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Exploring the National Mall: Smithsonian Museums, Monuments and More

Skip the Bay Bridge: Discovering Chesapeake's Western Shore

Riverkeepers: Watershed Projects for Families

See the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in DC

#TGIFairfax - Rock the Block Concert Series
Fourth Fridays of the Month, May - September May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25
All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m fourth Fridays of the month. 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 Reflex - The perfect reminder of that great music from the 80's decadent decade. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude
June 19-August 24. 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Garfield, a chubby and sarcastic tabby cat fantasizes about having the most amazing birthday in the history of birthdays. He deserves it for being the best cat ever! ASL Intrepreted performance July 11 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, MD. $$

Double Trouble
June 24 - August 14, Dates and times vary.
Kids ages 5 to 10. 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. Twin Day July 11, ASL-interpreted July 12, Sensory-friendly performance July 19. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 24-28 and July 1-5, Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Evening events begin at 5:30-6 p.m. Includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling and discussions of of cultural issues. The theme of the 2015 program will be Peru. $$ National Mall, Washington, DC.

Family Dive-In Movies
June 25 - August 5
Are you looking for something different to do as a family? Then come to Lake Audubon Pool, 2070 Twin Branches Road, Tall Oaks Pool, 12025 North Shore Drive, North Hills Pool, 1325 North Village Road, Newbridge Pool, 11718 Golf Course Square, Glade Pool, 11550 Glade Drive, for FREE pool side movies! They will provide the popcorn and drinks, but don't forget your favorite float. Movie titles will be advertised at the event location. Check the website for dates of the various event. These events are cancelled in the event of rain or threatening rain. Free Reston, VA.

Discovery Thursdays
June 25 - July 30 Thursdays 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Kids ages 5 to 10. Complementing the Thursday Morning Kids Concert series, the Community Museum hosts "Discovery Thursdays," featuring activities that reinforce the themes and performances from earlier that day. Preregister. This week: Make a Nursery Rhyme Character, activity follows "Mr. Gabe & The Circle Time All-Stars" music and nursery rhyme show. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

Backyard Theater for Children
Thursdays in July. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Thursdays in July. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore's Backyard Theater provides innovative performances for children young and old. Performing today: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - Family funk and half-pint hip-hop is this musical agent's secret talent. Join the Skidoo Crew for music that's "equal parts Dr. Seuss and Dr. Dre." Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.

13th Annual Comcast Outdoor Film Festival
July 17 and July 18
All ages (family-friendly events). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the films beginning at dusk. Be sure to bring blankets and beach chairs so you are comfortable. July 17 - How to Train Your Dragon 2 - PG. July 18 - X-Men: Days of Future Past - PG-13. The movies will show on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen, with the beautiful Alexandria Waterfront as the backdrop. FREE Waterfront Park, Alexandria, VA.