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.” 

Queens and Conflicts

Saturday, March 7, 10–11 am

Explore how queens and other women were portrayed in Shakespeare’s plays. Speak Shakespeare’s language on the Elizabethan stage alongside the set for Folger Theatre’s production of Mary Stuart.

Register for Queens and Conflicts

Families in Action

Children ages 10 to 14 and their parents are invited to work together to create a Shakespearean scene. Master teachers, actors, and sword masters help families take the words from the page to the stage.

Have Fun with Hamlet!

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00 am to noon

Put your voice, body, and imagination to work while performing a scene from Hamlet on the Folger stage. Recommended ages 6-12.

Register for Have Fun with Hamlet

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