Family Entertainment Directory: Perform and Play

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Tap into your creative side and explore music, theatre and performance with your child, or stay active with challenging and fun sports and activities. These options from the 2022 Family Entertainment Directory, available in the March issue of Washington FAMILY, will get your family up and moving.

Do you watch your children light up during puppet shows? Maybe one day they will take to the stage themselves! Registration is open for the spring/summer season for classes on puppetry and many other visual and performing arts for children, teens and adults at The Puppet Co., in Glen Echo.

See Broadway shows at The National Theatre, in Washington, D.C.,  one of the nation’s oldest continually operating theaters and explore community programs including Teens Behind the Scenes chat with theatre professionals and interactive performances for children with the Saturday Morning Live! series.

The St. James, in Springfield, Virginia, has traditional and non-traditional sports at a super center filled with Olympic-sized fun for the whole family. Play futsal, lacrosse or hockey, or ice skate, swim and dance. Run around the water park or just come for health and fitness. There are also a number of summer camps to explore.

Medstar Capitals IcePlex in Arlington offers non-contact family pickup hockey, public skating, skating lessons and stick-n-shoot games for an enjoyable outing on the ice. Children ages 10 and younger can also take advantage of mini stick-n-shoot.

Homeschool, preschool and girls gymnastics classes are available at Dominique Dawes Gymnastics and Ninja Academy in Clarksburg. Children ages 4-15 can also work on their flexibility, strength and agility in “ninja” courses based on the popular obstacle course from American Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior Junior.


Dominique Dawes Gymnastics & Ninja Academy

22530 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871
Specialty: Homeschool, preschool, ninja and recreational classes, children’s parties

MedStar Capitals Iceplex

627 N. Glebe Road, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203
Specialty: Figure skating, hockey and skating lessons and instruction, public skate, pick-up hockey, stick-n-shoot



The National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Specialty: Community Stage Connections program, Saturday Morning Live! activities and events for youth, Teens Behind the Scenes educational experience


The Puppet Co.

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
Specialty: Professionally produced puppet theater, puppetry education through classes, workshops, demonstrations
and exhibitions


The St. James

6805 Industrial Road
Springfield, VA 22151
Specialty: Sports programming for kids, group fitness, personal training, health and wellness


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