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Virtual Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens & Teens with Young Artists of America


Are you seeking a summer activity for your theatrical tween or teen? Young Artists of America at Strathmore is moving their award-winning summer musical theatre program online with Virtual Summer Performing Arts Intensives. It’s a pivot that results in even more personalized training opportunities, while also teaching students how to master performing on camera.

Two different programs will be offered: A half day model for both middle school and high school students, respectively, and a full day model for high school students and rising college freshmen. Students can sign up for one or both sessions, the first running from June 26 – July 10, and the second July 11 – July 24. They have generously offered our readers $100 off registration for new students. Use promo code KF100 at check out.

Students will have the opportunity to study acting, dance, and voice in private and small group sessions with top faculty and teaching artists from the region, while experiencing a learning environment focused on artistry, excellence, mentorship and community. The summer program has been voted one of the best summer camps by Washington City Paper and Bethesda Magazine readers. Their productions have won Regional Emmys, and they were named “Best Youth Music Program” by Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Readers Poll 2020, as well as “Best Performing Arts Education for Young Artists” by MD Theater Guide 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The program will feature digital musical theatre video productions of Company, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, and James and the Giant Peach, filmed by students and professionally directed, edited, and produced by YAA staff. The program will also host “watch parties” of the productions for friends and family along with virtual “student lunch parties” and other events meant to spark community during a time of social distancing. Get a little taste of what’s possible: This adorable video was done by two of their dance teachers, one of whom performed at Radio City Music Hall in their Christmas Spectacular.

Sounds like a fantastic way to keep kids entertained — and entertaining! For more information and registration, visit the Young Artists of America website.


This post is sponsored by Young Artists of America, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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Adventure Theatre Goes Digital with Musical Theatre Summer Camps!


As the school year comes to an end for students around the DC area, many parents are wondering how to keep their kids engaged and active this summer. Adventure Theatre is offering a great option: Digital Musical Theatre Summer Camps! And if the quality of their past onsite camps and wonderful stage productions for children are any indication, this will be an excellent way for kids to have fun as they learn new skills and interact with peers and instructors.

The camps are specifically created for an online and screen-based medium with a live teaching artist to guide kids step-by-step through the process of acting, music, dance, and improvisation. Students will explore their surroundings and create new worlds with the objects they have around them. They will dive into their individual characters and receive personalized attention from each teaching artist.

This new way of “going to camp” may seem odd, but there are benefits, too. There’s no traffic to contend with since you don’t need to drive kids there, classroom size is smaller than in-person camps, and they are now accessible to kids who may have lived too far from camp locations in previous years. Even more, as the camps are designed for kids to work independently from parents, they give you time to relax, work, and get other things done.

All camps are held Monday to Friday on the dates and times listed, with options for kids in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Each camp is tailored to the age it serves through time commitments, goals, recommended screen-time, and subject material of the class.


Camp sessions, which are two and three weeks long, begin June 16 and run through late August. Online registration is now open — learn more and sign up your child today!

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*All images used in this post are screenshots from Adventure Theatre’s Zoom programs this spring, which garnered the following testimonials from parents:

“You were proactive, and stayed in touch with the students, set up classes, provided homework, communicated, every step along the way, whilst maintaining a certain amount of normalcy, which I recognize is great for our children, not just from a theatre perspective, but in their lives.”

“I just signed up our daughter again for the next acting course. She really liked it. Kudos to (the instructor) who did a great job.”

“It’s been great for my child to continue with conservatory and to maintain those connections. Thank you so much for making that work and to you and everyone at ATMTC for adapting to this unimaginable world we find ourselves in at the moment.”


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


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 9-13

Discover Native American culture at the National Museum of the American Indian


Monday – Take advantage of the 70-degree sunny day at River Farm. The American Horticulture Society’s headquarters overlooking the Potomac River in Alexandria are as lovely as they are fun. Little ones will have a blast playing in the delightful Children’s Garden, and you’ll all love exploring the grounds. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. And for more places to opt outside, check out The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids.

Tuesday – Discover Native American culture at the National Museum of the American Indian through a variety of exhibits and hands-on activities. Check out kayaks and canoes and totem poles in the stunning atrium, then head upstairs to the imagiNATIONS space especially for kids. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee, do some arts & crafts, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Plan on lunch or a snack in the Mitsitam Cafe, where you can enjoy the indigenous cuisines of the Americas. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm, imagiNATIONs 10am – 4pm. Admission is free.

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, take a hike, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. There are nearby trails for walks in the woods. You can also visit the equine residents at the nearby Horse Center — guests are welcome to stop by the stables, though pony rides are not offered this time of year. Read more about Rock Creek Park in this KFDC post.

Thursday – Catch a performance of The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats at Adventure Theatre. Showtimes are at 10am and 12pm, and tickets are $20.50. If weather permits, stay at Glen Eco Park to let the kids romp on the playground after the show.

Friday – Roam free at the enchanting gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown while you still can — the no entry fee period ends after March 14! The grounds don’t open to the public until 2pm, but you can play at nearby Montrose Park, where admission is also free, or grab a bite to eat on M Street beforehand. I promise, it’s worth waiting for the afternoon visit.


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 6-8

Where will your DC adventures take you this weekend?


Happy Weekend!

Story Time | La Hora de Cuento
Where: National Gallery of Art | National Mall, DC
When: Friday, 10-11am
Admission: Free

Head to the museum for an English & Spanish story time. Together you’ll read a book aloud, move, and play. All ages are welcome, especially the youngest visitors and nursing parents. The featured children’s book will be read in both English and Spanish. This will take place in the East Building Atrium (the modern side with the big, blue rooster on the roof). Afterward, plan to stay and explore the museum!

Parents’ Night Out
Where: The Lane Social Club | Ivy City, DC
When: Friday, 6-9pm
Admission: $50

Looking for a stress free night out without the kids? Is that even a question? Of course you are! Drop the kids off for creative and playful night of fun at The Lane so you can hit the town. Parents Night Out is organized and staffed by their friends at Kidovation Stage. Participating kids must be 3 or older. Price includes pizza, parfait bar, crafts and lots of fun.

Wizardry
Where: Capital One Arena | Penn Quarter, DC
When: Friday & Sunday, 7pm
Admission: Tickets start $10

Kick off and wind down the weekend with some basketball! The Wizards are hosting the Atlanta Hawks on Friday evening and the Miami Heat on Sunday. Plan on a pre-game dinner in Penn Quarter — there are plenty of family-friendly places to go in the neighborhood. Some recs: Carmine’s, Jaleo, Pi Pizzeria, Cava Grill, and Shake Shack. Before you get tickets, learn about the Wizards Kids Club that offers some great perks for young fans as well as their Jr. Wizards Basektball Camps!

Travel & Adventure Show
Where: Washington Convention Center
When: Saturday, 10am – 5pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $16/adults, free/children

Get travel inspiration, experience culture, and have fun! A big expo like this might sound like a grown-up affair, but a bunch of cool pursuits will thrill the kids, too. Besides hundreds of travel providers and destinations featured, there will be cultural performances, virtual reality experiences, and much more family fun.

Washington Justice for All
Where: The Anthem | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $30/day

The Washington Justice is back at The Anthem for another weekend of esports. “Huh?” you ask. Esports are, essentially, professional video gaming competitions — and I hear they’re quite popular and fun. There are several matches throughout the weekend, and both kids and adults can enjoy them.

#OptOutside
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission:Varies by Locale

It looks like it’ll be great weather to get outdoors! You’ve got your pick of places around the DC-Metro for adventures in the fresh air. Take an urban hike among the memorials, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of inspiration for fun in the sun.

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Where: Old Town | Alexandria, VA
When: Saturday, 12:30-2:30pm
Admission: Free

Don your green and line the streets of Old Town Alexandria to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a bit early at the 38th annual parade! Go early for the Fun Dog Show on Market Square as more than 30 costumed dogs will compete in a range of categories. The procession kicks off at 12:30pm at Alfred and King Streets, then winds through Old Town, showcasing elected officials, Irish Ambassadors, military commanders, scout troops, high school bands, and local celebrities.

123 Andrés
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday, 11am & 1:30pm | Sunday, 1:30pm & 4pm
Admission: $20

Catch a highly interactive and bilingual event that will delight children ages 3-8 and their families. Before each concert, kids may explore the instruments that the artists willl be playing during the show.

DC United vs. Inter Miami CF
Where: Audi Field | Southwest DC
When: Saturday, 3:30pm
Admission: Tickets start at $29

Enjoy the afternoon at a DC United match, their second of this season. Get to Audi Field early and take the kids to the new Kick Zone when gates open! The family-friendly area will be full of fun games, a mini soccer field, and other outdoor activities. Find it all in the Southwest corner of the stadium near Gate B.

Show Time
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by show

* The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats is on stage at Adventure Theatre
* Thumbelina is making a big impression on the Imagination Stage.
* Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth is also a hit at the Bethesda theatre
* Beauty and the Beast is the Main Stage show at The Puppet Co.
* And really little ones will enjoy Magic Toyshop, Saturday’s Tiny Tots performance there
* Spend Saturday morning laughing with The Great Zucchini at Jammin Java
* Make it a date night for Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage

Full STEAM Ahead
Where: National Children’s Museum | Downtown DC
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $10.95/age 1+

The National Children’s Museum is the newest cool place for kids, with an array of STEAM-inspired exhibits that offer fun and interesting ways to engage, learn, and exercise creativity. It’s geared toward kids up to age 12, and there are areas especially for littles. Tickets are timed entry, so it’s a good idea to reserve yours in advance!

Moonshot Studio Art Adventures
Where: Kennedy Center | Foggy Bottom, DC
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

The Moonshot Studio at The REACH, the Kennedy Center’s expansion offering more ways to experience the arts, welcomes weekend drop-ins. Offering activities especially for families, you can learn to draw like Mo Willems, explore the words and ideals of JFK, and have fun at the Mixmaster Station creating mixes using sounds, rhythms, and beats. The Studio is open every Saturday and Sunday, and it’s always free to pop in.

Fun at Fairfax Parks
Where: Parks throughout Fairfax County, VA
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

The Fairfax County Park Authority hosts all kinds of events on weekends for guests of all ages. Go nature snooping at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Join an Astronomy Festival at Observatory Park at Turner Farm. Enjoy an All Things Frozen Tea Party at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Details and registration for these and more nature activities this weekend and beyond are available here.

Ethiopia Day CANCELLED!
Where: KID. Museum | Bethesda, MD
When: Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Admission: $12/child (includes 2 adults)

Celebrate the culture, crafts, and flavors of Ethiopia as you explore traditional forms of making, experience Ethiopian art and music, take part in cultural rituals, enjoy performances, sample traditional Ethiopian foods, and more! Drop in any time and stay as long as you like. Same day tickets may be purchased at the front desk.

International Women’s Day Celebration
Where: National Museum of Women in the Arts | Downtown DC
When: Sunday, 12–5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Celebrate International Women’s Day at at the museum dedicated to women’s art! They’ll be hosting their signature Fierce Women and #5WomenArtists tours, hands-on activities for young learners, special offers in the museum shop, and more. The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, usually only open on weekdays, will also welcome visitors. See the calendar on the website for more details about tour times and programs.

Purim Carnival
Where: Agudas Achim Congregation | Alexandria, VA
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: $25/all you can play or $1/game ticket

Agudas Achim Sisterhood invites you to join in fun, games, hamentaschen ,and falafel at the annual Purim Carnival on Sunday. The youngest set (ages 0-5) are welcome for a special preview and play hour, 10:30-11:30am. Check out lots of new new games and have lots of fun! Get your tickets online in advance or at the door: All you can play and bounce wristband: $25; individual game tickets: $1.

Tunes 4 Tots Kids Sing Along
Where: Steadfast Supply | Navy Yard, DC
When: Sunday, 10-10:30am
Admission: $16

Join a half hour Tunes 4 Tots class where little ones will learn fundamental music concepts through song, movement, and play! Tunes 4 Tots is designed for children ages 6 and under along with a participating adult. Make a day of it and enjoy lunch, shopping, ice cream, and more at The Yards!

Harambee w/ Baba Ras D
Where: Capitol Cider House | Petworth, DC
When: Sunday, 10:30am
Admission: $7-10

Baba Ras D’s session is a morning jolt of inspiration for parents, caregivers and children alike. Harambee, which means “all pull together” in Swahili, is the practice of hope, possibility and compassion – basically, all the things that happen when we all come together. Little ones can express their voices (into a microphone), dance, play a drum or percussion instrument, shout or sing-along to songs that build character, confidence and community. Tickets required for all ages. Adult ticket holders will be able to enjoy our normal weekday happy hour – $4 pours of house cider, $5 craft beer, $6 local wine & $7 cocktails – from 10am-12pm.

Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration
Where: Freer|Sackler Gallery | National Mall, DC
When: Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free

Ring in the Persian New Year at the annual Nowruz celebration! Free attractions and activities for all ages include storytelling, hands-on art projects, live music, film screenings, calligraphy, food, and the featured exhibitions Engaging the Senses, Feast Your Eyes, and Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran.

Yarn Storming
Where: Adkins Arborteum | Eastern Shore, MD
When: Sunday, 2-4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $2/age 6-18, free/5 & under

Day trip out to the Eastern Shore to enjoy unique art and the outdoors. Also known as yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, and graffiti knitting, yarn storming is a street art that employs knitted or crocheted yarn in place of paint or chalk. Through early April, Adkins Arboretum will be decked out in colorful and whimsical “sweaters” created by local yarn artists. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception of the exhibit on Sunday. Discount: When you arrive at the visitor center, mention that you heard about Adkins on KFDC, and get one adult admission FREE!

Kid’s Hamentasch Bake
Where: Hill Center | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sunday, 2-3pm
Admission: $10/child, $25/family

Get ready for Purim and join Chabad DC at the Hill Center for an awesome Hamentasch Bake! Roll, shape, and fill your own hamentaschen with an assortment of fillings, then bring home to bake and share with your family and friends!

Washington Justice for All
Where: The Anthem | Southwest DC
When: Saturday & Sunday
Admission: Ticket prices vary

The Washington Justice is back at The Anthem for another round of esports matches. “Huh?” you ask. This is a league of professional video gamers, and apparently gets a big following. There are several matches throughout the weekend, and both kids and adults can enjoy them!

Icing on the Skate
Where: Ice rinks around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by rink

The outdoor ice skating season is winding down, and there are only a couple of weekends left to enjoy gliding al fresco. It’s a great way to take advantage of both the season and the nice, sunny weather. See this post about local rinks for details on where you can skate under the sky.

Ready, Set… Hike!
Where: Around the DMV
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

It’ll be a great weekend to hit the trail for a hike. Enjoy the beginning of spring flowers, tramp in places with scenic views, hike and explore history at interesting locales, and savor some time outdoors together. This post has a a bunch of recommendations for places to walk in the woods (and other places) with the kids.

***MORE GOOD STUFF***
* Coronavirus prevention advice. You’ve likely seen a version of this, but it doesn’t hurt to look again.
* A comic about it for kids.
* Goldstar has pre-sale tickets for Hamilton at the Kennedy Center this summer!
* I have 20 “Admit 4” passes up for grabs to see a promo screening of Spies in Disguise at Mazza Gallerie on Saturday at 11am. Snag them here.
* Enter for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters!
* The public will soon be able to go inside the Mormon Temple. (You know, the big palace-like place you can see from the Beltway near Kensington, where there used to be the “Surrender Dorothy” sign). Get a peek here.
* Say cheese.😄
* Have I mentioned yet that Emilie’s is awesome?
* Love is Blind was the best worst thing I’ve seen in awhile. Anyone else???


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