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Children and Family
Question of the Day
7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301/634-2270, www.adventuretheatre.org
• “Go, Dog. Go!” P.D. Eastman’s children’s story becomes a carnival of music, noise and physical comedy. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Feb. 18; weekday performances 10 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 4-8. Through Feb. 24. Ages 3 and older. $12.
Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed federal holidays and Good Friday. 202/458-6016, www.museum.oas.org
• Mexico: Festival of Toys. Interactive exhibit of hand-made toys for celebration and play. Through March 16.
• Interactive toy-making workshops for children. Pinata-making, cloth doll-dressing, corn sack doll-making. 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and by appointment. Through March 16. 202/458-3362 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. www.chartertheatre.org
• “The Wakeness Monster.” Model student Jessie discovers friendly monsters that live under her bed and love to play all night, throwing her routine into a tailspin. 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Feb. 2. $10.
4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703/824-6200, classika.org
• “The Bremen Musicians’ Musical.” Four outcast animals journey to Bremen Town to pursue dreams of becoming singers in this adaptation from the Grimm tale. Ages 4 and up. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through March 15. $12, $15.
• The Story of the Lost Sock. Sock puppets take youngsters on a journey to find the right one. Ages 3 and up. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Feb. 16-May 18. $12.
Discovery Creek Children’s Museum
4954 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202/364-3111.
• Exhibitions, explorations, hikes, guest speakers and crafts. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. $5.
Various locations. $4-$6 unless otherwise noted. 202/633-8700, discoverytheater.com
• “Tricky Old Buh Rabbit”: Gullah Tales and Tunes. Storyteller Tiffany Jana in stories and songs of the Gullah people from the Georgia Sea Islands. Ages 4-8. Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1 and 8; noon Feb. 9 with post-show family reception. Some performances sold out.
• “Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention.” Black History Month show on black American inventors and entrepreneurs. Ages 8-15. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19-22. Some performances sold out.
• Nego Gato: “Jogo Capoeira!” The dance and music ensemble in a performance of capoeira, the Brazilian dance, game and martial art. All ages. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7.
• Listen to the Drumbeat! The Art Speaks: African Music and Drum Circle with Kofi Dennis of Anansegromma. A celebration of pattern and communication in drumming. Ages 5-10. Lecture Hall, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 10:15, 11 and 11:45 a.m. Feb. 15. Some performances sold out.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703/838-4242, www.gadsbystavern.org
• Tavern Toddlers. Special weekly open playtime program for walkers-36 months and their caregivers. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. $10 per group of three, which must include one adult; five-week pass $35.
4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301/280-1660, www.imaginationstage.org
• “Lost & Foundling.” A modern fairy tale about a child found in a mall mega store who is being raised by sales people. 11 a.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Through March 2. $10-$20.
• Story Theatre Series: “Beatrice Pickles — New and Used Fairy Tales.” Popular storyteller Alison Gee in an interactive show. Ages 3-5. Reeve Studio Theatre. Sold out at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4 and 11; 10:15 a.m. Feb. 13 and 15; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 and 15. Added show at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 still open. $5-$6.
Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202/467-4600, http://kennedy-center.org
• “Up in the Air: The Story of Boonah, the Tree-Climbing Frog.” World-premiere musical by Amon Miyamoto about a frog that climbs a tree and learns a lesson. Part of the Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-9; 3 p.m. Feb. 10. $18. Some performances sold out.
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301/581-5100, www.strathmore.org
• American Folk Songs for Families. Three classes for children ages 4-7 and their families. 11 a.m. Remaining class Feb. 2. Series $25 per person. Sold out.
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5200, www.strathmore.org
• Strathmore Strums! with Joe Uehlein. Participants bring their own acoustic stringed instruments and play and sing songs with chords and lyrics. Sessions 4 p.m. Feb. 3, March 2, April 20. $5 per session.
National Building Museum
401 F St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Metro: Judiciary Square. 202/272-2448, www.nbm.org
• Discover Engineering Family Day. Children learn how engineers make a difference by watching the host of PBS’ Design Squad rappel from the top of the Great Hall and by exploring a race car to learn about the science of racing. All ages. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Free.
National Gallery of Art
Film programs for children. East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/789-3030, www.nga.gov
• “Books Come Alive.” New releases from Weston Woods Studios, adapters of children’s books from around the world. Screenings of “Dooby Dooby Moo,” “Max’s Words,” “Wallace’s Lists” and “Rosa,” about Rosa Parks. Ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1; 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3. Free. First come, first seated.
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets NW. 202/633-1000.
• “Let your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits.” Portrait story drop-in family program with a children’s biography of Jackie Robinson. Education Center and DWRC Galleries. Noon-4 p.m. Feb. 9. 202/633-8501.
The National Theatre
Saturday Morning at The National, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Performances for young people at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Admission free but seating limited. Tickets required and are distributed first-come, first-served 30 minutes before show time. 202/783-3372, www.nationaltheatre.org and click on the “Saturday Morning” logo.
• “The Nicolo Whimsey Show.” Circus skills and carnival comedy with juggling, pantomime and a musical saw. Feb. 2.
• “Just-So-Stories.” Young and old help tell tales of romance and adventure. Feb. 9.
• Mary Ann Jung’s Pee Wee Pirate Show. Learn pirate jargon and shipshape etiquette in a voyage on the high seas. Feb. 23.
Puppet Company Playhouse
• “Alice in Wonderland.” A new look at Lewis Carroll’s tale. Grades K-6. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Feb. 24. $8.
Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center
Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703/845-6156, www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter
• The Paper Bag Players: “On Top of Spaghetti.” 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19. 800/777-2247, www.thepaperbagplayers.org
THEARC (Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus)
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202/484-3272, www.thearcdc.org
• “Junkanoo.” A musical tribute to Africa and the Caribbean for Black History Month that tells the story of a teenage slave girl torn between the comfort of plantation life and an impending revolt that could set her free. 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Community reception 6:30 p.m. $5 for 10 a.m. performance; $10 and $50 for 7:30 p.m. performance.
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