Treat the littlest of elves to their own day at the theater with a special feast of entertainment catered just for them (and don’t forget the pre-theater meal). Venues around the DMV know just what to order up for ma and pa to bring the kids along, and not ask them sit still any longer than Santa would ask his reindeer to park the sleigh.

Photo: Arts on the Horizon

Snow Day by Arts on the Horizon
As one of the country’s only companies with seasons of shows dedicated completely to the age zero to six theatre-goer, Arts on the Horizon is where it is at for engaging young children. Shows are scheduled this year in two locations,at the Lab of Convergence for the first half of the run, and Atlas Performing Arts Center for the remaining dates.

Online: artsonthehorizon.org

Photo: Adventure Theatre

Frosty the Snowman by Adventure Theatre
Don’t miss this wonder-filled–not to mention snow-covered–interpretation of the Frosty story. The original animated snowman, Frosty comes to life in a way Olaf of the Frozen franchise can’t even touch. Adventure Theatre’s all ages lens is one of the best in the business.

Online: adventuretheatre-mtc.org

Photo: Shakespeare Theatre

A Mini Summer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare Theatre
Shakespeare Theater tradition of Family Week features an all-ages interactive experience involving actors from the award-winning Shakespearean company, now featured in the adult Twelfth Night at Sindney Harman Hall. This Mini adventure takes place in the Hall’s Forum venue.

Online: shakespearetheatre.org

Photo: The Puppet Company

Nutcracker Fantasy by The Puppet Company
Whatever The Nutcracker’s Snow Queen does, the Puppet Company in Glen Echo does better… with tiny feet and arms controlled by strings. Absent emphasis on the Mouse King’s battle, or growing Christmas tree, and performed in record time of just 30 minutes, a Tiny Tots performance is a perfect introduction to the classic tale.

Online: thepuppetco.org

Photo: Jammin Java

11th Annual Rocknocers Holiday Sing-a-long at Jammin Java
A rock solid tradition hosted each year at this strip mall music club in Vienna, Va. by local kids band Rocknoceros, this is a no brainer for the youngin’s who will want to either lunch and nap after the 11 a.m. show, or will come ready for an afternoon of out loud singing and fun at the 2 p.m. show.

Online: jamminjava.com

Which holiday show are you most interested in? Tell us in the comments below.  
–Carolyn Ross