Now through August 3 The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 8 p.m. Dates vary. Shakespeare's glorious tale of magical creatures, love and forgiveness on a faraway island is sure to captivate in our outdoor space, the Root Family Stage. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.

July 24 Thursday Morning Kids Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer as entertainers sing, dance and otherwise captivate young audiences. This week: The Kids on the Block - Puppets and Local Safety Officers. FREE City Hall Concert Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.

July 25 and 26 Tidewater Archaeology Days: Dig It!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation. Work alongside archaeologists as they find and identify objects our ancestors lost or discarded. Take a guided tour of excavations and don't miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory - sign up at the Visitor Center when you arrive. $$ Visitor Center, Historic St. Mary's City, MD.

July 25, 26 and 27 Summer Dinner Theatre: Les Miserables. Kids ages 12+. 8:15 p.m. A story as inspiring and beautiful as it is heart wrenching. Soaring musical numbers include "I Dreamed a Dream,"" Master of the House, " and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" Tickets online. $$ Theatre Arts Building, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.

July 26 Bobby McKey's Kid's Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 p.m. Looking for a place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move? Spend quality time with your family while enjoying our renowned dueling piano show. It's an all request live music show with a kid-friendly buffet. Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.

July 26 Muster the Militia!. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 3 p.m. Also held on July 27. Step back into 1814, when British forces began their march to Washington. Cooking demonstrations, children's and family activities and tours of the historic site will be going on each afternoon. Mrs. Calvert will even make an appearance on Sunday! FREE Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale, MD.

July 27 Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concerts. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 7 p.m. Each concert stars an energetic ensemble from the U.S. military or the local community. No tickets are required and parking is free after 4 p.m. Blankets are encouraged; lawn chairs and picnic snacks permitted but may not be brought inside the Museum. Concerts will be held inside if it rains. This week: Loudoun County Jazz Ensemble. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

July 28 through August 3 Kaypi Peru Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival highlights include exhibition and sale of hand-made crafts from indigenous artisans from Peru, as well as traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks, and hands-on activities for kids and families. Meet two cute and soft llama brothers! FREE National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC.

July 29 Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy this outdoor theatre for children, which has been a tradition for generations. At Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, summer is all about music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. Tickets online. Today featuring: Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips. $$ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA.

July 29 Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab Family Program. Kids in 4th to 12th grades. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Take on the role of researchers and archivists for a day. During a two hour simulation, you will help the President prepare for a very special press conference. Families work together to locate and analyze facsimile documents and find the connection each has to the Constitution. Preregister online at least 24 hours in advanced. FREE National Archives Museum, Boeing Learning Center, Washington, DC.


Pam Rynkowski