- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 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 20; 10:15 a.m. April 15. $12; $5 each student for school groups.

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

• “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 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

• 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. Some performances sold out.

• That’s Not Magic, It’s Science! With Mike Offutt. The rock ‘n’ roll science guy with bigger, better experiments. Ages 6-12. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. April 2 and 3.

• Munching Along the Asia Trail. Favorite snacks for the animals. Ages 5-10. Visitor Center Auditorium, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. April 4. 10:15 a.m. session sold out.

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 22. $10. Information and reservations 202/882-6227, 703/548-3092, www.teatrodelaluna.org.

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: “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. $10. 800/497-5007, www.theatreworksusa.org

Kennedy Center

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

• “Kite on the Wind: A Tale of Pakistan.” Friendly characters from Pakistani folklore help a young boy from Lahore gain the confidence he needs to compete in a kite-flying contest. A world premiere in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council on the Arts. Directed by Dierdre Kelly Lavrakas. Ages 9 and up. 7:30 p.m. April 4, 5, 11 and 12; 4 p.m. April 5, 6 and 12; 1:30 p.m. April 6 and 12. April 4-12. $18.

Levine School of Music

Jane Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202/686-8000, www.levineschool.org

• A Romp Through the Baroque and Romantic Eras. Duo pianists Barbara Wing and Elizabeth Lane, with violinists Mary Findley and Phyllis Fleming, violist Pablo Saelzer and cellist Vasily Popov, lead children through J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff and Khachaturian. Ages 5 and up. 3 p.m. April 6. $5, $10. Reservations required; 202/686-8000, ext. 1615.

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

• “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.

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.

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

• • Bill Dickson: “The Art of Mystery.” Comedic feats of a wizard who works with live doves and silk scarves. April 5.

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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