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JUL   28   Friday


By the Seashore. Kids ages 2 and under. 10:30 a.m. By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit - the beach! From birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between, young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean and in the sky. Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Four Mile Movie Series. Films start at dusk, fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie lovers of all ages will the last Friday of the month this summer, when the Four Mile Run Park is transformed into an outdoor cinema. This includes two hours of activities and entertainment leading up to show time. Playing this week is "The Secret Life of Pets," PG. Don't forget your blanket or chairs! FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kids ages 5+. 7:30 p.m. The City of Fairfax Theatre Company & Truro Anglican Church present one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The story centers around an electric retelling of the story of Joseph - Israel's favorite son. Eleven brothers and one coat of many colors form a magical musical filled with unforgettable songs and high energy dance numbers. Tickets online. $$ Sidney Lanier Middle School, Fairfax, VA.
Main Street Theater Productions: Bye Bye Birdie. Kids ages 5+. 7 p.m. A loving send-up of the 1960's small-town America, teenagers and rock & roll. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted so he chooses All American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Performed by teen actors from the Main Street Theater Productions summer camp. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka". All ages. 7:30 p.m. Willy Wonka is a marvelous musical that will unlock the gates of your imagination and, perhaps, teach a lesson or two. Tickets online. $$ Herndon High School, Herndon, VA.
Rock the Block: The Reagan Years. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 4th Fridays through October. Featuring this awesome 80s band, beer garden and city restaurant vendor booths. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on! Kids - wear swim suits and bring towels. Enjoy the spray pad! FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
SOLE Defined. Kids ages 5 to 16. 10:30 a.m. and noon. SOLE Defined puts an exciting twist on percussive dance by turning their bodies into human drums. In one word, SOLE Defined creates a "Percussical," an innovative twist on the traditional musical with its integration of percussive dance and multi-media with acting, singing. Each show is a power-packed performance to create a free flowing conversation through music and movement. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Music Man. Kids ages 6+. 7:30 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio, "Theatre by kids, for kids!" presents Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy that has been entertaining since 1957. Tickets online. $$ Kenmore Middle School Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   29   Saturday


By the Seashore. Kids ages 2 and under. 10 and 11:30 a.m. By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit - the beach! From birds and fish, to sand and water, and everything in-between, young audience members are invited to explore all the amazing things we find on the shore, in the ocean and in the sky. Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Camry Family Day. All ages. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join USTA Mid-Atlantic for Family Day to start the Citi Open Tennis Tournament! Enjoy tennis activities, Zumba, face painters & more! Kids of all skill level are welcome and kids 10 & under are free. Tickets online. $$ Rock Creek Tennis Center, Washington, DC.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Dog Days of Summer Family Festival. All ages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m On behalf of Owney the Dog, our famed four-legged friend (he is on a stamp!), MPM cordially invites you to the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival. In honor of Owney's story, we are teaming up with local animal rescue groups and the Amtrak Police K-9 Unit. We will have demonstrations to showcase the work of K-9 dogs and other fun and hands-on activities. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Kids ages 5+. 2 and 7:30 p.m. The City of Fairfax Theatre Company & Truro Anglican Church present one of the most beloved musicals of all time. The story centers around an electric retelling of the story of Joseph - Israel's favorite son. Eleven brothers and one coat of many colors form a magical musical filled with unforgettable songs and high energy dance numbers. Tickets online. $$ Sidney Lanier Middle School, Fairfax, VA.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kidz Korner - Summer in the City. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday's now through September, weather permitting. A variety of children's activities and entertainment! FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Main Street Theater Productions: Bye Bye Birdie. Kids ages 5+. 2 and 7 p.m. A loving send-up of the 1960's small-town America, teenagers and rock & roll. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted so he chooses All American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Performed by teen actors from the Main Street Theater Productions summer camp. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka". All ages. 7:30 p.m. Willy Wonka is a marvelous musical that will unlock the gates of your imagination and, perhaps, teach a lesson or two. Tickets online. $$ Herndon High School, Herndon, VA.
The Music Man. Kids ages 6+. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio, "Theatre by kids, for kids!" presents Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy that has been entertaining since 1957. Tickets online. $$ Kenmore Middle School Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   30   Sunday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Main Street Theater Productions: Bye Bye Birdie. Kids ages 5+. 2 p.m. A loving send-up of the 1960's small-town America, teenagers and rock & roll. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted so he chooses All American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Performed by teen actors from the Main Street Theater Productions summer camp. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka". All ages. 2 p.m. Willy Wonka is a marvelous musical that will unlock the gates of your imagination and, perhaps, teach a lesson or two. Tickets online. $$ Herndon High School, Herndon, VA.
Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of these wonderful groups! Tonight: Kara and Matty D. And it's a kid's takeover August 6 with Big Bang Boom! FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
The Music Man. Kids ages 6+. 2 p.m. Encore Stage & Studio, "Theatre by kids, for kids!" presents Meredith Willson's six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy that has been entertaining since 1957. Tickets online. $$ Kenmore Middle School Theatre, Arlington, VA.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Penguins' Playground. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. Designed just for our youngest theater patrons by offering an atmosphere especially suited to small fry, their parent and caregivers. Shorter shows - about 30 minutes, no dark room or loud noises and the theater doors stay open. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   31   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 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! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Setting Limits with Young Children. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m The Parent Encouragement Program will offer the workshop "Setting Limits with Young Children" for parents of children age 1 1/2 to 5. Preregister online. $$ Parent Encouragement Program, Kensington, VA.

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AUG   1   Tuesday


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AUG   2   Wednesday


Cello Fury: Melodies, Moods and Movies. All ages (famliy-friendly event). 11 a.m. This cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a rock and roll drummer brings movie themes to life in a lively performance designed for children that fuses symphonic sounds with driving rock beats to create an unforgettable musical experience. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.
Flights of Fancy: Stories for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 and 11:30 a.m. Museum staff and volunteers read stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, characters visible in the night sky or creatures that have their own wings. Includes one story and a hands-on activity. Today: "Pluto's Secret" by Margaret Weitekamp. FREE Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Rainbow Puppets: The Amazon. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. While audience participation has always been a hallmark of Rainbow's programs, it's never been more pronounced than in "Amazon Adventures." Do a line dance with Eel-lo the Electric Eel. Do the twist with King, the Golden Lion Tamarin. And join the Carnival as everyone is invited to join the grand finale. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Val's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for a morning of fun every Wednesday this summer! Enjoy live music, magicians, theater performances, petting zoos and more! Today, Lucky Star Puppets perform! Hosted at Smokehouse Live. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.

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AUG   3   Thursday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Flights of Fancy: Stories for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 and 11:30 a.m. Museum staff and volunteers read stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, characters visible in the night sky or creatures that have their own wings. Includes one story and a hands-on activity. Today: "Pluto's Secret" by Margaret Weitekamp. FREE Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Hometown Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursdays through September, this series will host local bands from the Fairfax area. Hometown Thursdays is an opportunity to meet up with friends and family, grab dinner and listen to great music. Tonight: The Excellent Drivers. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini. Kids ages 2 to 7. Every Thursday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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AUG   4   Friday


Books Alive!. Kids ages 7 and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy tall-tales, folktales, literary stories, real-life adventures, and poems with Eve Burton and The Twinbrook Tellers of the Dogwood Dogs 4H Club. Eve and the Twinbrook Tellers, storytellers ages eight to eighteen, tell stories and poems the old-fashioned way, with no books or props in hand. FREE Constitution Gardens, Olde Towne Gaithersburg, MD.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Family Fun: The Reflex. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy this 80s tribute band! Food and drink specials will be offered by local restaurants. Concert-attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the performances. Face-painting artists for the kids! FREE Cathedral Commons, Washington, DC.
Flights of Fancy: Stories for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 and 11:30 a.m. Museum staff and volunteers read stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, characters visible in the night sky or creatures that have their own wings. Includes one story and a hands-on activity. Today: "Pluto's Secret" by Margaret Weitekamp. FREE Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Flights of Fancy: Story Time. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Museum staff and volunteers read stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, characters visible in the night sky or creatures that have their own wings. Includes one story and a hands-on activity. Today: "Blackout" by John Rocco. FREE Air and Space Museum, Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight (Gallery 208), Washington, DC.
Kids' Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Join us on The Loop every Friday morning through October 27 for aa awesome kids' concert! Featuring special performance by Kidsinger. FREE Market Common Clarendon, Arlington, VA.

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AUG   5   Saturday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Explore! Summer Family Festival. Kids ages 12 and under. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come learn about Explore! Children's Museum, create something new with Imagination Stage and play with members of your DC community and local teaching artists - all at the site of the future Children's Museum! Receive free books and coloring books. Learn to play different instruments at the Percussion Playground. Mad Science show at 11:30 a.m. - sure to be fun! Register online. FREE Fort Totten, Washington, DC.
Flights of Fancy: Story Time. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Museum staff and volunteers read stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, characters visible in the night sky or creatures that have their own wings. Includes one story and a hands-on activity. Today: "Blackout" by John Rocco. FREE Air and Space Museum, Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight (Gallery 208), Washington, DC.
Infant Investigators. Kids 6 to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. During this time, infants are learning about themselves, the people around them, and about their environment. Our classes will explore key themes that will help them develop their understanding of the world and start them on a journey of lifelong learning. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kidz Korner - Summer in the City. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday's through September, weather permitting. A variety of children's activities and entertainment! This week featuring: Children's Science Center. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
SAAM Arcade. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. SAAM is turning into an arcade! Participate in workshops, listen to musicians and play more than 100 video games. This takeover allows visitors to play classic arcade games like Asteroids, Pac-Man, Tron, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong and more! FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle. All ages (family-friendly event). Sundown about 8:05 p.m. This outdoor film festival will take place the first Saturday of every month until October. Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy some great flicks under the stars! Today's movie is "Caddyshack." FREE John Carlyle Square Park, Alexandria, VA.
Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. Search for art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Advance purchase is required. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   6   Sunday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Infant Investigators. Kids 6 to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. During this time, infants are learning about themselves, the people around them, and about their environment. Our classes will explore key themes that will help them develop their understanding of the world and start them on a journey of lifelong learning. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
It's A Kids' Takeover! Big Bang Boom. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Big Bang Boom's live show is high-energy, and both parents and children find it hard to stay in their seats (video)! From calling the kids on stage for the "Spongebob Chorus" to the "Parents vs. Kids Hokey-Pokey Challenge," Big Bang Boom has made certain that there is no sitting down at their fun and energetic show. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
SAAM Arcade. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. SAAM is turning into an arcade! Participate in workshops, listen to musicians and play more than 100 video games. This takeover allows visitors to play classic arcade games like Asteroids, Pac-Man, Tron, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong and more! FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   7   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 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! Entertaining today: Mr. Skip. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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AUG   8   Tuesday


Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   9   Wednesday


Scoop & Spin Veggie Fun!. All ages (parent and child event). 2 p.m. Wegmans Cooking with Kids! Make veggies fun and kids eat more of them! First, your kids will love scooping, chopping, mixing, and filling their scrumptious squash boats. And wait until they make and enjoy our tasty tri-color veggie noodle salad! $$ Wegmans, Alexandria, VA.
Summer Reading Puppet Show. Kids ages 3+. 10 to 11 a.m. Young story lovers are entertained by a puppet show presented by Carousel Puppets. You'll see bunnies, birds and a host of woodland creatures. This colorful and musical puppet show will delight children of all ages. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Val's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for a morning of fun every Wednesday this summer! Enjoy live music, magicians, theater performances, petting zoos and more! Today, check out American Wildlife with Wildlife Ambassadors! Hosted outside on Tupper Way. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   10   Thursday


Adventure Kids. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Laugh, play and aing along with Oh Susannah! Events are the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, level 1 near JCPenney. Bring your friends and make new ones! Featuring: Oh Susannah! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Alphabet Rockers Family Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. At their shows, high-energy duo Kaitlyn McGaw and Tommy Shepherd Jr. combine hip hop with social justice themes to create unforgettable music for young children and their grown-ups. FREE Community Center Auditorium, Takoma Park, MD.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Hometown Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursdays through September, this series will host local bands from the Fairfax area. Hometown Thursdays is an opportunity to meet up with friends and family, grab dinner and listen to great music. Tonight: Sub-Radio. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Scoop & Spin Veggie Fun!. All ages (parent and child event). 6 p.m. Wegmans Cooking with Kids! Make veggies fun and kids eat more of them! First, your kids will love scooping, chopping, mixing, and filling their scrumptious squash boats. And wait until they make and enjoy our tasty tri-color veggie noodle salad! $$ Wegmans, Alexandria, VA.
Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini. Kids ages 2 to 7. Every Thursday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   11   Friday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Live music and fun! Outdoor games, 12+ outdoor patios and dining options. Plus Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! Full schedule online. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   12   Saturday


Arts in the Parks: 123 Andr‚s. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Get ready for some free family fun 123 Andr‚s, one of the most exciting new voices on the children's music scene. This music makes everyone sing, dance and learn-in Spanish and English. FREE Mason District Park Amphitheater, Annandale, VA.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Dairy Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spend a summer day eating ice cream and visiting with calves from local farms while learning about the history of dairy in Loudoun County. This special event includes indoor and outdoor activities, crafts and games highlighting all things dairy! Free with paid Museum admission. $$ Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Double Bubble Run. Kids ages 2+. Noon, Super Hero Run and 3 p.m. Last wave of runners start Fun Run. Fouth annual Fun Run just for children and parents. Enjoy running through more than 13 stations which include bubbles, foam, slides, colors and obstacles! The Super Heroes will start the first heat of each day and your child can cheer for their favorite Super Hero! Register online. $$ Van Dyck Park, Fairfax, VA.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Kidz Korner - Summer in the City. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday's through September, weather permitting. A variety of children's activities and entertainment! This week featuring: Oh Susannah! FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Live music and fun! Outdoor games, 12+ outdoor patios and dining options. Plus Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! Full schedule online. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Don't miss The Reagan Years! The East Coast's orginial 80's tribute band performing pop, rock, new wave and heavy metal greatest male and female hits of the M-TV era. Dress your 80's best for the costume contest! FREE One Loudoun on The Plaza, Ashburn, VA.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   13   Sunday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Super Sunday. Kids ages 6 and under. Noon to 5 p.m. Join us for fun, educational activities that the entire family can enjoy! Percussion Garden, Circle Time, Mother Goose on the Loose, Jingle Jangle Music Time and Kamishibai Story Time! Tickets online. $$ Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   14   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 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! Entertaining today: Story & Craft. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.

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AUG   15   Tuesday


Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.

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AUG   16   Wednesday


Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Movie Nights in Chinatown Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. The Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs invites you to join us in Chinatown Park for this summer's Asian and Pacific Islander-themed movie line up. This week's movie is "Lion." Guests are asked to bring their own blankets, chairs and bug spray if needed. Popcorn and popsicles will be provided. RSVP to Eventbrite. FREE FREE Washington, DC.
Val's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for a morning of fun every Wednesday this summer! Enjoy live music, magicians, theater performances, petting zoos and more! Today, abracadabra - it's Drew Kennerley Magic! Hosted at Smokehouse Live. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.

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AUG   17   Thursday


Art Signs: ASL Gallery Talk. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 p.m. Join us for lively gallery conversations in American Sign Language led by Deaf gallery guides. For more information, email wilsoncl@si.edu. FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Hometown Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursdays through September, this series will host local bands from the Fairfax area. Hometown Thursdays is an opportunity to meet up with friends and family, grab dinner and listen to great music. Tonight: Lucia Valentine. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini. Kids ages 2 to 7. Every Thursday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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AUG   18   Friday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Family Fun Movie Nights: "Sing". All ages. 7 p.m. Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Bring canned food to be donated to Britepaths. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Live music and fun! Outdoor games, 12+ outdoor patios and dining options. Plus Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! Full schedule online. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.

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AUG   19   Saturday


Kidz Korner - Summer in the City. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday's through September, weather permitting. A variety of children's activities and entertainment! This week featuring: The Art of Problem Solving. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. to midnight. The week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids especially enjoy seeing all kinds of farms animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't let the kids miss out on all the magical experiences! $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Live music and fun! Outdoor games, 12+ outdoor patios and dining options. Plus Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! Full schedule online. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.