Now through October 26 Stuart Little. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City. But when he serachs for his friend, he finds adventure aplenty. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre - MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

Now through November 21 The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. Kids PreK to grade 4. Dates and times vary. Enjoy this marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes. ASL interpreted Nov. 9. Tickets online. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.

October 17 & 18 Once Upon a Quilt - Quilt Show & Artisan Boutique. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rapunzel, the Snow Queen, Red Riding Hood and other storybook characters interpreted in fabric and thread will be on display. 200+ quilts and fiber art on exhibit, demonstrations, silent auction and more. $$ Kensington Armory/Town Hall, Kensington, MD.

October 17 Not My Monkey - Special Pajama Party. Kids ages 4+. 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas and have milk and cookies after the performance. The circus has come to town and the monkeys have broken loose and are wreaking havoc everywhere! And worst of all, no one wants to pitch in to solve the problem. Everyone in the audience gets into the act from where they're sitting. Tickets online. $$ Gaithersburg Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

October 17, 18 & 19 U.S. FreedomWalk Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Time and locations vary. This social walking challenge is bringing participants of all ages and abilities together for exercise, fun, and international friendship. A different walk daily. Volksmarching is a walk for fitness and fellowship only with the chance to learn something about the U.S. and about other walkers from around the world. Preregistration required. FREE Holiday Inn Rossyln at Key Bridge, Arlington, VA.

October 18 and 19 Bethesda Row Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly 200 of the finest artists and crafters, selected from across the nation and Canada will be on display. Also featuring some of the area's best musical acts, food and and dining, along with hands-on children's art activities while benefiting NIH Children's Charities. Rain or shine. FREE Bethesda Row, Bethesda, MD.

October 18 PetOberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy family-and pet-friendly activities including: a pet parade, pet contests, pet-friendly exhibitors, a fashion show, children's entertainment, store discounts, prizes and much more. Pet photo booth donations will benefit the Prince William SPCA. All pets in attendance must be leashed. FREE Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA.

October 19 World of Montgomery Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. Celebrate the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families. FREE Westfield Wheaton, Wheaton, MD.

October 20 Miss Cathy's Mother Goose Tales. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Miss Cathy shares classic tales and makes your little ones part of the story! Come out and enjoy this storytelling experience. Performances are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

October 22 to 27 Disney On Ice: Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Also feature guest appearances by the beloved Disney Princesses as well as characters from The Lion King, Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Tickets online. $$ Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA.


Pam Rynkowski