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SEP   30   Tuesday


Historic Homeschoolers Day. Kids 8 to 12. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homeschoolers will blast into the past and learn what life was like for children 200 years ago with crafts, games, lessons, and more! Register by Sept. 22. $$ Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park, MD.

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October

OCT   1   Wednesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Jammin' Juniors. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to some tunes! Performing this week: The Teddy Bear Band. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
Storytime on the Lake: Migration. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join us aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake! Designed for children accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings, please). Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   2   Thursday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   3   Friday


Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Tony M. $$ Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
LEGO KidsFest Virginia. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 8:30 p.m. LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event. Tickets online. $$ Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tie-Dye Party. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Spaces are limited, preregister early. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   4   Saturday


Beyond Bows - How to Decorate Packages. Kids ages 16+. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For any special occasion, make your gift the one everyone notices. Learn how to make beautiful package decorations with bows, ribbons, botanic materials, and more with the help of florist Chuck Mason. Create a few to take home. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Bop Goes the Weasel. Kids Pre-K through grade 5. 11 a.m. to noon. An introduction to jazz for youngsters. $$ Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Chessie Jam: Kid's Music Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 6 p.m. Join the fun while we sing and dance to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba. Free face-painting noon to 2 p.m., instrumental petting zoo, storybook village, moon-bounce, photo-booth, tie-dying and many more fun and interactive activities for children. Tickets online. $$ Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD.
Danny Weinkauf. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. They Might Be Giants' bassist Danny Weinkauf throws his voice into family music. Enjoy his upbeat collection of original tunes with intelligent lyrics that do double duty by building vocabulary, energetic rhythms that get kids dancing and singing, and fun wordplay with some winks for grown-ups. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire! The Electricity Tour. Kids ages 7+. Saturdays 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 and 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience's delight! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring an interactive playground of fun, with programs and activities emphasizing health, fitness, safety, environment and education. Carnival super passes available online. FREE Fairfax Co. Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
Flashback Family Films. All ages. (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Retro family favorites return to the cinema the first Saturday of every month. Tickets online. This month: The Witches. $$ Angelika Film Center - Mosaic, Fairfax, VA.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances performed at this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: The Uncle Devin Show. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
LEGO KidsFest Virginia. All ages (family-friendly event). Session 1: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Session 2: 3 to 7:30 p.m. LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event. Tickets online. $$ Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Potomac Country House Tour & Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 25+ boutique vendors, food, silent auction, children-friendly activities and more. House tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance today at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   5   Sunday


Christalis Superhero 5K Run/Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. start12:15 to 3:15 p.m. Shake off the winter blues and bring the family to celebrate the first blooms of spring! Enjoy a tour of the historic house and garden, children's activities, refreshm bounce and playgarden staff and volunteers about your garderning questions. $$ Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, MD.
Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire! The Electricity Tour. Kids ages 7+. Saturdays 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 and 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience's delight! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Fall Campfire & Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a campfire picnic followed by an evening nature walk. Bring your own hotdogs & rolls; we'll supply the marshmallows. Afterwards we'll take a walk around the nature center trails to look for what is going on around the pond, meadow or woods. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring an interactive playground of fun, with programs and activities emphasizing health, fitness, safety, environment and education. Carnival super passes available online. FREE Fairfax Co. Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
LEGO KidsFest Virginia. All ages (family-friendly event). Session 1: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Session 2: 3 to 7:30 p.m. LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event. Tickets online. $$ Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Potomac Country House Tour & Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. 25+ boutique vendors, food, silent auction, children-friendly activities and more. House tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Saint Francis Episcopal Church, Potomac, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted today. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Recess Monkey. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Recess Monkey strives to strike a balance between kid-centric ideas and musical authenticity. Lyrically, they weave jokes and puns together with universal childhood themes, speaking to both kids and their parents simultaneously with catchy, melodic songs. Fun for all! Tickets online $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   6   Monday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Move & Groove with Mr. Skip. Kids ages 5 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Mr. Skip, who is all about music and movement, sings original and classic kids songs like Old McDonald. He gets the kids off their seats and moving. Even the parents and grandparents have fun as Mr. Skip plays his own brand of music. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Things with Wings. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. As the weather grows cold, birds begin to migrate south. But birds are not the only animals with wings. Learn which animals have wings and how they use them. Enjoy a story about wings, make a craft and take a short hike to find winged animals. Preregister by Oct. 2. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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OCT   7   Tuesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Things with Wings. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. As the weather grows cold, birds begin to migrate south. But birds are not the only animals with wings. Learn which animals have wings and how they use them. Enjoy a story about wings, make a craft and take a short hike to find winged animals. Preregister by Oct. 2. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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OCT   8   Wednesday


Adventure Kids. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Join the Kids Club and enjoy monthly events, giveaways and more! This month enjoy The Great Zucchini, and the first 50 club members receive a free bat clapper. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The Wright Stuff: First in Flight. Kids ages 3 to 8. 10:12 a.m. and noon. Richmond's Theatre IV presents a musical version of how two brothers and their bicycle shop changed the world forever. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Tyke Hikes: Hibernation. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Come and discover the bustling world around the Nature Center. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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OCT   9   Thursday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Preschool Nature Adventure: I Like Leaves. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, making new friends and having fun while exploring nature. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Outdoor activities are included in every program, so please dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   10   Friday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Glow in the Dark Party. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Space is limited. Preregistration required. $$ My Gym, Potomac, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Grandsons Jr. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   11   Saturday


Bremen Town Band. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. A menagerie of unlikely friends, including a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, set off in search of musical stardom in the town of Bremen. You will tap your toes to this delightful musical adaptation of the famous Grimm's tale. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.
City of Fairfax Fall Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 400 juried fine artisans, vendors and food. Musical entertainment (4 stages). Children's stage and activities. Amusement rides 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lumberjack competition, business expo and more! Rain date Oct. 12. FREE FREE Old Town Fairfax, VA.
Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer DC as they entertain the audience while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABCs and 1-2-3s. This one hour show will have young railroad lovers, Thomas the Tank Engine fans, and families singing and dancing. Tickets onnline. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire! The Electricity Tour. Kids ages 7+. Saturdays 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 and 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience's delight! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Girl Scout Daisies: Between Earth & Sky Journey. For Girl Scout Daisies. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Want to work towards your Earth & Sky Journey? Join us and complete activities that satisfy requirements for this Journey. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Girl Scout Juniors: Flowers Badge. For Girl Scout Juniors. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to work towards your Flowers badge? Join us and complete activities that satisfy requirements for this badge Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Saturday Story and Hike. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Stop by the Nature Center for story time and a hike. A Naturalist will read a story and then lead a hike based on the theme of the story. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
SterlingFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A wide variety of foods, crafts, businesses, vendors and sponsors. Children's activities and rides, book sale with the Sterling Playmakers and local musicians providing the entertainment. FREE Sterling Park, Sterling, VA.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance today at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Taste of Bethesda. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees sample delicious restaurant offerings, enjoy live entertainment and visit the kids' corner for face painting and arts & crafts. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.

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OCT   12   Sunday


Clifton Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival includes arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, the Town Market, live music, children's activities and lots of good food. FREE Main Street, Clifton, VA.
Coyote Chorus Campfire. Kids ages 2+. 7 to 8 p.m. Be a part of a coyote chorus and howl at the moon! Gather around the campfire and learn all about these elusive canines living among us. We'll finish the evening with s'mores! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Doktor Kaboom: Live Wire! The Electricity Tour. Kids ages 7+. Saturdays 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 and 4 p.m. Back by popular demand, Doktor Kaboom returns with a world premiere Kennedy Center co-commission! This time focusing on the power of electricity, he creatively blends theater with the wonders of scientific exploration to audience's delight! Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Fall Trail Clean Up Day. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Earn SSL hours while helping to clean up our creek and trails. No advanced registration is required. Participants under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Nature & Art Adventures. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Also on Oct. 26. Drop in to try your hand with a simple, nature-inspired art or craft activity. Each week will bring a different project focusing on migration, preparation for winter and Harper Homestead cabin tasks. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. German music and dancing, wagon rides, pumpkin painting, hands-on crafts, family activites galore. FREE FREE Gaithersburg, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Science Sunday: Weather or Not?. Kids ages 6 to 12. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Science is awesome, messy, and fun! Join a park naturalist as we explore the world of weather around the park. We'll experiment to see if we can make our own clouds and rain, and then make our own weather prediction tools. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Train Day at Oktoberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. View BANTRAK N-Gauge model trains display. Bavarian beer, food, music, dancing, wine tasting & more. FREE Kentlands Old Farm & Main St, areas, Gaithersburg, MD.
Tree Monsters. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 2 p.m. Once upon a time, a group of very nice monsters lived in our woods and we're going to go find them! We may even get to make our very own tree monsters. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty on this adventure! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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OCT   13   Monday


Columbus Day Rock. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .

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OCT   14   Tuesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   15   Wednesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   16   Thursday


Autumn Harvest Tea. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 to 3 p.m. See the changes autumn brings to our garden landscape. Create a mini floral bouquet using natural materials from our gardens. Savor the flavors of fall with tea or spiced hot cider and a selection of harvest treats. Preregsiter. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VAMD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Nature Tots - Flying Friends. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 p.m. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Noisy Woodpeckers. Kids ages 3 to 5. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Woodpeckers need a strong head for all the pecking that they do. Find out what else is extraordinary about them, including how different their feet are and how they use their tongues to get food. Make a woodpecker puppet to take home and hike in search of woodpeckers. Preregister by Oct. 13. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Where Will I Sleep?. Kids ages 4 to 6. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Have you ever wondered where the birds sleep at night, and especially how they stay warm during the cold weather? Join us to learn about our feathery friends' sleeping habits, make a craft to bring home and then search in our make-believe night time to find our sleeping friends. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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OCT   17   Friday


Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Crooked Landing. $$ Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.
Croydon Creep. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Come to the Nature Center for spooky nature hikes, a magic show, hands-on activities and games. Come in costume! $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Halloween Geocache Hunt. Kids ages 8+. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for a hike and hunt through the woods. Learn how to use a GPS unit and spend the afternoon on a ghoulish geocaching adventure to hunt for Halloween tricks and treats throughout the woods. Bring water and be prepared to hike (long pants and sturdy shoes strongly recommended). If you don't have a GPS unit, we'll have units for families to share. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
National Trademark Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From the toothpaste you use to your favorite snack - trademarks are everywhere! Come learn about the importance of trademarks! Featuring costumed characters, children's workshops, story time, exhibitors and more other activities. FREE United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
School's Out: Hike the NW Branch Trail. Kids ages 2+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the outdoors on your day off from school! It's a perfect time of year to explore this wooded stream valley. We'll start at the nature center and hike 2-3 miles on natural surface trails. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children's entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors. Shop more than 250 of the nation's finest artisans' handcrafted work. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Tot Time: Leaves all Around. Kids ages 4 to 6. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Leaves: They're in the air, they're underfoot, they're everywhere but on the trees! Why are leaves falling and what happens to them after they settle on the ground? Let's find out! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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OCT   18   Saturday


Bethesda Row Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly 200 of the finest artists and crafters, selected from across the nation and Canada will be on display. Also featuring some of the area's best musical acts, food and and dining, along with hands-on children's art activities while benefiting NIH Children's Charities. Rain or shine. FREE Bethesda Row, Bethesda, MD.
Croydon Creek Campfire - Spooky Stories. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. A campfire provides a perfect setting for some child-friendly spooky stories and a delicious treat. Gather around the campfire with your friends for stories, snacks and more. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Family Fun: Geocaching. Kids ages 10 and under. 1 to 3 p.m. Geocaching is the ultimate outdoor quest game. Secret caches are hidden in the park. Your goal is to find them using a GPS unit. Find out what it's all about and then seek out a few caches yourself. Some GPS units are available to share, but bring your own if you have one. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VAMD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
National Trademark Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From the toothpaste you use to your favorite snack - trademarks are everywhere! Come learn about the importance of trademarks! Featuring costumed characters, children's workshops, story time, exhibitors and more other activities. FREE United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA.
Nocturnal Neighbors Festival. Kids ages 1+. 5 to 8 p.m. Celebrate the nocturnal community that keeps our neighborhood parks and forests in balance. Meet live animals, take a night hike, visit with experts and enjoy games, crafts and a campfire... all to celebrate our underappreciated nocturnal friends. Advance registration strongly encouraged due to limited space. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
PetOberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy family-and pet-friendly activities including: a pet parade, pet contests, pet-friendly exhibitors, a fashion show, children's entertainment, store discounts, prizes and much more. Pet photo booth donations will benefit the Prince William SPCA. All pets in attendance must be leashed. FREE Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children's entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors. Shop more than 250 of the nation's finest artisans' handcrafted work. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo!. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $$ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   19   Sunday


Bethesda Row Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly 200 of the finest artists and crafters, selected from across the nation and Canada will be on display. Also featuring some of the area's best musical acts, food and and dining, along with hands-on children's art activities while benefiting NIH Children's Charities. Rain or shine. FREE Bethesda Row, Bethesda, MD.
Fall Campfire & Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a campfire picnic followed by an evening nature walk. Bring your own hotdogs & rolls; we'll supply the marshmallows. Afterwards we'll take a walk around the nature center trails to look for what is going on around the pond, meadow or woods. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Preschool Fair. 3 to 5 p.m. Confused about which preschool is the right one for your child? Come learn more about local preschools in one place. This is truly one stop shopping! Over 30 preschools from the Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase and surrounding areas will be represented. Face painting, temporary tattoos, balloons and petting zoo. FREE St. James' Episcopal Church, Potomac, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Watch the creative process of master artisans during ongoing craft demonstrations. Live music, children's entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies available to sample and buy from dozens of specialty food vendors. Shop more than 250 of the nation's finest artisans' handcrafted work. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo!. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $$ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   20   Monday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
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Stories with Ranger Steph. Kids ages 0 to 4. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Did you know that the Piscataway People were expert farmers as well as hunters? This month find out about the contributions of the first Americans to our culture. Listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy other activities. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.

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OCT   21   Tuesday


Arithmetickles. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Math leaps out of the textbook and into everyday life in this unique and interactive show. Fast-paced comedy, mime, theatrical effects and creative number games make multiplication, division, fractions and geometry fun and exciting. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   22   Wednesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   23   Thursday


Discovery Hike: In Search of the Great Pumpkin. Kids ages 3 to 6 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fall is pumpkin time. Listen to a pumpkin story and learn how pumpkins grow. Then we will hit the trail in search of a little pumpkin just for you and maybe, just maybe, we will find the Great Pumpkin along the way. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Rennie Harris Puremovement History of Hip Hop. Kids in grades 3+. Noon. A lecture demo illustrates how ancient traditions led to contemporary hip hop. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Spiders and their Webs. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, making new friends and having fun while exploring nature. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Outdoor activities are included, dress for weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   24   Friday


Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Campfire and Nature Walk. Kids ages 2+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for a picnic by the fire and then enjoy a nature walk under the night sky with one of our naturalists. Please bring your own hotdogs and rolls, and we'll bring the makings for s'mores. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Haunted Trail. Kids ages 4+. 10 a.m. to noon. Have fun learning to make Halloween-themed dishes and healthy snacks for the holiday. $$ Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
Howl-O-ween Masquerade. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Bring your four legged friend(s) out in a Halloween disguise for a romp through the ghostly trails of One Loudoun's Central Park! This furry friendly event will offer a dog walk, costume contest and a dog friendly swag bag for your bestest friend, as well as a surprise swag item for you, well your pooch! Preregister. $$ The Barn at One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA.
Owl-O-Ween Campfire. Kids ages 3+. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join us around the campfire for owl facts, folklore and fun. Meet our mascot Otus the Owl and visit with one of Meadowside's resident owls. We will have marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for s'mores. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Huge seasonal children's consignment sale! An amazing selection of kids items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books and more. No strollers or walking children before noon today. FREE Greenbelt Armory, Greenbelt, MD.

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OCT   25   Saturday


Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Looking for a place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move? Spend quality time with your family while enjoying our renowned dueling piano show. It's an all request live music show with a kid-friendly buffet. Tickets online. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Campfires at Black Hill: Halloween. Kids ages 6+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nothing is like being at a campfire under the stars. Join a naturalist for themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s'mores around a fire. Bring a chair or blanket. Gather 'round a campfire in the deep, dark wood to hear tales of natural mysteries and local ghost stories. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Fall Harvest Family Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes free wagon rides, corn husk doll making, apple roasting, 18th-century games and music, and lots more! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Family Fun: Night Wings & Twilight Things. Kids ages 5+. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Come to Green Spring as the light grows dim and see the creatures that emerge at dusk. Learn about night creatures as we walk in the woods. Play some ghoulish games and make a creepy craft for your Halloween decor. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Pumpkin Party. Kids ages 3 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon. Come learn about pumpkins large and small, make a silly jack-o'-lantern, listen to some funny pumpkin tales and sample a delicious pumpkin treat. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Ghosts, Goblins, & Ghouls Spooktacular 5k. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Grab your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun run 5k through decorated streets and central park at One Loudoun. Awards for best costume, food, prizes and a Scarecrow Sprint for the kids will take place after the finish. Preregister. $$ The Barn at One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA.
Great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 3 to 8. 3 to 3:45 p.m. Join us on a nature treasure hunt searching for the Great Pumpkin along our trails. Will we find a trick... or a treat? Wear a trail-friendly costume if you want! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Halloween Mini-Camp: Costume & Culinary. Kids ages 6 to 10. $$ .
Harvest Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrating DC's official Food Day and the museum's Food: Our Global Kitchen exhibition! Watch demonstrations by local chefs for kids and adults, ride a smoothie-bike, taste healthy, delicious treats, mini farmers market with produce scavenger hunt, fruit and veggie watercolor painting and much more! FREE National Geographic, Washington, DC.
Haunted Hangar. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Wear your costume and join in the Halloween fun! Arts, crafts, hayrides and spooky fun are waiting for all. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.
Jack-o'-lantern Carving Workshop. Kids ages 13+. 1 to 3 p.m. Check out the outrageous pumpkin designs. Staff member demonstrates the techniques and creative materials used and helps you to make your own extraordinary jack-o'-lantern creation to take home. Pumpkin and carving tools provided. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances is enjoyed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Eric Herman. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances performed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Eric Herman. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Nature Tots - Colors of Nature. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 p.m. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Pueblo a Pueblo Benefit Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini will be performing. Pueblo a Pueblo is a not for profit organization that works to improve the health, education, and nutrition of children in indigenous coffee farming communities in Guatemala. All proceeds raised through ticket sales will go towards supporting the School Health and Nutrition Program, which provides daily nutritious hot meals to school children. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Pumpkin Festival. $$ .
Spooky Science. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Hair-raising activities, creepy crafts, and fang-tastic demonstrations, as well as creepy chemistry and mysterious science-all making for a hauntingly good time. Wear costumes to make it a truly spook-tacular day! $$ Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Monster Who Ate My Peas. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. ArtsPower's newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of willpower. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.
Trackless Train Ride. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 5 p.m. Take a 20-minute ride on the Fairfax County Park Authority's 12-passenger trackless train around Green Spring Gardens. Learn about Green Spring Gardens and enjoy the views. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Huge seasonal children's consignment sale! An amazing selection of kids items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books and more. FREE Greenbelt Armory, Greenbelt, MD.
Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo!. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $$ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   26   Sunday


Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Fall Harvest Family Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes free wagon rides, corn husk doll making, apple roasting, 18th-century games and music, and lots more! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Fall Harvest Family Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Includes free wagon rides, corn husk doll making, apple roasting, 18th-century games and music, and lots more! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.
Family Geocaching - Past Meets Presents. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn the history of geocaching and the basics needed to use our GPS units and then head out on our geocaching trail with your family to test your skills. Use a GPS unit to work your way through the Rockville Cemetery to discover some history hidden in this tucked-away place. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Halloween Whodunit. Kids ages 5+. 2, 4 and 6 p.m. For this frightfully fun concert, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. Pre-concert trick-or-treating and Haunted Hall Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Locust Grove Cider Days. Kids ages 2+. 2 to 3 p.m. Learn about cider, apple varieties, and apple history. Sample lesser-known apple types and try your hand at pressing cider. This program is designed for families and individuals. Information for groups available online. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Not Too Scary Halloween Story Time on the Lake. Kids ages 1+. 1 to 2 p.m. Join us for a special edition of Story Time on the Lake. Wear your costume and board the pontoon boat for a spirited ride! A naturalist will read aloud some Halloween stories that are sure to make you smile, not scream. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 50% off day. Seasonal children's consignment sale! An amazing selection of kids items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books and more. FREE Greenbelt Armory, Greenbelt, MD.
Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo!. Kids ages 12 and under. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.) Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $$ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   27   Monday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.

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OCT   28   Tuesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.

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OCT   29   Wednesday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.

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OCT   30   Thursday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Mixed Up Fairy Tale. Kids in grades K-3. Emmy Award-winning Page Turner Adventures involves everyone in the audience in the storytelling experience. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

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OCT   31   Friday


Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. until 9 p.m. Hayrides, pumpkin fort, farm animals, slides, Cherokee storyteller, teepee, Western town and much more. See an admission coupon with our ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.
Green Halloween Costume Party. All ages. 1 to 3 p.m. School's out, so join us for a spook-tacular time of showing off your "green" imagination. Make your best Halloween costume from reused or recyclable materials and join us for a party. Prizes for the best costumes and use of reused or recycled materials. We'll end the party with a campfire and s'mores. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Mall-O-Ween. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join Dulles Town Center for an evening of spooky, family-friendly fun on Halloween! FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.
Otus the Owl Halloween Storytime. Kids ages 2 to 10. 10 to 10:45 a.m. We will read stories about owls and meet our mascot Otus the Owl, so bring your camera! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Comedy and Magic Society. Kids ages 10+. 8 and 9:30 p.m. shows. In partnership with Thin Air Productions, an astounding evening of magic and sleight of hand combined with interactive theater and hilarious fun! These magicians will leave you wondering what's up their sleeve next! Each show is different. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Trick or Treat. All ages (family-friendly event). 3:30 to 6 p.m. Includes a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating in the historic area, costume parade and prizes. Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.