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SEP   20   Saturday


21st Annual Artsfest Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artsfest is a fantastic weekend of unique shopping, live music, delicious food & drink, wine & beer, free family and children's activities, and more. Kids will love all the activities in the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone - and creative fun in Fairy Lolly, the Studio School and the Children's Garden. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. The show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics, coupled with cutting-edge technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to transport the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Tickets online. $$ The Plateau, National Harbor, MD.
DC VegFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a full day of cooking demos, free vegetarian food samples, live music, engaging speakers and more. The Kids Area will feature kid friendly, vegan cooking. FREE Yards Park, Washington, DC.
DC VegFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy a full day of cooking demos, free vegetarian food samples, live music, engaging speakers, and much more. The kids area will feature a kid-friendly, vegan cooking demo. FREE Yards Park, Washington, DC.
Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sign up for the team Plane Pull, 5K/10K on the Runway or Kids Truck Pull. Enjoy live music, a car show, military and civilian aircraft displays, police K-9 demonstrations, business exhibits and a special Kids Zone. FREE Dulles International Airport, Dulles, VA.
Family Fun: Autumn Cider Activity Walk. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Follow the clues through our gardens for an activity-based, autumn scavenger hunt. Be a human sundial, dig up clues and use soil to reveal mystery messages. Bring back your answer card for a reward of hot cider and autumn treats. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Lincolnia, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Sunflowers & Scarecrows. Kids ages 3 to 5. 11 a.m. to noon. Keep your eyes open for giant flowers and straw men as you comb Green Spring on our autumn scavenger hunt. Help us stuff a friendly scarecrow to watch over our Children's Discovery Garden and nibble a sunflower seed snack. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Lincolnia, VA.
Junior Botanist Family Festival. Kids ages 9+. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adventure abounds at the Botanic Garden with families exploring the talents needed to become a Junior Botanist. There are hands-on activities and lots of fun. Afterwards, stick around and try our Junior Botanist program. FREE United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Justin Roberts. Kids ages 3 to 10. 3:30 p.m. With numerous national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. $$ Dominion High School, Sterling, VA.
Korus Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This Korean Festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest, and a K-Pop cover contest. You will be amazed by the Wildlife Exhibit presented by the National Park Service and children can enjoy other fun filled crafts and activities in the kid zone. FREE Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fun Run & Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Runners start at 1 p.m.; walkers may walk anytime between 1:30 and 4 p.m. Fun activities, games and prizes for the whole family. Register online. $$ Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Preschool Fair & Friends Day. 3 to 6 p.m. Friends Day is anafternoon that brings students and families together for food, music, and fun. Gain access to and make contact with preschools, enrichment activities and educational diagnosticians as you begin your children's educational journey. FREE Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
The Kazoobie Kazoo Show with Rick Hubbard. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Rick Hubbard makes your kids the stars of the show. Every kid gets a chance to join Rick on stage and perform. Everyone gets FREE KAZOOS for the grand finale kazoo band. It's music, comedy, and fun for all! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge. Kids ages 2+. 10 to 11 a.m. Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   21   Sunday


21st Annual Artsfest Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artsfest is a fantastic weekend of unique shopping, live music, delicious food & drink, wine & beer, free family and children's activities, and more. Kids will love all the activities in the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone - and creative fun in Fairy Lolly, the Studio School and the Children's Garden. $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
6th Annual Prevent Cancer 5K Walk/Run. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 to 11:30 a.m. This is a family (and dog!) friendly event promoting fitness, healthy eating and cancer prevention and early detection. Enjoy the scenic route along the Capitol Riverfront and visit our health fair around the concourse of the stadium. Start teams with your friends and family members today and fundraise to Stop Cancer Before It Starts! $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. The show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics, coupled with cutting-edge technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to transport the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Tickets online. $$ The Plateau, National Harbor, MD.
Korus Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This Korean Festival features Asian cuisine, musical performances, a taekwondo demonstration, a talent show, a singing contest, and a K-Pop cover contest. You will be amazed by the Wildlife Exhibit presented by the National Park Service and children can enjoy other fun filled crafts and activities in the kid zone. FREE Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA.
Latino Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Annual celebration highlighting the Latino culture with a Parade of Nations, a children's festival, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts & crafts, and international cuisine. FREE Penn. Ave, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Rock `n' Stroller 5K. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 a.m. check-in, 8 p.m. start. "The Best Play Date Ever" will feature a safe and scenic timed 5K run and walk followed by the Freakin' Fabulous Family Finish Festival, a colorful, fun and music-filled expo headlined by the kid-favorite band Rocknoceros. Register early. $$ John Carlyle Park, Alexandria, VA.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
ZooFiesta. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family activities include animal feedings, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, educational activities highlighting conservation research in Central and South America, and authentic gourmet cuisine at a Latin American inspired food bazaar. FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.

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SEP   22   Monday


Let's Grow Garden Club. Kids ages 3 to 8. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Kids discover their green thumbs in our three-session fall gardening club. Interesting session themes change for our every-other-Monday meetings to keep minds active for hands-on gardening, crafting, natural science lessons and nature walks. Preregister. Three sessions total, other dates October 6 and 20. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Lincolnia, VA.
Science in the Park. Kids ages 6 to 10. 2 to 3:30 p.m. and ages 3 to 5 (with an adult) 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about science through stories, games and crafts at the Hunter House in the park. Preregister. $$ Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA.
Terrific Treefrogs. Kids ages 3 to 5. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Treefrogs are excellent climbers, making their homes high in trees away from ponds and other frogs that live there. Learn which treefrogs live in Reston, how they climb and how they survive in trees. Make a froggy craft to take home. Preregister online by Sept. 18. Tickets online. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

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SEP   23   Tuesday


Animal Feeding. Kids ages 3 to 11. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Help the naturalist care for and feed the park animals. Preregister. $$ Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield, VA.

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SEP   24   Wednesday


Jammin' Juniors. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to some tunes! Performing this week: Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
Jammin' Juniors. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to some tunes! Performing this week: Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
Wagon Ride to Poohsticks Bridge. Kids ages 2+. 10 to 11 a.m. Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge. Listen to Winnie the Pooh's story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Preregister. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   25   Thursday


Day of Awe-some: Rosh Hashanah for Families. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Want to provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday? Then we have the program for you. Hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, and learn about the start of a new year through songs, crafts and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids. $$ Washington DCJCC, Washington, DC.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. Dates vary. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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SEP   26   Friday


Back to School Party. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Spaces are limited, preregister early. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Baltimore Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Location and times vary. Features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors; book signings; more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers; nonstop readings on multiple stages; cooking demos by top chefs; poetry readings; workshops; panel discussions; walking tours; storytellers and hands-on projects for kids; live music; and a variety of food, beer and wine. FREE FREE Baltimore, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Rock the Block! #TGIFairfax. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. LEGGZ plays all of your favorite songs from today's hits to motown and classic rock to 70s & 80s retro. Along with live music you can also enjoy great food vendors and merchants, games, refreshments and more! FREE Old Town Fairfax City, Fairfax, VA.
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. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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SEP   27   Saturday


Baltimore Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Location and times vary. Features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors; book signings; more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers; nonstop readings on multiple stages; cooking demos by top chefs; poetry readings; workshops; panel discussions; walking tours; storytellers and hands-on projects for kids; live music; and a variety of food, beer and wine. FREE FREE Baltimore, MD.
Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Looking for a place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move? Spend quality time with your family while enjoying our renowned dueling piano show. It's an all request live music show with a kid-friendly buffet. Tickets online. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Forever Star Pageant - Supermodel Style. Kids ages 3 months to 18 years. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forever Star Pageant (FSP) is looking for our next Title Holders! Come for a day of fun! All contestants receive an award and The Royal Experience. FSP is a natural and low-glitz pageant. FSP strives to empower, encourage and build confidence in youth. Register online. $$ Holiday Inn Dumfries, Dumfries, VA.
Harvest Happenings. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Piglets, chickens, goats and guinea pigs are just a few of the many farm animals that will there to see and touch! Other activities include amusement and carnival games and arts & crafts projects. Magician, The Amazing Kevin and children's entertainer, Kidsinger Jim will be interacting with the crowd. $$ McLean Community Center, McLean, VA.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances is enjoyed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: Bridgette and Dawn. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Music Box Series: All Aboard!. Kids ages 6 months to 3 years. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Series gives your budding music-lover the chance to explore music through highly engaging and interactive performamces. From planes to trains, explore the excitement of traveling to new places and discovering new things. Tickets online. $$ Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD.
PJ Party. Kids ages 5+. 6 to 9 p.m. Ready for a night out? We're throwing a pajama party for your kids. Drop them off with dinner in hand, and we'll eat, play games, watch a movie and even do some yoga. Pick `em up at 9 - or they might turn into pumpkins! Preregister. $$ Past Tense, Washington, DC.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Saturday Story and Hike. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Stop by the Nature Center on Saturday morning for story time and a hike. A naturalist will read a story and then lead a hike based on the story. Dress for the weather. Preregister online. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Special Needs One Community Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a special day of fun and learning opportunities for special needs children, their families, and community service providers. Interactive exhibits, relay races, face painting, various animals, safety demo Preregister online. FREE Ardmore Elementary School, Springdale, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Takoma Park's 6th Annual Play Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join in the celebration of play. Musical entertainment, activities and fun for all. FREE Takoma Park Middle School, Takoma Park, MD.
The Emperor's New Clothes. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. What's big and pink and loves to wear fancy clothes? Give up? It's the Emperor himself in Grey Seal Puppets' clever adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes. Not only is this Emperor big and pink, he just happens to be a pig! The Hans Christian Andersen story takes on a whole new dimension. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center / The Alden, McLean, VA.
World of Wheels Family Festival and Touch-a-Truck. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring cars, trucks of all sizes, cycles and more! Come out to see these many forms of transportation in person. Enjoy an assortment of activities for kids of all ages... Moonbounces, food and more! Tickets online. $$ DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, MD.

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SEP   28   Sunday


Baltimore Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Location and times vary. Features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors; book signings; more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers; nonstop readings on multiple stages; cooking demos by top chefs; poetry readings; workshops; panel discussions; walking tours; storytellers and hands-on projects for kids; live music; and a variety of food, beer and wine. FREE FREE Baltimore, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Performing and Visual Arts College Fair. 1 to 3:30 p.m. National College Fairs and Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions. FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Turkish Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrating authentic Turkish art and culture with a rich variety of live musical and folk dance performances. Enjoy hands-on activities for kids, art demonstrations, guest speakers, arts and crafts vendors and Turkish cuisine. FREE Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC.

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SEP   29   Monday


Science in the Park. Kids ages 6 to 10. 2 to 3:30 p.m. and ages 3 to 5 (with an adult) 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about science through stories, games and crafts at the Hunter House in the park. Preregister. $$ Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA.

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SEP   30   Tuesday


Historic Homeschoolers Day. Kids 8 to 12. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Homeschoolers will blast into the past and learn what life was like for children 200 years ago with crafts, games, lessons, and more! Register by Sept. 22. $$ Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park, MD.

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October

OCT   1   Wednesday


Jammin' Juniors. Kids ages 2 to 5. 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and listen to some tunes! Performing this week: The Teddy Bear Band. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
Storytime on the Lake: Migration. 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! Designed for children accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings, please). Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   2   Thursday


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. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   3   Friday


Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Tony M. $$ Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Tie-Dye Party. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Spaces are limited, preregister early. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Under of Canopy. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to enjoy, inspired by the wonders of the rainforest. Whistling flowers, a clacking caterpillar, and brightly colored umbrella birds await. Under the Canopy is a 20 minute, interactive, nonverbal show. Tickets online. $$ The Anthenaeum, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   4   Saturday


Bop Goes the Weasel. Kids Pre-K through grade 5. 11 a.m. to noon. An introduction to jazz for youngsters. $$ Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Chessie Jam: Kid's Music Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 6 p.m. Join the fun while we sing and dance to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba. Free face-painting noon to 2 p.m., an instrumental petting zoo, a storybook village, a moon-bounce, a photo-booth, tie-dying, and many more fun and interactive activities for children. Tickets online. $$ Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD.
Danny Weinkauf. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. They Might Be Giants' bassist Danny Weinkauf throws his voice into family music. Enjoy his upbeat collection of original tunes with intelligent lyrics that do double duty by building vocabulary, energetic rhythms that get kids dancing and singing, and fun wordplay with some winks for grown-ups. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Flashback Family Films. All ages. (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Retro family favorites return to the cinema the first Saturday of every month. Tickets online. This month: The Witches. $$ Angelika Film Center - Mosaic, Fairfax, VA.
Junior Jams. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This weekend series of childrens' music (kindierock) concerts and other live performances is enjoyed this initimate and fun venue. This week featuring: The Uncle Devin Show. Tickets online. $$ FNDTN Gallery and Liveroom, Kensington, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted Oct. 5. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance today at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   5   Sunday


Fall Campfire & Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a campfire picnic followed by an evening nature walk. Bring your own hotdogs & rolls; we'll supply the marshmallows. Afterwards we'll take a walk around the nature center trails to look for what is going on around the pond, meadow or woods. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interpreted today. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Recess Monkey. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Recess Monkey strives to strike a balance between kid-centric ideas and musical authenticity. Lyrically, they weave jokes and puns together with universal childhood themes, speaking to both kids and their parents simultaneously with catchy, melodic songs. Fun for all! Tickets online $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   6   Monday


Move & Groove with Mr. Skip. Kids ages 5 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Mr. Skip, who is all about music and movement, sings original and classic kids songs like Old McDonald. He gets the kids off their seats and moving. Even the parents and grandparents have fun as Mr. Skip plays his own brand of music. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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OCT   7   Tuesday


Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   8   Wednesday


Adventure Kids. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Join the Kids Club and enjoy monthly events, giveaways and more! This month enjoy The Great Zucchini, and the first 50 club members receive a free bat clapper. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tyke Hikes: Hibernation. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Come and discover the bustling world around the Nature Center. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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OCT   9   Thursday


Preschool Nature Adventure: I Like Leaves. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy hands-on activities, making new friends and having 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. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ 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: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   10   Friday


Glow in the Dark Party. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Space is limited. Preregistration required. $$ My Gym, Potomac, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 10 and 11:30 a.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Grandsons Jr. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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OCT   11   Saturday


Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer DC as they entertain the audience while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABCs and 1-2-3s. This one hour show will have young railroad lovers, Thomas the Tank Engine fans, and families singing and dancing. Tickets onnline. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Sensory-friendly performance today at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   12   Sunday


Coyote Chorus Campfire. Kids ages 2+. 7 to 8 p.m. Be a part of a coyote chorus and howl at the moon! Gather around the campfire and learn all about these elusive canines living among us. We'll finish the evening with s'mores! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.
Nature & Art Adventures. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Also on Oct. 26. Drop in to try your hand with a simple, nature-inspired art or craft activity. Each week will bring a different project focusing on migration, preparation for winter and Harper Homestead cabin tasks. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Rapunzel. Kids PreK to grade 4. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A "bewitching" tale by Duane T. Bowers, of the Grimm's fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Science Sunday: Weather or Not?. Kids ages 6 to 12. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Science is awesome, messy, and fun! Join a park naturalist as we explore the awesome world of science around the park. Weather is an important part of our lives so let's explore the science behind it. We'll experiment to see if we can make our own clouds and rain, and then make our own weather prediction tools. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
Storytimes at Brookside. Kids ages 3 to 6. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join us in the Mammal room as we listen to a delightful nature story about fall's wonders. Each week will bring a new story and a short walk so we can enjoy nature for real! Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Train Day at Oktoberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. View BANTRAK N-Gauge model trains display. Bavarian beer, food, music, dancing, wine tasting & more. FREE Kentlands Old Farm & Main St, areas, Gaithersburg, MD.
Tree Monsters. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 2 p.m. Once upon a time, a group of very nice monsters lived in our woods and we're going to go find them! We may even get to make our very own tree monsters. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty on this adventure! Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

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OCT   13   Monday


Columbus Day 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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OCT   14   Tuesday


Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   15   Wednesday


Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.