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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

Spotlight 2015 - A Musical Revue
May 21 and 22, 7 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. High kicks, top hats, flaps and glitz. This fantastic revue of classic and contemporary Broadway showstoppers, featuring the singing and dancing of the enormously talented ATMTC Pre-Professional Program. Broadway Broadway's rising stars are in the Spotlight! Tickets online. $$ JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD.

Hometown Holidays Music Fest & Parade
May 23, 24 and 25, 2 to 10 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Hometown Holidays offers activities for kids including live entertainment on the Town Square Stage, the Hometown Holidays beach, Taste of Rockville, as well as inflatables and amusements (for a fee.) On Monday enjoy the 71st Annual Memorial Day Parade. FREE Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD.

Water Safety Day
May 29, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All ages. The event will include information booths, lifeguard demonstrations, the proper use of personal flotation devices, how to safely assist someone struggling in the water, the importance of sunscreen to prevent skin damage and free swim lesson screenings. Anyone attending the various information booths can stay and enjoy a free swim. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. FREE Water Park - Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Gaithersburg, MD.

Discover Madagascar
May 30. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Discover the wonders of the island of Madagascar right here in the heart of DC metro. No passport and visa needed! Discover Madagascar is hosted by the local Malagasy community and will feature: vendors, live music, dances, fashion show, plays, traditional food, games and activities for kids. $$ Vienna Community Center, Vienna, VA.

Memorial Day Observance
May 30, 11 a.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Join the Mayor and City Council, City staff and honored guests in a tribute to Gaithersburg's sons and daughters who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The patriotic ceremony will include words and music to commemorate the occasion and a solemn wreath-laying ceremony. At the event, guests will be invited to fill out a card and provide a 4x6 photograph for a Book of Tribute, honoring friends and family members who serve. FREE Christman Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

Touch-A-Truck at Baysox
May 30, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Dozens of construction vehicles and large trucks will be in the parking lot for fans to interact with, and there will be a Touch-A-Truck T-shirt giveaway to the first 500 visitors ages 3 to 12. Games begins at 6:35 p.m. with fireworks after the game. Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.

Celebrate Fairfax
June 5, 6 p.m. to midnight; June 6, 10 a.m. to midnight; June 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
. All ages (family-friendly event). More than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, and interactive activities. Entertainment, fireworks, Dockdogs, robotica pavilion, carnival rides, model trains, trackless train, pony rides, Mad Hatter maze, Childrens Avenue. Tickets online. $$ Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.

Imagination Bethesda
June 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). A children's street festival celebrating the arts. Live entertainemnt, creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! FREE Corner of Woodmont Ave. & Elm St., Bethesda, MD.

Discover Strathmore: Colors of the Caribbean
June 7, 11 a.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Annual open house is full of free music and dance performances, workshops, artistic demonstrations, and hands-on art activities celebrating the vibrant diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean. Try a hands-on arts experience, learn the craft of Carnival costume making and enjoy traditional Caribbean storytellers. FREE The Music Center at Strathmore, Rockville, MD.

Family Fun: Strawberry Tea Party
June 7, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Kids ages 5+. Celebrate June's luscious fruits with a walk through the gardens to see how strawberries and other fruits grow. Then join us for a game and a tea party of strawberry tea and sweet treats. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

Let's Build a Nature Fairy Garden
June 7, 1 to 3 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). 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. FREE Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

A Family Show: Tom Chapin
June 13, 11 a.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). As a multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. Chapin continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

Celebrate Gaithersburg
June 14, Noon to 5 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). This annual street festival includes live music, food, arts & crafts, amusements and more. Children will enjoy interactive theatre, games, demonstrations and amusements. This year's festival has a special focus on tradition, highlighted by bluegrass bands and a BBQ showdown. FREE Summit and Diamond Avenues, Gaithersburg, MD.