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The BEST summer camp show we've EVER had and I've been teaching here eleven years!"


Catherine Shelton - Turner Station Playground

Sollers Point Community Center

July 25, 2014 



Silly Goose & Val are family entertainers who appear regularly at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, County Libraries in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and Brussels, Belgium.

"Thank you again for your amazing performances at Port Discovery! Our guests loved the show!"
~Chris Brown, August 3, 2022
Education Programing Manager
Port Discovery Children's Museum,Baltimore, MD
"Thank you, Val! Thanks for delivering a hilarious, fun show, and a record audience for the Menlo Park Belle Haven Library. We can't wait to have you back in town this November."
~John Weaver, July 25, 2018 
Event Specialist, Menlo Park, CA
"The teachers were so excited with your presentation!  I talked to our director this morning about having you come during the school year for one of our family nights . . . Thank you again for a wonderful morning.  It was absolutely delightful."

~ Pascale Marion, July 22, 2018

One World Montessori, San Jose, CA

“The children and staff were delighted. We laughed, giggled and the kids hooped and screamed the entire time. They were engaged for 45 mins. Not one ‘acting up.’  She made some skeptics compliment her at the end...she turned frowns into smiles. I didn't miss the compliment she gave the teachers for standing up and participating in the physical activities. I took her card and I look forward to seeing her again. Thank you, Val, you're the best ‘Silly Goose’ ever.” 

~ Ms. Karen from the Dolphin Room.♡♡♡♡♡
NIH Early Childhood Center, Washington, D.C.



“Val Smalkin performed in English for over eighty preschoolers (ages 3 ½ to 5) in our Bilingual program (French-English), most of whom are French speakers. In spite of the language barrier and the naturally short attention span of many of the youngsters in the large audience, before long Val had them clapping and singing along, calling out answers to complete her sentences and laughing at her jokes. She is warm and funny, and her ventriloquist’s skills astonished and delighted the kids —as well as their teachers! She put together a dynamic, engaging show that held her young audience’s attention, moving with ease among the children and presenting what seemed like thoughtfully chosen, well-rehearsed, tried-and-true material that managed at the same time to feel spontaneous and fresh.” 

~ Adela Ball
Lycée Français Jean-Monnet de Bruxelles – Maternelle
Brussels, Belgium

"What a fantastic assembly! Everyone - including the teachers - enjoyed themselves. I was able to talk with the teachers during the day, and everyone said how valuable your small group sessions were as well. Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!"

~ Jaime Cornman

Forest Lakes Elementary School, January 30, 2015


“The Maryland Zoo LOVES Silly Goose & Val! We book her every year, twice a year,  for our children’s festivals.  Her show caters to our diverse crowds and the children pack in closely to dance and sing along on stage with Val and Silly Goose! Val is always fun and easy to get along with and is great for children and adults of all ages!”

~ Colleen Stein

Events & Community Relations Manager

MD Zoo in Baltimore, June 4, 2014



For our daycare/summer camp, Val kept EVERY child's attention throughout the entire hour she was entertaining us. She was silly, fun, excellent with the kids, and even involved the teachers. The teachers were just as entertained as the children. We HIGHLY recommend silly goose and Val to anyone that is looking for great, quality child entertainment!"

~ Ellen Kauffman

Calvary Kids Childcare Center Harrisburg, PA


"We had this wonderful program at Towson today. Val is a great performer and her experience as a teacher really shows through. She kept an audience of 155 (squeezed into the castle because the meeting room is filled with our fiction boxes) entertained and engaged for 45 minutes!  Lots of singing, dancing and laughing preschoolers here." 

~ Melissa Hepler (Towson, MD)



"Awesome..awesome...did I say..Awesome! Val provided the entertainment for my daughter's 1st birthday. I know what your thinking...really...a 12 month old but the kids at the party ranged in ages 3 to 7. My guest are STILL talking about how much fun they had...adults and kids! Val not only put on a great show but she really participated and assisted in every aspect of the party. Thanks so much for helping to make such a memorable day for my family!

~ Daneilia Pankey

Upper Marlboro, MD


"Val is very professional, and interacts wonderfully with all ages. She had all 28 children and 20 adults singing, dancing, and moving along with Silly Goose and friends on a cloudy Monday morning (May 2) at Catonsville.  She admits to being influenced by Shari Lewis and Lambchop in her youth, and she really shines as ventriloquist and clownish entertainer. This program was a real crowd-pleaser."

~ Monty Phair (Catonsville, MD)



"On May 16, fifty-eight lucky children and adults had the privilege of watching as Val Smalkin and Silly Goose performed. Ms. Smalkin wowed the audience with her songs, puppets, dances and ventriloquism. This interactive program had the kids on their feet and the adults laughing. An absolutely charming program!"

Cheryl Urban (Pikesville, MD)



"Silly Goose & Val performed as part of our church's concert series last season and it was an OUTSTANDING event! Both Val and Silly Goose brought us outrageous and madcap fun, riotous laughter, zany antics, and contagious energy! We were all on our feet, couldn't sit down...couldn't make a frown. Lively songs and smiles galore...we love Val!"

 ~ Danny Catalanotto

Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD


"Val performed at one of our Family Fun Nights last July, 2012. Her performance was outstanding! There were over 70 people in attendance – parents, grandparents, and children of all ages – at an outdoor venue on an extremely hot evening. Val kept the audience engaged and entertained the entire hour. She artfully tailored her songs and audience interaction to the ages of the children and parents present. Parents and children clearly had a wonderful time! Val stayed after her performance to meet children and answer questions. Val is truly a professional. Her show is sharp, engaging, and entertaining. I highly recommend it!"

~ Lisa Delozier, Program Assistant

Township of Spring, Parks and Recreation Department


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