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Where to Celebrate MLK Day 2019

One of many wise, inspiring MLK quotes etched in the stone of his memorial



Whether you’re looking for ways to teach kiddos about MLK, want to give back on the Day of Service, enjoy live entertainment that pays tribute to his legacy, or join a special event to observe the occasion, these recommendations will have you covered.

Day of Service
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: January 21
Admission: Just your time

If you want to volunteer on the MLK, Jr. Day of Service, there are many ways and places you can do so around the area. Start here to find opportunities that suit your family.

More Family Volunteer Ops
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Just your time

For more places to volunteer as a family that aren’t included in the official MLK Day of Service database, this KFDC post has suggestions. All of the organizations listed welcome kids to help out, though some have age requirements, so be sure to note them.

Portrait Story Days
Where: National Portrait Gallery | Penn Quarter, DC
When: January 19-20, 1-4pm
Admission: Free

If the Smithsonian museums re-open by the weekend, drop in to the National Portrait Gallery to listen to a story about Martin Luther King, Jr. and complete a hands-on art project. Read more about the program and museum here.

MLK at the Library
Where: Libraries around the DMV
When: Through January 21
Admission: Free

Many public libraries are hosting MLK-inspired events and activities geared especially toward children. Make an “I Have a Dream Craft” at Southwest Library, join a “Social Justice” Family Story Time at Woodridge Library, enjoys songa and stories of freedom and peace at Petworth Library. There are just a few happenings in DC. For quick links to see what’s happening at other libraries around the area, see this KFDC post (scroll all the way down for links).

Artsy MLK Days
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Gardens | Dowell, MD
When: January 19-21, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with community art activities. Each year on this weekend, Annmarie invites guests of all ages to help create a community art installation in honor of a dream. The 2019 MLK Days project is a community of clay figurines led by visiting artist Pinkie Strother. There will also be a tent of many colors filled with coloring supplies that all are welcome to use to create.

KanKouran West African Dance Company
Where: Dance Place | Brookland, DC
When: January 19, 8pm & January 20, 4pm
Admission: $15-30 (1 child free with adult paid ticket*)

KanKouran West African Dance Company returns to Dance Place for their annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Introducing the essence of traditional African dancing and drumming to audiences, KanKouran enriches American cultural heritage through the integration of authentic West African arts and promotes intercultural understanding. This annual MLK Day concert celebrates 35 years of fulfilling their mission of “giving back that which was lost.” *The Sunday 4pm performance is part of the Family Series – Get 1 free ticket for a child 12 & under with paying adult.

Paint for Peace
Where: Art Jamz | Dupont Circle, DC
When: January 19 & 20
Admission: $12-20

Bring the whole family Art Jamz for their Painting for Peace Weekend. In honor of MLK Day, they are donating $5 per canvas order to local charity DC Central Kitchen. During the event, they encourage the creation of original art under the guidance of local artists and with inspiration from their jamming social art studio and lounge. There will be plenty of images and quotes inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. plus stencils to help you create a unique masterpiece! Book your session in advance here.

Visit Memorials
Where: National Mall & Tidal Basin, DC
When: January 21 (and ongoing)
Admission: Free

Pay tribute to Dr. King at places that honor his legacy. Visit the MLK Memorial, a powerful and poignant site along the Tidal Basin. From there, you can head to the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and see if you can find his words etched in the stone there. Visitors Center and facilities are closed due to the shutdown, but you can still visit the rest. For a guided walking tour that includes those locations, check out DC by Foot, which offers name-your-own-price tour options.

MLK Dare to Dream Day
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Baltimore, MD
When: January 21, 10am -6pm
Admission: Free

The American Visionary Art Museum will pay lively tribute to one of the world’s greatest visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual, all-ages-welcome event. The intergenerational community party honors the great Dr. King’s legacy and vision with birthday cake, performances, film footage of his speeches, a hands-on art activity, complimentary museum admission, and more — all of it free for everyone! Read more about the wonderful AVAM here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Tribute & Celebration
Where: Strathmore | Bethesda, MD
When: January 21, 3:30pm
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

Montgomery County celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King’s life through dialogue, presentations, music, and theatrical performances. The program also incorporates audiovisual elements, showcasing projected videos and photos throughout the event. Free tickets are required for this event, and will be distributed onsite the day of the performance. Limit four tickets per household.

MLK Parade, Peace Walk, & Fair
Where: Throughout SE & SW DC
When: January 21
Admission: Free

Commemorate the life of MLK, Jr. on a peace walk and parade along Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. The Peace Walk begins at 10am at 2500 MLK Ave SE and ends at the Barry Farm Recreation Center. The MLK Parade will commence at noon from Good Hope Road near the Anacostia Park entrance and continue up MLK Avenue, concluding at the campus of St. Elizabeth’s East with a Health and Community Fair at the Gateway Pavillon located at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. All ages are welcome to join.

Rockville Celebrates MLK
Where: Montgomery High School | Rockville, MD
When: January 21
Admission: Free

Rockville’s 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will include multicultural performances, awards, and a keynote speech by Justin Hansford, the executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at the Howard University School of Law. The program’s theme of “Enduring Hope, Enduring Progress” will reflect on how to keep hope alive while enduring tough times. The celebration is free and open to all ages. A reception will follow.

Volunteer on MLK Day & Tu B’Shevat
Where: FACETS Robinson Square Community Ctr | Fairfax, VA
When: January 21, 10:30 am
Admission: $20/family

Join PJ Library and Federation’s Doing Good to show your children the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by assembling healthy snack bags and laundry kits for those facing hunger and homelessness in our community. We will also celebrate Tu B’Shevat (the Jewish New Year of the trees) with a holiday-related activity and story time. Pre-registration required as this program WILL fill. Cost is $20 per family to help offset the cost of food and supplies. If the registration fee would cause a hardship, please contact them for a free or reduced rate. This program is intended for children ages 4+, but everyone is welcome.

Let Freedom Ring!
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom
When: January 21, 6pm
Admission: Free

At this annual performance in honor of MLK Day, the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. This year the concert will feature Tony, Emmy, and Grammy–winning artist Audra McDonald and Tony-winning artist Brian Stokes Mitchell along with the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Free tickets will be given away up to two per person in line in the Hall of Nations starting at 4:30pm on a first-come, first-served basis.


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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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Ice It at These Skating Rinks Around the DMV

Skating under the stars at Washington Harbour in Georgetown



As the weather cools down, ice skating rinks throughout the DC area open up! A few start welcoming skaters in October, and the rest will follow suit by mid-November. Going for a glide on ice is a quintessential way to enjoy some active fun outdoors during the cold months. Of course, it can be a great activity indoors, too! So, lace up your skates and get out there — this list has the scoop on where and when to ice skate around the DMV!

Outdoor

DC

Canal Park Ice Rink
Where: 220 M Street SE | Capitol Riverfront, DC
Open: November thru March 10
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/rental
Bonus: They offer skating aids for beginners to push around the rink. And after you work up an appetite from all the skating, you’ve got your pick of eateries in the Navy Yard neighborhood where you can grab a bite and warm up.

Washington Harbour Ice Rink
Where: 3050 K Street NW | Georgetown, DC
Open: Mid-November 18 – March 10
Hours: Mon–Tues 12-7pm, Weds-Thurs 12-9pm, Fri 12-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Cost: $10/adult, $9/child, seniors, military, $6/skate rental
Bonus: Location, location, location. Not only do you get a lovely view of the Potomac, you’re right in Georgetown, where there’s great shopping and places to eat, so you can really make a day and/or night of it. Also, with push penguins available, it’s a good rink for newbie skaters. Be sure to check the website for special on certain days/times!

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink
Where: 7th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Open: November 16 – March 10
Hours: Mon–Thurs 10am–9pm, Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sunday 11am–9pm
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $4/skate rental (ID required)
Bonus: You can check out some art on your outing — the rink is literally in the middle of the Sculpture Garden that showcases many big, bold works of art. You can also plan to visit a museum before or after your skating session; it’s easy enough to pop in to one of the free Smithsonian galleries. For some fuel, the Pavilion Cafe is also located within the Sculpture Garden and offers light fare, including warm beverages. (NOTE: This location is closed during the government shutdown.)

District Wharf Ice Rink
Where: Transit Pier, Water Street Southwest
When: Early December – Late February
Hours: Mon-Tues 12–7pm, Weds-Thursday 12–9pm, Fri 12–11pm, Sat 11am–11pm, Sunday: 11am–7pm
Cost: $10/adult, $8/12 & under, $6/skate rental
Bonus: The rink at The Wharf is located on the Transit Pier, so you’re practically skating over the water. When you’re done zipping around on blades, warm up by the cozy fire pit, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, browse the shops, or hang out and enjoy the views of the Anacostia River.

Maryland

Silver Spring Veteran’s Plaza Ice Rink
Where: 8523 Fenton Street | Silver Spring, MD
When: Mid-October – Mid-March
Hours: Mon–Thurs 12am–10pm, Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 10am–12am, Sun 10am–10pm
Cost: $9/adult, $8/child, $5/skate rental
Bonus: The rink is right in downtown Silver Spring, surrounded by restaurants, shops, and plenty of parking. It’s also an easy walk from the Metro.

Rockville Town Square Ice Rink
Where: 131 Gibbs Street | Rockville, MD
When: November – Mid-March
Hours: Mon-Thur 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-7pm or 10pm
Cost: $9/age 13 and up, $8/age 12 and under, $4/skate rentals
Bonus: Skate in the largest outdoor ice skating rink — 7,200 square feet! — between Baltimore and Washington DC. While you’re at the Town Square, take advantage of the selection of restaurants and shops, or spend some downtime at the Rockville Library or VisArts Center.

Pandora Ice Rink
Where: 201 E. Pratt Street | Baltimore, MD
When: November 9 – January 21
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-10pm, Fri 12-11pm, Sat 10am – 11pm, Sun 10am – 8pm
Cost: $10/adult, $9/child, $4/skate rentals
Bonus: Located at the Inner Harbor, where there are several great attractions for kiddos — Port Discovery, Maryland Science Center National Aquarium, and more — you could easily add this to a whole day or even weekend spent in Charm City. Head to the Little Italy area, too, for a delicious post-skate meal!

Virginia

Pentagon Row Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Where: 1201 South Joyce Street | Arlington,VA
When: Late October – Mid-March
Cost: $9/adult, $8/children, $5/skate rental
Hours: Mon–Thurs 12–10pm, Fri 12–11pm, Sat 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–10pm
Bonus: Recently renovated and expanded, it’s a good choice for kiddos learning to skate — Penguin Skating aids are available at the rink kiosk. Also located amid many shopping and dining options. Skate in the snow December 7 – January 1, when “snow” falls nightly on the ice rink. And be sure to check the calendar for occasional special events.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating
Where: 11900 Market Street | Reston, VA
Cost: $10/adults, $9/children, $6/skate rentals
Hours: Sun-Tues 11am-7pm, Weds-Thurs 11am – 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Open: November 9 – March 10
Bonus: The Town Center is like a mini downtown, so you can do some shopping, have a bite to eat, check off some errands, even see a movie along with your skating excursion.

Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink
Where: 1961 Chain Bridge Road | McLean, VA
Cost: $10/adults, $9/children, $6/skate rentals
Hours: Mon-Tues: 3-7pm, Wed-Thurs: 3-9pm, Fri: 1-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-7pm
Open: November through February (exact dates TBD)
Bonus: Tack on a skating session to some shopping at the mall — or vice versa. And check the schedule for discounts during certain times.
 

Making the rounds at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Indoor

DC

Fort Dupont Ice Arena
Where: 3779 Ely Place SE | Anacostia, DC
Cost: $5/adults, $4/children, $3/skate rental
Hours: Fri 12-2pm, Sat 1-3pm, Sun 2:30-4:30pm

Maryland

Herbert Wells Ice Rink
Where: 5211 Paint Branch Parkway | College Park, MD
Cost: $6/adult, $5/child ($1 off for PG County Residents), $2/skate rental
Hours: Weds 12-2pm, Fri 3:15-5:15pm, Sat 2:30-4:30pm & 8-10pm, Sun 2-4pm
Open: Late October through mid-March

Cabin John Ice Rink
Where: 10610 Westlake Drive | Rockville, MD
Cost: $8/age 11+, $5/age 3-4, $7/age 5-10 $4/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, view the current schedule here
Open: Daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas

The Gardens Ice House
Where: 13800 Old Gunpowder Road | Laurel, MD
Cost: $7.70/adult, $6.60/student, $4.15/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, see the schedule here

Wheaton Ice Arena
Where: 11717 Orebaugh Avenue | Wheaton, MD
Cost: $8/age 11+, $5/age 3-4, $7/age 5-10 $4/skate rental
Hours: Vary, see calendars here

Virginia

MedStar Capitals Iceplex
Where: 627 N. Glebe Road | Arlington, VA (8th Level of Ballston Parking Garage)
Cost: $9/adults, $8/children, $5/skate rental
Hours: Vary by day, view the current public skate schedule here.


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