Save Your Seats: Live Entertainment for Kids this Fall

Lots of live children’s shows are coming to stages, museums, and ice rinks over the next few months. Here’s the scoop on what’s playing and how to get tickets.

Spot’s Birthday Party
The play about celebrating a dog’s big day is currently entertaining audiences at Glen Echo Park’s Adventure Theatre and runs through November 2. For more info about “Spot’s Birthday Party,” including how to purchase tickets and a get deal on selects dates, check out this original post about the show

Certainly, the kids don’t need any help getting into the Halloween spirit, but this show about a vampire bunny will definitely feed their excitement. “Bunnicula” comes to Imagination Stage this Saturday, September 25, and runs through October 31. Get the full scoop on the spook here.

The Kennedy Center will present the classic fairytale “Rumplestiltskin” October 9 & 10—with a twist. Life-sized, handmade puppets created by master puppeteer Matthias Kuchta will take the stage to tell the story of a sad girl and a greedy little man who offers her a strange bargain. Several show times are available, and tickets are $18. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Purchase your seats through the Kennedy Center website.

Kennedy Center Family Performances
The Kennedy Center has even more wonderful shows and events for the whole family on the calendar over the next few months. Enjoy a unique opera performance for kids, the National Symphony Orchestra’s Teddy Bear concert and Halloween show, the children’s classic “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” and many more fantastic stage displays. Visit the Kennedy Center website for the full schedule of shows.

Saturday Mornings at the National
The theatre program began on September 18 and will continue on select Saturdays through the spring. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. Read more about Saturday Mornings at the National in this post from last week.

Discovery Theatre
The Smithsonian Associates present a variety of fun, live shows for young audiences all year round. “Starry, Starry Night” is showing at the Air & Space Museum over the next two days, Argentine street puppetry is coming to the Ripley Center in October, “Potato Chip Science” will be at the Natural History Museum in November, and several shows will celebrate the holiday season in November and December. Tickets are $6/adult, $5/child, $3/children under 2. For the complete schedule of shows and age recommendations, visit the Discovery Theater website.

Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3
Watch as Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and friends take to the ice for Disney’s re-creation of the recent kids movie fave. Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 will be at The Patriot Center in Fairfax October 20 – 24 and at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena October 27 – 31. Tickets range from $15 – $55. Find show times and purchase seats through the Disney on Ice website.

The Nutcracker at THEARC
It’s not even Halloween, and we can already start looking forward to Christmas classics. Septime Webre’s “The Nutcracker” will delight audiences at THEARC on November 27 & 28. Word has it that these shows at the Anacostia theatre are slightly more kid-friendly for antsy theatre-goers. Four show times are available. Tickets are $29.

The Nutcracker at Warner Theatre
For the grand, full-scale version of Septime Webre’s ballet, the Warner Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” throughout most of December. Tickets range from $43.20 – $106.

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