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Kandula, the National Zoo's 8-year-old Asian elephant, explores his new habitat, which includes new yards and a pool.
Kandula, the National Zoo's 8-year-old Asian elephant, explores his new habitat, which includes new yards and a pool. (Dayna Smith For The Washington Post)

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Friday, September 17, 2010

FOR FAMILIES

Prices listed where available.

Performances

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.

"SPOT'S BIRTHDAY PARTY" Friday at 7, Saturday at 11 and 2, Sunday at 11, through Nov. 2. The lovable puppy from Eric Hill's childrens books celebrates his birthday with all of his friends. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2270. http://www.adventuretheatre.org. $15.

"THE UGLY DUCKLING" Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Bright Star Theatre performs its version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. 202-628-6161. http://www.nationaltheatre.org. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show.

"PANDA-MONIUM" Saturday at 10 and 11:30. A circus of Chinese puppets performs. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. http://www.thepuppetco.org. $5.

"COWARDLY CHRISTOPHER FINDS HIS COURAGE" Saturday and Sunday at 11, through Oct. 31. Christopher travels the world to find his courage. Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 800-494-8497. http://www.classika.org. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

"SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!" Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 2, through Sept. 26. The award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series that focuses on history, grammar, math, science and politics takes to the stage. Presented by KAT 2nd Stage. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394. http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/artsbarn. $18, $16 City of Gaithersburg residents, children $9.

"BABY BEAR'S BIRTHDAY" Sunday at 10 and 11:30. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-5380. http://www.thepuppetco.org. $5.

THE GREAT ZUCCHINI Sunday at 10:30. The magician performs. Great Kids Village Center, 8040 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 301-309-2386. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

THE GREAT ZUCCHINI Monday at 10:30. The magician performs. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566, Ext. 3. Best for ages 2 to 6. $5.


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