Magic, Music, Dragons, and Dinosaurs!

2020 festival program coming soon!


2019  program below

“It’s an extraordinary thing to be able to do something you’re truly passionate about…something that connects with children, asks them to come along for a wild ride and then actually teaches them something in the process.”  (Mr. Mike)

The Children’s Stage is located at the corner of Howard Avenue and Fawcett Street, in front of the Tea Room.

Click HERE to see all the children’s book authors and vendors who will be setting up at the festival!


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“Mr. Mike” Sgrignoli

Children’s author, “Mr. Mike” Sgrignoli is the author of three volumes of Dinorific Poetry.  The books are stuffed with what he calls “fact-packed dino rhymes” that seek to highlight those ancient beasts that have somehow managed to avoid the spotlight that frequently shines upon the T-rex and Stegosaurus.  In addition to his dinosaur stories, he hosts a dinosaur game show, sings and plays percussion in a dino music band and is proud to host the Children’s Stage for this year’s Kensington Day of the Book Festival.       Website  |   Facebook

In addition to his role as Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon, Mr Mike will present his Dinorific Poetry tba.

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The Great Zucchini

Location  & Time: Children’s Stage, 11:15 to 12:00

The Great Zucchini has been Washington DC’s #1 children’s entertainer for over 15 years. He has performed at the White House, Vice President’s House, 11 embassies, and is the only children’s entertainer to grace the stage of The World Famous DC Improv. The wonder of magic, silliness of comedy, and interactive nature of The Great Zucchini’s show keeps children on the edge of their seats. Come watch this staple of the DC metropolitan area!       Website


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  Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance

   Location & Time: Children’s Stage, 12:10 to 12:45

Join the Culkin School students for an interactive dance performance.




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Location & Time:  Children’s Stage, 1:00 to 1:45

Groovy Nate is a children’s entertainer and Wolf Trap Teaching Artist who creates fun and educational shows using exotic musical instruments and puppet skits— a la Sesame Street meets Parliament/Funkadelic, meshed with The Electric Company, Kraftwerk, and Dub Reggae. The shows encourage children and adults to move, sing, and play creatively with one another, while exposing them to various genres of music.      Website  |   Facebook


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Casal Catala presents

“The Legend of St George & the Dragon”

Come watch a short play on the legend of St. George & the Dragon. (Did you know the Day of the Book has it’s origins in this fairytale legend?)

Location: Children’s Stage



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Pick up a clue bag at the Welcome Table.  The hunt will take you through the festival.  Have fun solving the clues and filling your bag!