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

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JUN   25   Sunday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays though Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This series of shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst the rolling wooded acres. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Heritage Days. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Heritage Days with 40+ free events at museums, parks, and historic sites throughout Montgomery County open with a host of activities: Live music, children's games & crafts, exhibits & demonstrations, live animals, trains & trolleys, and more! Discover a little bit of history, right around the corner. Detailed program of locations and events online. FREE Various locations in Montgomery County, , MD.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
National Capital Barbecue Battle. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the area and around the country. If you love barbecue you'll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children's activities at this sizzling summer festival. Tickets online. $$ Pennsylvania Ave., between 9th and 14th Sts., Washington, DC.
Portrait Discovery Kits. Kids ages 4 to 14. 2 to 5 p.m. Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and fun way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery. The kits offer self-guided "Seek and Find" cards, "Portrait Detective" and "Historian Guides" and a "Compare and Contrast" activity using a doll. FREE National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Washington, DC.
Portrait Story Days - Go Outside!. Kids ages 5 and under. 1 to 4 p.m. Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about a famous person from history and create a special piece of art. This week featuring: Benjamin Franklin. FREE National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Washington, DC.
UniverSoul Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The unique brand of family entertainment features a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top. Circus goers will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. Tickets online. $$ FedEx Field, Landover, MD.
Wizard of Oz. Kids ages 4 to 10. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL Interpretation July 9 at 1 p.m. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wonderland: Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland where all of the familiar characters have been transformed into live guitar-toting Rock `n' Roll musicians! The writers have successfully translated Carroll's irrational Wonderland to our own times and added lyrics and a beat that will make you want to twist and shout! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUN   26   Monday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays though Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This series of shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst the rolling wooded acres. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Entertaining today: Storytime & Crafts. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. When Junie B. Jones, with her two bestest friends in the world, loses her new furry mittens to some "stealers," she has to investigate. But Junie B. might have something she forgot to return, too. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
UniverSoul Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The unique brand of family entertainment features a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top. Circus goers will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. Tickets online. $$ FedEx Field, Landover, MD.

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JUN   27   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby. With kids 2 to 12 months. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Smithsonian Early Enrichment's Bring Your Own Baby, for caretakers and their infants,starts with coffee, conversation and some playtime for baby followed by a museum visit geared toward caretakers with some extras thrown in for baby. Preregistration online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays though Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This series of shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst the rolling wooded acres. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
DowntownDC Summer Flicks. All ages. 8 to 10 p.m. Freedom Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater featuring classic martial arts films mixed with a live original music soundtrack of hip-hop and soul by DJ-2 Tone Jones. Schedule online. FREE Freedom Plaza, Washington, DCdowntowndc.org/event/downtowndc-summer-fDC.
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: Dad. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
UniverSoul Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The unique brand of family entertainment features a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top. Circus goers will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. Tickets online. $$ FedEx Field, Landover, MD.
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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JUN   28   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays though Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This series of shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst the rolling wooded acres. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Galapagos George with Barefoot Puppets. Kids ages 4 to 8. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Based on the true story of "Lonesome George," this show tells the tale of a truly one-on-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described as "an uplifting eco-fable," this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man's impact upon the environment. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater at Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Tiny Tots @ 10. 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. Showing today: Panda-Monium. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
UniverSoul Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The unique brand of family entertainment features a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top. Circus goers will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. Tickets online. $$ FedEx Field, Landover, MD.
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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JUN   29   Thursday


Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages. 6 p.m. Wind down the workday with great music in a casual, outdoor setting. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. This week: Hayley Fahey Band (Singer-Songwriter). Summer schedule online. FREE City Hall Concert Pavilion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays though Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This series of shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst the rolling wooded acres. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Family Thursdays. All ages (family-friednly event). 11 a.m. Every Thursday in June, the history of Congress comes to life through this 45-minute, hands-on program. Discover how and why the Capitol grew over time, unpack the details of a law and take a moment to make a legislative decision. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Galapagos George with Barefoot Puppets. Kids ages 4 to 8. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Based on the true story of "Lonesome George," this show tells the tale of a truly one-on-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described as "an uplifting eco-fable," this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man's impact upon the environment. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater at Ripley Center, Washington, DC.
Hometown Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursdays 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: Pleasure Train FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
UniverSoul Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The unique brand of family entertainment features a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top. Circus goers will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. Tickets online. $$ FedEx Field, Landover, MD.
Wizard of Oz. Kids ages 4 to 10. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL Interpretation July 9 at 1 p.m. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
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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JUN   30   Friday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays though Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. This series of shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theatre. The shows are performed in an outdoor setting amidst the rolling wooded acres. Tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Four Mill Movie Series. Films start at dusk, fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie lovers of all ages will the last Friday of the month this summer, when the Four Mile Run Park is transformed into an outdoor cinema. This includes two hours of activities and entertainment leading up to show time. Playing this week is "Lego Batman," PG. Don't forget your blanket or chairs! FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
Galapagos George with Barefoot Puppets. Kids ages 4 to 8. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Based on the true story of "Lonesome George," this show tells the tale of a truly one-on-a-kind tortoise from the Galapagos Islands. Described as "an uplifting eco-fable," this engaging theatrical piece shares an important lesson about man's impact upon the environment. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater at Ripley Center, 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 The Bubbas. FREE Market Common Clarendon, Arlington, VA.
Open Studio Fridays. Kids ages 5 and under. 1 to 6 p.m. Join us on Friday afternoons for some creative fun! Check out a Portrait Discovery Kit to explore the museum. You may also explore a different art material each week as it relates to portraiture. FREE National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Washington, DC.
UniverSoul Circus. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. The unique brand of family entertainment features a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top. Circus goers will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. Tickets online. $$ FedEx Field, Landover, MD.
Wizard of Oz. Kids ages 4 to 10. 10 and 11:30 a.m. The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie-Francaise and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. ASL Interpretation July 9 at 1 p.m. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
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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July

JUL   1   Saturday


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   2   Sunday


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.