Discovery Theater on the Mall


On July 10 to 13, 10 a.m. and noon, enjoy “Culture Shock DC Celebrates Hip Hop.” The show shares the power, beauty, and energy of hip-hop in an interactive performance. Find out what makes hip-hop such a unique and vibrant form and cheer these amazing dance artist-educators in action. L earn some of the group’s choreography and take the stage to show off freestyle moves. For ages five to sixteen.

On July 17 to 20, 10:30 a.m. and noon, enjoy “The Future is Now!” with the Science Guys of Baltimore. Discover the engineering marvels, new and old, that make the world great. Explore new technologies that will make it even stronger. Ride on a futuristic hover board. Fire projectiles using one of the most basic engineering defenses: a catapult. Learn about renewable solar and wind technologies. Try to demolish a building to better understand earthquake construction and natural disaster protection. For ages 5 to 12.

On July 24 to 27, 10:30 a.m. and noon, enjoy SWAGFUNK Band. Can’t spell funk without “fun,” which is guaranteed when SWAGFUNK takes the stage. The DC band’s musical mix of funk, jazz, rock, pop, R&B and reggae celebrates the joy of classic styles. For ages 5 to 16.

On July 31 to Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. and noon, enjoy “Soul in Motion.” This explosive company from Montgomery County shares the richness of African American culture by dancing the heritage of the African homelands. In a spectacular performance that blends chest-pounding drumming and foot-stomping leaps and steps, these performers create an infectious joy that captures hearts and sprits. For ages 5 to 16.

These shows are at the Smithsonian Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Tickets are $6 per child, $3 for under two and $8 for adults.