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Welcome to Washington Parent's online calendar. We've got the inside scoop on tons of free or low-cost things to do in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with kids. If you would like us to post a kid-friendly event you're organizing, email the details to calendar@washingtonparent.net.
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APR   19   Sunday


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. LEGENDS, an all-new edition that unites iconic circus stars with living mythological creatures in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.
Shakespeare's Birthday Open House. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities. From family festivals to performances to birthday cake, from lectures to scholarly conferences to poetry readings and more, there's something for everyone.... including cake! FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Sinbad: The Untold Tale. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. But a quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets follow him. Two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Stories with Ranger Steph: What a Wonderful World!. Kids ages 0 to 5. 1 to 2 p.m. This month, get ready for Earth Day as we focus on our wonderful world and how we can keep it wonderful. It's never too early to start being a steward of our national parks. Also held on April 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. FREE Oxon Cove Park, Oxon Hill, MD.

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APR   20   Monday


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APR   21   Tuesday


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. May 19 will be in English. FREE CESJDS Lower School Library, Rockville, MD.

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APR   22   Wednesday


Earth Day Planting. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by planting a variety of native plants in the gardens including shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring gloves if you have them. We will have some gloves available and will provide tools for planting. Preregister. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Tot Time! Earth Day Celebration. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Make art out of recycled materials, sing to our animal and plant friends, plant some wildflowers, and more -- all to celebrate this special day. Outdoor activities included, dress for weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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APR   23   Thursday


Snugglers. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Are you a new parent or care giver and looking for ways to get out of the house, and learn? Join us each Thursday for a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory. Each week will be a different exploration. This program is designed for parents and care providers who have a tiny one in a snuggly blanket. Please note: we cannot support strollers or older siblings. FREE United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.

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APR   24   Friday


Celebrate Earth Day!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Festinal celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce and representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth. FREE United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. Tickets online. $$ B & O Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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APR   25   Saturday


Annapolis Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring numerous prominent authors, a family-friendly comic-con for children and teens, children's activities, as well as book signings, live music and new and used book sales. Scheduled: Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and authors Jim Dwyer, Michael Moss, Boog Powell and Martin Goldsmith. FREE The Key School, Annapolis, MD.
Daisies: Flower Garden Journey. For Girl Scout Daisies. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Want to work towards your Flower Garden Journey? Join us and complete activities that satisfy some requirements for this Journey. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. Tickets online. $$ B & O Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Earth Day Tree Fest: Majestic, Green and Growing. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and the addition of 19 new trees Enjoy a guided, kid-friendly garden tour, or explore on your own with a map. Kids can make seed-balls to take home, plant and participate in crafts, games, and one of two sing-along performances by the popular group Nature Jams. $$ Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington, DC.
Juniors: Gardener Badge. For Girl Scout Juniors. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to work towards your Gardener badge? Join us and complete activities that satisfy requirements for this badge. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Saturday Song Circle. Kids ages 3 and under. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood Teaching Artist (playing a ukulele!) explores a popular children's book with your family through song and musical instruments and you will receive a list of all the songs to practice at home. This week: Down By The Station. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Sinbad: The Untold Tale. Kids ages 5 to 12. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. But a quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets follow him. Two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Spring Fest 2015. All ages (family-friendly event). As part of SpringFest Fairfax, enjoy learning about environmental projects and programs, tasting food from around the world, playing games, live music and riding ponies! Other activities include a petting zoo, rock climbing walls, bounce houses, face-painting, plant sales, wagon rides and dozens of exhibits and vendors. FREE Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children's book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon are the stories featured. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean Community Center, McLean, VA.

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APR   26   Sunday


Day Out With Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day5/3 of Thomas-themed activities including arts & crafts, storytelling and more. Tickets online. $$ B & O Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Paws in the Park Dog Walk & Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. The fun-filled afternoon includes a 1-mile dog walk, pet contests and games, demonstrations, children's activities, a pet-oriented market featuring more then 50 vendors, food, music and more. One of the largest dog walks in the DC area, it raises funds to help homeless and abandoned animals throughout Montgomery County. $$ Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Gaithersburg, MD.
Sinbad: The Untold Tale. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. But a quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets follow him. Two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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APR   27   Monday


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APR   28   Tuesday


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

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APR   29   Wednesday


Homeschool Clay Series: Bas Relief Masks. Kids ages 8 to 14. 1 to 3 p.m. Students will learn popular hand-building techniques with clay as we create colorfully fun projects, keepsakes and everyday items. Combine ceramic slabs and coils to create interesting clay masks with unique features. Learn all about "sgraffito" as they use vivid underglazes and tools to add finishing touches to our work. Preregister. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
Tot Time! Bird Watch. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 10:45 a.m. What makes a bird a bird? Look at feathers, nests, and eggs and learn all about birds. We'll watch them fly and eat at our bird feeders, too. Outdoor activities included, dress for weather. Preregister. Also held on April 30, 10 to 10:45 a.m. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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APR   30   Thursday


All About Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Phillips Programs for Children and Families will be showing All About Friends-a documentary about a man's personal journey revisiting his perception of people with disabilities. In partnership with JCC of NoVa and ReelAbilities Fil Festival. Preregister. FREE Phillips School, Annandale, VA.
Baby's First Bite: Baby Food Making Class. 7 to 9 p.m. The class is intended for parents only and is targeted for infants ages 4 to 6 months. Baby's First Bite graduates will also walk away with a greater understanding of what's best for their infant's growing body, how and when to introduce and ways to ensure food safety. Registered dietitians will help parents prepare an organic meal for the entire family. Preregister. $$ Hill Center, Washington, DC.
Snugglers. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Are you a new parent or care giver and looking for ways to get out of the house, and learn? Join us each Thursday for a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory. Each week will be a different exploration. This program is designed for parents and care providers who have a tiny one in a snuggly blanket. Please note: we cannot support strollers or older siblings. FREE United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Storytime on the Lake: Canada Goose. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join us aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake! Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.