May 26 through 30 Emperor's Nightingale All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Last days of this show! The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
May 26 through 29 Sleeping Beauty Kids ages 3 1/2+. Times vary. Last days of this show! This elegant production combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
May 28 "Go Wild" All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is a part of Northwest Federal Credit Union's Community Partners Program to build habitats. Let yourself and your budding nature enthusiasts "Go Wild" and learn about the wonders of Monarch butterflies and the habitats that let them thrive during this free, hands-on exhibit. You will be able to buy Milkweed plants ($3 each) and other native plants. FREE Northwest Federal Credit Union, Leesburg, VA.
May 28 Fireside Lunch: Summer Begins! Kids ages 3+. Noon to 1 p.m. Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with a traditional picnic and a few games -- all around the campfire! Bring your own picnic lunch; we will provide the s'mores and other desserts. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
May 28 Trees are Terrific Campfire Kids ages 2+. 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy s'mores around the campfire and learn how trees make Ellanor C. Lawrence Park a special place. work up an appetite with a short hike with expert naturalist Jim Dewing to search for the biggest, oldest and most important trees in our forest. $$ Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA.
May 28, 29 and 30 Hometown Holidays All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday and Sunday Music Festival 2 to 10 p.m.; Taste of Rockille, Saturday and Sunday begins at noon; Monday, 72nd Annual Memorial Day Celebration, 9 a.m. Rockville Band and Chorus, 9:30 a.m. Ceremony and 10:30 a.m. Parade. Free kids entertainment, fee for kids amusements and fee for Taste of Rockille. FREE Rockville Town Center, Rockville, MD`.
May 28, 29 and 30 Steam Train Excursions All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Experience the exciting sights, smells and sounds of steam! Ride behind a real 80-year-old, coal-fired steam locomotive, the restored Lehigh Valley #126. Two open flat cars behind the steamer, plus two enclosed cars and the caboose. Tickets online. $$ Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD.
May 29 Open Studio: Symbolism in Stories All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Learn how photographs can tell stories about a place. Discover Saudi Arabia through tours of the special exhibition Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater (12:30 and 2:30 p.m.). Experiment with art amterials, solve creative challenges and collaborate with friends and family. Preregister. FREE Freer | Sackler Galleries, ImaginAsia classroom, Washington, DC.
May 30 Story Time at the National Postal Museum!. Kids ages 2 to 3. Every Monday, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Kids will discover the world around them together. They will build important developmental and social skills through books, activities, songs and self-guided gallery exploration. Explore themes, such as shapes, colors and sizes, in a relaxed setting. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
May 31 Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise. Kids ages 6+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. We'll search for beaver lodges and feeding sites, and hopefully see some beavers! As the sun sets, we'll use our bat detector to help us find feeding bats. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.