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MAY   2   Monday


Children's Performance Series: Mr. Skip. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The Children's Performance Series, are held on the first and third Mondays of the month. There is ample parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our new year-round Nature Playgroup which is to be held each month. Your preschooler will enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Explore nature sensory bins, play games, activities even go for a garden walk. Theme for May: "Butterflies and Mother's Day." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Nature Babies. Kids ages 3 to 18 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Let's get your infant off to a nature loving start. Park naturalists will use the amazing colors, textures and patterns of nature to help develop your baby's sense of the world around them. Siblings under 6 are welcome too. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   3   Tuesday


Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 a.m. Originally titled "From Here to There," two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations, using props from the show! Tickets online. $$ THEARC Theater, Washington, DC.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Storytime on the Lake: Frogs of the Lake. 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! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Tot Time! Happy Mother's Day. Kids ages 2 1/2 to 5. 10:15 to 11 a.m. This is the time of year that baby animals are everywhere! Come and learn about the animal babies that live in our area, and make a Mother's Day gift for your mom. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Trail Buddies. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! We'll collect, count and sort different natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and patterns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   4   Wednesday


Animal Encounters. Kids ages 2+. Wednesdays until May 25, 4 to 4:30 p.m. The staff at the Center cares for a variety of education animals who help us teach about nature. Stop by and meet an animal in the lobby. No registration required. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges and feeding sites, and hopefully see some beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 a.m. Originally titled "From Here to There," two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations, using props from the show! Tickets online. $$ THEARC Theater, Washington, DC.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Seeking Volunteers. 12:30 p.m. The PG Child Resource Center is recruiting volunteers. It is a non-profit organization that provides educational programs and technical assistance for child care providers and provides adult education, employment readiness, parenting and health education, child development, home visiting, and information and referral services at the Adelphi/Langley Park Family Support Center. Preregister. FREE Prince George's Child Resource Center, Largo, MD.
Tot Time! Happy Mother's Day. Kids ages 2 1/2 to 5. 10:15 to 11 a.m. This is the time of year that baby animals are everywhere! Come and learn about the animal babies that live in our area, and make a Mother's Day gift for your mom. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Volunteer Opportunities. 18+. The Prince George's Child Resource Center creates healthy and nurturing environments for children by supporting their families and educating their caregivers. Volunteers work directly with children, parents and families providing tutoring, mentoring or child care/development. And can conduct administrative and support activities. Register online. FREE Adelphi/Langley Park Family Support Center, Cool Springs Elementary School, Adelphi, MD.

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MAY   5   Thursday


Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 a.m. Originally titled "From Here to There," two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations, using props from the show! Tickets online. $$ THEARC Theater, Washington, DC.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   6   Friday


Campfires at Black Hill: Tails and Tales. Kids ages 2+. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. There's nothing like sitting around a campfire under the stars! Join a Naturalist for themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s'mores around the fire. Meet at the Visitor Center and bring a chair or blanket. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Salsa for Schools!. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes for dance lessons! Learn the Meringue, Salsa, Bachata and more! Please join us in support of Thomas Stone Elementary and Mount Rainier Elementary Schools! Sangria, tacos, tamoles and more! Daycare provided. $$ Joe s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   7   Saturday


40th Anniversary Celebration: Community Sing. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 5 p.m. Community Sings bring people of all ages and abilities together to raise their voices in song. Led by Levine artist-in-residence Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock), you will be singing gorgeous five-part harmonies shortly after you arrive. Come join the fun, bring the whole family and stay for a reception at 4:00 p.m. FREE THEARC, Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus, Washington, DC.
AWLA's Walk for the Animals. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dr Katy Nelson hosts the event, which aims to celebrate the animals in our hearts and homes, while raising awareness and funds for the hundreds of adoptable animals and community programs. All pre-registered walkers will receive a free 2016 Walk for the Animals t-shirt and participating dogs will receive a free bandana. Preregister. $$ Bluemont Park, Arlington, VA.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture and architecture. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Kingsbury 5K Run/Walk/Skip Event. All ages (family-friendly event). Registration 7:30 a.m.; 5K starts 8:00 a.m. Event ends 9:30 a.m. Kingsbury Day School's annual fun event for families who enjoy exercising together in a beautiful natural setting. Funds raised will support scholarships for children with learning differences. Race shirts, fandanas, door prizes and prizes for winners and runner-ups. Details online, $$ Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC.
Korea Day: A Family Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate with a full day of cultural activities. Explore the richness of Korean culture through hands-on activities, musical performances, taekwondo demonstrations and storybook readings. FREE Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC.
Make It Take It: Mother's Day Cards. Kids ages 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Make a Mother's Day card using materials collected from nature. Drop by and create this seasonal delight to take home and give to mom. No registration required. Exact change for $2 is appreciated. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Music Box Series: Life in the Water. Kids ages 6 months to 3 years. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Experience a sea of musical delight. Sing about frogs and fish, and dive into music all about the water. 30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. Tickets online. $$ Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD.
Sing It Competition. Open to Middle and High School students. Noon to 5 p.m. "If You Can Sing It... You Can Bring It" Music Talent Competition. 15 minute performance limit. Must submit song lisy and lyrics by May 1. Preregister at fairhillshops@cmfa.com. Judged by local professional musicians. Prizes include: Opening act at Villian & Saint and $250 Chuck Levin gift certificate and more! FREE Fair Hill Shops, Olney, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sounds of Spring Campfire. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. Chirp, howl, squeak, growl. Help tell a story using the sounds of the spring night. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a toasty treat around the campfire. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Spring Farm Day. Kids ages 2+. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations. Participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games, puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. $$ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA.
Teens Run DC Mentoring Matters 5K Run/Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. Join us for the first annual Teens Run DC Mentoring Matters 5K! This fun event will serve as a celebration of mentorship throughout the DC area. Join us in running or walking the 3.1 mile course. Stroller welcome! Preregister. $$ Anacostia Park, Washington, DC.

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MAY   8   Sunday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Ladies Lakeside - Mother's Day Pontoon Ride. Kds ages 1+. 6:30 to 8 p.m. It's Mother's Day and Mom deserves to be given a treat. So bring her out for a sunset tour of Little Seneca Lake and let her enjoy the beauty around her with the people she loves. We'll cruise the lake and look for nature activity. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 2+. Every Sunday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. What animals live in and around Wheaton Regional Park and which animals actually live in the nature center? Join this family-friendly presentation and your chance to see the animals close up. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Storytimes. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday enjoy a wonderful story that highlights the nature found in and around the nature center be it plants, animals, rocks, sun or weather. After the story we'll take a short stroll on a nature center trail to find examples of what was highlighted in the story - if weather permits! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   9   Monday


Homeschool Day at SPY. Kids grades 4+. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your mission: Discover exciting ways to encourage critical thinking, dig into STEM concepts and uncover the secret history of history. Your tactics: Explore the Museum's exciting exhibitions, discover multi and inter disciplinary lesson plans and resources, and participate in hands-on educational workshops with other homeschool families! Preregister. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, DC.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   10   Tuesday


Blanket Making Program. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers of all ages needed to make blankets for sick and needy children. You may knit, crochet or quilt. Yard and fabric is provided. Donations of acrylic yarn and fabric are gratefully accepted. FREE Extension Office, Derwood, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise `Tails'. Ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Don't miss this delightful Discovery Theater original hit, in which four freshly imagined folk tales reveal nuggets of traditional Asian wisdom. The Tiger, the Thief, and the Dried Persimmon (Korea); The Boy and the Fly (Vietnam); The Wise Mole (Japan) and The Four Dragon Rivers of China. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Trail Buddies. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! We'll collect, count and sort different natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and patterns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   11   Wednesday


Animal Encounters. Kids ages 2+. Wednesdays until May 25, 4 to 4:30 p.m. The staff at the Center cares for a variety of education animals who help us teach about nature. Stop by and meet an animal in the lobby. No registration required. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Beginning Recreational Kayaking. Kids ages 12+. 6:60 to 8:30 p.m. Come learn how to paddle on flat water in recreational solo kayaks on Little Seneca Lake. Learn basic strokes, entries and exits, boat control, and more, taught by certified American Canoe Association instructors. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture and architecture. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Little Tots Summer Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., every other Wednesday. Join us for fun and lively family entertainment on the Plaza stage. Bring your little tot's swimsuit and a towel for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event! Today's entertainment: Beowulf T. Wonderbunny. FREE Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA.
Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise `Tails'. Ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Don't miss this delightful Discovery Theater original hit, in which four freshly imagined folk tales reveal nuggets of traditional Asian wisdom. The Tiger, the Thief, and the Dried Persimmon (Korea); The Boy and the Fly (Vietnam); The Wise Mole (Japan) and The Four Dragon Rivers of China. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.

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MAY   12   Thursday


Adventure Kids: 123 Andres. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Beowulf T. Wonderbunny! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Love of Language Story Time. Kids ages 1 1/2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Let CommuniKids spark a love of language in your child with an hour of interactive, foreign-language fun! Our experienced, fabulous, teachers will provide an hour of play movement, and stories to children and parents. RSVP to michelle@communikids.com. FREE CommuniKids, Lansdowne, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise `Tails'. Ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Don't miss this delightful Discovery Theater original hit, in which four freshly imagined folk tales reveal nuggets of traditional Asian wisdom. The Tiger, the Thief, and the Dried Persimmon (Korea); The Boy and the Fly (Vietnam); The Wise Mole (Japan) and The Four Dragon Rivers of China. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Time for Tots. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a seasonal story, make a craft to go with the story and then go outside to explore nature with a park naturalist. Today's story is "Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms" by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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MAY   13   Friday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Frog Jumping Day. Kids ages 3 to 5. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Come celebrate Frog Jumping Day at Meadowside! Check out our resident frogs and toads, listen to different frog sounds, test your jumping skills and "make and take" a toad abode for your garden! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Stargazing at Black Hill: Spring Night Sky. Kids ages 5+. 8:30 to 10 p.m. The spring constellations, Leo the Lion, Corvus the Crow, and Ursa Major (the Great Bear) highlight tonight's stargazing. The first quarter moon, with its dramatic craters, will be high in the southern sky, along with the planet Jupiter and its four Galilean moons. Rain date May 14. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise `Tails'. Ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Don't miss this delightful Discovery Theater original hit, in which four freshly imagined folk tales reveal nuggets of traditional Asian wisdom. The Tiger, the Thief, and the Dried Persimmon (Korea); The Boy and the Fly (Vietnam); The Wise Mole (Japan) and The Four Dragon Rivers of China. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.

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MAY   14   Saturday


Annual Spring Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fair will feature a marionette puppet show for kids 3+, storytelling for under 3's, games and craft activities for ages under 6, and our famous Spring Fair luncheon and sinful bake sale. On sale find perennials and annuals; parent-handmade dolls, fairies, crowns, felted animals and toys; and music under the trees for those who want a quiet moment. FREE Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten and Nursery, Silver Spring, MD.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This festival highlights more than 120 contemporary artists selling their original fine art and craft. Held rain or shine, the festival will also feature live entertainment, children's activities and local restaurants. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Chicken Dance. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. ArtsPower's newest musical "Chicken Dance" portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest? Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean, VA.
Dashing Dragonflies. Kids ages 5 to 11. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dragonfly larvae are emerging from ponds, spreading their wings and dashing about! Join a 1.5 mile hike to several ponds in the park to see who's flying. Learn about the dragonfly life cycle and how to identify common species like Green Darners, Blue Dashers, Pondhawks and more! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Explore Dirt. Kids ages 5 to 12. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get ready to get dirty as we search for decomposers in the soil. We'll explore rotting logs, investigate wiggly worms and learn about compost! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Maryland DogFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy entertainment to dog adoptions to quality, dog-related exhibitors. Returning is the popular comedy act, "Mutts Gone Nuts". The Main Stage will host a variety of interactive shows aand contests. Events include a dog and owner look-a-like contest, Dogs Got Talent competition, doggy fashion show, training seminars, and a costume contest. Tickets online. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, LaPlata, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Spring Fling!. Kids ages 3 to 5. 9 to 11 a.m. Sandy Spring Friends School invites families interested in our Pre-Primary Program to our Spring Fling! Come join us for fun crafts, a petting farm, story time, face painting, and play time on our beautiful natural playground. RSVP encouraged. FREE Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, MD.
Tween Workshop: Journalist Journeys. Kids ages 9 to 13. 2 to 4 p.m. Join Akbar Ahmed, a foreign affairs reporter for the Huffington Post, for a writing workshop with other tweens. Inspired by artist Ahmed Mater's work in Symbolic Cities, explore urban development through the lens of other cultures and use memoir and journalistic techniques to compose short pieces. Preregister. FREE Freer | Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC.

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MAY   15   Sunday


Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This festival highlights more than 120 contemporary artists selling their original fine art and craft. Held rain or shine, the festival will also feature live entertainment, children's activities and local restaurants. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Maryland DogFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy entertainment to dog adoptions to quality, dog-related exhibitors. Returning is the popular comedy act, "Mutts Gone Nuts". The Main Stage will host a variety of interactive shows aand contests. Events include a dog and owner look-a-like contest, Dogs Got Talent competition, doggy fashion show, training seminars, and a costume contest. Tickets online. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, LaPlata, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 2+. Every Sunday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. What animals live in and around Wheaton Regional Park and which animals actually live in the nature center? Join this family-friendly presentation and your chance to see the animals close up. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Something Awesome!. Kids ages 1+. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Nature is awesome, cool, and super-fun! We'll celebrate the spring wonders around us with awesome activities around the Visitor Center. Check our Facebook page before the program to find out what's happening today and to know how to dress. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Sunday Storytimes. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday enjoy a wonderful story that highlights the nature found in and around the nature center be it plants, animals, rocks, sun or weather. After the story we'll take a short stroll on a nature center trail to find examples of what was highlighted in the story - if weather permits! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Tween Workshop: Journalist Journeys. Kids ages 9 to 13. 2 to 4 p.m. Join Akbar Ahmed, a foreign affairs reporter for the Huffington Post, for a writing workshop with other tweens. Inspired by artist Ahmed Mater's work in Symbolic Cities, explore urban development through the lens of other cultures and use memoir and journalistic techniques to compose short pieces. Preregister. FREE Freer | Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC.

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MAY   16   Monday


Children's Performance Series: Oh Susannah. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The Children's Performance Series, are held on the first and third Mondays of the month. There is ample parking in the downtown area, and stroller access at the rear of Old Town Hall on Main St. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   17   Tuesday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Love of Language Story Time. Kids ages 1 1/2 to 5. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Let CommuniKids spark a love of language in your child with an hour of interactive, foreign-language fun! Our experienced, fabulous, teachers will provide an hour of play movement, and stories to children and parents. RSVP to karen@communikids.com. FREE CommuniKids, Falls Church, VA.
Trail Buddies. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! We'll collect, count and sort different natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and patterns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   18   Wednesday


Animal Encounters. Kids ages 2+. Wednesdays until May 25, 4 to 4:30 p.m. The staff at the Center cares for a variety of education animals who help us teach about nature. Stop by and meet an animal in the lobby. No registration required. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Love of Language Story Time. Kids ages 1 1/2 to 5. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m . Let CommuniKids spark a love of language in your child with an hour of interactive, foreign-language fun! Our experienced, fabulous, teachers will provide an hour of play movement, and stories to children and parents. RSVP to karen@communikids.com. FREE CommuniKids, Washington, DC.
Storytime on the Lake: Waterbirds. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join us aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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MAY   19   Thursday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Gone Fishin'. Kids ages 7 to 10. 6 to 7 p.m. What will you catch for the shore of Lake Needwood? We'll supply fishing poles, bait, hooks and fishing tips. Meet at Lake Needwood Boat House. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   20   Friday


Cinderella. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Manassas Ballet Theatre closes the season with the classic fairy tale ballet, "Cinderella." With its familiar storyline, lush costumes and scenery, the ballet has been an audience favorite since it debuted at the Bolshoi in 1945. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Fishing with Li'l Ones. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Let's go fishin' like Tom Sawyer! We'll provide poles, line, and bait, then see what we can catch off of the dock at Little Seneca Lake. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Life in a Tree. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Find out which animals build their nests on limbs and which ones prefer tree holes. Story, craft and hike included. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly. Kids ages 7+. 7 p.m. A brave Irish lass crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, who unfolds his mysterious crate of delights to lead audiences on an epic adventure. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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MAY   21   Saturday


Are You a Dragonfly?. Kids ages 3 to 8. 2 to 2:45 p.m. We'll read a fun story about dragonflies, then hike to the pond to look for them! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Calling: Daisies and Juniors. Daisies, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Flower Garden Journey: Learn how seeds grow, plant seeds and take some home for your garden. Juniors, 1 to 3 p.m. Gardener Badge: Identify wildflowers, create a bookmark and make a bouquet that smells great! Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Carriage Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carriage Day will feature over a dozen horse-drawn vehicles of all shapes, sizes, and eras. Area carriage experts will give walking tours on the lawn, and the afternoon will feature a "drive-by" in the front circle of the museum. The event will also have an Art Zone for kids that include sidewalk chalk and coloring sheets. FREE National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA.
Cinderella. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Manassas Ballet Theatre closes the season with the classic fairy tale ballet, "Cinderella." With its familiar storyline, lush costumes and scenery, the ballet has been an audience favorite since it debuted at the Bolshoi in 1945. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kids Day @ Bobby McKey's. All ages. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly version of our all-request Dueling Piano Show! A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move! All while introducing your child to appreciate live music and the arts. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy an eleven-block art walk filled with more than 200 artists from around the nation with their paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry and fine craft. interact with artists and learn about their processes, enjoy acclaimed family art-making activities in the Pavilion. $$ Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly. Kids ages 7+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. A brave Irish lass crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, who unfolds his mysterious crate of delights to lead audiences on an epic adventure. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
The Pop Ups. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open: 10 a.m., show at 10:30 a.m. Through dance-able electro-pop beats, puppetry, animation, and smart lyrics, The Pop Ups continue to engage fans with songs that will spark imagination and creativity. Tap into your wild creative power and see the world in a new way with The Pop Ups. Ticket online. $$ Jammin Java, Vienna, VA.

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MAY   22   Sunday


Bluebirds Forever Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Bluebirds aren't just a symbol of happiness and cheer, they're a conservation success story! Join the Maryland Bluebird Society and learn all about the beautiful Eastern Bluebird. Speakers, demonstrations, exhibits and children's activities. Details online. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Cinderella. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Manassas Ballet Theatre closes the season with the classic fairy tale ballet, "Cinderella." With its familiar storyline, lush costumes and scenery, the ballet has been an audience favorite since it debuted at the Bolshoi in 1945. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Introducing: Oswald. Kids ages 7 to 9. 1 p.m. Sara Pascoe is giving a reading of her new children's book, "Oswald the Almost Famous Opossum." Oswald, is a fame-seeking opossum who must decide whether the promise of fame is more important to him than sticking by his friends. It's a fantasy chapter book with great educational details sprinkled in about language (Oswald is a poet) and fun facts about the different animal characters. FREE Upshur Street Books, Washington, DC.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 2+. Every Sunday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. What animals live in and around Wheaton Regional Park and which animals actually live in the nature center? Join this family-friendly presentation and your chance to see the animals close up. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy an eleven-block art walk filled with more than 200 artists from around the nation with their paintings, photography, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry and fine craft. interact with artists and learn about their processes, enjoy acclaimed family art-making activities in the Pavilion. $$ Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
Sunday Storytimes. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday enjoy a wonderful story that highlights the nature found in and around the nature center be it plants, animals, rocks, sun or weather. After the story we'll take a short stroll on a nature center trail to find examples of what was highlighted in the story - if weather permits! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly. Kids ages 7+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. A brave Irish lass crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, who unfolds his mysterious crate of delights to lead audiences on an epic adventure. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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MAY   23   Monday


Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   24   Tuesday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Trail Buddies. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! We'll collect, count and sort different natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and patterns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   25   Wednesday


Animal Encounters. Kids ages 2+. Wednesdays until May 25, 4 to 4:30 p.m. The staff at the Center cares for a variety of education animals who help us teach about nature. Stop by and meet an animal in the lobby. No registration required. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Tots Summer Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., every other Wednesday. Join us for fun and lively family entertainment on the Plaza stage. Bring your little tot's swimsuit and a towel for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event! County Sheriff's will be there to make child ID cards with fingerprints on the spot. Today's entertainment: Eric Energy. FREE Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA.

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MAY   26   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Silly Goose & Val. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Beowulf T. Wonderbunny! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, 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 and feeding sites, and hopefully see some beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Love of Language Story Time. Kids ages 1 1/2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Let CommuniKids spark a love of language in your child with an hour of interactive, foreign-language fun! Our experienced, fabulous, teachers will provide an hour of play movement, and stories to children and parents. RSVP to michelle@communikids.com. FREE CommuniKids, Lansdowne, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   27   Friday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
MOMS Club of Annandale New Member Breakfast. Moms with kids to 5. 10 a.m. to noon. Join us for a music based class that will have your child up and moving with the tunes, working on following directions and practicing large motor skills. FREE St. Barnabas Church, Annandale, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   28   Saturday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Fireside Lunch: Summer Begins!. Kids ages 3+. Noon to 1 p.m. Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with a traditional picnic and a few games -- all around the campfire! Bring your own picnic lunch; we will provide the s'mores and other desserts. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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MAY   29   Sunday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 2+. Every Sunday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. What animals live in and around Wheaton Regional Park and which animals actually live in the nature center? Join this family-friendly presentation and your chance to see the animals close up. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Open Studio: Symbolism in Stories. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Learn how photographs can tell stories about a place. Discover Saudi Arabia through tours of the special exhibition Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater (12:30 and 2:30 p.m.). Experiment with art amterials, solve creative challenges and collaborate with friends and family. Preregister. FREE Freer | Sackler Galleries, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
Sunday Storytimes. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday enjoy a wonderful story that highlights the nature found in and around the nature center be it plants, animals, rocks, sun or weather. After the story we'll take a short stroll on a nature center trail to find examples of what was highlighted in the story - if weather permits! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   30   Monday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   31   Tuesday


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 and feeding sites, and hopefully see some beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Homeschool Special: Explore a Stream. Kids ages 3 to 12. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. What lives in the stream? We'll wade into the water and use nets to look for crayfish, fish and insects. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Trail Buddies. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! We'll collect, count and sort different natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and patterns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.