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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

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends
April 16 - 19
All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. LEGENDS, an all-new edition that unites iconic circus stars with living mythological creatures in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.

Salsa Cinderella
April 16, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
Kids grades pre-K to grade 2. Grey Seal Puppets go Latin, having Cinderella dance to a hot beat, learn some Spanish, and discover new foods while the Onion and Garlic Stepsisters try to keep the Pepper Prince from his true love. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

Fireworks Night
April 18.
All ages (family-friendly event). Bowie Bayox play the Erie SeaWolves with fireworks after the games. Browse the new Book Swap. Kids run the bases every night! All kids 12 and under are invited down to the field after every home game to run the bases! Tickets online. $$ Prince George's Stadium, Bowie, MD.

National Math Festival
April 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Experience mathematics like never before! The celebration will feature dozens of fun learning activities, unique performances and interactive exhibits for every age-from hands-on magic, a scavenger hunt and Houdini-like getaways, to lectures with some of the most influential mathematicians of our time. FREE Several Smithsonian museums, Washington, DC.

National Math Festival: Design a Kolam.
April 18, 2 to 4 p.m.
Kids ages 8 to 14. Discover the curved loops and geometric symmetry of kolam, a South Indian style of painting that uses rice flour. Watch a professional artist create a kolam and try making your own. FREE Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC.

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House!
April 19, Noon to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities. From family festivals to performances to birthday cake, from lectures to scholarly conferences to poetry readings and more, there's something for everyone.... including cake! FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.

Earth Day Planting.
April 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
Kids ages 5+. Celebrate Earth Day by planting a variety of native plants in the gardens including shrubs, ferns and wildflowers. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring gloves if you have them. We will have some gloves available and will provide tools for planting. Preregister. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

Tot Time! Earth Day Celebration
April 22. 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Kids ages 2 to 5. Make art out of recycled materials, sing to our animal and plant friends, plant some wildflowers, and more -- all to celebrate this special day. Outdoor activities included, dress for weather. Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

a href="http://usbg.gov" target="_blank"> Celebrate Earth Day!
April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Family Festinal celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce and representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth. FREE United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.

Earth Day Tree Fest: Majestic, Green and Growing.
April 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Celebrate Earth Day and the addition of 19 new trees Enjoy a guided, kid-friendly garden tour, or explore on your own with a map. Kids can make seed-balls to take home, plant and participate in crafts, games, and one of two sing-along performances by the popular group Nature Jams. $$ Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington, DC.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more!
April 25, 2 p.m.
Kids ages 4+. Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children's book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-Up Chameleon are the stories featured. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean Community Center, McLean, VA.

Paws in the Park Dog Walk & Fest.
April 25, Noon to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). The fun-filled afternoon includes a 1-mile dog walk, pet contests and games, demonstrations, children's activities, a pet-oriented market featuring more then 50 vendors, food, music and more. One of the largest dog walks in the DC area, it raises funds to help homeless and abandoned animals throughout Montgomery County. $$ Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Gaithersburg, MD.

Sinbad: The Untold Tale
Now through May 29, Dates and times vary.
Kids ages 5 to 12. Sinbad the Sailor has retired from his notorious adventures. But a quest full of humor, genies, sword fights, diamonds, magic boats, and flying carpets follow him. Two young explorers cross the chasm of their differences to become fast friends and fellow adventurers for life. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Now though May 25, Dates and times vary.
All ages (family-friendly event). Life in Kansas has been a bit boring for Dorothy and her little dog Toto. Until one day, a cyclone swoops in and takes them "over the rainbow" to the wonderful and magical land of Oz. With the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets off on the adventure of a lifetime down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. These new friends brave witches, flying monkeys, and a Haunted Forest all to meet the Wizard of Oz, who promises to make their dreams come true. ASL Interpreted Performance Date: April 18 at 2:00pm. Sensory Friendly Performance Date: May 16 at 2:00pm $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.