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Where to Enjoy Live Entertainment with Kids this Winter

Cirque de Soleil puts its show on ice with Crytsal




Get out of the cold and into the theatres (or, in some cases, arenas) this winter! From children’s plays and puppet shows to concerts and musicals to ice shows and acrobatic hoops, there’s live entertainment to indulge every interest. Here are details on what you can see on local stages, starting with currently running shows, then listed by start date. And if you’re looking for holiday entertainment, you can find details on lots of seasonal shows here. (KFDC Tip: Tickets to these could make for great holiday gifts!)

Cirque de Soleil: Crystal
Where: Capitol One Arena, Penn Quarter, DC
When: Several showtimes throughout the weekend
Admission: $24-140+ (look for a discount)

Cirque du Soleil is returning to the area with its coolest arena show yet — Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal. This unique arena production showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats.

How to Catch a Star
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through December 18
Tickets: $20

Once there was a boy who dreamed a star could be his new friend—if only he could catch one. He tried climbing to the top of the tallest tree. He tried flying in a paper rocket ship. But nothing worked. Just when the boy was about to give up, he discovered something as dazzling and special as the star he was seeking! Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers’s beloved children’s book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life in a production created and directed by Jared Mezzocchi. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship, and delightful surprises. Recommended for ages 3+.

Cinderella
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through January 6
Tickets: $17-35

This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces here that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Recommended for ages 4+.

Cri Cri: The Mexican Singing Cricket
Where: CulturalDC Source Theater | 14th Street NW, DC
When: December 8
Tickets: $25/adult, $15/child (look for a discount)

In the golden age of radio, Cri-Cri’s irresistible songs and stories enchanted children and families all over Mexico and Latin America. Today, he continues to captivate audiences as our vibrant cast brings his songs to life again in an interactive family show. Come play, dance, and sing along with Cri-Cri and his friends in Spanish and English, and be transported to a sweeter time through music, words, and laughter.

Anything Goes
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through December 23
Tickets: $66-115

The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy with the help of showgirls, sailors and public enemy #13, to find, woo and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter.

Billy Elliot: The Musical
Where: Signature Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: Through January 6
Tickets: $65-99

All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners’ strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy’s passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community—and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, Billy Elliot swept the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier awards for Best Musical, by combining a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance to create a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family.

Indecent (Grown-up Suggestion!)
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: Through December 30
Tickets: $66-115

In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.

Miss Saigon
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: December 3 – January 10
Tickets: $49-$175

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. in an encounter that will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “The Heat Is on in Saigon,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget. Recommended for ages 12+.

My Father’s Dragon
Where: Synetic Theatre | Rosslyn, VA
When: December 4 – January 6
Tickets: $20

Dragons are real and imaginations soar in this wordless Family Theater Production directed and choreographed by Company Member Tori Bertocci. Adapted by Company Member Ryan Sellers, “My Father’s Dragon” is based on the book of the same name by Ruth Stiles Gannett. The story follows the adventures of Elmer Elevator as he stows away to Wild Island in an attempt to rescue a captive baby dragon. This production is a part of Synetic’s Family Theater series and is recommended for ages 5+.

The Adventures with Mr. Bear
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: December 19-22
Tickets: $12

The wonder and magic of a child’s imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together they embark on a journey of endless possibilities – all from the comfort of her playroom! Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Harlem Globetrotters
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: December 26
Tickets: $25 and up

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

Timbalooloo Live
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: December 26-31
Tickets: $20 (look for a deal)

Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Examining sounds from Mozart to Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock, children will explore how music is as unique and magical as their own imagination. Recommended for ages 3+.

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.

Boogie Babes
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Thursdays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at Eastern Market’s North Hall on Thursday mornings. Even better, proceeds from all shows benefit DC Diaper Bank! Go for the entertainment, then grab lunch in the market or at one of many nearby eateries after.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
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.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
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.

Rise+Rhyme
Where: BusBoys & Poets | Brookland, DC & Hyattsville/Takoma Park, MD
When: Mondays
Tickets: $5

The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Go to one of three locations: Brookland in DC or Takoma Park or Hyattsville in MD. Plan on breakfast, too — full service is available while the little ones are grooving.

Children’s Arts & Entertainment
Where: BloomBars | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Ongoing
Tickets: Varies by show/activity

The arts center in Columbia Heights offers a variety of enriching, entertaining, and cultural activities and performances for children. From Harambe sessions to puppet shows to musical theatre to sing-a-longs, there’s something going on for little ones just about every day of the week.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Most Saturdays
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.

Cartography
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: January 11-16
Tickets: $20

Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Dark holds of cargo trucks. Family photos wrapped carefully in a backpack that crosses border checkpoints. Author and illustrator Christopher Myers and director Kaneza Schaal, along with New York–based company Arktype, explore how the world is alive with movement and migration. Inspired by the artists’ creative work with young refugees from around the world, Cartography asks what part we play in the lives of youth who set out into the unsure waters of their future. From the effects of climate change to war and poverty, this powerful story examines the forces that shape where we have come from, how we have moved, and where we are going. Recommended for ages 12+.

The Enchanted Bookshop
Where: Gunston Arts Center | Arlington, VA
When: January 11-20
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (look for a discount)

Encore Stage and Studio presents this by kids for kids production: During the day, A Likely Story looks like any other bookshop, but at night the characters inside the books come alive. Classic characters — including Dorothy Gale, Pollyanna, Heidi, Tom Sawyer and more — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. When a pair of smugglers come looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters must find a way to rescue the bookshop without being seen. Join us on this magical mission to celebrate the enchantment and joy of reading. Recommended for ages 4 and older.

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Where: Imagination Stage
When: January 11 – February 17
Tickets: $12

Sister Bear and Brother Bear are back from hibernation to take your little ones on an interactive journey through the seasons. Meet a curious butterfly, play in a rushing waterfall, and catch lightning bugs as the bears frolic through the forest in this unforgettable live theatre experience. Reimagined for this 10th anniversary performance, this audience favorite is sure to delight and inspire.

School of Rock
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: January 16-27
Tickets: $54-99 (look for a discount)

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Recommended for ages 8+.

Here We Go, Team!
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: January 17-18
Tickets: $3-8

This Discovery Theater original scores big in a musical play about sharing and taking turns, the importance of personal space, and the awesome power of teamwork. Five-year-olds Bobby and Casey are aspiring soccer stars and best friends— but they’ve ended up on separate teams! Sharing, personal space and respect are team values in this play about friendship and fun. Recommended for ages 3-6.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: January 18 – February 10
Tickets: $12

Applause Unlimited returns with Margery Williams’ gentle tale of how toys become real. Told with hand puppets, storytelling and song, solo puppeteer Christopher Hudert takes children through this classic story of friendship, changes, and magic. The popular tale is of particular interest to youngsters learning to read, and to anyone who has ever had a favorite stuffed toy. Recommended for kids in preK – Grade 4.

Angelina Ballerina the Musical
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: January 25-26
Tickets: $12-25

Angelina Ballerina brings to life the beloved storybook about a fictional mouse training to become a ballerina. Angelina and her friends perform a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop, modern, Irish jig, and ballet to show off their skills to their famous visitor.

Monster Jam
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 26-27
Tickets: $15-45 (look for a ticket discount)

The world’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks will thunder its way into DC. Bad News Travels Fast, Barbarian, Grave Digger, Nitro Menace, Pretty Wicked, Monster Mutt Dalmation, and Scooby Doo are among the vehicular beasts you’ll see tearing up the indoor terrain this year.

An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: January 26
Tickets: $17-32

Join American Pops Orchestra favorite, Hilary Morrow (known most recently for her role as Detective Fix in APO’s Around the World in 80 Days), in a madcap retelling of this classic children’s story. Watch as this old woman’s appetite for strange objects transforms her quiet afternoon into a wildly spectacular tale! Use code KIDFRIENDLY to save 10% on tickets.

Mouse in House
Where: Theatre on the Run | Arlington, VA
When: January 26 & February 2, 4pm
Admission: $15/adult, $10/child (look for a discount)

Adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, Mouse in House is about a friendship between a lively mouse and reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. 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.

The Phantom Tollbooth
Where 1/26: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
Where 1/27: GMU Center for the Arts | Fairfax, VA
When: January 26-27
Tickets: $15/adult $10/child

The beloved and inventive childhood classic book, The Phantom Tollbooth, is brought to life in an original stage adaption. Norton Juster’s original story begins with Milo, who is very bored until a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room. He decides to drive his toy car through it, and everything changes! Once on the other side, Milo is thrilled to find a fantastical world where he is welcomed, and his help is desperately needed. Using puppets, masks, magic, inventive scenic effects, and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company recreates Milo’s adventures as he travels the Lands Beyond in his exciting quest to rescue Princesses Rhyme and Reason. Recommended for ages 6-11.

Music for Young Audiences: Banda Magda
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: January 26-27
Tickets: $20

This award-winning band combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, sung in six languages for a globetrotting adventure. Banda Magda returns with a lively performance showcasing its new album Tigre, featuring Uruguayan candombe to Greek folklore to Brazilian samba beats. With plenty of audience participation and irresistible rhythms led by accordionist and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda will get the whole family moving. Recommended for ages 7+.

The Brothers Grimm Excellent Adventure
Where: Arts on the Green | Gaithersburg, MD
When: January 27, 10:30am
Tickets: $12 (look for a discount)

In partnership with the Landless Theatre Company, the Baughman brothers bring their wacky take on the Grimm’s tales to the Arts Barn stage. The brothers will reenact their favorite stories including Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. Recommend for ages 4+.

Black Diamond
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 1, 12-13, 19-22
Tickets: $3-8

This spirit-rousing musical play chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. The all-star lineup of heroes includes Moses “Fleet” Walker, who became the game’s first black pro in the 1880s; power hitter Josh “Spitfire” Gibson; athlete-philosopher Satchel Paige; and young Jackie Robinson, who first integrated the major leagues. You’ll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history—and American history, too!

The Magic of Adam Trent
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: February 2, 8pm
Tickets: $55 – $80 (look for a ticket discount)

One of the original stars of the Broadway hit The Illusionists has teamed up with that show’s producers to present an illusion show with a scale and mass appeal not seen since the touring days of David Copperfield. Returning to his roots as a solo performer, breakout star Adam Trent brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to a spectacle featuring hits from the Broadway show along with never before seen material. The Magic of Adam Trent is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy, and music perfect for the entire family.

Into the Great Unknown: African American Adventures & Explorers
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 5-8
Tickets: $3-8

Leadership, courage, and adventure take center stage in this inspiring Discovery Theater original. Meet Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole, and Barbara Hillary, the first African American woman to reach it nearly 100 years later. Thrill to the frontier exploits of the hard-riding mail carrier “Stagecoach Mary” Fields and Nate Love, the former slave who became the legendary cowboy nicknamed Deadwood Dick. And learn how astronauts and aerospace pioneers Guion Bluford and Mae Jemison are charting a whole new frontier today. From the Pole to the prairies to outer space, the histories and heroism of these African American women and men attest that true grit and personal power can push us toward greatness. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Once
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: February 6 – March 10
Tickets: $37-69 (look for a ticket discount)

This Tony-winning gem of a musical took Broadway by storm with its romantic folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays its own instruments. Set in contemporary Dublin, a street guitarist is about to give up on his dreams when he meets a curious woman who wants to know all about him. Captivated by her optimism, the two embark on a remarkable music-making journey that includes a cadre of unlikely companions — immigrants, oddballs, and lonely hearts. Along the way, can the two of them find love? Based on the 2006 film which won an Oscar® for Best Original Song, Once ponders the mysteries of music and love. Recommended for age 13+.

Huckleberry Finn’s Big River
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: February 8 – March 10
Tickets: $20

Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Touching and timeless, this tale of friendship against all odds is recreated for young audiences as two best friends demonstrate the power of changing the world.

Anatole: Mouse Magnifique
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: February 9 – March 24
Tickets: $17-35

Meet Anatole – mouse magnifique – the best cheese-taster in all of France! In this whimsical musical adventure, Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out! Recommended for ages 4+.

Big Apple Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: February 14 – March 24
Tickets: $15-42+ (look for a discount)

The Big Apple Circus is returning to National Harbor, featuring spectacular stunts under the big top. Known for its one-ring, artistic, European-style, no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers. That’s perfect for viewing some first-ever feats for the Circus along with fan favorites. Hire wire acts, contortionists, bicycle acrobatics, hilarious clowns, and doggie dances are some of thrills and fun you can expect. Read a review of one of our past experiences at a Big Apple Circus show.

Rapunzel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
When: February 14 – March 24
Tickets: $12 (look for a discount)

A “bewitching” tale by Duane T. Bowers, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring- book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences.

Once Upon a Moon
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 14-15
Tickets: $3-8

From the beginnings of time, we have gazed into the night sky with wonder and curiosity at the moon shining down on us—and wished that we could journey there. In this enchanting new show for the youngest audience members, performers and puppets spin new and old stories about the moon’s magic and introduce the exciting Apollo mission that brought us to its surface. What new worlds can we dream about next?

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 15-17
Tickets: $39-139

In this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan, the Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Recommended for ages 8+.

She a Gem
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 15-24
Tickets: $20

In this original play by Josh Wilder, Krystin, Jaleesa, and Amber form a double-dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood pageant. If they win, they’ll receive a special prize: their futures told by Ms. Mary, the local psychic. Will they become a famous singer? A hair dresser? Or maybe a “gem,” a special leader who cares for the neighborhood? Then they meet a pregnant teen from North Philly who can jump double-dutch almost better than any of them. Just as the girls anticipate learning about their futures, they’ll learn something important about her past that affects them all. Recommended for ages 12+.

Dickens’s Davy Copperfield
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: February 16 – March 31
Tickets: $17-35

Experience the genius of Charles Dickens through the eyes of a young boy! Follow Davy Copperfield on his childhood adventures in 19th C. England. Whether at home with his mother, at boarding school, working in a London bottling factory, or making his epic escape across the English countryside, Davy shows his resilience and determination to find a loving home. Recommended for ages 6+.

Virginia National Ballet: Aladdin
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Fairfax, VA
When: February 16, 2pm & 6:30pm
Tickets: $40/adult, $30/age 12-17, $20/age 2-11

Virginia National Ballet presents Aladdin! Be transported to exotic lands and follow Aladdin and Jasmine on their journey in this world premiere of Rafik Hegab’s choreography. This family-friendly production features VNB’s fantastic, international professional dancers, amazing choreography, beautiful sets and costumes, and great music.

Intersections Festival
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: February 21 – March 3
Tickets: Vary by show

The annual Intersections Festival presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about showcasing excellent art that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. In addition to the main festival performances, Intersections, also always includes special Family Fun Days.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Where: Alden Theatre |McLean, VA
When: February 23, 1pm, 4pm, & 6:30pm
Tickets: $20 ($15 MCC district residents)

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music and hope that it will inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. The Okee Dokee Brothers are four-time winners of the Parents’ Choice Awards, three-time Grammy® nominees and one-time Grammy® Award winners for their recent albums.

NSO Family Concert: Let’s Go to the Moon!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 24
Tickets: $20

The unknown frontiers of the universe have captivated composers for centuries. As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing draws near, join the NSO for a fun-filled concert of interstellar proportions. Tap into your imagination and be transported from the Concert Hall to outer space. Recommended for ages 5+.

Laurie Berker Band
Where: Gordon Center for Performing Arts | Owings Mills, MD
When: February 24, 11am & 3pm
Tickets: $31.50-45

Children’s music fave Laurie Berkner is bringing her Greatest Hits Solo Tour to the DC area for two shows on Sunday. A true pioneer in children’s music, beloved by generations of children and parents for over twenty years, she’ll be playing well-loved hits like “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” and “We Are the Dinosaurs” along with newer songs. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed animal (for their heads). FYI: We took a toddler Owen to one of Laurie’s shows years ago, and it was so much fun! Dare I admit I actually knew the words to almost every song?!

Finding Neverland
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: February 26 – March 1
Tickets: $54-99 (look for a discount)

Based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, 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 pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

Urban Nation H.I.P. H.O.P. Choir
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 14-15
Tickets: $3-8

With a mix that covers everything from jazz to gospel, spirituals to show tunes, and classical to contemporary, D.C. ’s own Urban Nation H.I.P. H.O.P. Choir showcases the power of young talent—and the astounding power of music in our lives. In a high-energy performance full of rich harmonies and plenty of audience engagement, this talented ensemble’s musical message of self-empowerment rings out loud and clear: Lift your own voice so you can be heard above the crowd!

Robin Hood
Where: Gunston Arts Center | Arlington, VA
When: February 22 – March 3
Tickets: $15/adult, $12/child (look for a discount)

Encore Stage and Studio presents this by kids for kids production: Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham are cruel and unfair to their citizens. Robin Hood and his merry men are on a mission to help by taking from the rich and giving back to the poor. To arms! When the Sheriff and Lady Merle hatch a plan to stop him, Robin Hood must save Maid Marian, defeat the awful sheriff, and secure Nottingham for the true king’s return. Recommended for ages 6+.

Kofi’s African Village
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 26-28
Tickets: $3-8

Drummer Kofi Dennis brings the vibrant life of a West African village to the Discovery Theater stage though music, storytelling, and dance. Using authentic instruments, the Ghanaian native leads lively call-and-response songs, games, and movement that gets audiences on their feet in a high-energy exploration of African cultural traditions.

Tot Rock: The Not-Its
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: February 26-28
Tickets: $3-8

In their signature pink ties (on the guys) and pink-and-black tutus (on the girls), the Not-Its! rock kids and families with their up-tempo albums and performances that give children their first “rock show” experience. The Seattle-based quintet delivers on-your-feet, action-oriented songs like “Green Light Go” and “Skateboard,” and uses music to empower kids to be innovators, protect the environment and wildlife, and be proud of who they are—even if, as they sing about in “Participation Trophy,” they get third or fourth place at something. Recommended for ages 2-6.

The Sleeping Beauty
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: February 27 – March 3
Tickets: $25-160

The romantic and timeless tale of a magical kiss and the beloved story of Princess Aurora, her handsome prince and the evil Carabosse. A quintessential classical ballet inspired by the fairy tale of true love’s kiss and the triumph of good over evil.

American Girl Live!
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: March 3, 2pm & 6:30p.m.
Tickets: $30-76, VIP $100-$130

Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical! American Girl Live features original songs and unforgettable experiences. The show invites fans along to a sleepover camp with some new friends for an exciting summer away from home. As bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. VIP ticket packages available.

Beep Beep!
Where: The Lab at Convergence | Alexandria, VA
When: March 7-23
Tickets: $10

On a warm spring day, the friendly tune of the ice cream truck might be just what you need. But when one particular ice cream truck starts to fall apart, the drivers have to fix it before everything starts to melt! Will our friends find a way out of this sticky situation? This highly physical comedy features live percussion music and plenty of zany shenanigans. Come help us figure out how to fix up this ice cream truck where nothing goes right! ​Recommended for ages 2-5.

Into the Woods
Where: Ford’s Theatre | Downtown DC
When: March 8 – May 22
Tickets: $27-81

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim’s lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine’s Tony-winning book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right.” Recommended for ages 12+.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 14-24
Tickets: $20 (look for a discount)

Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron, and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t stay out of trouble, the whole family piles into their “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit Grandma Sands for the summer. But along the way, they’ll experience a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. Recommended for ages 9+.

Pinkalicious
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Gaithersburg, MD
When: March 18-19
Tickets: $12-25

Pinkalicious cant stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Join Pinkalicious and her friends as they tell the story of the girl who turned pink! Based on the beloved children’s book, this family-friendly show is perfect for all ages.

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Is there a great show running soon that you don’t see listed here? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it!


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Liven Up Your Fall with a New Season of Entertainment Around the DMV

Catch an electrifying performance by the Flying Steps at Warner Theatre in October



With fall comes a whole new season of live entertainment around DC. Musicals, concerts, dance performances, puppet shoes, storytelling sessions, ice skating extravaganzas, and more great acts will be on local stages over the next few months. This round-up has the line-up, ordered by opening date, so you can snag your tickets and plan ahead!

Peter and the Wolf
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo PArk, MD
When: Through September 30
Tickets: $12

Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.’s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev’s popular tale of good versus evil, performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends, and their attempts to capture wily “Old Lupus.” Recommended for ages 4+.

South Pacific
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: August 30 – October 7
Tickets: $42-84 (look for a discount)

With songs like “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “Bali Ha’i,” South Pacific is one of the most beloved of American musicals. Set on a remote Pacific island during World War II, South Pacific gave us the unforgettable love story between nurse Nellie Forbush and French expatriate Emile de Becque, a love threatened by war, as well as the dark corners of Nellie’s soul. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1950 Pulitzer Prize-winner was ahead of its time with its unflinching look at racism and prejudice that maintains its relevance today. The theater gives it a “PG” rating.

Turn Me Loose
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: September 6 – October 14
Tickets: $41-105

This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. Turn Me Loose is an exuberant and raw tribute to Gregory’s life as a civil rights activist, comic genius and unapologetic provocateur.

Voytto Tech: a scifi fable
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center | Silver Spring, MD
When: September 14-29
Tickets: $12.50/age 12+, $10/age 4-11, free/3 & under

Voytto Tech: a scifi fable combines science and technology with a story exploring the tough topics of bullying and social inequity. Klipp Casey travels from a planet far, far away to study at Voytto Tech, the most famous science magnet school in the galaxy. Right away, Klipp has trouble fitting in at his new school, and becomes a target for bullying. What can Klipp do? Who can he go to for help? And what can anyone do about the huge energy crisis threatening the planet? This highly interactive play is performed by three actors who become a variety of characters. The entire audience participates from their seats, becoming characters in the story and brainstorming possible solutions for Klipp’s problems. Recommended for ages 4+.

Saturday Family Story Sessions
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: September 15 – October 20
Admission: $10-12

This fall, families gather once a week for fun and creativity, enjoying diverse and dynamic programs with the very best storytellers in the area who engage young audiences and instill a love of learning with every word.

Blueberries for Sal
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: September 21 – October 21
Tickets: $19.50

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother are picking delicious blueberries to can for the long winter months ahead to make delicious desserts. On the other side of Maine’s Blueberry Hill, a mama bear and baby bear are filling up for the long hybernation. But somehow Sal and a baby bear have a mixed up adventure and lose their mothers! Recommended for all ages.

Cri Cri The Mexican Singing Cricket
Where: Atlas Perfroming Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: September 22
Tickets: $12

Cri-Cri, the iconic Mexican radio character, has been popular all over Latin America since the 1930s. Joined by a zany announcer and two gifted musicians, Cri Cri brings students back to the age of radio in this interactive program. Come dance, play, and sing along to classic songs in Spanish and English. Recommended for ages 3-8.

The Comedy of Errors
Where: Lansburgh Theatre | Penn Quarter, DC
When: September 25 – October 28
Tickets: $44-102

Two sets of twins, each with the same name—what could go wrong? Everything, apparently. Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands, and sons forget their fathers. The blunders double, triple and cube until chaos reigns—and everyone is pretty sure that everyone else is completely insane.

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.

Boogie Babes
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Thursdays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at Eastern Market’s North Hall on Thursday mornings. Even better, proceeds from all shows benefit DC Diaper Bank! Go for the entertainment, then grab lunch in the market or at one of many nearby eateries after.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
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.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
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.

Rise+Rhyme
Where: BusBoys & Poets | Brookland, DC & Hyattsville/Takoma Park, MD
When: Mondays
Tickets: $5

The weekly series welcomes children 5 and under with their caregivers to enjoy a morning of performances and stories from 9:30-11am. Go to one of three locations: Brookland in DC or Takoma Park or Hyattsville in MD. Plan on breakfast, too — full service is available while the little ones are grooving.

Children’s Arts & Entertainment
Where: BloomBars | Columbia Heights, DC
When: Ongoing
Tickets: Varies by show/activity

The arts center in Columbia Heights offers a variety of enriching, entertaining, and cultural activities and performances for children. From Harambe sessions to puppet shows to musical theatre to sing-a-longs, there’s something going on for little ones just about every day of the week.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Most Saturdays
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.

Sleepy Hollow
Where: Synetic Theater | Crystal City, VA
When: October 3 – November 4
Tickets: $20-60

This adaptation of Sleepy Hollow pulls together all the elements that made Synetic famous: Gothic horror, iconic characters and imagery, an emphasis on surreal, wordless storytelling that transcends spoken language and makes our productions something akin to live-action dreams (or nightmares, depending on the story). Recommended for ages 13+.

Hansel & Gretel
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: October 4 – November 16
Tickets: $12

Humperdink’s children’s opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. The production has long been a favorite of children and their parents, and is an excellent introduction to musical story for children. Recommended for ages 4+.

Disney On Ice: Mickey Search Party
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: October 3-7
Tickets: Start at $20 (look for a discount)

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike.

African Roots Latino Soul
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: October 4, 24, 25
Tickets: $3-8

How many cultures can we be? This vibrant play explores what it means to be Latino, African American, and proud. The spirit of Celia Cruz’s songs infuses this delightful show, in which the warmth of mama’s kitchen and the bustle of city life play parts in demonstrating that the pulse of the music is the heart of the people. Written with the Young Playwrights’ Theater, this is a story of the triumphs of today’s multicultural kids. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Cuentos Muy Magicos! Magical Stories!
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: October 5, 12, 23
Tickets: $3-8

This delightful Discovery Theater original offers a fresh take on three classic tales. The Little Red Hen asks the question “Who will help?” Jack and the Beanstalk proves that small is mighty. And The Gingerbread Man… well, he’s just one bad cookie. Filled with delightful songs, puppets, and audience participation, this bilingual story-time spectacular is not to be missed! Recommended for ages 3-7.

Sailing on String
Where: The Lab at Convergence | Arlington, VA
When: October 6 & 8
Tickets: TBA

Get a sneak peek of Arts on the Horizon’s production that will run later in May 2019. A simple piece of yarn can become so many things! Follow a curious explorer on a voyage into a world made entirely of string! Yarn birds fly through the air passing crocheted clouds. This gentle, engaging performance features object transformation, dance, live string music, and captivating design. Follow the twists, turns, and eventual tangles of this special immersive performance for our youngest audience members! Recommended for ages 0-2.

American Revolution
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: October 12-14
Tickets: $20

Can the history of the American Revolution be told in 21 square feet of space? Chicago’s award-winning Theater Unspeakable returns to take on the challenge, telling a big story on an impossibly tiny stage. Using only 7 actors and their bodies, the show recreates the entire American fight for independence in 50 minutes. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, American Revolution displays the company’s signature imaginative physical theater. Recommended for ages 9+.

Beetlejuice
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: October 14 – November 18
Tickets: $54-114 (look for a discount)

It’s showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.

Kids Euro Festival
Where: Venues throughout DC
When: October 20 – November 4
Tickets: FREE

Enjoy European enterntainment without leaving DC! Now in its 11th year, Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe’s most talented children’s entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling sessions, puppetry, dance exhibitions, magic shows, and cinema. All free!

NSO Pops: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: October 23-25
Tickets: $34-149

The National Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams’s iconic Oscar®-nominated score from The Empire Strikes Back performed live along with the full feature film. The show is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes long.

The Fever (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Woolly Mammoth | Penn Quarter, DC
When: October 23 – November 4
Tickets: $20-35

Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, The Fever begins as a simple story about an ordinary party and evolves into a spellbinding examination of how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us, testing the limits of individual and collective responsibility and our willingness to be there for one another.

The Tiniest Tempest
Where: Atlas Perfroming Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: October 24-28
Tickets: $12

The Tiniest Tempest is an interactive play, based on some of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The play includes three big body puppets worn by three actors, shadow puppetry projected on a screen, and two actors playing three roles. It includes both live music and recorded music created especially for the play. Recommended for ages 4-10.

Flying Bach
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: October 26-27
Tickets: $32-77

Flying Bach, starring Germany’s four-time world champion Flying Steps breakdance troupe, interprets the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier”, widely regarded as one of the most important works in the history of classical music. The story follows seven dancers and one teacher, rehearsing for their big day as arguments, fights, disappointments and delights ensue. A mysterious woman joins the story and the conflicts climax: contemporary dance meets breakdance, man meets woman, desire meets refusal, and arrogance meets curiosity. The result is an entertaining and electrifying production for people of all ages and demographics.

Long Way Down
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: October 27 – November 4
Tickets: $25-35

Sixty seconds. Seven floors. One elevator. Fifteen-year-old Will’s brother has just been shot, and Will is ready to follow “The Rules”: 1) “No Crying.” 2) “No Snitching.” 3) “Get Revenge.” But on the ride down, with his brother’s gun in his pocket, his plan is interrupted by a few visitors. DC-area native Jason Reynolds’s New York Times best-selling book comes to the stage in a compelling and timely production. Told entirely in free-form poetry, Long Way Down captures the potent minute Will contemplates retaliation. As mysterious guests appear at each floor, Will realizes there might be a bigger story to be told. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? Recommended for ages 12+.

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts | Germantown, MD
When: October 27, 1pm & 4pm
Tickets: $18-25

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical provides a colorful history lesson for everyone.

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: October 28
Tickets: $15-18

An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Recommended for ages 5+.

Billy Elliot: The Musical
Where: Signature Theatre | Arlington, VA
When: October 30 – January 6
Tickets: $65-99

All 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. While the 1984 miners’ strike squeezes his family and splits his town, Billy’s passion for ballet first divides, then ultimately unites, the community—and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, Billy Elliot swept the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier awards for Best Musical, by combining a dynamic score by the legendary Elton John with sensational dance to create a heartwarming, inspirational and triumphant experience for the entire family.

Anastasia
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: October 30 – November 25
Tickets: $59-179

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last! From the Tony Award®–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Anything Goes
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: November 3 – December 23
Tickets: $66-115

The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy with the help of showgirls, sailors and public enemy #13, to find, woo and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter.

Cinderella
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: November 3 – January 6
Tickets: $17-35

This wacky retelling of the beloved fairy tale takes Cinderella on a royal adventure complete with a wisecracking rat, evil stepsisters, and a smitten prince. When Cinderella’s stepmother forbids her from attending the ball, her fairy godmother convinces here that if the shoe fits- wear it! True love may await her if only she can put down her sword. Just the right fit for the holiday season! Recommended for ages 4+.

Lessons from the Animal Peoples
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: November 8-9
Tickets: $3-8

Native American stories are playful, funny, and wise. Dovie Thomason shares her culture with understanding, sly humor, and astonishing vocal transformations to become characters who weave magic with every word. Her captivating collection of stories explore some age-old questions (Why do bears hibernate? Why don’t rabbits have tails?) that reveal timeless truths about the Earth and her animal children—and all of us, too! Recommended for ages 4-8.

Native Pride Dancers
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: November 13-14
Tickets: $3-8

Dancers, drumbeats, and stories celebrate the spirit and beauty of First-Nations peoples in a dynamic, one-of-a-kind cultural heritage program. Actor, educator, and world-champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie brings together artists who share the rich heritage and customs passed down from generation to generation—and a history of bravery, fortitude, generosity, and wisdom. Recommended for ages 6-16.

The Hollow Stump
Where: The Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: November 14-18
Tickets: $12

Seven very different animals seek shelter from the winter cold and snow in a large hollow stump. The cuddly, hand-crafted rod-puppets will enchant any child as the characteristics of each animal are revealed through a unique and descriptive poem and song. When the animals let newcomers enter and the space inside the stump grows tighter, these songs interweave. Adapted from the popular tale, The Mitten, this tale celebrates community, as the animals learn to share one space. Recommended for ages 3-9.

Grandma’s Thanksgiving Visit
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: November 15, 16, 19, 20
Tickets: $3-8

Last Fall’s sold-out show returns! Grandma has arrived for the holiday—and that can only mean making puppets, cooking together, washing the car, and learning lots of fun new things. This musical play with a great big heart brings the whole audience into the family with singing, finger play, and call-and response as we all give thanks for being together. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo Park, MD
When: November 16 – January 6
Tickets: $19.50

What could be fancier than Christmas? Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles-and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Oohlala! This year, Nancy is especially excited. After selling some of her old gowns and accessories, Nancy has enough money to buy a brand-new sparkly tree topper. She can’t wait to decorate the Christmas tree. But when things don’t turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous? Recommended for all ages.

How to Catch a Star
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: November 20 – December 18
Tickets: $20

Once there was a boy who dreamed a star could be his new friend—if only he could catch one. He tried climbing to the top of the tallest tree. He tried flying in a paper rocket ship. But nothing worked. Just when the boy was about to give up, he discovered something as dazzling and special as the star he was seeking! Best-selling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers’s beloved children’s book about chasing your dreams comes to vivid life in a production created and directed by Jared Mezzocchi. Featuring colorful projections and choreographed movement, How to Catch a Star is a whimsical tale of discovery, friendship, and delightful surprises. Recommended for ages 3+.


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Live Entertainment Around DC this Summer

You can follow the yellow brick road to Synetic Theatre this summer



New season, whole new line-up of live entertainment! And there is something to indulge all ages and interests, from musicals to puppet shows to dance performances to concerts to comedy acts, and even more in between. Here’s where to catch it all this summer (listed in order of opening date). Now go save your seats!

Hamilton
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Through September 16
Tickets: $99-625

Lin Manuel-Miranda’s musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is the hot ticket in DC this summer! Initial sales sold out, but tickets are being released daily for upcoming performances. Recommended for ages 10+.

Sleeping Beauty
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo,MD
When: Through June 24
Tickets: $12

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!

Camelot
Where: Sidney Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Through July 8
Tickets: $44-110(look for a ticket discount)

Amid mystical forests and grand castles, Camelot tells a beloved tale of a leader’s integrity, courage and empathy—a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. With the legendary story of King Arthur’s Round Table, doomed romance and a stunning score, Camelot has won the hearts of generations of musical theatre lovers. Recommended for teens and up.

The Second City’s Generation Gap
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: June 16 – August 12
Tickets: $49-69 (look for a ticket discount

Chicago comedy institution The Second City will present a new show created for Kennedy Center audiences. From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, The Second City’s twelve-week summer run of Generation Gap…Or, How Many Millennials Does It Take to Teach a Baby Boomer to Text Generation X? takes you on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in this two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages. Recommended for teens and up.

Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna Virginia
When: June 19 – August 4
Tickets: $8-12

From late June through early August, Wolf Trap presents Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods, over 70 family-friendly performances at 10:30am Tuesday through Saturday. 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. The productions welcome all ages, though most are geared toward younger children. The full schedule of shows is available on the Wolf Trap website. And you can read a KFDC review of the series from a previous summer here.

UniverSoul Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: June 21 – July 22
Tickets: $13+ (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!

Outdoor Summer Concert Series
Where: Throughout the DMV
When: Various day and times
Tickets: Almost always FREE

Free music in the fresh air has become a staple of the season, and there are opportunities to enjoy just about every genre regularly at outdoor venues all around the DC-Metro. From Jazz on the National Mall to riverside entertainment to music amid the nature of local parks to shows in local shopping centers, the 2018 KFDC Summer Guide has a round-up of where and when you can enjoy the sounds of summer.

Tinker Bell
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo,MD
When: June 22 – August 19
Tickets: $19.50 (loo for a ticket discount)

Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell’s point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee, and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy’s point of view. Recommended for all ages.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: June 23 – August 12
Tickets: $20-30 (look for a ticket discount)

Don’t miss your chance to see the comic strip characters of the lovable “Peanuts” gang comic brought to life in Summer 2018! This hit Off-Broadway musical is directed by acclaimed playwright and director Aaron Posner (Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and many more!). Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,”and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Recommended for ages 5+.

Paper Dreams
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: June 23 – August 12
Tickets: 12

In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, Imagination Stage brings to life their first DANCE performance based show, perfect for ages 1-5 that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea?

Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets
Where: McLean Central Park | McLean, VA
When: June 24
Tickets: Free

Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets are helping welcome summer back to McLean! Their Grammy Award-Winning album, Home, weaves together childhood memories with textured pop tunes which is sure to turn the gazebo into a dance party. When he’s not touring, you can catch Tim every weekday morning on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel in the only live morning show for preschoolers or as the “tambourine guy” with Postmodern Jukebox! Recommended for ages 3+.

Around the World with Yosi
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: June 27-30
Tickets: $3-8

Award-winning children’s songwriter & recording artist, Yosi, brings songs, dances & instruments from around the world to you! Don’t miss this multicultural, interactive, and educational concert. Children will learn to say “hello” and count in various languages. They’ll participate in two dances from other cultures and most importantly, learn about tolerance and acceptance of people from different parts of the world. REcommended for ages 3-8.

Snow White and the 7 Dwarves
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo,MD
When: June 29 – August 5
Tickets: $12

When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.’s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids.

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.

Boogie Babes
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Thursdays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at Eastern Market’s North Hall on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Even better, proceeds from all shows benefit DC Diaper Bank! Go for the entertainment, then grab lunch in the market or at one of many nearby eateries after.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
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.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
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.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Most Saturdays
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.

Backyard Theater for Children
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: Thursdays, July 5-26
Tickets: $8-10, free/under 2

Enrich your little ones’ summer mornings with sunshine, music, and laughter at Strathmore’s Backyard Theater for Kids. This eclectic program is the perfect summer escape for busy families. Pack a picnic and enjoy live performances by highly esteemed and innovative family-friendly entertainers. From folk and jazz to the amazing sounds of the steelpan, Backyard Theater makes it easy to engage kids at every stage. They promise to keep both kids and parents entertained, so bring your family for a morning of inspiration and celebration!

Red, White, and Blue Reptiles Alive!
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 5-6
Tickets: $3-8

Red scales, white tails, and blue tongues – a variety of colorful live reptiles from the USA and all over the world will be featured during this wildly exciting show! An engaging, kid-friendly Wildlife Educator will educate and entertain with exciting animal stories and fun animal facts.

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azakban – In Concert
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: July 6-7
Tickets: $40-60

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ – In Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the National Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Capital Fringe Festival
Where: Various venues in DC
When: July 7-29
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.

Culture Shock DC Celebrates Hip Hop
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 10-13
Tickets: $3-8

Culture Shock DC shares the power, beauty, and energy of hip-hop in an interactive performance guaranteed to get you up on your feet. Find out what makes hip-hop such a unique and vibrant form, and cheer these amazing dance artist-educators in action. Get into the act as you learn some of the group’s choreography, and take the stage to show off your best freestyle moves! Recommended for Ages 5 to 16.

The Future is Now! with the Science Guys of Baltimore
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 10-13
Tickets: $3-8

Discover the engineering marvels, new and old, that make our world great and explore new technologies that will make it even stronger! We will ride on a futuristic hover board and fire projectiles using one of the most basic engineering defenses: a catapult! We will learn about renewable solar and wind technologies and try to demolish a building to better understand earthquake construction and natural disaster protection! Recommended for ages 5-12.

Damned If You Do (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Woolly Mammoth | Penn Quarter, DC
When: July 10-29
Tickets: $30-48

What if you finally try moonlight rock climbing? What if you call your Uncle Ted out on his godawful toupee? What if you call in drunk—sorry, sick—to work on Friday? What if you get up the courage to tell your mom you actually hate her meatloaf? How different could your life be because of one seemingly innocuous choice? Before you decide, let The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre—the world’s most audacious improv troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, and Bobby Moynihan—play out your potential futures in front of your eyes… just to be sure it won’t make your life a complete and total disaster.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Where: Synetic Theatre | Crystal City, VA
When: July 11 – August 12
Tickets: $15-30

A wizard stuck in a land far away from home-A Scarecrow tied to a pole-A Tinman rusted in a forest-A Lion afraid of his own shadow…their world as they know it is turned upside down and inside out when Dorothy arrives in Oz. Join Synetic Theater’s brand new adaptation of one of the most important cultural texts of the twentieth century, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The production is an environmental and spectacular adventure where verbal and nonverbal communication embrace each other in this innovative and heartfelt story of community, perseverance, and magic. The journey down the Yellow Brick Road to brings to life L. Frank Baum’s characters in a way only Synetic can do and you won’t see anywhere else.

The Pirates of Penzance & HMS Pinafore
Where: Olney Theatre | Olney, MD
When: July 11 – August 13
Tickets: $30-54

Chicago’s most innovative theatre company, The Hypocrites, returns with an encore engagement of their critically-acclaimed, immersive and family-friendly version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. To complete the repertory, they will also be introducing Olney Theatre audiences to their zany take on H.M.S. Pinafore. Enjoy either show from the promenade, where you sit onstage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don’t forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they’re sure to love and never forget.

Dave
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: July 13 – August 19
Tickets: $76-140 (look for a ticket discount

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people.. and the First Lady.

SWAGFUNK Band
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 24-27
Tickets: $3-8

You can’t spell funk without “fun”—and that’s what guaranteed when SWAGFUNK takes over the stage. The D.C. band’s musical mix of funk, jazz, rock, pop, R&B, and reggae celebrates the joy of classic styles, and their high-energy grooves will have you singing and dancing along at a summer party you won’t want to miss! Recommended for Ages 5 to 16.

Arts on the Horizon: To the Clouds
Where: Strathmore | North Bethesda, MD
When: July 28, 9:30am & 11:30am
Tickets: $8-10

A magical, interactive adventure of a day in the life of a raindrop! Kids will love a close-up look at the amazing things along the raindrop’s journey: colorful flowers, the warm sun, perhaps even a whale! Through movement, puppetry, and found object animation, this interactive world-premiere for babies and toddlers is driven by a soundtrack of classical music and creates a captivating world of transformation. Perfect for kids 0-3.

Soul in Motion
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: July 31 – August 3
Tickets: $3-8

This explosive company from Montgomery County shares the richness of African American culture by dancing the heritage of the African homelands. In a spectacular performance that blends chest-pounding drumming and foot-stomping leaps and steps, these performers create an infectious joy that captures hearts and sprits. Recommended for Ages 5 to 16.

Peter and the Wolf
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo,MD
When: August 9 – September 30
Tickets: $12

Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.’s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev’s popular tale of good versus evil, performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends, and their attempts to capture wily “Old Lupus.”

Disney’s Broadway Hits
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: August 9
Tickets: $25-65

In celebration of 20 years on Broadway, audiences can experience the magic of Disney’s Broadway Hits with an unforgettable night of music. Performed by a live symphony orchestra, this major concert event features beloved songs from nine Tony and Academy Award-winning scores by some of the greatest composers and lyricists in the world performed by Disney’s own world-class Broadway singers, bring the sounds of Disney’s Broadway Hits to life, as you’ve never heard them before.

Music of Gustafer Yellowgold
Where: McLean Central Park Gazebo |McLean, VA
When: August 12
Tickets: Free

Two-time Grammy® Nominee, Morgan Taylor and his band will play perennial favorites and dig deep into the wild and hip back catalogue for this rare, non-video version of his nationally heralded Gustafer Yellowgold show. Tasteful, smart and FUN songs for everyone! This is part of the free Sunday Summer concerts in the Park series.

Free For All: Romeo and Juliet
Where: Sidney Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: August 21 – September 5
Tickets: FREE!

Shakespeare Theatre’s Company’s annual program that brings free performances to the public is featuring a favorite this summer: The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.

KIDZ Bop Live 2018
Where: Wolf Trap | Vienna, VA
When: August 25
Tickets: $30-70

KIDZ BOP Live 2018 is the ultimate family concert experience, “sung by kids for kids.” The KIDZ BOP Kids headline this new show, performing some of today’s biggest hit songs that have also kept them at the top of the US Kids charts for over 15 years.

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Live Entertainment Around DC During Spring 2018

Thrills galore under the Big Top at the Big Apple Circus!



With a new season comes a whole new line-up of live entertainment. Here’s a go-to list of shows on stages now around the area or coming to local venues this spring. They’re listed in order of start date and include a few KidFree recommendations, too. Happy viewing!

Big Apple Circus
Where: National Harbor | Oxon Hill, MD
When: Through April 1
Tickets: $25-59 (look for a discount)

The Big Apple Circus is in town and celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, featuring stunts never before seen under the big top. Known for its one-ring, artistic, European-style, no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers. That’s perfect for viewing some first-ever feats for the Circus along with fan favorites. Hire wire acts, contortionists, bicycle acrobatics, hilarious clowns, and doggie dances are some of thrills and fun you can expect. Read a review of one of our past experiences at a Big Apple Circus show.

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo,MD
When: Through March 25
Tickets: $12

A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Recommended for ages 5+.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: Through March 31
Tickets: $19.50

Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his best friend anymore. And if that’s not bad enough, Alexander’s brothers don’t have any cavities but—he does. And just when it can’t get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and —yuck!—kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. Recommneded for all ages.

Balloonacy
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through April 8
Tickets: $12

The story of a lonely man who is revived by a visit from a red balloon is reminiscent of the silent films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. The playwright has imagined the man as an older version of the boy in the movie The Red Balloon, now grown up and grown old, having forgotten his youthful adventure. The red balloon returns to rescue its boy! Recommended for ages 1-5.

Peter and the Wolf
Where: THEARC | Anacostia, DC
When: March 24-25
Tickets: $30+

The children’s orchestral classic comes to life in an engaging artistic collaboration with The Washington Ballet Studio Company and the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Best known as a children’s introduction to music and instruments, the addition of dance enriches the story as the tale of Peter comes to life in a tantalizing visual and musical tale that will inspire and enchant those of all ages. The program will also include a performance by The Washington Ballet @THEARC Performance Ensemble.

Waves, all that Glows Sees
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: March 24 – April 1
Tickets: $15

Experience the joy of theater in this carefully crafted experience for the very young, written by Véronique Côté! Adults with their little ones follow a pathway of shells and stones into a warm, serene tent on the stage, where a gentle seaside scene awaits. One man makes music, while another dreams of the ocean. Through sand shaping, shadow puppetry, and inventive sound effects, the two performers create tender, magical moments of sea turtles, seagulls, fish, dune grass, ships, and sky. As time passes, one of the men plays at diving into the water in search of treasure, bringing a poetic undersea adventure to life before your eyes. Recommended for ages 18 months – 4 years.

Little Red & the Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo,MD
When: March 29 – May 12
Tickets: $12

What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: Most Saturdays
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.

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.

Boogie Babes
Where: Eastern Market | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Thursdays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at Eastern Market’s North Hall on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Even better, proceeds from all shows benefit DC Diaper Bank! Go for the entertainment, then grab lunch in the market or at one of many nearby eateries after.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo, MD
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.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
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.

Two Trains Running
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: March 30 – April 29
Tickets: $56-81

It’s 1969 and the Civil Rights Movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh’s Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee’s diner, slated to be demolished — a casualty of the city’s renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary.

Potted Potter
Where: Sidney Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: April 3-15
Tickets: $59-95 (look for a discount)

Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic! Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

NSO Pops: Black Violin
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 4-5
Tickets: $39-79

Violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) have shared the stage with such top names as Kanye West and Aerosmith, and collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys. Now they join the NSO to showcase their dynamic performance style, bridging infectious Hip Hop beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique in a unique blend that defies expectations and shatters stereotypes. Recommended for ages 5+.

James & the Giant Peach
Where: Gunston Arts Center | Arlington, VA
When: April 6-15
Tickets: $10

Encore’s Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) presents James and the Giant Peach. When James is sent by his aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally over-sized personalities – but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces a series of mishaps and adventures. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. We recommend this musical for ages 6 and older.

Apr. 6-15, 2018

Bubble Guppies Live!
Where: National Theatre | Downtown DC
When: April 8, 2pm & 6pm
Tickets: $29-59

What time is it? It’s time for Bubble Guppies! Jump into a bubbly world of learning and laughter with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! – “Ready to Rock.” Put on your water-wings and dive in to a swimsational musical underwater adventure! The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock n’ roll with everyone’s favorite tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can’t go on! With help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil, and the whole gang embark on a musical expedition as they search every corner of their bubbly world for their friend!

Mother Earth and Me
Where: Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: April 10-13
Tickets: $3-8

The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in protecting the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior—and find out some great ways to start right away! Recommended for ages 5+

Theatre for the Very Young: Balloonacy
Where: Atlas Perfroming Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: April 11-16
Tickets: $12

Balloonacy tells the story of a lonely old man who discovers an unlikely friendship that floats into his life unexpectedly through the window: a red balloon. Set in his solitary ways, the old man begrudgingly encounters the friendly balloon that seems intent on becoming his friend. Packed with physical comedy that will charm and delight young audiences of all ages, this award-winning play shows how with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can come from the most unlikely of places. Recommended for ages 1-5.

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart
Where: Eagle Bank Arena | Fairfax, VA
When: April 12- 15
Tickets: $15-80 (look for a discount)

Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang.

Outside the Lines
Where: The Lab at Convergence | Arlington, VA
When: April 12-28
Tickets: $9

Arts on the Horizon presents this show about two pen pals, Bud and Vi, who brighten each other’s lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines…through the mail. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Snow Child
Where: Arena Stage | Southwest DC
When: April 13 – May 20
Tickets: $65-100

Eowyn Ivey’s debut novel The Snow Child, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is reborn as a magical new musical featuring a score that combines Alaskan string-band traditions and contemporary musical theater. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all.

Robin Hood
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: April 14 – May 20
Tickets: $12-30

In this story from the traditional English folklore, Chris Dinolfo (JACK and Phil, Slayers of Giants-INC) plays the title role! Our hero sides with the townsfolk against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and the even crueler, greedier King John. With his band of Merry Men and the lovely Maid Marian, Robin robs the rich to help the poor. Experience all the fun in Sherwood Forest—sword fighting, bows and arrows, and miraculous escapes! Recommended for ages 4+.

Waiting for Godot (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: Sidney Harman Hall | Penn Quarter, DC
When: April 17 – May
Tickets: $59-118

Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair, yet tuned with Beckett’s unique blend of poetry and humor.

Tot Rock: Alex & the Kaleidoscope
Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: April 19-20
Tickets: $3-8

Take a new look at our beautiful world through the kaleidoscope of Emmy Award-winning children’s arts educator Alex Mitnick, your musical guide for an Earth Day celebration of the treasures of the planet. Clap along, sing, dance, and improvise with Alex in this delightful interactive concert of original songs about nature and all its creatures—including us. Recommended for ages 2-6.

PJ Masks LIVE! Time To Be A Hero
Where: Warner Theatre | Downtown DC
When: April 19
Tickets: $27-57+

PJ Masks Live: Time to Be a Hero is a super-heroic, brand new live show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ Masks! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko as they try to save the day from their sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe! You’ve NEVER seen the PJ Masks like this before – leaping, flipping and climbing – live on stage! Complete with your favorite music and brand new songs you’ve never heard before! Don’t sleep through it – watch the PJ Masks save the day, live on stage!

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Where: Adventure Theatre | Glen Echo, MD
When: April 20 – June 3
Tickets: $19.50

Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She’s got to figure out what to include in her “Me” collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Come aboard as we launch this world premiere and find out! Recommended for ages 4+.

Wild Kratts LIVE!
Where: DAR Constitution Hall | Downtown DC
When: April 21
Tickets: $32-52+

Animated Kratt Brothers Martin and Chris “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. The Emmy nominated duo will activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal “wow facts,” the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: The String Thing
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: April 21-22
Tickets: $20

Attention: kids, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, rubber chickens—but especially kids and rubber chickens—step right up to this daring double act of classical fun! Bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green take a break from the NSO to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Recommended for ages 3+.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
When: April 22
Tickets: $15/adult, $5/child

Bedtime is approaching, and this team of construction vehicles needs to get their rest. But Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn’t sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye before tomorrow’s day of work? A world premiere musical based upon the New York Times best-selling picture book about construction vehicles by author Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld demonstrates the importance of teamwork, follow-through, hard work, and bedtime rituals. Founded in 2004, the Bay Area Children’s Theatre works to enrich children’s lives, inspire their imagination, and introduce them to lifelong enjoyment of theater.

Happy Habitats
Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: April 24-25
Tickets: $3-8

In order to survive, animals need air, food, water, and shelter, all of which create a habitat—nature’s home for creatures of the air, earth, and water. Follow a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens through the paths of the beautiful Enid A. Haupt Garden to discover habitat stations and learn how plants, animals and humans live together and support each other. Leave with new insights about what makes successful habitats and how you can help protect them. Recommended for ages 5-10.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center | Manassas, VA
When: April 28-29
Tickets: $15-20/adult, $12-15/child

Pied Piper Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid follows the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, who longs to leave the ocean and walk in the world above the sea. Against the wishes of her father, King Triton, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and meets Prince Eric on her first adventure on land. With the help of her best friends Flounder, Sebastian the crab, and Scuttle the seagull, Ariel attempts to break the curse of the sea witch.

Theatre for the Very Young: Outside the Lines
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center | H Street NE, DC
When: May 2-6
Tickets: $12

Two pen pals from different parts of the world brighten each other’s lives from afar, but when they magically switch places one day, an amazing adventure begins! This vibrant, nonverbal performance uses movement, tango music and projected images to celebrate our interconnected world. Recommended for ages 2-5.

Under the Baobab Tree with Iya: Tales of Africa and the Caribbean
Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: May 3-4
Tickets: $3-8

The smash-hit show from last year is back! Gather round the iconic tree of life for traditional, songs, stories, and dances from “Iya” Bashea Imana and her talented troupe of Kuumba Kids. This highly participatory show features puppets, movement, and motivational music that rouses the spirit and moves the heart. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Snow White
Where: Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center | Rockville, MD
When: May 12
Tickets: $24/adult, $19/child

This Mother’s Day weekend, experience the exciting adventures of Snow White! Scared and lost in the forest Snow White takes refuge in the house of the seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. Filled with forest friends and creatures, MYB’s adaptation of the classic fairy-tale is perfect for audiences of all ages!

Waitress (KidFree Suggestion!)
Where: National Theater | Downtown DC
When: May 15 – June 3
Tickets: $48-93

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

Jojo’s Trip to the Zoo
Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: May 3-4
Tickets: $3-8

It’s field-trip day and Jojo can’t wait to get to the zoo! But when he finds a little lost furball, what can he do? Asking for help for his new animal friend leads to a behind-the-scenes adventure, meeting some favorite animals, and learning about our wonderful Earth and its creatures. Recommended for ages 3-7.

Sleeping Beauty
Where: The Puppet Co. | Glen Echo,MD
When: May 17 – June 24
Tickets: $12

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!

NSO Music for Young Audiences: The String Thing
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: May 19
Tickets: $20

Brass instruments make a BIG sound! But when Brass of Peace takes the stage, children might be surprised to see that these musicians behind this powerful playing aren’t much bigger than they are. Comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students, this ensemble plays a selection of pieces that just might blow the roof off the Kennedy Center. Retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena conducts these concerts that bring together the city’s finest young brass musicians to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. Recommended for ages 3+.

The Doubtful Sprout with Liz Joyce
Discovery Theater | National Mall, DC
When: May 31 – June 1
Tickets: $3-8

Get ready to explore the world under your feet in this underground puppet adventure. Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout as they discover the mysterious life found in soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets that help Sprout grow. Acclaimed master Puppeteer Liz Joyce, brings this ecological wonderland to life with several styles of puppets, projections and song. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Pinnocchio
Where: Gunston Arts Center | Arlington, VA
When: June 1-10
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child

Travel with Pinocchio on his road of misadventures, meeting many kooky characters along the way. From Pleasure Isle, to his showdown with the Great Fish, Pinocchio tries to find his way back to his father, Geppetto. Will he learn to choose truth and kindness on his quest to become a “real boy?” Come and see! Recommended for ages 4+.

Ever in the Glades
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: June 8-10
Tickets: $20

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers struggle to survive in a land where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When one of the kids returns from juvenile detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered. There’s only one problem: they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it—or end them. Recommended for ages 12+.

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