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APR   20   Sunday


Dinosaur Egg Hunt. Kids ages 3 to 8. 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. Explore the world of dinosaurs with our themed egg hunt! Enjoy a brief program on dinosaurs and a craft before you search for eggs in Nature Playce. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Paint-Your-Own-Pet Class. Kids ages 8+. 3 to 5 p.m. In honor of National Pet Day, April 11th, they will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the class to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF). Send photos of their pets to the studio and an artist will pre-sketch portraits on canvases. Guests of all skill levels will learn how to bring their canvases to life using various painting techniques. April 11, adult class 6 to 8 p.m. $$ The Art Station, Leesburg, VA.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Built To Amaze, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show on Earth will surprise and delight audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
STEM in Spring. Kids ages 5 to 10. Programs run throughtout the day. School may be out for spring break, but your kids can still learn while they have fun! Enjoy special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs all week long! $$ Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 2:15 p.m. Join us for a screening of the hit PBS KIDS film, Sid the Science Kid! Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.

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APR   21   Monday


Earth Day Explorers. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. Celebrate Earth Day! Enjoy games and activities that teach us new ways to take care of the earth and the creatures that call it home. Make a recycled craft. Preregister by emailing naturecenter@reston.org. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Earth Day Meadow Madness Challenge. Kids ages 2+. 2 to 4 p.m. It's Earth Day and we want to give back to Mother Earth. Join us for a service project in our meadow and for great meadow activities. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrating Easter Monday and Earth Day together for one special event. There will be a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and animal demonstrations as well as well as visits from the Easter Panda. Also, in honor of Earth Day, you can bring your old cell phone to recycling stations at the MetroPCS booth. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Forest Fledgling: Spring. Kids ages 2 to 4. 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers share stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration. The topic for this week: Animal homes. Preregister. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
STEM in Spring. Kids ages 5 to 10. Programs run throughtout the day. School may be out for spring break, but your kids can still learn while they have fun! Enjoy special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs all week long! $$ Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 1:15 p.m. Join us for a screening of the hit PBS KIDS film, Sid the Science Kid! Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant and adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   22   Tuesday


Celebrate Science!. All ages (family-friendly event). Celebrate Earth Day! The National Children's Museum is hosting a fun, interactive "Celebrate Science!" event themed to PBS's popular preschool show, "Sid the Science Kid." Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Tudor Tots: Growing Gardeners. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Meet to read, sing and play in the picturesque gardens. This program offers a new theme each week, from "adventurous animals" to "growing gardens" and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week's topic. Register for one or multiple sessions online. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
Woodsy the Owl Scavenger Hunt. Kids 4 to 8. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by taking a scavenger hike to discover the living things to be found in the sky, land and water. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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APR   23   Wednesday


Celebrate Science!. All ages (family-friendly event). Celebrate Earth Day! The National Children's Museum is hosting a fun, interactive "Celebrate Science!" event themed to PBS's popular preschool show, "Sid the Science Kid." Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.
Homeschool Extravaganza. Meadowside Nature Center invites homeschoolers to experience bugs, birds, butterflies and more! During this special two-day event homeschoolers can explore one or more topics through outdoor discoveries, live animals, games and pellet dissections. Various ages groups, topics and times can be found online. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

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APR   24   Thursday


Amphibian Idol. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. Frogs and toads sing in the spring hoping to attract mates, providing us with a memorable outdoor experience. Learn which songs belong to which amphibians, and explore the wetlands to see which are calling. Preregister by emailing naturecenter@reston.org. $$ Sunrise Valley Wetlands, Reston, VA.
Hansel and Gretel. Kids ages 5 to 11. Thurs. and Fri. 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat. and Sun. 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. This favorite is an excellent introduction to musical story for children. Pre-pruchase tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Homeschool Day. Kids ages 5 to 12. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids experience hands-on learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800. Seasonal activities include school room, games, textiles/sewing, slave life, kitchen, herbs, toiletries and medicines. Preregister. $$ Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA.
Homeschool Extravaganza. Meadowside Nature Center invites homeschoolers to experience bugs, birds, butterflies and more! During this special two-day event homeschoolers can explore one or more topics through outdoor discoveries, live animals, games and pellet dissections. Various ages groups, topics and times can be found online. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Nature Tots - Backyard Buddies. Ages 2 to 5, with an adult. 10 to 11:30 a.m. A naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Stories with Ranger Steph. Kids ages 0 to 4. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Learn some ways that we can all help care for our home planet. After all, it is a home we share with billions of other people, as well as countless plants and animals. Featuring: Get Down-to-Earth and Celebrate Earth Day! FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.
X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium. Kids ages 6+. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Select from 60 mind-blowing talks on some of the hottest topics in science. Unique opportunity to meet private and commercial space flight astronauts, explorers of the Titanic, the decipherer of the human genome and so many more. Limited space, preregister early. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

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APR   25   Friday


Day Out with Thomas. Kids ages 2 to 5. Times vary. Little Engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Friday Night Live Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the start of the spring season at the center's Friday evening for live music and family time. Entertaining this week: Split 2nd. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Hansel and Gretel. Kids ages 5 to 11. Thurs. and Fri. 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat. and Sun. 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. This favorite is an excellent introduction to musical story for children. Pre-pruchase tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Little Shop of Horrors. Kids ages 12+. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Brought to you by Act Two, Levine Music's professional level musical theater training initiative for middle and high school students. Tickets online. $$ Round House Theater, Silver Spring, MMD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Open Studio Fridays. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Join us for some creative fun! Check out a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum and try a different selection of art material each week. FREE National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.
Rockhounders. Kids 6 to 12. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Join naturalist Kyle for the popular summer camp that is now a spring series! This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils and collecting. Preregister. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
Still Life With Iris. All ages (family-friendly event). Presented by the Acting Conservatory, featuring students in grades 4-11. Still Life With Iris takes place in the magical world of Nocturno. A place opposite our own, where by night workers create everything we see in our world by day. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Mother of All Baby Showers. 5 to 9 p.m. An adult only night out for new and expectant parents with top notch baby products and services. Featuring Heidi Murkoff, author of the world's best selling pregnany and parenting series What to Expect. Also Denise & Alan Fields authors of best-selling baby gear book, Baby Bargains. Mini spa treatments, tasty treats, Educational sessions and VIP swags. FREE Great Beginnings, Chantilly, VA.

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APR   26   Saturday


5th Annual Move Me Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 5 p.m. A day of wellness, fitness, and fun for all ages! Move Me is a celebration of the arts and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts and featuring performances and artistic activities. FREE Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA.
Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Have a great afternoon spending quality time with your family while enjoying our renowned dueling piano show at Bobby McKey's! Kid-friendly buffet and lots of fun. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Countdown to Kindergarten. Kids ages 4 & 5. Join us for a day of fun and educational activities at our annual celebration that prepares parents and caregivers to successfully transition their emerging kindergartners into school! $$ Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Day Out with Thomas. Kids ages 2 to 5. Times vary. Little Engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Dino Film Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 5 p.m. Dinosaurs Imagined and Re-Imagined explores the history and special effects of dinosaurs in popular film. View "The Valley of Gwangi" the cinematic descendant of King Kong! Make it a Dinosaur-athon˙ and stay for the 7:30 showing of Jurassic Park 3D in the Johnson IMAX Theater. FREE Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Dino Film Fest: Jurassic Park 3D. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Special opportunity to view Jurassic Park 3D - 65 million years in the making - with discussion of the science behind the film with Matthew Carrano, Curator of Dinosauria. Tickets online. $$ Museum of Natural History, Johnson IMAX Theater, Washington, DC.
Hansel and Gretel. Kids ages 5 to 11. Thurs. and Fri. 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat. and Sun. 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. This favorite is an excellent introduction to musical story for children. Pre-pruchase tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Kevin Kammeraad & the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This Junior Jams show is full of poetry, pupperty, music and movement. Kammeraad s an award-winning artist, performer, and children's author of many books and CDs. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Little Shop of Horrors. Kids ages 12+. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Brought to you by Act Two, Levine Music's professional level musical theater training initiative for middle and high school students. Tickets online. $$ Round House Theater, Silver Spring, MMD.
Maryland Day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inspiration. Boldness. Curiosity. Passion. You'll find it all at Maryland Day, the University of Maryland's one-day open house of 450 educational, family-friendly and interactive events. Come explore our world of Fearless Ideas. FREE University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Me and My Shadow. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This new show from Australia's renowned Patch Theatre Company uses a combination of light and shadow, paper and water, fantastical imagery, and intriguing sounds to reveal the perplexities and pleasures of friendship. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Open Workshop: Living Spaces. Kids ages 8+. Ticketed entry from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Your creation is only limited by your imagination. Add your creativity to our tools and materials as you take on a design challenge. Create products and prototypes to make an everyday task into something extraordinary! Tickets online. $$ National Building Museum, Washington, DC.
Save the Frogs Day. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate "International Save the Frogs Day" and learn all about our vanishing amphibians and why these good natured bouncers need our help. We'll explore the pond to wonder at tadpoles, sing in our own frog chorus, and try our hand at drawing frogs for fun. Preregister online. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 2:15 p.m. Join us for a screening of the hit PBS KIDS film, Sid the Science Kid! Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.
Spring Bazaar. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for books in English, French and Spanish at the used book sale. Enjoy the street bazaar and flea market. Moonbounce, games and other activities, plus food sampling and high tea on the terrace. New this year, enjoy dance performances by Joy of Motion and fabulous live Jazz bands. FREE Washington International School, Washington, DC.
Spring Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun for the whole family that will include a live animal show, woodland walks, nature games and crafts, sustainability exhibits and a spring native plant sale. FREE Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The Lion's Whiskers. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. A delightful musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folktale, this show features a charming cast of human characters as well as our favorite African animals! Presented by the Catskill Puppet Theater. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center / The Alden, McLean, VA.
USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Listen to some of the most exciting and fun-filled STEM and out of this world authors talk about their books and adventures. Also will feature leading STEM books, toys, games and kits˙for kids of all ages. FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Explore science & engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing and more. Other highlights include over 100 stage shows featuring Dirty Job's Mike Rowe, Basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar and many others.˙ FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

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APR   27   Sunday


9th Annual Bands on the Bay. Bands on the Bay returns to Herrington on the Bay for another afternoon of bands, food and fun. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt because this year we are having a Luau! All funds raised at Bands on the Bay directly benefit the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. $$ Herrington on the Bay, Rose Haven, MD.
Baby Loves Disco. Kids to age 12. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Baby loves disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real djs blending classic disco tunes. From the 70s, & 80s with today's hottest dance tunes... guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving. Tickets online. $$ Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC.
Day Out with Thomas. Kids ages 2 to 5. Times vary. Little Engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Dino Film Fest: Jurassic Park 3D. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Special opportunity to view Jurassic Park 3D - 65 million years in the making - with discussion of the science behind the film with Matthew Carrano, Curator of Dinosauria. Tickets online. $$ Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Family Celebration of Earth Day. All ages (family-friendly events). 1 to 3 p.m. Enjoy one of Washington's greenest spots by celebrating Earth Day as a family at Tudor Place. The afternoon's activities include games, a scavenger hunt, painting flower pots and planting them with seeds from the historic garden. Eco-friendly refreshments will be served. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
Hands-on History. Kids ages 4 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Drop off your children and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children. Activities include games, penmanship, washing clothes, and making a food item such as butter, ice cream, cheese or applesauce. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
Hansel and Gretel. Kids ages 5 to 11. Thurs. and Fri. 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat. and Sun. 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. This favorite is an excellent introduction to musical story for children. Pre-pruchase tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Hug a Tree & Other Ways to Show Trees You Love'em. Kids ages 5 to 12. 2 to 3 p.m. Celebrate Arbor Day! Enjoy games and activities which will help you find out what trees need to grow, and what we can do to show trees we love them! Take a short, ranger-led hike and see how many trees you can identify. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.
International Day of the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music, author readings and open mic. We also have an exciting children's program lined up including magic, music, storytelling, poetry, and exotic animals. Rain or shine. FREE Howard Avenue, Old Town Kensington, MD.
Kevin Kammeraad & the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 1:30 p.m. Join us in the NCM Theatre to see a cast of puppet characters come to life! The Cooperfly Puppet Troupe provides a musically poetic family adventure that will keep your imagination active! Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Little Shop of Horrors. Kids ages 12+. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Brought to you by Act Two, Levine Music's professional level musical theater training initiative for middle and high school students. Tickets online. $$ Round House Theater, Silver Spring, MMD.
Me and My Shadow. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This new show from Australia's renowned Patch Theatre Company uses a combination of light and shadow, paper and water, fantastical imagery, and intriguing sounds to reveal the perplexities and pleasures of friendship. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Pooh Bear's Friends' Tea Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3:30 p.m. Families enjoy honey, tea and cookies in a Pooh-style tea while learning about Virginia's brown bears and if heffalumps and wuzzles are native to Fairfax County. Bring your favorite stuffed animal too! Preregister. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
ROAR for Autism 2014. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 a.m. to noon. 25-mile Bike Ride, 5k Run/Road Race, Low-Mileage Fun Walk & Family Festival. After participating enjoy live music, mascot challenge, face painting, balloon art,coloring station, enclosed playground and great food and snacks. $$ Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD.
Sundaes in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Take a Sunday stroll along the paths and stop by the campfire area for an ice cream sundae before or after your visit. Create your own confection with the toppings and enjoy a scoop of farm fresh vanilla ice cream, while it lasts. Preregister. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant and adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids ages 4 and under. 10 a.m. This Puppet Co. program is designed for the youngest theater patrons. The shows are shorter, the lights stay on, the doors stay open, and everyone has a great time! This week featuring: Magic Toyshop. Pre-Purchases are strongly recommended. $$ Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Trash to Treasure Crafts. Kids ages 7+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Everyone knows the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. Fashion your recyclables into fantastic crafts that turn trash into treasures. We'll show you how. Bring at least three of the following: newspapers and glass jars, magazines, cardboard tubes, soda cans, steel cans, paper grocery bags, old CDs, t-shirts, milk/soda/juice bottles or cartons. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Listen to some of the most exciting and fun-filled STEM and out of this world authors talk about their books and adventures. Also will feature leading STEM books, toys, games and kits˙for kids of all ages. FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Explore science & engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing and more. Other highlights include over 100 stage shows featuring Dirty Job's Mike Rowe, Basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar and many others.˙ FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

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APR   28   Monday


Animal Vets. 4 to 5 p.m. Meet at Riverbend Park's nature cener and go `behind the scenes' to help care for our exhibit animals. On this special day, take the animal's vital signs and check their health. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
Forest Fledgling: Spring. Kids ages 2 to 3. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Kids share stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration. The topic for this week: April showers. Preregister. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

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APR   29   Tuesday


Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
New Moon Club: Whooo's That?. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8 p.m. Join the New Moon Club and experience nature at night with a walk through the meadow and woods or around the pond. We'll start the evening around the campfire at The Harper 1870s Homestead, then look and listen for signs of animals who are busy at night. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Tudor Tots: Growing Gardeners. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Meet to read, sing and play in the picturesque gardens. This program offers a new theme each week, from "adventurous animals" to "growing gardens" and more. Children will participate each week in an interactive read-aloud, songs and themed movements, all related to the week's topic. Register for one or multiple sessions online. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

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APR   30   Wednesday


Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 6:30 to 8 p.m. A lake tour will be captained by a naturalist who will point out beaver lodges, feeding sites and (hopefully) beavers! Insectivorous bats will be out, and our ultrasonic transducer bat detector will tell us where they're feeding and flying. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Grandparenting 101. 7 p.m. Becoming a grandparent? Not sure what's changed since you had your own babies? This workshop will cover topics such as current trends in infant care and safety, how to be (and not be) helpful to the new parents, how to navigate changing family dynamics, how to be a long-distance grandparent and how to equip your home to encourage visits. FREE Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Washington, DC.
Kids' Farm Month at The Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Kids' Farm Month sponsored by State Farm with special activities and events. Every day, there will be special animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. Plus, an exclusive giveaway children every weekend. Details online. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Tot Time! Step Gently!. Kids ages 2 to 4 p.m. 10:15 to 11 a.m. Explore the sights, sounds, textures and movements of the natural world. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Outdoor activities are included, dress for weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Tyke Hikes: Flowers. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Come and discover the bustling world around the Nature Center. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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May

MAY   1   Thursday


Celebrate Birds!. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. What makes a bird special? Explore the wonder of feathers, beaks, wings, chirps and four-toed feet with your fledgling naturalist. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

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MAY   2   Friday


DPR Fun Day. Kids ages 6 to 12. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer Fun Day, a single-day program that offers fun and enriching activities, such as sports and athletics, arts and crafts when DC Public Schools will be closed for staff development. Available at 14 sites. Online preregistration is required. FREE FREE Washington, DC.
Day Out with Thomas. Kids ages 2 to 5. Times vary. Little Engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Operation Code Buster. Kids ages 8 to 11. 5 to 7 p.m. Join award-winning children's author, Penny Warner who crafted the best-selling Code Busters Club series in a hands-on and minds-on mission bringing parts of her stories to life. Pizza dinner and a take home Code Buster kit included. Space is limited-advance registration required. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, DC.

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MAY   3   Saturday


Antique, Craft & Food Truck Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring antiques, vendors, entertainment, and food trucks, this event is ideal for families and will allow you to shop while sampling food at the same time. Kids enjoy inflatibles, face painting and mobile aquarium. Rain date May 4. FREE FREE Old Town Bowie, MD.
Around the World Embassy Tour. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a signature event of Passport DC, an annual celebration of international culture in Washington, DC that showcases embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers and others. FREE Various locations, Washingon, DC.
Day Out with Thomas. Kids ages 2 to 5. Times vary. Little Engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Family Archaeology Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy an introduction to archaeology for all ages with a day of interactive learning and fun including mansion tours, a simulated archaeology dig for children, a 19th century Slave Quarters Dig Exhibit, storytelling, old-time games and crafts. Preregister online. $$ Needwood Mansion, Derwood, MD.
Fear Factor Night. 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. $$ My Gym, Chantilly, VA.
Kinetic Sculpture Race. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. AVAM hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore's Harbor. Costumes encouraged! FREE American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Music Box Series: Moo, Baa, Neigh. Kids ages 6 months to 3 years. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Series gives your budding music-lover the chance to explore music through highly engaging and interactive performamces. A clarinet quintet celebrates the barnyard noises of sheep, pigs, horses, cows with some sprightly music by Mozart. Tickets online. $$ Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Opera in the Outfield. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Live opera simulcasts at the ballpark by joining WNO for the family friendly opera, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute. Kids entertainment and activities. Rain or shine. FREE Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Scouting for Bricks. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO. Come see amazing LEGO creations by Fans of LEGO, LEGO trains and Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. $$ Heritage High School, Leesburg, VA.
Space Day: Space-Earth Connection. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space Day is a perennial favorite at the National Air and Space Museum where visitors enjoy hands-on activities, meet astronauts and learn about space from experts at the Museum and NASA. FREE National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. A pirate and a princess are on a treasure hunt, searching for the same clues. The princess stays one step ahead of the pirate with every clue. Join Crabgrass Puppet Theatre on a thrilling voyage chock full of sea monsters, sharks and side-splitting action! Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.
Tree House's Tour de Cookie. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take your bicycles and ride from one bake sale to the next. Register online. The Family Expo will be at the finish line and will feature child-friendly entertainment. ALL proceeds directly benefit the Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County. FREE Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD.
Unleashed Conference. Girls grades 6 to 12. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exciting workshops on developing your personal brand, building self-confidence, setting goals and being the best you. Also makeup tutorials, music, food and great speakers. Preregister online. FREE E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, DC.
Yoga on the Mall. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than a thousand yoga enthusiasts and first-timers will gather to practice and celebrate DC Yoga Week. This is designed to increase awareness about the benefits of yoga and meditation and encourage greater physical health and well-being. FREE Constitution Gardens, Vietnam Memorial, Washington, DC.

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MAY   4   Sunday


Day Out with Thomas. Kids ages 2 to 5. Times vary. Little Engineers won't believe their eyes--or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas, Thomas the Tank Engine will be able to talk to his fans. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Fiesta Asia @ Silver Spring. All ages (family-friendly event). The unique settings of Downtown Silver Spring guarantee a vibrant crowd at the annual Fiesta Asia Silver Spring. They know how to put on a good party - Asian style! Kids and adults alike enjoy the performances, food, crafts, interactive activities, shopping all day long. FREE Downtown, Silver Spring, MD.
Once On This Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Through joyous song and dance numbers, the story follows a young heroine's life to prove love is more powerful than the forces of prejudice, hatred and death. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Paws in the Park Dog Walk & Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Paws in the Park is some serious fun in the sun - for your family and for your pooch! Exciting features this year include pet games, face painting, a DJ, vendors, food, demos, rescue groups and much more! Preregister online for a one-mile walk. FREE Summit Hall Farm, Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Raptors Rule Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Join naturalists and staff for an afternoon of raptor-filled fun and facts and celebrate Maryland's amazing birds of prey. Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks by local experts. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Raptors Rule Festival. Kids ages 2+. Noon to 4 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of raptor-filled fun and facts as we celebrate Maryland's amazing birds of prey. Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks by local experts. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Scouting for Bricks. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO. Come see amazing LEGO creations by Fans of LEGO, LEGO trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. $$ Heritage High School, Leesburg, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   5   Monday


Young Playwrights Festival Performance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Center Stage welcomes the community to attend the free Young Playwrights Festival performance on May 5, which includes an awards ceremony recognizing honorees, staged readings of selected plays, the My America/My Baltimore films, and a reception in honor of all of the students who submitted scripts. Reservations suggested. $$ Center Stage, Baltimore, MD.

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MAY   6   Tuesday


Tuesday in the Park. Kids ages 1+. 11 a.m. to noon. Join a naturalist at the Cabin John Regional Park playground off Tuckerman Lane to explore what's happening outside! FREE Cabin Johm Park, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   7   Wednesday


Jammin' Juniors Lunchtime Concerts. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to some tunes! Today's entertainment: Roger Day. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
STEM Kid Science Animal Aerobics. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Float like a butterfly, buzz like a bee, stay still like a walking stick, come move like me! Have a wiggly good time moving like animals, make a floating butterfly craft and let's get outside to watch animals move nature. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   8   Thursday


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 Oh Susannah and the first 50 club members receive a free tambourine! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Nature Tots - A Bug's Life. 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. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Preschooler Series: Gardens Alive!. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Discover the colors, scents and plants growing in the spring gardens in this 3-part series. Each class includes exploration of a different garden, an art project, songs and more. Also May 15 and 22. Call to preregister. $$ Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC.

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MAY   9   Friday


Children of Eden. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Children of Eden is a two-act musical play freely based on the Book of Genesis. It is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, VA.
Dance Party: Thiller. Kids ages 6 to 12. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The kids won't want to miss this - nonstop dance activities! Filled with disco lights, this is a party they'll remember. Space is limited, preregister. $$ My Gym, Chantilly, VA.
Outer Space Night. 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. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tour the Solar System. Kids ages 5 to 12. 7 to 8 p.m. Earth feeling too crowded? Thinking of moving to a new planet? Compare weather conditions, size and the length of years and days of all the planets in the solar system (even Pluto) through interactive activities. Preregister online. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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MAY   10   Saturday


American Folk Fusion. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Sligo Creek Stompers and Caroline Mountain Band join forces to bring the true sounds of traditional American music. The music will feed the spirits and get your toes tapping. Tickets online. $$ Lang Recital Hall, Washington, DC.
Annual Children's Ball: The Clock Strikes Fun. For families with kids ages 4 to 12. 4 to 7 p.m. Gala exclusively for children! This fun-filled afternoon will include a performance of Cinderella: the Remix, rooms full of unique activities, family-oriented raffle baskets, auction items and a celebratory buffet reception. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Asparagus Mother's Day Weekend. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Why buy roses when you can buy Mom something as unique as a fresh Asparagus bouquet? Asparagus will be at its peak, fresh and full of flavor. Enjoy play area and activities. Plus, Mom receives a chocolate dipped strawberry! $$ Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlighting more than 120 contemporary artists selling their original fine art and craft. Featuring live entertainment, children's activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Children of Eden. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Children of Eden is a two-act musical play freely based on the Book of Genesis. It is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, VA.
Forest Friends Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family featuring tree care tips from the pros, tree climbing for kids, forest friendly crafts, forest critters, vendors and more. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Frederick Celtic Festival. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A wonderful children's tent by Scots For Tots.Scottish athletics, Celtic dancing and food. British car show, dog events anda Don't forget the msuiciand and pipers! Tickets online. $$ Mt. Airy Fairgrounds, Mt. Airy, MD.
Frederick Celtic Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scottish athletics, Celtic dancing and food. British car show, dog events and a wonderful children's tent by Scots For Tots. Don't forget the music and pipers! Tickets online. $$ Mt. Airy Fairgrounds, Mt. Airy, MD.
Here Comes Trouble with Marsha Goodman-Wood. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The band Here Comes Trouble blends a variety of musical genres, from funk to punk to rockabilly to rock and roll, appealing to the zany and wacky in all kids and their parents. Goodman-Wood is known for setting little toes tapping with original melodies that mix generous doses of science and positive social messages into songs that are just plain fun. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Super Science Saturday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This month's topic: Energy. $$ Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   11   Sunday


Asparagus Mother's Day Weekend. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Why buy roses when you can buy Mom something as unique as a fresh Asparagus bouquet? Asparagus will be at its peak, fresh and full of flavor. Enjoy play area and activities. Plus, Mom receives a chocolate dipped strawberry! $$ Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlighting more than 120 contemporary artists selling their original fine art and craft. Featuring live entertainment, children's activities and downtown Bethesda restaurants. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Family Geocache. Kids ages 6+. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Connect your family with nature with a forest and field geocaching program. Participants will learn the basics of geocaching while spending time outdoors. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Fiesta Asia Planet Family. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. Featuring cultural performances by children of all ages and interactive activities for the whole family. You'll have the opportunity to learn the different dances together with your mom. Show her how talented you are and thank her for loving you. FREE National Zoo, Panda Gift Shop, Washington, DC.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   12   Monday


Wonderful Wetlands. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. and also on Tues., May 13. Enjoy a stroll through Sunrise Valley Wetlands to look for the wildlife that live there. See dragonflies, turtles, ducks and geese up close. Make a turtle craft to take home. Preregister online. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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MAY   13   Tuesday


The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   14   Wednesday


Jammin' Juniors Lunchtime Concerts. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to some tunes! Today's entertainment: Farmer Jason. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.

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MAY   15   Thursday


Free Family Night. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. Sponsored by Geico. Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at box office. FREE National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.

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MAY   16   Friday


4th Annual Step It Up DC. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. arts and crafts, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. step workshops, 8:30 p.m. informal performance at the Edgewood Arts Center. Learn step dance from the pros. Attend one of the multi-level adult and children's classes, participate in arts and crafts and enjoy the lively performing of Dance Place's very own Step Team. Preregister online. $$ Brookland Artspace Lofts, Washington, DC.
Children of Eden. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Children of Eden is a two-act musical play freely based on the Book of Genesis. It is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, VA.
Spring Fever. 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.

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MAY   17   Saturday


Cabin John Ice Spring Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 p.m. Come and marvel at the talented figure skaters of Cabin John Ice Rink as they perform at the annual Spring Skating Show. FREE Cabin John Ice Rink, Rockville, MD.
Children of Eden. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 7:30 p.m. The Pickwick Players present Children of Eden, a two-act musical play freely based on the Book of Genesis. It is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Tickets online. $$ Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, VA.
DC Dragon Boat Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day festival features competitive dragon boat races on the Potomac River, colorful cultural performances and hands-on activities. Enjoy the traditional Eye-Dotting Ceremony, Lion Dance and Zhong zi. Sponsored by the Chinese Women's League. FREE Between Thompson's Boat Center, and Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Fiesta Asia Street Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The street fair offers a variety of activities including musical performances, a multicultural marketplace, martial arts demonstrations, friendly interactive activities, a talent competition, cultural parade, Bollywood street dancing and exhibits of traditional and contemporary Asian crafts. FREE Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd & 6th St NW, Washington, DC.
Gaithersburg Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gaithersburg Book Festival isn't just for adults. Featuring some of the top authors in children's literature, hands-on activities and interactive workshops, the Festival's Children's Village offers an incredible program for all children - from the newest book lovers to avid teen readers and writers. FREE City Hall Grounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Sensory-friendly performance today at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Unleash Your Superhero Powers with Culture Queen. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 12:30 p.m. Did you know you have a special power deep down inside you? Unleash your extraordinary gifts through creative dance, drama, and music with Culture Queen in the NCM Theatre! Tickets online. $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.

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MAY   18   Sunday


Baby Loves Disco. Kids to age 12. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Baby loves disco is an afternoon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real djs blending classic disco tunes. From the 70s & 80s with today's hottest dance tunes... guaranteed to get those little booties moving and grooving. Tickets online. $$ Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC.
Bluebirds Forever Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the Eastern Bluebird and enjoy an afternoon of special programs including exhibits, demonstrations and children's activities. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
DC Dragon Boat Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day festival features competitive dragon boat races on the Potomac River, colorful cultural performances and hands-on activities. Enjoy the traditional Eye-Dotting Ceremony, Lion Dance and Zhong zi. Sponsored by the Chinese Women's League. FREE Between Thompson's Boat Center, and Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Eggs-traordinary. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3 p.m. Eggs are the beginning of life for many animals. See examples of many different types of eggs, and try to guess who comes out of them. Touch real birds' eggs, big and small. Find out how squishy frog eggs can be. Learn how animals hide their eggs to protect them. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Family Ramble - Forest. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join a Naturalist on a hike through the Hayes Forest Preserve. Get to know the forest by looking under logs, searching for forest critters and taking a close-up look at trees. Trails are not stroller friendly. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Mattie Miracle Walk and Family Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring entertainment, food, moon bounce, legos and activities, kids races, local teen bands, and Frozen sing-a-long. All proceeds support children with pediatric cancer and their families. $$ St. Stephens & St. Agnes upper school campus, Alexandria, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Orphaned in the jungle as an infant, adopted by a wolf pack, young Mowgli, the man-cub is taught the Laws of the Jungle by Baloo, the bear and Bagheera, the panther. As Mowgli discovers himself and his place as a human, the jungle's greatest menace, Shere Khan, the Bengal Tiger prepares to finish the kill he abandoned years ago. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   19   Monday


Stories with Ranger Steph. Kids ages 0 to 4. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Crops to plant, new animals to train, fences to mend - the list goes on and on! Come find out why spring is such a busy season on the farm. Listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy other activities. This month, celebrate all the signs of new life at Oxon Hill Farm. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.

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MAY   20   Tuesday


Terrific Turtles. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Learn about the many turtles of Reston. Meet our resident box turtle, touch real turtle shells and make a turtle craft to take home. Go on a short hike to look for turtles in the forest and at the edge of Lake Audubon. Preregister online. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.