Gaithersburg Arts on the Green Brings the Arts to Young Children

Songs & Stories Photo | Gaithersburg's Just for Families

Songs & Stories
Photo | Gaithersburg’s Just for Families

Gaithersburg is now offering a new collection of programs for families with young children entitled “Just for Familes.” The program provides age appropriate performing and visual arts programs, including face painting workshops, theater productions and concerts. The programs are offered at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion located at 311 and 320 Kent Square Road.

“Family programming at Arts on the Green is exciting and ever changing, just like our audiences!” says Shellie Williams, Arts Administrator for the city of Gaithersburg.  “Our goal is to build experiences for families to enjoy the arts together,” says Williams.

Family programming includes on-going series, like Songs & Stories, a pre-school program that is held the first and third Thursday of the month.  Family workshops, concerts, magic shows and theater are also featured in this initiative. See a listing by month below.

Visit the Just for Families webpage for more information.

OCTOBER:

SONGS & STORIES

Oct. 2 & Oct. 16
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Arts Barn
$5 per child

Explore the arts through songs and stories with your preschool child.  This fun program includes singing, dancing and active listening. Buy your ticket at the door on the first and third Thursday of the month. There is no fee for adults.

 
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Arts Barn
Saturday, October  4
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$8 Child, $12 Adult

Bop Goes the Weasel is Jazz for kids.  Let Christiana Drapkin and her quartet introduce your child to Jazz Greats like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker. This high energy performance is interactive and encourages young listeners to clap, snap and have fun.  For Pre-K to grade 5. Program runs 1 hour.

NOT MY MONKEY

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Photo | City of Gaithersburg

InterAct Story Theatre
Arts Barn
Oct. 11-26 (no performance Sun, Oct. 12)
Sat & Sun at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Added performance on Fri, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets:  $20 (general); $12 (14 and under)
Appropriate for children ages 4 and older.

Children’s theater at its best from an emerging powerhouse in educational and family theater. The circus has come to town and the monkeys have broken loose and are wreaking havoc everywhere!  And worst of all, no one wants to pitch in to solve the problem.  How can a community work together to solve its problems, when everyone thinks it’s not their problem to solve?

OKTOBERFEST OPEN HOUSE
Arts Barn
Sun, Oct. 12
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE

The City of Gaithersburg presents the 23rd annual celebration of Oktoberfest at the Kentlands. Wine Terrace, Beer Garden, food vendors and the ever-popular performances will grace the Old Farm, the grounds around the Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion. Enjoy free performances and artist demonstrations in the Arts Barn.

ARTFUL SATURDAYS
Arts Barn
5 Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25
2:30 – 3:15p.m.
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Families can explore art together as children, along with a parent or guardian, create a variety of art and craft projects, using an array of mediums. Discover colors and shapes while developing fine motor skills and expanding creativity. Each session explores a different theme and is taught by our Arts Barn resident artist, Jaree Donnelly of the Arts Entwine Studio. No charge for Parent/Guardian.

COMEDY & MAGIC

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Comedy & Magic
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Arts Barn
Friday, October 31
8 p.m.
$18 / $12 Children 14 and under

Experience an evening of astounding magic and sleight of hand with the amazing Comedy & Magic Society.  Magicians Mark Phillips, Bob Sheets, Barry Wood, and Brian Curry take you on an adventure into magic with dazzling card tricks, remarkable illusions and laugh-out-loud comedy.  Every show is different and features visiting guest performers.  Recommended for ages 10+.


NOVEMBER

SONGS & STORIES
Nov. 6 & Nov. 20
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Arts Barn
$5 per child

Explore the arts through songs and stories with your preschool child.  This fun program includes singing, dancing and active listening. Buy your ticket at the door on the first and third Thursday of the month. There is no fee for adults.

COMEDY & MAGIC
Arts Barn
November  28
8 p.m.
Tickets: $18 (general); $12 (14 and under)

Experience an evening of astounding magic and sleight of hand with the amazing Comedy & Magic Society.  Magicians Mark Phillips, Bob Sheets, Barry Wood, and Brian Curry take you on an adventure into magic with dazzling card tricks, remarkable illusions and laugh-out-loud comedy.  Every show is different and features visiting guest performers.  Recommended for ages 10+.


DECEMBER:

SONGS & STORIES
Arts Barn
Dec. 4 & Dec 18
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
$5 per child

Explore the arts through songs and stories with your preschool child.  This fun program includes singing, dancing and active listening. Buy your ticket at the door on the first and third Thursday of the month. There is no fee for adults.

SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE
Montgomery Playhouse
Arts Barn
Dec. 5-21
Fri & Sat at 8 p.m.
Sun at 2 p.m.
Tickets:  $20 (general); $12 (14 and under)
Appropriate for all ages.

The world-famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Doctor Watson are at it again in a holiday caper mystery fit for the whole family!  Where is the missing Blue Delilah Diamond?  A tale of mystery, intrigue, humor, and “fowl” play await on the trail of this Christmas case.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Kentlands Mansion & Arts Barn
6 & 7 – 9a.m. – 11a.m.
Tickets: $20 (general), $15 (12 and under)

Children can visit with Santa while dining on a delicious breakfast buffet.  With traditional seasonal decorations in an elegant atmosphere, Kentlands Mansion makes a perfect setting for a holiday gathering.  Bring your own camera to capture a unique holiday memory.  Guests will then move next door to the Arts Barn to create a fun holiday ornament.

 

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