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JUN   25   Saturday


"Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery". All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Just because you're extremely cute, doesn't mean you can't operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a funny, whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who's boss! Join us for a fun-filled storytime. FREE Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA.
Alice in Wonderland. All ages. (family-friendly event). 1 and 7 p.m. Alice in Wonderful showcases all the talents of our students---dancing, singing, acting---on one stage, while bringing to life one of our all-time classic stories. Tickets online. $$ Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, VA.
Chamber Dance Project with Brass Connection. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Chamber Dance Project breaks creative and conceptual bounds with work of sweeping athleticism, arresting emotional shifts, edgy urban moves and a power that lingers long after the curtain. This matinee includes a post-performance workshop for children joining artists to try some dancing onstage after the show. Tickets online. $$ Harman Center for the Arts, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, DC.
Family Day with Nickelodeon's SpongeBob. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See the museum transformed into Bikini Bottom and participate in nautical-themed activities, such as games, sand castle building and much more - including a chance to meet SpongeBob SquarePants! Send a limited-edition SpongeBob postcard or pose for pictures in a Bikini Bottom photo booth. Performances by Casey Carle, the renowned comic bubble artist. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Heritage Days Weekend. All ages. (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Visit 30+ museums, parks and historic sites throughout the county open with a host of activities: Live music, children's games & crafts, exhibits & demonstrations, live animals, trains & trolleys, and more! Discover a little bit of history, right around the corner. Details online. FREE Various location, Montgomery County, MD.
Home and Garden Market. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's the perfect way to shop conveniently for plants and fresh cut flowers, find decor to refresh home and garden, and enjoy live music and a fresh grilled lunch al fresco. Discover tips on flower arranging and creating a succulent garden during free weekly seminars. And, Whole Foods will offer gardening items just for kids. Music by The Tom Lagana Group (jazz). FREE North Bethesda Market, 11351 Woodglen Dr., North Bethesda, MD.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kids Day @ Bobby McKey's. All ages. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly version of our all-request Dueling Piano Show! A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move! All while introducing your child to appreciate live music and the arts. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Open Studio: Welcome to Murad Khani. All ages (family-friednly event). 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Witness how artists from Afghanistan are transforming their lives and their country during an afternoon of activities. Tour the special exhibition "Turquoise Mountain," and then head to the ImaginAsia classroom to get creative. FREE Freer and Sackler Galleries, Sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.
Precious Cargo: Biking With Toddlers. Parents & toddlers. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Join us for an outing designed for parents who want to become more comfortable biking with toddlers. Talk about safety and preparing for an outing, then go for a group ride with a stop at a neighborhood play space. All bikes, child seats, helmets and snacks provided. Preregister online. $$ The corner of 7th St. and Independence Ave. SE., Washington, DC.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Music-lovers will enjoy the rotating line-up of musical acts performing everything from jazz and R&B to reggae and rock music at the Food Court Pavilion each Saturday. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.
Video Game Music Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. The 80 instrumentalists and singers of WMGSO (Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra), the first community ensemble of its type, draw their repertoire entirely from video game soundtracks by creating orchestrations entirely in-house. The result is classical music with a 21st-century twist, drawing non-gamers to the artistic merits of video game soundtracks, and attracting new audiences. Tickets online. $$ F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville, MD.
Vine on the Waterfont. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 6 p.m. The festival is a community-based event featuring tastes of local foods and wine, as well as artisans, a Children's Corner and live entertainment. The event transforms the park into a lively festival. FREE Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, VA.

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JUN   26   Sunday


2nd Annual Mud Day. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate the joy of childhood, nature and our deep connection to the earth while being encouranged to stomp, splash and get dirty! Giant mud play area, make clay and mud creations on trees and create a terrarium. Bring a picnic, beach chairs and extra clothes! $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
Alice in Wonderland. All ages. (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Alice in Wonderful showcases all the talents of our students---dancing, singing, acting---on one stage, while bringing to life one of our all-time classic stories. Tickets online. $$ Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria, VA.
Backyard Concert Series. All ages. (family-friendly event). 5 to 6:30 p.m. American Idol finalist Travis Tucker is an incredibly diverse entertainer performing ballads, raps, dance tunes and more. Not just a singer, Tucker performs with electrifying dance moves and natural charisma. Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or low lawn chair. Donations of nonperishable items for Manna Food Center are appreciated. FREE Constitution Gardens, 112 Brookes Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD.
Chamber Dance Project with Brass Connection. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Chamber Dance Project breaks creative and conceptual bounds with work of sweeping athleticism, arresting emotional shifts, edgy urban moves and a power that lingers long after the curtain. Tickets online. $$ Harman Center for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Heritage Days Weekend. All ages. (family-friendly event). 12 to 4 p.m. Visit 30+ museums, parks and historic sites throughout the county open with a host of activities: Live music, children's games & crafts, exhibits & demonstrations, live animals, trains & trolleys, and more! Discover a little bit of history, right around the corner. Details online. FREE Various location, Montgomery County, MD.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kids@Katzen Family Day. All ages. (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an art-filled afternoon for the whole family that includes an age appropriate tour and hands-on workshop based on art from the Northeast of Brazil in Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints. Preregister online. $$ Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, Washington, DC.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Open Studio: Welcome to Murad Khani. All ages (family-friednly event). 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Witness how artists from Afghanistan are transforming their lives and their country during an afternoon of activities. Tour the special exhibition "Turquoise Mountain," and then head to the ImaginAsia classroom to get creative. FREE Freer and Sackler Galleries, Sublevel 2, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.

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JUN   27   Monday


Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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JUN   28   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Concert in the Garden. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn and groove along with The Fender Benders, performing classic rock-n-roll from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Good Grubbin' food truck with complimentary cake and lemonade will be available. FREE Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program. Kids ages 5+. 10 a.m. to noon. Take on the role of researchers and archivists in the simulation. You are invited to help the President and Bob, his Communications Director, prepare for a very special press conference. Work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution. Explore history, learn more about the National Archives, and gain a greater understanding of the role the Constitution plays in our daily lives. Preregister. FREE National Archives Museum, Boeing Learning Center, Washington, DC.
Family Fun Day: Shaping our City. Kids ages 4+. 10-11:30 a.m. Circles... Squares... Triangles... Shapes are everywhere! Explore how shapes are used in buildings - in the classroom and on the streets of Alexandria. We'll look at and sketch buildings old and new to help us build our Alexandria of the future! Bring recycled materials to share during the workshop and be prepared for a short walk outdoors. Preregister online. $$ The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum, Alexandria, VA.
Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Workshop. Parents. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) will present a workshop titled "Adventures in Limit Setting with Young Children" for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. Preregister online. $$ PEP Office, Kensington, MD.
Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Workshop. Parents. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) will present a workshop titled "Positive Parenting After Separation or Divorce" for all parents. Preregister online. $$ PEP Office, Kensington, MD.
StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: Puppies & kittens. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUN   29   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program. Kids ages 5+. 10 a.m. to noon. Take on the role of researchers and archivists in the simulation. You are invited to help the President and Bob, his Communications Director, prepare for a very special press conference. Work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution. Explore history, learn more about the National Archives, and gain a greater understanding of the role the Constitution plays in our daily lives. Preregister. FREE National Archives Museum, Boeing Learning Center, Washington, DC.
Eco-Explorations. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a hands-on exploration of the natural world of Annmarie Garden. You are invited to bring in their own natural treasures for show & tell. Topics will include bluebirds, insects, shells and bees. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Workshop. Parents. 7 to 10 p.m. The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) will present a workshop titled "Backtalk: How Dare You Speak To Me That Way!" for parents of children age 5 to 12. Preregister online. $$ PEP Office, Kensington, MD.
Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) Workshop. Parents. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) will present a workshop titled "Raising Rapunzel: Guiding Teen Girls Through the 7 Transitions Into Adulthood" for parents of teen girls. Preregister online. $$ PEP Office, Kensington, MD.

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JUN   30   Thursday


Bethesda Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts through July. Tonight's entertainment: Oasis Island Sounds (Caribbean/Reggae). FREE Veterans Park, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Discovery Thursday. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, "Discovery Thursdays," features activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregistration recommended. Acitivity today: Make a Mancala Game Board. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Silver Spring Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Discovery Channel and The Fillmore Silver Spring present Silver Spring's Thursday Night Concerts features touring artists and local favorites. From Motown to Rock to Oldies, the popular series has music for everyone. Tonight's entertainment: The Lloyd Dobbler Effect (80s/90s covers). FREE Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Tonight: The Colliders. Vibrant, energetic music sure to get audiences bopping and shaking for all it's worth. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers captivate young audiences. Following each show, audiences are invited to explore "Discovery Thursday" activities that reinforce the themes of that day's performance at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Today's entertainment: Lesole Dance. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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July

JUL   1   Friday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Dairy Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Ice cream and butter will be made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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JUL   2   Saturday


Brookside Nature Challenge. Kids ages 4+. Saturdays 2 to 3 p.m. Are you looking for a family activity to help you reconnect with nature and friends? Then this weekend program is for you! We might search for native wildlife one weekend or track the motion of the sun on another. The activities are designed for having fun in nature. Play, discover and connect! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Early Keepers. Kids ages 3 to 7. 12 to 1:30 p.m. `Celebrating Black Arts and Culture', a series of fun, interactive, and educational public programs designed to honor the cultural and artistic contributions of people of African Descent. Explore multicultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement/dance and arts & crafts. FREE PG's African American Museum & Cultural Center, North Brentwood, MD.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture and architecture. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Happy 200th, Tudor Place!. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Join us to celebrate #TP200 and patriotism in a festive event in the historic gardens. Play traditional American outdoor games, take self-guided garden tours, make patriotic crafts and of course, enjoy a piece of the giant birthday cake! $$ Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington, DC.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Landsdowne Celebrates America. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 11 p.m. Enjoy biggest party of the summer featuring a live fireworks show over the Potomac, live music from Gonzo's Nose, food trucks, local Virginia wineries, breweries, and fun games for the little ones and adults. Tickets online. $$ Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, VA.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Precious Cargo: Biking With Toddlers. Parents & toddlers. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Join us for an outing designed for parents who want to become more comfortable biking with toddlers. Talk about safety and preparing for an outing, then go for a group ride with a stop at a neighborhood play space. All bikes, child seats, helmets and snacks provided. Preregister online. $$ The corner of 7th St. and Independence Ave. SE., Washington, DC.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Music-lovers will enjoy the rotating line-up of musical acts performing everything from jazz and R&B to reggae and rock music at the Food Court Pavilion each Saturday. FREE Bowie Town Center, Bowie, MD.

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JUL   3   Sunday


Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Summer Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. The Alden and the McLean Community Center's (MCC) 2016 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park feature a lineup of well-established tribute bands, playing everything from the Beach Boys to Prince. Tonight's entertainment: Desert Highway, Eagles Tribute Band. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.

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JUL   4   Monday


50th Annual Independence Day Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). Parade 10 a.m. to noon, Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center Open House 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ratcliffe-Allison House Tours 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Old Fashioned Fireman's Day 12:30 p.m., Evening Show & Fireworks 6 to 10:30 p.m. Schedule online. FREE Various locations, Fairfax, VA.
8th Annual Picnic, Play and Parade Watch. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone deserves to play! Bring a dish to share, invite family and friends. Play can improve physical health, mental health and a sense of well-being, as well as bring together diverse community members. FREE 7301 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD.
Fourth of July Pier Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 10 p.m., fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Celebrate July 4th with fireworks under the stars on Pier 3! Crafts and face painting will be available for kids, along with entertainment and music. Best of all, you will enjoy an incredible view of the fireworks! Tickets online. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   5   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Lost Ladybug Project. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Native ladybugs that were common have become extremely rare, while non-native ladybug populations are increasing in numbers and range. Help find out which ladybugs are living in the meadows. Collect, identify and take pictures in order to help scientists save these beautiful creatures! FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Walk, Waddle and Wiggle. Kids ages 2 to 5. 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Walk, waddle or wiggle on over to enjoy activities and try some animal locomotion. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.

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JUL   6   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program. Kids ages 5+. 10 a.m. to noon. Take on the role of researchers and archivists in the simulation. You are invited to help the President and Bob, his Communications Director, prepare for a very special press conference. Work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution. Explore history, learn more about the National Archives, and gain a greater understanding of the role the Constitution plays in our daily lives. Preregister. FREE National Archives Museum, Boeing Learning Center, Washington, DC.
Little Tots Summer Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., every other Wednesday. Join us for fun and lively family entertainment on the Plaza stage. Bring your little tot's swimsuit and a towel for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event! Today's entertainment: Wildlife Ambassadors. FREE Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA.
Storytime on Lake Needwood: Geese and Herons. Kids ages 3+. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We will read a story onboard then look for what is swimming, soaring, and standing nearby. Preregister. $$ Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.
Teddy Bear Picnic on the Train!. Kids to 5 years. Fun with Goldilocks, a great event for toddlers. Bring your Teddy Bear and a lunch. Train departs at 11:30 a.m. and returns at approximatley 2 p.m, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and story time presented by the FCPL. Also held on July 20, August 3 and 17. Rain or shine. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUL   7   Thursday


American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco. Limited seating, bring your own blnaket or chair. Tonight's entertainment: Jarekus Singleton (blues). FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Bethesda Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts through July. Tonight's entertainment: 8 Ohms Band (Funk). FREE Veterans Park, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program. Kids ages 5+. 10 a.m. to noon. Take on the role of researchers and archivists in the simulation. You are invited to help the President and Bob, his Communications Director, prepare for a very special press conference. Work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution. Explore history, learn more about the National Archives, and gain a greater understanding of the role the Constitution plays in our daily lives. Preregister. FREE National Archives Museum, Boeing Learning Center, Washington, DC.
Discovery Thursday. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, "Discovery Thursdays," features activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregistration recommended. Acitivity today: Make a Mardis Gras Mask. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Let's Grow Garden Club: Dig In. Kids ages 6 to 10. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Visit the greenhouses and nursery areas. Help the gardeners start some seeds for late summer planting. Trek down to our veggie patch to talk about what plants need to grow. Plant and water edibles and flowers. Make a plant marker for the garden and pot up a plant to take home. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Silver Spring Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Discovery Channel and The Fillmore Silver Spring present Silver Spring's Thursday Night Concerts features touring artists and local favorites. From Motown to Rock to Oldies, the popular series has music for everyone. Tonight's entertainment: Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys (zydeco). FREE Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Tonight: Sandra Dean Band. Covering Bob Seger, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, and everything in between. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers captivate young audiences. Following each show, audiences are invited to explore "Discovery Thursday" activities that reinforce the themes of that day's performance at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Today's entertainment: Unified Jazz Ensemble. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   8   Friday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
KidSpy Overnight: Operation Secret Slumber. Kids 9 to 13. 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. When the lights go down, the adventure begins! Perfect your alias and cover-story, check in at Border Patrol and prepare for a night of intrigue and adventure. Preregister online. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, DC.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Meet Author Stephanie Peterson. Kids grade 3 to 8. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Author of "Nellie Nova Takes Flight," Stephanie Peterson extremely passionate about girls in STEM and will read from her book and talk about the writing process. Preregister online. FREE Barrett Elementary School, Arlington, VA.
Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop. Kids ages 3 to 12. Held Fridays 1 to 2 p.m. Wade in the water to see what is swimming, diving, and living in the stream. Wear shoes you do not mind getting wet. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Star Spangled Train. All ages (family-friendly event). Visit the firemen's carnival in town, have dinner, then board the train for a ride and spectacular front-row view of the fireworks. Train departs at 8 p.m. from our station. Ride to the end of the line, then return to the park where we will get off the train to watch the fireworks, then take the short ride back to the station. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUL   9   Saturday


Brookside Nature Challenge. Kids ages 4+. Saturdays 2 to 3 p.m. Are you looking for a family activity to help you reconnect with nature and friends? Then this weekend program is for you! We might search for native wildlife one weekend or track the motion of the sun on another. The activities are designed for having fun in nature. Play, discover and connect! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Campfire Saturdays: Stargazing. Kids ages 3+. 8:30 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a stroll at Burke Lake Park and learn about features of the night sky. Our astronomical naturalist identifies the stars, and you can look through a telescope. There's a campfire and s'mores. Bring your own hot dogs. Preregister. $$ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Family Fun: Herb Container Workshop. Kids ages 5+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Plant a simple herb container where the love of food and gardening come together. We'll teach you how to take care of and harvest your herbs and share some of our favorite herb recipes. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
HulaFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dance along to The Hula Monsters as they perform Hawaiian rock and swing music. Participate in a variety of hula-themed activities. The outdoor venue features lawn seating. Please feel free to bring your own low profile chair or blanket and a picnic. There will also be food trucks onsite. FREE City Hall Concert Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Precious Cargo: Biking With Toddlers. Parents & toddlers. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Join us for an outing designed for parents who want to become more comfortable biking with toddlers. Talk about safety and preparing for an outing, then go for a group ride with a stop at a neighborhood play space. All bikes, child seats, helmets and snacks provided. Preregister online. $$ The corner of 7th St. and Independence Ave. SE., Washington, DC.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Saturday Mornings at the National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. These programs engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Today's entertainment: Bright Star Theatre Company: The Velveteen Rabbit. FREE National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Smithsonian Sleepover at Udvar-Hazy Center. Kids pages 8 to 12. Check-in 7 p.m., departure 8:45 a.m. Participants will embark on a mission to explore the world of flight, from its pioneering days through the era of commercial aviation to the excitement of today's space program. Preregistration required. $$ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

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JUL   10   Sunday


D.C. Kidney Action Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free health screenings, community resources, live entertainment and family fun. Healthy cooking/ fitness demonstrations, kids' activities and healthy food samples will also be offered along with the KidneyNation Walk and a seminar for patients. FREE Yards Park, Washington, DC.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Nature Detectives: The Case of the Mysterious Bone. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. We've found a set of bones by the pond of the Nature Center! Help us identify what happened and what they're from as we explore life on the pond and the reptiles and animals that live there. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Sunday Summer Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. The Alden and the McLean Community Center's (MCC) 2016 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park feature a lineup of well-established tribute bands, playing everything from the Beach Boys to Prince. Tonight's entertainment: The English Channel, The British Invasion Tribute Band. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
Teddy Bear Picnic. Kids ages 3 to 7. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic! Bring your teddy bear to join our stories, songs, games and light refreshments for humans and bears. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.

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JUL   11   Monday


Family Canoe Adventure. Kids ages 6+. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We'll head out on the lake in our canoes to explore and see the sights, maybe catch a glimpse of a cool critter and have good family fun. Paddling experience is not necessary but you must be comfortable being on the water and be able to swim. All necessary equipment is provided. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our new year-round Nature Playgroup which is to be held each month. Your preschooler will enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Explore nature sensory bins, play games, activities even go for a garden walk. Theme for July: "Red, White and Campimg." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Little Hands on the Farm. Kids ages 2 to 3, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 5, 11 to 11:45 a.m. Join us in the Kidwell Barn classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park and learn all about farm animals and farm chores, and enjoy a story, craft or game. Preregister. $$ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA.
Rise & Rhyme. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Culture Queen creates fun and cultural experiences for your royal children! Her interactive storytelling, music and movement activities that build your prince or princesses child's self esteem while introducing them to diverse cultures from many royal lands. $$ Busboys & Poets @ Takoma, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   12   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.

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JUL   13   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture and architecture. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Mornings with Mommy & Daddies, Too!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Frogs, Turtles, and Snakes, Oh My! - Reptiles Alive will present a live animal show for the first 45 minutes followed by a "Reptile Encounter" after the show with an opportunity to pet a live snake, touch a turtle shell and more. Perfect for pre-school and school age children. FREE Cathedral Commons, Washington, DC.
Super Hero Picnic on the Train!. Kids 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite super hero! Train departs at 11:30 a.m. and returns at approximatley 2 p.m, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and a super hero themed story time presented by the FCPL. Rain or shine. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUL   14   Thursday


Adventure Kids: John Henry. Kids ages 6 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with John Henry! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Bethesda Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts through July. Tonight's entertainment: David Cole and the Main Street Blues Band (Blues). FREE Veterans Park, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
City of Fairfax Band Children's Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Free ice cream and balloons for the kids! Instrument Petting Zoo starting at 6:30 p.m. This concert will also feature a children's march and a drawing for a chance to conduct the band! FREE Veterans Amphitheater, Fairfax, VA.
Discovery Thursday. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, "Discovery Thursdays," features activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregistration recommended. Acitivity today: Make a Magic Money Machine. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Garden Tour and Tea. Kids ages 13+. 1 to 3 p.m. Tour the glorious demonstration gardens with master gardener docents. Hear about our fascinating history, our educational mission and how we can help your gardens grow! Afterward, enjoy a traditional English tea served in the 1784 Historic House. Online reservations required. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Silver Spring Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Discovery Channel and The Fillmore Silver Spring present Silver Spring's Thursday Night Concerts features touring artists and local favorites. From Motown to Rock to Oldies, the popular series has music for everyone. Tonight's entertainment: The Moxie Blues Band (blues). FREE Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Tonight: Guys In Thin Ties. 80s cover band bringing some of the best songs from the MTV era. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers captivate young audiences. Following each show, audiences are invited to explore "Discovery Thursday" activities that reinforce the themes of that day's performance at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Today's entertainment: Mark Jaster. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Magnificent Moths. Kids ages 2+. 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Observe and learn about some of our local moths. We'll see how many different kinds visit our moth lure and finish the evening with a toasty treat. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   15   Friday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Family Fun Movie Night. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Today's feature film: Shawn the Sheep. FREE Sherwood Center Civic Green, Fairfax, VA.
Family Fun Movie Nights - Shawn the Sheep. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Looking for something fun on a Friday night? How about a family-friendly movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Donations for Our Daily Bread Food Drive can be dropped off this evening. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 7 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Nocturnal Hunters. Kids ages 2+. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the park's nocturnal animals. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats with a bat detector, and search for other live animals. At the campfire, roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.

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JUL   16   Saturday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 2 and 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Bats at the Beach Storytime. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10 to 11 a.m. Grab your moon-tan lotion and a cozy blanket for the whimsical tale by Brian Lies. If the weather cooperates, we'll make a blanket tent in the shade the read our story together. We'll talk about what bats really do on a summer's eve and make a batty craft. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Brookside Nature Challenge. Kids ages 4+. Saturdays 2 to 3 p.m. Are you looking for a family activity to help you reconnect with nature and friends? Then this weekend program is for you! We might search for native wildlife one weekend or track the motion of the sun on another. The activities are designed for having fun in nature. Play, discover and connect! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Dinofest in Nature Playce. Kids ages 3 to 8. 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore dinoland and unearth a real fossil to keep. Compare your height and length to that of dinosaurs. Search for hidden dinosaurs and tracks. Make a fossil impression to take home. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Family Day: Milestones in Aviation and Space. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the amazing accomplishments in aviation and aerospace, from the glamorous early days of air travel to the future of commercial space flight. With presentations and hands-on activities, there's something for everyone! FREE National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.
Family Fun Day: The Wright Flight. Kids ages 4+. 10-11:30 a.m. Celebrate the 107th Anniversary of Orville Wright's historic flight from Fort Myer to Alexandria and test the basic principles of flight! Experiment with forces - gravity, lift, drag, and thrust - and make two kinds of paper airlines. Like the Wright brothers, work together as a family to create a hypothesis and conduct test flights to learn which design is the best! Preregister online. $$ The Lyceum, Alexandria, VA.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture and architecture. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Rockville Rock'n Read. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Giving away over 10,000 kids books to promote summer reading! Games, prizes, and more. Daryl Davis and Darly Cline perform and Gareth Hinds will be doing a demonstration on graphics for his novels. FREE Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD.
Saturday Mornings at the National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. These programs engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Today's entertainment: The Uncle Devin Show. FREE National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Sprinklers, Bubbles and Rainbows!. Kids ages 6 months+. 2 to 3 p.m. Come play in our backyard! Dance and run through sprinklers. Make bubbles with giant bubble wands. Splash in water play stations designed for the littlest of revelers. This is what summer is all about! FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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JUL   17   Sunday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 2 and 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Celebrating Apollo 11 - Model Rocket Contest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. This event is to commemorate the 47th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Attempt to land your model rocket within a `moon' drawn on theground. Trophies & model rocket kit prizes awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. FREE Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Concert for a Cause. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open 3:30 p.m. This inaugural benefit concert will unite music lovers of all kinds to help raise much-needed funds and awareness for 12 local area nonprofits. Kid's entertainment: Rocknoceros, local artist: Gonzo's Nose, national artist: High Valley and headliner: Cassadee Pope. Tickets online. $$ Herndon Town Green, Herndon, VA.
Family Nature Walk: The Magic of the Monarch. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. "We're Going Wild" will begin with a short presentation all about the Monarch butterfly, a species at risk. Learn about the fascinating Monarch butterfly migration and life cycle, and explore a Monarch Waystation garden to learn about how you can help protect the Monarch in your own backyard. Preregistration required. FREE Claude Moore Nature Center, , 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 the Center and we'd love your help! We need to build furniture, houses, walkways and more for the little nature fairies that live in our gardens. Construction will take place all summer long so be sure to come back; each time we'll be doing something new. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Summer Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. The Alden and the McLean Community Center's (MCC) 2016 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park feature a lineup of well-established tribute bands, playing everything from the Beach Boys to Prince. Tonight's entertainment: The Reflex, 1980s Tribute Band. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.

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JUL   18   Monday


Summer on the Square: Oh Susannah!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Childrens' Performance Series held the first and third Mondays of the month. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   19   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Nature Exploration in Wheaton Regional Park. Kids ages 1+. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join a naturalist to explore what's happening outside! New topics will be introduced every session. Look for Brookside Nature Center's Banner by the main playground. FREE Playground off Shorefield Avenue, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   20   Wednesday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Little Tots Summer Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., every other Wednesday. Join us for fun and lively family entertainment on the Plaza stage. Bring your little tot's swimsuit and a towel for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event! County Sheriff's will be there to make child ID cards with fingerprints on the spot. Today's entertainment: Shazam Magic. FREE Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA.
Teddy Bear Picnic on the Train!. Kids to 5 years. Fun with Goldilocks, a great event for toddlers. Bring your Teddy Bear and a lunch. Train departs at 11:30 a.m. and returns at approximatley 2 p.m, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and story time presented by the FCPL. Also held on August 3 and 17. Rain or shine. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUL   21   Thursday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco. Limited seating, bring your own blnaket or chair. Tonight's entertainment: Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes (blues). FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Bethesda Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts through July. Tonight's entertainment: Chuggalug (Rock/Top 40). FREE Veterans Park, Bethesda, MD.
Bird by Bird: A Weekday Morning Bird Walk for Kids. Kids ages 6+. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a relaxing family outing to meet your local birds. You never know what you'll see, and that's part of the fun! Kids have a special ability to see and hear in their natural world, ask great questions and get excited about new discoveries. Preregistration required. FREE Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Discovery Thursday. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, "Discovery Thursdays," features activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregistration recommended. Acitivity today: Make Pan Pipes. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Let's Grow Garden Club: Bee Quest. Kids ages 6 to 10. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Test your pollinator spotting skills in the gardens with our pollinator game. Figure out how they help us grow food and what plants they like to visit. Sample some delicious flower honey. Take home some pumpkin seeds to plant at home. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Silver Spring Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Discovery Channel and The Fillmore Silver Spring present Silver Spring's Thursday Night Concerts features touring artists and local favorites. From Motown to Rock to Oldies, the popular series has music for everyone. Tonight's entertainment: MoCo's Got Talent Winners (variety). FREE Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Tonight: Vintage #8. Dynamic soul and blues band with a stick-to-your-bones groove. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers captivate young audiences. Following each show, audiences are invited to explore "Discovery Thursday" activities that reinforce the themes of that day's performance at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Today's entertainment: Gerdan. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Paul Bunyan. Kids ages 3+. 8 to 8:45 p.m. Spend your evening at our campfire roasting marshmallows while enjoying Walt Disney's 1958 Paul Bunyan cartoon. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   22   Friday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Dairy Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully Historic Site. Ice cream and butter will be made at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA.

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JUL   23   Saturday


"Grease" Comes to Arts Barn. Kids ages 14+. 2 and 8 p.m. In partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre (WTS), Arts on the Green presents the iconic 50s rock and roll musical, Grease, with book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The entire company of WTS is aged 14 to 25. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Book Signing. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Acclaimed children's author, Chris Grabenstein will read and sign copies of his new book "Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics." This is the third book in his Mr. Lemoncello's Library Series. He also co-wrote several series with James Patterson including "I Funny," "Treasure Hunters" and "House of Robots." FREE Barnes & Noble Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA.
Brookside Nature Challenge. Kids ages 4+. Saturdays 2 to 3 p.m. Are you looking for a family activity to help you reconnect with nature and friends? Then this weekend program is for you! We might search for native wildlife one weekend or track the motion of the sun on another. The activities are designed for having fun in nature. Play, discover and connect! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Carriage Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event featuring carriages of all shapes, sizes and eras. Carriage Day will host over 20 historic and refurbished carriages from the Piedmont Driving Club (PDC) and Colonial Williamsburg displayed across the grounds. Fun for the whole family. FREE National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Saturday Mornings at the National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. These programs engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Today's entertainment: Traveling Lantern - "Vladimir Goes for the Gold!" FREE National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Smithsonian Sleepover at Udvar-Hazy Center. Kids pages 8 to 12. Check-in 7 p.m., departure 8:45 a.m. Participants will embark on a mission to explore the world of flight, from its pioneering days through the era of commercial aviation to the excitement of today's space program. Preregistration required. $$ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

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JUL   24   Sunday


Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Summer Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. The Alden and the McLean Community Center's (MCC) 2016 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park feature a lineup of well-established tribute bands, playing everything from the Beach Boys to Prince. Tonight's entertainment: Satisfaction, The International Rolling Stones Show. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.

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JUL   25   Monday


Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly, Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world. Visitors can learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in our own gardens. FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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JUL   26   Tuesday


Animals Underground. Kids ages 2 to 5. 9:45 to 10:30 and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Dig down deep and investigate who lives in the dark, damp world under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and the many other creatures of the soil. Preregister. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, drama and comedy films. Arrive early bring seating and enjoy! July 26: Pretty in Pink. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Big Children's Book Sale. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Rockville Friends of the Library (FOL) will have books for all ages: board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult books, plus books of interest to teachers and parents. FREE Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Rise & Rhyme. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Culture Queen creates fun and cultural experiences for your royal children! Her interactive storytelling, music and movement activities that build your prince or princesses child's self esteem while introducing them to diverse cultures from many royal lands. $$ Busboys & Poets @ Shirlington, Arlington, VA.
StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: At the beach. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   27   Wednesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, drama and comedy films. Arrive early bring seating and enjoy! July 27: Manhattan Murder Mystery. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Super Hero Picnic on the Train!. Kids 12 and under. Come dressed as your favorite super hero! Train departs at 11:30 a.m. and returns at approximatley 2 p.m, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and a super hero themed story time presented by the FCPL. Rain or shine. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUL   28   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Mad Science!. Kids ages 6 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to laugh, play and learn along with Mad Science! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, drama and comedy films. Arrive early bring seating and enjoy! July 28: Brooklyn. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts through July. Tonight's entertainment: U.S. Navy Band Cruisers. FREE Veterans Park, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Discovery Thursday. Kids ages 6 to 12. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, "Discovery Thursdays," features activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregistration recommended. Acitivity today: Make a Kalimba. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Silver Spring Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Discovery Channel and The Fillmore Silver Spring present Silver Spring's Thursday Night Concerts features touring artists and local favorites. From Motown to Rock to Oldies, the popular series has music for everyone. Tonight's entertainment: Appaloosa (classic rock). FREE Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Tonight: Lloyd Dobler Effect. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers captivate young audiences. Following each show, audiences are invited to explore "Discovery Thursday" activities that reinforce the themes of that day's performance at the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Today's entertainment: Anansegromma. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   29   Friday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, drama and comedy films. Arrive early bring seating and enjoy! July 29: My Big Fat Greek Wedding. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Four Mile Movie Series. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at dusk, fun begins at 6 p.m. A favorite summer tradition in Arlandria returns with a host of new and old favorites. So grab your friend and family, a picnic dinner, and a blanket or chair and join us! Show this week: Back to the Future, PG-13. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
Mars Day!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MARS DAY! is an event that celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Talk to scientists active in Mars research and mission planning, learn about current and future missions, meet a Mars rover driver, and see a real meteorite from Mars. FREE National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.
Night Wings! Celebrating National Moth Week. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 10 p.m. Come discover why moths constitute about 90% of all the Lepidoptera on the planet: not bad for a group of animals that flew with some of our most well-known dinosaurs! After sunset, we'll identify the moths that are attracted to the blacklight set up on our wooded grounds. Preregistration required. FREE Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.

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JUL   30   Saturday


"Cursed Child" Release & Harry Potter Birthday. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday, Release Party 10 p.m. to midnight. Trivia, costume contest and featuring wizard-inspired libations, a selfie booth with props and prizes. Sunday, Harry Potter's Birthday Party, ages 4 to 12, 1 to 3 p.m. Sorting Cermony, readalong, costume showcase and Harry Potter movies all day. RSVP for both events. FREE East City Bookshop, Washington, DC.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 p.m. Five evenings of major motion pictures in a variety of genres will be showcased, including new releases, action, drama and comedy films. Arrive early bring seating and enjoy! July 30: Creed. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Brookside Nature Challenge. Kids ages 4+. Saturdays 2 to 3 p.m. Are you looking for a family activity to help you reconnect with nature and friends? Then this weekend program is for you! We might search for native wildlife one weekend or track the motion of the sun on another. The activities are designed for having fun in nature. Play, discover and connect! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:30 a.m. Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling-interactive, educational and fun. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Kick off the festivities by taking our special bookstore-themed Flourish & Blotts quiz to get sorted into a house or confirm your allegiance. The Den will transform into the Three Broomsticks and offer magical food and drink options. Enjoy our wand-making station (no dueling, please!). Stand out from the Muggles by participating in our costume contest and brush up on your knowledge of the Wizarding world! FREE Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kids Day @ Bobby McKey's. All ages. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly version of our all-request Dueling Piano Show! A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move! All while introducing your child to appreciate live music and the arts. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Precious Cargo: Biking With Toddlers. Parents & toddlers. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Join us for an outing designed for parents who want to become more comfortable biking with toddlers. Talk about safety and preparing for an outing, then go for a group ride with a stop at a neighborhood play space. All bikes, child seats, helmets and snacks provided. Preregister online. $$ The corner of 7th St. and Independence Ave. SE., Washington, DC.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Raptor Enrichment and Feeding. Kids ages 2+. Every Saturday, Enrichment 11:30 a.m. Raptors are smart! See resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Feeding 12 p.m. Observe resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about them. FREE Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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JUL   31   Sunday


"Cursed Child" Release & Harry Potter Birthday. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday, Release Party 10 p.m. to midnight. Trivia, costume contest and featuring wizard-inspired libations, a selfie booth with props and prizes. Sunday, Harry Potter's Birthday Party, ages 4 to 12, 1 to 3 p.m. Sorting Cermony, readalong, costume showcase and Harry Potter movies all day. RSVP for both events. FREE East City Bookshop, Washington, DC.
Jumanji. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. The production features a 4-D audience immersive experience. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Summer Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. The Alden and the McLean Community Center's (MCC) 2016 Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park feature a lineup of well-established tribute bands, playing everything from the Beach Boys to Prince. Tonight's entertainment: Still Surfin', Beach Boys Tribute Band. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
Wetland Wonders: Germantown Town Center Urban Park. Kids ages 3 to 12. Noon to 1 p.m. Wildlife in the city? You bet! Come join us as we explore the wetlands life at the new Urban Park. We'll look for frogs, salamanders, bugs and more as we learn about these awesome wetlands. Preregister. $$ Germantown Library, Germantown, MD.