Now through December 21 The Tiny Tempest. Kids ages 5 to 10. Dec. 18 & 19 11 a.m.; Dec. 20 & 21 10 am.m and 1 p.m. Based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest but envisioned for young audiences, The Tiny Tempest begins with a storm at sea and a shipwreck upon a magical island. Meet the sorcerer Prospero and his magical spirit Ariel. Discover the enchanted island and the characters that inhabit it, including the young lovers Miranda and Ferdinand, the native creature Caliban and the comic duo Trinculo and Stephano. After the performance, students will get dramatic themselves through group activities and a discussion with the cast. FREE but reservations required (stccommunity@shakespearetheatre.org). Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC.

December 20 Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Cold, Cold, Go Away. Come Inside Where You Can Play! Looking for a place that is fun for the entire family. A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move? Nourish your child's enthusiasm for music and movement. Special guest: Santa Claus! $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.

December 20 Grand Re-Opening Party. All ages. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Your favorite place to twist, turn and tumble is even bigger and better then ever! We're celebrating our expansion with an awesome open house and block party! Bring your friends and family and check out our new digs, test our the newest super bouncy equipment and venture over to our next door neighbor, Pure Performance for martial arts madness! FREE Dynamite Agility Center, Rockville, MD.

December 20 and 27 Holiday Gift Making Workshop. Kids ages 12+. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Industry expert Cheryl Moody will lead these holiday-inspired workshops. Great opportunity for kids and adults to bond through making beaded jewelry. Leave the workshop with four gifts ready for giving and the skills needed to make more at home. Preregister online. $$ Art Spring, Takoma Park, MD.

December 20 Kids Night Out! Eat-Play-Dance. Kids ages 4+. You are invited to take a break while your kids have fun moving, playing and creating! You can grab a movie, meet friends for dinner or take a nap. When you pick up the kids, everyone will be happy and ready for bed! Dinner is included! Preregister online. $$ Local Motion Studio, Alexandria, VA.

December 21 Little Bennett in Winter Hike. Kids ages 1+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. The winter woods offer a different kind of beauty than the leafy months of the year. Enjoy the bright red of winter berries and maybe crystal ice formations! With the leaves down, it will be easier to see local wildlife such as deer, raccoons, and foxes. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress in layers. Preregister. $$ Black Hill Visitor Center, Boyds, MD.

December 21 Locust Grove Winter Solstice Celebration. All ages. 5:30 p.m. Bethesda Row with their seventh-annual Chanukah family spectacular, "Chanukah: Lights & Music." This year's event will feature a giant techno-Menorah adorned with thousands of colored LED lights that flash and pulsate to music. The festivities will include a musical performance by Hassidic rapping sensation "Mor-To-Life" as well as hot latkes, jelly donuts, and chocolate Chanukah gelt. FREE Bethesda Row, Bethesda, MD.

December 21 Locust Grove Winter Solstice Celebration. Kids ages 3+. 4 to 6 p.m. The winter solstice marks the first day of winter, the year's longest night, the return of the sun, and eventually, spring. In ancient cultures, it was cause for great fires, revelry and feasts. Make New Year's wishes, light candles, make treats to share with animals, and roast chestnuts on an open fire! Preregister. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.

December 18 though 20 Holiday Trains and Planes. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the holiday season the museum gets ready for the festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating and constantly moving display of model railroads to the Museum. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, MD.

Now through January 4. Season's Greetings. All ages (family-friendly event). Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. during Dec. open until 8 p.m. One of the region's most delightful holiday exhibitions. Come explore the seven seas, guided by the light of 33 lighthouses and navigate your way through this nautical wonderland. Get your telescopes primed and keep an eye out for sea creatures, mermaids and even a pirate ship, all created with plant parts. Don't worry if you get seasick; train travel is still possible with our marvelous model trains! FREE US Botanic Gardens, Washington, DC.

Now through January 1 ZooLights. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 9 p.m. (Except for Dec. 24, 25 & 31) ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. New this year will be a dazzling light show set to music! FREE National Zoo, Washington, DC.


Pam Rynkowski