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"A man with a nearly magical ability to connect with children"

- Washingtonian Magazine

Washington DC's #1 entertainer for young children - The Great Zucchini

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Best of Arlington
Voted Best Children's Entertainer by the readers of Arlington Magazine

The Great Zucchini!

No one makes preschoolers laugh quite like The Great Zucchini!

Families enjoy The Great Zucchini's show together

An incredible show that young kids can't get enough of!

The Great Zucchini hangs out with young fans after a show at Jammin' Java

"In the world of local kid's entertainment,
there is no bigger name than The Great Zucchini!

"You're like a phenomenon ... all the parents know you!"
- Tony Perkins, Fox 5 News

"The Great Zucchini is instantly likeable, and effortlessly charming."
- Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post

Live Shows!

Come see The Great Zucchini in his natural habitat: entertaining kids!

Thursday Mornings @ 10:30 am
Jammin' Java Vienna, VA

Carmen's Italian Ice

April 25 @ 4:00 pm
Carmen's Italian Ice Anniversary Party Rockville, MD

April 26 @ 9:15 am
Safe Spot Fun Run - Lake Fairfax Park Fairfax, VA

April 27 @ 11:30 am
Day of the Book - Kensington Book Fair Kensington, MD

Jersey Mike's

May 10 @ 4:30 pm
Jersey Mike's Fairfax, VA

The Rio in Gaithersburg

May 14 @ 6:00 pm
The Rio in Gaithersburg Gaithersburg, MD

Come check out the show inside, across from the movie theater in the atrium!

May 14 @ 10:00 am
Manassas Mall Manassas, VA

Carter's Run Charity Event

May 17 @ 10:45 am
Ashburn Elementary Ashburn, VA

Join The Great Zucchini at this 5K and fun fest, which begins at 9:30am. All of the proceeds of the event will go to the not-for-profit Dandy-Walker Alliance. Carter is a young Ashburn resident who has this congenital condition.  Come out to support a great cause!  For more info, visit

May 24 @ 11:00 am
Twinbrook Library Rockville, MD

May 25 @ 1:30 pm
NCMEC Child Safety Fair Alexandria, VA

The Child Safety Fair hosted by Take 25 will be on May 25th from 12:00pm until 4:00pm at Market Square in Alexandria, VA. (301 King St.) The Great Zucchini will be donating a magic show, and the NCMEC will be providing parents with free safety resources, fun activities for kids, and booth displays from some of our trusted partners.

May 28 @ 10:30 am
Potomac Library Potomac, MD

Jammin' Java with Barry the Magician

June 21 @ 10:30 am
SPECIAL Jammin' Java Show with Barry the Magician! Vienna, VA

Don't miss the chance to see DC's magical comedy duo, The Great Zucchini and Barry the Magician, take the stage at Jammin' Java!  Get your tickets early, because this two-man show always sells out.

July 1 @ 11:00 am
Burke Library Alexandria, VA

July 5 @ 10:00 am
Lake Fairfax Park Reston, VA

July 8 @ 10:30 am
LaPlata Town Hall LaPlata, MD

July 10 @ 3:30 pm
Barrett Library Alexandria, VA

July 12 @ 10:00 am
Mason District Park Annandale, VA

July 16 @ 10:00 am
Frying Pan Park Herndon, VA

July 19 @ 10:00 am
Burke Lake Park Fairfax Station, VA

August 23 @ 10:00 am
E.C. Lawrence Park Chantilly, VA

September 10 @ 10:00 am
Manassas Mall Manassas, VA

How does
The Great Zucchini know his audience so well?

Because not too long ago, he was a toddler himself:

Eric Knaus, aka The Great Zucchini, as a toddler
Outdoor games with The Great Zucchini!

Indoors or out, large space or small, The Great Zucchini makes sure your children have a fantastic time!

The kids were so excited to welcome The Great Zucchini to their Halloween Festival!

These kids were so excited to welcome The Great Zucchini to their Halloween Festival!

The Great Zucchini playing tag after a show

The Great Zucchini plays tagging game after his show!

At Frying Pan Park in Virginia

A record turnout for The Great Zucchini's Show at Fairfax County's Frying Pan Park.

The Great Zucchini makes kids laugh!

The Great Zucchini at the White House Easter Egg Roll 2009

The Great Zucchini and friends at the White House Easter Egg Roll 2009

Kids love The Great Zucchini!   The Great Zucchini entertains in a classroom at school

Proof that The Great Zucchini is taller than Hillary Clinton
Proof that The Great Zucchini is taller than Hillary Clinton

"Can you imagine not having read Goodnight Moon, Ezra Jack Keats books, or Beatrix Potter? Though they are children’s books, our lives are enriched by experiencing them. His show is the same.

"I saw him and it was magical. It was like seeing a unicorn that you know lives in the area somewhere and only a few are lucky enough to run into it.

"He’s a toddler whisperer." - Zac Gomez, parent & teacher

No one makes the kids laugh harder than the Great Zucchini

Children are entertained by The Great Zucchini

Washington's funniest and most magical PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN entertainer, with over 12 years of experience making kids laugh!

Performer at the White House Easter Egg Roll, National Zoo's Guppy Gala, thousands of birthday parties geared to children ages 2-6! Shows for birthdays, day care, preschools, and groups.

"The Great Zucchini mesmerized a group of preschoolers for 45-minutes, a magic act in itself!"

- Judy, Herndon

"Hilarious, highly entertaining, and interactive show that's perfect for preschoolers!"

- Debbie, Bethesda

"The Great Zucchini made my child's party. The children laughed and screamed with delight!"

- Beth D., Washington, DC

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