The DMV is full of talented children’s artists and performers. Find a few here!
Beech Tree Puppets
Beech Tree Puppets has been bringing the magic of puppetry to kids for years! These family performers create wildly entertaining, whimsical shows that leave audiences feeling uplifted and amazed by the craftsmanship on display.
Bert the Nerd
With a proven track record of over 30 years, Bert the Nerd fills a stage with feats of skill, daring stunts, and incredible magic — and then he opens his suitcase! Whether perched atop a unicycle flinging around knives and torches, walking a rope, or simply smashing crackers with a sledgehammer, Bert manages to command the force of gravity but gets mystified by his necktie.
Cody & BJ
Cody & BJ are high-energy children’s entertainers who perform interactive music shows! Plus, all their songs have positive, encouraging messages! Through their original songs, Cody & BJ’s hope is to inspire people of all ages to give back to society, help Mother Earth, and contribute to making the world a better place.
Professional musician Danny Schwartz has spent most of his career making music and especially loves performing for children! Besides his own shows, he can also be seen playing with local children’s musicians Robbie Schaefer (Eddie From Ohio), The Grandsons Jr., and more!
Drew Blue Shoes
Drew Blue Shoes captivates audiences of all ages with wondrous magic, hilarious comedy, and unpredictable audience participation. With years of experience entertaining families in the DMV, Drew sees every event as an opportunity to make people laugh and give them something to remember forever.
Eric Energy and his team perform interactive, hands-on science shows in the DMV filled with wacky learning opportunities! With more than 15 years of experience performing in front of schools, camps, festivals, and more, Eric Energy seamlessly combines education with entertainment that leaves audiences astounded.
For 15 years, children’s entertainer Geoff Marsh has captivated global audiences with his one-of-a-kind circus acts, as well as magic and marionette puppet shows. Beyond his dynamic performances, Geoff’s compassionate spirit shines as a volunteer with “Clowns Without Borders,” bringing laughter to hospitals, refugee camps, disaster zones, and impoverished communities worldwide.
Good Gollie, It’s Mollie
Formerly of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Mollie (Melanie Bennett), a certified Special Education teacher in Northern VA, brings smiles and laughs to children and families in the DMV!
Great Zucchini, The
The Great Zucchini, an award-winning family performer, has delighted young children for more than 20 years with his hands-on, interactive comedy and magic shows! Prepare for a performance filled with giggles, laughs, and smiles at his popular show geared just for kids!
Children’s performer and artist Groovy Nate blends music, puppet skits, movement, and comedy into his dynamic shows that introduce young crowds to a wide range of music genres. His highly interactive shows encourage children to sing, play instruments and games, and engage in creative play! Plus, his original music often features songs with a positive message, including lessons on sharing, the joys of reading, discovering inside beauty, and the importance of eating healthy foods.
Ken Caplan Magic
Combining comedy and magic, Ken Caplan entertains audiences young and old throughout the Mid-Atlantic! From kid’s parties to strolling magic performances, Caplan knows the magic is in the presentation. As an active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Caplan has won numerous awards and brings laughter and fun wherever he goes!
Lohr Family Antics (Mark Lohr)
Surprise after surprise awaits audiences of all ages with Lohr Family Antics! This vaudeville-style show is packed with circus skills and plenty of magic! Laugh out loud with the comedic skills of Poppa Lohr, his family, and all their slapstick silliness!
Lorenzo the Great
For more than two decades, Lorenzo the Great has been astonishing families in the DMV with masterful magic and rip-roaring comedy! With his smiley-face tie, silly puppets, and highly interactive performances, Lorenzo the Great guarantees an enchanting experience.
Magician Brian Curry
Ooh and ahh at Brian’s sleight of hand as you experience the wonderment of magic!
Marsha and the Positrons
This DC-based kindie band (kids + indie rock) is known for shows that are a ton of family-friendly fun! Both playful and educational, their original songs about science and how the world works are entertaining for adults and kids alike. In addition to getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that inspire curiosity about science, they also play traditional favorites, kid-appropriate pop covers, and parodies!
Milkshake is a band on a mission: to create great rock music for kids! Led by singer Lisa Mathews and guitarist Mikel Gehl, whose songs for grown-ups have been featured in movies and prime-time television, and whose indie rock group Love Riot garnered critical praise during its 10-year run, Milkshake has won over preschoolers without compromising songcraft, stagecraft, or their authentic rock & roll spirit!
Singer-songwriter Don Bridges has been entertaining children in the DMV for years! Accompanied by his guitar, infectious laughter, and kid-friendly music, Mr. Don is a family favorite!
Mr. Jon & Friends
Mr. Jon & Friends is a family performer who makes music that inspires fun, laughter, and a whole lot of dancing! This award-winning singer/songwriter creates an energetic environment that is sure to bring a smile to your face!
Mr. Skip, a renowned singer-songwriter of music for young children, accompanied by his guitar, has been performing for more than 40 years and can often be found delighting crowds at birthday parties, festivals, fairs, and workshops.
For more than 30 years, Nicolo Whimsey has been bringing laughter, amazement, and wonder to children and families worldwide with a blend of poetry, music, juggling, comedy, character acting, and audience participation.
Musical Fun With Mr. Hyson
Enjoy an interactive performance just for kids with Mr. Hyson! His songs are packed with positive messages about friendship, character, feelings, and more. Kids are encouraged to move, make noise, and have fun together!
Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Oh, Susannah (Susan McNeils), known for her lively originals and unique renditions of family favorites, performs for hundreds of children weekly at area events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Previously a singer in a rock band for adults, she transitioned to children’s music after her son was born and considers performing for families and kids her calling.
Peter McCory, The One-Man-Band
From guitars and harmonicas to drums and kazoos, Peter McCory plays it all, and he plays it all at once! Northern Virginia’s most beloved One Man Band performs upbeat familiar songs that keep both kids and adults happy and engaged. McCory’s shows are completely interactive, lively, and full of singing, yodeling, whistling, and all of the percussion instruments littles will love!
Rainbow Rock Band
Kids won’t be able to resist the fun, upbeat sounds of the Rainbow Rock Band, spearheaded by the bright-haired Rainbow Lady and her other musical friends. At this band’s live performances, young rockers are encouraged to stand up, dance, and play along!
Reptiles Alive hosts exciting live animal shows featuring popular scaled, slimy, and slithery friends! Geared toward children, their wildlife staff entertains audiences while they showcase a variety of colorful exotic animals.
Rocknoceros — a trio of three musical best friends — has entertained tens of thousands of fans throughout the country for more than a decade! With their clever turns of phrase and bright melodies, Coach, Willie Bob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie are favorites of toddlers all the way to ‘tweens!
Tony M. Music
Tony, a full-time children’s music entertainer, integrates music, literature, and storytelling into an educational, interactive, and fun experience!
Tracey infuses creative interactive play and music with gleanings from her experience in theater, movement, and clowning. Her contagious exuberance motivates children to participate without self-consciousness!
Turley the Magician
Turley the magician provides fun and entertainment for parties, festivals, schools, and plenty of other special events! Known as Washington Dc’s Favorite Family Entertainer, Turley’s claim to fame includes an appearance on the NBC Today Show, performances for royal families, and command performances at the White House. No matter the age, audiences will delight in his unique magic and comedic antics!
Uncle Devin Show, The
The Uncle Devin Show is an interactive musical experience for children that uses percussion instruments to cultivate their minds — a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rocks! Uncle Devin takes children on a magical journey through the Land of Percussion, allowing them to hear, see, and play different percussion instruments and help kids understand the history of percussion and why it is the easiest, oldest, and most diverse form of musical creativity!
Unicycle Lady, The
The Unicycle Lady has been riding the unicycle for almost 40 years and used only her unicycle as her sole mode of transportation until the age of 35! She amazes and amuses audiences of all ages, combining her artistry and zany comedy routines while performing for theaters, schools, fairs, and festivals!
The popular composer and performer of children’s songs, Yosi has devoted himself to his true calling: bringing a joyful experience to children everywhere through his music! Yosi performs more than 450 high-energy, humorous children’s shows each year to overwhelmingly enthusiastic audiences!
Zain the Magician
Zain began his journey into the world of magic as a child, after having a magician for his own birthday party! Since then, he has studied under some of the most prestigious performers in all of magic. Boasting more than 20 years of experience, Zain the Magician gives award-winning performances for all ages!
Zig Zag, the Magic Man
Zig Zag, a former educator who knows what it takes to get kids to smile, performs interactive, kid-friendly shows full of humor and magic!
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