to Raggedy Bones just trying? Bringing together actors with a live, onstage bluegrass band the show taps into the old-time Appalachian “Jack Legends” from the Scots-Irish tradition. Interweaving a clever story with the region’s toe-tapping musical traditions, this warm and delightfully authentic world premiere production is as sweet, dark, and rich as the soil from which it sprang. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 14-15
Tickets: $20

The NSO gears up for Spring Training with this fun program inspired by America’s favorite pastime. Wear your team’s jersey for this thrilling music program about teamwork. The highlight of the concert is a beguiling baseball composition set to the famous poem Casey at the Bat. Also on the program is the zany and virtuosic 4-violin version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” performed by NSO violinists. Don’t miss an exciting day of sports-themed music, jersey-wearing musicians and conductors, and more! Go early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” in the lobbies of Opera House and stay after to ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists. Recommended for age 5 and up.

Alladin
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: February 19 – March 16
Tickets: $10

From ancient Persia comes this lavish and entrancing tale, true to the original “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights,” full of genies, wizards, magic caves, exotic princesses, and an elephant! Half life-size rod puppets and exciting special effects make this production exciting and exotic theater. Recommended for K – Grade 6.

Outside the Bachx
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 20 – March 1
Tickets: $20

Wonder what Beethoven and beatboxing would sound like together? How about a rap-off with Rachmaninoff? Or Debussy on a drum machine? Well, get ready for classical music and hip-hop to collide in full force with the world premiere of Outside the Bachx! Following their white-hot moves in last season’s family production of Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices–Game On!, Rokafella, Kwikstep, and the rest of the crew are back with a funky twist on everyone’s favorite “old-school” composers. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Where: Discovery Theatre
When: March 13
Tickets: $3-8

Bari’s show features a creative blend of music and movement that get kids on their feet for plenty of fun! Jam to pop-friendly tunes about disappearing cupcakes, a runaway gingerbread man, and a soaring rocket ship from a performer the New York Post calls “the Sheryl Crow for kids.”

Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour
Where: Patriot Center & Verizon Center
When: March 13-14
Tickets: $16-150 (look for a deal here)

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, are bringing their unrivaled family show to the DC area! The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

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It’s Showtime all Winter Long

See "Aquarium" at Imagination Stage through January 26 or at the Atlas from January 28 - February 2

See “Aquarium” at Imagination Stage through Jan 26 or at the Atlas from Jan 28 – Feb 2



Get out of the cold and into the theatre, concert hall, or arena — our local live entertainment venues are presenting a dynamic lineup of shows all winter long! Here’s where you can see them, listed in order of opening date. And if you know of a great production that you don’t see here, feel free to mention it in the comments.

The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theater
When: Through January 19
Tickets: $12/adult, $10/child

Encore Stage and Studio’s newest “theatre by kids for kids” splashes into the classic story of Ariel, the mermaid princess, who wishes to live in the world above rather than the ocean floor. To explore life on land, Ariel disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Ransoming her singing voice, she must convince Prince Eric that she is indeed the girl who rescued him or risk losing her voice forever. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Aquarium
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through January 26
Tickets: $10-12

The Bethesda theater has brought back its popular production for its youngest patrons. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, friends Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons become the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Appropriate for children ages 1-5.

Grey Seal Puppets on Parade
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: January 16
Tickets: $4

Enjoy this hilarious parade of adorable puppets featuring Mr.  Crabcake and Humpty Dumpty as host Stubbs McGee brings you laughs and limericks. Recommended for grades pre-K-2. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

Tales of Beatrix Potter
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: January 17 – February 9
Admission: $10

Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter’s favorites, “Two Bad Mice,” “Jemima Puddle-Duck,” and “Jeremy Fisher,”  Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. Recommended for PreK – Grade 4.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Wednesdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5

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 check the schedule to see what’s playing when you plan to go.

Miss Nelson is Missing
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: January 17 – March 9
Tickets: $19 (look for a discount on the opening night show here)

Miss Nelson’s class is the worst!  Spitballs flying and paper airplanes sailing across the room send the gentle, long-suffering teacher over the edge.  Surprise…Miss Nelson turns up missing, only to be replaced by Viola Swamp, a petrifying substitute teacher.  Will the students of Room 207 ever get Miss Nelson back? Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Mouse in the House
Where: Theatre on the Run
When: January 18
Tickets: (look for a discount here)

Adapted from the book The Mouse of Amherst by Elizabeth Spires, this dance performance tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a lively mouse and reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson, with video backdrop animation by Bryan Leister. The mouse’s life changes forever when a gust of wind blows one of Emily’s poems her way. Moved by Emily’s evocative words that capture her own feelings, the mouse becomes determined to be a poet herself. Young audience members learn that everyone can write about their feelings and that even a common mouse is capable of creating beautiful poetry.

NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Music Matters
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 19
Tickets: $20 (look for half-price tickets here)

What do earthquakes, sports cars, and memories have in common? Did you immediately say “music”? If you didn’t, you’ll want to come to this new multimedia program to find out what’s going on in research labs around the world. Cellist Yvonne Caruthers is joined by three of her NSO colleagues to take you deep into the world of music and illustrate why music matters–and how it makes you smarter! Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
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.

Gold
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 24-25
Tickets: $20 (look for half-price tickets here)

Canada’s Cas Public dance ensemble uses everyday sounds and objects in to explore the joy, humor, and mischief of childhood–all performed to Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s famous recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Monster Jam
Where: Verizon Center
When: January 24-25
Tickets: $10-65 (look for a discount here)

The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into the Verizon Center this month. Grave Digger, Bounty Hunter, Team Survivor, Crushstation and Illuminator are among the vehicular beasts you’ll see tearing up the indoor terrain this year.

Penelope’s Pesky Pen
Where: Theatre on the Run
When: January 25-26
Tickets: $10-15 (look for a discount here)

This lighthearted musical dance performance tells the story of a magical pen with a mind of its own. Inspired by a children’s book by Frank Dormer, the 30-minute performance finds Aunt Pearl and young Penelope setting off on a fun adventure, as they try to figure out what to do with such an amazing and interesting writing instrument. Penelope’s Pesky Pen is the latest all-new children’s production from the multi-award-winning talents at the Jane Franklin Dance Company.

The Amazing Magic of Louis
Where: Old Town Theater
When: January 25, 11am
Tickets: $10

Enjoy a morning of Family-Friendly Magic by Louis the Magician : Nickelodeon’s Award Winner for Best Entertainer in Washington, DC. The Old Town Theater is located at 815-1/2 King Street in Alexandria.

Peter and the Starcatcher
Where: Kennedy Center
When: January 28 – February 16
Tickets: $55-135 (look for a discount here)

A most magical evening of madcap fun, Peter and the Starcatcher is a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew! This swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. Peter and the Starcatcher is the innovative and imaginative musical play based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of twelve actors plays more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of one of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved characters proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world. Suitable for younger audiences, but most enjoyable for ages 10 and up

Aquarium
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: January 28 – February 2
Tickets: $8

The production from Imagination Stage returns to the Atlas stage for a weeklong run. Young audiences will enter a world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky.

Archimedes & the Power of Math
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: January 28, 10:15am & 12pm
Tickets: $6

The ancient world’s greatest mathematician is brought to life in this entertaining performance that shows kids that math is cool, fun, and powerful.  With audience participation and fun factoids (Archimedes held of the Roman Army for 3 years using nothing but math) kids will come away inspired and ready to learn math.  Recommended for grades 3-5. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

Dream Carver
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: January 31, 10:15 & 12pm & February 1, 11am
Tickets: $6

Mateo is a young Mexican boy whose father has taught him traditional wood carving.  But when Mateo has an inspiring dream of colorful singing animals, he wants to carve new things in new ways.  This bilingual musical explores creativity, generational differences, and the importance of following your dreams.  Recommended for grades K-6. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

STOMP
Where: National Theatre
When: February 4-9
Tickets: Start at $40

The unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum. Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra, eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps – to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention
Where: Discovery Theater
When: February 4-6
Tickets: $3-8

Discovery Theater’s original interactive play honors the creativity and genius of African American entrepreneurs and inventors including beauty-product magnate Madame C.J. Walker; agricultural chemist and “peanut man” George Washington Carver; education giant Booker T. Washington; and George Crum, the cranky chef who accidentally created the potato chip. The production inspires the dreamer and achiever in all of us.

Rumplestiltskin
Where: Imagination Stage
When: February 5 – March 16
Tickets: $10-25

“This is a story that’s old as old, of how a girl turned straw into gold.” When a poor miller brags that his daughter has a talent for spinning straw into gold, a greedy and zany king commands her to make gold for his coffers. Unable to perform this feat, the miller’s daughter enlists the help of a rotten riddling fairy named Rumpelstiltskin…but his price for helping is high. Will she be able to solve Rumpelstiltskin’s mystery in time to save her family? Best for Ages 5-10.

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: February 7, 10:15am & 12pm
Tickets: $6

Celebrate Black History Month and the renaissance of artistic expression in post-World War I Harlem in this production that weaves poetry, fiction, art and music and creates a multi-media window into a critical point in cultural history. Recommended for all ages. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

Orphie and the Book of Heroes
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 8-23
Tickets: $20 (look for a discount here

Spunky and curious Orphie, a young girl in Ancient Greece, sets out to save storyteller Homer and his Book of Heroes in this humorous world premiere musical–a quest that takes her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the depths of the underworld. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Songs of Freedom
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: February 11, 10:15am & 12pm
Tickets: $6
Experience Black History through the music of our past. Spirituals that carried secret messages, the blues of Beale Street, and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement spanned both centuries and continents and made a lasting impact on our culture today.  Hear the songs and the stories behind them in this energetic and entertaining performance. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
Where: Verizon Center
When: February 12-17
Tickets: $20-80 (look for a discount here)

Join the celebration as more than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic coming to Barclays Center January 22 through January 26. You’ll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, and many Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King, Mulan and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular you’ll remember forever!

Under the Canopy
Where: The Athenaeum & The Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: February 12 – 23 & February 28 – March 8
Tickets: $5

Arts on the Horizon’s World Premiere show wants you to imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to explore – a world inspired by the wonders of the rainforest! That’s what’s in store for the very youngest audiences and their caregivers when the innovative, nonverbal style of Arts on the Horizon targets their littlest fans. Best for children ages 2 and under (and their 3-4 year old pals).  The show will be performed at The Athenaeum in Alexandria February 12-13, then as part of the INTERSECTIONS Festival at The Atlas Performing Arts Center February 28 – March 8.

Sleeping Beauty
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: February 13 – March 23
Tickets: $10

Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty” combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Recommended for PreK- Grade 4

Bessie and Bill – Black Wings in Flight
Where: Discovery Theater
When: February 19-21 & 25-26
Tickets $3-8:

Daredevil Bessie Coleman barnstormed the country as the first licensed African American woman pilot. Inspired by her grit and perseverance, Bill Powell became a pilot and trained the famous Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Meet these spunky pioneers of the air in a powerful show that speaks to even the youngest dreamer.

William’s Adventure in Black History
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: February 19, 10:15am & 12pm
Tickets: $6

Enjoy this brisk panorama of 400 years of Black History in America, and meet some of the remarkable people who shaped our country.  Audience members join historical figures onstage and experience important events and decisions as they travel into space with Mae Jemison and encourage Rosa Parks to stay in her seat. Recommended for grades pre K – 5. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
Where: Kennedy Center
When: February 23
Tickets: $15-18

Prokofiev’s timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes roaring to life with the NSO and a vaudeville-inspired performance by actor Michael Boudewyns from theater ensemble Really Inventive Stuff. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Go early for an Instrument Petting Zoo, where young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they’ll see played on the stage–from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion–in the Kennedy Center Atrium.

Mammoth Follies& Dinosaur Friends
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: February 25, 10:15am & 12pm
Tickets: $6

Explore the wonders of evolution and learn the facts and myths about the great age of dinosaurs as host Willie Mammoth takes you through a musical revue of songs, jokes, and dance, performed by Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the lovable 27-foot long Apatosaurus, Terry the Pterodactyl, and many more lovable dino-puppets. Recommended for grades 2-5. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

All the Way Live! with Paige Hernandez and Baye Harrell
Where: Discovery Theater
When: February 27-28
Tickets: $3-8

Rising hip-hop star Paige Hernandez and master beat-box artist Baye Harrell can make anything—from the alphabet to folktales—come to life with a simple beat, a rhythm, and a rhyme. They’ll collaborate on the spot to create some incredible remixes that unfold through dance, poetry, rap, and tracks by DJ Nick Tha 1da in this production created just for Discovery Theater. Recommended for ages 5-12.

Sunjata Kamalenya
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: February 28, 12pm & March 1, 11am
Tickets: $10

Thirteenth century Mali comes to life as both actors and audience tell the story of Sunjata Keita, a young boy who is destined to save his people.  Traditional music, costumes, and scenery create a fascinating world where this timeless tale of personal struggle, family love, and community is depicted.  Recommended for grades 6 and up. Publick Playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly, Md.

Cashore Marionettes
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: March 1
Tickets: $14

This puppet company, acclaimed for their artistry, grace and refinement brings two shows to BlackRock. Both are a series of vignettes set to music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss and Beethoven. “Simple Gifts,” at 1:00, is shorter and light-hearted with subjects that engage a family audience. “Life in Motion,” at 8:00, is longer and has more varying tones and themes appropriate for a wider range of ages. Following the 1:00 show, the puppeteers will demonstrate how the marionettes work. Following the 8:00 show, enjoy a Q&A with the puppeteers.

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo
Where: Kennedy Center
When: March 8-9
Tickets: $20

Join husband-and-wife violin duo–Glenn Donnellan of the NSO and Jan Chong–as they use stories, sound effects, children’s songs, and gems from the classical repertoire to make your imagination come alive!Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to these interactive programs and have their teddy bear friend join in all the fun! Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they’re perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family. Go early for “Musical Playtime” – starting 45 minutes before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy music and movement activities especially designed for small children. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Where: Ford’s Theatre
When: March 14 – May 17
Tickets: Start at $18

Six pubescent students navigate their county’s spelling tournament with anxiety, angst and determination. As the competitors progress with the help of definitions, mnemonic devises and toe-tapping tricks, they discover a new sense of belonging and learn that there is more to life than winning a trophy. This charming coming-of-age tale also invites four volunteers from the audience to participate in each performance, ensuring new and unexpected comedy every night.

Harlem Globetrotters 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour
Where: Verizon Center
When: March 15
Tickets: $16-150 (look for a discount here)

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, they are doing it again, and there are cool new rules to choose from on this one!

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