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NOV   27   Thursday


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NOV   28   Friday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
The Comedy and Magic Society. Kids ages 10+. 8 and 9:30 p.m. shows. In partnership with Thin Air Productions, an astounding evening of magic and sleight of hand combined with interactive theatre and hilarious fun! These magicians will leave you wondering what's up their sleeve next! Each show different. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Wake Up, Brother Bear. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 a.m. Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action with a small bag of props that help create magical moments. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   29   Saturday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
The Big Nate National Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The show follows the rebellious and energetic adventures of Nate Wright, his classmates and teachers with a funny story line and catchy music. Lunch and kid-friendly meals will be offered from the menu. Tickets online. $$ Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, Bethesda, MD.
Turkey Trail. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to noon. Let's get moving after your big Thanksgiving meal. Sharpen your skills of logic as you follow the clues left from a "wild" turkey to see where they lead you. Discover more about these fascinating birds. Preregister by Nov. 24. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Wake Up, Brother Bear. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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NOV   30   Sunday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Fall Campfire & Walk. Kids all ages. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join us for a campfire picnic followed by an evening nature walk. Bring your own hotdogs & rolls; we'll supply the marshmallows. Afterwards we'll take a walk around the nature center trails to look for what is going on around the pond, meadow or woods. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Happy Harvest Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. The Culture Kingsom Kids will be hosting this awesome afternoon. Explore the spirit of thankfulness through music; and how the harvest season is celebrated around the world through imaginative play! $$ National Children's Museum, National Harbor, MD.
Wake Up, Brother Bear. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. Watch as Brother and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons. Together we see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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December

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DEC   3   Wednesday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Oh Susannah! $$ Union Market, Washington, DC.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Time For Tots: Hibernation Station. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Everybody at the station, it's time for winter hibernation! This sweet book will have you dreaming of the long winter while we learn about different hibernating animals. Wear your pajamas to fully enjoy the activity, then we'll put on our coats and head outside to see if we can find any clues of hibernating animals. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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DEC   4   Thursday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Mr. Skip. $$ Eastern Market, North Hall, Washington, DC.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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DEC   5   Friday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Lea. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Kidsinger Jim. FREE Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Frozen Party Night. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. It's a Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Spaces are limited, preregister early. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Kids Place Live. Kids 7 and younger. 12:30 p.m. Brooklyn-based Kindie Rock Band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights will be performing a closed studio taping of their most recent CD. If you would like to attend the live taping, please email: kidsplacelive@siriusxm.com FREE SiriusXM Studio, Rumpus Room, Washington, DC.

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DEC   6   Saturday


2nd Annual Tree Lighting. All ages (family-friendly event). Enjoy this tree Lighting event with music, food, special performers and of course Santa. FREE One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA.
Croydon Creek Campfire - Misunderstood Animals. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 7 p.m. Some animals are hard to love; maybe it is because they have sharp teeth and fly around at night. Gather around the campfire for stories, snacks and more while finding out more about some of these misunderstood animals.Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Decorate the Visitor Center Tree. Kids ages 1+. 2 to 4 p.m. Come to the center and help us put up the holiday tree inside. When we're done, we'll make some treats and decorate a tree outside for the birds. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Great Adventures. Kids ages 8 to 14. 2 to 4 p.m. Embark on a voyage of fantastic adventures and new discoveries across China, Japan, India, and the Middle East. This workshop introduces participants to the Galleries through stories, books, and art materials, highlighing the exhibition The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia. Same program on Dec. 7. FREE Freer and Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC.
Make It and Take It: Winter Sun Catcher. Kids ages 2+. 11:30 am.m to 1:30 p.m. Catch the winter sun to brighten up your room. Get crafty at Meadowside! Drop by and create a seasonal delight to take home with you. Crafts are easy to make using repurposed everyday objects and found natural materials. No registration required. Exact change appreciated. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Saturday Song Circle. Kids under 3. 10:30 a.m. You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An early childhood teaching artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children's book with your family through song and musical instruments. This week: Where the Wild Things Are. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Winter Wreath Workshop. Kids ages 14+. 10 a.m. to noon. Create a beautiful winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. The supply fee provides greens, forms, ribbon and cones. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VAMD.
Winter Wreaths. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Get started on your holiday decorating by making festive wreaths for your home. Listen to seasonal music and enjoy mulled cider and cookies. All supplies provided. Preregister online Dec. 3. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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DEC   7   Sunday


Animals in Winter. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Each week join us by our cozy hearth for an enchanting story about different wild animals and what they do in the winter. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Family Nature Time. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We'll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month. Next program is on Dec. 21. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Natural Holiday Crafts. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 to 3 p.m. Spend the afternoon using a variety of natural or recycled objects to make holiday crafts and ornaments. Will complete at least three projects. Adult participation is required for children under 8. Preregister by Nov. 30. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Something Else Entirely. Kids ages 7+. 6 p.m. UpSpring Studio presents Something Else Entirely, an evening of aerial inventions and unexpected entertainment. This performance will feature original choreography and aerial acts by UpSpring Studio's students and instructors. Tickets online. $$ Joe's Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier, MD.
Sunday Fun Day. Kids under 5. 10 a.m. We invite you and your child to bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, movement, music, and visual art. Each session you leave with a completed craft, as well as a Parent Pack to continued the experience at home. These popular workshops are based upon beloved children's books. This week it is The Snowy Day. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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DEC   8   Monday


Winter Reds. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Even though winter seems dreary, there is still bright color in the woods. From holly berries to cardinals to woodpeckers, discover the reds of winter. Enjoy a colorful story and make a red craft to take home. Preregister by Dec. 4. Also held on Dec. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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DEC   9   Tuesday


Cricket on the Hearth. Kids in grades 4 to 8. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Theatre IV's new musical is based on Charles Dickens' most popular holiday tale in 19th century London. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
I Heart Storytime. Kids ages 3 to 5. 4 to 5 p.m. CESJDS invites you to our Lower School campus for storytime once a month! Will include a hands-on activity and a snack for our visiting preschoolers. The stories, which will rotate between Hebrew and English each session, will be read by our talented teachers! Preregister. FREE Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD.

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DEC   10   Wednesday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: The Singing Lizard. $$ Union Market, Washington, DC.

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DEC   11   Thursday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres! $$ Eastern Market, North Hall, Washington, DC.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Fun with Firs. Kids ages 4 to 6. 4 to 6 p.m. What stays green in the forest from one season to he next? Evergreens, of course! Find out how and why evergreens can stay green, even during the cold and snowy months of winter. How will we find the answers? By taking a nature hike! We'll also make a craft using different parts of these fascinating trees. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Nature Tots - Ready for Winter. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. Preregister early, space is limited. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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DEC   12   Friday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Mr. Skip. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Candle Making. Kids ages 5 to 12. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a little glow to your winter. Learn where wax comes from and discover how candles are made. Dip a pair of candles and decorate a pillar candle with natural materials. All supplies provided. Preregister by Dec. 9. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Holiday Concert & Dinner. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 10 p.m. Choruses from aera elementary schools will perform holiday songs. Enjoy a hot dinner and desserts, plus pictures with Santa. Preregister. $$ Long Branch Community Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Polar Express Party. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Space is limited. Preregistration required. $$ My Gym, Potomac, MD.

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DEC   13   Saturday


Crystal Magic. Kids ages 3 to 12. 3 to 4 p.m. In the movie Frozen, only Elsa has the power to make crystals of snow and ice. But in our workshop, we can all make crystals and enjoy their complex and shimmering beauty. Using Epsom salts and other household ingredients, crystals become a delight we can share with others. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Family Fun: Winter Solstice Workshop. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Learn how people in the past celebrated the winter solstice. Then create an evergreen centerpiece, complete with beeswax candle, to warm and welcome friends and family to your table. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VAMD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances performed at this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Holiday Fun with John Henry the Guitar Man. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Movie Time: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Just when your kids stopped singing "Let It Go," the blockbuster movie returns. Bring the whole family to see it again (or for the first time) on the big screen. We'll even let you sing along! Rated PG. FREE McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.
Nature Architects. Kids ages 3 to 12. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Erect a tower, build a boat, make a mud pie...it's time to let your inner architect out! We'll venture into different park habitats to design and construct things using natural objects and materials. What we do will depend on the weather and the things we can find. But no matter what we do, come dressed for the weather and ready to get dirty! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Saturday Morning at The National. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11 a.m. We introduced children to the wonder of live theatre through a wide variety of culturally simulating entertainments. This week: Bright Star Theatre - Christmas with Santa. Join two elves and Santa in this heartwarming exploration of the true meaning of the holidays. Tickets are required and distributed 30 minutes prior to show time on a first-come, first-served basis. FREE National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Saturday Song Circle. Kids under 3. 10:30 a.m. You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An early childhood teaching artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children's book with your family through song and musical instruments. This week: The Gingerbread Man. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Storytime at Black Hill: Owl Moon. Kids ages 1 to 6. 10 to 11 a.m. We'll read the story about a girl and her father who go out late one night in search of owls, and learn what makes owls so special. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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DEC   14   Sunday


Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Make It and Take It: Pine Cone Art. All ages (family-friendly event). Pine cones seem to be everywhere this time of year! So why not use them to get creative? Turn them into owls, squirrels or whatever else you can think of. These can make great ornaments, too! Drop in anytime during program hours! Fee is per craft; exact change is appreciated. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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DEC   15   Monday


Stories with Ranger Steph. Kids ages 0 to 4. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. At Oxon Hill Farm, the animals give us gifts each day, and in return, we give them the care they need. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy other activities. We will focus on the words and actions that show we care. $$ Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.

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DEC   16   Tuesday


Holiday Tales. Kids in K to 8th grade. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Pushcart Players sparkle in a multi-cultural collection of holiday stories that include Gift of the Magi, The Nutcracker, Kwanzaa Kite and Soul of a Menorah. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Time For Tots: Winter Trees. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Let's learn about all of the beautiful winter trees around us by reading about them. We'll make our own tree, then go outside to practice spotting them. Please dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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DEC   17   Wednesday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Mr. Gabe. $$ Union Market, Washington, DC.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
The Mitten. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Where do animals stay on a cold and snowy day? Snuggle in for story time and listen to Jan Brett's classic book. Make a mitten craft. Weather permitting, bundle up and take a walk to search for animal homes. Preregister by Dec. 12. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Tot Time! Happy Hanukkah to the Animals!. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Explore the sights, sounds, textures and movements of the natural world. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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DEC   18   Thursday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: The Singing Lizard. $$ Eastern Market, North Hall, Washington, DC.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Preschool Nature Adventure: Weather Wonders. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, make new friends and have fun while exploring nature. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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DEC   19   Friday


Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres! $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Shake Your Sillies with Tracey Eldridge. FREE Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Edible Ornaments for Wildlife. Kidsages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Make some fun ornaments you can hang on a tree outside your home and see what wildlife comes to enjoy them. You can enjoy your tree beautifully decorated; wildlife will enjoy how it tastes! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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DEC   20   Saturday


Bookworms. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Curl up with a good book at the Nature Center. At each Bookworm program, we'll read a new story and you'll get a copy of the book to take home. Each program may include a craft or hike. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Disney's The Little Mermaid. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 7 p.m. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Make It and Take It: New Year's Noisemakers. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. Get ready to celebrate the New Year by making noisemakers and other party items from things you can recycle from your house. No registration required; drop in anytime during program hours! Fee is per craft; exact change is appreciated. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Meadowside Winter Solstice Campfire. Kids ages 3+. 7 to 8 p.m. On this longest day of the year, come share the light and warmth of the campfire ring at Meadowside. We'll tell tales of winter, make lanterns to light our way, and enjoy toasty marshmallow treats. Prereegister all participants; fee is for children only and covers one lantern per family. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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DEC   21   Sunday


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

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DEC   22   Monday


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DEC   23   Tuesday


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

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DEC   24   Wednesday


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

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DEC   25   Thursday


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DEC   26   Friday


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

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DEC   27   Saturday


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

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DEC   28   Sunday


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

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DEC   29   Monday


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