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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

Disney's The Little Mermaid
Now through December 28, dates and times vary.
Kids ages 5+. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.

Cheeky Chipmunks
November 19, 10 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Kids ages 3 to 5. Chipmunks spend their summer preparing for winter. Find out what they like to eat, where they store their food, and how long they stay underground during the cold winter months. Make a chipmunk puppet and then go looking to see if our chipmunk friends are still awake. Preregister by Nov. 14. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston, VA.

We the People
November 21, 10:15 a.m. and noon.
Kids in grades 4 to 8. A new upbeat musical by TheatreWorks presents the three branches of government, First Amendment, judicial process and presidential elections with a sizzling rock beat. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

Small Change Anniversary
November 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit children's consignment store Small Change Consignments for their annual anniversary sale. To celebrate the 33rd anniversary, all clothes & shoes will be 1/3 off from November 21st (actual anniversary date) through December 6. Thirty-three percent of November 21st's total for the day will be donated to local non profit Cornerstones. Small Change Consignment, Reston, VA.

23rd Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
November 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 23 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). 20 plus dealers selling minerals, fossils, crystals, gems, jewelry, carvings, meteorites & more! Also, demonstrations, hands-on, exhibits, door prizes and kid's activities including free kid's mini-mines & fossil dig. Sunday is Scout Day. $$ George Mason University, The Hub, Fairfax, VA.

All About Bears
November 22, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Kids 6 months to 3 years. The Music Box Series, is a unique music program for young children. Bring your favorite teddy bear and join the BSO in learning about our favorite fuzzy animals. Tickets online. $$ The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD.

The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project
November 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kids ages 2+. 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember this dove-like bird we are folding origami pigeons to symbolically recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago. We will show you how to add your number(s) to the ever-growing virtual flock! $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.