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Sound Health: Second Saturdays

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sound Health

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.

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Sound Health: Second Saturdays Series

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 that will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer. See below for a more complete schedule.

*Please check each workshop for a specific age range.

Online Family Guide: Read here!

While making music may be its own reward, science continues to reveal the benefits of musical training for young learners. Find out how by visiting this online guide to learn more about childhood development, try family-friendly activities, and read an interview with Dr. Jessica Phillips-Silver, PhD, a cognitive neuroscientist at Georgetown University with an expertise in music and childhood development.


Tickets are not required, but because this event involves physical activity, all participants must sign a waiver prior to participating. Participants may sign a waiver electronically using the links below or in person at the time of the workshop, but spaces are first come, first served, with priority granted to those who have signed a waiver in advance online. The signup/liability form for each session will be posted in this space at least two weeks prior to each workshop date.

Advanced registration for Saturday, September 8 is now closed.


Please note that there is no free parking when attending free events at the Kennedy Center. Patrons have the option to go online to the Kennedy Center Pre-Paid Parking Portal to purchase date-specific pre-paid event parking at a rate of $20 (a $3 savings) for access to the Kennedy Center garage. Review ways to get to the Kennedy Center.


Who are these workshops intended for?

The Second Saturdays Series has been created to provide free workshops for adults and children (under 8) to try on an art form together. They are intentionally structured for active participation by both adults and children. Check each workshop (listed below) for a specific age range.

Is there a difference between the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. workshops?
No, on any given Saturday during the Series, the content and instruction for both workshops are the same.

The link above is only for the next workshops on the schedule. When can I sign up for any of the workshops AFTER that?
We only post liability waivers for one Saturday at a time. The waivers for the next workshops will be available two weeks prior to each workshop date.

Is there a waitlist once the workshops are full?
There will be a waitlist at the registration table on the morning of the event. You will be asked to fill out a liability waiver on site before participating at the check-in table.

If I signed up online, am I guaranteed a spot in the workshop?
If you have signed up online, please make sure to have checked in 15 minutes prior to the class beginning or your spot will be released. (Check in by 9:15 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. workshop or 11:15 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. workshop.)

Can I sign up for more than one workshop on a Saturday?
Yes, if you think you will want to participate in both workshops (keeping in mind the content and instruction will be exactly the same), you can sign up for more than one workshop on a Saturday.

What if I can't come any more? Can I cancel?
No need to cancel. If there is room the morning of, participation will be first come first served.

Is this really free?
Yes! Participation in the Second Saturdays Series is free and open to the public.

Will there be stroller parking?
Yes! We will have an identified space near the check-in table in the Grand Foyer for stroller parking.

I have accessibility needs and would like to participate. What should I do?
Please contactour Accessibility Office by phone at (202) 416-8727 or email at

I am still full of questions. Who can I call about the Second Saturdays Series?
If you have questions about the Second Saturdays Series, please contact us.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018: Dance Place
Join Mama Sylvia Soumah (African Dance Program Director of Dance Place and Artistic Director of Coyaba Dance Theater) and other dancers and drummers from Coyaba Dance Theater for A-Go! A-May!: a workshop using African songs, dance and drumming to promote language and literacy. Explore sound and movement of the African diaspora in this interactive workshop. The mission of Coyaba Dance Theater is to present traditional and contemporary West African dance and music focusing on the diverse ethnic groups and various humanitarian themes of West African culture. Most enjoyed by children under 4-8 years old, but all are welcome. Learn more about Dance Place


Saturday, October 14, 2017: Arts on the Horizon
Move to the beat with Arts on the Horizon! In this 45-minute creative drama workshop, explore the rhythms, rhymes, and music in your favorite stories like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The latest brain science shows that rhythmic movement supports healthy brain development in both young children and adults! So put your bodies and minds in motion through music and dramatic play. Most enjoyed by ages 2–5. Learn more about Arts on the Horizon.

Saturday, November 11, 2017: Music Together/Little Steps Music
Music Together is a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music and movement program for children—and the adults who love them! Come discover your family's rhythm as you sing, dance, play instruments, and enjoy making music with your young child at the Kennedy Center! Most enjoyed by ages 5 and under. Learn more about Music Together.

Saturday, December 9, 2017: Step Afrika!
Join the talented members of Step Afrika! as they bring the energy and excitement of stepping to the Kennedy Center! Through a 35-minute program combining reading, exercise and creative movement, Step Afrika! Reads encourages young children of all cultural and economic backgrounds to be active and emphasizes the importance of parents reading to their children on a daily basis. Most enjoyed by ages 4 through 8. Learn more about Step Afrika.

Saturday, January 13, 2018: YoKid
Enjoy a morning of family fun! The sessions will integrate yoga postures, breathing techniques, and mindfulness exercises with stories, games, and songs. The YoKid yoga experience empowers participants to become self-aware, resilient youth who mindfully navigate life. Participants will learn and practice strategies to cultivate calm and focus through mindful play. No prior experience necessary. Learn more about YoKid.

Saturday, February 10, 2018: Imagination Stage
You and your child are invited to shake, whistle, giggle, and wiggle in this fun, interactive musical experience with Imagination Stage! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist explores a popular children’s book with your family through song, movement, and instrument play. Best for ages 1-5, but all are welcome! Learn more about Imagination Stage.

Saturday, March 10, 2018: Sitar Arts Center
Singing, storytelling, and drumming are for everyone! Sitar Arts Center invites you, your family, and your friends to gather in a circle and engage in the arts through these timeless experiences. All ages are welcome, but best enjoyed by children under 8.

Saturday, April 14, 2018: New Beginnings Yoga
Join Angelyn Shapiro of New Beginnings Yoga for an energizing morning of movement and exploration! Tots & Tykes yoga classes are designed to introduce body awareness, coordinated movement, and spatial relations to little ones using songs, rhymes, and games. Children learn basic poses and simple breathing techniques through creative play. Most enjoyed by ages 2-6.

Saturday, May 12, 2018: DC Casineros
Join DC Casineros Dance company and feel the sabor and energy of Cuba as this world-renowned dance company teaches popular Cuban dances like Son, Danzon, Chachacha, and Casino. Combining interactive and fun activities (such as song, rhymes, and floor exercises) with Afro-Cuban rhythms and music, children will learn basic steps, turns, and musicality keeping families energized one step at a time!  All ages welcome, but best suited for K through 12th.

Saturday, June 9, 2018: Wolf Trap
Cruising the Caribbean! Join Terlene D. Terry-Todd (Ms.T.), DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist, on a trip to the sunny West Indies, a journey full of songs, dances, and stories. You and your family will take an imaginary voyage to the seashore and a Caribbean market place while exploring props and costumes which bring songs and dances from the Caribbean to life. Most enjoyed by children 2-5, but all are welcome.
Learn more about Wolf Trap.

Saturday, July 14, 2018: Culture Shock® DC
Join Culture Shock Washington DC’s Artistic Directors for a high-energy, rhythmic, and informative Hip Hop dance workshop! This workshop will incorporate activities that will engage children in learning how to groove, connect to the music they're dancing to, and to be free within the context of how and why Hip Hop dance was created. Participants will be up and active 100% of the time, so come jam out with Culture Shock Washington DC and let's have some fun! Most enjoyed by children 4-8 years old, but all are welcome. Learn more about Culture Shock® DC.