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FEB   18   Sunday


Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now live and skating into your town. Tickets online. $$ 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. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VAmountvernon.orVA.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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FEB   19   Monday


Art Investigators: Modern Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.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. Each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. Today featuring Quilts of Gee's Bend. Sign-up details online. FREE National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
Disney On Ice presents Frozen. All ages (family-friendly event). 2:30 p.m. 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


Black Diamond. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Score a home run with a spirit-rousing musical play about the "other" major league! This updated hit from nationally recognized arts leader Michael Bobbitt and tunesmith John Cornelius chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. You'll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history-and American history, too! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.

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FEB   21   Wednesday


Black Diamond. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Score a home run with a spirit-rousing musical play about the "other" major league! This updated hit from nationally recognized arts leader Michael Bobbitt and tunesmith John Cornelius chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. You'll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history-and American history, too! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.

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FEB   22   Thursday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Black Diamond. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Score a home run with a spirit-rousing musical play about the "other" major league! This updated hit from nationally recognized arts leader Michael Bobbitt and tunesmith John Cornelius chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. You'll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history-and American history, too! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Boogie Babes featuring Little Larks. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ 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.
Family Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Learn about the suffragist and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth and make a collage in honor of this important American freedom fighter. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
George Washington's 286th Birthday. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit Mount Vernon on George Washington's birthday for free! Listen to Mount Vernon residents share stories about the General, create a birthday card for our first president and observe a patriotic concert and a moving ceremony honoring new citizens. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.

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FEB   23   Friday


Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Black Diamond. Kids ages 6 to 12. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Score a home run with a spirit-rousing musical play about the "other" major league! This updated hit from nationally recognized arts leader Michael Bobbitt and tunesmith John Cornelius chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. You'll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history-and American history, too! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Peter and the Staratcher, A Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Tony award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to dancing mermaids and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the bonds of friendship, duty and love. Tickets online. $$ Unitarian Universalist Church, Arlington, VA.
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


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Annual Sock Hop and Silent Auction. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets include all dinner, drinks, crafts and fun. Kids dance the afternoon away to Mr. Skip while their grownups socialize and and bid on awesome silent auction packages. All proceeds support the River Park Nursery School program. Tickets online. $$ River Park Nursery School, Washington, DC.
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 Color. Stations include Camouflage, Making Color, Science of Color and Creating with Color. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Dog as Port Discovery celebrates the Chinese New Year! Visitors of all backgrounds will learn, experience and participate traditions surrounding the Chinese New Year celebration. Event free with museum entry, tickets online. $$ Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, MD.
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.
Oseam. Kids ages 10+. Saturday, 10 a.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Korean with English subtitles. Adapted from a fairy tale by the writer-poet Jeong Chae-bong, this is the story of a five-year-old boy, Gilson, traveling in search of his mother. Gilson sets out with with his blind older sister to find her. When Buddhist monks take them in, their journey progresses from a physical search to a spiritual quest. With stunning, hand-drawn animation, Oseam presents themes of beauty, tragedy and never-ending love. FREE National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Reptiles Alive!. Kids ages 12 and younger. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a fun family day with refreshments, family activities - moon bounce, face-painting, balloon artist and a free "Meet and Greet" show by Reptiles Alive! FREE The Compass School, Ashburn, 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.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Ocean Water. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Engage in imaginative ocean play before discovering more about marine life at the National Museum of Natural History's Sant Ocean Hall. We will learn about ocean animals both large and small and meet Phoenix the model whale, which is suspended from the ceiling. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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FEB   25   Sunday


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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Artful Afternoons at SEEC. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by our art studio where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon's theme. This weeks theme is Color. Stations include Camouflage, Making Color, Science of Color and Creating with Color. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Washington Parent Magazine. this expo will introduce your family to exciting opportunities for kids of all ages! Hands-on activities and lots of fun! FREE Dulles Town Center, Dulles, VA.
Oseam. Kids ages 10+. Saturday, 10 a.m. and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Korean with English subtitles. Adapted from a fairy tale by the writer-poet Jeong Chae-bong, this is the story of a five-year-old boy, Gilson, traveling in search of his mother. Gilson sets out with with his blind older sister to find her. When Buddhist monks take them in, their journey progresses from a physical search to a spiritual quest. With stunning, hand-drawn animation, Oseam presents themes of beauty, tragedy and never-ending love. FREE National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Preschool Pioneers: Do You See What I See?. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Our workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. You don't have to be an expert to expertly look at a painting. This class will engage your child by encouraging them to look, respond and ask questions through multiple careful looking techniques. We will even get to sketch in the galleries! Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tiny Tots @ 10: Dragon Babies. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Come see a rousing musical performance of fun-loving, little dragons showing off their special abilities in a magical talent show. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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FEB   26   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: 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 Back to Rock, McLean, VA.

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FEB   28   Wednesday


Tiny Tots @ 10: Dragon Babies. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10 a.m. This wildy popular series offers a viewing atmosphere especially suited to small fry with shorter show, no dark room or loud noises and the door stays open. Come see a rousing musical performance of fun-loving, little dragons showing off their special abilities in a magical talent show. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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March

MAR   1   Thursday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAR   2   Friday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAR   3   Saturday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Healthy First Saturday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hop, skip or jump over to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take part in programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices and understand how our bodies work. FREE Port Discovery, Baltimore, MD.
Infant Investigators: Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. We will use the classic children's song as a gateway for discovering how boats move on the water. Families will visit the National Museum of American History's On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, where they will explore sailboats, steamboats and cargo ships. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Pinkalicious: The Musical. Kids ages 4+. 1 and 4 p.m. Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents, and eventually develops Pinkititis-an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe! When her hue goes too far, Pinkalicious must find a way out of this predicament. Tickets online. $$ BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Saint Patrick's Day Parade and More!. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 to 11:45 a.m.: The Invitational Classic Car Show on North Pitt Street. 10:30 a.m. to noon: The Alexandria Dog Show at Market Square. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.: The Saint Patrick's Day Parade. FREE Alfred and King Streets, runs along King turning, east on Lee Street ending at Cameron Street, Alexandria, 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: $$ The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Summer Camp & Activities Expo. All ages (family-friendly events). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speak one-on-one with summer camp and summer program providers. Enjoy free activities and giveaways for kids! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. 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 Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Tickets online. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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MAR   4   Sunday


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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Doktor Kaboom: "It's Just Rocket Science". Kids ages 7+. 2 p.m. Doktor Kaboom is an over-the-top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. Sporting chrome goggles, orange lab coat, motorcycle boots and wicked cool hair, Doktor Kaboom travels the world, thrilling adults and children alike with his explosive comedic style of science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain! Tickets online. $$ The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.
Infant Investigators: Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. We will use the classic children's song as a gateway for discovering how boats move on the water. Families will visit the National Museum of American History's On the Water: Stories from Maritime America, where they will explore sailboats, steamboats and cargo ships. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAR   5   Monday


Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join our new year-round Nature Playgroup which is to be held each month. Your preschooler will enjoy nature-themed toys and puzzles, and you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. Explore nature sensory bins, play games, activities even go for a garden walk. This month's theme: "All Things Green!" Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

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MAR   6   Tuesday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 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.

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MAR   7   Wednesday


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MAR   8   Thursday


Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Dinorock: Dinosaur Book of World Records. Kids ages 4 to 7. 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Meet nature's own record-holding dinosaurs through colorful puppetry and fabulous original music. Each of the eight marvelous monsters sings its own special song as kids explore and discover the fascinating prehistoric world. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cherverly, MD.

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MAR   9   Friday


Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAR   10   Saturday


18th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. Celebrate St. Patty's day with a parade! Then after the parade, join us at the Lakefront Plaza for a live musical performance by Lloyd Dobbler Effect from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., strolling entertainment, free family activities, giveaways and merchant specials! FREE Rio Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg, MD.
5K Mountain Maple Run. Kids ages 9+. 10 a.m. Enjoy our 5K Run followed by pancake feed and maple syrup making demonstrations. Beautiful location and fun trip for the family. Preregistration online. $$ Camp Hidden Meadows, Bartow, WV.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and -yuck!-kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Amazing Farm Fun's Spring Festival. Kids ages 2+. 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through April 8. Enjoy weekend Easter egg hunts, activities and a Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny. Giant slide hills, huge jumping pillows, hayrides, animal feeding areas, pedal kart track, swinging bridge and more! Tickets online. $$ Ticonderoga Farms, Chantilly, VA.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Family Fun: Garden Terrarium Workshop. Kids ages 5+. 10 to 11 a.m. Create an enclosed, mini garden terrarium that is fun to view and easy to take care of. Learn about the water cycle and have fun decorating your mini world with colored sand, stones and a figurine. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
KidSpy Overnight: Operation Secret Slumber. Kids ages 9 to 11. 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. March 11. The Museum doors have been locked for the night, but in the shadows a group of exclusive recruits stand ready to begin a night of top-secret KidSpy training. This could be you! Tickets online. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, DC.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Snow White Variety Show. Kids ages 6+. 2 p.m. All the fun of just about every TV show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! This is a part-talk-show, part-reality show dramatic retelling of a classic story you thought you knew performed by talented local young actors! The dwarves team up to share their own side of Snow White's story. Tickets online. $$ The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.
Toddler Trailblazers: Little Cloud. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Build upon your child's growing imagination by exploring the ever changing shapes of clouds. We will explore the physical properties of rain clouds before heading to the National Gallery of Art. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAR   11   Sunday


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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Snow White Variety Show. Kids ages 6+. 2 p.m. All the fun of just about every TV show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! This is a part-talk-show, part-reality show dramatic retelling of a classic story you thought you knew performed by talented local young actors! The dwarves team up to share their own side of Snow White's story. Tickets online. $$ The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.
Toddler Trailblazers: Little Cloud. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Build upon your child's growing imagination by exploring the ever changing shapes of clouds. We will explore the physical properties of rain clouds before heading to the National Gallery of Art. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAR   12   Monday


Homeschool Day at Moumt Vernon. All ages. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about George Washington's beloved estate with this themed booklet series tailored to the homeschool student. Tour the Mansion, meet people from Washington's world and participate in a special ceremony at Washington's Tomb. Watch costumed interpreters produce 18th-century goods, play colonial games and meet some of Mount Vernon's animals! Tickets online. $$ George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA.

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MAR   13   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Inspired by Nature. Caretakers and babies to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Explore the ways in which inventors mimic the natural world to come up with products that improve our everyday lives. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAR   14   Wednesday


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MAR   15   Thursday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 12:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Flight School: The Musical. Kids ages 4 to 8. 10:15 a.m. and noon. Penguin is excited to go to the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Although Penguin is ready to live on the wind he wasn't built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. But Penguin's spirit won't be grounded, so with the help of some friends, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Based on the popular book by Lita Judge. $$ Publick Playhouse, Cherverly, MD.

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MAR   16   Friday


Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Fifty graceful dancers from this world-renowned ensemble perform a ballet for the whole family. With enchanted melodies, opulent costumes, lavish scenery and hilarious physical comedy, this performance is a treat for all. Tickets online. $$ Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA.

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MAR   17   Saturday


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Amphibian Action Night: A Family Adventure. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy as we celebrate and discover the different animals that use vernal pools and their surrounding forest habitats. We will look for Wood Frogs, salamanders, toads, Spring Peepers, Fairy Shrimp and more! Preregistration required. $$ Morven Park, Leesburg, VAlo.
Arlington Kids' Stuff Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. This sale features gently used items from 100 consignors including clothes, toys, books, dvds, games, puzzles and more for kids from birth to teen. There's also plenty for parents like baby gear, strollers, bottles and safety items, too. The Kids' Stuff Sale is a community-minded group, sharing our profits with local charities. FREE St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Family Fun: St. Paddy's Peas and Potatoes. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2 p.m. St. Patrick's Day is the traditional day to plant potatoes. Learn the origins of this staple and its importance to Ireland. Listen to tales of leprechauns, sample spuds and plant peas and potatoes in our garden. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Preschool Pioneers: Monet and the Sun. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Our workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. We all know that Monet was a great artist, but did you know that his paintings show the progression of the sun? Join us as we weave science and art concepts together for an exciting class that will conclude at the National Gallery of Art. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Snow White Variety Show. Kids ages 6+. 2 p.m. All the fun of just about every TV show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! This is a part-talk-show, part-reality show dramatic retelling of a classic story you thought you knew performed by talented local young actors! The dwarves team up to share their own side of Snow White's story. Tickets online. $$ The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.

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MAR   18   Sunday


5th Annual Maker Faire NoVa. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. A showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Tickets online. $$ George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. And just when it can't get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and -yuck!-kissing on TV. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Uuuugggghhh. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Beauty and the Beast. Kids ages 5+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. A romantic tale of a handsome prince, and his love, Beauty, set in a great forest in old Russia. There are curses, conflicts, hopes, wishes, dreams, and exciting adventures, all the things that make a happy ending that much sweeter. Imaginative settings and beautiful costumes support this large-scale marionette version of the classic love story. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Isabel Roxas: The Littlest Viking. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:30 a.m. Join illustrator Isabel Roxas for a live drawing demo, reading and signing of her newest book, The Littlest Viking. FREE Solid State Books, Washington, DC.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Snow White Variety Show. Kids ages 6+. 2 p.m. All the fun of just about every TV show genre you can imagine is jam-packed into this wild and fast-paced comedy! This is a part-talk-show, part-reality show dramatic retelling of a classic story you thought you knew performed by talented local young actors! The dwarves team up to share their own side of Snow White's story. Tickets online. $$ The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.

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MAR   19   Monday


Garden Buds. Kids ages 2 to 3. 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Children's Discovery Garden one Monday a month! 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. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
The Princess & The Pauper - A Bollywood Tale. Kids ages 5+. 11 a.m. Complete with a political coup, and a spoiled princess, and based on a Mark Twain story, this is a multicultural mistaken identity tale from the golden age of Bollywood whipped up Imagination Stage style. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.