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Get ready for a summer full of puppetry, music, entertainment, storytelling, and more! Children’s Theatre-In-The-Woods, literally tucked in the woods at Wolf Trap National Park, has been a summer tradition for generations of children and families!

Plus, new this year, some performances offer additional opportunities (notated next to select performaces), including:

Junior Ranger Days
Enjoy outdoor activities with a National Park Ranger and earn your Junior Ranger Badge!

Workshop StarWorkshops
Register for a free, exclusive post-performance experience with the artist.

Check out the 2018 schedule, choose a month:
June | July | Aug


June 19, 2018
Michael & the Rockness Monsters | Workshop

Experience an interactive, super galactic, funk-inspired rock ‘n’ roll journey! Blue Man Group veteran and founder of Preschool of Rock, Michael Napolitano will get you moving with his slamming drum beats, catchy melodies, and rich instrumentation.

June 20, 2018
Rhythmaya Dance

Join Rhythmaya Dance as they bring dance traditions of Bollywood to life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and dance abilities will become immersed in the one-of-a-kind Indian dance culture from classical to Bollywood.

June 21, 2018
Spring Bees

With songs about caring for pets and teaching unconditional love, Spring Bees explores important milestones in children’s lives with an indie rock spirit.

June 22, 2018
David Engel | Willy Wonka’s “Wonder Show!”

Mr. Wonka will lead you through eccentric challenges, fun-loving mayhem, and a world of pure imagination! Come to experience real magic, original music, bubble-play, and eye-popping puppetry.

June 23, 2018
David Engel | Wizard Academy!

Presto hilarioso! Take a trip to the Hogwarts Academy, where children will learn the secrets of their innermost powers, and live a mystical day-in-the-life of a Wizard in Training!

June 26 & 27, 2018
The Happy Racers | Workshop

Highly alternative and imaginative music for kids (and parents, too)!

June 28, 2018
Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats

Multi-award-winning children’s artist, Lucy Kalantari, brings delightful jazz age inspired music everyone can enjoy! Kids and families will love the interactive jazz-scat-along play, while singing about the simple joys and delights of life.

June 29-30, 2018
Vital Theatre Company | The Wizard of Oz

Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they travel through a reimagined world of Oz!


July 3, 2018
Page Turner Adventures | The Great Pizza Contest

Who makes the best pizza? Vincent Van Dough or Leonardo Di Munchi? Join the town of Mozzarella and Mayor Ann Chovi for The Great Pizza Contest, and figure it out once and for all!

July 5, 2018
Sugar Free Allstars | Family Funk Super Duo

With elements of soul, rhythm & blues, disco, gospel, and New Orleans street parade music, Sugar Free Allstars provide a high-energy rock, dance-until-you-drop party for all ages!

July 6 & 7, 2018
The Pop Ups | Great Pretenders Club LIVE | Ranger Badge

Described as “Flaming Lips for kids” (NPR), The Pop Ups will be sure to bring the house down with their rock ‘n’ roll puppet musical.

July 10, 2018
Soul in Motion | Back to the Root

Experience the rich culture of West Africa with this treasured DC dance company. Combining colorful costumes, spirited movements, and the energetic drumming rhythms, this expert ensemble delivers an exciting performance that inspires all ages.

July 11 & 12, 2018
Story Pirates | Greatest Hits Show

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold, they collect stories and perform them live! And now, they’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories.

July 13 & 14, 2018
FLY Dance Company | Music from the Heart

Come groove with this theatrical dance crew as they take you through the ins and outs of hip-hop music and dance. Using a blend of locking, popping, breaking, and head spinning, this performance will have you grooving from beginning to end.

July 17 & 18, 2018
Dr. T-Rex | The Dinosaur Diary of Dr. T-Rex

Join Dr. T-Rex and his six life-size dino puppets for a one-of-a-kind, hilarious show jam-packed with unexpected surprises and amazing information, and of course, some prehistoric mischief and mayhem!

July 19, 2018
Alphabet Rockers, Rise Shine #Woke | Ranger Badge

2018 Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers present Rise Shine #Woke, an interactive hip-hop theater concert for young audiences about complex but important issues like race, social justice, and solidarity.

July 20 & 21, 2018
Listen, Wilhelmina! | A Mini-Musical by David Hanlon & Kathleen Kelly

Wilhelmina, Wallis, and Winston the Wombats are ready for their very first concert at Wolf Trap! The stage! The instruments! The maestro! But what is the audience supposed to do? With help from Ranger Nat, these three wombat friends learn how much fun music-making can be when they open their ears to listen. This interactive mini-musical is a perfect way to introduce children to the concert experience.

July 24, 2018
Danny Weinkauf & His Red Pants Band

Grammy winner and longtime They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf brings his family-friendly Red Pants Band to Wolf Trap! The Red Pants Band offers up fun, clever, and energetic songs that will inspire the whole family to dance and sing along.

July 25 & 26, 2018
Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers | Everybody Loves Pirates

Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy friend Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way! Help these ocean-dwelling puppets on their adventure!

July 27 & 28, 2018
Maryland Youth Ballet | Rumpelstiltskin

An enchanted elf helps a miller’s daughter turn straw into gold…for a price. Join Maryland Youth Ballet for this classic fairy tale adventure presented through the mesmerizing magic of dance.

July 31, 2018
Semilla Cultural | Bomba! Afro-Puerto Rican Music & Dance

Join Semilla Cultural for traditional Bomba and Plena music, and learn the history that shaped Puerto Rico’s rich musical culture. This is sure to be a hips-moving good time!


Aug 1, 2018
Natyabhoomi School of Indian Dance | Ranger Badge

Revel in the rich traditions of South Asia with this ensemble of talented young dancers. With vibrant costumes, lively music, and engaging choreography, this performance will take you on a journey to India.

Aug 2, 2018
Sonia De Los Santos | Workshop

Renowned Spanish singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos shares the music, messages, and stories from her childhood in Monterrey, Mexico, that will inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds.

Aug 3 & 4, 2018
Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Your favorite band is back! Wear your PJs and join in the fun as 2018 Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players deliver a rockin’ performance of all-new music from their latest album, Lemonade (2016).

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Disclaimer/Terms: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.

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