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

Kofiís African Village

Kofiís African Village

Wed.-Fri., Feb. 21-23, 2024 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Location: Ripley Center, Smithsonian

Recommended for Ages: 3 to 6 / PreK to Grade 1


Drummer Kofi Dennis brings the vibrant life of a West African village to the Discovery Theater stage though music, storytelling, and dance. Playing authentic instruments, the Ghanaian native leads lively call-and-response songs and games to get audiences up on their feet in a vibrant 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 2023-2024 Discovery Theater Season is made possible by a generous grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation

Learning Guide

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