- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2008

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

Theatre 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 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

• 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 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.

• “American Rice.” Three Asian children yearn to find their voice and their place in the talent show at school. An original play by young Asian-Americans. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. May 6-9.

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.

Kenmore Performing Arts Center

Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington. 703/524-4641.

• Bowen McCauley Dance and BMD Junior Company. Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” and other works. 7:30 p.m. May 3; 3 p.m. May 4. Free creative-movement class for children following the May 4 performance. $10, $20; children 5 and under free.

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.

• The Shakespeare Project: “Quick Comedians and Changeable Taffeta: Shakespeare’s Clowns.” Students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance weave scenes with Shakespearean fools and buffoons into the fabric of contemporary clowning. A Millennium Stage program. 6 p.m. May 9 and 10. Free.

McLean Community Center

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

• Jammin’ Juniors with Peter McCory. McLean Central Park gazebo, Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Ages 2-5. 12:30 p.m. May 7. Free.

• Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets: The Rainbow Bridge. 2 p.m. May 10. $7, $10.

• Jammin’ Juniors with Rocknoceros. McLean Central Park gazebo, Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Ages 2-5. 12:30 p.m. May 14. Free.

• Jammin’ Juniors with Dinner Dogs. McLean Central Park gazebo, Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Ages 2-5. 12:30 p.m. May 21. Free.

• Jammin’ Juniors with Patricia Shih. McLean Central Park gazebo, Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive, McLean. Ages 2-5. 12:30 p.m. May 28. Free.

National Gallery of Art

East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. First come, first seated. 202/789-3030, www.nga.gov

• Film: “Heidi.” Paul Marcus’ 2006 adaptation of the Johanna Spyri novel about the 9-year-old from the Swiss Alps. Ages 6 and up. 10:30 a.m. May 3, 11:30 a.m. May 4.

• Creative Adventures. Five short films that play on the unexpected. Ages 8 and up. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. June 7, 11:30 a.m. June 8.

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.

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. Through May 29. $8.

Strathmore: The Music Center

5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. 301/581-5200, www.strathmore.org

• 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

• Youth Dance Festival at THEARC. The best and brightest youth from the metro area in performances of various dance styles. 4 p.m. May 10, $10, $15. Free for one child 12 and under with each paying adult.

Warner Theatre

13th and E streets NW. 202/397-SEAT, www.warnertheatre.com

• The Washington Ballet: “Cinderella.” Septime Webre’s spectacle. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. May 7-11. $20-$80.

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