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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

Montgomery County Camp & Summer Fun Expo.
January 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). This expo will introduce your family to exciting summer opportunities for kids of all ages, all under one roof! FREE Hilton Hotel Meeting Center, Rockville, MD.

Make It and Take It: Wind Flags.
January 25, noon to 2 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Winter wind whips around us and sends a chill through the air. No need to fear! Come make your very own wind flag to fly, and experience winter in a whole new way. No registration required. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

Nature Tots - Groundhog Day.
Januray 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Kids ages 2 to 5. Spend time with your child discovering the wonders of nature. A Naturalist will help you explore a new nature topic through nature play, crafts, stories and hikes. Dress for the weather. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

Groundhog Day.
Januray 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Kids ages 3 to 5. Will the groundhog see his shadow? Will spring be early or late? Find out how the groundhog became a weather forecaster, and make a craft to take home. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

Petote Rouge - A Cajun Red Riding Hood.
January 30 through March 8, dates and times vary.
Kids ages 4+. Take a toe-tapping trip to the bayou in this Zydeco-driven musical soaked in N'awlins hot sauce! Based on the classic fairy tale, a red-hooded duckling and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. ASL interpreted performance on Feb. 14. Sensory-friendly performance on Feb. 28. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

Groovy Groundhogs.
February 2 and 3, 10 to 11 a.m.
Kids 18 to 35 months. Celebrate Groundhog Day by learning about our largest rodent. Groundhogs have many names, and can do more than just dig holes. Learn their other names, how deep they can dig, and what else they do besides dig. Make a groundhog puppet to take home, and enjoy a snack and story. Reservations required by January 28. $$ Walker Nature Center, Reston.

Operation: Blanket Sew-a-Thon.
February 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Drop in and go anytime. If you haven't seen the "operation", you should. You don't have to sew, knit or crochet to take part - there is yarn to separate and blankets to count and pack. We welcome everyone! 1,234 blankets and 1,928 hats and counting! Cooperative Extension Office, Derwood.

Takoma Park's Fourth Annual Mid-Winter Play Day.
February 8, 1 to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Enjoy people of all ages will have a blast playing. This is a Montgomery County approved SSL event, so teens can volunteer & receive service hours. FREE Community Center, Takoma Park.

Waterfowl Festival.
February 8, 1 to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). activities, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home during the winter. Try your hand at carving a decoy. Make a bird bonnet to look like a hooded merganser or a bufflehead. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans and maybe even the Black Hill eagles! $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds.

Family Science Night.
February 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Kids ages 5 to 12. Nothing like experiencing nature first-hand, in real time, to make nature really come alive. We've put together an evening of educational-wrapped-in-fun activities that will do just that. Look up in the winter sky at constellations and moon phases; learn how to convert energy around a blazing campfire; then experiment with light inside the center. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton.