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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 On Ice presents "Frozen" - Tickets On Sale Now
Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in family entertainment, announces that its 34th Disney On Ice spectacular will bring to life the Academy Award-winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney's Frozen, in Fairfax from October 22 - 27 at the Patriot Center.
Ticket Information: Tickets for Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the Patriot Center from October 22-27 start at $20 (plus applicable service charges) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Patriot Center box office, online atwww.ticketmaster.com, or via Phonecharge at 1-800-745-3000. Visit www.patriotcenter.com for more information

Wildest Weather in the Solar System 3D
Now through August 1, days and times vary.
All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Go on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Tickets online. $$ National Geographic, Washington, DC.

Pinkalicious
Now through August 31
All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. Now she needs to figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sensory Friendly performance Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theater - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Now through August 10 . Dates and times vary.
Kids ages 5 to 10. This show integrates puppetry, rich visuals, and imaginative storytelling as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant go on a magical journey to save the children of England. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Lerner Family Theatre, Bethesda, MD.

Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight Movie Event
July 17. 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.
Girls ages 8+. Join us for the premiere of Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight, the all-new movie inspired by Isabelle's stories. Also catch the premiere of Isabelle's Dance Jam, an exclusive dance video starring girls from all over the country, and get a special goody bag to take home. Reservations required. $$ American Girl, Tysons Corner Center, Tysons, VA.

Living Earth Festival
July 18, 19 and 20. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). The 5th annual festival will include live music and dance performances, a Native cooking competition, film screenings, crafts and storytelling for families, an outdoor farmers market featuring local produce and game and cheese-making and beading demonstrations. FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.

Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island
July 19 through August 10. Dates and times vary.
All ages (family-friendly event). When a package bound for Good Good Island is mistakenly delivered to Bad Bad Island, the Bad Bads find something frighteningly horrible inside: a little girl named Rosa! Presented by NextStop Family, this wildly inventive, original story shows that sometimes family and goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places. Tickets online. $$ The Industrial Strength Theater, Herndon, VA.

Goddard Model Rocket Contest
July 20. 12:30 to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Join NARHAMS for the annual "Apollo" model rocket contest. Attempt to land your model rocket within a `moon' drawn on the ground. Trophies & model rocket prizes awarded to the top youth & adult finishers. On-site registration is required on contest day. FREE Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt, MD.

Classical Hip-Hop: Christylez Bacon & Wytold
July 23. 11 a.m. .
Kids ages 5 to 12. This program offers traditional elements of hip-hop, including human beat box, rhyming and storytelling blended with classical compositions by Bach, Vivaldi and Pachelbel to create a fun and innovative performance that introduces the classics to youngsters and brings audiences of all ages together. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, Manassas, VA.

Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise
July 23. 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Kids ages 6+. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges, feeding sites and (hopefully) beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

Patio Parties and Fridays at Five
July 25. 5 to 8 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Patio Party series returns with more music, more science and more summer family fun. Fridays After Five occur June 27 to Aug. 29, alongside the free party, with discounted admission to the Maryland Science Center. Patio Party this week features: Yo No Say. FREE Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD.

Tidewater Archaeology Days: Dig It!
July 25 and 26. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation. Work alongside archaeologists as they find and identify objects our ancestors lost or discarded. Take a guided tour of excavations and don't miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory - sign up at the Visitor Center when you arrive. $$ Visitor Center, Historic St. Mary's City, MD.

Christmas in July
July 25. Noon to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Retailers and community organizations will host a variety of festive activities ranging from pictures with "Summer" Santa & Mrs. Claus, designer trunk shows, cookie decorating, children's story time stations, arts and crafts, ice cream social, cool art, merchandise promotions, musical entertainment and much more. A portion of the store sales will benefit The Reading Connection. FREE Union St. between Cameron & Duke, Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Children's Tea & Talk with American Girl Author
July 27. 1 p.m.
Kids ages 5 to 13. Enjoy an inspiring afternoon with author Valerie Tripp. Hear about the inspiration and development behind her American Girl series with an interactive presentation for children and parents. After, guests will have a meet & greet, make a 19th century craft and enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies. Tickets online. $$ Dumbarton House, Washington, DC.

Teen Workshops presented by The Women's Center, Vienna, VA

Teen Workshop - Keeping Your Cool: How to Stay in Charge of Yourself in Difficult Moments
July 24. 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Let's face it, teens are under a lot of stress. There is pressure at school, pressure at home and sometimes it feels like there is no escape. No surprise that teens can get suddenly overwhelmed by anger, sadness, embarrassment or anxiety. And the consequences of acting out those feelings can be pretty bad. This workshop helps teens prepare for difficult moments and learn to keep cool when they happen.
Presented by Grace Gray, Supervisee in Social Work

Teen Workshop - Taking Care of Me: I am Worth It!
July 29. 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Having a great relationship with others begins with having a healthy relationship with yourself. In this workshop, you will learn practical and fun ways to take care of yourself through self-compassion. By learning to speak positively to yourself and treating yourself with kindness, you will build confidence and have healthier relationships with others. You are worth it!
Presented by Sarah Elkalban, Counselor in Residence

Discovering Your Strengths (Teenage Girls)
August 26. 7 to 8:30 p.m.
I'll never be good enough! I'm just not smart, so why even try? I'll never fit in. He/she will never like me! Am I pretty enough? I am fat. Why do I feel so awkward? Will I ever measure up? Nobody will ever really love me. I feel so alone. If you've ever had any of these thoughts or questions run through your head, you're not alone.

Studies show that most girls struggle with their self-image in some way. It is very common for girls to have challenges trying to fit in, dealing with ever-changing peer and family relationships, and with their body image just to name a few.
Being a teenager is hard. Growing up and dealing with insecurities, trying to fit in, learning how to become more independent, and figuring out who you are is a challenging to say the least. This workshop will give you an opportunity to consider your self-concept: how it came to be and how to make changes. You will identify your strengths, who and what affects your self-concept. We will explore, talk, and hopefully even laugh a little. In the end, you will develop a plan of action to take with you.
Presented by Sarah Elkalban, Counselor in Residence

Discovering Your Strengths (Teenage Boys)
August 28. 7 to 8:30 p.m.
I'll never be good enough! I'm just not smart, so why even try? I'll never fit in. He/she will never like me! I'm not strong and fast enough to be on the team. Why do I feel so awkward? Sometimes I just hate my life! Will I ever measure up? Nobody will ever really love me. I feel so alone!

If you've ever had any of these thoughts or questions run through your head, you're not alone. Boys frequently suffer from low self-esteem, measuring themselves against those around them and the media portrayal of men. Despite what many people think, boys are very sensitive and their egos are easily damaged.
Being a teenager is hard. Growing up and dealing with insecurities, trying to fit in, learning how to become more independent and figuring out who you are is a challenging to say the least. This workshop will give you an opportunity to consider your self-concept: how it came to be and how to make changes. You will identify your strengths, who and what affects your self-concept. We will do some activities, make discoveries, and in the end, develop a plan of action to take with you.
Presented by Shara Carter, Counselor in Residence
The above classes are held at The Women's Center, 127 Park Street, NE, Vienna, VA 22180
Sign up for three and save $5 off each workshop. Call 703-281-2657, ext. 276 to take advantage of this discount. Register at http://www.thewomenscenter.org/calendar