For Families

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus returns through March 21, with elephants marching to Verizon Center on Tuesday.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus returns through March 21, with elephants marching to Verizon Center on Tuesday. (2009 Photo Carol Guzy/the Washington Post)

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Friday, March 12, 2010

FOR FAMILIES

Prices listed where available.

Performances

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" Friday at 11:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1, Thursday at 10 and 11:30, through April 11. The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents the classic Russian fairy tale. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. http://www.thepuppetco.org. $10.

"THE NEW MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY" Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 10:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 1:30, through April 6. Based on the popular series of children's books by Jeff Brown. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. http://www.adventuretheatre.org. $15, $12 age 12 and younger.

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

BIG APPLE CIRCUS Friday and Tuesday at 7, Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30, Wednesday and Thursday at 11 and 7, through March 27. After an absence of nine seasons, Bello the clown rejoins the circus for the new show, "Bello Is Back!" Clown Grandma, the Big Apple Circus Band, ringmaster Kevin Venardos, acrobats from Italy, Russian trampoline and flying trapeze artists, horses, dogs, Chinese contortionists and a juggler join Bello. Dulles Town Center, Routes 7 and 28, Dulles. 800-922-3772. http://www.bigapplecircus.org. $15-$52.

"HOLES" Friday at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday at 3. A cast of elementary, middle and high school students performs the play about Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to a juvenile correctional facility and forced to dig holes. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. 202-397-7328. http://www.aldentheatre.org. Best for age 7 and older. $14, $10 McLean district residents.

"OUR PLACE IN SPACE" Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3, through March 28. Explore the cause of day and night and the importance of the sun and learn about the universe and the planetarium. Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6070. http://www.apsva.us/planetarium. $3, $2 seniors and age 12 and younger.

"MEET PENGUIN BOB" Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Artist, author and illustrator Joe Jamaldinian discusses the escapades of his lovable creation, Penguin Bob, sketches pictures of him and weaves exciting stories in which Bob follows his quest to teach people to follow their dreams. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. http://www.nationaltheatre.org. Best for age 4 and older. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show.

MILKSHAKE Saturday at 9:30. The 2009 Children's Album of the Year Grammy-nominated band performs rock music for kids. Four Winds Performing Arts Center, 830 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville. 888-770-4120. http://www.fourwindspac.org. $5.

"TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC" Saturday at 10. The Puppet Co. Playhouse presents a 30-minute show as part of its Tiny Tots @ 10:00 program. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. http://www.thepuppetco.org. Best for age 4 and younger. $5, reservations recommended.


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