The Kennedy Center

Young Audiences

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Upcoming Events


Digging Up Dessa

Sun, Feb 18

From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. One 21st-century girl sets out to dig up some super-sized discoveries with help from a remarkable friend—the pioneering English paleontologist Mary Anning. Age 10+

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NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix the Classix!

Sun, Feb 18

Learn the language of music with a fresh twist as the NSO reunites with Grammy®-nominated beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! Age 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Two Divas and a Bear

Mar 2 - Mar 4, 2018

Join NSO violinist Marissa Regni, soprano Kari Paludan, and everyone's favorite stuffed animal as they explore the human voice along with the voice of the violin! Age 3+

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Sound Health: Second Saturdays

Mar 10 - Jul 14, 2018

This new series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 8* explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute workshops in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer.


Waves, all that Glows Sees

Mar 21 - Apr 1, 2018

Imagine your way to a soothing beach adventure for the very young in this carefully crafted theater experience. Age 18 months–4 years 

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NSO Pops: Black Violin

Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 8:00 PM

Violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) join the NSO to showcase their dynamic music style bridging Hip Hop beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique. Age 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: The String Thing

Apr 16 - Apr 30, 2018

A “silent” comedic tag-team—bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green—takes a break from the NSO to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written in a hilarious program of music and mayhem. Age 3+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Brass of Peace

May 18 - May 19, 2018

Comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students, one of the city’s finest young brass ensembles joins retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. Age 3+

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Ever in the Glades

Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2018

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers make a daring attempt to escape to the mainland from a place where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. Age 12+
Update as of 12/8: Please see below for details about select performances for school groups only.

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NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

Sun, Oct 28

An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with our ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Age 5+


Washington National Opera: Holiday Family Opera: The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me

Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2018

As the first Christmas nears, a special character will share the Nativity story from his perspective: the donkey! Director Francesca Zambello brings the award-winning children's book to vibrant life in this heartwarming family opera, revived after its acclaimed 2013 world premiere.

 


NSO Family Concert: Let's Go to the Moon!

Sun, Feb 24

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing draws near, join the NSO for a fun-filled concert of interstellar proportions! Age 5+


NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: TheTravels of Babar

Sun, Apr 7

Come children (and children at heart!) for a concert that mixes the magic of stories and music, including the U.S. premiere of Return to the Land of the Elephants—a work based on the famed Babar books, composed by Raphael Mostel. Age 5+