Now through October 19 Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dates vary. This festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. $$ 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD.

September 13 Buds Story Time. Kids ages 18 months to 4 years. 10 a.m. Buds is a tree-focused story time that will feature four to five tree and environment focused books interspersed with songs and a craft project. FREE Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Washington, DC.

September 13 Fairfax Irish Folk Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 8:30 p.m. There will be live traditional Irish dancing and music at multiple stages at the Sherwood Center & the pub stage at The Auld Shebeen. Enjoy Irish food and children's crafts. FREE Sherwood Community Center and The Auld Shebeen, Old Town Fairfax, VA.

September 14 Family Ramble - Creek Crawl. Kids ages 1+. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join a naturalist on a hike through the Hayes Forest Preserve. Wade into the creek to catch and examine creek critters. We provide the nets and all the equipment, you come prepared to get wet and have fun. Trails are not stroller friendly. Register online. $$ Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

September 14 Montgomery County Friendship Picnic. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 5 p.m. Bringing together communities with diverse cultures and faiths. Come join the fun and meet new friends. Plenty of activities and rides for the kids, live music, dancing, Zumba and entertainment. FREE Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, MD.

September 14 STEMsation II. Kids ags 3 to 4. 10 to 11:45 a.m. Join us for a morning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Children will explore STEM through age appropriate, hands on activities that are sure to inspire their creativity and enhance their problem solving skills. Preregister online. FREE Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD.

September 15 Cabin John Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children enjoy music and entertainment with the renowned Cabin John Kids program every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Performimg this week: Rocknoceros. $$ Cabin John Mall Atrium, Potomac, MD.

September 14 Family Dance with Brian Hamshar and Ricochet. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy live traditional American music with a caller to teach the steps to circle, square and contra dances chosen for kids ages 4+. $$ Glen Echo Park, Spanish Ballroom Annex, Glen Echo, MD.

September 14 Indian Discovery Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore and celebrate the life ways of Maryland's first people. There will be Native American Dancers, hide tanning demonstrations, canoe burning, archery and atlatl demonstrations as well as crafts to make and take home. $$ Visitor Center, Historic St. Mary's City, MD.

September 17 Homeschool Historians. Homeschooled students ages 6 to 12. Hands-on learning designed to enrich the understanding of Fairfax County history. Preregister. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.


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