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JAN   28   Wednesday


Flights of Fancy - Stories for Children. Kids ages 2 to 8. Dates and times vary. Enjoy the story "My First Airplane Ride" by Patricia Hubbel, read aloud and then take part in a hands-on activity. The story time is free, parking has fee. FREE Engen Observation Tower, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JAN   29   Thursday


Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Nature Tots - Groundhog Day. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 p.m. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, 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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JAN   30   Friday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Groundhog Day. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:30am. Will the groundhog see his shadow? Will spring be early or late? Find out how the groundhog became a weather forecaster, and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:45 p.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Paper Making. Kids ages 5 to 12. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Since ancient Egyptian times, people have been making paper for both artistic and practical purposes. Discover how to make your own recycled paper and learn how to use it in future craft projects. Preregister by Jan. 27. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Petite Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Kids ages 4+. 7 p.m. Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N'awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale, a red-hooded duckling and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. Tonight features PJ Party with Cookies & Mike Reception. ASL interpreted performance on Feb. 14. Sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 28. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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JAN   31   Saturday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Miss Nelson is Missing. Kids ages 5+. When the kids in Room 207 get the strictest substitute ever, they fanatically search for Miss Nelson. She was the sweetest teach they didn't appreciate. Don't miss this light-hearted musical that reminds us to show appreciation to those that we value. Tickets online. $$ Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
Mockingbird. Kids ages 10+. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. This moving, vibrant and surprisingly humorous world premiere play shows how the perseverance of one girl can change a community - and how black and white can always be complemented by a kaleidoscope of colors. The sensory-friendly performance today at 11 a.m. is designed for families with children with disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Family Theater, Washington, DC.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 3 to 12. 1 to 3pm. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Enjoy a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Petite Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N'awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale, a red-hooded duckling and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. ASL interpreted performance on Feb. 14. Sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 28. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Winter Bird Bingo. Kids ages 6+. 1 to 3pm. Every season brings new birds. Stop by the Nature Center and get a bird bingo card, then hit the trails and search for feathered friends. Share what you find with the Naturalist staff and win a prize! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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February

FEB   1   Sunday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Family Nature Time. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We'll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month. No registration required. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But, instead two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! Performances include a "free play" session exploring items used in the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Mockingbird. Kids ages 10+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. This moving, vibrant and surprisingly humorous world premiere play shows how the perseverance of one girl can change a community - and how black and white can always be complemented by a kaleidoscope of colors. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Family Theater, Washington, DC.
Name That Animal. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 3 p.m. Can you tell an animal by looking at just its ears, eyes, mouth or tail? Participate in a variety of animal guessing games and visit a special touch table. Learn to read clues left by animals like tracks and scat. If weather permits, walk the trails and identify sounds and other signs of wildlife. Reservations required by January 29. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Petite Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N'awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale, a red-hooded duckling and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. ASL interpreted performance on Feb. 14. Sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 28. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Shoreline Sweep-up. All ages 1 to 3:30 p.m. Join Ranger Steph and your fellow park-lovers as we clean up the trash that finds its way onto the banks of Oxon Cove. Get fresh air, some exercise and make a visible difference. Earn service hours needed for your organization. Wear old clothes and shoes, work gloves provided. Cancelled if inclement weather. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.

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FEB   2   Monday


Groovy Groundhogs. Kids 18 to 35 months. Also on Feb. 3, 10 to 11 a.m. Celebrate Groundhog Day by learning about our largest rodent. Groundhogs have many names, and can do more than just dig holes. Learn their other names, how deep they can dig, and what else they do besides dig. Make a groundhog puppet to take home, and enjoy a snack and story. Reservations required by January 28. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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FEB   3   Tuesday


How a Town Fought Hate. Kids grades K-5. 10:15 a.m. and Noon. Catskill Puppet Theatre and Young Audiences of New Jersey tell the true story of how Billings, Montana defeated local bullies during the 1993 holiday season. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Night Hikes. Kids ages 6+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Take a hike by the light of the full moon. We'll look and listen for creatures that are most active at night. Hikes are approximately one mile. We'll call for owls, test our night time senses and enjoy the moon's reflection on Little Seneca Lake. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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FEB   4   Wednesday


Petite Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N'awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale, a red-hooded duckling and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. ASL interpreted performance on Feb. 14. Sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 28. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   5   Thursday


Operation: Blanket Sew-a-Thon. All ages (familly-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Drop in and go anytime. If you haven't seen the "operation", you should. You don't have to sew, knit or crochet to take part - there is yarn to separarte and blankets to count and pack. We welcome everyone! 1,234 blankets and 1,928 hats and counting! FREE Cooperative Extension Office, Derwood, MD.

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FEB   6   Friday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   7   Saturday


Animal Tracks & Traces. Kids ages 2 to 12. 1 to 2 p.m. Animals don't always leave tracks behind, but they often leave other traces. We'll go for a hike to search for some of the common signs left by creatures large and small. Be sure to dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Kids' Bird Walk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Winter is a great time to look for birds! We'll feed the birds visiting our bird feeders, then take a walk and use binoculars to look for them in the woods! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Outstanding Owls. Kids ages 3 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon. Owls are masters of the night, fierce and fascinating predators that live right here in Reston. Get up-close looks at their feathers, beaks and talons. Explore what is inside an owl pellet. Discover the animals that are their prey, and how owls catch them. Make an owl craft to take home. Reservations required by February 4. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Weekend Walk in the Woods. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 to 10 a.m. Each hike will have a unique and exciting natural history theme. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers and don't forget your water bottle. We hope you will join us for our exciting new programs each month! Meet at the amphitheater by the main house. FREE Woodend Sanctuary, Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD.
Woodpecker Walkabout. Kids ages 3 to 12. 10 to 11 a.m. Winter is a great time to see a variety of woodpeckers. Hike around the Nature Center and listen for males that begin to 'drum' in late winter. Search for nesting holes in trees, and holes drilled by the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. We'll stop by the Woodpecker Garden and leave a suet treat for our bird friends. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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FEB   8   Sunday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Civil Rights: Why Are We Still Talking About This?. Kids ages 7 to 13. 2:30 to 3:30. One weakness of the Bill of Rights was that it largely left unprotected the majority of people who lived on the Mount Welby property, present-day Oxon Hill Farm. Who were these unsheltered people and why were they not protected by our Constitution's first ten amendments? We will also discuss what actions the government has taken since the Bill of Rights to protect all citizens' civil rights and why civil rights is still an important topic in 2015. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.
Takoma Park's Fourth Annual Mid-Winter Play Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy people of all ages will have a blast playing. This is a Montgomery County approved SSL event, so teens can volunteer & receive service hours. FREE Community Center, Takoma Park, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons. This program offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Shorter shows, no dark room or loud noises and the doors stay open. Today's show is Teddy Bear's Picnic. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co. in Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Waterfowl Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). activities, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home during the winter. Try your hand at carving a decoy. Make a bird bonnet to look like a hooded merganser or a bufflehead. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans and maybe even the Black Hill eagles! FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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FEB   9   Monday


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FEB   10   Tuesday


One Noble Journey. Kids grades 3+. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Mike Wiley Productions brings a powerful tale based on historic fact about how a man born into slavery mailed himself to freedom in 1816 Virginia. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Storytime. Kids ages 3 to 5. 4 to 5 p.m. Storytime is a monthly program when CESJDS teachers will read Jewish values-centric stories to your preschooler, in Hebrew or English. In addition, your child will engage in a related hands-on activity while meeting other other preschoolers in the community. This month is Hebrew. March 3 will be in English. FREE CESJDS Lower School Library, Rockville, MD.

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FEB   11   Wednesday


Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney world's brought to life. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Family Science Night. Kids ages 5 to 12. 6 to 8 p.m. Nothing like experiencing nature first-hand, in real time, to make nature really come alive. We've put together an evening of educational-wrapped-in-fun activities that will do just that. Look up in the winter sky at at constellations and moon phases; learn how to convert energy around a blazing campfire; then experiment with light inside the center. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
One Noble Journey. Kids grades 3+. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Mike Wiley Productions brings a powerful tale based on historic fact about how a man born into slavery mailed himself to freedom in 1816 Virginia. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.
Owl Be Your Valentine!. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Discover which species of owl has a heart-shaped face, and learn how owls will even bring their sweetheart a valentine treat! We'll visit one of Meadowside's owls, then share the love by making some owl valentines for friends and family. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Woodpecker Watch. Kids ages 2 to 12. 4 to 5 p.m. We'll hear a story about woodpeckers first, then visit the forest and our log garden to look for them. Last but not least, we'll make a yummy treat for the woodpeckers in your backyard. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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FEB   12   Thursday


Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney world's brought to life. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Preschool Nature Adventure: Tiny Tracks. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, make new friends and have fun while exploring nature. Each session will feature a different topic specially selected to engage young minds. Outdoor activities are included in every program, so please dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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FEB   13   Friday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney world's brought to life. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Parents' Night Out. Kids ages 5 to 12. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Parents, get a headstart on your Valentine's Day celebration while your children have a fun-filled night. Kids: Play nature games and go on a night hike (weather permitting). Design your own Valentine's card and make a yummy red-themed snack. Finish the night watching classic cartoons, starring our favorite animal characters. Drop off begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations required by February 10. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Wild Montgomery Programs: Lucky Night Hike. Kids ages 5+. 7 to 8 p.m. Discover beautiful public places close to home and learn fascinating natural history from Park experts. Try your luck with an after-dark scavenger hunt! Use the provided clues to find winter wonders and surprising sights. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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FEB   14   Saturday


Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney world's brought to life. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Family Fun: Valentine Tea. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Will you be mine? Bring your sweetheart to our special Valentine Tea and Dance. Sample different teas and some sweets and make a valentine for someone special. Then, join us for a fun dance as we boogie to some songs and show you some new dance moves. Preregister using code 290 101 3201. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Garden Valentines. Kids ages 3 to 5. Create a Valentine from pressed flowers for a favorite person. Explore our glasshouse as we look for Valentine hearts in nature. Sample the first strawberries of the season and learn the Native American story behind this Valentine berry. Preregister using code 290 102 8601. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Pinkalicious the Musical. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean Community Center, McLean, VA.
SteveSongs. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Adored by millions throughout the country as the co-host of the national broadcast of the PBS Kids Preschool Destination, SteveSongs will play three seriously fun concerts. He blends smart lyrics, catchy melodies & thoughtful messages into fun participatory songs that kids & adults love. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10:00. Kids up to age 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons. This program offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parents and caregivers. Shorter shows, no dark room or loud noises and the doors stay open. Today's show is Winter Wonderland. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co. in Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Valentine's Day Campfire. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 3 p.m. Join us to enjoy a cozy fire, activities, hot cocoa and nature crafts to give that you can make for someone you love. Drop in anytime during program hours. No registration required. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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FEB   15   Sunday


West African Tales for Your Ding Ding Kende. Kids up to age 4. 1 to 2 p.m. Oh and if you wondered, ding ding kende means good little child! For Black History Month, meet Clever Anansi, Boastful Bullfrog and other characters from West African oral tradition. For centuries, griots (storytellers) have delighted children with these colorful tales, full of rhythm, music and opportunities for listener participation. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.
Circus!. Kids Pre-K+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Grandest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney world's brought to life. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Family Nature Time. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mom and Dad, grab the kids and come out to play! We'll have nature-y activities that families can do together. Drop in any time during program hours on the first and third Sundays of the month. No registration required. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.