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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

Marvel Universe LIVE!
Sep 4 -- Sep 9 .
All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together in one epic quest. Audiences will feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. Tickets online at $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC

O Say Can You See! Star-Spangled Spectacular
From Sept. 10-16.
Concerts, family activities, re-enactments and tours of ships concentrated in Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry. Fireworks on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. "By Dawn's Early Light" flag raising on Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine, with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (For specific details, call 1-800-266-5699 or visit

The Big Build
Saturday, Sep 20. A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Building Arts An interactive, fun-for-all-ages celebration of our built environment. The National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001.

Sept 19 -- Oct 26.
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Shy and thoughtful, Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend? $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, MacArthur Blvd.,Bethesda, MD

Alexandria's Original Ghost & Graveyard Tour
Through Sep 30 Wednesdays to Sundays 7:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 & 9:00pm.
You'll follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light through the charming streets of Alexandria's historic district known as Old Town. On this entertaining tour you'll hear ghost stories, legends and folklore. You will also hear about unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge. Tours depart from the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King Street in Alexandria -- only two blocks from the Potomac River. Appropriate for ages 9 and up.

The Night Fairy
Sept 24 - Oct 26
Flory is a Night Fairy who is attacked by a bat. When her wings are damaged in the struggle, she is forced to learn how to survive in the daylight among the other birds and animals in a typical backyard. During her adventures, Flory makes new friends, and eventually reconciles with her foe. By the time her wings begin to sprout back, Flory has discovered a renewed sense of creativity, diplomacy, and resilience that she never knew she had. Best for Ages 4 and up. $$ 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

McLean AAUW 45th Annual USED BOOK SALE
Friday, September 19 9a.m. - 7p.m. Saturday, September 20 10a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, September 21 12p.m. - 4 p.m.
McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Choo-Choo Soul
Saturday, October 11, 2014 SHOWTIMES: 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
For one day only the B&O Railroad Museum presents two performances by Disney Jr.'s Choo Choo Soul. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer, DC, as they entertain kids while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC's and 1-2-3's. $$ 901 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223