Northern Virginia is a stopping place for some pretty amazing entertainers. In fact later this month, Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line will be performing for thousands of loyal fans, who will most likely be taking the night off from the kids to enjoy a date night or evening with friends.
But don’t the kids deserve some entertainment, too? Whether your child is obsessed with Nickelodeon’s latest stars or has a deep desire to dance, here’s who to see this summer.
JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour
July 19, 7 p.m.
Nickelodeon’s very own JoJo Siwa is making her way to Northern Virginia to sing, dance and entertain her thousands of fans in the region. While Siwa is known as a YouTube personality and social media influencer, her performances are full of life and color that will keep your kids singing along all night long. // Wolf Trap Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; $40-$70
Marsha and The Positrons
July 20, 10:30 a.m.
This weekend, your kids can have a little fun while they learn about science and how the world around them really works. Marsha and The Positrons share catchy folk music that is intertwined with educational lyrics, creating a great morning event the children are sure to remember. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave., Vienna; $5
Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros
Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
While they began their career in Fairfax, the trio behind the Rocknoceros have been traveling together since 2005 performing catchy tunes for eager youngsters. On a weekly basis, your kids can sing along as Coach, Williebob and Boogie Bennie harmonize to their original songs that feature a mix of folk, jazz and more. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave., Vienna; $5
Saturday Mornings with the Great Zucchini (ages 2 to 7)
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
Prepare to be amazed at this weekly magic show unlike any other. The Great Zucchini, a Washington, DC-based entertainer and magician, has been performing for children for over 12 years. From simple card tricks to unexplainable vanishing objects, he can do it all. Want more? Kids who stay after the show will be able to learn their very own trick. // Jammin Java: 227 Maple Ave., Vienna; $5
Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods
Dates vary, 10:30 a.m.
All summer long, your children can enjoy jazz-inspired music, traditional Irish dancing, folk tunes and so much more, right on the Wolf Trap stage. While some shows last two days, the majority of performers only visit the NoVA area for one day, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. Plus, if you buy passes to three or more shows, you can get $2 off every ticket. Below, we share what the rest of July has to offer for your youngsters. // 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; $10-$12
Jojo & the Pinecones
The whole crowd is sure to be tappin’ along to the beats of smooth jazz that will be pouring from this six-member group of musicians.
Shannon Dunne Dance
Observe as these talented dancers perform unique footwork to traditional Irish music on the Wold Trap stage. Plus, stay around for the free workshop after to learn the moves for yourself.
Vital Theatre Company: Angelina Ballerina The Musical
July 19 & July 20
This week, an impressive fleet of dancers is heading to NoVA all the way from New York City. Your kids are sure to be in awe as they plie and saute their way across the stage for two mornings in a row.
Falu, who hails from Bombay, is no stranger to the Wolf Trap stage. The Grammy-nominated performer has sang on all three of the organization’s stages and will definitely have your children humming along by the end of the show.
July 24 & July 25
Puppetry and folk songs have a common ground, thanks to Red Yarn, a musical duo who will take your children on a journey through storytelling.
Maryland Youth Ballet Cinderella
July 26 & July 27
Take your kids to see the magical tale of Cinderella that they know and love, yet this time be prepared to be mesmerized by the synchronized moves of Maryland Youth Ballet.
Aaron Nigel Smith
As a music instructor, Nigel Smith knows exactly how to get through to youngsters with a musical ear. Dance along as he plays his latest reggae rhythms for all to enjoy.
Feel the groove as Culture Shock, a local hip-hop group, takes dance to the next level for a morning of fun.
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