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JUL   30   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt. Kids ages 4+. Times vary. Join us for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. FREE National Galley of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Washington, DC.
Kaypi Peru Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. Meet two cute and soft llama brothers! FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This show integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Lerner Family Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   31   Thursday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Capitol Tap, Tapping the Timeline: Tap Music from the 1920s to Today. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Kaypi Peru Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. Meet two cute and soft llama brothers! FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
Polliwog Adventures - Terrific Trees. Ages 2 to 5, with an adult. 10 to 11 a.m. Each week explore a new topic in natural history. Through stories, short hikes, games and activities, little ones will learn about nature in a hands-on environment. Dress for the weather. Preregister. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Summer Flower Anklet Craft. Girls ages 8+. 1 to 3 p.m. Your girl can put her best-and most fashionable-foot forward. This free event will let her create a tropical anklet for herself using colorful paper flowers. She can also craft an anklet just for her doll! FREE American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tyson, VA.
Teen Movie Night: The Lightning Thief. 6:30 p.m. Join us to watch "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." A teenager discovers he is descended from a Greek go and sets out on an adventure to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. (2010, rated PG). FREE Gaithersburg Library, Gaithersburg, MD.
The BFG (Big Friendly Giant). Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:30 a.m. This show integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Lerner Family Theatre, Bethesda, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers sing, dance and otherwise captivate young audiences. This week: Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres! - Music, Spanish. FREE City Hall Concert Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Night Campfires: Make Way for Ducklings!. Kids ages 3+. 8 to 8:45 p.m. Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire ring, roasting marshmallows and enjoying a naturalist-led program or movie. This week: A movie and marshmallows! Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Tot Rock!. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: The Great Zucchini. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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August

AUG   1   Friday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Pushcart Players, Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Kaypi Peru Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. Meet two cute and soft llama brothers! FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
Patio Parties and Fridays at Five. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 8 p.m. Patio Party series returns with more music, more science and more summer family fun. Fridays After Five occur June 27 to Aug. 29, alongside the free party, with discounted admission to the Maryland Science Center. Patio Party this week features: MHB. FREE Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD.
Summer Flower Anklet Craft. Girls ages 8+. 3 to 5 p.m. Your girl can put her best-and most fashionable-foot forward. This free event will let her create a tropical anklet for herself using colorful paper flowers. She can also craft an anklet just for her doll! FREE American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tyson, VA.

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AUG   2   Saturday


Artful Conversations Summer Series. Kids ages 8 to 11. Sign ups begin on Saturdays 10 a.m. & Sundays 11 a.m. Bring your observation skills, imagination, curiosity and creativity to these guided discussions that delve deep into the masterpieces. Each week's discussion is accompanied by activities such as sketching, writing poetry, creating sounds or making comparisons between works of art. Topics and times online. FREE National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Pushcart Players, Little Red Riding Hood & Other Stories. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Flashback Family Films. All ages. (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Retro family favorites return to the cinema the first Saturday of every month. Tickets online. This month: The Land Before Time. $$ Angelika Film Center - Mosaic, Fairfax, VA.
Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon and 3 p.m. When a package bound for Good Good Island is mistakenly delivered to Bad Bad Island, the Bad Bads find something frighteningly horrible inside: a little girl named Rosa! Presented by NextStop Family, this wildly inventive, original story shows that sometimes family and goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places. Tickets online. $$ The Industrial Strength Theater, Herndon, VA.
Kaypi Peru Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. Meet two cute and soft llama brothers! FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
Pinkalicious. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Story Series: Explore Italy. Kids ages 4 to 7. Sign ups begin on Saturdays & Mondays 10 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. Stories in Art introduces children to artists through careful looking, storytelling and hands-on experimentation. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. Topics and times online. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.

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AUG   3   Sunday


Artful Conversations Summer Series. Kids ages 8 to 11. Sign ups begin on Saturdays 10 a.m. & Sundays 11 a.m. Bring your observation skills, imagination, curiosity and creativity to these guided discussions that delve deep into the masterpieces. Each week's discussion is accompanied by activities such as sketching, writing poetry, creating sounds or making comparisons between works of art. Topics and times online. FREE National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. When a package bound for Good Good Island is mistakenly delivered to Bad Bad Island, the Bad Bads find something frighteningly horrible inside: a little girl named Rosa! Presented by NextStop Family, this wildly inventive, original story shows that sometimes family and goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places. Tickets online. $$ The Industrial Strength Theater, Herndon, VA.
Kaypi Peru Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. Meet two cute and soft llama brothers! FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.
Pinkalicious. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Story Series: Explore Italy. Kids ages 4 to 7. Sign ups begin on Saturdays & Mondays 10 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. Stories in Art introduces children to artists through careful looking, storytelling and hands-on experimentation. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. Topics and times online. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 7 p.m. Each concert stars an energetic ensemble from the U.S. military or the local community. No tickets are required and parking is free after 4 p.m. Blankets are encouraged; lawn chairs and picnic snacks permitted but may not be brought inside the Museum. Concerts will be held inside if it rains. This week: U.S. Air Force Band, Max Impact. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

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AUG   4   Monday


Summer Story Series: Explore Italy. Kids ages 4 to 7. Sign ups begin on Saturdays & Mondays 10 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. Stories in Art introduces children to artists through careful looking, storytelling and hands-on experimentation. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. Topics and times online. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.

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AUG   5   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Improv 4 Kids. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Summer Reading Bookmark Craft. Girls ages 8+. 1 to 3 p.m. Celebrate summer reading with American Girl! At this craft event, your girl will decorate her own bookmark and summer reading log to keep track of all the great books she'll read over break. Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. FREE American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tyson, VA.

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AUG   6   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Taylor 2, Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.

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AUG   7   Thursday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Taylor 2, Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Summer Flower Anklet Craft. Girls ages 8+. 1 to 3 p.m. Your girl can put her best-and most fashionable-foot forward. This free event will let her create a tropical anklet for herself using colorful paper flowers. She can also craft an anklet just for her doll! FREE American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tyson, VA.

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AUG   8   Friday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Parents' Night Out: R-O-C-K in the USA. Kids 10 and under. 6 to 9 p.m. Parents' Night Out and the kids have their own fun while grown-ups enjoy 3 hours to themselves. Fun includes games, rides, activities, free play, dinner and more! (Limited to potty-trained kids.) Space is limited. Preregistration required. $$ My Gym, Bethesda, MD.
Pinkalicious. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Spanish Story Time. Kids up to age 10. 1 p.m. Hola Kids offers fun and interactive story telling with a native-speaking teacher. Music, songs, games and crafts are part of this unique way for kids to learn and practice Spanish. FREE Gum Spring Library, Stone Ridge, VA.

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AUG   9   Saturday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.
Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt. Kids ages 4+. Times vary. Join us for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. FREE National Galley of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Washington, DC.
Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon and 3 p.m. When a package bound for Good Good Island is mistakenly delivered to Bad Bad Island, the Bad Bads find something frighteningly horrible inside: a little girl named Rosa! Presented by NextStop Family, this wildly inventive, original story shows that sometimes family and goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places. Tickets online. $$ The Industrial Strength Theater, Herndon, VA.
Parents' Night Out: Pajama 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. $$ My Gym, Chantilly, VA.
Pinkalicious. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.
Spanish Story Time. Kids up to age 10. 2 p.m. Hola Kids offers fun and interactive story telling with a native-speaking teacher. Music, songs, games and crafts are part of this unique way for kids to learn and practice Spanish. FREE Sterling Library, Sterling, VA.

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AUG   10   Sunday


Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt. Kids ages 4+. Times vary. Join us for two animated films about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt based on Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists books. Learn about the life and work of these two artists who were friends and collaborators in later 19th-century Paris. A free Family Guide to the exhibition Degas/Cassatt will be available at each screening. FREE National Galley of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Washington, DC.
Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. When a package bound for Good Good Island is mistakenly delivered to Bad Bad Island, the Bad Bads find something frighteningly horrible inside: a little girl named Rosa! Presented by NextStop Family, this wildly inventive, original story shows that sometimes family and goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places. Tickets online. $$ The Industrial Strength Theater, Herndon, VA.
Pinkalicious. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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AUG   11   Monday


Pinkalicious. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

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AUG   12   Tuesday


Summer Reading Bookmark Craft. Girls ages 8+. 1 to 3 p.m. Celebrate summer reading with American Girl! At this craft event, your girl will decorate her own bookmark and summer reading log to keep track of all the great books she'll read over break. Includes a doll-sized poster to take home. FREE American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tyson, VA.

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AUG   13   Wednesday


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AUG   14   Thursday


Summer Flower Anklet Craft. Girls ages 8+. 1 to 3 p.m. Your girl can put her best-and most fashionable-foot forward. This free event will let her create a tropical anklet for herself using colorful paper flowers. She can also craft an anklet just for her doll! FREE American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tyson, VA.