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Miss Nelson is Missing at Imagination Stage (+ Ticket Discount!)


Imagination Stage is delighting audiences with its summer show, Miss Nelson is Missing.  Based on the book by Harry Allard, the theatre’s original production is getting such great reviews, they’ve added a performance — and a discount for KFDC readers!

Based on the beloved book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, the show follows the children of Horace B. Smedley Elementary School, room 207, who are not just badly behaved but they’re the “worst kids of all!” No matter what their sweet and caring teacher Miss Nelson tries, they simply won’t listen. Fed up with their behavior, Miss Nelson leaves her class in the hands of dreaded substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp, infamous for bringing “woe to those who misbehave.” Terrified of “the Swamp,” the kids must work together and with Detective McSmogg to find their kindhearted teacher and win her back.

Miss Nelson is Missing opened a couple of weeks ago and runs through August 10.  Weekday and weekend matinees for the general public are Tuesdays through Saturdays (and some Sundays), including a just-added performance on Saturday, July 6, at 4pm — and you can get 15% off tickets to see it that date and time using the code FRIEND15! (Note that this is not available on balcony seats and cannot be combined with other offers.)

Tickets start $12 and may be purchased online, in person at Imagination Stage’s box office, or via phone at 301.280.1660. The show is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Miss Nelson is Missing
Where: Imagination Stage | Bethesda, MD
When: Through August 10
Tickets: Start at $12

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This post is sponsored by Imagination Stage, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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A Grand (and Fantastic!) Reopening of the Folger Shakespeare Library


After undergoing a major four-year renovation, the Folger Shakespeare Library reopens tomorrow, June 21!  As I said when I first posted about the attraction on Capitol Hill several years ago: You don’t have to be a huge Shakespeare enthusiast to enjoy the Folger (but if you are you will love it). And, now, there are even more features and offerings for all ages that greatly underscore my earlier sentiment.

The main upgrade is a whole new 12,000 square-foot lower-level space, the Adams Pavilion, that allows the Folger to share more of its collection, including precious items that could not be displayed in the brighter light in the Great Hall. Exhibits now sprawl throughout state-of-the-art  galleries below. Here’s what you can look forward to exploring there, and admission to all of it is FREE…


First Folio Display

The Folger hosts the world largest collection — 82 copies — of the First Folio. (The First Folios are the book containing 18 of Shakespeare’s plays. If it weren’t for the First Folios, the works might have been lost forever.) For the first time, they are being displayed all together in a 20-foot-long visible vault. Digital activity displays let guests explore the contents from the perspective of a detective, storyteller, or collector. There’s also a facsimile of a Folger First Folio (#68) in the gallery across the hall where kids can search for answers to the provided clues.


17th-Century Printing Press Replica

In the same gallery as the First Folios is a recreation of a 17th-century printing press, similar to the one used to print Shakespeare’s First Folios. On select days, there will be demos of the press, and visitors will be able to try their hand at type-setting as it was done in a 1623 print shop.  An interactive Printing with Light station is  available anytime that lets you ‘print’ without the messiness of ink.



Discovery and Decoder Trails

There are a couple of new, fun ways for kids to explore the Folger. They can follow the Discovery Trail (recommended for ages 3-5) and search for images from the Folger Collection on the walls of the Shakespeare Exhibition Hall that match the ones in their notes.  Pick up a magnifying glass and Decoder Kit from the Welcome Desk to use on the Decoder Trail (ages 6-9) and follow clues through the galleries — decode messages, solve riddles, and create a poem to receive a special badge.



Shake Up Your Shakespeare

This interactive display/game lets you create a Shakespearean conversation, using compliments, insults, and memorable lines from Shakespeare’s plays.


Rare Books and Manuscripts

Another area downstairs, the Stuart and Mimi Rose Rare Book and Manuscript Exhibition Hall, showcases even more materials from the Folger collection that inspire their work. Items on display may relate to plays being performed, and there is a section made to look like the vault where they are stored. While items will rotate in and out, right now you can view the first printed copy of Huckleberry Finn signed by Mark Twain, a first edition Winnie the Pooh with an inscription by A.A. Milne to his son, and a first edition of Galileo’s Dialogo, and many more fascinating texts.

You can discover everything on your own, or there are booklets available to help you explore them. There is also a table set up for hands-on activities, and right now families can  experience part of the book-making process by folding printed sheets to create folios, quartos, or octavos.



Gardens & Grounds

Don’t overlook the outdoor areas of the Folger.  The gardens at the East and West entrances are also new, beautiful, and interesting to explore.  There are quotes etched into the walls, many of the plants are referenced in Shakespeare’s works, and the paths winding around them make the Folger more accessible (and stroller-friendly).  There are benches around the lovely grounds, and they are always open and accessible.

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These are just some of the main highlights for families and kids. There is also the Reading Room, performances in the theatre (Metamorphoses closes after this weekend, and Romeo and Juliet is up next in the fall), and the Great Hall that will be an open, welcoming gathering place with the Quill Crumb café (coming soon).

Now, get thee back to the back to the Folger Shakespeare Library!

Grand Reopening…  Celebrate the reopening at a special event Friday, July 21, 1-9pm, Saturday, July 22, 11am – 9pm, and Sunday, 11am – 6pm! Explore new fascinating exhibition galleries and see the beautiful historic Reading Room, play jumbo lawn games, grab a bite from local food trucks, chat with guides about the new space, and browse the gift shop. Admission is free. In the evening, catch a performance of Metamorphoses at 8 pm (tickets starting at $20).

Folger Shakespeare Library
Where: | Capitol Hill, DC
When: Sun/Tues/Weds, 11am – 6pm | Thurs/Fri/Sat, 11am – 9pm
Admission: FREE

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