Imagination Stage has been a beloved and trusted theatre for 43 years! Their fall classes provide an ideal setting for nurturing creativity, exploring the arts, and making new friends and great memories. Registration is now open for 6- and 10-week classes as well as one-day workshops in acting, musical theatre, performance, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18. They are conveniently located in Bethesda, just minutes from the Metro.
The skilled and fun-loving teaching artists are dedicated to the Imagination Stage mission of empowering all young people to discover their voice and identity through the performing arts. Financial aid is available.
[Note: This review was written by KFDC Contributor Emily Moise, a local writer and mom of two young children. She’s written about both her explorations with her kids around DC, as well as recommendation for products to enhance kids’ and family experiences. Read more of her articles here, here, here, here, here, and here.]
Mr. Popper’s Penguins have waddled onto Imagination Stage, delighting audiences as only these loveable creatures can. The whimsical tale about dreaming as big as an Antarctic adventure, even in bleak times, sends a timely message to kids and adults alike. And while the plot about a painter-turned-traveling-circus-act holds true to the children’s book, the novelty is the custom-built, mechanical penguins (including, spoiler alert: twenty baby penguins) that are maneuvered around stage by multi-talented, multi-role-playing actors.
This musical play, featuring puppetry, song, and dance, is recommended for ages 3-10, but some of the dialogue skews to the upper end of that range. I brought my five and three-year-olds, and while my youngest was more patiently watching the storyline build up (on his best behavior for his “first show”), my daughter was able to grasp what was happening. Once the first penguin, Captain Cook, makes his entrance, all ages are captivated. One tip: Read the book with your kids before the show to prepare them!
The show runs for 75 minutes without intermission on weekdays, and 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission on weekends. Bring snacks for intermission, and dress warmly as the theater runs cold. Proof of vaccination for ages 5+ is required at the ticket booth, and masks are required in the theater. Read more about COVID precautions here.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is showing now through August 7 at Imagination Stage, located at 4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda, MD. Tickets are $12-$39.
An exciting, new summer day camp option is available for families in the DC area… CAMP GALILEO! After nearly 20 years of running award-winning day camps in the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicago, the unique full-day, week-long day camps are finally coming to the DMV community. A summer of inspiration and imagination awaits children entering grades 1-6 at Camp Galileo, which will be hosted at the Langley School in McLean June 20-July 29.
Camp Galileo engages kids in hands-on exploration all day long through activities and projects in art, science, and outdoors. There’s no need to choose between indoor or outside summer programs — they have both! Their proprietary curriculum teaches kids how to fail without fear and practice turning ideas into reality; they do this by teaching an innovator’s process, which is similar to the growth mindset, the scientific method, and design-thinking. The method is so effective that researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education found that Galileo kids persevere at unfamiliar challenges, share their ideas more freely, and respond better in the face of failure. That’s how they’re creating the next generation of innovators that will change the world!
Supported by a safe environment and engaging, high-quality staff, kids get inspired to turn their big ideas into reality. Not only that, traditional camp fun, games, and team building is incorporated… resulting in a fun-filled summer that campers will remember forever.
Every week brings a new theme, with activities tailored by age:
AMUSEMENT PARK ADVENTURE: Step right up to a playful park of your own design.
CASTLES AND QUESTS: Embark on an epic journey to medieval times.
DINOSAUR DIG: Unearth an adventure of prehistoric proportions.
[Note: They suggest you schedule camp enrollments based on your calendar needs, not the themes; campers often repeat themes when they join for a full summer and tell us that they enjoy the chance to create new designs, make new friends, and experience different outdoor activities.]
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Camp Galileo will run 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday from June 20 through July 29 for kids entering Grades 1-6. Optional Extended Care is 8am – 6pm. Learn more on the websiteor reach out to local Territory Director Selamawit “Sully” Washington if you have any questions.
Camp Galileo believes in a bright future, and they can’t wait for your child to be a part of it at camp this summer!
This post is sponsored by Camp Galileo, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.