- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 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 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. Through April 20. $12.

• “Clara Barton: The Courage Within.” An interactive play for Women’s History Month dramatizing the pivotal moments in the life of the American Red Cross founder and Civil War nurse. Following the play, students will tour the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Glen Echo. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 18-20; 10:15 a.m. April 15. $12; $5 each student for school groups.

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 handmade 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]

Avalon Theatre

Weekend Family Matinees program. All showings 10 a.m. All $5, or $3 for members. 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/966-6000, www.theavalon.org

• “Barbie Mariposa.” The doll enters the world of the Butterfly Fairies. March 15.

• “Help! I’m a Fish!” (“Hjaelp, Jeg er en Fisk”). Three children set off on a fishing trip but get caught up in a life-changing adventure in this Danish animated feature film, presented by the Environmental Film Festival. March 22.

• “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Based on the 1980s cartoon series, this is a live action/CGI movie with a contemporary comic sensibility. March 29.

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. 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. March 22-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

• 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, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 14; noon March 15 with family reception following. Some performances sold out.

• Annual Bunny Party and Spring Fling. A look at bunnies and their role in the culture. Ages 2-7. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 21; Family special noon March 22 with special activity and eggs.

• Galapagos George with Barefoot Puppets. Puppets tell the true story of Lonesome George, a giant tortoise discovered in the Galapagos, where his species was thought to be extinct. Ages 4-10. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 25-28.

Embassy of Venezuela

Bolivarian Hall, 2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

• “Las Aventuras de Pinocho” (“The Adventures of Pinocchio”). The story of the wooden puppet who learns not to lie. A Teatro de la Luna production. Performed in Spanish only. Space limited. 3 p.m. March 15 and 22. $10. Information and reservations 202/882-6227, 703/548-3092, www.teatrodelaluna.org.

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. 703/838-4848, www.fortward.org

• Civil War Story Time. Reading and group discussion focused on “Mr. Lincoln”s Whiskers” by Karen B. Winnick and “The Silent Witness,” by Robin Friedman. Suitable for elementary school children. 11 a.m. March 19. $2. Reservations suggested due to limited space.

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: “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. 800/497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org

• Theatreworks USA: “Freedom Train.” Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, told through dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Grades 3 to 9. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. March 31. 800/497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org

Hillwood Museum and Gardens

4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Closed January and national holidays. $5-$12. 202/686-8500; information and advance reservations 202/686-5807 or [email protected]

• Faberge Egg Family Festival. Celebrating the arrival of spring in traditional Russian style. Egg decorating, storytelling, costumed interpreters, games, live Russian folk music, special audio tours. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15, 1-5 p.m. March 16. $7 per child (ages 6 to 18); free for two accompanying adults, $12 each additional adult, $10 seniors, $7 students. Free for children under 6.

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. Through March 16. $18. All performances sold out.

The Lyceum

201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. 703/838-4994, www.alexandriahistory.org

• Spring into Reading! Children’s book fair. Story times, crafts, “please touch” artifacts, books for sale from Usborne Books, discussion and signing by Betty Bruce Shepard, author of “Virginia: An Alphabetical Journey Through History.” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22. Free.

McLean Community Center

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

• Bunny Tales. Arts and crafts projects, play and games area, entertainment, picture taking with the bunny. Ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 22. $7. $10.

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.

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 showtime. 202/783-3372, www.nationaltheatre.org and click on the “Saturday Morning” logo.

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

• Swords and Chivalry. Derring-do and swashbuckling action are in a world of pirates, knights and kings. March 29.

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.

• 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.-4:30 p.m. daily through March 31. Free.

Puppet Company Playhouse

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

• “The Jungle Book.” Applause Unlimited’s production of Kipling’s animal stories. Grades 1-6. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Through April 13. $8.

Strathmore: The Music Center

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

• DinoRock World Premiere: “The Dinosaur Jamboree Radio Hour.” Dinosaur puppets jam with their human hosts. 11 a.m. March 29. $10-$25.

• The Laurie Berkner Band. The “Pied Piper of the Preschool Set” and her trio. 1 and 4 p.m. March 30. Sold out.

• 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.

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