The Kennedy Center

Events for Young Audiences

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Upcoming Events


Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera

Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2017

Take a musical voyage to outer space in this interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and percussionist Yuriana Sobrino. Age 3+

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Grey Skies Blue

Oct 25 - Oct 29, 2017

Fifteen accomplished young dancers tell powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes, combining styles of Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement. Age 9+

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NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

Sun, Oct 29

Creep into the Concert Hall for costumed classics at this frightfully fun concert featuring ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Age 5+

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Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Nov 15 - Dec 13, 2017

In this brand new musical adaptation, join a young Dr. Jane Goodall and her special toy chimpanzee Jubilee as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. Age 6+

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Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2017

Meet some feathery friends out of their element in this fresh and funny musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book. Age 3+

On Sale 9/13/2017


Digging Up Dessa

Jan 31 - Feb 18, 2018

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+


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+


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+


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 


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+


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+


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+