Washington DC Family Weekend Picks April 21-22

Rapunzel at Imagination Stage

Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30pm and 4pm through May 26 (the show extended through Memorial Day!), 4908 Auburn Avenue in Bethesda. (Special days: Princess Parade after 4:00 show on April 28, and a Wig Out Dance Party on May 18 after 7:00pm show– Get your wildest wig or wackiest hairstyle and boogie.)

Show your Tangled-loving kids the story of Rapunzel on the live stage, with lots of interesting twists that differ from both the Disney retelling and the Brothers Grimm classic. The Imagination Stage brings to life the book by Friends creators (yup, the Chandler-Monica-Rachel Friends) David Crane and Marta Kauffman, using four accomplished actors who sing and bring the colorful characters to life.

Actor Felicia Curry, a veteran of musicals such as Les Miserables at the Signature Theatre, is receiving glowing reviews for her portayal of Rapunzel. Curry is African American, and she tells The Washington Post, “It’s not what a princess usually looks like. Or sounds like. Or acts like. That’s a really new take on it, and it’s going to be a reminder to the kids that a princess can be anybody . . . whoever your prince may be.”

Tickets are $10-22 and available online. Rapunzel is recommended for children 4 and up.

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show!

International Day of the Book Festival in Kensington

Sunday April 22nd 2012, 11am-4pm, rain or shine
Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, Md
This street festival celebrates reading and community. Children’s activities include storytelling, art projects, a kids’ scavenger hunt, nature discoveries, free books and more.  For the adults, there is live music, author events, readings….check out the whole lineup.

Visit a National Park for Free

Save a few bucks and visit a nearby national park for free. During National Park Week, April 21-29, 397 national parks offer free admission, all week long!

Maryland National Parks Near D.C.
Antietam National Battlefield
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (including Great Falls, Maryland side)
Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
Fort Washington Park

Virginia National Parks Near D.C.
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Trout Fishing in America at Black Rock Center of the Arts

Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Trout Fishing in America, a beloved folk/rock duo in a concert for children and families, is playing BlackRock Center for the Arts‘ final family matinee concert of it’s 10th Anniversary Season. The eclectic folk/rock duo of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet has won multiple Parents’ Choice and Indie awards and nominated for four Grammy Awards.  But don’t let the whimsically-titled songs (“My Hair had a Party Last Night,” and “Hello, My Chicken Thinks He’s a Dog”) fool you:  these very talented musicians have been hailed “a sublimely musical band” by the Boston Herald.

The performance is recommended for ages 4 and up.12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD.   Tickets are $12.  Purchase at the box office 240 -912-1058 or online at www.blackrockcenter.org

Photo and video courtesy Imagination Stage.

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