Family Programs

Shakespeare’s plays are for everyone!

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

 

Shake Up Your Saturdays

Shake Up Your Saturdays is a free program that takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

Family members of all ages are welcome to join the fun! 

Program Locations:

Elizabethan Theatre: The Elizabethan Theatre is located in the main building of the Folger Shakespeare Library at 201 East Capitol Street, SE. Please enter through the doors closest to 3rd Street.

Foulke Conference Room: The Foulke Conference Room is our rehearsal space. It is located in the building at 301 East Capitol Street, SE, on the corner of East Capitol SE and 3rd Street SE. 

Founders' Room: The Founders' Room is located in the main building of the Folger Shakespeare Library at 201 East Capitol Street, SE. Please enter through the doors closest to 2nd Street, SE.

 

2018 Schedule

 

"Music, moody food"

Play with music, song, and dance in the worlds of Shakespeare's plays.

Saturday, December 1

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

Foulke Conference Room; Register to attend.

 

2019 Schedule

Registration links coming soon!

Celebrate Twelfth Night

Get festive with Twelfth Night traditions.

Saturday, January 5

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

Foulke Conference Room; Register to attend.

 

Comedy with Cupid

Learn the art of over-acting with Shakespearean confessions of love.

Saturday, February 2

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

TBD; Register to attend

 

Cram thee with more food

Bite into Shakespeare’s words and Elizabethan table manners

Saturday, March 2

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

Theatre; Register to attend

 

Junior Scholars

Start your training as a researcher, learn about rare books, and discover what lies between the pages. Includes a mini tour of the Reading Room!

Saturday, April 6

***10-12PM: COMBINED PROGRAM - Recommended Ages 4-11

Founders’ Room; Register to attend

 

Lines So Richly Spun

Become part of a living sonnet while learning about rhyme, rhythm, and imagery.

Saturday, May 4

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

TBD; Register to attend
 

The 18 Nearly Lost Plays

Act out parts from some of the favorite and lesser known Shakespeare plays that were saved by the First Folio.

Saturday, June 1

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

Foulke Conference Room; Register to attend.

 

United States of Shakespeare

"To Liberty!" Explore American history using Shakespeare.

Saturday, July 6

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

Theatre; Register to attend.


A Fool! A Fool!

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” Step into the shoes of some of Shakespeare’s fools, some more clever than others….

Saturday, August 3

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11
Foulke Conference Room; Register to attend.

 

Courtly Greetings & Country Meetings

Imagine yourself in the two worlds of As You Like It, the court of Duke Frederick and the Forest of Arden.

Saturday, September 7

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11
TBD; Register to attend.

 

Supernatural Shakespeare

“Eye of newt and toe of frog!” Get spooky with Shakespeare’s ghosts and witches.

Saturday, October 5

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11
TBD; Register to attend.
 

How to be a Shakespearean Actor

Develop your acting skills, 1800’s style.

Saturday, November 2

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

TBD; Register to attend.

 

I Take My Leave

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”… or is it? Practice your dramatic exit with Shakespeare’s farewells.

Saturday, December 7

10-11AM: Recommended Ages 4-7 
11-12PM: Recommended Ages 7-11

TBD; Register to attend.
 

 

 

Check back for more upcoming programs!