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The Great Zucchini - Washington's #1 Entertainer for Young Children

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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

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, joins the kids watching The Great Zucchini (left), and chatting with Debbie Wasserman Schultz (right) on the grounds of the United States Capitol.

The Great Zucchini knows how to make kids laugh!

"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

February 11 @ 10:00 am
Manassas Mall Manassas, VA

The Avalon

February 14 @ 10:00 am
// SPECIAL SHOW The Avalon Theatre Washington, DC

It's time for The Great Zucchini to take over The Avalon once again!  And he's bringing in New York's Charlie & Checkers for their first DC appearance ever!

Don't miss this very special performance from some of the biggest children's entertainers on the east coast!  Click here to get your tickets before they're all gone.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a laugh-filled Saturday morning at The Avalon.  Charlie, Checkers, and The Great Zucchini will see you there!

Compass School Open House

February 21 @ 11:30 am
Compass School Open House Ashburn, VA

Doodlehopper 4 Kids - Falls Church

February 28 @ 10:30 am
Doodlehopper 4 Kids - Falls Church Falls Church, VA

Doodlehopper 4 Kids - Falls Church

April 18 @ 10:30 am
Doodlehopper 4 Kids - Falls Church Falls Church, VA

Carter's Run Charity Event

May 16 @ 10:30 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

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

July 7 @ 11:00 am
Burke Library Alexandria, VA

July 20 @ 10:30 am
Beatley Central Library Alexandria, VA

July 25 @ 10:00 am
Lake Fairfax Park Reston, VA

August 1 @ 10:00 am
E.C. Lawrence Park Chantilly, VA

August 8 @ 10:00 am
Burke Lake Park Fairfax Station, VA

August 22 @ 10:00 am
Mason District Park Annandale, VA

October 14 @ 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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