Join our mailing list and get exclusive giveaways, tips, family friendly events and more.
  Join  
Subscribe to our
E-Newsletter
and get exclusive giveaways!

Welcome to Washington Parent's online calendar. We've got the inside scoop on tons of free or low-cost things to do in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with kids. If you would like us to post a kid-friendly event you're organizing, email the details to calendar@washingtonparent.net.

Always call or check the website of each event location before heading out. Dates, times and other details are subject to change.

Add an event



April
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30          


APR   24   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Inspired by Nature. Kids 12 months and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Education begins at birth. Caregivers help children begin learning by responding to interests, sparking curiosity and allowing them to engage in self-directed activities. Explore ways to support your child's development and encourage a love of learning. Explore the ways in which inventors mimic the natural world to come up with products that improve our everyday lives. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 4+. 12 p.m. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they meet Cap'n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Outside the Lines. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10:30 a.m. Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other's lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines...through the mail. This nonverbal play is about one of our earilest and deepest joy: connection. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Storytime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. Fourth Tuesday of the each month at 11 a.m. You and your child will enjoy monthly book readings during this enriching program. Join in the two-year exploration of the alphabet. Enjoy books, songs and a craft that features the letter of the month. Apri letter is D, May is E. Tickets online, advance purchase is recommended. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Storytime in the Park. Kids ages 10 and under. 10:30 a.m. Held every Tuesday in April and May, weather permitting. In association with Fairfax County Public Library. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
You & Me Cooking Class. Kids ages 3 to 5, with parent/guardian. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Enjoy the experience of cooking with your preschooler without worrying about cleaning up the mess. This hands-on class takes you and your child in the kitchen to make some simple recipes together. Register online. $$ Casey Community Center, Gaithersburg, MD.

Back to TOP


APR   25   Wednesday


Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 4+. 10:30 a.m. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they meet Cap'n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Outside the Lines. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10:30 a.m. Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other's lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines...through the mail. This nonverbal play is about one of our earilest and deepest joy: connection. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.

Back to TOP


APR   26   Thursday


Adventure Kids featuring Groovy Nate. Kids 8 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Laugh, play and sing along! The first 60 members will recieve a free gift and craft! Lakeforest Mall's Adventure Kids is a free club for kids. Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for our events and giveaways. Register online to become a club member. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & Three Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Outside the Lines. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10:30 a.m. Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other's lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines...through the mail. This nonverbal play is about one of our earilest and deepest joy: connection. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.

Back to TOP


APR   27   Friday


Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Little Engineers and families take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun! Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid". All ages. 7 p.m. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Tickets online. $$ Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA.
Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open at 10 a.m., show at 10:30 a.m. Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob and Boogie Bennie. With the pending release of Plymouth Rockers, the band's fifth record, Rocknoceros have hit their creative peak. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Little Red Riding Hood & Three Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Outside the Lines. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10:30 a.m. Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other's lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines...through the mail. This nonverbal play is about one of our earilest and deepest joy: connection. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.

Back to TOP


APR   28   Saturday


8th Annual Fairfax Run for the Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. This event is a family friendly community race featuring music, food, kids activities, and fun! The race promotes awareness about child abuse and neglect and raises money for our CASA volunteers and their advocacy for these vulnerable children. Registration online. $$ Fairfax County Courthouse Complex, Fairfax, VA.
Carousel Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come celebrate the 98th season of the beautifully-renovated, historic Dentzel carousel and all the wonderful arts programs in the Park. Enjoy live music & other performances, face painting, a roving magician and carousel themed crafts. The carousel operates from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., $1.25 per ride. $$ Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Little Engineers and families take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun! Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid". All ages. 7 p.m. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Tickets online. $$ Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA.
Fairfax History Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore the nineteenth century in Fairfax with living history presentations, exhibits, and historic tours. Meet a scientist and a tradesman and learn about African-American life. Enjoy period music, family activities, tours of the Historic Blenheim House and its Civil War Union soldier graffiti, wagon rides and much more $$ Historic Blenheim, Fairfax, VA.
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they meet Cap'n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kennedy Krieger's Annual ROAR for Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11:30 a.m. ROAR for Kids is a 5K run and low-mileage walk for individuals of all ages. Dress up like your favorite wild animal to win prizes and join in the fun! Let your imagination run wild! After the run/walk checkout the Family Festival, featuring music, entertainment, a coloring station, bean-bag toss, oversized croquet, refreshments and the always-popular Mascot Challenge! Preregistration online. $$ Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & Three Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Outside the Lines. Kids ages 2 to 6. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other's lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines...through the mail. This nonverbal play is about one of our earilest and deepest joy: connection. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Robin Hood. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this story from the traditional English folklore, our hero sides with the townsfolk against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and the even crueler, greedier King John. With his band of Merry Men and the lovely Maid Marian, Robin robs the rich to help the poor. Experience all the fun in Sherwood Forest-sword fighting, bows and arrows, and miraculous escapes! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: "Sing-a-Long". Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Everybody sings in this happy-go-lucky show where favorite childhood songs come to life with big colorful puppets. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Bicycles. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Let's go ride a bike! This class will help prepare your toddler for future bike rides as the class learns about the parts of the bicycle before heading to the National Museum of American History to sit on some high-wheeler bicycles. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

Back to TOP


APR   29   Sunday


"Mary Poppins, Jr.". All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 p.m. Students from Acting For Young People have explored songs and dances from Mary Poppins and have trained on vocal technique, choreography and expressing a character through song. All culminating in a concert-style presentation of these musical numbers for families and friends! $$ Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
Artful Afternoons at SEEC. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by our art studio where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon's theme. This week' theme is Four Maker Stations: Sound and Instruments; Pitch and Frequency; Musically Inspired; Sound Art. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Little Engineers and families take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities and family fun! Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid". All ages. 1 p.m. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Tickets online. $$ Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA.
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Treasure Hunt. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they meet Cap'n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Little Red Riding Hood & Three Little Pigs. Kids ages 3+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. What's so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
NSO Family Concert: Young People's Concert. Kids age 5+. 2 and 4 p.m., 2 p.m. performance is sensory-friendly. NSO Principal Second violinist Marissa Regni hosts this enlightening music-filled performance for children and families, with guest appearances by Christylez Bacon and Ben Folds. Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the Opera House Lobby. At 1 and 3 p.m. enjoy a hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Preschool Pioneers: What is Art?. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Unleash your creative spirit by exploring all that art can be. Our class will explore the many sides of art by asking children to share about their own artwork and through a visit to the National Museum of African Art to find works that speak to them. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Robin Hood. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. In this story from the traditional English folklore, our hero sides with the townsfolk against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and the even crueler, greedier King John. With his band of Merry Men and the lovely Maid Marian, Robin robs the rich to help the poor. Experience all the fun in Sherwood Forest-sword fighting, bows and arrows, and miraculous escapes! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

Back to TOP


APR   30   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Today featuring: Arty Party with Young at Heart Seniors. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.