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2013 Virginia Renaissance Faire
Weekends May 11-June 9, 2013. Family-focused, hands-on interactive educational entertainment brings Renaissance England to life. Theater, activities, music, foods, shops. Meet the young Queen Elizabeth I who just took her place on the throne! Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania, VA. ,, 703-508-5036.

Alexandria's Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 22, 2013; noon-7 p.m. Featuring local restaurants, Virginia wineries, live entertainment and children's activities. , 300 John Carlyle St., Old Town Alexandria, VA,

Big Train 2013
Come watch Bethesda Big Train--catch a game with family & friends. Small-town baseball at its best! Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD. , 301-379-9145.

Celebrate Fairfax
With 25 acres of fun, there are plenty of activities and programs to excite people of all ages. Enjoy carnival & KidWay Midway, Children's Avenue, Greenology, 8 stages of entertainment. Fairfax County Government Center ,

Clark's Elioak Farm
Petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions and Pine Tree Maze, playground and play area, picnic area, country store. Birthday parties and tours available. Open April 1 through the first weekend in November. , 10500 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.

The DC Jazz Festival
The 2013 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC June 5-16, 2013 with more than 125 dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.

Earth Treks Climbing Centers
Offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Indoor and outdoor climbing experiences. Locations in Rockville, Columbia & Timonium. , 800-CLIMB-UP.

City of Gaithersburg
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Culture
Agriculture and railroad history, Gaithersburg Community Museum. Wetlands at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm. 500+ acres of parkland throughout Gaithersburg including hiking/biking trails. , 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

Gaylord National
Grab the kids and make your next vacation destination Gaylord National Resort. When you stay at our award-winning location, you will experience new and exciting interactive adventures. , National Harbor, MD, 301-965-4000.

Say YES to Hersheypark for Fun, Family, and over 65 rides and attractions for all ages, including more water than ever before! , 100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, PA, 800-HERSHEY.

Imagination Bethesda
A Children's Street Festival Celebrating the Arts! June 1, 2013; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! The festival takes place on Auburn & Norfolk Avenues. , 301-215-6660.

International Spy Museum
Whether it's the challenge of cracking secret codes or the fine art of developing a disguise for cover, families will find an amazing array of public programs, workshops, demonstrations and action-packed missions to hone their tradecraft skills. , 800 F St., NW, Washington, DC,

Leesburg Animal Park
An exciting way to have fun with the whole family! The 21-acre zoo is home to a variety of animal friends, like llamas, alpacas, lambs, camels & more. Enjoy pony rides, live animal encounters, playground, lunch at the picnic area. , 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002.

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.
Meet all 44 presidents and brush shoulders with some of your favorite celebrities at our interactive wax attraction. , 1001 F St., NW, Washington, DC, 866-823-9565.

Montgomery Parks
410 parks and 34,000+ acres of parkland. Visit website for events, nature programs, historic properties, boat rentals, fishing, ice skating, tennis, miniature trains, splash playgrounds, carousel, mini-golf, trails. ,, 9500 Brunett Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-495-2595.

George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States, called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. Visit the Mansion, Tomb, plantation. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the George Washington Parkway. , 703-780-2000.

National Capital Trolley Museum
Ride vintage trolleys from around the world and explore Washington's streetcar history at the Trolley Museum. Ask about programs for school groups and birthday parties. , 1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville, MD, 301-384-6088.

National Geographic Museum
Discover the golden age of pirates as you explore artifacts recovered from the first pirate shipwreck found in U.S. waters at this blockbuster exhibit Real Pirates! , 1145 17th St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-857-7700.

National Museum of the American Indian
Explore ongoing and new exhibits. The Activity Center hosts a regular schedule of storytellers, artists, unique performers and activities. Check the museum's online calendar. imagiNations ACTIVITY CENTER, Fourth Street & Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC. ,,

The National Zoological Park
Smithsonian's National Zoo is located in Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to more than 2,400 individual animals of 400 different species. , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Contemporary Fine Art and Craft. May 17-19, 2013. Free. Over 200 artists from around the world. Music and performance art. Artist demonstrations. Children's art tent. Noteworthy eats. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA, 703-471-9242.

Opera in the Outfield
The Kennedy Center presents a Free Simulcast of "Show Boat" on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for an activities fair on the main concourse. , Nationals Stadium, Washington, DC,

Potomac Horse Center
Trail riding in Muddy Branch Park to the Potomac River & Blockhouse Point, riding lessons, birthday parties, pony rides, a summer day camp and more! , 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, MD, 301-208-0200.

South River Boat Rentals, LLC
Sailboat and Power Boat rentals by the half- or full-day, up to a week. Drive yourself, or take the boat with one of our captains on board. Great family outings for all ages on the Chesapeake Bay. All levels of instruction. , 2802 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD, 410-956-9729.

Taste of Reston
An event featuring two days of restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on four stages and a Family Fun Zone! June 14-15, 2013; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,

The Textile Museum
Explore the cultures of the world at The Textile Museum. Changing exhibitions and regular hands-on family programming means there is always something new to see. , 2320 S St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-667-0441.

Urban Pirates
Baltimore's Swashbuckling Adventure! Adventure cruises, private charters, birthday packages, pirate story time, school field trips, preschool activities. , 410-327-8378.

Washington Nationals Baseball
Visit for family ticket deals, kids club info, kids camps & much more! Specials include "Kids Run The Bases," "Signature Sundays," "Sunday Family Fun Pack." , 1500 South Capitol St., SE, DC,

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap is situated in a setting of rolling hills and woods located on 130 acres of national parkland in Vienna, VA. ,


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts. ,

Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC. , 202-789-7000.

Maryland Office of Tourism
Plan a Maryland vacation. A guide to history & heritage, state parks and more. ,

Vacation in Virginia
Fifty-one cool places for kids. Be a colonist, astronaut, solider, scientist. ,

Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Fun family day trips. ,