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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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MAY   26   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Silly Goose & Val. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Beowulf T. Wonderbunny! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges and feeding sites, and hopefully see some beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Love of Language Story Time. Kids ages 1 1/2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Let CommuniKids spark a love of language in your child with an hour of interactive, foreign-language fun! Our experienced, fabulous, teachers will provide an hour of play movement, and stories to children and parents. RSVP to michelle@communikids.com. FREE CommuniKids, Lansdowne, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   27   Friday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
MOMS Club of Annandale New Member Breakfast. Moms with kids to 5. 10 a.m. to noon. Join us for a music based class that will have your child up and moving with the tunes, working on following directions and practicing large motor skills. FREE St. Barnabas Church, Annandale, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 10:30 a.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   28   Saturday


"Go Wild". All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a part of Northwest Federal Credit Union's Community Partners Program to build habitats. Let yourself and your budding nature enthusiasts "Go Wild" and learn about the wonders of Monarch butterflies and the habitats that let them thrive during this free, hands-on exhibit. You will be able to buy Milkweed plants ($3 each) and other native plants. FREE Northwest Federal Credit Union, Leesburg, VA.
Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Fireside Lunch: Summer Begins!. Kids ages 3+. Noon to 1 p.m. Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with a traditional picnic and a few games -- all around the campfire! Bring your own picnic lunch; we will provide the s'mores and other desserts. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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MAY   29   Sunday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Meet the Animals. Kids ages 2+. Every Sunday, 1:30 to 2 p.m. What animals live in and around Wheaton Regional Park and which animals actually live in the nature center? Join this family-friendly presentation and your chance to see the animals close up. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Open Studio: Symbolism in Stories. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Learn how photographs can tell stories about a place. Discover Saudi Arabia through tours of the special exhibition Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater (12:30 and 2:30 p.m.). Experiment with art amterials, solve creative challenges and collaborate with friends and family. Preregister. FREE Freer | Sackler Galleries, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
Sunday Storytimes. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Every Sunday enjoy a wonderful story that highlights the nature found in and around the nature center be it plants, animals, rocks, sun or weather. After the story we'll take a short stroll on a nature center trail to find examples of what was highlighted in the story - if weather permits! FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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MAY   30   Monday


Emperor's Nightingale. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, 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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MAY   31   Tuesday


Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges and feeding sites, and hopefully see some beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Homeschool Special: Explore a Stream. Kids ages 3 to 12. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. What lives in the stream? We'll wade into the water and use nets to look for crayfish, fish and insects. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Trail Buddies. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! We'll collect, count and sort different natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and patterns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

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June

JUN   1   Wednesday


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JUN   2   Thursday


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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JUN   3   Friday


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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JUN   4   Saturday


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. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUN   5   Sunday


Little Red Riding Hood & The 3 Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 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. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Steam Train Excursions. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.

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JUN   6   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   7   Tuesday


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JUN   8   Wednesday


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: Peter McCory. FREE Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA.

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JUN   9   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Mr. Skip. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Beowulf T. Wonderbunny! Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, 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.
Love of Language Story Time. Kids ages 1 1/2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Let CommuniKids spark a love of language in your child with an hour of interactive, foreign-language fun! Our experienced, fabulous, teachers will provide an hour of play movement, and stories to children and parents. RSVP to michelle@communikids.com. FREE CommuniKids, Lansdowne, VA.

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JUN   10   Friday


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.