November 20 Stamp Collecting Gallery Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enter a world of philately as the National Postal Museum hosts a Stamp Collecting Gallery Experience. Gather topical stamps to create your own one-of-a-kind collection. A friendly volunteer will help to provide a deeper understanding of stamp collecting, and how it can become a life-long passion. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
November 21 Scavenger Hunt of the Smithsonians. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Experience the Smithsonian Museums like never before as you embark on a fun-filled scavenger hunt. Look for special clues, answer trivia questions and win extra prizes! Preregister online. $$ Recommended for children ages 12 and up. Teams will need to check in at Ollies Trolley Restaurant, Washington, DC
November 21 Andes Manta Pan-Pipe Making Workshop. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. This family-friendly workshop offers a hands-on experience that the entire family will enjoy. Each participant will be given a kit and will learn how to make how to assemble a pan-pipe. You'll even get to test your new instrument and play a traditional Andean song. Preregister online. $$ Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD.
November 21 Garden Sprouts: Zucchini Zoo. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Did you know you can make a menagerie of animals from fruits and vegetables? Select a vegetable from our garden and turn it into a turkey or another funny pet. Read a veggie story and munch some healthful harvest treats. Preregister with code 290 481 4201 $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
November 21 Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Welcome the holidays with over 100 parade floats and toe-tapping musical acts at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. The parade will take off from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceed south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. Parade will be held rain or shine. FREE Downtown Silver Spring, MD.
November 22 Pinocchio. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Enjoy watching one of the most beloved childhood classics as it comes to life on stage. Follow Pinocchio as he begins his quest to become a "real boy." $$ Creative Cauldron, Falls Church, VA.
Vovember 22 Science Sunday: Kitchen Science . Kids ages 6 to 13. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Join in the messy science fun! Follow along as a Science Naturalist guides you through the wonders the natural wonders that surround the park. You'll learn how to make polymers, chemistry and physics all while using ingredients you find in the kitchen. Preregister online. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.
November 23 Story Time in Hands-On-History. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 to 11:30 a.m. Children can relive America's vibrant history through Frank Murphy's beloved book, "George Washington and the General's Dog." The story tells the tale of Thanksgiving and appreciation when General Washington find and returns General Howe's dog across the battlefield. $$ Mount Vernon, VA.
November 24 Trail Buddies. Ages 3 to 6. 10 to 11 a.m. You'll count, collect and explore basic math concepts on the trail. Children will also have an opportunity to build social skills through outdoor nature games. Preregister online. FREE Brookside Nature Cetner, Wheaton, MD.
November 25 Observe the Skies. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 3 p.m. Look into the Observatory's safe solar telescopes and get a closeup look at one of our nearest stars - the sun. Learn about solar activity and its effects on Earth. Schedules are subject to change depending on weather. FREE Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, Washington, DC.