November 21 We the People. Kids in grades 4 to 8. 10:15 a.m. and noon. A new upbeat musical by TheatreWorks presents the three branches of government, First Amendment, judicial process and presidential elections with a sizzling rock beat. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cheverly, MD.

November 22 All About Bears. Kids 6 months to 3 years. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The Music Box Series, is a unique music program for young children. Bring your favorite teddy bear and join the BSO in learning about our favorite fuzzy animals. Tickets online. $$ The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD.

November 22 and 23 Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20 plus dealers selling minerals, fossils, crystals, gems, jewelry, carvings, meteorites & more! Also, demonstrations, hands-on, exhibits, door prizes and kid's activities including free kid's mini-mines & fossil dig. Today is Scout Day. $$ George Mason University, The Hub, Fairfax, VA.

November 22 Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This heartwarming musical is based on three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books. Filled with original songs, fun dancing and important life lessons, this is a humorous and heartfelt theatrical experience. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.

November 22 Ed Fest All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EdFest, DC's only citywide school fair. Explore more than 150 DCPS and pubic charter school options (PK3-12) for your child. Meet school representatives, discover what each school offers and learn more about the common lottery. Many fun activies for all ages. FREE DC Armory, Washington, DC.

November 22 Fall Bazaar All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts and activities for kids, over 30 artisans and an opportunity to purchase beautiful Waldorf inspired items made by WWS parents. Have lunch in the bistro; enjoy entertainment and snack on delicious baked good while you shop. FREE Washington Waldorf School, Bethesda, MD.

November 22 Family Fun: Turkey Hunt. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. Learn the history of the wild turkey, its amazing adaptations and importance to early Americans. Track this wily bird through the gardens and natural spaces of Green Spring, then create a turkey-inspired decoration for your Thanksgiving table. Preregister. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

November 22 Saturday Morning at The National. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11 a.m. We introduced children to the wonder of live theatre through a wide variety of culturally simulating entertainments. This week: Mary Ann Jung - Feasting with the Queen. Yes, your Grace! Come learn how to live like a Queen in this interactive exploration of royalty. Tickets are required and distributed 30 minutes prior to show time on a first-come, first-served basis. FREE National Theatre, Washington, DC.

November 23 Nature & Art Adventures. Kids ages 6 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. Fall Nature Crafts - Fall has brilliant colors and incredible textures to inspire interesting creations. Drop in anytime to try your hand with a simple, nature-inspired art or craft activity. Each week will bring a different project. Preregister. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.

November 25 The Passenger Pigeon Origami Project. Kids ages 2+. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember this dove-like bird we are folding origami pigeons to symbolically recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago. We will show you how to add your number(s) to the ever-growing virtual flock! $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.


Pam Rynkowski