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Moonshot Studio

Jan 18 – 26, 2020

From dance and beat making to poetry and animation, the Moonshot Studio offers activities for people of all ages to explore their artistry and learn something new. 


NSO Music for Young Audiences: Beauty and the Beat

Jan 18 – 26, 2020

See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO principal percussionist Eric Shin in an exciting new program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join together. Ages 3+

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Footsteps in the Dark

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Explore intersections of hip hop, dance, and Muslim culture + communities with an original dance production created by Words Beats and Life.

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NSO Family Concert: Girl Power! Celebrating Women in Music

Sun, Feb 16, 2020

Don’t miss a special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers to mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Arrive early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” (1–2 p.m. and 3–4 p.m. in the Atrium). Ages 5+

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: Mozart Mash-Up

Feb 22 – 23, 2020

Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special family concert when members of the National Symphony Orchestra play favorites from the prolific composer. Age 7+

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YAO YAO

Feb 29 – Mar 1, 2020

Yao accidentally pulls a thread that leads to a magical world blending reality and imagination! South Korea's Brush Theatre uses interactive screen technology and live music to capture the whimsical adventure that follows. Ages 3–7 

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NSO Music for Young Audiences: 123 Andrés

Mar 7 – 8, 2020

Join Andrés and Christina on an exciting cultural exploration of Latin America through an introduction of language, music, and dance. Families sing, shake, and sound out. Ages 3–6

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Jazz Doodle Jam! Jason Moran & Bandwagon + Mo Willems

Mar 13 – 14, 2020

Jazz Doodle Jam! is an intimate jazz concert where you collaborate with the band! Sit down at a table covered with paper, grab a marker or crayon, and join host Mo Willems for a new kind of participatory musical experience. Kids and grown-ups doodle to music played onstage by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The band reacts and improvises to the audience’s explorations, jamming together with pictures and music, blurring the lines between artists and audience. All ages welcome!

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Concerts for Young Audiences: Justin Kauflin

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Justin Kauflin is a “jazz pianist who favors a clarity of touch and ideas, rarely spinning into an orbit he can’t control” (The New York Times). 

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Concerts for Young Audiences: The JoGo Project

Sat, Apr 18, 2020

JoGo Project is a funk, Hip Hop, and jazz ensemble based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to preserving and promoting D.C.'s indigenous music—Go-Go. Formed in 2014 by D.C. native and saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, JoGo is known for high-energy performances, strong vocals, and one of the baddest percussionists around. Bring your dancing shoes and a towel—you'll need it! And don't forget, Jazz + Go-Go = JoGo.

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NSO Family Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (a Symphonic Spectacular)

Sun, Apr 19, 2020

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of a hilarious fractured, symphonic take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as retold by Mo Willems. Don't miss this new classic performed by favorite performers and the NSO, featuring original music composed by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds. Ages 5+

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Pokon: An unstoppable game of growth

Apr 24 – 26, 2020

Three performers storm the stage whirling, twirling, hiccupping, tumbling, and singing. Dutch dance company De Dansers presents this mesmerizing performance for children and grown-ups who can’t keep still. Ages 5+

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Concerts for Young Audiences: Gaelynn Lea

Sat, Apr 25, 2020

"Velvet Underground meets Little House on the Prairie."—Jeremy Ylvisaker
In 2016, Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest, and she's been on the road ever since performing her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. So far, the singer-songwriter and violinist has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries, gracing the stage at renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots, House of Blues, BBC World News, and right here at the Kennedy Center.

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The Girl Who Swallowed A Cactus

Apr 30 – May 2, 2020

The desert will come to life in surprising new ways when Sheila meets wild animals who share their story. This one-woman show returns after being workshopped at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices festival in 2018. Ages 7+

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Havana Hop

May 9 – 10, 2020

Young Yelia dreams of making it big—if only she can conquer her stage fright. One actress portrays three generations of lively women in this interactive show written, directed, and performed by Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Paige Hernandez. Ages 2–10

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