photo of Tim and the Space Cadets

Backyard Theater for Children at Strathmore

Backyard Theater for Children at Strathmore returns on Thursdays now through July 31 with two performances at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The Backyard Theater stage is located on the Mansion lawn outdoors under a tent. The interactive performances will have children moving with sing-alongs, call and response vocals, dancing and hands-on fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and stay on the Mansion lawn to eat after the performance.

Tickets are $8, free for ages 2 and under and may be purchased online at Strathmore website.

Parking is in the Mansion parking lot on a space-available basis. Enter the lot at 10701 Rockville Pike. Overflow parking is at the meters along Tuckerman Lane, or in the Metro garage. (Parking in the garage is $5 and a Metro SmarTrip or major credit card is required to pay the exit fare).

Check the Strathmore website for weather cancellations.


Strathmore is excited to welcome back Recess Monkey, a trio of Seattle teacher-musicians whose music has been praised by People, Time and NPR for their pitch-perfect understanding of what gets kids up and moving. Get ready to dance, shout and develop a devotion to “kindie rock.”

photo of Mister GMister G: ABC Fiesta
Thursday, July 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m.

A Parents Gold Choice Award winner, this “kid-friendly, bilingual rockstar…will surely make you feel like bailando!” (The Washington Post). Don’t miss Mister G’s “irresistible” (People) style when he makes his Strathmore debut this summer.

photo of Story PiratesStory Pirates
Thursday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m.

When the Story Pirates take the stage, you’ll be amazed at what happens next. Join the Story Pirates as they create a show before your eyes that’s as crazy, hilarious and unexpected as kids themselves. Laugh as your little ones invent monsters, dancing ninjas, superhero tomatoes – or any other idea they call out, and watch as Story Pirates bring their ideas to life.

photo of Tim and the Space CadetsTim & The Space Cadets
Thursday, July 24 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Brooklyn-based Tim and the Space Cadets play songs about the important things in life: pizza parties, snow days, and summer vacations. Frontman Tim, host of Sunny Side Up on the Sprout Network, will be sure to delight, especially when they perform their XMKids chart-topping single “Superhero.”

photo of Asanga Domask Serendib Dance in Rhythm of LankaAsanga Domask/Serendib Dance in Rhythm of Lanka
Thursday, July 31 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 31 at 11:30 a.m.

Asanga Domask, Founder and Artistic Director of SerendibDance, a fresh new company dedicated to preserving an ancient tradition, brings a daring collection of Sri Lankan traditional and folk dance to the Music Center at Strathmore Backyard Theater Series this summer. Enjoy Sri Lankan traditional dance, an art form built over thousands of years with deep roots in everyday village life, Buddhist religious customs, and ceremonial celebrations for the island’s royalty. Elaborate costumes, traditional music, and powerful yet elegant movements take viewers of all ages on a historic journey.

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