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.” 

Have Fun with Hamlet!

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00–11:00 am (Theatre); register to attend

Put your voice, body, and imagination to work while performing a scene from Hamlet on the Folger stage.

In This Best Garden of the World

Saturday, May 2, 10:00–11:00 am (Garden and Foulke Conference Room); register to attend

Come for a family garden party and learn how plants and flowers were used in Shakespeare’s time and plays.

Gave Healthful Welcome to their Shipwreck’d Guests

Saturday, June 6, 10:00–11:00 am (Theatre)

Explore the excitement and possible danger of ships in Shakespeare’s plays and the Folger exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars—The Quest for Longitude.

O Time, Thou Must Untangle This, Not I

Saturday, July 4, 10:00–11:00 am (Theatre)

Consider the way Shakespeare uses time in his plays and find timekeepers in the language and examine the role of clocks in the Folger exhibition, Ships, Clocks & Stars—The Quest for Longitude.

Let All the Number of Stars Give Light

Saturday, August 1, 10:00–11:00 am (Theatre)

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.



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