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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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AUG   19   Sunday


Federation's Grand Slam Sunday. All ages (family-friendly event). Pre-game fun begins at 11:30 a.m.; first pitch at 1:35 p.m. All are welcome to join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for their fourth annual Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. Join more than 1,500 community members at Grand Slam Sunday and watch the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins! There are tons of fun, pre-game activities for the kids. Tickets online. $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Fun-Day. Kids ages 1 to 5. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Enjoy "Pete the Cat" as we bring the story to life through dramatic play activities, music, movement and visual art. Leave with a special take-home item we used or created, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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AUG   20   Monday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Rise & Rhyme with Culture Queen. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 a.m. Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series with the goals of teaching children to engage with their community, learn to love performing and become rising artivists! $$ Anthony Bowen YMCA, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly/Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekends and September 1 to 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As you enter the South Conservatory, you are surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers, drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems and how to ensure they thrive in our gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   21   Tuesday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.

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AUG   22   Wednesday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Spark!Lab. Kids ages 6 to 12. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Spark!Lab reveals the real story behind inventors' work through hands-on activities. The new themed activity "Connect" invents ways to connect people, places and things while they explore the history and process of invention. Spark!Lab's interdisciplinary activities appeal to varied learning styles and abilities and combine traditional STEM with art and creativity. FREE National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.

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AUG   23   Thursday


Bard in the Park: Kiss Me Kate. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m., movie begins at sundown. Inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and scored by the music of Cole Porter, Kiss Me Kate is a raucous, slapstick classic musical comedy starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Enjoy a viewing of this Broadway musical adapted for the big screen under the stars at Canal Park. FREE Canal Park at Capitol Riverfront, Washington, DC.
Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Join us on the lawn for free flicks benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children's Charities. Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities and grab dinner. Featuring "Coco" with a simulcast of the film with captions on a 12-16 foot outdoor screen in a designated captioned film-viewing area. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Concert Series: U.S. Army Band Downrange. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the warm summer weather with free live entertainment by talented military musicians at the Entry Plaza of the Museum. Outdoor concessions will be available. FREE National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, VA.

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AUG   24   Friday


Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Join us on the lawn for free flicks benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children's Charities. Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities and grab dinner. Featuring "Black Panther" with a simulcast of the film with captions on a 12-16 foot outdoor screen in a designated captioned film-viewing area. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Rock the Block: The Darby Brothers. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. You don't want to miss out on this family-friendly free concert series, which features live bands, 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! No Pets allowed except service animals. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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AUG   25   Saturday


Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Join us on the lawn for free flicks benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children's Charities. Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities and grab dinner. Featuring "The Lion King" with a simulcast of the film with captions on a 12-16 foot outdoor screen in a designated captioned film-viewing area. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Art of Problem Solving. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Maryland Rennaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual fest recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Kid-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Big Bad JuJu FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Rise and Shine Dear Heart: Children's Book Launch. Kids ages 1 to 7. 11 a.m. Rise and Shine, Dear Heart is a motivational poem in the form of a vibrant, colorful children's book. It provides encouragement to young girls, while showcasing diverse skin tones, shapes and sizes. $$ Prince George's African American Museum, North Brentwood, MD.
Summer in the City Family Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beat the heat and still play in the sun! Come and enjoy summertime games, crafts, and scavenger hunts, all while listening to relaxing island music. Treat yourself to refreshing summer snacks available for purchase from the Courtyard Cafe. FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Washington, DC.

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AUG   26   Sunday


Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Activities begin at 7:30 p.m., movie begins at dusk. Join us on the lawn for free flicks benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children's Charities. Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities and grab dinner. Featuring the movie "Wonder Woman" with a simulcast of the film with captions on a 12-16 foot outdoor screen in a designated captioned film-viewing area. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Maryland Rennaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual fest recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, marvel at jugglers and magicians and listen to music and choral groups. Kid-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Our popular summer concert series is back! Bring your friends and family for a free performance in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. For the August concert, the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble will play. Parking is free after 4 p.m. FREE Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

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AUG   27   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Entertainment today: Movement Monday - Zumba. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Rise & Rhyme with Culture Queen. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 a.m. Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series with the goals of teaching children to engage with their community, learn to love performing and become rising artivists! $$ Busboys & Poets 14th & V, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly/Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekends and September 1 to 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As you enter the South Conservatory, you are surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers, drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems and how to ensure they thrive in our gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   28   Tuesday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Storytime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. Fourth Tuesday of the each month at 11 a.m. You and your child will enjoy monthly book readings during this enriching program. Join in the two-year exploration of the alphabet. Enjoy books, songs and a craft that features the letter of the month. August letter is H. September is I. Tickets online, advance purchase is recommended. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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AUG   29   Wednesday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.

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AUG   30   Thursday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.

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AUG   31   Friday


Four Mile Movie Series: Space Jam. All ages (family-friendly event). Films start at dusk, fun begins at 6:30 p.m. A favorite summer tradition in Arlandria returns with a host of new and old favorites. So grab your friend and family, a picnic dinner and a blanket or chair and join us for some great entertainment. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.

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September

SEP   1   Saturday


Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Shane Gamble Band FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.