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DEC   20   Saturday


Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Cold, Cold, Go Away. Come Inside Where You Can Play! Looking for a place that is fun for the entire family. A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move? Nourish your child's enthusiasm for music and movement. Special guest: Santa Claus! $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Bookworms. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Curl up with a good book at the Nature Center. At each Bookworm program, we'll read a new story and you'll get a copy of the book to take home. Each program may include a craft or hike. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Grand Re-Opening Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Your favorite place to climb, bounce and tumble is even bigger and better than before - now featuring agility, ninja warrior and parkour training. Celebrate with your friends and your favorite instructors. Food trucks, games, give-aways and more! Prepare to party! FREE Dynamite Agility Center, Rockville, MD.
Kids Night Out! Eat-Play-Dance. Kids ages 4+. You are invited to take a break while your kids have fun moving, playing and creatingt! You can grab a movie, meet friends for dinner or take a nap. When you pick up the kids, everyone will be happy and ready for bed! Dinner is included! Preregister online. $$ Local Motion Studio, Alexandria, VA.
Make It and Take It: New Year's Noisemakers. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. Get ready to celebrate the New Year by making noisemakers and other party items from things you can recycle from your house. No registration required; drop in anytime during program hours! Fee is per craft; exact change is appreciated. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Meadowside Winter Solstice Campfire. Kids ages 3+. 7 to 8 p.m. On this longest day of the year, come share the light and warmth of the campfire ring at Meadowside. We'll tell tales of winter, make lanterns to light our way, and enjoy toasty marshmallow treats. Prereegister all participants; fee is for children only and covers one lantern per family. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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DEC   21   Sunday


BNC Winter Solstice Celebration. Kids ages 3+. 1 to 5 p.m. Experience nature's rhythms through drumming, light, and motion at our annual winter solstice celebration. Rediscover winter with activities and crafts that highlight different cultural traditions of the year's shortest day. Sip hot cider by the fire, make lanterns to light up the night and enjoy the shadow-puppet theater's presentation. Preregistration is appreciated, but not required. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Little Bennett in Winter Hike. Kids ages 1+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. The winter woods offer a different kind of beauty than the leafy months of the year. Enjoy the bright red of winter berries and maybe crystal ice formations! With the leaves down, it will be easier to see local wildlife such as deer, raccoons, and foxes. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress in layers. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Locust Grove Winter Solstice Celebration. Kids ages 3+. 4 to 6 p.m. The winter solstice marks the first day of winter, the year's longest night, the return of the sun, and eventually, spring. In ancient cultures, it was cause for great fires, revelry and feasts. Make New Year's wishes, light candles, make treats to share with animals, and roast chestnuts on an open fire! Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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DEC   22   Monday


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DEC   23   Tuesday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

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DEC   24   Wednesday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

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DEC   25   Thursday


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DEC   26   Friday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
The Comedy and Magic Society. Kids ages 10+. 8 and 9:30 p.m. shows. In partnership with Thin Air Productions, an astounding evening of magic and sleight of hand combined with interactive theater and hilarious fun! These magicians will leave you wondering what's up their sleeve next! Each show is different. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
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 theatre and hilarious fun! These magicians will leave you wondering what's up their sleeve next! Each show different. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

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DEC   27   Saturday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Winter Bird Bingo. Kids ages 6+. 1 to 3 p.m. Every season brings new birds. Stop by and get a bird bingo card, then hit the trails and search for feathered friends. Share what you find with the Naturalist staff and win a prize! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Winter Luminaries. Kids ages 7 to 10. Light up those long winter nights with a handmade lantern. Children will use old-time tinsmithing techniques to make a lantern to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Winter Woods Walk. Kids ages 4+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Got a case of cabin fever? Join us for a walk through the winter woods! We'll show you how to identify common trees and birds while we look for nests and other signs of life in the sleeping forest. Please preregister all hikers. Trail is not suitable for strollers. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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DEC   28   Sunday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Kwanzaa, Kwanzaa. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Sankofa Dance Theatre involves the audience of all ages in celebrating heritage, family and community. The symbols of Kwanzaa are enhanced with African music, traditional tales, dance and drumming. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

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DEC   29   Monday


A Day of Winter Fun. Kids ages 6 to 10. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spend a winter's day at Meadowside! We'll hike trails looking for signs of wildlife, cook lunch over an open fire, conduct a few icy experiments, and create a nifty New Year's noisemakers. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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DEC   30   Tuesday


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DEC   31   Wednesday


Otus' Rockin' New Year Celebration. Kids ages 2 to 12. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Celebrate the New Year by making party hats, noise makers and other fun seasonal crafts. A few minutes before noon, we will begin our countdown and ring in the New Year with music, dancing, cider and a visit from our mascot, Otus the Owl. Register early; space is limited. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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January

JAN   1   Thursday


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JAN   2   Friday


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: Danny Schwartz. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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JAN   3   Saturday


Christmas Bird Count. Kids ages 3+. 12 to 2 p.m. Join us for the 115th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science survey in the world. We'll have fun as we flock together to survey birds on and around the lake. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Great Scale Model Train Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the most extensive selection of scale model railroad items and accessories in the United States. Kids can meet the museum's mascot Choo Choo Blue plus enjoy interactive play at Choo Choo Blue's Kids & LEGO Zone. All ages will love indoor carousel rides and train rides aboard the B&O's Mile One Express. $$ B & O Museum, Baltimore, MD.
New Year's Rocks. Kids ages 4+. 12:30 to 1:30p p.m. Stop by to see our colorful rock collection, and try your hand at a rock scratch test to compare the hardness of different rocks. Preregister. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Splash & Play Pool Indoor Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 4 p.m. Why you ask? So people of all ages can start the New Year playing. Teens and adults who enjoy swimming are encouraged to volunteer to assist children and seniors. Water Aerobics will also be offered. FREE Piney Branch Elementary School, Takoma Park, 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.
Weekend Walk in the Woods. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 to 10 a.m. Each hike will have a unique and exciting natural history theme. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers and don't forget your water bottle. We hope you will join us for our exciting new programs each month! Meet at the amphitheater by the main house. FREE Woodend Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD.

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JAN   4   Sunday


Great Scale Model Train Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the most extensive selection of scale model railroad items and accessories in the United States. Kids can meet the museum's mascot Choo Choo Blue plus enjoy interactive play at Choo Choo Blue's Kids & LEGO Zone. All ages will love indoor carousel rides and train rides aboard the B&O's Mile One Express. $$ B & O Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Sunday Shoreline Sweep-up. All ages 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join Ranger Steph and your fellow park-lovers as we clean up the trash that finds its way onto the banks of Oxon Cove. Get fresh air, some exercise and make a visible difference. Earn service hours needed for your organization. Wear old clothes and shoes, work gloves provided. Cancelled if inclement weather. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.
Winter Nature Tales: Winter Weather. Kids ages 3 to 6, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Watch the weather from our big window while listening to a different story each week about some of the wonders of winter weather like snowflakes, frost and ice. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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JAN   5   Monday


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JAN   6   Tuesday


Nature Explorers. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Budding nature explorers will experience the seasonal changes while discovering the woodlands, fields, pond and stream at Meadowside. A variety of activities, games and crafts will enhance children's experience. This series meets every Tuesday until Feb. 24. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JAN   7   Wednesday


Cheery Chickadees. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Chickadees don't fly south for the winter. Learn about these hardy, small and energetic birds. Make a bird craft, and then become a chickadee and see the forest through their eyes. Preregister by Jan.2. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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JAN   8   Thursday


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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JAN   9   Friday


Time For Tots: It's Winter!. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11am. Enjoy a seasonal story, then go outside to explore nature with a Park Naturalist. In this book a child observes the coming of winter and its effects on the weather, animals and plants. We'll read the story, do our own winter activity, then go exploring outside. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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JAN   10   Saturday


A History of Black Hill's Bald Eagles. Kids ages 6+. 1 to 2:30pm. Black Hill is honored to be a home to our national bird, the bald eagle. Learn the local history behind our resident eagles. We'll also visit a few of their favorite perches and try to catch a glimpse of one of these magnificent birds. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Family Fun: Desert Dreams. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Warm up in our glasshouse as we investigate the deserts of Southwest. Look closely at the prickly cactus and learn about the animals that rely on it for food and shelter. Join us for a story, sample a cactus treat and take home a desert plant of your own. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Prickly Cactus. Kids ages 3 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon. Imagine you are traveling to the desert as we find cacti in the warmth of the Green Spring glasshouse. Did you know that animals rely on cacti for food and shelter? Learn how. Enjoy a story, taste a cactus treat and make a fun cactus craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Gustafer Yellowgold. All ages (famiy-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. By popular demand, that little guy from the Sun is back! The Gustafer Yellowgold experience is equal parts pop rock concert and animated picture book. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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JAN   11   Sunday


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JAN   12   Monday


Cunning Coyotes. Kids 18 to 25 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Who is the noisiest wild dog? The smartest? The biggest in Reston? The coyote, of course. Learn about coyotes, howl in a coyote chorus, feel real coyote fur and make a coyote mask to wear home. Preregister by Jan. 8. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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JAN   13   Tuesday


Cunning Coyotes. Kids 18 to 25 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Who is the noisiest wild dog? The smartest? The biggest in Reston? The coyote, of course. Learn about coyotes, howl in a coyote chorus, feel real coyote fur and make a coyote mask to wear home. Preregister by Jan. 8. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
I Heart Storytime. Kids ages 3 to 5. 4 to 5 p.m. CESJDS invites you to our Lower School campus for storytime once a month! Will include a hands-on activity and a snack for our visiting preschoolers. The stories, which will rotate between Hebrew and English each session, will be read by our talented teachers! This month is English. Preregister. FREE Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD.
Lasting Impressions. Kids ages 6 to 18. 3 to 4 p.m. The magic of clay is its ability to capture an impression in a three-dimensional way. We'll use self-hardening clay and Sculpey clay to make impressions of shells, leaves and other natural artifacts. The end result will be pendants and plaques that preserve nature's texture and form. Preregiser. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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JAN   14   Wednesday


Tyke Hikes: Who's Been Here?. 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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JAN   15   Thursday


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. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Tots Making Music Around the World. Kids pre-K to grade 2. 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Students learn about and play a collection of musical instruments from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and Asia. All instruments are provided. Tickets online. $$ Publick Playhouse, Riverdale, MD.