Individual Tickets:
$6.00-$7.00 Members
$7.00-$8.00 Children
$8.00-$9.00 Adults
$3.00 Children under 2

Group Tickets:
School Year
$6.00 Children & Adults*
$7.00 for Seasons of Light
$3.00 Children 2 and under
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Summer Season
$7.00 Children & Adults*
$3.00 Children under 2
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Kofi's African Village
Tues.-Thurs., Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Ripley Center, Smithsonian
Recommended for Ages 3 to 6 / PreK to Grade 1

Kofi's African VillageDrummer Kofi Dennis brings the vibrant life of a West African village to the Discovery Theater stage though music, storytelling, and dance. Using authentic instruments, the Ghanaian native leads lively call-and-response songs, games, and movement that gets audiences on their feet in a high-energy exploration of African cultural traditions.

Connections to the Classroom: Cultures of the World; Folktales and Storytelling; Call and Response; Music (song, drumming); Math (rhythm, counting); Theater/Performing Arts.

About the Artist: Kofi Dennis, ambassador of West African culture, preserves and promotes the traditions of his cultural heritage through stories, games, music, drumming, and dance. Kofi brings a wealth of teaching and performing experience to his programs; he received training at Komenda Teaching College, University of Cape Coast, graduated from the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, and received a Diploma in Early Childhood and Adolescent Education from the University of Cape Coast before coming to the United States in 1993. He is a Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist and the founder of Play for Concepts, Inc.

The 2022-2023 Discovery Theater Season is made possible by generous grants from the Nora Roberts Foundation and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Learning Guide

Kofi's African Village Learning Guide

Important Note for the 22-23 School Year

We are so excited to welcome teachers and students back to in-person performances after 2+ years! Before making a reservation for your group, we ask that you please read over our updated Group Sales Policy and review our Health & Safety page to ensure you can comply with the procedures we have in place this year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding either of these policies, please contact us via phone or email and we will be happy to discuss them with you.