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Parks Playhouse Junior: Silly Goose & Val

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Calling All Little Musicians and Performers

On Saturday, July 13, at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (1120 Jackson Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904), join Montgomery Parks from 10 to 11 am for a Parks Playhouse Junior event. Children’s singing puppet show to be performed by Silly Goose and Val.

Make sure to prepare for each event by bringing your sunny day gear and blankets or lawn chairs for viewing. Make it a mid-morning picnic by bringing along your favorite snacks and treats to munch on while you enjoy the show. This performance is deemed suitable for ages three through twelve.

Parks Playhouse Junior performances will be rolling throughout the summer on both weekday and weekend mornings from 10 to 11 am. Check the Parks Playhouse Junior event page to see the full lineup.


About the ShowVal Smalkin with Silly Goose the puppet

Silly Goose Goes Green! Silly Goose and Val celebrate the importance of bays in our ecological system with a fast-paced, humorous musical comprised of puppets, storytelling, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and 100% audience participation. Rufus the Reluctant Dragon and Willie the Worm help us learn about runoff, recycling, and why Marianne was sifting sand on the seashore!

Ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers as well as the head puppeteer of the Emmy award-winning television program It’s Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2. Val’s CD, A Gentle Halloween, received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015, and in 2016 her follow-up CD, Sing! Sing! Sing!…and Dance!, garnered a Parents’ Choice Approved award. Her current CD, Love Bug! received a Parents’ Choice Recommended award.

As a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant for solo non-classical performance in 2015, and for solo theatre performance in 2016, and again in 2019, Val continues to perform and compose music designed for the 2 to 10-year-old set.

Sign Language Interpretation will be provided by Montgomery Park’s Program Access. 


Frequently Asked Questions


  • This event is free.

Parking and Transportation


  • An ADA-accessible portable restroom and indoor facilities are available at the park location.


  • This event is generally accessible according to the 2010 ADA Standards and Guidelines. If you or a member of your party would like to request additional accommodations, please get in touch with our Program Access team at programaccess@montgomeryparks.org or (301) 495-2581.


  • Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets for seating at all Parks Playhouse Junior events. Please do not bring hammocks, portable pavilion tents, or pop-up tents.

What to Bring

  • In addition to bringing your own seating, attendees are encouraged to prepare for the summer heat by wearing sunscreen, bringing a hat or head covering, and bringing their own water.


  • Pets are allowed at all Parks Playhouse Junior performances. Pets must remain on a leash and in their owner’s control while on park property.

Additional Questions