Posted by Thien-Kim Lam in Things to do on Thu, Jan 26, 2012
I don’t know about your kids, but mine were very sad that the small amount of snow we received has already melted. It didn’t even bother them that it wasn’t the best snow for making snowballs. If you’re looking for more snow, even talking snow, head over to Adventure Theatre’s production of The Snowy Day, adapted from the popular children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats.
Commissioned by Adventure Theatre as part of their African-American Adventure Series, the musical production brings the brief story of The Snow Day to life with fun characters like a snowman, a crow and even snowflakes. My children were mesmerized by the toe-tapping music and songs written by Darius Smith. As Peter, played by Alan Wiggins, and Harold the Snowman, played by Calvin McCullough, danced playfully in the snow, I could imagine snowflakes falling and swirling all around them.
Our family’s favorite characters were the very fun Harold the Snowman and the talking snow. In fact, days later, the kids are still giggling at Harold’s attempt to walk.
The stage at Adventure Theatre is intimate and perfect for young ones since they have a good view of the stage from almost any seat. In fact, to get to your seats, you’ll have to walk on the stage, which is fun for the kids. (All tickets are general admission.) The performance is just under an hour which is just about the amount of time my kids can sit still in the dark.
Before you see the show, pick up a copy of The Snowy Day from your bookstore or library to read together. You can also read the book online at WeGiveBooks.org. I also appreciated that, a few days before our show, Adventure Theatre emailed me a list of snow related activities, such as a fun book (with theatre etiquette tips), recipe for snow ice cream and more.
Make sure you arrive early because it’s about a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot at Glen Echo Park to the theatre (depending on how fast your little ones walk).
Tickets for The Snowy Day are $18 for everyone ages 1 and older. Adventure Theatre also offers ASL performance on February 4 and a Sensory Friendly Performance (adjusted for children with sensory awareness) on February 11. Tickets may be purchased online or by call Adventure Theatre’s Box Office 301-634-2270. The Snow Day runs until February 12, 2012.
Hurry, though, many shows are already sold out!
New performance dates have been added but hurry:
- Sunday, January 29 at 4:30pm
- Friday, February 3 at 7pm
- Sunday, February 5 at 4:30pm
- Friday, February 10 at 7pm
- Sunday, February 12 at 4:30pm
Adventure Theatre is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812.
My family and I were invited to a press performance of The Snowy Day. All opinions and toe-tapping are entirely my own.
Photo credit Bruce Douglas, courtesy of Adventure Theatre.
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About Thien-Kim Lam
Frequently found burning the midnight oil with a mug of coffee, Thien-Kim Lam sneaks in her blogging time after her two young children are in bed. When she’s not blogging or making new friends on Twitter, she’s also a busy running her business as a . Passion Parties rep. Somewhere in between her kids, her husband, and her business she manages to squeeze in some art, some books, and long hot bubble baths. Read more about her Top Chef obsession as well as the fun food and crafts she does with her kids at Cup of Creativi-Tea. Her multicultural parenting musings, tech addiction, and work at home mom tips can be found at I'm Not the Nanny .