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JUL   16   Monday


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JUL   17   Tuesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.

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JUL   18   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Kids Series: Inquiring Minds. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presenting a fun program of exploration for young visitors on Wednesday mornings in July and August. Schedule online. Today featuring: Animal Day. Meet the City of Gaithersburg Police Department's K-9 Unit at 10:45 a.m. Make toys for rescue animals to send to area shelters. Meet the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, MD (AWLMC). Learn about their cat shelter and possibly meet a shelter cat. Meet Frodo the therapy dog from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Omani Cultural Evening. All ages (family-friendly event). 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Culture comes alive at SQCC's Omani Cultural Evening! Join us for an evening of food, fun and activities for all ages. RSVP by July 15 to rsvp@sqcc.org. FREE Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington, DC.
Scientific Illustration Family Workshop. Kids ages 7+. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Museum educators lead your family through the process of mindful observations and then teach techniques for accurate illustration using real museum specimens. No previous drawing experience or skills needed. Free, but registration is requested. FREE Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
VAL's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a morning of fun on Wednesdays this summer! This week be amazed by Nicolo the Jester. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.

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JUL   19   Thursday


Backyard Theater for Kids: Positive Vibrations. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore provides vibrant performances for families throughout the year. We offer experiences that inspire our littlest audience members to learn, explore and connect to their world and each other in new ways. Learn more about our sensory-friendly programming for children with autism or other disabilities. Schedules and tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music that rocks Thursday nights! Bethesda restaurants will also be a part of the concert fun! Check out the schedule for more information. Entertaining tonight: Sojourne (Soul). FREE Veterans Park, Bethesda, MD.
Boogie Babes featuring Mr. Skip. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. End the day on a musical note! Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Schedule online. Today featuring: Goodfellas - Beatles Tribute. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer! From dancing and magic to music and fairytales, these entertainers will captivate their audiences. Today featuring: Barry Wood - Magician. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   20   Friday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Mary Cassatt. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where 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 these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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JUL   21   Saturday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Mary Cassatt. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Family Fun Day. Kids ages 1 to 12. 12 to 4 p.m. Join Power Plant Live! at Superhero Family Fun Day! The day will include themed games and activities, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and food. All proceeds from all-access wristbands will be donated to a locoal charity. FREE Power Plant Live!, Baltimore, MD.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imaginations as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of the museum. Each First Studio includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Mr. Skip - Fun and Songs. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, 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: Frayed Knots FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Preschool Pioneers: A Different Kind of Shark Week. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Long before Shark Week, there was John Singleton Copley's painting, Watson and the Shark. Join us as we learn about the world of sharks and re-enact this dramatic shark story. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Old and new, tried and true audience favorites. Music from around the world. Entertaining tonight: Sizzlin' Salsa. The roots of salsa combine elements of the Spanish guitar-playing tradition with the rhythmic complexity and call-and-response vocal tradition of African musical sources. Salsa is a fun, interactive, musical performance that the whole family can enjoy! FREE BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. This Father's Day, join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed books and movies. References to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together! Advanced tickets required. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   22   Sunday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., sign up begin at 11 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Mary Cassatt. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 5:30 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. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Preschool Pioneers: A Different Kind of Shark Week. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Long before Shark Week, there was John Singleton Copley's painting, Watson and the Shark. Join us as we learn about the world of sharks and re-enact this dramatic shark story. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Hip-Hop Meets the Music of India. Indian Violinist Nistha Raj and Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon present a collaboration that mixes genres of music native to each of their cultural upbringings, Hindustani Classical music and acoustic Hip-Hop and D.C.'s Go-Go. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   23   Monday


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! $$ Busboys & Poets 14th & V, Washington, DC.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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JUL   24   Tuesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: Remember the Titans. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Storytime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. Fourth Tuesday of the each month at 11 a.m. You and your child will enjoy monthly book readings during this enriching program. Join in the two-year exploration of the alphabet. Enjoy books, songs and a craft that features the letter of the month. July letter is G. August is H. Tickets online, advance purchase is recommended. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   25   Wednesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: Casablanca. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kids Series: Inquiring Minds. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presenting a fun program of exploration for young visitors on Wednesday mornings in July and August. Schedule online. Today featuring: Origami. Learn how to fold paper into fun forms. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
VAL's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a morning of fun on Wednesdays this summer! This week dance and sing along with Groovy Nate. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.

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JUL   26   Thursday


Backyard Theater: Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore provides vibrant performances for families throughout the year. We offer experiences that inspire our littlest audience members to learn, explore and connect to their world and each other in new ways. Learn more about our sensory-friendly programming for children with autism or other disabilities. Schedules and tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: The Big Stick. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Boogie Babes featuring 123 Andres. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. End the day on a musical note! Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Schedule online. Today featuring: Goodfellas - The Plate Scrapers - Appalachian Bluegrass. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer! From dancing and magic to music and fairytales, these entertainers will captivate their audiences. Today featuring: The Rope Warrior David Fisher - Jump Rope Tricks. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   27   Friday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Constant Troyon. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: Mean Girls. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Four Mile Movie Series: Wonder. All ages (family-friendly event). Films start at dusk, fun begins at 6:30 p.m. A favorite summer tradition in Arlandria returns with a host of new and old favorites. So grab your friend and family, a picnic dinner and a blanket or chair and join us for some great entertainment. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Movie Night in Gaithersburg. All ages (family-friendly event). Pre-movie activities begin at 6:15 p.m. with movies starting at 7 p.m. Escape the summer heat and enjoy popular family favorite films indoors! Feel free to bring a cushion or blanket to get cozy. This week enjoy: Paddington Bear 2. $$ Casey Community Center, Gaithersburg, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   28   Saturday


Arts on the Horizon: To The Clouds. Kids 3 and under. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. A magical, interactive adventure of a day in the life of a raindrop! Kids will love a close-up look at the amazing things along the raindrop's journey: colorful flowers, the warm sun, perhaps even a whale! Through movement, puppetry, and found object animation, this interactive world-premiere for babies and toddlers is driven by a soundtrack of classical music and creates a captivating world of transformation. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: The Post. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
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: World Karate. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Flip Like Wilson FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Skywatching & Talk: Mars. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 10 p.m. Mars is the night's focus, with a pre-skywatching talk by NASA Solar System Ambassador Ted Avraham followed by a look at Mars through telescopes. Enjoy related hands-on activities for children. FREE Observatory Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Old and new, tried and true audience favorites. Music from around the world. Entertaining tonight: O'Malley's March. You could call it Celtic Rock - but it is so much more. This band has refused to stand in one place and simply play the usual fare. Mixing the hauntingly beautiful, soulful and rousing music of Irish tradition with the music that was created out of the Irish Diaspora. FREE BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where 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 these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Rolling on the River. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. We build on your child's natural curiosity by recreating the river ecosystem through play. Class ends with an exploration of the National Museum of the American Indian's landscape where they will see and hear the sounds of a river. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Tot Shabbat with Miss Ellie. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Summer is here and we want you to join us for the fun with Ellie Schuchman! Come pray, sing, make friends and enjoy the community. FREE Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   29   Sunday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., sign up begin at 11 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Constant Troyon. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Artful Afternoons: Movement. 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 week's Four Maker Stations: Action Painting; Art Bot; Art that Moves; Movement in Art. Reregistration required and online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   30   Monday


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.

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JUL   31   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Inspired by Nature. 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. Explore the ways in which inventors mimic the natural world to come up with products that improve our everyday lives. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.