- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2008

Adventure Theatre

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. Ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Feb. 18. Through Feb. 24. $12.

• “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fair(l)y (Stoopid) Tales.” Fairy tale characters burst into song as they find themselves in each other”s stories. Ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays except March 23; weekday spring break performances 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 24-28; weekday field trip performances 10 and 11:30 a.m. April 7-11; special Friday evening performance 7 p.m. March 28; book club performance 1:30 p.m. April 6. March 8-April 20. $12.

Alden Theatre

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

• Hudson Vagabond Puppets presents Jemima Puddle-Duck. Giant puppets dance and act in a narrated ballet of two beloved Beatrix Potter stories. Ages 5 and up. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $10, $14.

• Just So Stories. The tales of Rudyard Kipling brought to life by young McLean actors. Ages 5 and up. 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Feb. 29-March 9. $7, $10.

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 [email protected]

Classika Theatre

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 4. $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

• 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. A Black History Month program. Lecture Hall, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 10:15, 11 and 11:45 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Most sessions 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. 19-22. Some sessions sold out.

• Farafina Kan. African drumming, dancing, and singing in a performance that includes call-and-response. All ages. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 5 and 6. Some performances sold out.

• Pete Moss and the Bog Band with special guests the Sean Culkin Irish Dancers. A celebration of the music and dance of Ireland. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. All ages. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 14; noon March 15 with family reception following. 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.

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

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

• Theatreworks USA: “Charlotte’s Web.” E.B. White’s story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. Grades K-5. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Tickets limited; call 800/497-5007 for information.

• Theatreworks USA: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books.” A musical revue based on popular children’s books. Grades K-4. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. March 10. $10.

• Theatreworks USA: “Max and Ruby.” A new musical about a big sister rabbit and her little brother. Grades Pre K-3. 10:30 a.m. March 19. $10.

Imagination Stage

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. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15. $5-$6. Sold out.

• Story Theater Series: Children’s author Erica Perl leads children on a singing, moving, counting journey to an imaginary farm and a zoo as they become their favorite animals. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 29 and March 1. Book signings after both March 1 performances. $5-$6. Both 10 a.m. performances sold out.

Kennedy Center

Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

• NSO Family Concert: “Peter and the Wolf.” Emil de Cou, conductor, with the Magic Circle Mime Company in Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale. 1 and 3 p.m. March 2. Musical instrument “petting zoo” begins one hour before each performance. $15-$18. 3 p.m. performance sold out.

Kennedy Center

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

• “Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure.” Three children romp through the president’s home. Co-produced with the White House Historical Association. 1:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sundays. March 8-16. $18. All performances sold out.

Levine School of Music

Maryland Campus, The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Room 309, North Bethesda. 202/686-8000, www.levineschool.org

• Word-Beat Children’s Program. Jazz percussionist Tom Teasley and vocalist/actor Charles Williams blend music and voice, using inspirational texts of such authors as Martin Luther King Jr. accompanied by percussive rhythms and melodies. All ages. 2 p.m. March 2. $5, $10. Reservations required; 202/686-8000, ext. 1599.

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. 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. Free. First come, first seated. 202/789-3030, www.nga.gov

• “Caravan” (2005). The Spanish filmmaker Gerardo Olivares looks at the lives of two 10-year-old boys, one in Niger and one in Nepal. Ages 10 and up. 10:30 a.m. March 15, 11:30 a.m. March 16.

National Portrait Gallery

Eighth and F streets NW. 202/633-1000, americanart.si.edu/reynolds_center

• Presidential Family Fun Day. Hands-on art activity, period music, a scavenger hunt and other activities to celebrate the Founding Fathers. Ages 5-12. Education Center, First Floor and Reynolds Center Galleries. Noon-5 p.m. Feb. 16. Free.

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.

• Mary Ann Jung’s Pee Wee Pirate Show. Learn pirate jargon and shipshape etiquette in a voyage on the high seas. Feb. 23.

• Theatre IV: “The Frog Prince.” An adaptation of the classic folk tale featuring amphibian puppets. March 1.

• The Barefoot Puppet Theatre: “The Little Bread Hen.” Puppets and the aroma of freshly baked bread in a retelling of the popular fable. March 8.

• Furia Flamenca Dancers. Gypsy style melds with modern flamenco for a riveting performance. March 15.

National Zoological Park

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Grounds open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, buildings 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through March 31. Free. 202/633-4800, nationalzoo.si.edu

• African-American Family Celebration. Family activities, live entertainment, talks with Smithsonian scientists, more. A tradition for more than 100 years. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Easter Monday, March 24. Free and open to the public.

Parilla Performing Arts Center

Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 240/567-7542, www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC

• Theatreworks USA: “Max and Ruby.” A new musical about a big sister rabbit and her little brother. Ages 5 and up. 11 a.m. March 8. $6, $7.

Puppet Company Playhouse

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

• “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.” Grades K-4. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19. $8. 800/777-2247, www.thepaperbagplayers.org

• ArtsPower: “Harry the Dirty Dog.” Harry has everything he could want, but he hates to bathe. Musical for grades K-2. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $9. 888/278-7769, www.artspower.org. 10:30 a.m. performance sold out.

Warner Theatre

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

• “Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue.” Nickelodeon”s adventure hero, along with his sister Alicia and his cousin Dora the Explorer, set off to get Baby Jaguar’s growl back. 7 p.m. March 7; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 8; 11 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. March 9. $16-$46.

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