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Best Upcoming Children’s Shows In Washington DC

July 7, 2014 8:00 AM

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Summer’s really just getting started and you’re already running out of constructive things for the kids to do. You need activities that grab their attention, and keep it. Not to worry. These upcoming shows will keep them rapt from start to finish.

Children’s Theater In The Woods: ” DinoRock”
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 255-1900
www.wolftrap.org

Date: July 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

For ages four and up, this is an outdoor theater for kids that is sure to grab their attention with music, puppetry, dance and storytelling. In the “DinoRock” performance, kids get an introduction to science, nature and history in a fun and entertaining way. Characters like Stella Stegosaurus and Tootsie the tap-dancing Triceratops come to life through their performances of songs and interactive skits with the help of talented puppeteers. Grammy-nominated “DinoRock” is sure to keep the kids bopping along while it dispenses fun facts.

“Pinkalicious”
Adventure Theatre
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2270
www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

Date: Through Aug. 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Pinkalicious is a charming little girl who loves the color pink, especially when it’s in the form of pink cupcakes–she just can’t stop eating them. But gobbling too many pink cupcakes can be a bad thing. Her parents have tried to warn her to stop, but Pinkalicious simply can’t–she loves them too much. When she comes down with a condition that turns her pink from head to toe–something that the doctors call Pinkititis–she is, well, tickled pink. But when her pink tint goes way too far, Pinkalicious must figure out how to make things right once again.

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Backyard Theater For Children: Story Pirates
Backyard Theater Stage
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5100
www.strathmore.org

Date: July, 17, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.

Let the kids have fun with a little improvisation. The Story Pirates create a spontaneous show right before their very eyes. This interactive event allows the children to use their imaginations to determine the course of the show. The kids can call out ideas and scenarios, and the Story Pirates will put their improv skills to work to bring even the craziest, funniest and unexpected ideas to life. Set your child’s imagination free and get ready to expect the unexpected.

“The Tempest”
Olney Theatre Center
Root Family Stage
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 924-3400
www.olneytheatre.org

Date: July 19 – Aug. 3, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

If your child enjoys fantasies that take place on faraway islands and involve magical creatures, then Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be perfect for them. This play has all of the elements to grab and keep you kid’s attention–adventure, magic and romance. The play takes place outdoors on the Root Family Stages and will be acted out by the National Players–America’s longest running touring company. The National Players is in its 65th consecutive year of touring, and its productions intend to entertain audiences and explore how great written works relate to modern life. In celebration of its 65th year, veteran National Players will comprise half of the cast of
“The Tempest,” while current National Players will take on the younger roles. Shakespeare’s expert storytelling, along with seasoned actors, make this a fun intro to Shakespeare for your kids.

Related: Educational Summer Activities For Kids In Washington DC

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..

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