January 23 Tot Rock! Kids ages 2 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Performing today: Rocknoceros. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

January 24 Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Kids all ages. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parents and children sip tea, enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches and join the crazy fun of Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter and his friends at the strangest of tea parties. Meet a live creature from the story too. Register online. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annadale, VA

January 24 All Scout Astronomy Festival. All Scouts. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Complete aspects of badges for many Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout levels or make your own. View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky and participate in hands-on activities. To make a reservation, call 703-759-9018. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

January 24 Children's Movie Sing-Along and Royal Tea. All ages. Sing-Along at the Arts Barn at 1 p.m. followed by a Royal Tea at Kentlands Mansion at 2 p.m. Sing your favorite animated movie tunes, old and new. There are sure to be songs from films set in the kingdom under the sea, the African plains and, of course, the frozen tundra. Kids are invited to come in a favorite costume and belt out tunes as loudly as they can! Tickets online. $$ Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

January 24 Do You Want to Build a Snowman?. Kids ages 4 to 10. 2 to 3pm. Come celebrate all things snowman! We'll go on a hunt around the Visitor Center for 'snow'balls, make a 'snow'man and read a snowman story. If there's snow on the ground, we'll make a real snowman together. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

January 25 Australia Day Celebration. Kids all ages. 2 to 3:30 p.m. G'day mate! Celebrate Australia Day with traditional stories, games and songs and meet a native animal. Taste an Australian treat and learn to speak Australian from our own Australian naturalist. Register online. $$ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annadale, VA

January 25 Bookworms: Who Will See Their Shadow This Year? Kids ages 3 to 5. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Curl up with a good book at the Nature Center. We'll read a story and you'll get a copy of the book to take home. Each program may include a craft or hike. Adult participation required. Pre-registration strongly recommended as spaces are limited. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

January 25. Make It and Take It: Wind Flags. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 2 p.m. 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.

January 27 Flights of Fancy - Stories for Children. Kids ages 2 to 8. Times vary. Enjoy the story "My First Airplane Ride" by Patricia Hubbel, read aloud and then take part in a hands-on activity. The story time is free, parking has fee. FREE Engen Observation Tower, Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

January 27 StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 5. 11 a.m. Read aloud story time. The 45-minute themed program includes a lively selection of books and a take-away craft to continue the fun at home. This month's theme is "winter." $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.


Pam Rynkowski