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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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AUG   2   Sunday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Let's Build a Nature Fairy Garden. All ages. 1 to 3 p.m. We're building a nature fairy garden outside of the Visitor 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. No registration needed. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   3   Monday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Critters in the Creek. Kids age 18 to 35 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Search the cool waters for frogs, tadpoles, minnows and other creatures. Be ready for a fun hike and a wet time! Wear your wading shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Also held on August 4 at 10 a.m. Register by July 29. $$ Buttermilk Creek Nature Trail, Reston, VA.

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AUG   4   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Energy Taking Action!. Kids ages 3 to 9. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A Davis favorite! Energy-taking Action presented by Maryland Science Center. FREE Davis Library, Bethesda, MD.
Evening Critter Hike. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8 p.m. Discover which critters lurk at night! We'll take a hike to several track pits, identify tracks, then take a look at trail camera pictures to see which animals came through. Register and pay for all attending. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Storytime on the Lake: Dragonflies. Kid ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Join us aboard the pontoon boat to hear a story and scout out the wonders of Little Seneca Lake! Designed for children ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings, please). Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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AUG   5   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Summer Reading Puppet Show. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Young story lovers are entertained by a puppet show titled "The Barker of Seville" presented by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

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AUG   6   Thursday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Early Keepers. Kids ages 4 to 7. 12 to 1:30 p.m. Join the Culture Queen with the Prince George's African American Museum as celebrate our history and culture with crafts, music and storytelling activities! FREE The Mall At Prince Georges, Hyattsville, MD.
Ultra-Powered Dance Party Jam. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. The ultra-powered, wildly eclectic musical explosion known as Josh & the Jamtones will hit stage hard! Everything is interactive; this band has no problem engaging a crowd of kids regardless of age or attention span! FREE Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick, MD.

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AUG   7   Friday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Family Movie Night in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Enjoy a night of family fun watching a movie on the big screen. Event will be held inside in the event of inclement weather. Refreshments will be sold. $$ Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, Rockville, MD.
Four Mile Summer Movie Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Movie begins at dusk, about 8 p.m. Enjoy the movie, McFarland, USA. Don't forget a blanket or chairs! Free popcorn and refreshments. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Building, Alexandria, VA.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Summer Science Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Science Tellers: Super Heroes - Learn about everyday science throughout an original interactive heroic adventure. FREE Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, Rockville, MD.

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AUG   8   Saturday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Dates vary, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst 117 rolling wooded acres and nestled in a shady grove. Tickets and schedule online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Family Fishing Fun!. Kids ages 3+. 9 to 11 a.m. Fishing is fun for the whole family! We'll show you how to set up a simple bobber rig, bait your hook and give you some tips on casting. We'll provide the bait and rigging supplies - you just need to catch the fish! We have fishing poles you can borrow, but if you have your own bring it along. Also held on Aug. 30. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Nature Exploration: Lake Anne by Canoe/Kayak. Kids ages 10+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join a naturalist to explore Lake Anne from a different perspective. Paddling is a leisurely and enjoyable way of getting up close to waterfowl, fish, turtles and other wildlife that seem so far away from shore. Register by August 5. $$ Lake Anne Public Boat Docks, Reston, VA.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   9   Sunday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Lake Anne Summer Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Sundown 8 p.m.ish. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy a flick under the stars. "West Side Story" is the featured movie. August 30 will feature "Jazz on a Summer's Day." FREE Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   10   Monday


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AUG   11   Tuesday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Family Geocaching Adventures. Kids ages 8+. 11.a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Go on a modern-day treasure hunt right here in our park! Using GPS coordinates, we'll search through woods and fields for hidden containers (geocaches) filled with all sorts of interesting 'treasures.' We'll teach you how to use a GPS unit (if you don't have a GPS unit, we'll lend you one). Preregister online. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Model Rocket Launch. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. Visitors bring and prepare their own models; a group safety briefing is give and models are given a preflight safety assessment. Don't want to launch your own rocket? That's fine, too -- come out to watch, and cheer on our rocketeers! FREE Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD.

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AUG   12   Wednesday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Time for Tots: 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. We'll enjoy this classic story of a hungry caterpillar and all the things he ate. Then we'll make a caterpillar craft and go outside to see if we can find any caterpillars. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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AUG   13   Thursday


Adventure Kids. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Mad Science entertains today and the first 50 club members receive a free wildlife puzzle. Come have a great time! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Knee Deep in a Creek. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wade in the cool waters of The Glade stream in search of frogs, tadpoles, minnows and other creatures. Be ready for a fun hike and a wet time! Wear your wading shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Register by August 10. $$ WNC Campfire Ring, Reston, VA.

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AUG   14   Friday


Double Trouble. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dates and times vary. Based on Eric Kastner's novel Lottie & Lisa (The Parent Trap). Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet unexpectedly at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the high stakes, madcap adventure begins. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fishing with Li'l Ones. Kids ages 3 to 6. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Let's go fishin' like Tom Sawyer! We'll provide bamboo poles, line, and bait, then see what we can catch off of the dock at Little Seneca Lake. Meet at the pontoon boat dock located by the boat rentals. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Storytime on Lake Needwood: Signs of a Beaver. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We'll read a story onboard then look for what's swimming, soaring, and standing nearby. Meet at Lake Needwood Boathouse. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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AUG   15   Saturday


Family Fun: Wildlife Habitat Workshop. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Learn what's needed to turn your family yard into a certified wildlife habitat. Tour our gardens to see how they attract birds, bees and butterflies. Use recycled materials to make a bird feeder and take home wildlife garden seeds. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Knee Deep in a Creek. Kids ages 10+. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Geocaching is high tech treasure hunting, using a handheld GPS unit to find hidden containers. Bring your GPS device or borrow one of ours. There will be a quick lesson, then the trails in search of caches (treasures). Each cache will include a green living tip for your family. Find all and collect an ecofriendly prize. Register by August 12. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.
Make It Take It: Crazy Click Beetles. Kids ages 2+. 1 to 3 p.m. You'll flip when you learn about these amazing beetles. Make your own to play with! Drop by and create a seasonal delight to take home with you. Crafts are easy to make using repurposed everyday objects and found natural materials. No registration required. Exact change appreciated. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
National Honey Bee Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The beekeepers will be xtracting honey from the hives. They will share their knowledge of honey bees. Come enjoy festive live music, making candles with bee's wax, playing a bee games and cooking with honey. Honey will be available for purchase too. FREE Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Snakes & Lizards & Turtles - Oh My!. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Reptile Wonders! Get up close and personal with giant snakes, lizards and tortoises. FREE Davis Library, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   16   Sunday


Make It Take It: Crazy Click Beetles. Kids ages 2+. 1 to 3 p.m. You'll flip when you learn about these amazing beetles. Make your own to play with! Drop by and create a seasonal delight to take home with you. Crafts are easy to make using repurposed everyday objects and found natural materials. No registration required. Exact change appreciated. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Oliver!. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 7 p.m. London 1853. A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Tickets online. $$ Roundhouse Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   17   Monday


Make It Take It: Crazy Click Beetles. Kids ages 2+. 1 to 3 p.m. You'll flip when you learn about these amazing beetles. Make your own to play with! Drop by and create a seasonal delight to take home with you. Crafts are easy to make using repurposed everyday objects and found natural materials. No registration required. Exact change appreciated. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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AUG   18   Tuesday


Make It Take It: Crazy Click Beetles. Kids ages 2+. 1 to 3 p.m. You'll flip when you learn about these amazing beetles. Make your own to play with! Drop by and create a seasonal delight to take home with you. Crafts are easy to make using repurposed everyday objects and found natural materials. No registration required. Exact change appreciated. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Pond Side Picnic. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's a great summer day, the sun is shining, What could be better than a picnic and stream splash? Bring your favorite picnic lunch for a Pond Side Picnic and enjoy a naturalist-led stream splash for a cool hour of fun and exploration. Rain cancels program. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   19   Wednesday


Gone Fishin'. Kids ages 7 to 10. 6 to 7 p.m. What will you catch from the shore of Lake Needwood? We'll supply fishing poles, bait and fishing tips. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Lake Needwood Boathouse, Rockville, MD.

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AUG   20   Thursday


Months by Moonlight. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 9:30 p.m. Moths are nocturnal insects that are important as pollinators and as a source of food for many animals. See moths at night by use of a light trap and white sheet setup. Learn how to distinguish moths from butterflies, why moths are ecologically important, and how many different shapes and colors they can be. Register by August 17. $$ Walkers Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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AUG   21   Friday


Katydid What?. Kids ages 3+. 8 to 9 p.m. Join us to listen to the summer love songs of the insect chorus. We'll learn to tell a katydid from a cricket, and a cicada from a frog as we tune our ears to summer's nocturnal serenade. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   22   Saturday


The Great Zucchini + Rainbow Rock + John Henry. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Rainbow Rock along tambourines, xylophones, maracas bring music and fun! John Henry performances allow kids to explore the world of music and instruments as they travel through song and dance, discovering musical traditions. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Kids Appreciation Night. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open 5 p.m. Glow-in-the-dark Baysox logo T-Shirt giveaway to the first 500 kids ages 3-12. Kids Halloween Party - Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume for trick-or-treating and more Halloween fun. After the game, the Baysox light up the skies with a fireworks extravaganza. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.
Outdoor Classroom Explore-a-Thon. Kids ages 5 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Want to jump like a frog? Dig a hole to China? Search for spineless wonders? Then join us in the outdoor classroom exploration areas. Staff will guide children through a variety of activities that are sure to be fun and inspiring. Dress for the weather and pack a snack and water. Preregister. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Stream Slosh. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to noon. Dip into a cool stream to escape the heat of summer. Use a net to search for fish and frogs, and take a peek under rocks to look for insects. Wear your wading shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Register by August 19. $$ Walkers Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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AUG   23   Sunday


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AUG   24   Monday


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AUG   25   Tuesday


Back in Time at the Harper 1870s Homestead. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Step back in time and just imagine what life must have been like living in a cabin such as this. Where would you sleep? What would you eat? Each time you come you will experience a new activity at the cabin. Learn to grind oats, shell corn, make butter, play some old time games and more! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   26   Wednesday


Free Range Kids. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10 to 11 a.m. Come explore nature your way. We'll head into the woods, the meadow, or the stream to explore and play. Maybe we'll build a fort or maybe we'll snoop in the stream. Whatever we do, you'll get dirty, dusty, wet and muddy while out on a grand adventure. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Kids Outdoors. Kids ages 7 to 10. 9 a.m. to noon. Discover the world of invertebrates! Search for aquatic invertebrates, tadpoles and minnows in a cool stream. Explore the life cycle of insects through a geocache trail. Finish with a campfire and a traditional treat. Register by August 21. $$ Walkers Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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AUG   27   Thursday


Time for Tots: 'Hurry and the Monarch'. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. This is the story of a beautiful monarch butterfly and her friendship with an old tortoise named Hurry. After we read the story we'll make a monarch craft, then head outside to look for monarch butterflies. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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AUG   28   Friday


#TGIFairfax - Rock the Block Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring live bands, lawn games, beer garden and city restaurant vendor booths all held at the newest park that features a spray pad! Kids - wear your swim suits. Adults - bring your lawn chairs! Performing tonight: The Hackens Boys - Specializes in Top 40 country to classic superstars. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Campfire Fun. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Summer is winding down. What better way to end the season than around a crackling campfire. Sing songs, tell jokes, play games and roast marshmallows during this evening of old fashioned fun. Register by August 25. $$ WNC Campfire Ring, Reston, VA.
Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. With the pending release of Plymouth Rockers, the band's fifth record, Rocknoceros have hit their creative peak. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Picnic & Movie: Epic. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. You are invited to watch a kid-friendly movie on the big screen under the stars. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and join in the fun! "Epic" is a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio," "Epic" tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. FREE Leesylvania State Park Visitor Center, Woodbridge, VA.

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AUG   29   Saturday


Campfires at Black Hill: Campfire Songs. Kids ages 2+. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nothing is like being at a campfire under the stars. Join a Naturalist for themed songs, stories, games, and of course, s'mores around the fire. Join us for a fun evening of singing around a campfire. It's the perfect way to end summer. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Capital Dragon Boat Races. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dragon boat racing is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture, dating back more than 2,300 years. The regatta is an open competition, seeking participants of ages 12+. No experience is is required and training sessions are being offered. Great fun to watch! FREE Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC.
Music at the Marina - U.S. Army Band Downrange. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the popular music ensemble of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." Downrange enjoys popularity with its continuously up-to-date repertoire and inspirational signature patriotic showpieces. FREE Breakwater Marina Store, Woodbridge, VA.

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AUG   30   Sunday


Family Fishing Fun!. Kids ages 3+. 9 to 11 a.m. Fishing is fun for the whole family! We'll show you how to set up a simple bobber rig, bait your hook and give you some tips on casting. We'll provide the bait and rigging supplies - you just need to catch the fish! We have fishing poles you can borrow, but if you have your own bring it along. Preregister online. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.