Now Through Oct. 30
<cal2>"Egg and Spoon." 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. By Patrick Lynch and Marcello Chiarenza of Lyngo Theatre. For ages 1-5. Cost is $10/person; $5/lap babies under 12 months. In "Egg and Spoon," children will take a journey with Percy and Mary, Mary Quite Contrary as they meet Birdie in his egg and help his new friends tend their garden. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Visit www.imaginationstage.org or call 301-280-1660.
<cal1>Now through Oct. 31
<cal2>Bunnicula. By Jon Klein, music by Chris Jeffries, based on the book by Deborah & James Howe. This musical spoof of the horror genre about Bunnicula, the vampire bunny, is the perfect treat for the Halloween season. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., with extra 11 a.m. performances on Oct. 9, 16, 30 and 31. Tickets are $10-$22 and group rates are available. "Meet the Actors" after every weekend matinee. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. Visit www.imaginationstage.org, or call 301-280-1660.
<cal1>Now Through Nov. 2
<cal2>"Spot’s Birthday Party." Tickets are $15/each. Spot’s Birthday Party celebrates the birthday of Spot, the beloved character brought to life by Eric Hill’s Find Spot series, now celebrating its 30th year in publication. Spot's friends Tom the crocodile, Helena the hippo and Steve the monkey will be there for the fun, games, songs and magic. Every child will receive a complimentary birthday hat and goodie bag, filled with birthday surprises. Tickets can be purchased through the box office by calling 301-634-2270 or online at www.adventuretheatre.org. At Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo Park. Visit www.adventuretheatre.org.
<cal1>Now Through Nov. 19
<cal2>"Len Piper’s Pinocchio." This production was created by the father of TPC cofounder Christopher Piper, and is completely refurbished and adapted for the Puppet Co. stage. Told with life-size marionettes and live actors, it is the story of a puppet that sheds its strings in pursuit of becoming a real boy. His adventures lead him into danger and foul company. A Fox and Cat sell him to an evil puppetmaster, he almost makes a donkey of himself, and to rescue his papa he must be swallowed by a whale. But, in the end, with the help of a talking cricket and a blue fairy, he is reunited with his father and granted his heart’s desire. Recommended for PreK – Grade 6. Running time is 50 minutes. Performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ASL interpreted Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets $10, group rates available. Call 301-634-5380 or visit: www.thepuppetco.org
<cal1>Nov. 24 Through Jan. 9
<cal2>"Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" Based on the book series by Barbara Park. Tickets are $10-22 and group rates are available. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m., with extra 11 a.m. performances on Dec. 18 and Jan. 8 and Holiday Weekday performances over Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. Visit website, www.imaginationstage.org, or call 301-280-1660. At Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda.
<cal2>* Oct. 30 – "Monster Merriment" – Saturday, 10 a.m.
* Nov. 3 — "Penguins’ Playground" at 10 a.m.
* Nov. 13 — "Penguins’ Playground" at 10 a.m.
* Nov. 17 — "Old McDonald’s Farm" at 10 a.m.
* Nov. 27 — "Nutcracker Fantasy" at 10 a.m.
The Puppet Co. presents "Tiny Tots @ 10," a program designed for our youngest theater patrons (ages 0 - 4). The shows are shorter, the lights stay on, the doors stay open and the show is set up on the floor!
Performances on select Wednesdays and Saturdays each month at 10 a.m. Tickets, $5, adults and children (including babies). Reservations strongly recommended. Call 301-634-5380; visit www.thepuppetco.org.
<cal2>"The Happy Elf." Based on the song by Harry Connick Jr. and book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman. Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Sweet Charity) will join the cast of The Happy Elf as Norbert, the tightly-wound head of the Naughty and Nice Department. Tickets are $20/adults, $15 for students and children. Student matinee tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased by calling 240-567-5301 or online at www.montgomerycollege.edu/pac. At Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Visit www.adventuretheatre.org or call Amanda Russell at 301-634-2267.
<cal1>Nov. 19 Through Jan. 2
<cal2>Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Tickets are $15/each. At Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Tickets can be purchased through the box office by calling 301-634-2270 or online at www.adventuretheatre.org.
Adventure Theatre continues its literary series with seven popular children’s book adaptations. Experience the journey from reading the books at home to seeing the plays unfold before your eyes. Book Club performances are always on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. at the theatre in Glen Echo Park. Recommended for children ages 4 and up. $10/family. Call 301-634-2270 or visit www.adventuretheatre.org.