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IMAGINATION ONSTAGE

It's always a challenge to entertain your children while they are on break from school. It's a perfect opportunity to explore the city and many of the wonderful cultural organizations catering to the family audience.

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is partnering with Imagination Stage for a puppet adventure for ages 3-6.

In "The Amazing Night-Time Adventure of Little Hawelmann," Hawelmann is a naughty boy who won't fall asleep. As his mother falls asleep herself while rocking him to bed, the boy travels around the globe and to the moon. Will little Hawelmann find his way home after traversing the world of imagination?

The show, based on the fairytale by Theodor Storm, will be performed at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda).

CHILDHOOD ADVENTURES

Watch in amusement as a young 12-year-old boy battles thieves and scalawags, helps the Union fight the Confederates, runs into Underground Railroad conductors and circus ring leaders and saves his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg -- all onstage at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW). Come see "The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" and decide what's true and what's just pure, exaggerated fun in this witty stage performance. The production is an adaptation of author Rodman Philbrick's Newbery Honor-winning novella about an orphan named Homer who'll tell any tale to help find his brother and bring him back to safety.

This play is for kids age 8 and up and will run through Dec. 9. To purchase your tickets and find out show times, go to kennedy-center.org.

EXPRESSION WITHOUT WORDS

It's Kids' Day Out at Harmony Hall Regional Center as it partners with the Synetic Theater to put on a hilarious, light-hearted pantomime show. "The Miraculous Magical Balloon" is a series of humorous sketches with music, ballet, clowning and audience participation. Students will open the doors to their imaginations.

Pantomime is more than just those French mimes wearing striped shirts; it's a wonderful way for children to learn to express themselves and discover the art of acting without words. "Balloon" tells a wonderful story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk of tricks and toys.

The 10:30 a.m. performance is at the Gallery at Harmony Hall Regional Center (10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington), a wonderful community arts center that was formerly an elementary school and offers daily programming for people of all ages. For more information, visit arts.pgparks.com.

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