Saturday Morning Live!


That’s a wrap on the 2022-23 season of Saturday Morning Live! We want to thank everyone who joined us in celebrating our origin stories and all the wonderful things that make us unique. Our team is hard at work on programming an exciting new season of shows that will take us Beyond Borders: What Brings Us Together? starting in October of 2023. Watch this space!


Fun takes center stage at the National Theatre for Saturday Morning Live! Join us in the Helen Hayes Gallery space on select Saturday mornings at 9:30 and 11:00 AM for wow-inspiring children’s entertainment of all sorts, from interactive performances, puppets, dance, and music – all designed to light up imaginations and celebrate a world of wonder. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s a great way to Saturday.


Saturday Morning Live! will return in October of 2023. Shows typically take place on the second Saturday of every month in The National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery, located at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Shows are best enjoyed by children ages 3-6, but anyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Tickets are FREE, but we kindly request that you register in advance. You can register on Eventbrite; be on the lookout for more information. Walk up tickets are subject to availability. Masks are optional, but highly recommended.


Saturdays are for great, big sparks

It’s been proven that early exposure to the arts can improve the lives of children. Live performance —which is what Saturday Morning Live! is all about—teaches self-expression and communication skills, fosters empathy, and allows kids to unplug and see the larger, real-life community that welcomes them. Good stuff, right? So come join us Saturdays and let’s spark kids’ imaginations.

Our artists encourage children to play along with them; whether that’s through singing, dancing, clapping, or call and response throughout the shows. Children’s theatre is inherently educational, but primarily fun!

Studies have shown that watching live performance can help students practice empathy by engaging in perspective taking with the characters onstage. Our programming is designed to promote student’s self awareness, self-regulation, and interpersonal skills.

We strive to offer programming that reflects the racial, ethnic, cultural, and social diversity of the DMV area and allows children to relate the narratives presented to their own lived experiences.

Origin Stories: What Makes You Unique? Click the button to read about our last season, which celebrated all of our differences!

Re-watch your favorite episodes or explore the performances that you missed from our two virtual seasons of Saturday Morning Live!

Saturday Morning Live! At The National is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Badger Mars.