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JAN   18   Thursday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Family Thursdays. All ages (family-friednly event). 11 a.m. Make a collage in honor of Montana Representative Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to serve in Congress. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   19   Friday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Family Fun Movie Nights: Smurfs Lost Village. All ages. 7 p.m. Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Bring canned food to be donated to Britepaths. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Reluctant Dragon. Kids ages 7+. 7:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with Montgomery Playhouse. In the zany village of Veesaldorf, a young girl is more interested in fairy tales than her daily farm chore. To her delight, her dreams of advernture come true one day when she finds a poetry-loving dragon in the woods. But her new friendship is quickly threatened when the frightened villagers call for Sir Wombat to slay the dragon. A celebration of similarities, no matter what you appear to be. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   20   Saturday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Family Fun: WinTree Party. Kids ages 5+. 10 to 11 a.m. It's a party to celebrate trees in the winter! Take a walk in the woods to examine trees in their wintry state. Get to know some evergreens and learn how critters use trees as their homes during our coldest months. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Mr. Jon & Friends. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open at 10 a.m., show at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Jon & Friends is Parents' Choice Award winning music for kids and their families. This energetic music is all about fun, movement and laughter! Sute to bring a smile to your face. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Paint, Build, Create. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for day of creative exploration with a variety of free activities, including art-making projects, a cardboard build room, a nutrition activity, a teen lounge and senior projects. FREE Fairlington Community Center, Arlington, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets online. This week: Rocknoceros. $$ The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Reluctant Dragon. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Presented in partnership with Montgomery Playhouse. In the zany village of Veesaldorf, a young girl is more interested in fairy tales than her daily farm chore. To her delight, her dreams of advernture come true one day when she finds a poetry-loving dragon in the woods. But her new friendship is quickly threatened when the frightened villagers call for Sir Wombat to slay the dragon. A celebration of similarities, no matter what you appear to be. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Up, Up and Away. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come take a pretend hot air balloon ride with us! The class will imagine floating up, up, and away before visiting the National Air and Space Museum to further explore hot air balloons. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   21   Sunday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Jumpin' January Dance Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 5 p.m. Families are invited to a dance party to kick off the 125th birthday year of the Noyes Children's Library! Enjoy crafts, reading room and dancing led by A-Squad Entertainment. Please RSVP on Facebook @makemorenoyes. $$ Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, MD.
Step Afrika! Step Xplosion. Kids ages 7+. 5 p.m. Percussive dance styles historically practiced by African American fraternities and sororities plus African traditional dance and art forms from around the world come together as Step Afrika! integrates songs, storytelling and humor into a highly entertaining, interactive show. Watch as the top step teams from across the country showcase the kind of technique and agility that inspires audiences everywhere. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Reluctant Dragon. Kids ages 7+. 2 p.m. Presented in partnership with Montgomery Playhouse. In the zany village of Veesaldorf, a young girl is more interested in fairy tales than her daily farm chore. To her delight, her dreams of advernture come true one day when she finds a poetry-loving dragon in the woods. But her new friendship is quickly threatened when the frightened villagers call for Sir Wombat to slay the dragon. A celebration of similarities, no matter what you appear to be. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Up, Up and Away. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come take a pretend hot air balloon ride with us! The class will imagine floating up, up, and away before visiting the National Air and Space Museum to further explore hot air balloons. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   22   Monday


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. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Today: Kids Zumba. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Garden Buds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden. Your child will enjoy different sensory materials out in the garden, rain or shine. Dress for the weather and explore at your leisure. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   23   Tuesday


Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   24   Wednesday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   25   Thursday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Boogie Babes featuring Mr. Jon. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   26   Friday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Spy Fest: A Kidspy Family Festival!. Kids ages 5+. 6 to 9 p.m. Could you be a spy? Now's your chance to find out! Families are invited to find out how they measure up at the Museum's annual Spy Fest. Mini-missions, tradecraft demonstrations by the experts and the chance to try spy skill challenges will give KidSpy agents and their handlers an insider's peek into the shadow world of spying-and who knows, there just may be a spy or two in your midst. Tickets online. FREE Spy Museum, Washington, DC.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   27   Saturday


10th Anniversary Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. We are celebrating 10 years in our beautiful new library space! Please join us for an Open House featuring music, refreshments, crafts, a balloon artist, and much more fun! FREE City of Fairfax Regional Library, Fairfax, VA.
Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Children's Art Talk & Tour. Kids ages 7+. 10:15 a.m. Kids take part in an educational guided tour of the current exhibitions followed by a hands-on art activity. Poe & Puck: The 27th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition, Infinite Glitter: Jordann Wine. Workshop: Geometric designs in color. Preregistration required. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
MoComCon. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weather date February 10. MCPL is getting ready for its second annual comic convention, MoComCon. This event is open and accessible to all. We want to attract seasoned comic conventioneers, novices and and the curious of all ages. The event will include a variety of panels, workshops, programs, displays, exhibits and cosplay. Schedule online. FREE Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring, MD.
Preschool Pioneers: Museum Madness. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Perhaps you love coming to the museum to see airplanes or maybe dinosaurs or perhaps, a painting of a ballerina. But what are museums really for? Join us as we become collectors and build our own mini-museums as a way of understanding how museums work. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets online. This week: Beech Tree Puppets - Hollow Stump. $$ The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Up, Up and Away. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come take a pretend hot air balloon ride with us! The class will imagine floating up, up, and away before visiting the National Air and Space Museum to further explore hot air balloons. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   28   Sunday


A Day of Magic. All ages. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Magic with The Great Zucchini; 12 p.m. Magical Tea Party and 2 p.m. Magic, Magic Everywhere! Family Workshop. Enjoy a day of fun with three different "magical" offerings. Mix and match day! Laugh and be amazed with the Great Zucchini, enjoy an enchanting tea party and make magical carfts with the entire family. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn and Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Artful Afternoons at SEEC. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by our art studio where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon's theme. This weeks theme is Impressionism with stations Landscapes, Capturing Change, Shadows, and Pointillism. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Up, Up and Away. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Come take a pretend hot air balloon ride with us! The class will imagine floating up, up, and away before visiting the National Air and Space Museum to further explore hot air balloons. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   29   Monday


DJ Workshop. Kids ages 10+. 7 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn how to DJ or take your DJ skills to the next level? The Beat Refinery at B2R teaches the skills you need to become a real DJ, combining traditional methods and new technology in a casual, fun setting. Preregistration required. FREE Bach to Rock, Bethesda, MD.
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. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Today: Oh Susannah! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   30   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Stories of Gods and Teachers. Caretakers and babies to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Listen to stories about figures central to Hinduism and Buddhism and uncover the meaning of the rich visual language associated with these ancient religions. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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JAN   31   Wednesday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Try a Dance Class!. Kids ages 4+. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hoping to check out hip hop? Tempted to try tap? Been thinking about ballet? Drop by and try any of our dance classes and discover what dance can do for you! Preregister online. FREE District Dance Arts, Washington, DC.

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February

FEB   1   Thursday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Boogie Babes featuring Marsha and the Positrons. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Story Theatre. Kids ages 2 to 7. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Story Theatre begins with a book. After reading it together, we'll use it to inspire dramatic play and art time, having fun bringing stories to life. Each book presents different opportunities, so each week is unique. Preregistration required for the series. FREE The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.

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FEB   2   Friday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   3   Saturday


Anne of Green Gables - The Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Based on the classic novel by L.M. Montgomery, this heartwarming musical takes place at the turn of the century, when a family decides to adopt an orphan boy for help on their farm, Green Gables. The "boy" turns out to be Anne Shirley, who quickly charms her new home and community with her fun spirit and comical adventures. A musical for the entire family. Tickets online. $$ The Little Theater of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregister online, one week prior. This week: ­Uno, Dos, Tres, con Andres. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Shakespeare for the Young: The Tiniest Tempest. Kids ages 4 to 9. 10:15 a.m. Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, this interactive puppet show brings the characters of Miranda and Prospero, Antonio and Alonso, and Caliban and Ariel to life with their story of hurt, love, revenge and forgiveness on an island. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Hollywood Special FX Show. Kids ages 7+. 2 and 5 p.m. Ever wonder how they did that? Now you can get the inside scoop and discover the science and secrets to making movie magic in this interactive and explosive show. Live on stage, join special effects professionals who've worked on action-packed blockbusters. Feel the heat from an onstage inferno, marvel at gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through huge explosions! Tickets online with specifics outlined. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.

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FEB   4   Sunday


Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. ASL performance February 4 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   5   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. FunDay Monday includes a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! This week: Mr. Skip: Fun & Songs. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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FEB   6   Tuesday


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FEB   7   Wednesday


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FEB   8   Thursday


Boogie Babes featuring King Bullfrog. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.

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FEB   9   Friday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and -yuck!-kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11 a.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   10   Saturday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and -yuck!-kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny. Kids ages 10 and under. Friday 11 a.m. and Saturday 3 p.m. Based on the classic children's books by Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Kids ages 4 and under. Saturday 11 a,n,; Sunday 3 p.m. Based on the classic children's books by Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum: STEAM Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the first annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Day at PRNAM. Explore the newly re-opened exhibits, to learn about the intersections of art and science in aviation. Local companies and organizations will be on hand to assist with a variety of hands-on demos. Free with regular museum admission. $$ Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM), Lexington Park, MD.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregister online, one week prior. This week: Little Mermaid's Pollution Solution. Note: No show February 17. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Sound Health: Second Saturdays. Kids ages 1 to 5. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. You and your child are invited to shake, whistle, giggle, and wiggle in this fun, interactive musical experience with Imagination Stage! In this workshop, an Early Childhood Teaching Artist accompanied by a live percussionist explores a popular children's book with your family through song, movement and instrument play. Pregistraion required. FREE Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, Washington, DC.
Special Olympics DC Polar Plunge. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Jump into above-ground swimming pools, then enjoy the party in the ballpark, including music, refreshments and a special appearance from and photo op with the famous Nationals racing presidents. Attending is free, to participate you must raise money for the Special Olympics. FREE National's Park, Washington, DC.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   11   Sunday


8th Annual Mid-Winter Play Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 4 p.m. (Volunteers 12 to 5 p.m., SSL approved.) Let's Play America offers people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds can have the opportunity to play! Activities include: the balloon game, cookie decorating, board games, crafts, make a valentine, dress-up, hula-hooping, Zumba for babies and families, yoga, dancing and singing with so much more! Refreshments will be provided for all attendees. FREE Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and -yuck!-kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny. Kids ages 10 and under. Friday 11 a.m. and Saturday 3 p.m. Based on the classic children's books by Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Kids ages 4 and under. Saturday 11 a,n,; Sunday 3 p.m. Based on the classic children's books by Margaret Wise Brown, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Inside Out. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. It's bedtime! But instead of getting ready, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastic creature and a sock dance rocks the closet. In this interactive show discover the joy of turning things inside out! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tales of Beatrix Potter. Kids ages 3 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Applause Unlimited of Richmond, VA is back at the Playhouse, and presenting three of Potter's favorites, "Two Bad Mice," "Jemima Puddle-Duck," and "Jeremy Fisher," Christopher Hudert tells the stories, which come to life through the everyday activities of a young girl as she dreams and plays alone in her room. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   12   Monday


Culinary Confidence for Kids. Kids ages 8 to 12. 4 to 6 p.m. Pastry Chef Ally Taylor will introduce kids to the culinary arts while instilling confidence while making Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies. In this engaging, hands-on class, your kids will learn how to follow recipes, accurately measure ingredients and perform decorating techniques. Students will decorate their very own apron to take home! All ingredients and supplies provided. Preregistration required. $$ Hill Center, Washington, DC.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. FunDay Monday includes a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! This week: Story Time & Crafts. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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FEB   13   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Parenting Class. Kids 12 months and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Education begins at birth. Caregivers help children begin learning by responding to interests, sparking curiosity and allowing them to engage in self-directed activities. Explore ways to support your child's development and encourage a love of learning. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. This Mardi Gras Parade is the largest celebration of Fat Tuesday in the DMV. Organized by the Clarendon Alliance, the parade is family friendly and includes local community groups, horses, dogs, fire trucks colorful masks and thousands of Mardi Gras beads. FREE Runs along Wilson Blvd. from N. Barton St., to N. Danville St., Clarendon, VA.

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FEB   14   Wednesday


Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.

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FEB   15   Thursday


Boogie Babes featuring Mr. Skip. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.

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FEB   16   Friday


Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.

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FEB   17   Saturday


Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
George Washington's Birthday Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting weekend of the year! Visit with the Washington family, watch dancing and military demonstrations and eat birthday cake with the General. Admission is FREE February 19! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VAmountvernon.orVA.
KC Chinese New Year Family Day: "Panda Chengdu". All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to our 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration! Enjoy this fun-filled day of activities and entertainment, with a special focus on the arts and culture of China's Chengdu Plain, home to most of the world's giant pandas. No tickets required, but important parking and transporation information on website. FREE Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

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FEB   18   Sunday


Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
George Washington's Birthday Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting weekend of the year! Visit with the Washington family, watch dancing and military demonstrations and eat birthday cake with the General. Admission is FREE February 19! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VAmountvernon.orVA.

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FEB   19   Monday


Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
George Washington's Birthday Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate the first president of the United States on the most exciting weekend of the year! Visit with the Washington family, watch dancing and military demonstrations and eat birthday cake with the General. Admission is FREE February 19! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VAmountvernon.orVA.

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FEB   20   Tuesday


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FEB   21   Wednesday


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FEB   22   Thursday


Boogie Babes featuring Little Larks. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
DJ Workshop. Kids ages 10+. 7 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn how to DJ or take your DJ skills to the next level? The Beat Refinery at B2R teaches the skills you need to become a real DJ, combining traditional methods and new technology in a casual, fun setting. Preregistration required. FREE Bach to Rock, Herndon, VA.

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FEB   23   Friday


Sherwood Family Movie Night - Captain Underpants. 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.

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FEB   24   Saturday


Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Washington Parent Magazine, this expo will introduce your family to exciting opportunities for kids of all ages! Hands-on activities and lots of fun! FREE Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Preregister online, one week prior. This week: Stephen Christoff - Colonial American Music. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery. Kids ages 7+. 11 a.m. to noon. In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies. This one of a kind performance, custom-designed for the Spy Museum, is guaranteed to fascinate all. Tickets online. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, DC.

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FEB   25   Sunday


Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Washington Parent Magazine. this expo will introduce your family to exciting opportunities for kids of all ages! Hands-on activities and lots of fun! FREE Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA.

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FEB   26   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. FunDay Monday includes a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! This week: Movement Monday. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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FEB   27   Tuesday


DJ Workshop. Kids ages 10+. 7 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn how to DJ or take your DJ skills to the next level? The Beat Refinery at B2R teaches the skills you need to become a real DJ, combining traditional methods and new technology in a casual, fun setting. Preregistration required. FREE Bach to Rock, McLean, VA.