- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 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; weekday spring-break performances 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through March 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 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

• “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” Based on the 1980s cartoon series, this is a live-action and 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. 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

• “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 27, 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.

• 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 and 11:30 a.m. April 8-11, 15-16 and 22-25. 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: “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

• Theatreworks USA: “Romeo and Juliet.” First love, teenage rebellion and family conflicts in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. Grades 7 to 12. 10:30 a.m. April 8. $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. April 12-June 1. $10-$21.

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 Deirdre 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.

McLean Community Center

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

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.

National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/633-1000, www.nmnh.si.edu

• WPAS presents: “Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto.” Bruce Adolphe of NPR’s “Piano Puzzlers” and 13 musicians take a musical romp through time to tell the story of a T. rex and how she survives. 2 p.m. April 12. $10-$40. Tickets at wpas.org or through 202/785-WPAS or 202/633-3030.

• Dinosaur Day at the Museum. Special activities in the museum’s Dinosaur Hall before and after the “Tyrannosaurus Sue” concert feature scientists and educators. April 12.

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 take place 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.

• Theatre IV: “The Ugly Duckling.” A swan that grows up in a family of ducks gains self-confidence in a musical romp. April 12.

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

• 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.

Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703/845-6156, www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter

• ArtsPower: “Fish Face.” Emily Arrow learns a few things about honesty and growing up. School performance. Grades 1 to 4. 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. April 10. $9. 888/278-7769, www.artspower.org

Strathmore: The Music Center

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

• DinoRock World Premiere: “The Dinosaur Jamboree Radio Hour.” Dinosaur puppets — among them Boris Ankylosaurus, the Velocirapper and Titanic Tabitha the Triceratops — 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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