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July 19, 2007

"Goldilocks" puppet theater at Glen Echo Park

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Today, on my day off from (paid) work, I took my daughter to Glen Echo Park to see The Puppet Co. Playhouse's Goldilocks production before it closes. And I'm so glad we did ~ My kid was in heaven!

If you've never visited Glen Echo Park, you're missing out. If we lived in Bethesda/Potomac/upper NW, we would be there regularly! It really is like stepping back in time - and totally worth a bit of a drive on a weekday morning, when the park is not too crowded.

We rode the beautifully restored 1920s carousel, ate hot dogs at the picnic benches, watched folk-dance students rehearse in the covered dance hall, played on the playscape, peeked into the temporary home of the Adventure Theatre (while the real space is being renovated) and Spanish Ballroom, and from the bridge watched the "big kids" (summer daycampers from the on-site Discovery Creek Children's Museum) hike on the boulders and wade in the water down below.

As for the puppet show itself.... Lovely, air-conditioned small theater just right for children and families. Gorgeous puppets and professional set design. And unlike some of their productions, which are clearly intended for school-age children, Goldilocks (which runs through this weekend only) is great for ages three+. (Yes, the program says ages four+, but if you have a three-year-old who has decent public behavior and the attention span for a 40-minute production, s/he will love it! I just don't recommend it for the under-three crowd - Children are expected to stay seated through the show and to keep their voices down.)

With virtually all of our dramatic sensibility channeled into movies/videos and other electronic media these days, it's easy to forget just how magical it is for children to see live theater and arts performances. My daughter was absolutely enthralled, and it inspired me to do more of this! Having had such a good experience today, I'm already planning to take Ava to Adventure Theatre's Winnie the Pooh production sometime in August (it runs weekends only, through September 2).

Posted by Sarah at 1:49 PM.