- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2008

Adventure Theatre

7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301/634-2270, www.adventuretheatre.org

• “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales.” Fairy-tale characters burst into song as they find themselves in one another”s stories. Ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through April 20. $12.

American Dance Institute

1570 E. Jefferson St., Rockville. 301/984-3003, americandance.org

• “Angelina Ballerina” Open house. Dance, crafts and performances for children with Angelina Ballerina, the famous mouse heroine from the storybooks, in honor of National Dance Week. Touch and feel real ballet costumes, headpieces, props and shoes; try on real tutus; dance with members of the youth ensemble. Noon-2 p.m. April 27. Free.

Charter Theatre

Theater on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. 202/333-7009, www.chartertheatre.org

• “The Chicken of the Family.” When little Henrietta’s older sisters tell her she’s really a chicken and not a person, life gets hard. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays. April 19, 20, 26, 27 and May 3. $10.

Classika Theatre

4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703/824-6200, classika.org

• “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. Through May 4. $12, $15.

• Momotaro. The story of the Japanese folk hero, whose name translates literally to “Peach Boy.” Ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through May 18. $12, $15.

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.

Discovery Theater

Various locations. $4-$6 unless otherwise noted. 202/633-8700, discoverytheater.com

• Ecosystems Alive! Reptile expert Jennifer Pennington introduces a black rat snake, a bearded dragon, a snapping turtle and a boa constrictor. Ages 8-12. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. April 17 and 18, noon April 19. Both sessions April 17 sold out.

• Seasons of Life. Multicultural show examining world celebrations of spring and the Earth’s rebirth, from May Day to Easter to Buddha’s birthday. Ages 5-10. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10:15 a.m. April 22-24; 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. April 25.

• Kodomo No Hi: Japanese Children’s Day. Celebrate with the Kodomo Dance Theater, a troupe of young dancers in traditional kimono dress who give handmade origami cranes to audience members. A guided visit to the Freer galleries follows. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. May 2. Some sessions 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 through 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.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

730 21st St. NW. 202/994-6800, 301/808-6900 or ticketmaster.com; www.lisner.org

• Theatreworks USA: “Junie B. Jones.” Junie gets to first grade. Kindergarten to fifth grade. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. May 12. $10. 800/497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org

• Theatreworks USA: “Yarina: Music of the Andes.” A musical journey across the Andes Mountains with this indigenous Ecuadorean group, which sings in Quechua, Spanish and English. Kindergarten to ninth grade. 10:30 a.m. May 13. $10. 800/497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org

• Theatreworks USA: “Seussical.” Dr. Seuss’ best-loved stories in an adaptation from the Broadway version, especially for young audiences. Pre-kindergarten to fourth grade. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. May 19. $10. 800/497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org

Imagination Stage

4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301/280-1660, www.imaginationstage.org

• “Looking for Roberto Clemente.” A rock musical about baseball and heroes and learning that winning isn’t everything. Ages 4 and up. 12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays; field-trip matinees for classes Tuesdays-Fridays. Through June 1. $10-$21.

• “Hamlet (abridged).” Four Hamlets, representing the different parts of his personality, are featured in this student performance as the Maryland participant of “Shakespeare 24,” a24-hour global celebration of Shakespeare’s 444th birthday, on St. George’s Day, April 23, 1564. 7 p.m. April 23. Free, but reservations required, through 301/280-1660.

Kennedy Center

Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

• NSO Teddy Bear Concert: “More Tunes ‘n’ (Pig) Tales!” Teddy bears get in free to this concert with selections about animals. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 3 and 10. $18. Sold out.

• NSO Kinderkonzert: “Magical Mozart.” The Unlikely Trio (NSO musicians Carole Bean, flute; Dotian Levalier, harp; and William Wielgus, oboe) in an array of Mozart’s greatest works, including those he wrote as a child. Ages 4 and up. 1 and 3 p.m. May 4. $18. Sold out.

McLean Community Center

1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703/790-9223, www.mcleancenter.org

• McLean Kids: “Carnival of the Animals and Beyond.” A new interpretation of the classic by mime Mark Jaster, narrator Sabrina Mandell, singer Kyle Engler, pianist Daniel Lau. With Ogden Nash’s verse and Apollinaire’s “The Bestiary” set to music by Poulenc. Ages 6 and up. 2 p.m. April 19. $10, $14.

National Gallery of Art

Family weekend performances built around the exhibit “In the Forest of Fontainebleau.” East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. First come, first seated. 202/789-3030, www.nga.gov

• “Beauty and the Beast.” Walt Disney’s 1991 version. Ages 4 and up. 11:30 a.m. April 19, 20.

• “Claude Monet: Shadow and Light.” Monet and Renoir discover and mentor a young boy with budding talent in this 2000 Canadian film. Ages 7 and up. Noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. April 19, 20.

• Concert: 19th-Century French Music. Marcio Botelho, Kate Hearden and Patricia Parker in 30-minute performances of music by Franck, Massenet, Chausson and Debussy for piano, cello and voice. East Building mezzanine. Ages 4 and up. 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m. April 19, 20.

National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Grounds open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, buildings 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Free. 202/633-4800, nationalzoo.si.edu

• Kids’ Farm. New 2-acre exhibit helps children understand where food comes from. Cows, donkeys, goats, vegetable garden. Opportunities to groom the goats and donkeys. Near the zoo’s Rock Creek Park entrance, at the bottom of Olmsted Walk. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Free.

Patriot Center

4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 202/397-SEAT, www.patriotcenter.com

• Doodlebops Live. 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 19. $22-$45.

Puppet Company Playhouse

North Arcade Building, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301/320-6668, www.thepuppetco.org

• “Cinderella.” A Puppet Co. premiere that suggests Cinderella wasn’t quite as subjugated as she was made out to be. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. April 18-May 29. $8.

Strathmore: The Music Center

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. 4 p.m. April 20. $5.

• Dan Zanes and Friends. Folk-rock for all ages. 1 and 4 p.m. May 18. $10-$28. Most seats sold out.

THEARC (Town Hall Education, Arts and Recreation Campus)

1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202/484-3272, www.thearcdc.org

• Student Playwrights Project Showcase. Twelve 10-minute performance pieces by middle school and high school students friom the District, Maryland and Virginia, in cooperation with Arena Stage. 7-9 p.m. April 21. Free.

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