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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

Fall Festival & Pumpkin Playground
Open daily now through October 31, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Highlights include pirate and western-themed activities, Native American storytellers, slides, tumbling tubes, rope swings, A Monster Truck, mechanical rides, farm animals, clowns, magicians, musicians, Wobble Wagon rides and much more. See an admission coupon in our Washington Parent print ad. $$ Burke Nursery, Burke, VA.

Clark's Eliok Farm
Open daily now through November 4. Times vary. All ages (family-friendly event). Explore a petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, cow train, picnic area, country store and enchanted forest maze daily. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.

Fall Festival
Open daily now through November 4. Times vary.
All ages (family-friendly event). Free pick-your-own pumpkin patch daily with free hayrides on the weekend. Festival features a challenging "Casey the Cow" themed corn maze, large farm animal area, straw mountain, pedal bike track, giant slides, pirate ship, bale mazes, toddler corn maze and play areas. Fall Fun Nights 6 to 10 p.m. Moonlight Corn Maze and more. $$ Gaver Pumpkin Patch, Mount Airy, MD.

Pumpkin Village Fall Fest
Open daily now through November 4. Times vary.
All ages (family-friendly event). Fun for all! Hill slides, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, pony rides and more, all while at the park. Tickets online. $$ Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA.

Haunted Hangar
October 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Wear your costume and join in the Halloween fun! Arts, crafts, hayrides and spooky fun are waiting for all. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.

Fall Harvest Family Days
October 25 and 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Includes free wagon rides, corn husk doll making, apple roasting, 18th-century games and music, and lots more! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.

Zoo Boo at Reston Zoo!
October 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (admission ends at 3 p.m.)
Kids ages 12 and under. Designed for a younger audience, Zoo Boo offers scare-free fun! Join our safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, fun and the trick-or-trick trail! All are encouraged to wear fun (not scary) costumes. $$ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA.

Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Special dignitaries and elected officials, children and pets parade in their Halloween costumes in this annual event. Awards are given for the Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home and Best Decorated Stroller. FREE Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA.

Halloween Whodunit
October 26, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
Kids ages 5+. For this frightfully fun concert, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. Pre-concert trick-or-treating and Haunted Hall Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

The Mixed Up Fairy Tale
October 30, 10:15 a.m. and noon.
Kids in grades K-3. The Emmy Award-Winning Comedy Story Theatre sparks children's imagination, curiosity and laughter. Everyone in the audience becomes the main character, solving clues and participating in the storytelling experience. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

Leesburg Kiwanis Halloween Parade
October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Police, and fire and rescue units, high school marching bands, floats, horseback riders, walking units, decorated vehicles, politicians, and others will once again pass out candy as they parade down the 1-mile route. FREE Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, VA.

Mall-O-Ween
October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). oin Dulles Town Center for an evening of spooky, family-friendly fun on Halloween! FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, Dulles, VA.

Huntley Harvest Festival
November 1, 1 to 4 p.m.
All ages (family-friendly event). Find educational stations focused on the autumn season and how nature prepares for winter. Other activities include making animal masks and playing games such as pumpkin bowling and musical hay bales. Refreshments will be available, and kids can collect prizes at educational stations. $$ Huntley Meadows Park and Historic Huntley, Alexandria, VA.

Stargazing at Black Hill
November 1, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Kids age 3+. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Open skies around the Visitor Center offer spectacular moon and stargazing, weather permitting of course. We'll begin with a half hour preview of tonight's sky and then head out to see what we can find with our telescopes. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things
November 2, 4 p.m. Kids ages 4+. This show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, defies the laws of physics and performs miracles inches from spectators' faces. Tickets online. $$ McLean Community Center/The Alden, McLean, VA.

Family Geocaching Adventure
November 4, 3 to 5 p.m. Kids ages 8+. Modern-day treasure hunting happens right here in our parks! Geocaches are hidden containers filled with interesting stuff that you track down using GPS units. If you don't have a GPS unit, we'll have units for families to share. Preregister. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.