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OCT   22   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: Ukulele Phil $$ Union Market, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   23   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: Lea $$ Eastern Market, North Hall, Washington, DC.
Discovery Hike: In Search of the Great Pumpkin. Kids ages 3 to 6 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fall is pumpkin time. Listen to a pumpkin story and learn how pumpkins grow. Then we will hit the trail in search of a little pumpkin just for you and maybe, just maybe, we will find the Great Pumpkin along the way. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
Rennie Harris Puremovement History of Hip Hop. Kids in grades 3+. Noon. A lecture demo illustrates how ancient traditions led to contemporary hip hop. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Spiders and their Webs. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, making new friends and having fun while exploring nature. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Outdoor activities are included, dress for weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   24   Friday


Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Boogie Babes. Kids ages 6 months to 6 years. 10:30 a.m. Boogie Babes is a playdate for kids and the people who love them! Enjoy a rocking, rolling, moving, grooving, good time! Entertaining today: Oh Susannah! $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Campfire and Nature Walk. Kids ages 2+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for a picnic by the fire and then enjoy a nature walk under the night sky with one of our naturalists. Please bring your own hotdogs and rolls, and we'll bring the makings for s'mores. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
Howl-O-ween Masquerade. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Bring your four legged friend(s) out in a Halloween disguise for a romp through the ghostly trails of One Loudoun's Central Park! This furry friendly event will offer a dog walk, costume contest and a dog friendly swag bag for your bestest friend, as well as a surprise swag item for you, well your pooch! Preregister. $$ The Barn at One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA.
Owl-O-Ween Campfire. Kids ages 3+. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Join us around the campfire for owl facts, folklore and fun. Meet our mascot Otus the Owl and visit with one of Meadowside's resident owls. We will have marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for s'mores. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, 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.
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Huge seasonal children's consignment sale! An amazing selection of kids items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books and more. No strollers or walking children before noon today. FREE Greenbelt Armory, Greenbelt, MD.

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OCT   25   Saturday


7th Annual Truck Touch. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's scary how much kids love big vehicles-and Halloween! Combine the two at Truch Touch, a chance to explore fire trucks, police cars, off-road vehicles, construction rigs, delivery trucks, emergency vehicles, busses and other cool things that go! Plus bounce house, face painting, pumpkin decorating and more! Come in costume too! $$ Suburban Nursery School, Bethesda, MD.
Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Looking for a place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move? Spend quality time with your family while enjoying our renowned dueling piano show. It's an all request live music show with a kid-friendly buffet. Tickets online. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Brookside Storytime. Ages 3 to 6. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Every Saturday, listen to nature and seasonal stories that will encourage a child's imagination and creativity. Each week, a different story will be read, followed by a hands-on craft. No registration required, just show up! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Campfires at Black Hill: Halloween. Kids ages 6+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nothing is like being at a campfire under the stars. Join a naturalist for themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s'mores around a fire. Bring a chair or blanket. Gather 'round a campfire in the deep, dark wood to hear tales of natural mysteries and local ghost stories. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
Fall Frolic. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 5 p.m. Join us for a day of fall fun! Daytime activities for families will include pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the Park. FREE Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Ghosts, Goblins, & Ghouls Spooktacular 5k. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Grab your Halloween costume and enjoy a fun run 5k through decorated streets and central park at One Loudoun. Awards for best costume, food, prizes and a Scarecrow Sprint for the kids will take place after the finish. Preregister. $$ The Barn at One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA.
Great Pumpkin Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 3 to 8. 3 to 3:45 p.m. Join us on a nature treasure hunt searching for the Great Pumpkin along our trails. Will we find a trick... or a treat? Wear a trail-friendly costume if you want! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances is enjoyed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Eric Herman. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances performed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Eric Herman. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Nature Tots - Colors of Nature. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 p.m. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Not My Monkey. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The circus has come to town and the monkeys have broken loose and are wreaking havoc everywhere! And worst of all, no one wants to pitch in to solve the problem. Everyone in the audience gets into the act from where they're sitting. Tickets online. $$ Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Pueblo a Pueblo Benefit Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini will be performing. Pueblo a Pueblo is a not for profit organization that works to improve the health, education, and nutrition of children in indigenous coffee farming communities in Guatemala. All proceeds raised through ticket sales will go towards supporting the School Health and Nutrition Program, which provides daily nutritious hot meals to school children. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Sandy Spring Friends School Open House. 10 a.m. to noon. Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Offering a coeducational Pre-K through grade 12 college preparatory curriculum, rooted on Quaker values and taught by a dynamic faculty. Please RSVP. FREE Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Monsters Who Ate My Peas. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. ArtsPower's newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Huge seasonal children's consignment sale! An amazing selection of kids items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books and more. FREE Greenbelt Armory, Greenbelt, MD.

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OCT   26   Sunday


Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids can stop by more than 40 treat stations, interact with animals, make festive decorations and more. Come in costume! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
Family Geocaching - Past Meets Presents. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn the history of geocaching and the basics needed to use our GPS units and then head out on our geocaching trail with your family to test your skills. Use a GPS unit to work your way through the Rockville Cemetery to discover some history hidden in this tucked-away place. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
ImaginOcean. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 4 p.m. Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia takes young audiences on a magical under-the-sea adventure in his one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark puppet musical. Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to big band, this charming story appeals to audiences of all ages and is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Locust Grove Cider Days. Kids ages 2+. 2 to 3 p.m. Learn about cider, apple varieties, and apple history. Sample lesser-known apple types and try your hand at pressing cider. This program is designed for families and individuals. Information for groups available online. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Not My Monkey. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The circus has come to town and the monkeys have broken loose and are wreaking havoc everywhere! And worst of all, no one wants to pitch in to solve the problem. Everyone in the audience gets into the act from where they're sitting. Tickets online. $$ Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Not Too Scary Halloween Story Time on the Lake. Kids ages 1+. 1 to 2 p.m. Join us for a special edition of Story Time on the Lake. Wear your costume and board the pontoon boat for a spirited ride! A naturalist will read aloud some Halloween stories that are sure to make you smile, not scream. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 50% off day. Seasonal children's consignment sale! An amazing selection of kids items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books and more. FREE Greenbelt Armory, Greenbelt, MD.

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OCT   27   Monday


Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

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OCT   28   Tuesday


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OCT   29   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.

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OCT   30   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! $$ Eastern Market, North Hall, Washington, DC.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Mixed Up Fairy Tale. Kids in grades K-3. Emmy Award-winning Page Turner Adventures involves everyone in the audience in the storytelling experience. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

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OCT   31   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: Marsha $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Green Halloween Costume Party. All ages. 1 to 3 p.m. School's out, so join us for a spook-tacular time of showing off your "green" imagination. Make your best Halloween costume from reused or recyclable materials and join us for a party. Prizes for the best costumes and use of reused or recycled materials. We'll end the party with a campfire and s'mores. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Comedy and Magic Society. Kids ages 10+. 8 and 9:30 p.m. shows. In partnership with Thin Air Productions, an astounding evening of magic and sleight of hand combined with interactive theater and hilarious fun! These magicians will leave you wondering what's up their sleeve next! Each show is different. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

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November

NOV   1   Saturday


All Stacked Up!. Kids ages 8 to 11. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 and 2 to 4 p.m. Investigate contemporary sculpture and experiment with natural materials to create your own three-dimensional work of art. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session. Preregistration required. FREE National Gallery of Art, Education Studio, Washington, DC.
Brookside Storytime. Ages 3 to 6. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Every Saturday, listen to nature and seasonal stories that will encourage a child's imagination and creativity. Each week, a different story will be read, followed by a hands-on craft. No registration required, just show up! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
College Fair. High school students. 9 a.m. to noon. Various college representatives and speakers will discuss educational and scholarship opportunities. Some colleges are waiving application fees for qualified high school seniors. Preregister. FREE Woodstream Church, Bowie, MD.
Songs of Our Neighbors. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. The American Youth Chorus performs, Songs of Our Neighbors: The Music of Canada, Mexico and the USA. Tickets online. $$ Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, Washington, DC.
Stargazing at Black Hill. Kids age 3+. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Open skies around the Visitor Center offer spectacular moon and stargazing, weather permitting of course. We'll begin with a half hour preview of tonight's sky and then head out to see what we can find with our telescopes. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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NOV   2   Sunday


All Stacked Up!. Kids ages 8 to 11. 1 to 3 p.m. Investigate contemporary sculpture and experiment with natural materials to create your own three-dimensional work of art. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session. Preregistration required. FREE National Gallery of Art, Education Studio, Washington, DC.
Friendship Walks. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to noon. Friendship Walks is a one mile, fun and peaceful rally around the National Mall to continue a region focus on ending homelessness in the D.C. area. Will feature speakers, the Retired NFL Players Association of Washington, D.C. and activities for the whole family. Registration online. $$ The National Mall, Washington, DC.
Scout Badge Days - Webelos Naturalist Badge. 2 to 4 p.m. Naturalists will help you complete the necessary requirements to achieve the badges. All materials are provided; however, badges are not supplied by the Nature Center. Programs are held rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things. Kids ages 4+. 4 p.m. This show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, defies the laws of physics and performs miracles inches from spectators' faces. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.

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NOV   3   Monday


Move & Groove with Mr. Skip. Kids ages 5 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Mr. Skip, who is all about music and movement, sings original and classic kids songs like Old McDonald. He gets the kids off their seats and moving. Even the parents and grandparents have fun as Mr. Skip plays his own brand of music. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Puppet Show: Earl's Lunch. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon. Munch on a morning snack while you enjoy a creative show about what the animals at the nature center like to eat. Afterwards, create an animal puppet of your own to take home. Preregister by Oct. 30. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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NOV   4   Tuesday


Nature Service Learning Day. Kids ages 10 to 14. 10 am.m to 3 p.m. Spend the day investigating a local environmental issue while earning Student Service Learning hours. Participants will earn 3 SSL hours. Participants should dress for the weather and bring a lunch. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Family Geocaching Adventure. Kids ages 8+. 3 to 5 p.m. Modern-day treasure hunting happens right here in our parks! Geocaches are hidden containers filled with interesting stuff that you track down using GPS units. If you don't have a GPS unit, we'll have units for families to share. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Musical Nature. Kids ages 2+. 7 to 8 p.m. Fall evenings in the park are full of music! Listen to the cricket, cicada, and katydid choir, punctuated by the calls of birds as they settle in for the evening. Come listen to the concert, and maybe make some music of your own. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Spectacular Spiders. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10 to 11 a.m. Spiders are spectacular, stupendous, and sometimes silly. Come learn all about these 8-legged wonders, make your very own spider spot, and then head outside to hunt for spiders. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Super Skeleton Spectacular. Kids pre-k to 5th grade. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. With 206 bones in the human body- it's a lot to keep track of them all around Halloween season. Kids in the Lab help a skeleton on a "bone-a-fide" search and explore the lighter part of the dark side, including activities about colorful Dia de los Muertos. Tickets online. $$ Capitol Life Church or, Ashlawn Elementary School, Arlington, VA.

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NOV   5   Wednesday


Night Hikes: Little Bennett Regional Park. Kids ages 6+. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Take a hike by the light of the full moon. We'll look and listen for creatures that are most active at night. Hikes are approximately one mile. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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NOV   6   Thursday


All Stacked Up!. Kids ages 8 to 11. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 and 2 to 4 p.m. Investigate contemporary sculpture and experiment with natural materials to create your own three-dimensional work of art. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session. Preregistration required. FREE National Gallery of Art, Education Studio, Washington, DC.
Discovery Hike: Hibernation. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 to 11:30 a.m. Where did they go? Can you imagine sleeping under a bark blanket? How about soaking in a mud bath all winter long. Find out how some of our native animals survive during the long winter months. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Preschool Nature Adventure: Rocky Hike. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, making new friends and having fun while exploring nature. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, 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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NOV   7   Friday


Around the World Night. 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.) Spaces are limited, preregister early. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Uncle Pete Rocks. $$ Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.
Campfire Cookery. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner around a crackling campfire. Try different methods of campfire cookery, including stick and pouch techniques. We'll also make campfire popcorn, and finish our evening with s'mores. All supplies provided. Preregister by Nov. 4. $$ Walker Nature Center, Campfire Ring, Reston, VA.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. Join us as the legend unfolds. More spooky than scary, with plenty of lighter moments, Encore Stage & Studio presents theatre by kids, for kids. A performance for children with special needs will be Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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NOV   8   Saturday


Annaul Craft Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 40+ Artist, Crafters, Vendors. Handcrafted jewelry, ornaments, glass art, bath and body, purses, spirit wear, pins greeting cards, needle work, children clothes, fabric art and blankets. Used book sale, fresh pecans, cafe and bake sale. FREE Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale, VA.
Billy Jonas "Build It Back Again" CD Release. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Billy Jonas makes innovative use of "found objects," helping audiences discover the music within common items and within themselves. It's a musical conversation, a sonic celebration, a splendiferous gathering of old and young. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Croydon Creek Campfire - Crepuscular Creatures. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8 p.m. Animals that are active at dawn and dusk are described as crepuscular animals. Learn more about these twilight-loving creatures and maybe even see one or two. Gather around the campfire with your friends for stories, snacks and more. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances is enjoyed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: 1-2-3 Andres! Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances performed at this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: 1-2-3 Andres! Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
New to You Sale. 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. LANK's New to You sale features 1,000's of babies and children's gear, including clothing infant up to size 10, toys, furniture, tricycles, strollers, DVDs, books and much much more at unbeatable prices! 50% off deals from noon to 1 p.m. FREE Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten, Reston, VA.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6+. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Join us as the legend unfolds. More spooky than scary, with plenty of lighter moments, Encore Stage & Studio presents theatre by kids, for kids. A performance for children with special needs will be Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.

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NOV   9   Sunday


All Stacked Up!. Kids ages 8 to 11. 1 to 3 p.m. Investigate contemporary sculpture and experiment with natural materials to create your own three-dimensional work of art. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session. Preregistration required. FREE National Gallery of Art, Education Studio, Washington, DC.
Locust Grove Cider Days. Kids ages 2+. 12 to 1 p.m. Learn about cider, apple varieties, and apple history. Sample lesser known apple types, and try your hand at pressing cider. This program is designed for families and individuals. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Nature & Art Adventures. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Fall Nature Crafts - Fall has brilliant colors and incredible textures to inspire interesting creations. Drop in anytime to try your hand with a simple, nature-inspired art or craft activity. Each week will bring a different project. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted today. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6+. 3 p.m. Join us as the legend unfolds. More spooky than scary, with plenty of lighter moments, Encore Stage & Studio presents theatre by kids, for kids. A performance for children with special needs will be Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.

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NOV   10   Monday


Leaf Magic. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. The woods look very different in the fall. Discover which trees have lost their leaves and which are still holding onto them. Search for fall colors and make a craft from fallen leaves. Listen to the crunch of leaves under your feet as you walk along the trails. Preregister by Nov. 6. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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NOV   11   Tuesday


Leaf Magic. Kids ages 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. The woods look very different in the fall. Discover which trees have lost their leaves and which are still holding onto them. Search for fall colors and make a craft from fallen leaves. Listen to the crunch of leaves under your feet as you walk along the trails. Preregister by Nov. 6. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Veterans Day with Rocknoceros. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Wake Up, Brother Bear. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10:30 and 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   12   Wednesday


Tyke Hikes: Turkeys. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Come and discover the bustling world around the Nature Center. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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NOV   13   Thursday


Adventure Kids. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Join the Kids Club and enjoy monthly events, giveaways and more! This month enjoy Beowulf Wonderbunny, and the first 50 club members receive a free surprise gift. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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NOV   14   Friday


Noted Author Series: No Drama Discipline. For parents of children 2 to 12. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., co-author of No-Drama Discipline: Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, will use candid stories, compassion and humor to show how to work with the developing minds of your children to peacefully resolve conflicts, increase happiness and cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual growth. Tickets online. $$ Women's Club of Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase, MD.
Pirate Adventures Night. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Space is limited. Preregistration required. $$ My Gym, Potomac, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. Join us as the legend unfolds. More spooky than scary, with plenty of lighter moments, Encore Stage & Studio presents theatre by kids, for kids. A performance for children with special needs will be Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.

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NOV   15   Saturday


American Folksongs & Spirituals. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. The Congressional Chorus performs American Floksongs & Spirituals: A Collboration of Music, Poetry, Paintings and Dance. Tickets online. $$ Church Of The Epiphany, Washington, DC.
Brownies: Letterboxer Badge. For Girl Scout Brownies. 10 a.m. to noon. Want to work towards your Letterboxer badge? Join us and complete activities that satisfy requirements for this badge. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Domino Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. World renowned domino topple expert Scott Suko and team will create a dynamic domino topple design. Witness over 12,000 dominoes of different sizes and colors zigzag, spiral, climb up stairs, across tables, fall in collapsing pyramids and much more. Toople at 2 p.m., but come early to test designs of your own and interact with the experts. $$ Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances performed at this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Mr. Jon. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Juniors: Geocacher Badge. For Girl Scout Juniors. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to work towards your Geocacher badge? Join us and complete activities that satisfy requirements for this badge. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Nature Tots - Nature Senses. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Thanksgiving For The Animals. Kids ages 2 to 12. 10 to 11 a.m. Animals are busy preparing for the long, hard winter while we're busy preparing for our Thanksgiving holiday. So let's take time to make some treats to give to the park's animals. We'll make some tasty critter snacks then hike to their homes to leave a treat. You'll get to take a treat with you for the animals in your neighborhood, too. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted today. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Diggity Dudes. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Diggity Dudes show begins with smiles, lots of them. One part memorable melodies and two-parts humor (or is it the other way around??), the Dudes sing about kid-centric topics in an adult-friendly way. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6+. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Join us as the legend unfolds. More spooky than scary, with plenty of lighter moments, Encore Stage & Studio presents theatre by kids, for kids. The 3 p.m. performance is for children with special needs. Tickets online. $$ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.
The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project. Kids ages 2+. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember this dove-like bird we are folding origami pigeons to symbolically recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago. We will show you how to add your number(s) to the ever-growing virtual flock! $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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NOV   16   Sunday


All Stacked Up!. Kids ages 8 to 11. 1 to 3 p.m. Investigate contemporary sculpture and experiment with natural materials to create your own three-dimensional work of art. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session. Preregistration required. FREE National Gallery of Art, Education Studio, Washington, DC.
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.
Family Ramble - Forest. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Get to know the forest by looking under logs, searching for forest critters and taking a close-up look at trees. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
I Like Coffee, I Like Tea. Kids ages 13+. 1 to 3 p.m. Are you a "tea person" or a "coffee person?" They are the most popular beverages in the world, and both have legendary pasts. Learn about the history, provenance, health benefits and more of these flavorful and competing, brews as we compare and contrast them. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted today. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Kids ages 6+. 3 p.m. Join us as the legend unfolds. More spooky than scary, with plenty of lighter moments, Encore Stage & Studio presents theatre by kids, for kids. Tickets online. $$ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington, VA.