Celebrate Youth Art Month! 10 Performances, Concerts, Workshops, Films & More

1. Cinderella

March 11, 2.p.m.

Live! at 10th & G, 945 G St., NW, Washington, D.C.

This heartwarming and comedic retelling of the fairy tale classic is one part storybook and four parts Great American Songbook. Four lovable and dynamic singer-actors bring a huge cast of characters to life with the use of colorful costumes and playful props, as they join forces with the American Pops Orchestra to introduce the next generation of music lovers to some of the best-loved American songs of the 20th century.

2. Jack and the Beanstalk

March 2-26; check www.thepuppetco.org for specific times

The Puppet Co. Playhouse,

7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD

Theatre meets puppetry! Enjoy this timely version of the classic children’s tale about the young lad that doesn’t know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists.

3. First Studio: Story + Workshop

March 8, 10-11 a.m.

Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd., NW, Washington, D.C.

Children are invited to use their imagination as they

explore the paintings, sculpture and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Recommended for ages 3-5.

4. Ella Enchanted

Throughout March, see my.adventuretheatre-mtc.org

for specific times

Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd.,

Glen Echo, MD

Baby Ella of Frell is given the “gift” of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then, when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse?

5. Children’s Winter Film: Long Way North

March 18-19, 11:30 a.m.

National Gallery of Art, 401 Constitution Ave., NW,

Washington, D.C.

Young film lovers will love spending the morning at the National Gallery of Art for their Children’s Film series, featuring Long Way North.  Set in 1892, this animated adventure follows 15-year-old Russian aristocrat, Sacha, as she leaves behind her comfortable Saint Petersburg life in the hopes of tracking down and saving her beloved grandfather, Oloukine, a famous explorer who has gone missing near the North Pole.

6. My First Portfolio

March 11, 18 & 25, 10 a.m.

Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

Specially designed for toddlers and their caregivers, this class invites moms, dads, grandparents, and nannies to a uniquely creative experience with their young child! Children strengthen cognitive, sensory and motor skills while you both benefit from an artistic bonding experience.

7. Saturday Family Jazz Sessions

March 4 & 18, 11 a.m.

Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Ln.,

North Bethesda, MD

Junior jazz aficionados can spend Saturday mornings singing, playing and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. Strathmore’s fun, creative, kid-friendly series features world music percussionist, Tom Teasley, renowned jazz singer, Rochelle Rice and multi-instrumentalist, Seth Kibel.

8. On-Camera Acting for Kids

Saturdays throughout March, 10-11:30 a.m.

Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, 733 8th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

For your little future stars! Students in grades 3-6 are welcome to this fun course in acting for the camera, encompassing lots of substantive training. All kids will be videotaped and get to watch themselves in playback. Don’t worry, no experience required!

9. Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players

March 25, 10:30 a.m.

Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, VA

GRAMMY Nominated, Justin Roberts, is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children’s show business! With numerous national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

10. To Sail Around the Sun

March 25-26; check www.kennedy-center.org

for specific times

The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW Washington, D.C.

Set to the timeless music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this imaginative world premiere co-commission between the NSO and Company | E uses dance, film, storytelling and musicians to weave together stories about the changing of the seasons. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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