Family fun in 2011

January 06, 2011|By TIFFANY ARNOLD |
  • Wearing costumes illuminated by paint and ultraviolet light, characters in ArcheDream will personify love, anger, death, war and peace and the role each plays in our lives. The show comes to the H. Ric Luhrs Center on March 24.
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Tri-State area venues offer events for new year

Resolve to leave boring family nights in 2010. Here are 20 ways to entertain your family in 2011. Enjoy!
—Compiled by Tiffany Arnold

Washington County

The Maryland Theatre

21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. For tickets, call 301-790-2000, or go to

• “The Music Man,” 8 p.m. Saturday Jan. 29. A con man poses as a band leader that hawks band gear and skips town once he’s got the cash, but love makes him willing to risk it all.

• “We the People,” 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 23. Musical revue sets American civic lessons to rock, hip-hop and R&B in an attempt to make social studies exciting and accessible.

• “The Berenstain Bears, The Musical.” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 20. Characters from the illustrated children’s series come to life on stage.

Valley Mall

17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway. Call 301-582-0700 or go to

• Derby Days — Boy Scouts of America. Invite your friends to race against you in the Pinewood Derby, the Space Derby and the Raingutter Regatta. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12.

• Teen Idol auditions. Are you the next Justin Bieber? You’ll have your chance to prove it at the Washington County Teen Idol auditions at the Valley Mall’s Center Court. 6 to 8:30 Tuesday, Feb. 15. Contestants who make it to the next level have a chance to perform at The Maryland Theatre on Saturday, March 26. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 126.

• Kids Ag-ventures. Farm-themed displays and activities for kids. Friday, March 25, to Sunday, March 27.

• Easter Bunny photo op. The Easter bunny arrives at the mall Wednesday, March 30, and will be available for photos through Saturday, April 23.

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

• Museum Consort, Saturday in the Park Children’s Program, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. The free recorder concert for children will include “Pop Goes the Weasel” and a song composed by King Henry VIII.

• 2nd annual Spring Culture Festival: 19th Century America. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Crafts, games and 19th century-style activities such as “bullet” carving and silhouette cutting. Free.

• 2nd annual Halloween Spectacular, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday Oct. 22. Face painting, children’s entertainment, free children’s art activities and more.

• Children’s Holiday Reception, Saturday, Dec. 17. Performances and a visit from Santa. $5.

Hagerstown City Park

The park is off Virginia Avenue, between City Park Drive and Key Street, Hagerstown.

• Autumn Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. City Park-based museums — Washington County of Fine Arts, Mansion House, Hager House and the Hagerstown Railroad Museum — will host family-friendly entertainment and activities throughout the park.

Frederick, Md.

Weinberg Center for the Arts

20 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md. Call 301-600-2828 or go to

• Cartoon Fest, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. Catch vintage favorites, with characters like Woody Woodpecker, on the big screen.

• Thaddeus Rex, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Award-winning children’s songwriter and acoustic rock singer, Thaddeus Rex hopes his music will entertain and encourage kids to read like rock stars.

• “Choo Choo Soul,” 2 p.m. Feb. 13. Kid-friendly hip-hop provides the soundtrack as Genevieve Goings and engineer Constantine “DC” Abramson drive their animated train through fantasy lands.

• “Imagination Movers,” 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16; 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Based on the popular TV show for preschoolers.


H. Ric Luhrs Center

Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg Pa., The theater is off Bucks Drive. For tickets, call 717-477-7469 or go to

• Aluminum Show, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. Visual theater show combines special effects, acrobatic dance and industrial materials.

• “ArcheDream for Humankind: Deep Blue,” 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Wearing costumes illuminated by paint and ultraviolet light, characters in ArcheDream will personify love, anger death, war and peace and the role each plays in our lives. “Deep Blue” explores the elements of earth, air and water.

The Capitol Theatre

159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg, Pa. For tickets, call 717-263-0202 or go to

• 24th Comedy & Magic Spectacular, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Presented by the Chambersburg Exchange Club.

West Virginia

Frank Center Theater

Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va. The theater is in the western part of campus, off W.Va. 45. Go to

• LUMA Theater, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Dance, magic, puppetry and theater, with a high-tech light show and special effects.

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