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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

Big Apple Circus
Now through October 5. Dates and times vary. All ages (family-friendly event). Fly away to our magical All-New Show, METAMORPHOSIS. Be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion, a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible! Tickets online. $$ Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA.

Stuart Little
Now through October 26. Dates and times vary. All ages (family-friendly event). Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. ASL Interpreted performance Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. Sensory-friendly performance Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

The Night Fairy
Now through October 26. Date and times vary.
Kids ages 4+. 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. $$ 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Rock the Block! #TGIFairfax
September 26. 6 to 9 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). LEGGZ plays all of your favorite songs from today's hits to motown and classic rock to 70s & 80s retro. Along with live music you can also enjoy great food vendors and merchants, games, refreshments and more! FREE Old Town Fairfax City, Fairfax, VA.

World of Wheels Family Festival and Touch-a-Truck
September 27. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Featuring cars, trucks of all sizes, cycles and more! Come out to see these many forms of transportation in person. Enjoy an assortment of activities for kids of all ages... Moonbounces, food and more! Tickets online. $$ DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, MD.

Baltimore Book Festival.
September 26 through 28. Times vary.
Features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors; book signings; more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers; nonstop readings on multiple stages; cooking demos by top chefs; poetry readings; workshops; panel discussions; walking tours; storytellers and hands-on projects for kids; live music; and a variety of food, beer and wine. FREE Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD.

Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
September 28. 1 to 3:30 p.m.
National College Fairs and Performing and Visual Arts College Fairs allow students to interact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions. FREE Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

LEGO KidsFest Virginia.
October 3, 4 and 5. Times vary.
All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 8:30 p.m. LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event. Tickets online. Some sessions already sold out. $$ Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA.

Chessie Jam: Kid's Music Fest
October 4. Noon to 6 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Join the fun while we sing and dance to performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Justin Roberts and Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba. Free face-painting noon to 2 p.m., an instrumental petting zoo, a storybook village, a moon-bounce, a photo-booth, tie-dying, and many more fun and interactive activities for children. Tickets online. $$ Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, MD.

Beyond Bows - How to Decorate Packages
October 4. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Kids ages 16+. For any special occasion, make your gift the one everyone notices. Learn how to make beautiful package decorations with bows, ribbons, botanic materials, and more with the help of florist Chuck Mason. Create a few to take home. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest
October 4 and 5. Sat. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Featuring an interactive playground of fun, with programs and activities emphasizing health, fitness, safety, environment and education. Carnival super passes available online. FREE Fairfax Co. Government Center, Fairfax, VA.

Fall Campfire & Walk
October 5. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Enjoy a campfire picnic followed by an evening nature walk. Bring your own hotdogs & rolls; we'll supply the marshmallows. Afterwards we'll take a walk around the nature center trails to look for what is going on around the pond, meadow or woods. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

The Wright Stuff: First in Flight
October 8. 10:15 a.m. and noon.
Kids ages 3 to 8. Richmond's Theatre IV presents a musical version of how two brothers and their bicycle shop changed the world forever. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

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.