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 5 to 14 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.” 


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; Our November family program is now completely full. Please email Carol Ann to be put on the wait list. Thank you for your interest, and please register now for December!

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