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SEP   29   Thursday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Guava Jelly. $$ Eastern Market, Washington, DC.
Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
Homework. Got an Easy Button?. 6 p.m. Join us for "Homework. Got an Easy Button?", a free, highly interactive 60-minute session designed to provide parents with concrete ideas and practical tools to support their student's study practice at home. Preregister online. FREE Potomac Pediatrics, Rockville, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Visit the Fulks Corner Farmers Market, open from 12:30 to 6 p.m., just two blocks away. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Multi-layered and upbeat music showcases a universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences. Today: The Hardway Connection. FREE City Hall Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Toddler Time: My Five Senses. Kids ages 18 mos. to 3 yrs. 4 to 5 p.m. Preschoolers will explore their senses with natural objects, nature games, activities, song, story and a short woodland walk. Preregister online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.

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SEP   30   Friday


Campfire Friday-Animal Tracking. Kids ages 3+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn to recognize and follow the tracks of wildlife through the forest. The evening concludes with a campfire and s'mores. Preregister online. $$ Riverbend Park, Great Falls, VA.
Fall for the Book Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Fall for the Book welcomes authors and artists from around the world for several days of readings, discussions, performances and exhibitions at more than 30 venues throughout the DMV. This multiple-venue festival brings together people of all ages and interests. Detailed schedule online. FREE Various locations in the D.C. metro area, .
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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October

OCT   1   Saturday


Coffield Community Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a rain or shine family event that offers health screenings, live entertainment, food vendors, spoken word performances, kids corners, games, moonbounce, dancing, music, face painting, arts and crafts and much more! FREE Coffield Community Recreation Center, 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD.
Fall for Fairfax: KidsFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tons of family entertainment! Inova Healthy Play Zone, pumpkin decorating, maze, scarecrow making, carnival rides and games, trackless train ride, exhibits, vendors and crafters and so much more! Carnival passes on sale online. FREE Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregister online. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Flowers Stink. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. In this exciting musical at the USBG in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. FREE Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Making STEM Magic. Kids ages 6+. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about engineering in a fun and creative way. Design, build, and test a prototype that solves a given challenge. Every month we'll explore a new theme. October's theme is Electricity. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Morven Park Nature Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. Enjoy a walk through the grounds of beautiful Morven Park. We will explore the native woodlands, look at wetlands and birds and see what changes the cooler season brings. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Preregister online. FREE Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Something Wicked This Way Comes. Kids ages 5 to 7, 10 to 11 a.m and kids ages 8 to 14, 11 a.m. to noon. Angels and ministers of grace, defend us! Ghosts, witches, and monsters haunt the pages of Shakespeare. Get ready for Halloween by meeting some of Shakespeare's spooks. Preregister online. FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Something Wicked This Way Comes. Kids ages 5 to 7, 10 to 11 a.m.; kids ages 8 to 14, 11 to noon. Angels and ministers of grace, defend us! Ghosts, witches, and monsters haunt the pages of Shakespeare. Get ready for Halloween by meeting some of Shakespeare's spooks. Shakespeare's plays are for everyone! Preregister online. FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.
Tap Kids. Kids ages 6+. 8 p.m. Featuring an extraordinary cast of eight young tap dancers, "Schooldayz" tells the story of how the arrival of a new kid disrupts the equilibrium of a group of teenagers during their last months of high school. The story is told in amazing, high-energy tap routines that will leave you breathless and astonished! Tickets online. $$ Alden Theatre, McLean, VA.
Taste of Bethesda. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown Bethesda's famous food and music festival celebrates 27 years of diverse and delectable cuisine offered by Bethesda's local restaurant community. 50 restaurants and five stages of live entertainment and visit the kid's corner for face painting and arts & crafts. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD.

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OCT   2   Sunday


Fall for Fairfax: KidsFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tons of family entertainment! Inova Healthy Play Zone, pumpkin decorating, maze, scarecrow making, carnival rides and games, trackless train ride, exhibits, vendors and crafters and so much more! Carnival passes on sale online. FREE Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Morven Park Nature Walk. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 a.m. Enjoy a walk through the grounds of beautiful Morven Park. We will explore the native woodlands, look at wetlands and birds and see what changes the cooler season brings. If you own binoculars, please bring them. Preregister online. FREE Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. ASL Interprestation October 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   3   Monday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: John Henry the Guitar Playing Man. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Day of Awe-some: Exploring Rosh Hashanah. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Provide a meaningful way for your young children to connect with the holiday of Rosh Hashanah at Day of Awe-some. Hear the shofar, taste apples and honey, and start off a new year through songs, crafts, and stories in an atmosphere that welcomes everyone and caters to kids. Co-sponsored with PJ Library. Tickets online. $$ Edlavitch DCJCC, Washington, DC.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Today: Mr. Skip. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our Nature Playgroup. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and or lead a garden walk. October's theme is "Harvest Time." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

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OCT   4   Tuesday


Tudor Tots: Tuesdays. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Toddlers get active in mind and body while learning about the world around us in weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts, and movement. Theme today: Orchard. Preregister online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

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OCT   5   Wednesday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Marsha & the Positrons. $$ Angelika Pop-Up @ Union Market, Washington, DC.
Celebrate Calm. 7 to 9 p.m. Join us for a free "10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling" seminar. "Celebrate Calm" Founder Kirk Martin has helped 500,000 parents stop the defiance, disrespect, yelling and power struggles with the most strong-willed children. His strategies are concrete, practical, and work in the toughest situations. FREE Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA.
National Aquarium's Tots and Tales. Kids ages 1 to 4. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your tots to the Aquarium to learn about the aquatic world through story time, songs, games and activities all designed to develop early learning skills like fine and gross motor skills and language skills. Learn about Aquarium animals through encounters and field trips to their Aquarium habitats. Each week is a brand new journey! Event is free with Aquarium admission. Tickets online. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.

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OCT   6   Thursday


American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco. Limited seating, bring your own blnaket or chair. Tonight's entertainment: Big Virginia Sky (bluegrass-Americana). FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Mr. Skip. $$ Eastern Market, Washington, DC.
By the Seashore. Kids 2 and under. 10:30 a.m. Join us for a special sneak peak performance of this work-in-progress. After each performance, we invite you to contribute to the creative process by giving us your feedback. By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit - the beach! Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Celebrate Calm. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for a free "10 Ways to Stop Defiance, Disrespect & Yelling" seminar. "Celebrate Calm" Founder Kirk Martin has helped 500,000 parents stop the defiance, disrespect, yelling and power struggles with the most strong-willed children. His strategies are concrete, practical, and work in the toughest situations. FREE Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA.
Full STEM Ahead: Home School Science. Kids ages 6 to 14. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a day of hands-on science with the topics of Trajectory. Students will have a variety of activities to choose from and project complexity will vary, bringing challenges for students of all ages. Try to arrive at the top of an hour, until 2 p.m. Allow at least one hour to complete projects. Non-military must check in at the Navy Yard's Visitor Center (11th and O St.) and present government-issued photo ID. FREE National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington, DC.

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OCT   7   Friday


By the Seashore. Kids 2 and under. 10:30 a.m. Join us for a special sneak peak performance of this work-in-progress. After each performance, we invite you to contribute to the creative process by giving us your feedback. By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit - the beach! Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Today: Story time and crafts. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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OCT   8   Saturday


Brownies: Making Games Badge. 10 a.m. to noon. It's game time! Learn some riddles, play a mystery box game, create a party game and lead a scavenger hunt. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
By the Seashore. Kids 2 and under. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Join us for a special sneak peak performance of this work-in-progress. After each performance, we invite you to contribute to the creative process by giving us your feedback. By the Seashore takes us on a magical journey to a place children love to visit - the beach! Using an imaginative mix of puppetry, movement, and sound, this sensory-filled production is specifically designed for babies and young toddlers. Tickets online. $$ The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, VA.
Cadettes: Trees Badge. 1 to 3 p.m. Trees are important to us all. Learn why as we examine the parts of a tree, visit some trees, get tree crafty and tend to a tree of your own. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Family Fun: Leaf Critter Crafternoon. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. We have been busy pressing leaves and materials for a family fun afternoon collage project. Your kids will enjoy creating animal images from different leaf shapes, glue and wiggly eyes. Make one to take home and one to hang in our nature gallery. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Flowers Stink. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. In this exciting musical at the USBG in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. FREE Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Hands-On History Hats Off Program. Kids ages 6 to 14. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity for a hands-on experience to learn about the history of the US Navy through its ever changing headgear. Located behind the fighting top, families will be able to pick up and wear hats of the Navy from different eras. There will even be a hat designing station! Non-military must check in at the Navy Yard's Visitor Center (11th and O St.) and present government-issued photo ID. FREE National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington, DC.
Kids Night at the Museum. Kids ages 3 to 10. 6 to 9 p.m. Drop the kids at the Museum for dinner and supervised play while you enjoy a well deserved break! Kids Night includes: Pizza dinner and dessert, farm-themed craft activities, stories & games, plus playtime in our hands-on children's interactive area! Must preregister online. $$ Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Making STEM Magic. Kids ages 6+. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about engineering in a fun and creative way. Design, build, and test a prototype that solves a given challenge. Every month we'll explore a new theme. October's theme is Electricity. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
You Have a Beautiful Smile. Kids ages 4+. 2 p.m. Author Debbie Sahlin will read and discuss her children's book, "You Have a Beautiful Smile." The author was inspired by her son who suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him severely disabled. She has devoted herself to helping other children and their parents and created the Smile, Don't Stare campaign. This book will help everyone understand how to act around the disabled and how their reactions are felt by others. FREE Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, MD.

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OCT   9   Sunday


49th Annual Clifton Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival includes arts and crafts, antiques, demonstrations, the Town Market, live music, children's activities and lots of good food. a Civil War reenactment, dance performances and even pony rides will add to the fun! FREE FREE Clifton, VA.
JCADA 5K Event: A Run, A Walk, AWARE. All ages (family-friendly event). The event will feature a morning of family-friendly activities (including a Kid's Fun Run for kids 10 and under.) that promote healthy relationships and discussions about empowerment and confidence inspired by AWARE, JCADA's dating abuse prevention initiative. Register online. $$ Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Oktoberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. Activities for familiy, Business Expo, Artisan Row, Wine Terrace and Beer Garden enliven the Kentlands. Multiple stages with traditional Bavarian music and dancing along with local, regional and national entertainers. FREE Kentlands Old Farm and Downtown, Gaithersburg, MD.
Rupunzel. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses "coloring-book" charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Secrets of Seeds: A "We're Going Wild" Walk. Kids ages 7+. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Did you know some seeds bury themselves, grow protective gear, and even travel? Join this family nature walk for a discovery-based hike in search of seeds and signs of them and learn all about the weirdly wonderful world of their amazing secrets. Preregister online. FREE Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.

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OCT   10   Monday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Ukelele Phil and the Hulu Kids. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.

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OCT   11   Tuesday


Tudor Tots: Tuesdays. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Toddlers get active in mind and body while learning about the world around us in weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts, and movement. Theme today: Music. Preregister online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

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OCT   12   Wednesday


Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under. Kids ages 2+. 10 a.m. Emus, crocodiles and frogs - oh my! Experience the magic of the Land Down under as a mother platypus tries to lull her young one to sleep by sharing stories inspired by Aboriginal folktales. Pay at the door. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Guava Jelly. $$ Angelika Pop-Up @ Union Market, Washington, DC.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregister online. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
National Aquarium's Tots and Tales. Kids ages 1 to 4. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your tots to the Aquarium to learn about the aquatic world through story time, songs, games and activities all designed to develop early learning skills like fine and gross motor skills and language skills. Learn about Aquarium animals through encounters and field trips to their Aquarium habitats. Each week is a brand new journey! Event is free with Aquarium admission. Tickets online. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Watercolor Painting and More. Kids ages 5 to 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 9 to 13, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays though Nov. 2. An adult must accompany child. As you pair you will experiment with several techniques while your child learns all about color blending. You will create paintings, as well as other projects such as a growth chart and suncatchers which will include collage of papers you create. Preregister at expressionslane@gmail.com. $$ VisArts, Second floor studio, Rockville, MD.

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OCT   13   Thursday


A Year in the Life of an Owl. Kids ages 7+. 7 p.m. You may not see them often but have no doubt, Northern Virginia's resident owls have a very active nightlife. Discover what they do after dark. Follow them all the way from courtship, to nesting, fledging, and finally dispersal of their young to start the cycle over. Learn what you can do to protect and support a healthy owl population. Preregister online. FREE Rust Library, Leesburg, VA.
Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Oh Susannah! $$ Eastern Market, Washington, DC.
Helping Children Manage Separation and Divorce. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Barbara Fairfield, M.Ed, LCMFT presents this interactive seminar, geared towards both children and parents, will explore the child's perspective on divorce and help parents develop a healthy alternative to fighting after divorce. Preregister online. $$ Suburban Hospital Auditorium, Bethesda, MA.

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OCT   14   Friday


Family Fun Movie Night. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. How about seeing "The Nightmare Before Christmas" on the new state-of-the-art big screen? An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14, movie is PG. Britepaths Food Drive collecting during the movie. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.

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OCT   15   Saturday


"The Man Who Planted Trees". Kids ages 7+. 2 p.m. Puppet State Theatre of Scotland returns with the multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of French author Jean Giono's classic book. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, "The Man Who Planted Trees" shows the one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. The story is also known as "The Man Who Planted Hope and Reaped Happiness" and it holds a vital message for coming generations. Tickets online. $$ Alden Theatre, McLean, VA.
American Girl Day. Kids ages 6 to 14. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to showcase naval history to women and how women have influenced naval history! One of the book's authors, Valerie Tripp will be on hand to sign autographs and talk with visitors about the American Girls. With the approach of the WWI Centennial, the theme of this year will be on the Great War, with activities of that era. Non-military must check in at the Navy Yard's Visitor Center (11th and O St.) and present government-issued photo ID. FREE National Museum of the United States Navy, Museum Education Center, Washington, DC.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imagination as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of The Kreeger Museum. Each program includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregister online. $$ Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
Flowers Stink. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. In this exciting musical at the USBG in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. FREE Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Making STEM Magic. Kids ages 6+. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about engineering in a fun and creative way. Design, build, and test a prototype that solves a given challenge. Every month we'll explore a new theme. October's theme is Electricity. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Mocha Moms Annual Education Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 5 p.m. The Northern PG County Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. hosts an exciting education fair annually, showcasing our area's top schools and programs. This fourth annual fair keeps growing, over 16 schools participating this year. Kids will enjoy special activities by guest programs including Engineering Mindz. FREE Friends Community School, College Park, MD.
Pepco World of Wheels for CASA. All ages (family-friednly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) hosts this Touch-A-Truck and Family Festival. The event will feature cars, trucks of all sizes, motorcycles and other unique vehicles, including: police vehicles, a recycling truck, utility equipment and a Turbo Haul bulk trash truck. Plus food, music, kids games and crafts. Learn more about CASA too. FREE DeMatha Catholic High School, Hyattsville, MD.
PetOberfest. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Enjoy free family and pet friendly activities including: pet-oriented exhibitors, pet rescues, pet photo booth, pet parade/costume contest, children's entertainment, store discounts, prizes and much more. FREE Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge, VA.

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OCT   16   Sunday


Family Concert: Ghoulishly Good Music. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 and 5 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Capital City Symphony's Family Concerts are always fun, interactive and educational. This year's program is inspired by the spookiness and fantasy of Halloween, so so audience members are invited to come in costume to join in the fun! Tickets online. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.

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OCT   17   Monday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Mr. Skip. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Today: Oh Susannah! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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OCT   18   Tuesday


Tudor Tots: Tuesdays. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Toddlers get active in mind and body while learning about the world around us in weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts, and movement. Theme today: Squirrels and Acorns. Preregister online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

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OCT   19   Wednesday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Oh Susannah! $$ Angelika Pop-Up @ Union Market, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
National Aquarium's Tots and Tales. Kids ages 1 to 4. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your tots to the Aquarium to learn about the aquatic world through story time, songs, games and activities all designed to develop early learning skills like fine and gross motor skills and language skills. Learn about Aquarium animals through encounters and field trips to their Aquarium habitats. Each week is a brand new journey! Event is free with Aquarium admission. Tickets online. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Watercolor Painting and More. Kids ages 5 to 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 9 to 13, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays though Nov. 2. An adult must accompany child. As you pair you will experiment with several techniques while your child learns all about color blending. You will create paintings, as well as other projects such as a growth chart and suncatchers which will include collage of papers you create. Preregister at expressionslane@gmail.com. $$ VisArts, Second floor studio, Rockville, MD.

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OCT   20   Thursday


American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even zydeco. Limited seating, bring your own blnaket or chair. Tonight's entertainment: Les Deux (folk-rock/blues fusion). FREE U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: John Henry the Guitar Playing Man. $$ Eastern Market, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.

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OCT   21   Friday


Boo at the Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy this favorie not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, jugglers and musicians, this frighfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
National Trademark Expo: What's That?. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This expo serves to educate the public on the importance of trademarks in our nation's economy. This year it will feature educational programs targeted to kids of all ages, as well as adults. The Expo will also feature children's activities and characters such as the Fruit of the Loom costumes and Trademark's own Trademarky costume. FREE Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC.

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OCT   22   Saturday


Boo at the Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy this favorie not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, jugglers and musicians, this frighfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Flowers Stink. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. In this exciting musical at the USBG in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. FREE Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
Making STEM Magic. Kids ages 6+. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about engineering in a fun and creative way. Design, build, and test a prototype that solves a given challenge. Every month we'll explore a new theme. October's theme is Electricity. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
National Trademark Expo: What's That?. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This expo serves to educate the public on the importance of trademarks in our nation's economy. This year it will feature educational programs targeted to kids of all ages, as well as adults. The Expo will also feature children's activities and characters such as the Fruit of the Loom costumes and Trademark's own Trademarky costume. FREE Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, DC.

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OCT   23   Sunday


Boo at the Zoo. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy this favorie not-so-spooky Halloween haunt, With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, jugglers and musicians, this frighfully fun evening is a treat for the whole family. Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown! Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a recreated 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and choral groups. Kids' activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ 1821 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD.
Sukkot Storytime. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to noon. You are invited to storytime in the sukkah. In addition to stories, enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, and songs! Co-sponsored with PJ Library. Preregister online. FREE Edlavitch DCJCC, Washington, DC.

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OCT   24   Monday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Oh Susannah! $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Today: Movement Monday! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.

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OCT   25   Tuesday


Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
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: Character Counts! $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Tudor Tots: Tuesdays. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Toddlers get active in mind and body while learning about the world around us in weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts, and movement. Theme today: Halloween. Preregister online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

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OCT   26   Wednesday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Mr. Skip. $$ Angelika Pop-Up @ Union Market, Washington, DC.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
National Aquarium's Tots and Tales. Kids ages 1 to 4. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your tots to the Aquarium to learn about the aquatic world through story time, songs, games and activities all designed to develop early learning skills like fine and gross motor skills and language skills. Learn about Aquarium animals through encounters and field trips to their Aquarium habitats. Each week is a brand new journey! Event is free with Aquarium admission. Tickets online. $$ National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD.
Watercolor Painting and More. Kids ages 5 to 8, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 9 to 13, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays though Nov. 2. An adult must accompany child. As you pair you will experiment with several techniques while your child learns all about color blending. You will create paintings, as well as other projects such as a growth chart and suncatchers which will include collage of papers you create. Preregister at expressionslane@gmail.com. $$ VisArts, Rockville, MD.

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OCT   27   Thursday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: 123 Andres. $$ Eastern Market, Washington, DC.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.

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OCT   28   Friday


Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.

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OCT   29   Saturday


Fall Frolic. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. Families can explore the arts through hands-on crafts, Halloween activites, trick-or-treating and visiting open studios. Don't miss the Pumpkin Playoffs - pumpkin-themed kiddie games with prizes! Small fee for crafts. FREE Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD.
Flowers Stink. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. In this exciting musical at the USBG in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem gets some help from two zany and loveable plants who magically come to life. FREE Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 to 5 p.m. Come in for an afternoon of spooky tunes played by our young private music students, costumes galore, a ceramics sale from our adult students...and donuts and cider to kick off the sugar rush a little bit early! FREE CHAW - Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
Kids Day @ Bobby McKey's. All ages. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a family-friendly version of our all-request Dueling Piano Show! A place where kids are actually encouraged to wiggle in their seats and get up and move! All while introducing your child to appreciate live music and the arts. Special Halloween Costume Party! Tickets online. $$ Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor, MD.
Let's Grow Garden Club: Garlic Planting. Kids ages 6 to 10. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Help us keep our garden free of spooky creatures by helping with our garlic planting. Tour the garden grounds to view the changing fall colors all around us and learn a little about pumpkins. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Making STEM Magic. Kids ages 6+. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about engineering in a fun and creative way. Design, build, and test a prototype that solves a given challenge. Every month we'll explore a new theme. October's theme is Electricity. FREE Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

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OCT   30   Sunday


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OCT   31   Monday


Boogie Babes. Kids under 5. 10:30 a.m. The program brings interactive musical performances to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while raising funds for and awareness of DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. Today: Mr. Gabe. $$ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Today: Fun! Fun! Fun! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.