Top Things to Do With Kids in the DMV This Week
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Top Things to Do With Kids in the DMV This Week

May 15th – 18th

Little Shop of Horrors

  • Time: Varies, see event link
  • Location: Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Make your way downtown to Ford’s Theatre this spring to experience one of the most treasured pieces of American musical theatre— “Little Shop of Horrors!” A sci-fi horror comedy, love story and rock musical all in one, “Little Shop” follows luckless florist shop worker, Seymour, who raises a wisecracking carnivorous plant – Audrey II – that develops a craving for human blood. This non-stop blast of a musical is recommended for ages 8 and older.

May 15th- 26th

Sing Down The Moon: Appalachian Wonder Tales

  • Time: Varies, see event link
  • Location: Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.

An award-winning original musical that weaves four traditional tales into a keepsake quilt of mountain lore and wisdom for the whole family. Jack who lands himself a job despite his foolishness. “Catskins” is a spunky Appalachian Cinderella. “The Enchanted Tree” is a beauty-and-the-beast love story between a lost girl and a frightening crow. And in “Sow and Her Three Pigs” plucky Nancy the pig outsmarts the hungry fox. Singing, mountain dances, “Old Time” Appalachian music, and giant puppets come together to create a unique storytelling experience.

May 16th – 17th

Only Make Believe: Marvelous Mickey Circus Star!

  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

 Only Make Believe performs interactive and accessible theatre for children in hospitals, care facilities, and schools dedicated to serving children with disabilities. Now is your chance to experience a rare public performance! Step under the Big Top into the magical world of the circus. Please note: This performance is sensory friendly and performed with ASL. Online advance reservations open now.

May 16th-19th

Alice in Wonderland

  • Time: Varies, see event link
  • Location: The Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 Macarthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Md.

A new adaptation based on the beloved children’s novel takes the audience on a delightful journey into Wonderland using rod puppets. This one-of-a-kind performance blends music and humor to create a new version of a familiar story. Recommended for ages 4+. 

May 17th

Bug Buddies!

  • Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Ctr., Alexandria, Va.

It’s a big, big world, full of all kinds of bugs! Ages 3-5 years old with an adult can come to the library to hear stories and participate in activities about insects. 

May 17th-19th

Little Women

  • Time: Varies, see event link
  • Location: Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Rd., Tysons, Va.

Don’t miss the timeless and captivating story of Little Women brought to life as a musical on stage at Capital One Hall May 17 – 19, 2024.  Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy’s theatrical experiences. The power score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartbreak, hope and everlasting love – the sounds of young America finding its voice.

May 18th

Rainbow Families 2024 Annual Family Conference & Gathering

  • Time: 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: National Cathedral School, 3612 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, D.C.

With workshops in the morning followed by lunch, then an afternoon of family fun time including music, games, arts & crafts, performances & demo from DC Cheer, Stonewall Kickball, a storytime by Tara Hoot, music by the National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center and so much more, there is plenty for the family to do. Kids can also sign up for the Kids Camp (potty trained ages 2-8) or the new Teen/Tween camp (ages 9-16). The QPOCX Lounge will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Queer POC parents and prospective parents. Registration Required.

May 18th-19th

Model Train Exhibition

  • Time: Varies, see event link
  • Location: Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly, Va.

All ages can enjoy the magic of a running model train display and layout. Sponsored by the National Capital Trackers O-Gauge Model Railroad Club. 

May 19th

AANHPI Heritage Month Musical Performance

  • Time: 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. 
  • Location: Reston Regional Library, 1925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, Va.

Hui Hula O Na Mele Aloha will present the music and dance of Hawai’i, focusing on the beautiful island of Maui.  Joined by award-winning musician, Dave “Kawika” Fiely, the dancers will take visitors of all ages to the top of Haleakala, the fragrant fields of the Up Country, and the beloved town of Lahaina.

Spy-Craft: Disguises

  • Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Fort CF Smith Park, 2411 N 24th St., Arlington, Va.

From 1861-1865, Arlington was a haven for would-be spies. Ages 7–9 can learn about their lives, tools and tricks, and see if you they what it takes to be a spy. Registration Required.

May 20th

Music Together Sing and Groove – Funday Monday

  • Time: 10:30–11:15 a.m.
  • Location: Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax, Va.

This musical event is open to children of all ages; however, those who haven’t yet started school are particularly encouraged to attend. There will be opportunities to sing and dance together, as well as storytelling, performances, crafts and more!

Origami Kusudama Flower

  • Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Tyson-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pk., Falls Church, Va.

Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to a guided Kusudama origami session. During the session, they’ll also learn a little about Kusudama origami flower origins and its significance in Japanese culture..

May 21st

Play Date at NMNH: Habitat Focus – Pollinator Garden!

  • Time: 10:30 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Families will learn about flowers and insects at this Play Date at NMNH, engaging in different activities to experience the small in size but still very complex world of the NMNH’s own Pollinator Garden.

3D Design Clinic

  • Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Pohick Regional Library. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke, Va.

Teens and their parents looking to learn how to create a 3D design and get it printed at the Library or how to make their own designs better can come to Pohick Library’s maker space (the POD) for drop-in 3D design help.

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