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Welcome to Washington Parent's online calendar. We've got the inside scoop on tons of free or low-cost things to do in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with kids. If you would like us to post a kid-friendly event you're organizing, email the details to calendar@washingtonparent.net.
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MAY   23   Saturday


Chalk Play. Kids ages 2+. 1 to 2 p.m. To celebrate Memorial Day, stop by and use our colorful sidewalk chalk to fill our parking lot with images of things that are memorable! No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Hometown Holidays Music Fest & Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 10 p.m. Hometown Holidays offers activities for kids including live entertainment on the Town Square Stage, the Hometown Holidays beach, Taste of Rockville, as well as inflatables and amusements (for a fee.) On Monday enjoy the 71st Annual Memorial Day Parade. FREE Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD.
Observation Night at the Observatory. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 to 10:30 p.m. View Saturn as it makes its closest approach and reflects plenty of sunlight. A telescope of 5 - 8" diameter is required to see Saturn's rings and some of its largest and brightest moons. FREE Latitude Observatory, Gaithersburg, MD.
Sinbad: The Untold Tale. Kids ages 5 to 12. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. But a quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets follow him. Two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Clowning Around. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   24   Sunday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Hometown Holidays Music Fest & Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 10 p.m. Hometown Holidays offers activities for kids including live entertainment on the Town Square Stage, the Hometown Holidays beach, Taste of Rockville, as well as inflatables and amusements (for a fee.) On Monday enjoy the 71st Annual Memorial Day Parade. FREE Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD.
Sinbad: The Untold Tale. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. But a quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets follow him. Two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   25   Monday


Hometown Holidays Music Fest & Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 10 p.m. Hometown Holidays offers activities for kids including live entertainment on the Town Square Stage, the Hometown Holidays beach, Taste of Rockville, as well as inflatables and amusements (for a fee.) Today's Memorial Day events: 9 a.m. Rockville Band and Chorus, 9:30 a.m. Ceremony, 10:30 a.m. Parade FREE Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD.

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MAY   26   Tuesday


StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. In this enriching program, kids will be provided with a take-away craft activity to continue the experience at home following each session. The readings and crafts will revolve around the theme of trains. Preregister online. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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MAY   28   Thursday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   29   Friday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Friday Night Live. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Live outdoor entertainment is in full swing as a feature concert artist will perform at the Food Court Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Entertainment this week: Musically Yours. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Water Safety Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free swimming event with demonstrations highlighting how to be safe in and around the water this summer. FREE Water Park - Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Gaithersburg, MD.
Water Safety Day. All ages. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event will include information booths, lifeguard demonstrations, the proper use of personal flotation devices, how to safely assist someone struggling in the water, the importance of sunscreen to prevent skin damage and free swim lesson screenings. Anyone attending the various information booths can stay and enjoy a free swim. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. FREE Water Park - Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Gaithersburg, MD.

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MAY   30   Saturday


Aquathon. Kids ages 7 to 14. 8 a.m. to noon. The 2nd annual "Strokes and Strides" aquathon ia a noncompetitive program introducing young athletes to the aquathon experience. All participants will receive a completion award and a free one-day admission pass to the Water Park. This one-time swim and run event will be divided into two age groups, ages 7 to 10 and 11 to 14. Details and registration online. $$ Water Park at Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Bike Along the Canal. Kidsa ges 8+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Meet at Edwards Ferry and bike along the canal looking for turtles, spring flowers and birds. We'll make stops along the way, and no one will be left behind -- this is a casual family trip! Total trip out and back approximately 15 miles on mostly level trails. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Discover Madagascar. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Discover the wonders of the island of Madagascar right here in the heart of DC metro. No passport and visa needed! Discover Madagascar is hosted by the local Malagasy community and will feature: vendors, live music, dances, fashion show, plays, traditional food, games and activities for kids. $$ Vienna Community Center, Vienna, VA.
Memorial Day Observance. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Join the Mayor and City Council, City staff and honored guests in a tribute to Gaithersburg's sons and daughters who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The patriotic ceremony will include words and music to commemorate the occasion and a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. At the event, guests will be invited to fill out a card and provide a 4x6 photograph for a Book of Tribute, honoring friends and family members who serve. FREE Christman Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Memorial Day Observance. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Loyalty and patriotism will be on full display as Gaithersburg joins the nation in honoring all who have given their lives in military service. FREE Christman Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
SCAN's Annual Croquet Day Tournament. All ages. Noon to 4 p.m. 3rd Annual SCAN of Northern Virginia (Stop Child Abuse Now) croquet tournament is a fun-filled backyard BBQ style tournament with food and family-friendly lawn games and activities such as bean bag toss, face painting, a life-size Angry Birds game and bocce ball. Register online. $$ Hensley Park, Alexandria, VA.
Smithsonian Sleepovers at American History. Kids ages 8 to 12. 7 p.m. Kids and their grown-up companions to take part in a night that features tours, games, crafts, a film and more. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Touch-A-Truck at Baysox. All ages (family-friendly event). 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dozens of construction vehicles and large trucks will be in the parking lot for fans to interact with, and there will be a Touch-A-Truck T-shirt giveaway to the first 500 visitors ages 3 to 12. Games begins at 6:35 p.m. with fireworks after the game. Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.

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MAY   31   Sunday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Science Sunday: Egg-Speriments. Kids ages 6 to 12. 3 to 4:30 p.m. This Science Sunday will be so egg-citing! We'll explore the egg-ceptional properties of eggs and try out lots of egg-stounding egg-speriments. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Old McDonald's Farm. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Toy Story Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:05 p.m. Toy Story Day - Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit movie and meet Woody, Buzz & Jessie. Fitness Fest with in-game and postgame fitness activities for all to try. Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.

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June

JUN   3   Wednesday


Little Explorers. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Take a short hike down, down, down to the Waterfront and discover two ships, one big and one little. $$ The Shop at Farthing's Ordinary, St. Marys City, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Merlin's Magic. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUN   4   Thursday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUN   5   Friday


Celebrate Fairfax. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. to midnight. More than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, and interactive activities. Entertainment, fireworks, Dockdogs, robotica pavilion, carnival rides, model trains, trackless train, pony rides, Mad Hatter maze, Childrens Avenue. Tickets online. $$ Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUN   6   Saturday


28th Annual Savage Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This community festival features live music from local bands, pony rides, a petting zoo, jugglers, magic shows, local history reenactments and tours, dancing, demonstrations and other entertainment. Over 50 food, craft, retail and information vendors! FREE Baldwin Common, Historic Savage, MD.
Celebrate Fairfax. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to midnight. More than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, and interactive activities. Entertainment, fireworks, Dockdogs, robotica pavilion, carnival rides, model trains, trackless train, pony rides, Mad Hatter maze, Childrens Avenue. Tickets online. $$ Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation June 7, 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Family Fun: Worm Workshop. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Explore the dark and wonderful world of worms in our indoor compost bin. Then learn how to build your own 10-gallon bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps, and real live wiggly worms that will recycle your garbage into rich compost. Enjoy a wormy snack too! Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Family Program at Folger. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10 to 11 a.m. This program entitled, Gave Helpful Welcome to their Shipwreck'd Guests, explores the excitement and possible danger of ships in Shakespeare's plays and the Folger exhibition Ships, Clocks & Star: The Quest for Longitude. Preregister online. FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Imagination Bethesda. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A children's street festival celebrating the arts. Live entertainemnt, creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! FREE Corner of Woodmont Ave. & Elm St., Bethesda, MD.
Junior Jams: Here Comes Trouble!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances, in this initimate and fun venue. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
National Trails Day. All ages (family-friendly event). Celebrate National Trails Day by exploring our multi-use trails. 10 a.m. Trail Ride around the new bridle trails at the base of the Blue Ridge Backcountry. RSVP by 6/1. Volunteer Project: 10 a.m. RSVP. Bike Ride: Noon, FREE Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Merlin's Magic. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUN   7   Sunday


Celebrate Fairfax. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, and interactive activities. Entertainment, fireworks, Dockdogs, robotica pavilion, carnival rides, model trains, trackless train, pony rides, Mad Hatter maze, Childrens Avenue. Tickets online. $$ Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL interpretation today at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Discover Strathmore: Colors of the Caribbean. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Annual open house is full of free music and dance performances, workshops, artistic demonstrations, and hands-on art activities celebrating the vibrant diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean. Try a hands-on arts experience, learn the craft of Carnival costume making and enjoy traditional Caribbean storytellers. FREE The Music Center at Strathmore, Rockville, MD.
Family Fun: Strawberry Tea Party. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Celebrate June's luscious fruits with a walk through the gardens to see how strawberries and other fruits grow. Then join us for a game and a tea party of strawberry tea and sweet treats. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Let's Build a Nature Fairy Garden. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. We're building a nature fairy garden outside of the Visitor Center and we'd love your help! We need to build furniture, houses, walkways and more for the little nature fairies that live in our gardens. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Solar Oven Workshop. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. Solar ovens use sunlight to slow cook or warm foods without electricity or other fuel sources. Join us for a solar cooking demonstration and build a simple oven to take home for your yard or next camping trip. All supplies and recipes included. Register by June 3. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Penguin's Playground. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Yes I Can Read 2!. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Bring the kids for storytelling, meet the author, get a books signed and more! Author Fitsame Teferra, is visiting us from Ethiopia, launching her latest book, "My First Book of Amharic Words." She will also be presenting one of her other coveted titles, "Counting Addis Abeba; A Counting Book of English, Amharic and Oromiffa." FREE Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, Washington, DC.

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JUN   8   Monday


Daring Dragonflies. Kids age 18 to 35 months. Dragonflies are fierce aerial predators, catching other flying insects as their prey. See how a dragonfly sees, using its large eyes to find food. Make your own dragonfly to take home. View dragonflies in action at the pond. Also held on June 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Register by June 3. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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JUN   11   Thursday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUN   12   Friday


Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Walking Stick Workshop. Kids ages 5 to 12. 7 to 8 p.m. School's almost out, and it's time to explore new territory. Make a walking stick that can travel with you on your next hike. Choose the perfect stick, make a leather grip, and with help, engrave your name or initials to make it your own. All supplies included. Register by June 9. FREE Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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JUN   13   Saturday


A Family Show: Tom Chapin. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. As a multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. Chapin continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Bushels of Beetles. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to noon. Beetles are the largest group of insects, and they come in a dazzling array of sizes, shapes and colors. Meet live beetles and decorate your own bug box to take home. Go on a short hike to discover the different places that beetles live. Register by June 10. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Carnival of Kindness. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 5 p.m. A fun-filled extravaganza featuring Stillbrave Renegades, Peach's Neet Feet, Choose Kind Super Hero Tour, The Truth 365, Paws2Care therapy dogs, Beads of Courage. Art and crafts, raffles, games, moon bounces, live nusic face painting and lots more. FREE nZone, Chantilly, VA.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
National Get Outdoors Day. All ages (family-friendly event). Hiking starts at 10 a.m. Enjoy creating something special with Friends of Sky Meadows volunteers at 2nd Saturday Craft 1 to 3 p.m. Join our Astronomy for Everyone program 8 to 11 p.m. (you must arrive by 9 p.m.). FREE Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Baby Bear's Birthday. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUN   14   Sunday


Celebrate Gaithersburg. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. This annual street festival includes live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more. Children will enjoy interactive theatre, games, demonstrations and amusements. This year's festival has a special focus on tradition, highlighted by bluegrass bands and a BBQ showdown. FREE Summit and Diamond Avenues, Gaithersburg, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5 to 11. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Love Your Body Yoga Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LYBYF offers free activities and entertainment for the whole family including live music, healing demonstrations, food samples, and soothing therapies such as Reiki, chiropractic, massage, and yoga. The Kids Tent will offer storytelling, laughter yoga and more! FREE Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.
Staged Reading of The Reluctant Dragon. Kids ages 10+. 7:30 p.m. A young girl's dreams of adventure come true one day when she finds a poetry-loving dragon in the woods. But her new friendship is quickly threatened when the frightened villagers call for Sir Wombat to slay the dragon. Can she come up with a plan to save her friend and convince the village that dragons are peaceful creatures? Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons offering a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Featuring shorter shows (about 30 mins.), no dark room, no loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Today: Panda-Monium. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.