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Find Knuffle Bunny at Adventure Theatre this Fall (+ Giveaway!)

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Adventure Theatre is kicking off its new season of family entertainment by bringing a beloved children’s book to life on stage. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale opens this Friday, September 23, and you have a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see a performance!

Based on the book by Mo Willems and directed for this production by Nick Olcott, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale follows Trixie and her father as they bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, across the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie can’t tell her father what’s wrong.

You can watch this all play out adorably on stage September 23 – October 23 at Adventure Theatre located in Glen Echo Park. Recommended for all ages, there are lots of opportunities to catch a performance of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale on both weekdays and weekends. Tickets are $19.50, and you can try to win four of them through the giveaway below.

*Be aware of these dates offering special opportunities and extra fun:

September 23, 7pm: Pay What You Can Pajama Party
Wear your pj’s and eat free milk and cookies in this fun kick-off performance.
Pay what you can is at the door and cash only.

September 24, 11am & 2pm: International Rabbit Day Giveaway
10 lucky families will walk away with their own official plush Knuffle Bunny.

October 2: Daddy Daughter Day
Daddy’s and daughters get commemorative cards to celebrate their fun outing.

October 8, 2pm: ASL Interpreted
This performance will have an ASL interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing.
The performance is unaltered for all other patrons.

October 15, 2pm: Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance
The lights are kept on and the sound is turned down for those with sensory sensitivities.

October 22: Celebrate Plush Animal Lover’s Day!
Get your photo taken with the giant Knuffle Bunny after the show.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to see Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below letting me know which performance — date and time — you would like to see the show. To be eligible to win, you should follow KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to KFDC (sign-up is on the left). This giveaway will run through Thursday, September 22, 2016, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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

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‘Jumanji’ at Adventure Theatre: Review, Discount, & Giveaway!

Catch "Jumanji" at Adventure Theatre through August 28

Catch “Jumanji” at Adventure Theatre through August 28



Before going to see Jumanji at Adventure Theatre, I got a little inside info from my contact there that “the show is probably the funniest we have ever had in my 6 years here.” Now, that’s a rather lofty statement to make about a production. Combine that with press materials describing a “4-D jungle experience for its patrons,” and my expectations for great, rollicking entertainment were pretty high.

Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji tells the story of Judy and Peter, a sister and brother who find a mysterious old board game while their parents are out. They decide to play it, then adventure — and some wild magic — ensue, transforming their living room into a world beyond their imaginations and sending them on a incredible journey to claim Jumanji. (Many parents, and maybe even some of your kids, have seen the 90’s movie version starring Robin Williams.)

The jungle, a monsoon, an erupting volcano, monkeys, lions, and a giant snake are all part of the show, a feat that might seem impossible to pull off on the cozy Adventure Theatre stage. But the creative execution, featuring a superb cast, brilliant puppetry, and fun elements that surprise and engage the audience bring the story to life with excitement and humor for both children and adults.

Ryan Dalusung and Billie Krishawn are fantastic as Peter and Judy, nailing the brother/sister dynamic with typical sibling quibbles and silly jabs at each other. (Sasha actually whispered to me at one point, “That’s like me and Owen!”) But the character who had me actually LOL-ing was The Guide. Played by Elan Zafir, he’s like an awkward Indiana Jones meets J. Peterman from Seinfeld — in the most hilarious way possible.

Expectations, met! And I’m pretty certain yours and your kids’ will be, too.

Jumanji is running at Adventure Theatre through August 28, with performances on most Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm, and on Mondays at 10:30am. Tickets are $19.50, and you can get 15% off until for any date if you purchase by July 15, just use the code KFDC at checkout. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Giveaway: For a chance to win a Famly 4-Pack of tickets to see Jumanji at Adventure Theatre, simply leave let me know the date you’d like to see the show in the comments. To be eligible you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and subscribe to the KFDC blog (see sign-up near the top left). This giveaway will run through Sunday, July 3, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

* Congrats to KFDC reader Kristi C., winner of the giveaway!


This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 28 – October 2

Watching our creation fly through a wind tunnel at the Children's Science Center Lab

Watching our creation fly through a wind tunnel at the Children’s Science Center Lab



Monday – Visit the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. Kids can explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits and activities. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $12. (under 2 are free).

Tuesday – See some modern art at the Hirshhorn Museum. It might not be the first gallery that comes to mind for an outing with kids, but there are plenty of interesting, colorful, and quirky works that all ages can appreciate on some level. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Learn about the history of flight at the College Park Aviation Museum. It’s a perfect place for young visitors with eye-popping displays and hands-on fun. They can view early airplanes up close, dress up like aviators, create flight-inspired art, and more. Keep an eye on the runway right outside the floor-to-ceiling windows — you might see planes take off and land at the College Park Airport, the oldest continuously operating airport in the world! Open daily 10am – 5pm. Admission is $4/adults, $2/children, free for ages 2 and under.

Thursday – Take a fall hike and get a dose of history all at once at Roosevelt Island. The trails are easy for little ones to tramp, and you can explore the Memorial Plaza to learn about the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. The entrance to the park is located right off the GW Parkway, just past the Roosevelt Bridge, and accessible only from the northbound lanes. Hours are 6am – 10pm. Admission is free.

Friday – See a classic children’s story performed on strings at The Puppet Co., where The Velveteen Rabbit is the current Main Stage production. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10.

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Where to Play on the Weekdays: November 10-14

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Monday – Roam around the lovely grounds, view wildlife in the ponds, and visit the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Admission is $5/adults, $2.50/ages 7-17 and seniors, free for ages 6 and under. Hours are 10am – 4:30pm.

Tuesday – You’ve got a whole post about ways to observe Veteran’s Day and activities for the day off from school. View it here.

Wednesday – Hike among the woods and wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria. Turtles, frogs, and birds are among the wildlife you could see. Stop by the nature center for even more exhibits and animal encounters. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free. You can read more about it among the big list of outdoor recommendations.

Thursday – See a performance of Wake Up, Brother Bear at Imagination Stage. Recommended for ages 1-5, children are invited to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments. Showtime is 11:45am. Tickets are $12.

Friday – Discover American Indian culture with all kinds of hands-on pursuits at imagiNATIONS, the family activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee and models of native dwellings, do some arts & crafts, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm, but imagiNATIONS closes at 5. Admission is free.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: September 15-19

A life-size "in the flesh" model of Spinosaurus in the Nat Geo courtyard is a must-see along with the exhibit

See a life-size “in the flesh” model of Spinosaurus in the Nat Geo courtyard along with the exhibit

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Monday – Visit the National Geographic Museum to see the brand new Spinosaurus: Lost Giants of the Cretaceous. All ages can enjoy the exhibit, whether it’s to learn about the discovery of the prehistoric beasts or just to gawk at the colossal skeleton models and real dino fossils. Hours are 10am – 6pm. Admission is $11/adult, $9/senior, $7/ages 5-12, free for 4 and under.

Tuesday – Get a dose of nature and history in one fell swoop, while also enjoying the sublime weather at Roosevelt Island. Hike the easy trails, look out for wildlife, and explore the Memorial Plaza to learn about the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. The entrance to the park is located right off the GW Parkway, just past the Roosevelt Bridge. It’s accessible only from the northbound lanes. Hours are 6am – 10pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Check out some art at the Corcoran Gallery. Thanks to a recent merger with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art, admission to the museum is now FREE. Be sure to take the kids upstairs to see the exhibit American Metal: The Art Of Albert Paley, which includes models of incredible metal sculptures of animal scenes that Paley created for the St. Louis Zoo and Cleveland Botanical Garden. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm (Wednesday – Sunday).

Thursday – Play the day away at Anacostia Park. The locale stretching along the Anacostia River in SE DC is full of opportunities for recreation with three playgrounds, including one that’s pirate themed; a skating pavilion; a nature center; tennis courts; and fields for playing ball or tossing a Frisbee. Plus, you can walk, run, or bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail or just find a table or nice spot in the grass to relax, have a picnic, and take in the views. Open dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

Friday – Be among the first audiences to see Rapunzel at The Puppet Co. The marionette version of the classic Grimm’s fairytale is opening at the Glen Echo theatre for a three-week run. Showtimes are 10am and 11:30am. Tickets are $10. Plan to stay at the park after to romp on the playground and go for a spin on the carousel.


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