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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

The Enchanted Woods
Two sessions, Oct. 9 and 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids pre-k to 5th grade. When a talking owl flies in through the trap door of Lola's tree house, kids get a bird's eye view of the enchanted forest below and its surprising inhabitants, such as talking trees, fairies, wizards, unicorn and yeti! Tickets online. $$ Capitol Life Church, Arlington, VA.

City of Fairfax Fall Festival
October 11. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages (family-friendly event). Over 400 juried fine artisans, vendors and food. Musical entertainment (4 stages). Children's stage and activities. Amusement rides 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lumberjack competition, business expo and more! Rain date Oct. 12. FREE Old Town Fairfax, VA.

Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul
October 11. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer DC as they entertain the audience while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABCs and 1-2-3s. This one hour show will have young railroad lovers, Thomas the Tank Engine fans, and families singing and dancing. Tickets onnline. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Dig-It! Games Fall Open House
October 11. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids ages 8+. Look behind the scenes look at how video games are made. Learn about programming, try your hand at digital art and get a sneak peek at games in development. Play fun games and win great prizes including an iPad mini and App Store gift cards. FREE Dig-It Games, Bethesda, MD.

All Stacked Up!.
October 12. 1 to 3 p.m.
Kids ages 8 to 11. Investigate contemporary sculpture and experiment with natural materials to create your own three-dimensional work of art. Each workshop includes an interactive conversation in the galleries followed by a hands-on studio session. Preregistration required. FREE National Gallery of Art, Education Studio, Washington, DC.

Fairy Tea and Treats
October 13. 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Kids ages 4+. Bring your favorite Tinkerbell, as children dress up in magical fairy costumes complete with tutus, wands, and wings. Dressed for tea, costumed interpreters explain the favored drink of early America, while guests enjoy tasty desserts. After the tea, children tour Tudor Place's enchanting fairy gardens and make a special period craft to take home. Preregister online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
October 16 through November 21. Dates and times vary.
Kids PreK to grade 4. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.

National Trademark Expo
October 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). From the toothpaste you use to your favorite snack - trademarks are everywhere! Come learn about the importance of trademarks! Featuring costumed characters, children's workshops, story time, exhibitors and more other activities. FREE United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA.

Once Upon a Quilt - Quilt Show & Artisan Boutique
October 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 18 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Rapunzel, the Snow Queen, Red Riding Hood and other storybook characters interpreted in fabric and thread will be on display. 200+ quilts and fiber art on exhibit, demonstrations, silent auction and more. $$ Kensington Armory/Town Hall, Kensington, MD.

Open House Fun
October 19. 2 and 4:30 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Come run, jump flip, slide and eat (hopefully in that order!) Test out the huge obstacle course and ultra bouncy trampolines. Prizes, games, vendors and more! FREE The Agility Zone, Gaithersburg, MD.

World of Montgomery Festival
October 19. Noon to 5 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Celebrate the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families. FREE Westfield Wheaton, Wheaton, MD.

October 21. 10:15 a.m. and noon.
Kids ages 3 to 5. Math leaps out of the textbook and into everyday life in this unique and interactive show. Fast-paced comedy, mime, theatrical effects and creative number games make multiplication, division, fractions and geometry fun and exciting. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.