Family Programs

Shakespeare’s plays are for everyone! Folger offers programs for all ages and encourages families to experience Shakespeare’s language together.

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Photo Credit: 
Molly Johnson, 2014

Shake Up Your Saturdays

Children ages 6 to 12 and their families are invited to join us the first Saturday of each month to have fun learning and sharing Shakespeare’s language and experiencing the Folger. 

Here’s what families have said about these programs: 

  • “Outstanding instruction! Great fun for kids and parents!” 
  • “We enjoyed this program so much. We’ll definitely participate in others in the future.” 

Let All the Number of Stars Give Light

Stars are everywhere in Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. Consider the ways they give light and show the way in Shakespeare’s world and see how that helps navigate the world in the Folger exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars—The Quest for Longitude.

Saturday, August 1, 10:00–11:00 am (Theatre); register to attend
 

School for Players!

How did you become a player (actor) in Shakespeare's time? Can you roar like a lion, but do it gently as a dove? Have fun with acting lessons, straight from Shakespeare's plays.

Saturday, September 5

10:00-11:00 am: Recommended Ages 5-9
11:00-12:00 pm: Recommended Ages 10-14

FCR; Register to attend
 

Trials and Troubles in Shakespeare

Are you a witch? Guilty of treason? Generally a troublemaker? Explore scenes in Shakespeare where rogues and rascals play center stage.

Saturday, October 3

10:00-11:00 am: Recommended Ages 5-9
11:00-12:00 pm: Recommended Ages 10-14

Theatre; Register to attend
 

A Crew of Pirates!

Pirates roam the seas of Shakespeare's plays. Will they rescue or capture you? Speak the lines of Shakespearean pirates and their victims.

Saturday, November 7

10:00-11:00 am: Recommended Ages 5-9
11:00-12:00 pm: Recommended Ages 10-14

FCR; Register to attend
 

Yuletide Shakespeare!

Celebrate the holidays, Shakespeare-style. Re-create the season with stories and songs of the holidays, including some of the more bizarre traditions.

Saturday, December 5

10:00-11:00 am: Recommended Ages 5-9
11:00-12:00 pm: Recommended Ages 10-14

Theatre; Register to attend

 

Shakespeare for Seniors

Folger Education brings lively, interactive workshops to the senior community. These programs offer a wide variety of opportunities for seniors to be immersed in the words and world of William Shakespeare.

Program offerings include:

  • Elizabethan life and times
  • Shakespeare and his theater
  • Shakespeare’s language
  • Folger Shakespeare Library: history and the collection

These workshops are available individually ($150) or as a four-part series ($400). For more information or to book a workshop, contact us at educate@folger.edu.