On Oct. 24 and 25, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy African Roots/Latino Soul. The spirit of Celia Cruz’s songs infuses this delightful show, in which the warmth of mama’s kitchen and the bustle of city life play parts in demonstrating that the pulse of the music is the heart of the people. For ages 6 to 12.
On Oct. 12 and 23, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy Cuentos Muy Magicos! Magical Stories! The Little Red Hen asks the question “Who will help?” Jack and the Beanstalk proves that small is mighty. And The Gingerbread Man… well, he’s just one bad cookie. Filled with delightful songs, puppets and audience participation, this bilingual story-time spectacular is not to be missed.
On Nov. 8 and 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy Lessons from the Animal Peoples. Native American Dovie Thomason shares her culture with understanding, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations to become characters who weave magic with every word. For ages 4 to 8.
Discovery Theater shows are at the Smithsonian Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, on the National Mall. Tickets are $6 per child, $3 for under two and $8 for adults. discoverytheater.org.