FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOWS COMING TO WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA THIS WINTER & SPRING OF 2017

The Playful Parent is dedicated to bringing you the most information about all the best shows and events coming to our area. From Washington, DC to Baltimore, Maryland there are so many entertaining performances, plays, concerts and shows within a short drive or metro ride that you won’t want to miss! It’s great to plan ahead, so take a look at all the entertaining shows that are lined up for the winter/spring of 2017. Don’t forget to check back on The Playful Parents Facebook Page for a change to win tickets to these shows.

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GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS
January 20 – February 19

The Puppet Company
Goldilocks is on trial, and the audience to decides if it was breaking-and-entering or an innocent mistake. This musical romp illustrates that there are two sides to every story, with the same circumstances seen from very different points of view. Told with rod puppets and giant hand puppets, this production keeps the audience guessing while including all the favorite elements of the classic children’s fairytale. Recommended for ages 3-9.

Information & Tickets: The Puppet Co

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THOMAS & FRIENDS: EXPLORE THE RAILS

January 21- May 7

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

All Aboad! Everyones favorite blue engine will roll into Port Discovery Children’s Museum this January through May. Thomas & Friends encourages kids to learn about STEM through play while interacting with their favorite characters!

Information & Tickets: Thomas Port Discovery or Playful Parent Sneak Peak

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TREASURE ISLAND

January 27 – February 5, 2017

Children’s Theater of Annapolis

A stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas…At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.  (Not a musical)

Information & Tickets: Children’s Theater of Annapolis

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DC AUTO SHOW

January 27-February 5

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
The Washington Auto Show is also the largest public show in Washington, D.C. Over the course of its many years this beloved and historic D.C. tradition has attracted Washingtonians of all stripes – and political affiliations. Visitors enjoy the annual trek to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the entertainment, as much as for the experience of viewing the hundreds of cars on exhibit. This show is very affordable: $12 Adults, $5 (6-12 years old), 5 and under FREE!

Information & Tickets: DC Auto Show

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MONSTER JAM- TRIPLE THREAT SERIES

January 28-January 29

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

Tickets for Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, are now on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15.

Information & Tickets:  TICKET MASTER or VERIZON CENTER BOX OFFICE

Additional Information: PLAYFUL PARENT SNEAK PEAK

 

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HOW OLD IS A HERO?

February 1- February 28

Discovery Theater
Discovery Theater’s original touring production introduces us to young heroes—and calls to join them in changing the world. Meet Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, the first student to graduate from an integrated high school; Claudette Colvin, the 15-year-old who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus (nine months before Rosa Parks); and Ruby Bridges, who won equal rights before she could read. Moving archival musical recordings accent these scenes of struggle and hope.

Information & Tickets: Touring Shows- Discovery Theater

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ROUND HOUSE MODEL TRAIN SHOW

February 25-February 26

B&O Railroad Museum

Come out for this amazing model train show featuring thousands of model trains on exhibit and for sale. Exhibitors from across the country will be host operating and interactive model train displays. There will be train rides on the Mile One Express and fun activities for kids. Admission – $12 adults & seniors, $6 children: Add $3 adults, $2 children for train rides.

Information & Tickets: Train Show

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MONSTER JAM- TRIPLE THREAT SERIES

February 24-February 26

Tickets for Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, the most adrenaline charged motorsports experience for families on the planet, are now on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15.

Information & Tickets: Royal Farm Arena

 

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DINSEY ON ICE- DREAM BIG

February 8- February 12

Royal Farm Arena, Baltimore, MD

Come witness an empowering tale featuring Disney’s most courageous leading ladies as they tell their stories artistic skating and acrobatics. Disney’s- Dream Big will highlight eight Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White, as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. Dream Big will also include every ones favorite sisters from Frozen as it is brought to life on the icy stage.

Information & Tickets: Disney On Ice- Royal Farm Arena

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DINSEY ON ICE- DREAM BIG

February 15-February 20

Verizon Center, Washington, DC

Come witness an empowering tale featuring Disney’s most courageous leading ladies as they tell their stories artistic skating and acrobatics. Disney’s- Dream Big will highlight eight Disney Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White, as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. Dream Big will also include every ones favorite sisters from Frozen as it is brought to life on the icy stage.

Information & Tickets: Disney on Ice Tickets – Verizon

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KATSUCON
February 17-19, 2017
All Weekend
National Harbor, Gay Lord Convention Center
Katsucon 2017 is February 17-19, 2017. On Katsucon Friday, different events ramp up at different times. At-door registration and pre-registration badge pickup begin at 8:00 AM, the Merchants’ Room opens at 12:00 noon, and live programming gets started at 1:00 PM with a Katsucon Panel Preview to give you an idea about the great things going on at the convention! After then, the convention runs 24 hours a day until late afternoon on Sunday! There are events for kids. Example Sean from La Plata, MD will be there teaching a Pokemon Yoga! If you have a child who likes anime than this is great opportunity for them to meet actors, buy manga, play video games and dress up as characters. This is the perfect place for the Pokemon, Naruto, Yugioh fans!
Three day passes: Kids under age 8 FREE, $40 (8-12), $60 Adults
Information & Tickets: http://www.katsucon.org/

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PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE

March 11- March 12

National Theater, Washington DC

PAW Patrol is on a roll with the first-ever live tour! … PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to help. The pups share many lessons for all ages as they make heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

Information & Tickets: Paw Patrol Live

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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

March 17/March 18/March 25

Eagle Bank Arena/Verizon Center/Eagle Bank Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy.

Information & Tickets: Harlem Globe Trotters Tickets

 

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MOTHER EARTH AND ME!
April 3- April 14
Discovery Theater
The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive Discovery Theater original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the “big blue marble” we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior—and find out some great ways to start right away!

Information & Tickets: Touring Shows- Discovery Theater

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KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE – THE MUSICAL

March 10- March 11

College of Southern Maryland- La Plata Campus

Girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny set off on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand. $7 adults and seniors, $5 youth of high school age and below.

Information & Tickets: Knuffle Bunny CSM

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RINGLING BROTHERS B&B CIRCUS

March 31 – April 2

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

You won’t want to miss this once in a life time show. Ringling Brothers has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May before it closes down. Major stops include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn.

Information & Tickets: Ringling B&B Circus- Verizon

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ANNIE

April 21- April 22

Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, MD

The wonderful and heart-warming tale of little orphan Annie is on tour and comes to Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric in Baltimore, MD, April 21 – 22, 2017 Catch this life affirming and acclaimed Tony-winning production that promises to fill you with sunshine, with hit classics ‘Tomorrow, ‘Hard Knock Life’ and many more.

Information & Tickets: Annie at the Lyric

 

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THE JUNGLE BOOK

April 22-May 28, 2017
Imagination Stage

Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. The embittered tiger Shere Kahn may be stalking him, but Mowgli is a quick learner. His friends, Baloo the goofy bear, and Bagheera, the savvy Jaguar, teach him how to gain the trust of the four-footed hunters, the birds, and the snakes so that he will never be friendless. He falls into a bad crowd of silly monkeys who lead him astray and play a mean trick on him. How will Mowgli escape from the deep, dark well? And, how will he save himself when Shere Kahn turns the wolf pack against him? Kipling’s timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Mowgli learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it’s his responsibility to protect them.

Information & Tickets: Jungle Book- Imagination Stage

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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

April 28- May 7

B&O Railroad Museum

Thomas the Tank Engine™ returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore!  Little Engineers and families take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun!

Information & Tickets: Day Out With Thomas B&O

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PEPPA PIG’S BIG SPLASH!

May 2

Music Center At Strathmore

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles!

Information & Tickets: Peppa Pig Live

***The Playful Parent does not receive payment to write articles, all information and opinions shared are written by The Playful Parent. Discounts and complimentary tickets is always a plus but not a requirement. I enjoy writing articles about area events so that parents feel encouraged to get out and try something new with their kids.***