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Friday, October 9, 2009

FOR FAMILIES

Prices listed where available.

Performances

"HANSEL AND GRETEL" Friday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1, through Sunday. A marionette adaptation of Humperdink's children's opera. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380 or http://www.thepuppetco.org. $10.

"THE TREMENDOUS ENCOUNTER" Friday at 10:15 and 11:30. A bilingual puppet show based on the historic "big meeting" between the native Panamanian people and the Spanish Conquistadors along the River Chagres. Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700, 202-633-3030 or http://www.discoverytheater.org. $6, $5 children.

THE BANJO MAN Friday at 10:30. The Banjo Man performs folk- and bluegrass-inspired children's songs accompanied by his five-string banjo. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566 or http://www.jamminjava.com. $5 for children, free for adults.

"THE EXPLORERS OF MAUNA KEA" Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3, through Nov. 15. A program about scientists viewing the universe through a telescope at a volcano. Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6070. $3, $2 seniors and age 12 and younger.

"PANDA-MONIUM" Saturday at 10. Part of the Tiny Tots @ 10 series. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380 or http://www.thepuppetco.org. Best for age 4 and younger. $5.

"FERDINAND THE BULL" Saturday at 11, 1:30 and 4 and Sunday at 1:30 and 4, through Nov. 1. An easy-going bull and his pig friend Cochina travel to Madrid in Karen Zacarías's children's play based on the story by Munro Leaf, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660 or http://www.imaginationstage.org. $10-$21.

"GO, DOG. GO!" Saturday at 11, 1:30 and 4, Sunday and Monday at 11 and 1:30, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30, through Nov. 8. A carnival of music and physical comedy for children, based on the story by P.D. Eastman. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270 or http://www.adventuretheatre.org. $15, $12 age 12 and younger.

"ANIMALIA" Saturday at 11, 1:30 and 5 and Sunday at 1:30 and 4. Hobey Ford uses puppets to show the world of animals from a variety of realistic, environmental and mythical points of view. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or http://www.kennedy-center.org. $18.

"HAPPILY EVER AFTER: A CINDERELLA TALE" Saturday at 2. A musical performance by the Pushcart Players. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123, http://www.pushcartplayers.orgor http://www.mcleancenter.org. Best for age 4 and older. $14, $10 McLean district residents.


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