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APR   27   Thursday


Family Thursdays. All ages. Thursdays 11 a.m. Find the squirrels, flowers, and snakes in the beautiful Brumidi Corridors in the U.S. Senate, an area not part of the Capitol tour. Make an art project honoring Brumidi, the artist of the Capitol. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Power Struggles. Parents of kids 5+. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Power Struggles: Stop Fighting and Start Winning with Your Kids. Finding yourself fighting with your children to get things done, arguing, or engaging in battles of will and backtalk? Learn why there are no winners in these battles and how you can be a strong parent while avoiding them! Different topics weekly through June 1, registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Spring Sprint to Positive Parenting Challenge. Parents of kids 5+. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Five-session series designed to help you prepare for summer by strengthening your positive-parenting muscles and adding new tools and techniques to your parenting toolkit. Schedule and preregistration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.

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APR   28   Friday


Musical Comedy Guys and Dolls Jr.. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre-Second Stage (KAT2) and features youth performers. Bustling with gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls, Guys and Dolls Junior celebrates Broadway's golden era with one of the greatest scores ever written for the musical stage. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 7:30 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic. Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.

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APR   29   Saturday


6th Annual Performing Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will feature 37 performances by student groups from dozens of MCPS schools. Including traditional Chinese and classical Indian dance, Hip-Hop dance, Bollywood Indian dance, African dance, Broadway musicals (including both Mulan and Beauty and the Beast), modern dance and several step teams. Musical performances include jazz and light rock, choral groups, strings and a-capella groups. FREE Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Glow South Riding. All ages (family-friendly event.) 7:30 p.m. Grab your kids, your friends, your neighbors, your team and light up light up the streets of South Riding at our 5K or 1-mile fun run. Dressed to glow in all things bright and shiny, flash and sparkle your way around the course! The race begins at dusk. FREE South Riding Center Pool, South Riding, VA.
Horse Discovery Center Stick Horse Weekend. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To celebrate everything equine in Maryland, we will have fun making stick horses on Saturday and Sunday. We will provide all the materials, you just bring the creativity. Each child will make a stick horse to take home. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Maryland Day. All ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring over 400 free family-friendly and interactive events, Maryland Day allows visitors to explore a world of Fearless Ideas and see all that the university does for the community, the state and the world. Activities include a petting farm, meet and greet with student athletes, theatrical performances, science exhibits and more. FREE University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Maryland DogFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From entertainment to dog adoptions to quality, dog-related exhibitors, the DogFest will offer something for all dog lovers. Interactive show, vendors, contests, doggy fashion show and much more. Cash ticket sales at the gate both days. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
Musical Comedy Guys and Dolls Jr.. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre-Second Stage (KAT2) and features youth performers. Bustling with gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls, Guys and Dolls Junior celebrates Broadway's golden era with one of the greatest scores ever written for the musical stage. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Nanny for the Night. Kids ages 5 to 12. 6 to 9 p.m. A team of fun & qualified nannies will care for your children for the evening, in a group setting. Drop off the kids for excitement and fun. We keep happy faces with our themed activites, interactive games and music; we'll even take care of dinner & prizes! Preregister online. $$ Little Bennett Elementary School, Clarksburg, MD.
Paint Portraits like Picasso. Kids grade 6+. 3 to 5 p.m. Aspiring artists will learn how to design, draw and paint their very own Picasso portrait, while enjoying refreshments and socializing with friends! Tickets online. $$ Green Acres Center, Fairfax, VA.
Save the Frogs. Kids ages 3+. 1 to 4 p.m. Save the Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation. Join us for a day of celebrating these interesting animals. Hop to it to learn about their amazing abilities through activities, presentations, and a whole lot of fun! Learn about frogs, toads, salamanders and the ways YOU can save them! Preregister online. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic. Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
SpringFest Fairfax. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SpringFest is a day of environmental and wellness workshops. FCPA Healthy Strides Expo-workshops, vendors and activities to help us be healthier and happier. Learn about the great work our County Parks do; pet an alpaca; try a fun run; participate in environmental crafts; check out the bees and the trees; consult with Master Gardeners; buy plants for your garden and more! FREE Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Unleashed: Defining Your Power, Purpose & Passion. Girls grades 6 to 12. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Includes workshops: Developing Your Personal Brand, Building Self-Confidence, Setting Goals, Financially Literacy, College Scholarships and College Readiness and features music, food, giveaways and spoken word performance by noted artist, Canden Webb. This year it will also feature a career panel of successful women in male dominated careers. Preregistration required. FREE Edward J. Pryzblya University Center, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
YMCA - Healthy Kids Day!. All ages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family! Activities will include: Health and wellness activities, face painting, prizes, healthy snacks, obstacle courses and lots more. FREE YMCA Bethesda - Chevy Chase, Bethesda, MD.

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APR   30   Sunday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Cinderella. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Metropolitan School of the Arts Youth Ballet presents CinderellaDon't miss one of the most enchanting rags-to-riches storybook ballets. Tickets online. $$ GW National Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, VA.
Horse Discovery Center Stick Horse Weekend. All ages. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To celebrate everything equine in Maryland, we will have fun making stick horses on Saturday and Sunday. We will provide all the materials, you just bring the creativity. Each child will make a stick horse to take home. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Maryland DogFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From entertainment to dog adoptions to quality, dog-related exhibitors, the DogFest will offer something for all dog lovers. Interactive show, vendors, contests, doggy fashion show and much more. Cash ticket sales at the gate both days. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
Musical Comedy Guys and Dolls Jr.. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In partnership with Kensington Arts Theatre-Second Stage (KAT2) and features youth performers. Bustling with gamblers, gangsters and sassy showgirls, Guys and Dolls Junior celebrates Broadway's golden era with one of the greatest scores ever written for the musical stage. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 3 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic. Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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May

MAY   1   Monday


Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our new year-round Nature Playgroup which is to be held each month. Your preschooler will enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Explore nature sensory bins, play games, activities even go for a garden walk. April's theme is butterflies and Mother's Day. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

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MAY   2   Tuesday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Natural Birth Info Session. 7 to 9 p.m. During this informational meeting you will have an opportunity to ask the midwives your questions about birth center births, homebirths, midwifery and the services they offer. Preregistration required. FREE NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly, VA.
Peppa Pig Live!. All ages (family-freindly event). 7 p.m. Peppa Pig's Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! This performance consists of two 35-minute acts with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore - The Music Center, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   3   Wednesday


Jammin' Juniors Concerts. Kids 4 and under. 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime concerts for preschoolers and the people who love them. This week: Peter McCory. Since 1996, he's been playing music that kids and parents love - lively, upbeat renditions of familiar songs, folk songs, novelty numbers and his own award-winning original music (video) for kids. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.

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MAY   4   Thursday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Gaining Cooperation and Setting Limits. Parents of kids 3+. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Having a hard time getting out the door in the morning, getting children to bed, or upholding limits around family jobs and rules? Examine what might be getting in the way of cooperation from your children and find ways to effectively set limits and create a more cooperative household. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   5   Friday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Baby Toddler Sign Class. Kids ages 2 and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Teach your baby or toddler to how to express themselves with signing months before they can in words. The topics will focus on and cycle through Family, Food, Play and Animals. Attend all four classes or drop-ins welcome. Tickets online. $$ NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly, VA.
Cinco de Mayo Family Program. Kids ages 5 to 8. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children are invited to visit the museum on this traditional Mexican holiday celebration. Participants will explore the Gateways/Portales exhibition, take part in a gallery scavenger hunt and open a pinata. Call 202-633-4849 to register. FREE Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. All ages (family-friendly event). Departure times beginning: Friday 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:15 a.m. Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Hip Hop Snow White. Kids ages 4+. Friday 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arts on the Green presents "Hip Hop Snow White," featuring the VF Dance Theater. The talented company that created "Cirque du Dance" returns with a high-energy, modern-day version of the Brothers Grimm story of "Snow" and her seven popping "Crew" battling an evil queen and finding Prince "Cool." Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MDhttp://www.gaithersbuMD.
Music in The Loop. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Market Common Clarendon offers kids' concerts each Friday through October 27. Enjoy the fun with Mr. Knick Knack! Special guest Mr. Skip on May 26. FREE Market Common Clarendon, Alrington, VA.
Seussical. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Seussical has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 7:30 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic. Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Snow White. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Virginia National Ballet presents Snow White! This enchanting production of the famous fairy tale features beautiful dancers, scenery and costumes and is the perfect ballet for children and families. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.

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MAY   6   Saturday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Biscuit. Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. Based on the books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, this new musical will have everyone falling in love with the adorable Biscuit. Biscuit is a sweet little puppy that loves exploring, making new friends and loves to play. In fact, he would rather play than go to bed. Will Biscuit ever go to sleep? Truth is this lively puppy just doesn't want to sleep and goes through that familiar bedtime drama of wanting one more thing before bed. Tickets online. $$ The Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. All ages (family-friendly event). Departure times beginning: Friday 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:15 a.m. Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Family Jazz Sessions: Ethel Waters. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Baltimore-born blues and jazz singer Waters provides the inspiration for this session in which Rice leads the creation of a crowd-sourced, kid-composed blues song. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Family Program: Mapping and Migration. Kids ages 10+. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The museum presents this family workshop designed to get people involved in the history and geography of the neighborhoods in which they live. Families will be guided in mapping exercises designed to be hands-on fun but also educational. FREE Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC.
Free Dentistry Day. All ages. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be providing free dental services (cleanings, fillings and simple extractions). Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. FREE Neibauer Dental Care, Leesburg, VA.
Hip Hop Snow White. Kids ages 4+. Friday 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arts on the Green presents "Hip Hop Snow White," featuring the VF Dance Theater. The talented company that created "Cirque du Dance" returns with a high-energy, modern-day version of the Brothers Grimm story of "Snow" and her seven popping "Crew" battling an evil queen and finding Prince "Cool." Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MDhttp://www.gaithersbuMD.
Infant Investigators. Kids 6 to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. During this time, infants are learning about themselves, the people around them, and about their environment. Our classes will explore key themes that will help them develop their understanding of the world and start them on a journey of lifelong learning. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
KidStory Theatre Festival!. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for a special festival of performances of stories and plays written by kids! Through out the season, we invited kids to submit stories and ideas for short plays. We'll cap off our wonderful year of family arts with a few of these plays, directed and performed by InterActors! FREE Glenallan Elementary School, Wheaton, MD.
Kids In The Castle. All ages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids in the Castle allows visitors to explore the gilded details of the Heurich family home at their own pace. Children and their parents are invited to wander through the house and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes, then head to the museum garden to play games and relax. Preregistration required. FREE Heurich House Museum, Washington, DC.
Montgomery County GreenFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. event connects residents to local and national environmental leaders and green businesses and products and features activities, workshops, bike repair demos, music, food trucks and an electric vehicle car show. FREE Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, Gaithersburg, MD.
Pirate Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Virginia's seafaring past! Hear traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes, and pirate ditties. Do you have what it takes to be a sailor? Try your luck with nautical activities for all ages. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and take part in the fun. Tented event, rain or shine. $$ Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA.
Seussical. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Seussical has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic. Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Spring Children's Series Swan Lake. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon, 2 and 4 p.m. This series is designed to be an introduction to the enjoyment of the art of ballet to the young and the young-at-heart alike. Every programs that we bring into the series are condensed ballet classics with all of their essence and costumes and enchantment of the originals. Tickets online. $$ Classical Ballet Theatre Studios, Herndon, VA.
Teddy Bear Farm Visit. Kids ages 1 to 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your bears! Free hayrides for all children who bring a teddy bear. Teddy bear contest at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Folk singing with Tony McGuffin from noon to 4 p.m. also. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   7   Sunday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017. All ages (family-friendly event). Departure times beginning: Friday 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:15 a.m. Day Out with Thomas is a fun-filled event that provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. Tickets online. $$ B & O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
EAST: Comic Books. Kids ages 5+. 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern Market Art Series & Teachings (EAST) workshop with Lindsay "LA" Johnson on comic book creation! Explore the art of storytelling from the lens of drawing your own characters. Preregister online. FREE Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC.
Infant Investigators. Kids 6 to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. During this time, infants are learning about themselves, the people around them, and about their environment. Our classes will explore key themes that will help them develop their understanding of the world and start them on a journey of lifelong learning. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Literary Hill BookFest 2017. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Literary Hill BookFest is a day-long celebration of books and readers on Capitol Hill, with discussions, readings, and signings with the best local writers of memoirs and fiction, politics and poetry, history and sports, food and fantasy... and books for kids! FREE Eastern Market, North Hall, Washington, DC.
Mother's Day Tea Party/Beauty & Beast Craft Event. Tea Party Noon to 2 p.m. and Craft Event 2 to 3:30 p.m. dress fancy and celebrate Mother's Day in style! Girls fulfill badge requirements- Daisy's - Courageous & Strong, Respect Myself and Others or Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout; Brownies - Making Friends; Juniors - Social Butterfly. Non-Girl Scouts always welcome! Tickeks online. $$ Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, Falls Church, VA.
Pirate Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Virginia's seafaring past! Hear traditional sea chanteys, tavern tunes, and pirate ditties. Do you have what it takes to be a sailor? Try your luck with nautical activities for all ages. Wear your most dashing pirate clothes and take part in the fun. Tented event, rain or shine. $$ Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA.
Seussical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Seussical has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Kids ages 8+. 3 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio presents this classic. Prospero lives on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban. When a shipwreck leaves the King of Naples, his son, a group of sailors and two zany mischief-makers stranded on the island, power struggles ensue, plots are hatched, a marriage is made, and magical forces intervene to ensure a just outcome for all involved. Tickets online. $$ Gunston Arts Center, Arlington, VA.
Spring Children's Series Swan Lake. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon, 2 and 4 p.m. This series is designed to be an introduction to the enjoyment of the art of ballet to the young and the young-at-heart alike. Every programs that we bring into the series are condensed ballet classics with all of their essence and costumes and enchantment of the originals. Tickets online. $$ Classical Ballet Theatre Studios, Herndon, VA.
Teddy Bear Farm Visit. Kids ages 1 to 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring your bears! Free hayrides for all children who bring a teddy bear. Teddy bear contest at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days. Folk singing with Tony McGuffin from noon to 4 p.m. also. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   9   Tuesday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Natural Birth Info Session. 7 to 9 p.m. During this informational meeting you will have an opportunity to ask the midwives your questions about birth center births, homebirths, midwifery and the services they offer. Preregistration required. FREE NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly, VA.

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MAY   10   Wednesday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
If Pigs Could Fly. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. This performances will be in the lobby, a more intimate setting for this multicultural reading-themed puppet show. Shadow puppets, a pig librarian and plenty of audience participation make this a favorite! Pay at the door. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Jammin' Juniors Concerts. Kids 4 and under. 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime concerts for preschoolers and the people who love them. This week: Two of a Kind. An award-winning husband-wife duo, Two of a Kind presents concerts for families and children of all ages, including songs, puppets, movement and stories (video) - all with an emphasis on interaction and participation. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.

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MAY   11   Thursday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Adventure Kids. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance, and laugh along with Silly Goose & Val! Events are the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, level 1 near JCPenney. Bring your friends and make new ones! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   12   Friday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Music in The Loop. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Market Common Clarendon offers kids' concerts each Friday through October 27. Enjoy the fun with Mr. Knick Knack! Special guest Mr. Skip on May 26. FREE Market Common Clarendon, Alrington, VA.
Nearly Lear. Kids ages 9+. Friday, 7 p.m; Saturday, 1:30 (sensory-friendly performance) and 7 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King's closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is disguised as a boy) and every other character to tell a personal and poignant story that borrows from the Bard's legendary words. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Seussical. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Seussical has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.

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MAY   13   Saturday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday, 10 a,m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will once again welcome artists from across the country to showcase and sell their original painting, drawing, photography, furniture, jewelry, woodwork, ceramics and more. It will also feature live entertainment, children's activities and local restaurants. Rain or shine. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy this unique opportunity to explore the rich culture and tradition that resulted from the movement of many Irish and Scottish immigrants to the U.S. Awesome Celtic rock and traditional bands, pipe bands, Scottish dancing, demonstrations, kids activities and much more! Rain or shine. Tickets online. $$ Mt. Airy Fire Company Carnival Grounds, Mt. Airy, MD.
Mother's Day Weekend Fun. Kids ages 1 to 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free hayrides for all mothers and grandmothers accompanied by a child. Come enjoy our wonderful baby animals and their moms!! Kids can make a craft for their mothers and grandmothers. A fun activity for everyone. Gem mining and geode cracking. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Nearly Lear. Kids ages 9+. Friday, 7 p.m; Saturday, 1:30 (sensory-friendly performance) and 7 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King's closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is disguised as a boy) and every other character to tell a personal and poignant story that borrows from the Bard's legendary words. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Seussical. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. Seussical has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Space Day!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Space Day is an annual favorite, where visitors enjoy STEM-inspired hands-on activities and learn about space from experts from the Museum and NASA. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the Museum. FREE Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.
Spring Family Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help us celebrate the joys of spring! The Renwick is the place to be for the season. Check out the two exhibitions, June Schwarcz and Peter Voulkos, and then try your hand at a clay-related craft. Listen Listen to live music performances, take a spring scavenger hunt through the Renwick galleries, and enjoy the changing colors of Janet Echleman's work, 1.8 Renwick, hanging above you in the Grand Salon. FREE Renwick Gallery, Rubenstien Grand Salon, Washington, DC.
Teens Run DC Mentoring Matters 5K. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. Teens Run DC will be hosting the second annual Mentoring Matters 5K, a celebration of youth mentorship throughout DC! Join us for this fun event, open to runners and walkers of all ages! Preregistration required. $$ Anacostia Park, Washington, DC.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Washington DC Green Festival Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Green Festival, we offer something for everyone who is interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life. Experience the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green. Tickets online. $$ DC Convention Center, Washington, DC.

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MAY   14   Sunday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 and 4 p.m. Journey back to prehistoric times as dinosaurs invade the Hylton Center, bringing audiences face-to-face with these prehistoric creatures! This one-of-a-kind theatrical experience is so realistic that you'll want to take cover - but fear not. These friendly dinosaurs are actually intricately detailed, life-like puppets skillfully handled by expert puppeteers. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Mother's Day Weekend Fun. Kids ages 1 to 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free hayrides for all mothers and grandmothers accompanied by a child. Come enjoy our wonderful baby animals and their moms!! Kids can make a craft for their mothers and grandmothers. A fun activity for everyone. Gem mining and geode cracking. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Nearly Lear. Kids ages 9+. Friday, 7 p.m; Saturday, 1:30 (sensory-friendly performance) and 7 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King's closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is disguised as a boy) and every other character to tell a personal and poignant story that borrows from the Bard's legendary words. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Seussical. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Seussical has brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Washington DC Green Festival Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Green Festival, we offer something for everyone who is interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life. Experience the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green. Tickets online. $$ DC Convention Center, Washington, DC.

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MAY   15   Monday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Rainbow Rock. Kids ages 7 and under. 4:30 p.m. The talented tunesters of Rainbow Rock will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children's tunes. Always on hand, inside the box of fun, are microphones and more for your little one to join in the fun, and if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, how about a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo. $$ St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Alexandria, VA.

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MAY   16   Tuesday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Natural Birth Info Session. 7 to 9 p.m. During this informational meeting you will have an opportunity to ask the midwives your questions about birth center births, homebirths, midwifery and the services they offer. Preregistration required. FREE NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly, VA.

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MAY   17   Wednesday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   18   Thursday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAY   19   Friday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Music in The Loop. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Market Common Clarendon offers kids' concerts each Friday through October 27. Enjoy the fun with Mr. Knick Knack! Special guest Mr. Skip on May 26. FREE Market Common Clarendon, Alrington, VA.
Romeo and Juliet. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Manassas Ballet Theatre presents the beautiful "Romeo and Juliet." The familiar, fated romance is brought to life by an international cast, with the Manassas Ballet Orchestra playing the score by Prokofiev, with a custom set as a backdrop. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.

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MAY   20   Saturday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Cathedral Commons Spring Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Join us on Newark Street for an artisan market by URBN market, free kids activities with Imagination Stage, a live performance from The 8 Ohms Band, wine tastings, local food and drink and more! FREE Cathedral Commons, Washington, DC.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Family Jazz Sessions: Improvisation. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Making it up as you go along with Seth Kibel. Spontaneous composition allows jazz musicians to express their individuality. Learn to perform unique improvisations using percussion, courtesy of Kibel and company. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Gaithersburg Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 8th Annual Festival features award-winning authors, workshops, multilingual story time and activities for children of all ages! The Children's Village also will be the hub where more than 40 of today's best and brightest children's and young adult authors will be featured in interactive presentations, readings and book signings. Schedule online. FREE City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Romeo and Juliet. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. Manassas Ballet Theatre presents the beautiful "Romeo and Juliet." The familiar, fated romance is brought to life by an international cast, with the Manassas Ballet Orchestra playing the score by Prokofiev, with a custom set as a backdrop. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Twos Travelers. Kids ages 2. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your two-year-old is becoming more independent, communicative, and social. Our classes will foster these skills through fun and interactive workshops that take a unique perspective on familiar themes. Squiggly Lines and All: Two-year-olds are beginning to recognize lines and shapes in their environment. In this class, they will explore where these occur in nature, and discover how artists use them as the building blocks for their art. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAY   21   Sunday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Artful Afternoons. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families can choose from a selection of maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or a question based on the afternoon's theme. Theater and Storytelling: Our afternoon, created especially by our expert in theater arts, will explore the art of telling stories and some selected components of the theater. Tickets online. $$ Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, inside the National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
NSO Family Concert: Peter & the Wolf in Hollywood. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 (sensory-friendly performance) and 3:30 p.m. "Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood" is a new creation giving an invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev's classic. Come early for the musical instrument "Petting Zoo" starting one hour before each concert. Stay after of a Kid's Chat. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Romeo and Juliet. Kids ages 5+. 3 p.m. Manassas Ballet Theatre presents the beautiful "Romeo and Juliet." The familiar, fated romance is brought to life by an international cast, with the Manassas Ballet Orchestra playing the score by Prokofiev, with a custom set as a backdrop. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Twos Travelers. Kids ages 2. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your two-year-old is becoming more independent, communicative, and social. Our classes will foster these skills through fun and interactive workshops that take a unique perspective on familiar themes. Squiggly Lines and All: Two-year-olds are beginning to recognize lines and shapes in their environment. In this class, they will explore where these occur in nature, and discover how artists use them as the building blocks for their art. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAY   22   Monday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   23   Tuesday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Natural Birth Info Session. 7 to 9 p.m. During this informational meeting you will have an opportunity to ask the midwives your questions about birth center births, homebirths, midwifery and the services they offer. Preregistration required. FREE NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly, VA.
StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: Trains. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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MAY   24   Wednesday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   25   Thursday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Adventure Kids. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance, and laugh along with John Henry! Events are the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, level 1 near JCPenney. Bring your friends and make new ones! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Meltdown Mojo. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you have a volatile toddler, preschooler or teen, this workshop is for you! Discover what toddlers and teens have in common, what parents do to make tantrums worse, how to avoid them and ways you can help your child learn to manage his or her emotions in an age-appropriate and proactive way. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   26   Friday


A Sidewalk Stroll. Kids ages 1+. 4 p.m. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents A Sidewalk Stroll--starring professional artists who bring park adventures and friendly animals to life, all the while teaching your little one about navigating through life's surprises. Make it a playdate at the theatre! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Music in The Loop. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Market Common Clarendon offers kids' concerts each Friday through October 27. Enjoy the fun with Mr. Knick Knack! Special guest Mr. Skip today! FREE Market Common Clarendon, Alrington, VA.

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MAY   27   Saturday


Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   28   Sunday


Change Your Language and Transform Your Parenting. Parents of kids all ages. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you waking up de-energized, tired of the daily tasks of parenting? Do you face days made up of a series of "I have to's?" As they say, you are what you eat. And, your brain believes what you tell it! Learn how to parent with more confidence and clarity just by simply changing the words you use! You'll notice a difference in your state of mind and model essential communication skills for your family. Registration online. $$ FitCrush Studio, Bethesda, MD.
Cinderella. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAY   29   Monday


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MAY   30   Tuesday


Natural Birth Info Session. 7 to 9 p.m. During this informational meeting you will have an opportunity to ask the midwives your questions about birth center births, homebirths, midwifery and the services they offer. Preregistration required. FREE NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly, VA.