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The Weekend Round-Up: March 26-27

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Whether you’re kicking off or winding down Spring Break this weekend, you’ll be getting started or finished on a super fun note. Easter, cherry blossoms, and spring are big highlights, and this round-up is stocked with fantastic ways to celebrate and enjoy all of them. Happy Weekend!

DC in Bloom
Where: Several Locations
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Free

The city is at its prettiest this time of year when the cherry trees are in bloom, and they should be at their best this weekend. The National Mall and Tidal Basin are sure to be teeming with blossom oglers, but braving the crowds is worth it, in my opinion. If you’re planning to partake in the blossom experience over the next couple of days (or anytime, for that matter), be sure to check out these tips for viewing the famous flowers before you go.

Cherry Blossom Family Day
Where: National Building Museum
When: Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Admission: Free

The National Building Museum is hosting their annual event to celebrate the cherry blossoms. And they’re doing it with a nod to the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary. The day will feature hands-on fun and games focused on parks, planning, landscape design, and architecture. Activities will include folding origami masterpieces, designing a memorial for the National Mall, constructing a tatebanko diorama, meeting DuAro (Kawasaki’s robot), trying on traditional Japanese clothing, and learning more about the National Park Service’s milestone celebration.

Bird Egg-stravaganza
Where: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
When: March 26, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $10/child

Join the Audubon Naturalist Society for a nature-themed egg hunt at their Bethesda headquarters. Children can search for eggs along the Woodend Nature Sanctuary trails. Afterwards, they can cash in their eggs for prizes, participate in crafts, and enjoy other nature themed activities.

Bunnyland
Where: Butler’s Orchard
When: Saturday, 9am – 4pm
Admission: $9/child, $7/adult

One of the more popular spring festivals in the area, Butler’s has all the trappings for seasonal fun: bunnies, eggs, and other Easter-related treats to get young guests in the holiday spirit. Attractions include hayrides down the Bunny Trail, egg hunts, the Rubber Ducky Derby, giant slides, and a small petting zoo. Face painting and pony rides are also usually offered for an extra fee. Concessions are available, and there are also plenty of picnic tables if you prefer to pack a lunch.

Adventure & Easter in the Trees
Where: Adventure Park at Sandy Spring
When: All weekend long
Admission: Varies by age

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring is now open for the season! Kids as young as 5 years old can experience fun and adventure on the ropes courses and zip lines in the park’s aerial forest, the largest in North America. Children ages 5-6 and an accompanying adult have access to two of the easier courses. Older kids can do even more. A Sunday bonus: They’re hosting an Easter Egg Hunt with eggs hidden all over the park, every one of them with prizes inside, including free climbing tickets. Guests can find up to three colored and one gold egg per paid admission. It’s a pricey venture, but worth it, especially for a special occasion. Read more about Sandy Spring in this post about one of our experiences there.

A Presidential Egg Hunt
Where: Madame Tussauds
When: Saturday, 8am, 8:30am, & 9am
Admission: $25/adult and three children

If your kids are early risers, then keep this event in mind: A fun and educational “eggs-ploration” through American History at the wax museum! Tons of eggs will be hidden throughout the Presidents Gallery, and once children have collected the empty eggs, they can then trade them in at the end of the hunt for an Easter gift bag full of goodies. Guests can also enjoy a meet & greet with the Easter Bunny, an on site petting zoo, plus Easter crafts and face painting! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased online.

Champagne Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt
Where: Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC
When: Sunday
Admission: $74/adult, $35/child

If you want to get fancy for the holiday, celebrate Easter with an extravagant Champagne brunch and a waterfront egg hunt on a beautiful sprawling garden, plus visits from the Easter Bunny at one of the city’s swankiest hotels. Enjoy a lavish buffet-style meal at Muze with multiple live cooking stations spread throughout the restaurant. Children can hunt for eggs hidden throughout the hotel’s stunning garden overlooking the Tidal Basin, accompanied by the Easter Bunny. There will also be fun-filled activities in the hotel’s supervised Little Fans Clubroom.

More Egg-cellent Celebrations
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Many places around the area are hosting egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs for the whole fam. See this post for a list of them.

Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* See Adventure Theatre’s delightful production of James and the Giant Peach
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Bunny Business is the featured Tiny Tots show there
* Little ones will ove Boxes, Boxes, Boxes at Imagination Stage
* Jammin’ Java is hosting a Spring Fling featuring local kids fave Rocknoceros on Saturday morning
* The Washington Ballet presents Hamlet just opened at the Kennedy Center
* This weekend is your last chance to see Romeo & Juliet at Synetic THeatre, beautiful, wordless production that is perfect for a date night.

Astronaut Academy
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
When: Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Free (but parking is $15)

Experience the Air & Space Museum’s new Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy. The free alternate reality game challenges you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the Museum’s fascinating artifacts. Read more about the adventure on the website. Best for upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families.

Spring Fest
Where: McLean Community Center
When: March 26, 10am – 12pm
Admission: $5, free for 2 and under

Spring Fest is a special event that includes self-guided arts and crafts projects, entertainment and the opportunity for your children to get a professional photo with Bunny. Remember to bring your Easter basket for our parent/child Easter egg hunt. Registration is required for all participants, and sign up soon, as space is limited. Recommended for ages 3-8.

Lolly Palooza
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $5/adult, $3/child

Annmarie has been celebrating the seasonal re-opening of their magical Fairy Lolly playground with extra-special activities all week, and the fun will continue this Saturday. Drop in sometime 11am – 4pm — on Monday for music making fun. Check in at the Murray Arts Building, then head over to the Fairy Lolly for magical play. Afterwards, stop by the artLAB and the Nature Nook for even more activities! Get a glimpse of Annmarie in this post about one of our experiences there.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through Saturday
Admission: Varies by film

Films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area for the final days of the 24th annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are a couple family-oriented flicks among them on Saturday. Little movie-goers can watch a series of animated shorts at Southwest Library and Oddball will screen at Avalon Theater. There are even more films that kids will likely enjoy (and learn from) and others to consider for a grown-up. View the website for showtimes and details.

All Aboard!
Where: Cabin John & Wheaton Regional Parks
When: Through April 1
Admission: $2

Ride the rails through the woods and grounds of two great local play areas. The miniature trains at Cabin John Regional Park and Wheaton Regional Park are open for the season! During Spring Break, from now through April 1, they’ll be taking passengers everyday 10am – 6pm. After that, they’ll be open weekends only until June 1, when daily rides are offered again.

Get Out!
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by activity

It’s going to be a glorious DC weekend, so get out and take advantage of activities outside. Take a hike, hit a playground, explore a garden, visit animals, or see what else there is to do al fresco in this post with tons of ideas for outdoor fun.



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Live Entertainment to Enhance Your Spring

See Superman 2050 at the Kennedy Center Family Theater April 1-3

See Superman 2050 at the Kennedy Center Family Theater April 1-3



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Warmer weather, cherry blossoms, and extra daylight aren’t the only things to look forward to this spring. Along with the seasonal delights, there’s also a whole new crop of live entertainment coming to local venues. Here’s what you can see on stages in the upcoming months.

James and the Giant Peach
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Through April 4
Tickets: $19.50 (look for a discount)

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald. We just caught a performance, and it’s a delight for all ages!

Beauty and the Beast
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Through April 10
Tickets: $10

A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Winner of a Citation of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionette, it has played successfully to children and families nationwide. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!
Where: Imagination Stage
When: Through April 10
Tickets: $14

Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, allowing the audience to build their own creations, using props from the show! Recommended for ages 1-5.

Romeo & Juliet
Where: Synetic Theatre
When: Through March 27
Tickets: $20-50

It’s probably hard to imagine a wordless Shakespeare production, but Synetic Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet is just that, and it’s phenomenal. Innovative, fluid choreography set against dramatic scenery of gears in a clock, all to a unique soundtrack of ticks, tocks, and chimes makes for a gorgeous, mesmerizing production. Words aren’t necessary when a familiar story is told in such a beautifully expressive way. If you’re a fan of the bard or just appreciate superb theatre, I highly recommend this show. Teens and up could enjoy it, but it makes for a great grown-up night out.

Hamlet
Where: Kennedy Center
When: March 23 – April 3
Tickets: $32.25 – $130.00

Sleek and elegant with contemporary staging and performed by The Washington Ballet to the spellbinding music of Philip Glass, Stephen Mills’ Hamlet redefines this tragic masterwork and the limits of dance in a modern production that presents Hamlet’s internal struggle over avenging his father’s murder in an innovative and riveting reinvention of this literary classic. Recommended for teens and up.

Superman 2050
Where: Kennedy Center
When: April 1-3
Tickets: $20-25

Seven performers on a tiny platform act out the Man of Steel’s latest adventure at hilarious breakneck speed using only their bodies and voices to create every prop, scene, character, and sound effect in the story. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Saturday Morning at the National
Where: National Theatre
When: Most Saturdays
Tickets: FREE!

The free theatre program runs on select Saturdays with performances at 9:30am and 11:30am. Musicals, plays, storytelling, and comedy shows are all part of the live entertainment line-up. See the complete schedule of performances here. Tickets are distributed day of performances on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must be in line to receive a ticket.

Tot Rock
Where: Jammin’ Java
When: Ongoing
Tickets: $5/weekdays, $10/weekends

Tot Rock is Jammin’ Java’s super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC Metro area’s finest music clubs. Local acts perform every Thursday and Friday, and touring performers drop by on many weekends. Check the calendar often to see when your favorite act is performing, and for other calendar updates.

Boogie Babes
Where: Angelika Pop-Up, Eastern Market, & The Atlas
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 10:30am
Tickets: $5/child, free for sibling 6 months and under

Little ones can boogie along with their favorite local musicians at the Angelika Pop-Up (behind Union Market) on Wednesdays, in Eastern Market’s North Hall every Thursday, AND at The Atlas Performing Arts Center on Fridays. Go for the show, then grab lunch in the Markets or hit one of the many eateries on the H Street Corridor.

Tiny Tots
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: Most Saturdays & Sundays at 10am
Tickets: $5

The series presents puppet shows designed for the youngest theater patrons (ages 0-4). They are shorter, the lights stay on, and the doors stay open. They have an arsenal of shows that they switch up every performance, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s playing when you go.

Saturday Family Jazz Session
Where: Strathmore
When: Select Saturdays, 11am
Tickets: $10

Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Millennium Stage
Where: Kennedy Center
When: Ongoing daily, 6pm
Tickets: Free

The Kennedy Center presents these free, no-tickets-required performances every day at 6pm, and the public is welcome to enjoy them. The acts span the genres — you can see everything from contemporary dance to folk music to puppetry to comedy shows to opera scenes. Millennium Stage showcases everyone from local youth choirs to internationally known bands (They Might Be Giants performed there a few years ago). This is a great series to keep in mind for whenever you’re looking for some free, easy entertainment.

Mother Earth and Me
Where: Discovery Theater
When: April 6-8 & 12-15
Tickets: $3-6

The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior—and find out some great ways to start right away! Recommended for ages 5-10.

Love that Dog
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: April 9
Tickets: $15-21

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments – and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Snow White
Where: NextStop Theatre
When: April 9-24
Tickets: $20/adult, $16/child

This is not your mother’s Snow White! Join the feisty heroine as she defies the path set before her to live out her story, her way. A spin on the classic Brothers Grimm tale, this new princess adventure will reaffirm your belief in the power of following your dreams.

Looking for Roberto Clemente
Where: Imagination Stage
When: April 13 – May 22
Tickets: $10 and up

Sam and Charlie are best friends and baseball fanatics in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year 1972. Puerto Rican superstar Roberto Clemente is the hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates, having led the team to victory after years of losing. When a mysterious fly ball transforms Sam into a Little League Superstar pitcher, he is invited onto the most prestigious Little League team in town, while Charlie is rejected for being a girl. Charlie forms her own team with the less athletic kids and her new friend Tommy, a boy with a disability. Sam and Charlie ultimately discover what it truly means to be a “hero” when their final game coincides with Clemente’s fateful decision to deliver supplies to hurricane victims in Nicaragua.

Performances for Children
Where: Publick Playhouse
When: Ongoing
Tickets: Vary by show

The Playhouse in Riverdale, MD regularly presents plays, concerts, puppet shows, and more live entertainment for young audiences, often on weekday morning and at lunchtime — perfect activity for little ones and caregivers! Visit the website for the full calendar.

Teatro Hugo e Ines
Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts
When: April 17
Tickets: $18-22

Crafted from a lifetime of creating characters through exceptional artistry and imagination, the Peruvian-based Teatro Hugo e Ines bring their Short Stories tour to BlackRock. Founded in 1986, the duo combines mime, dance, and puppetry in creative pieces that play out the poetic moments of daily life. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Sleeping Beauty
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: April 19 – May 29
Tickets: $10

Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty” combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Recommended for ages 3.5 and up

Emperor’s Nightingale
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: April 22 – May 30
Tickets: $19.50

The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Recommended for all ages.

The 20th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Where: Gunston Arts Center
When: April 22-24
Tickets: $10

Encore Stage and Studio, theatre by kids for kids, present the show about six young spellers who come together at a local school to use their talents to decide who will represent Putnam County in the national bee. Their zany personalities shine as they take on words that most people have never heard of, let alone can spell. Words fly as this fun, modern musical tells a tale of growing up while competing for prestige and bragging rights. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Shrek the Musical JR.
Where: Burke Community Church
When: April 22-23 & 29-30
Tickets: $14

Everyone’s favorite upside down fairy tale comes to life with Northern Virginia Players’ newest production: Shrek the Musical JR! Join them as they travel Far Far Away with a cantankerous ogre, a wise-cracking donkey, and a crazy cast of misfit characters that embark on a quest to find freedom and acceptance. However, the road to happiness is fraught with monstrous danger, short-tempered lords with tall expectations, and a princess with an alter ego. Part romance and part crooked fairy tale, this show has enough twists and turns and zany antics to entertain the whole family. What could be better than the ultimate discovery that we are all unique, we are all important, and we are all worthy of love? The phenomenal cast of 60 youth aged 8-18, is excited to bring another classic tale to life.

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center
When: April 23 – May 1
Tickets: $9

Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child’s imagination! Performances are followed by a “free play” session, allowing the audience to build their own creations, using props from the show! Recommended for ages 1-5.

Moby Dick
Where: Kennedy Center
When: April 23-24
Tickets: $20

he courageous crew of the Pequod sets out to find a legendary whale in this inventive production featuring three actors who use their bodies, ever-switching hats, and a variety of musical instruments to create excitement and suspense. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

NSO Family Concert: Lights! Canvas! Music!
Where: Kennedy Center
When: April 24
Tickets: $15-18

In this new program unlike any other NSO Family Concert, internationally acclaimed “speed painter” Dan Dunn joins the orchestra to turn your favorite music into amazing visual artwork in a matter of musical measures!

NSO Kinderclassics: Fancy That!
Where: Kennedy Center
When: April 24
Tickets: $20

Sometimes it’s fun to look fancy, but did you know that you can make music sound fancy, too? Graphic artist Marie Cheek joins NSO violinist Marissa Regni onstage to help illustrate the idea of “decorating” your music in a unique, visual way.

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival
Where: Kingman Island
When: April 30
Tickets: $15 and up

The annual music festival will feature bluegrass entertainment and plenty more revelry. The celebration of local music, food, and culture as well as the revitalization of the Anacostia River includes eight hours of performances by local bluegrass and folk acts on six stages. Fuel up with DC’s favorite food trucks and Sierra Nevada beer. Entertain little ones in the kids area with music and arts & crafts, especially for them. There will also be giveaways and sponsored activities for all to enjoy.

The Wizard of Oz
Where: National Theatre
When: May 3-17
Tickets: Start at $48 (look for a discount)

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.

Make Way for the Lion Dance
Where: Discovery Theater
When: May 5
Tickets: $3-8

The excitement of an authentic Chinese parade marches onto the Discovery Theater stage! The lion, said to be the ninth son of the mythic dragon, is a symbol of power, majesty, and courage and dances to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to all. As performed by the Wong People Association, the lion dance offers a thrilling spectacle (including traditional drumming and a martial arts demonstration) that introduces and interprets an integral element of Chinese and Southeastern Asian culture. Malevolent spirits are guaranteed to be banished!

Air Play
Where: Strathmore
When: May 6
Tickets: $22-52

Come along on a comic adventure that is fun for the whole family! Air Play is an innovative and spectacular show that merges the high art of Daniel Wurtzel’s air sculptures with crowd-pleasing comedy. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, kites that float over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder, laugh until it hurts, and be touched by the affection and the rivalry between a sister and brother on a life-changing and surreal journey.

Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise ‘Tails’
Where: Discovery Theater
When: May 10-13
Tickets: $3-8

Last season’s all-star cast returns in this delightful Discovery Theater original hit, in which three freshly imagined folk tales reveal nuggets of traditional Asian wisdom. The Tiger, the Thief, and the Dried Persimmon (Korea) features a trickster tiger whose antics recall the teachings of Anansi. The natural innocence of childhood outwits the villain in The Boy and the Fly (Vietnam). In The Wise Mole (Japan) true love takes charge, complete with cell phones and iPods. The sumptuous and mythic creation story The Four Dragon Rivers of China features beautiful flying dragon puppets.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: May 13-22
Tickets: $10

A production by Encore Stage & Studio. During a fierce storm and devastating ship wreck, twins Viola and Sebastian are separated. Viola surfaces on the island of Illyria, and, believing her brother drowned, finds employment by disguising herself as a man named Casario. In a classic case of mistaken identity and unexpected love, hilarity ensues as we meet the island’s colorful cast of characters. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Chicken Dance
Where: Alden Theatre
When: May 14
Tickets: $15 ($10 MCC district residents)

ArtsPower’s newest musical portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks who seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest? Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: The Pop Ups
Where: Discovery Theater
When: May 19-20
Tickets: $3-8

You’ll go crazy for a California musical duo who mix puppets, flashy dances, huge collages, a talking banana, drawing, surprise costume changes, and giant beach balls into their act. The Grammy-nominated Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein zoom in from Brooklyn with plenty of great songs, including several from their latest CD, Appetite for Construction. Don’t miss the final Tot Rock concert of the season! Recommended for ages 2-6.

The Nextival
Where: Anne Arundel Fairgrounds
When: May 21
Tickets: $30/adult, free for 14 and under with adult

This new music festival from Juice Box Jams Corporation will introduce music fans to the next big names in music now. The diverse lineup offers something for everyone: Three stages of music (a main stage, local stage, and a kid’s stage), 15+ food trucks, children’s entertainment and activities, arts and craft vendors, and more. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit Juice Box Jams Corporation’s (501c3) mission to help kids and musicians in need. Tickets are currently 50% off!

IRELAND 100: The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Where: Kennedy Center
When: May 20-21
Tickets: $20

A brave Irish lass crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, who unfolds his mysterious crate of delights to lead audiences on an epic adventure. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Coppélia: The Magical Toy Shop
Where: THEARC Theatre
When: May 21-22
Tickets: $25-50

Part of the The Washington Ballet’s Family Series. The Studio Company performs this charming and amusing ballet about an eccentric dollmaker, Dr. Coppelius, and his yearning to create a doll with a soul.

Little Red Riding Hood & the 3 Little Pigs
Where: The Puppet Co.
When: June 2 – July 17
Tickets: $10

What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

The Wind in the Willows
Where: ArtSpace Falls Church
When: June 3-19
Tickets: $16

Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger, the immortal animal friends of The Wind in the Willows. Now Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater Ensemble brings these timeless tales of friendship to life!

Cul de Sac
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre
When: June 3-12
Tickets: $15/adult, $10/child

Encore Stage & Studio, theatre by kids for kids, presents this show about four-year-old Alice Otterloop and her older brother, Petey, learn about friendship and the importance of being yourself in this world premier play adaptation of Richard Thompson’s nationally syndicated Cul De Sac comic strip. When Alice decides to help Petey become more exciting she risks sending Petey further into his shell. With the help other their parents, teachers, and new and old friends the Otterloop children just might be able to learn something from each other. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Strathmore Children’s Chorus Meets The Beatles
Where: Strathmore
When: June 8
Tickets: $20-25

Meet the Beatles all over again in a unique presentation of Fab Four favorites performed by a new generation of soloists, choirs, and orchestra. From “Twist and Shout” to Sgt. Pepper, you’ll need “Help!” to keep from dancing in the aisles!

Gustafer Yellowgold
Where: Alden Theatre
When: June 12
Tickets: $15 ($10 MCC district residents)

Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly fellow who came from the Sun and landed in the Minnesota woods. Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. Recommended for ages 4 and up.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 21-25

Hide and seek amid the trees of the Annmarie Fairy Lolly

Hide and seek amid the trees of the Annmarie Fairy Lolly



Monday – It’s Lolly-Palooza at Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD! Celebrate the seasonal re-opening of their Fairy Lolly playground with extra-special activities each day of spring break, March 21-28 (closed March 27). Drop in for something different each day from 11am – 4pm — on Monday, enjoy bubble painting fun. Check in at the Murray Arts Building, then head over to the Fairy Lolly for magical play. Afterwards, stop by the artLAB and the Nature Nook for even more activities! Admission is $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under. Reservations are not required, and be sure to check the schedule to see what other activities will be featured this week. Read more about Annmarie in this post about one of our experiences there.

Tuesday – Roam around the lovely grounds, view wildlife in the ponds, and visit the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Admission is $5/adults, $2.50/ages 7-17 and seniors, free for ages 6 and under. Hours are 10am – 6pm this time of year. Later on at 4pm, join the Jr. Farmer Family Fun program and go behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park. Help with farm chores like milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn — topics and activities vary by day. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program.

Wednesday – Learn about the area’s wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities in the Nature Center, see the night sky, take a hike, and visit horses at Rock Creek Park. The Nature Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm, and admission is free. If you’re keen on seeing stars, there’s a planetarium show at 4pm. You can also visit the equine residents at the nearby Horse Center for free (though pony rides are not offered on weekdays this time of year).

Thursday – Catch a performance of James and the Giant Peach at Adventure Theatre, where they’re adding weekday shows March 24 – April 5 at 11am and 2pm. The show is a delight for all ages (we saw it over the weekend). Tickets are $19.50, but you might score discount seats here. After (or before) the show, plan to hang out on the playground, have a picnic lunch, and explore Glen Echo Park.

Friday – Go see the cherry blossoms! DC’s iconic trees should be peaking by the end of the week, and the sight of them in bloom truly is breathtaking. Head to the Tidal Basin and National Mall for quintessential views, and pop into the museums while you’re there. Before you go, be sure to check out these tips for families!


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The Weekend Round-Up: March 19-20

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The weather on the way may just redefine March Madness. But with all these great picks, the chance of a little snow won’t upset your family fun. 😉 Happy Weekend!

Eggcellent Events
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by event

Egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and more spring fun to celebrate Easter and the season have started around the area. Even if you’re not big on the holiday, there are attractions beyond bunnies and candy-filled eggs that will have the whole fam hopping with joy. Find a list of them and plan for upcoming events here.

Okinawa Matsuri Family Days
Where: Textile Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 4pm & Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Discover Okinawa at this all-ages celebration! Try your hand at origami, traditional bingata painting, and other art activities. Enjoy children’s stories, dance performances, and karate demonstrations. Learn about the geography and natural environment of the island, sample Okinawan treats, and take home a local souvenir. Check the website for the schedule of events each day.

Annie!
Where: National Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Ticket price vary

The classic musical is here in DC — and it is fantastic! Sasha and I caught a show earlier this week, and we both adored it. Having only seen the movies previously, it was a treat to see the story brought to life on stage. If you want to do something special with the kids, definitely consider this theatre outing!

Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day
Where: National Air & Space Museum
When: Saturday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Get ready for the Blossom Kite Festival as you celebrate spring and Asian Heritage. Talk to kite experts, see pan-Asian kite displays, marvel at indoor kite flying, make your own kite, and maybe even take a dance lesson! This year’s Kites of Asia Heritage Family Day will have a special focus on Nepal and India.

Environmental Film Fest
Where: Various locations
When: Through March 26
Admission: Varies by film

More than 150 films from across the globe are being screened around the DC-Metro area during the 24th annual Environmental Film Festival. And there are several family-oriented flicks among them this weekend. Little movie-goers can watch a series of animated shorts at Deanwood and MLK, Jr. Memorial Libraries. Tiny Giants 3D will play at the AMC Lowes in Georgetown. And there’s a film incorporated into the National Gallery’s monthly program for kids (see below). There are even more films that kids will likely enjoy – and learn from. View the website for showtimes and details.

Maryland Day
Where: Throughout Anne Arundel County
When: Friday – Sunday, times vary by activity
Admission: Activities are free or just $1

Rediscover Maryland’s history with family and friends during a fun-filled festival highlighting the uniqueness of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, as local cultural and heritage sites offer special activities and tours. Stroll through downtown Annapolis or visit Historic London Town and the Annapolis countryside to enjoy educational tours, costumed re-enactors, art exhibits, kids’ activities, and more. The weekend will also include a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters, a new exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, and a fun scavenger hunt for history in the City of Annapolis.

Saturday Family Jazz Session
Where: Strathmore
When: Saturday, 11am
Admission: $10

Jumpstart a love for jazz with classes that nurture talent and spark musicality! Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of jazz appreciation at this fun, creative, kid-friendly series featuring classes with multi-instrumentalist and local jazz legend Seth Kibel and renowned jazz singer Rochelle Rice. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

James and the Giant Peach
Where: Adventure Theatre
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $19.50

Catch the latest production at the Glen Echo theater: When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach – and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the TONY Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald.

More Show Time
Where: Local Theatres
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by venue

* Reserve your free tickets for Upcycled Cinderella, this week’s Saturday Morning at the National show
* Catch a performance of Beauty and the Beast at The Puppet Co.
* And Jellybean Babies is the featured Tiny Tots show there
*Boxes, Boxes, Boxes recently opened at Imagination Stage
* Mr. Jon & Friends is the Saturday morning entertainment at Jammin’ Java
* Enjoy a grown-up night out at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new production of Othello

Family Workshop: Afghan Fighter Kites
Where: Sackler Gallery
When, Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 1 pm and 2–4 pm
Admission: Free

In the exhibition Turquoise Mountain, venture into an Afghan caravanserai, complete with artisan stalls and architectural elements, and hear stories about the people, places, and heritage of Afghanistan. Then, return to the classroom to work with an Afghan American kite maker to create your own kite. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together. Registration opens February 15 at 12 pm.

Monkey Kingdom on Film
Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Saturday, 10:30am & Sunday, 11:30am
Admission: Free

See a movie at the art museum. Set among ancient ruins in the lush jungles of Sri Lanka, Monkey Kingdom documents the life of Maya, a Toque Macaque, and her newborn, Kip. As Maya navigates the social hierarchy of her extended family, she strives to keep Kip healthy and safe. When the troop of monkeys is forced from their home on Castle Rock, Maya unexpectedly takes the lead. Narrated by Tina Fey, this stunning live-action documentary captures the beauty and peril of the macaques’ yearlong journey. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Animal Close-Ups
Where: National Geographic Museum
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: $15/adult, $10/ages 5-12 (find a discount here)

Experience two fascinating exhibits in one outing at the museum downtown. Photo Ark, a gorgeous collection of portraits of the world’s animal species, spotlights conservation through the lens of photographer Joel Sartore. And you can zoom in on CROCS through an exhibit focusing on crocodilians. Components like captivating images, interactive displays, and live creatures are compelling for all ages.

Date Night: Shakespeare Sans Words
Where: Synetic Theater
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Admission: Tickets start at $20

It’s probably hard to imagine a wordless Shakespeare production, but Synetic Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet is just that, and it’s phenomenal. Innovative, fluid choreography set against dramatic scenery of gears in a clock, all to a unique soundtrack of ticks, tocks, and chimes makes for a gorgeous, mesmerizing production. Words aren’t necessary when a familiar story is told in such a beautifully expressive way. If you’re a fan of the bard or just appreciate superb theatre, I highly recommend this show. Teens and up could enjoy it, but it makes for a great grown-up night out.

18th Century Farm Spring Clean-Up
Where: Claude Moore Colonial Farm
When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3pm
Admission: Free

Play a role in getting the Claude Moore Colonial Farm ready for the 2016 season and Opening Day on April 1. On this 18th century working farm, trails and fields need to be cleared, fences rebuilt, and wood split, moved and stacked. There is also work in the greenhouse, cleaning animal pens, and other spruce-up activities. This is a great activity for groups and families, and volunteers get a complimentary picnic hot dog lunch. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather.

JumpIt Pass Open House
Where: Kidville Falls Grove
When: Saturday, 4-6pm
Admission: Free

Celebrate the launch of JumpIt Pass as they host an open house along Kidville Falls Grove. The event will feature art, play, fun, and more with Danielle Sara Photography, BabyProofing Montgomery, Crystal Cakes and Kidville. RSVP preferred but not required. Kidville Falls Grove is located at 14925 Shady Grove Road in Rockville.

Beyblade Back Outside
Where: MLK Park, Silver Spring
When: Saturday, 11:30am – 4pm
Admission: Starts at $5

Calling all Bladers! Spring is in the area, so the Beyblade Tourney is returning outside. It will take place beside the pavilion just above the basketball courts. For more details on tourney times and more, see the website.

World Storytelling Day
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden
When: Sunday, 1-4
Admission: $5/adult, $3/ages 6-17, free for 5 and under

Visiting artist Ariana Ross will take families on an interactive art and story adventure of the “Wiggling Giggling Bookworm,” with lots of dancing, singing, wiggling, and giggling as she helps everyone find their “inner bookworm.” The program also includes creative writing, drawing, and music-making as guests construct their own stories. If you have a big imagination, love to tell tales, and want to have fun learning, then this is the family program for you. Ariana’s performance begins at 1pm and lasts 45 minutes, with a 45 minute family workshop immediately following. After the event, families are invited to stay for the “Discovering Spring: a Poetry Reading & Open Mic” program, 2:30-4:00pm, or drop in the artLAB, Nature Nook, and Fairy Lolly. Read more about Annmarie here.

Purim Carnival
Where: Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria
When: Sunday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Admission: See details below

Join the Agudas Achim Congregration to celebrate Purim. The carnival will feature all your favorite Purim games, prizes, face painting, arts and crafts, a moon bounce and more! Popcorn, cotton candy, and lunch for purchase. Tickets: All you can play and bounce for $25. Individual game/bounce tickets: $.075 per ticket or 25 tickets for $15. Lunch tickets are $5.

Are You Ready for Some Futbol?
Where: RFK Stadium
When: Sunday, 5pm
Admission: Ticket prices vary

College hoops may be getting all the attention, but soccer is on the sports radar, too. The DC United kicks off the new season at home with a match against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday. And if you need to catch up on the local soccer scoop, check out the DC United website for a refresher.

Everyday Play
Where: Around the area
When: Throughout the weekend
Admission: Varies by locale

Want even more options for local activities with the kids? The Everyday Play page is loaded with ideas for ongoing fun — all of them tried and tested by yours truly and crew.


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Where to Play on the Weekdays: March 14-18

A lily pad filled pond at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

A lily pad filled pond at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens



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Monday – Jump the morning away at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA. This bouncy nirvana hosts Kid Flight sessions for children 46″ tall & under from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday for $10/hour (includes accompanying adult).

Tuesday – Take a docent-led tour of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975 at the Anacostia Community Museum. After, kids can go on a self-guided treasure hunt to test their knowledge, then receive a free gift after completing it. The program is offered at 11am and 12pm. Admission if free. Register in advance and indicate which tour time you want.

Wednesday – Venture up to Baltimore for a day of play and learning at Port Discovery. Several levels full of awesome hands-on exhibits will keep the kids entertained for hours! Open 9:30am – 4:30pm. Admission is $14.50 for ages 2 and up (free for under 2).

Thursday – Get a unique dose of nature in the city at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Go on a nature walk among the ponds and marsh areas filled with giant lily pads and other interesting water plants. Look for geese, egrets, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and small fish on the way. Hours are 8am – 4pm this time of year. Admission is free.

Friday – Discover Okinawa at an all-ages celebration at the Textile Museum! Origami, a games, crafts, and a photo booth will be among the activities for kids from 11:30am – 4pm. Admission is free.


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