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JUN   30   Tuesday


Concert in the Garden. All ages (famil-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy The New Mountain Fever Band, featuring "Banjo Man" Frank Cassel performing lively bluegrass and folk music. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. A food truck will also be available with complimentary cake and lemonade. FREE Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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July

JUL   1   Wednesday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening events begin at 5:30-6 p.m. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. $$ National Mall, Washington, DC.
Storytime on Lake Needwood: Turtles. Ages 3+. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We'll read a story onboard then look for what's swimming, soaring and standing nearby. Preregister. $$ Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.
The Opening of Spark!Lab. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., close Tuesdays. "Spark!Lab" is where museum visitors become inventors. Kids are invited to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment and invent. Activities for kids and families incorporate traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with art, museum and creativity. FREE National Museum of American History, Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation, Washington, DC.
Time for Tots: My Mud Story. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Mud is squishy, mud is cool, mud is a wonderful way to spend a day. We'll play in the mud and experience it for ourselves, then tell our very own stories about the mud. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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JUL   2   Thursday


Discovery Thursdays. Kids ages 5 to 10. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, the Community Museum hosts "Discovery Thursdays," featuring activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregister. This week: Make a Drum, activity follows the "Uncle Devin" percussion show. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening events begin at 5:30-6 p.m. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. $$ National Mall, Washington, DC.
Thursday Night Campfires: Cricket in Times Square. Ages 3+. 8 to 8:45 p.m. Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a movie or a naturalist-led program. A movie and marshmallows! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   3   Friday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening events begin at 5:30-6 p.m. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. $$ National Mall, Washington, DC.

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JUL   4   Saturday


Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Red, White & Boom Independence Day Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 5:30 p.m., game at 6:35 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day with the Baysox. There will be a postgame fireworks show. Fans can also enjoy a special 4th of July Barbecue featuring hamburgers, corn on the cob, barbecue baked beans, chips, watermelon and soft drinks. Tickets available online for both BBQ and the game. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening events begin at 5:30-6 p.m. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. $$ National Mall, Washington, DC.

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JUL   5   Sunday


Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Back to the Future Day with Baysox. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 1 p.m., game at 2:05 p.m. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film, Back to the Future! And don't forget we're celebrating National Ice Cream Day - don't miss the fun. Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Let's Build a Nature Fairy Garden. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. We're building a nature fairy garden outside of the Visitor Center and we'd love your help! We need to build furniture, houses, walkways and more for the little nature fairies that live in our gardens. Construction will take place all summer long so be sure to come back; each time we'll be doing something new. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 1+. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Did you ever wonder about the animals living at Brookside Nature Center? What do they eat? Where did they come from? Learn about their natural habits and habitats during this animal meet-and-greet program. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Military Appreciation Night at Bethesda Big Train. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 6 p.m., first pitch 7:30 p.m. Come celebrate America's independence and heroes for our 4th of July and Military Appreciation Night. Free admission for active, retired or reserved military members and their families, and all kids receive firecracker ice pops! Mini American Flags will also be handed out. Sponsors: Washington Parent & Buffalo Wild Wings. $$ Povich Field, Bethesda, MD.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening events begin at 5:30-6 p.m. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. $$ National Mall, Washington, DC.
Storytimes. Ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30pm. Here's an activity and adventure for the younger set! Listen to a delightful nature story about different plants and animals. We'll read a new story each week and take a short walk so that we can enjoy nature for real. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   6   Monday


Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges, feeding sites and (hopefully) beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Box Turtles. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet the nature center's box turtle up close. Learn why they are called "box" turtles, what they eat and where they live. Make a turtle craft to take home. Enjoy a snack while reading Box Turtle at Long Pond. Preregister by July 1. $$ Hunters Woods Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   7   Tuesday


Box Turtles. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet the nature center's box turtle up close. Learn why they are called "box" turtles, what they eat and where they live. Make a turtle craft to take home. Enjoy a snack while reading Box Turtle at Long Pond. Preregister by July 1. $$ Hunters Woods Pavilion, Reston, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   8   Wednesday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Pirates!. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10 to 11 a.m. Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove. There might be hidden treasure along the way! Registration required by June 27. FREE The Shop at Farthing's Ordinary, St. Mary's City, MD.
Storytime on Lake Needwood: Signs of a Beaver. Ages 3+. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We'll read a story onboard then look for what's swimming, soaring and standing nearby. Preregister. $$ Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   9   Thursday


Adventure Kids. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Beowulf Wonderbunny entertains today and the first 50 club members receive a free rubber duck. Come have a great time! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 a.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Backyard Theater for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore's Backyard Theater provides innovative performances for children young and old. Performing today: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - Family funk and half-pint hip-hop is this musical agent's secret talent. Join the Skidoo Crew for music that's "equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre." Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Discovery Thursdays. Kids ages 5 to 10. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, the Community Museum hosts "Discovery Thursdays," featuring activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregister. This week: Make a Nursery Rhyme Character, activity follows "Mr. Gabe & The Circle Time All-Stars" music and nursery rhyme show. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Nature Exploration. Ages 2 to 12. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join a Naturalist at the Wheaton Regional Park Playground to explore what's happening outside! There will be a new topic each month. Rain cancels program. FREE Wheaton Regional Park Playground, Wheaton, MD.
Pirates!. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10 to 11 a.m. Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove. There might be hidden treasure along the way! Registration required by June 27. FREE The Shop at Farthing's Ordinary, St. Mary's City, MD.
Summerfest Family Theatre. All ages (family-friendly events). 10 a.m. Beloved DC-area "kindie" band Here Comes Trouble is thrilled to return for a high-energy, family-friendly show! Here Comes Trouble takes kids and their grownups on musical adventures through bogs filled with procrastinating alligators, dessertless dinners and soap-free bubble baths. FREE Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Magnificent Moths. Ages 3+. 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Summer nights are a great time to observe and learn about moths. We'll see how many different kinds of moths visit our moth lure, then finish the evening with a toasty treat. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   10   Friday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Family Fishing Fun!. Kids ages 3+. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fishing is fun for the whole family! We'll show you how to set up a simple bobber rig, bait your hook, and give you some tips on casting. We'll provide the bait and rigging supplies - you just need to catch the fish! We have fishing poles you can borrow, but if you have your own bring it along. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Fireflies in July. All ages (familt-friendly event). 7:30 to 9 p.m. Fireflies, or lightning bugs, are insects that produce their own light. Discover what makes them glow and why they want to be seen in the darkness. Find out what they eat, how they grow and where they live. Take a short hike in search of flashing fireflies and make a glowing craft. Preregister before July 7. $$ Brown's Chapel, Reston, VA.
Four Mile Summer Movie Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Movie begins at dusk, about 8 p.m. Enjoy the movie, The Lego Movie. Don't forget a blanket or chairs! Free popcorn and refreshments. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Building, Alexandria, VA.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop. Ages 3 to 12. 1 to 2 p.m. Wade in the water to see what's swimming, diving, and living in the stream. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet (for your safety, don't wear flip-flops or backless sandals). Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   11   Saturday


Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Brookside Nature Center Walkabout. Ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join the naturalist for a walk around nearby trails to learn more about what is happening in nature around the nature center. You might learn how to identify trees, birds or invasive plants or spend some time at the pond examining its inhabitants. You never know what nature will be ready to share, let's look for them! Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Make It Take It: DIY Binoculars. Ages 2+. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Make your own binoculars, then step outside for some summer birdwatching. Drop by and create a seasonal delight to take home with you. Crafts are easy to make using repurposed everyday objects and found natural materials. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Raptor Lunchtime and Talk. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 12:30 p.m. Observe Meadowside's resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about the raptors on exhibit. These talks meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. Rain or shine. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Sports Family Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. Come meet players from some of DC's professional sports teams and the Washington National's Racing Presidents! This fun and sports-oriented afternoon will be full of crafts, scavenger hunts and activities. FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyrad, Washington, DC.
Stream Adventures. Kids age 2 to 12. 1 to 2:30 p.m. What lives in a stream? Wade into the water and use nets to see what insects, fish, frogs and other animals we can find. Today we'll explore Little Seneca Creek. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
The Early Keepers. Kids ages 4 to 7. 12 to 1:30 p.m. Join the Culture Queen with the Prince George's African American Museum as celebrate our history and culture with crafts, music and storytelling activities! FREE The Mall At Prince Georges, Hyattsville, MD.
Vulture Enrichment. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 to 11:20 a.m. Vultures are smart! Come see Meadowside's resident vulture play with her food at our weekly vulture enrichment session. This activity meets at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. Rain or shine. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   12   Sunday


A History of Black Hill's Bald Eagles. Kids ages 6+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Black Hill Regional Park 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. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Lake Anne Summer Film Festival - E.T.. All ages (family-friendly event). Sundown 8 p.m.ish. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy a flick under the stars. FREE Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 1+. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Did you ever wonder about the animals living at Brookside Nature Center? What do they eat? Where did they come from? Learn about their natural habits and habitats during this animal meet-and-greet program. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Dress for the weather and pack a snack and water. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes. Ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30pm. Here's an activity and adventure for the younger set! Listen to a delightful nature story about different plants and animals. We'll read a new story each week and take a short walk so that we can enjoy nature for real. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   13   Monday


Babes in the Park. Kids ages 1 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. We'll have nature play materials out to help you explore the exciting natural world around the Visitors Center with your toddler. Siblings are welcome to come, too. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Black Hill: Little Seneca Creek. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. The first rule of Hike Club is to have fun! Bring the kids, Grandma, Grandpa, Cousin Eddie and the dog with you and hike together on the trails. Each family-friendly hike will be around two to three miles long. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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JUL   14   Tuesday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   15   Wednesday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tyke Hikes: Birds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Come and discover the bustling world around the nature center. Take a mini-nature hike and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   16   Thursday


Backyard Theater for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore's Backyard Theater provides innovative performances for children young and old. Performing today: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - Join the trailblazing tunesmiths as they perform songs from their newest release, an energetic celebration of families of all shapes and sizes. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Discovery Thursdays. Kids ages 5 to 10. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, the Community Museum hosts "Discovery Thursdays," featuring activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregister. This week: Make a Magic Trick, activity follows the "Brian Curry" magic show. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Paul Bunyan. Ages 3+. 8 to 8:45 p.m. Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a movie or a naturalist-led program. A movie and marshmallows! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Time for Tots: 'Around the Pond: Who's Been Here?'. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Cammy and William follow an old deer path around the pond and find lots of clues that tell them what kind of animals have been there. After reading, we'll make a pond craft, then head out to see what animals we can find around the lake. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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JUL   17   Friday


13th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly events). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the films beginning at dusk. Be sure to bring blankets and beach chairs so you are comfortable. July 17 - How to Train Your Dragon 2 - PG. July 18 - X-Men: Days of Future Past - PG-13. The movies will show on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen, with the beautiful Alexandria Waterfront as the backdrop. FREE Waterfront Park, Alexandria, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Family Movie Night in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Enjoy a night of family fun watching a movie on the big screen. Event will be held inside in the event of inclement weather. Refreshments will be sold. $$ Lincoln Park Community Center, Rockville, MD.
Storytime on Lake Needwood: Fish. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We'll read a story onboard then look for what's swimming, soaring, and standing nearby. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.
Summer Firefly Hike. Kids ages 5+. 8 to 9 p.m. Come learn about everybody's favorite luminous beetle, the firefly. With glowing eggs, luminous larvae, and flashy hindquarters, what's not to love? Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   18   Saturday


13th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly events). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the films beginning at dusk. Be sure to bring blankets and beach chairs so you are comfortable. July 17 - How to Train Your Dragon 2 - PG. July 18 - X-Men: Days of Future Past - PG-13. The movies will show on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen, with the beautiful Alexandria Waterfront as the backdrop. FREE Waterfront Park, Alexandria, VA.
Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Brookside Nature Center Walkabout. Ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join the naturalist for a walk around nearby trails to learn more about what is happening in nature around the nature center. You might learn how to identify trees, birds or invasive plants or spend some time at the pond examining its inhabitants. You never know what nature will be ready to share, let's look for them! Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Campfires at Black Hill: Moth Madness. Kids ages 1+. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nothing is like being at a campfire under the stars. Join a Naturalist for themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s'mores around the fire. Did you know there are more species of moths than butterflies? Join us for an enlightening campfire and some moth theater! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fun With Flowers Youth Photography Workshop. Kids ages 10 to 13. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Come to the USBG to explore the wonders of photographing flowers while learning the basics of photography. Learn how to use photography skills in nature as an artistic tool, sharing the joy of nature through the lens of a camera. FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Princess for A Day Ice Cream Social. All ages (familt-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, the museum is celebrating! The court of the Virginia Dairy Princess Program will serve ice cream at an old-fashioned Ice Cream Socical. Princess Parade at 1 p.m. and receive princess "lessons." The first 100 children through the doors will receive a Princess Star Wand in addition to a complimentary tiara. $$ Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Raptor Lunchtime and Talk. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 12:30 p.m. Observe Meadowside's resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about the raptors on exhibit. These talks meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Saturday Garden Highlights Tour. Kids ages 13+. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Each month the gardens bring new plants to admire and design elements to inspire. Catch Green Spring's summer garden highlights with Master Gardener docents who showcase eye-popping plants each month. Enjoy light refreshments in the Historic House. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Southside Mt. Rainier Music and Skateboarding. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon. Trio Lee, Blackwood, and Graham perform their signature gritty, funk-inspired improvisations to warm up the competitors and the crowd. The skate competition starts at 1:00 pm accompanied by live announcers and local DJs spinning drum n bass, dubstep and more. FREE Southside Mt. Rainier Skate Park, Brentwood, MD.
The Art of Camouflage. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to noon. Some animals simply blend in, while others take camouflage to amazing levels. From green-colored frogs and bugs blending into the undergrowth to moths that resemble bird droppings, there are amazing examples of camouflage right under our noses. Preregister before July 15. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Vulture Enrichment. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 to 11:20 a.m. Vultures are smart! Come see Meadowside's resident vulture play with her food at our weekly vulture enrichment session. This activity meets at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. Rain or shine. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Women in Sports Night & Fireworks. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 5:30 p.m., game at 6:35 p.m. Enjoy this tribute to All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Includes meet & greet and autograph session with former AAGPBL players and more. After the game, the Baysox light up the skies with a fireworks extravaganza. Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.

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JUL   19   Sunday


Celebrate the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. All ages (family-friendly event), 12:30 to 4 p.m. Join the NARHAMS model rocket club for the annual Apollo Contest. Attempt to land your rocket within a `moon' drawn on the ground. The contest promotes interest in Space Sciences among area students. See demonstration launch of models of historic space vehicles. On-site registration is required on contest day. You must bring your own rocket and motors. FREE NASA Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fish Prints. Kids ages 4+. 1 to 2 p.m. Fish printing started in Japan over one hundred years ago so fishermen could record the size of their catches. We'll use the same time tested technique and have lots of fun creating beautiful, messy art. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 1+. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Did you ever wonder about the animals living at Brookside Nature Center? What do they eat? Where did they come from? Learn about their natural habits and habitats during this animal meet-and-greet program. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Natural Yogis: Let's Be Fish. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Nature and yoga provide essential therapeutic benefits to children of all ages. Join certified Child Light yoga instructor Lanie Lile and a Park Naturalist monthly to explore varying themes in nature that will help children become more at ease in their world. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes. Ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30pm. Here's an activity and adventure for the younger set! Listen to a delightful nature story about different plants and animals. We'll read a new story each week and take a short walk so that we can enjoy nature for real. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   20   Monday


Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   21   Tuesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Movie-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. July 21: Sixteen Candles, July 22: Chef, July 23: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, July 24: Mrs. Doubtfire, July 25: Imitation Game. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Free Range Kids. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10 to 11 a.m. Come explore nature your way. We'll head into the woods, the meadow, or the stream to explore and play. Maybe we'll build a fort or maybe we'll snoop in the stream. Whatever we do, you'll get dirty, dusty, wet and muddy while out on a grand adventure. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Pond Side Picnic. Ages 4 to 12. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's a great summer day, the sun is shining, What could be better than a picnic and stream splash? Bring your favorite picnic lunch and enjoy the stream splash for a cool hour of fun and exploration. All ages welcome. Rain cancels program. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   22   Wednesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Movie-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. July 22: Chef, July 23: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, July 24: Mrs. Doubtfire, July 25: Imitation Game. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Gone Fishin'. Kids ages 7 to 10. 6 to 7 p.m. What will you catch from the shore of Lake Needwood? We'll supply fishing poles, bait and fishing tips. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.
Storytime on Lake Needwood: Geese and Ducks. Ages 3+. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We'll read a story onboard then look for what's swimming, soaring and standing nearby. Preregister. $$ Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.
Summer Science Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Eric Energy - Wild and wacky scientist will mesmerize all with his dazzling experiments. FREE Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   23   Thursday


Backyard Theater for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore's Backyard Theater provides innovative performances for children young and old. Performing today: Play Date - Dance like a monster, sing like a creature, and spend a musical morning on a crazy-creative adventure. Join Shanti Wintergate and Greg Attonito for a Play Date that's fun for kids of all ages-upbeat, empowering and inspired by imagination. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges, feeding sites and (hopefully) beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Movie-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. July 23: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, July 24: Mrs. Doubtfire, July 25: Imitation Game. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Discovery Thursdays. Kids ages 5 to 10. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, the Community Museum hosts "Discovery Thursdays," featuring activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregister. This week: Make a Paper Bag Puppet, activity follows the "Yosi Meets Eugene" music and puppet show. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Storytime on the Lake: Turtles. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join us aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake! Meet at the pontoon boat dock by the boat rental area. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Reptiles. Ages 3+. 7 to 7:45 p.m. Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a movie or a naturalist-led program. Get a close up look at some of our resident reptiles. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   24   Friday


#TGIFairfax - Rock the Block Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring live bands, lawn games, beer garden and city restaurant vendor booths all held at the newest park that features a spray pad! Kids - wear your swim suits. Adults - bring your lawn chairs! Performing tonight: The Reflex - The perfect reminder of that great music from the 80's decadent decade. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Movie-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. July 24: Mrs. Doubtfire, July 25: Imitation Game. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fishing with Li'l Ones. Kids ages 3 to 6. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Let's go fishin' like Tom Sawyer! We'll provide bamboo poles, line, and bait, then see what we can catch off of the dock at Little Seneca Lake. Meet at the pontoon boat dock located by the boat rentals. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Picnic and a Movie: Over the Hedge. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. You are invited to watch a kid-friendly movie on the big screen under the stars. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and join in the fun! Traveling raccoon con artist, RJ (Willis), arrives in a woods outside a human city in the Midwest, excited about the wonders that living near humans can bring hungry animals. FREE Leesylvania State Park Visitor Center, Woodbridge, VA.
Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop. Ages 3 to 12. 1 to 2 p.m. Wade in the water to see what's swimming, diving, and living in the stream. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet (for your safety, don't wear flip-flops or backless sandals). Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   25   Saturday


Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Movie-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs. A limited number of chairs will also be provided. July 25: Imitation Game. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Brookside Nature Center Walkabout. Ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join the naturalist for a walk around nearby trails to learn more about what is happening in nature around the nature center. You might learn how to identify trees, birds or invasive plants or spend some time at the pond examining its inhabitants. You never know what nature will be ready to share, let's look for them! Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Family Fun: Hummingbird Garden. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. The ruby-throated hummingbird can be found all over the eastern United States. Come search for these tiny, winged jewels and learn fascinating hummingbird facts. Make a special feeder and take home a nectar plant to add to your garden. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Dress for the weather and pack a snack and water. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Raptor Lunchtime and Talk. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 12:30 p.m. Observe Meadowside's resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about the raptors on exhibit. These talks meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Sensational Senses. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your nature tools with you to explore life along the trails. Smell a fragrant flower, touch smooth moss, and listen for the birds and bees. See if you can find the colors of the rainbow and use your tastebuds a tasty snack. Preregister by July 22. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Smithsonian Sleepovers. Kids ages 10 to 14. 7:30 p.m. Participants enjoy games, puzzles and challenges as they embark on an interactive journey through the museum's exhibit halls, where they also find inspiration for their own art and craft projects. Tickets online. $$ National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Washington, DC.
Tidewater Archaeology Days. All ages (family-friendly events). 10 a,m. to 4 p.m. Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation. Take a guided tour of excavations, and don't miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory (sign up at the Visitor Center when you arrive). $$ Historic St. Mary's City Visitor's Center, St. Mary's City, MD.
Vulture Enrichment. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 to 11:20 a.m. Vultures are smart! Come see Meadowside's resident vulture play with her food at our weekly vulture enrichment session. This activity meets at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. Rain or shine. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   26   Sunday


Aquarium. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10, 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 1+. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Did you ever wonder about the animals living at Brookside Nature Center? What do they eat? Where did they come from? Learn about their natural habits and habitats during this animal meet-and-greet program. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Dress for the weather and pack a snack and water. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes. Ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30pm. Here's an activity and adventure for the younger set! Listen to a delightful nature story about different plants and animals. We'll read a new story each week and take a short walk so that we can enjoy nature for real. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Tidewater Archaeology Days. All ages (family-friendly events). 10 a,m. to 4 p.m. Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation. Take a guided tour of excavations, and don't miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory (sign up at the Visitor Center when you arrive). $$ Historic St. Mary's City Visitor's Center, St. Mary's City, MD.

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JUL   27   Monday


Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   28   Tuesday


Back in Time at the Harper 1870s Homestead. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Step back in time and just imagine what life must have been like living in a cabin such as this. Where would you sleep? What would you eat? What would your day have been like? Each time you come you will experience a new activity at the cabin. Learn to grind oats, wash clothes by hand, shell corn, make butter, play some old time games and more! Old-time possibilities abound, so don't miss out! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Geocaching Night Hike. Kids ages 8+. 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Let's 'glow' geocaching! We'll learn how to use a GPS unit, then venture into the dark to search for geocaches hidden in the woods and trails. Bring water, a flashlight, and be prepared to hike around one mile. If you don't have a GPS unit, we'll lend you one. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Time for Tots: 'Camping Day!'. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Sam, Pam, Will and Jill are crocodile friends with a camping plan but not much know-how. They have a great adventure while setting up their camping day. We'll read the story, make a campfire craft, then head outside to play in our very own campsite. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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JUL   29   Wednesday


Storytime on Lake Needwood: Cranes. Ages 3+. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We'll read a story onboard then look for what's swimming, soaring and standing nearby. Preregister. $$ Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.
Stream Adventures: Black Hill Regional Park. Kids ages 2 to 12. 3 to 4:30 p.m. What lives in a stream? Wade into the water and use nets to see what insects, fish, frogs and other animals we can find. Today we'll explore Little Seneca Creek. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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JUL   30   Thursday


Backyard Theater for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore's Backyard Theater provides innovative performances for children young and old. Performing today: David Gonzalez's Aesop Bops! - Stories and music and theater, oh my! The enchanting artistry of this musician-poet-actor-writer weaves a magic spell over audiences, and his unique productions combine drama, music and multi-media. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Summer Science Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 p.m. Shazam Magic - Featuring magician Peter Woods. FREE Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, Rockville, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Disney Double Feature. Kids ages 3+. 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a movie or a naturalist-led program. "The Litterbug" and "Sorcerer's Apprentice" plus marshmallows! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   31   Friday


Babes in the Park. Kids ages 1 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. We'll have nature play materials out to help you explore the exciting natural world around the Visitors Center with your toddler. Siblings are welcome to come, too. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges, feeding sites and (hopefully) beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Military Heroes Appreciation Night and Fireworks. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 6 p.m., games at 7:05 p.m. Help the Baysox honor Military Heroes from across the region before, during and after the game. There will also be a Military/Patriotic game-used jersey charity auction. First First 1,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Military Heroes Baseball Card Set. After the game, the Baysox light up the skies with a fireworks extravaganza. Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.
Noisy Nature Campfire. All ages (family-friendlt event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. What do crickets, katydids, treefrogs, and owls have in common? They make a lot of noise at night! Discover how they make their sounds, and what all that noise is really for. Enjoy songs, stories and a snack by firelight while we listen for these nocturnal noise-makers. Preregister by July 28. $$ Walker Nature Center Campfire Ring, Reston, VA.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.