Drumming with Dishes, the first production in the Atlas' "Theatre for the Very Young" series
Last fall, the Atlas Performing Arts Center launched “Theatre for the Very Young,” a presenting series specifically geared toward children ages 1 – 5. Featuring performances from Washington-based theatre companies and artists experienced in making quality theatre accessible to the youngest audiences, the Atlas aims to engage children in the magic of theatre through song, simple stories, movement and imagination. Performances are interactive, presenting theatre in a playful environment that promotes learning and cognitive development.
Big applause for the show!
I posted about the first offering in the series, Drumming with Dishes, a whimsical, non-verbal, interactive adventure from Arts on the Horizon. I took Sasha to see the show about celebrating friendship and finding new ways to make music in the kitchen, and we both found it delightful (okay, she didn’t use that exact word, but that’s how I would describe her reaction). The setting was cozy and inviting, the actors performed on a level that children could comprehend, and the music was serene but captivating.
Needless to say, we’re really looking forward to another production by Arts on the Horizon coming to the Atlas later this month as the next installment in the Theatre for the Very Young Series. Out of the Box uses music, sounds, and gentle interaction to follow a young girl as she discovers all the possibilities in box can hold. The show will run March 20-25, and tickets are $8. You can win a pair of tickets to see the show – see below for details on how to enter.
Beyond that, there will be one more production in the series this season. Imagination Stage will present Aquarium April 16-22. Young audiences will enter a world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. Mild music, beautiful puppets, and imaginative props welcome both children and adults into the magical, interactive realm. Tickets for the show are also $8.
Tickets for all upcoming performances can be purchased online through the Atlas website or at the Box Office. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is located at 1333 H Street NE.
Forgive the corny, cliché title of this post – it’s hard to come up with something clever week after week (not that they ever were that clever…). But trite or not, the reference to autumn is apropos for this roundup of weekend events, as so many of them salute the season. Of course, there are also recommendations that make no allusion to the time of year. No matter what you and the kids decide to pursue, fall-themed or not, have a great time doing it. Happy Weekend!
Kids Euro Festival –Thanks to the French-American Cultural Foundation, 27 EU embassies, and more than a dozen major cultural institutions, Europe is coming to us via the Kids Euro Festival, a virtual passport to four weeks of continental artistic adventures. This is the first weekend of the event that will present more than 200 FREE children’s performances all around the metro area. Mimes, storytellers, dancers, and puppeteers are just a few of the exciting acts that will perform at a variety of venues from October 14 – November 10. See what’s on the schedule this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Autumn Colonial Market Fair – Claude Moore Colonial Farm is holding its annual fair on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm both days. Tradesmen and artisans — blacksmiths, potters, silversmiths, candle makers, and more —from all over the country will be there to demo their work and sell their wares. Guests can also enjoy all kinds of colonial fare and watch as food cooks right over a fire pit, just like olden times. Along with the fair, you can also tour the farm, which is straight out of the 18th-century. Admission to the farm on the Autumn Market Fair weekend is $6/adults, $3/ages 3-12, free for children 2 and under.
Rock Creek Fall Heritage Day at Peirce Mill – Step back in time somewhere else on Saturday for a day-long celebration marking the re-opening of historic Peirce Mill during Rock Creek Park Heritage Day. Artists, craftspeople, and historians will line the mill yard and grounds, restored to their 1800’s appearance, to bring history alive. Visitors can join them for hands-on demonstrations, while park rangers and historian shed light on what life was like in the 19th century. There will also be tours of the restored mill, which will be grinding grain, as it did more than a century ago. A schedule of the day’s events and more info is available of the NPS website.
Truck Touch – Kids can pretend to drive a school bus, explore construction rigs, learn about EMS & recycling trucks, and many more vehicles at Suburban Nursery School’s annual Truck Touch. Along with the cool rides, guests can enjoy homemade baked goods and lunch from some favorite local vendors (pizza, ice cream, & hotdogs). It will all take place in the school’s parking lot on Saturday from 10am – 3pm. Admission is $5/person, free for children under 2. All programs benefit Suburban Nursery School, a non-profit, parent-run cooperative nursery school for over 50 years.
Pinkalicous and the Pink Pumpkin – Room & Board is hosting a special event featuring award-winning author and illustrator Victoria Kann, reading from her latest book Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin. Bring the kids, decorate pumpkins, and enter for a chance to win our kid-sized Jill table and four Little Jake chairs. Books are available for purchase at the event. It all takes place from 11am – 1pm, and the reading begins at noon. The event is free, RSVP to email@example.com.
Taste of Georgetown – In its 18th year, the Taste of Georgetown will showcase the spectacular cuisine of 30 of the neighborhood’s finest eateries, highlighting Georgetown’s culinary personalities and featuring nearly 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as wine pairings, the jazz talents of Blues Alley artists, and children’s activities such as caricatures, jugglers, and balloon artists. Wisconsin and M Streets NW is where this will all go down on Saturday from 11am – 4pm. Tasting tickets can be purchased online or at the event.
What’s Grosser than Gross? – The National Geographic Museum’s latest exhibit for kids, “Animal Grossology,” features some of the slimiest, stinkiest, yuckiest creatures on earth…and their natural bodily functions. Yes, there’s plenty about poop, puke, and other icky processes all presented through many cool, creative, interactive installments. Kids will love it (and so will adults). Admission is $8/adults, $6/ages 5-12, free for children 4 and under and includes the fun Weird But True exhibit as well as entrance to Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry, a beautiful collection of images from oceans around the world that any photography buff or wildlife lover will find mesmerizing.
Family Day in the White House ‘Hood – The Neighbors to the President’s Consortium, a group of historic sites and museums in the White House neighborhood, is hosting a day of activities for families. Activities will include a scavenger hunt at the Renwick Gallery, an art safari at the Corcoran, candle making at the DAR Museum, and more. Detailed activity descriptions are available on the NTPC website.
Hop on the Halloween Train – The “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park rides again! Get on board this Friday, Saturday and Sunday – tickets sales begin at 2pm, and rides are every half hour from 3-8pm. Tickets are $6 person and include “Eye Spy” game card and other activities for kids.
Family Fun Literacy Day – The Play With Words Children’s Museum in Vienna, in partnership with the Vienna Whole Foods Market and PBS Kids, is hosting a Family Fun Literacy Day on Saturday from 12-3pm. Join them, along with the characters from PBS Kids “Super Why” TV show, for a fun afternoon of literacy-related activities, including hands-on activities and a treasure hunt throughout the Vienna Whole Foods store, with prizes for the first 200 children. More information is available on the Play With Words website.
And the forecast is looking great for this weekend, so this post will come in handy if you want to take advantage of the weather:
Tuesday – See Drumming with Dishes, an interactive play geared toward children ages 1-5. Presented by Arts on the Horizon, performances will take place all week at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. Read more about the production here.
Wednesday – Drop in for storytime at your local library. See this post from awhile back for a little background and quick links to libraries around the area.
Thursday – It’s the Iron Chef of science! See scientists from the Curiosity Zone battle it out with daring kitchen experiments as Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater presents Krazy Kitchen Science. Tickets are available online for both the 10:30am and 11:15am shows (and for shows on Friday and Saturday).
Friday – Hop on the “Eye Spy” Halloween Train at Cabin John Regional Park. Purchase tickets starting at 2pm for rides that depart every half-hour starting at 3pm. The $6 admission includes game cards and more activities for kids.
I’m always excited to find theatre performances that cater to both my kids’ ages (2.5 and 5), and when I learn they are taking place right in my ‘hood during a week when DCPS students have two days off, even better. So, I’m especially thrilled that Drumming with Dishes, a children’s play by Arts on the Horizon, is coming to the Atlas Performing Arts Center all next week, October 10-15.
Geared toward ages 1-5, the 30-minute interactive, non-verbal show features two adult actors and a musician, who put on a performance that I hear captivates even the youngest audiences. Here’s the official description: “What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? Just such an adventure awaits an inquisitive toddler when someone new appears in her kitchen. What do to? Cook up beautiful music! This gentle, whimsical adventure celebrates new friendships and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. What will become a musical instrument next? A pasta box? Maybe dishes and spoons? Discover what wonders can be accomplished when we all explore together!”
Showtimes are as follows:
Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:00am & 11:30am
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:30am
Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:30am
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 10:00am & 11:30am