Now through October 12 Stay Awake. Kids ages 2 to 4 p.m. Times vary. A fantastical journey awaits a child and her dog when their familiar bedtime ritual is thrown delightfully off-balance. Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Now through October 25 Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates vary, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. See a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Child activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Rain or shine. $$ Crownsville, MD.
October 10 Annual Burke History Day. All ages (family-friendly event). "Famous, Infamous and Persons of Interest" will be featured in exhibits, children's activities and presentations. Held in conjunction with the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department's Annual Open House. FREE Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Burke, VA.
October 10 Diaper Derby and Baby Fair. All ages. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don't miss our super-fun Diaper Derby! Enter your little one! Plus, meet local professionals and browse the latest products, the first 50 moms will receive a gift bag valued at $35. Enjoy raffles, giveaways, games and prizes! FREE Babies "R" Us, Falls Church, VA.
October 10 Fall Skate Slam. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 to 6 p.m. Cancelled previously due to inclement weather. Skateboarders of all skill levels and ages are invited to compete. Contestants must compete in one of three levels of their choosing: beginner, intermediate or advanced. Details online. There will be a door prize drawing, giveaways and concessions sold throughout the event. $$ Gaithersburg Skate Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
October 10 through 13 Just Between Friends Consignment Sale. Noon to 8 p.m. You can find anything and everything for your kids, from newborns to teens, at this fun consignment sale event. Get bargains on baby gear, car seats, strollers, infant items, books, DVDs, fall/winter coats, Halloween costumes, teen brands, toys, toys and more toys, plus thousands of clothing items and more for your kids. Free admission pass online, fee at the door. $$ Landmark Mall, Eastern Fairfax, VA.
October 10 20th Annual Art Safari. Kids ages 5 to 11. Noon to 4 p.m. Resident artists lead young visitors in creative projects across a variety of media, including clay, paper-mache, fiber, and printmaking. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. FREE Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA.
October 11 Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Monster Math. Kids ages 2 to 5. 1 to 4 p.m. Encourage your young children to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math. Enjoy hands-on investigations and challenges! Each session will help children explore, observe, ask questions, and make predictions about the world around them as they create and play. FREE Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons, MD.
October 11 24th Annual Oktoberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy six stages of live music and entertainment. The event features artists and crafters, free horse-drawn wagon rides, apple cider pressing, traditional Oktoberfest crafts for children, nonprofit vendors offering activities and giveaways, an extended business expo, strolling entertainers, mini golf, inflatables, and plenty of restaurants and retail establishments to explore. Plus traditional Beer Garden and dancing. Some activities have a nominal fee. FREE Kentlands Village Green and Main Street, Gaithersburg, MD.
October 14 Citizen Science: Homeschoolers, Nature's Notebook. Kids ages 8 to 12. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Are you a phenologist? If you observe seasonal changes in the natural world, then yes, you are! Learn about Nature's Notebook, a national online program with the USA National Phenology Network that tracks seasonal changes of specific plant and animal species throughout the year, providing important data for scientists. Preregister. $$ Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.