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JUN   22   Friday


By The People Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. By The People is a new, inclusive, international arts and innovation festival that facilitates connection and celebrates creativity. You are invited to enjoy fun and free arts installations, performances, talks and programs about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Don't miss the Smithsonian's extended evening hours on June 23 and the augmented reality art at each of the festival sites! Schedule and details online. FREE Various locations., 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. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open at 10 a.m., show at 10:30 a.m. Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob and Boogie Bennie. With the pending release of Plymouth Rockers, the band's fifth record, Rocknoceros have hit their creative peak. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Moonlight Movies at the Mansion. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 to 11 p.m. movies starting just after sunset. Bring your family and a blanket and enjoy free movies under the stars on the front lawn of historic Kentlands Mansion. Light concessions available for cash purchase and Paladar Latin Kitchen will be onsite selling some of their favorite dishes. This week featuring: Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark. FREE Kentlands Mansions, Gaithersburg, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11 a.m. Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., "Sleeping Beauty" combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! 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.

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JUN   23   Saturday


3rd Annual Sibley Family Fun Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be games, activities, entertainment, snacks, Zumba and yoga for all ages, giveaways and more! Chilli from 97.1 WASH-FM will provide music and MC the event. Please bring a pack of diapers for a diaper drive benefiting families in need. FREE Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC.
By The People Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. By The People is a new, inclusive, international arts and innovation festival that facilitates connection and celebrates creativity. You are invited to enjoy fun and free arts installations, performances, talks and programs about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Don't miss the Smithsonian's extended evening hours on June 23 and the augmented reality art at each of the festival sites! Schedule and details online. FREE Various locations., Washington, DC.
Chant. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Chamber Dance Project presents the world premiere of Chant - a powerful work with live Gregorian chant creating a cathedral of sound, movement and light that envelops the audience. Adults may bring a child for free to the performance. All are welcome to stay after the performance to join an onstage workshop with the artists. For information and a free ticket for a child, call 202-547-1122. $$ Lansburgh Theater, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Do-re-mi les amis!. Kids ages 1+. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Join us for a musical storytime with Achille! Children will enjoy traditional songs and dance in a fun, immersion-based program twice a month on Saturday mornings. RSVP online. FREE Alliance Francaise, Washington, DC.
Family Fun Day. Kids 12 and under. 12 to 4 p.m. Join Power Plant Live! at their Luau 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 local charity. FREE Power Plant Live!, Baltimore, MD.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 10:30 a.m. Learn about the stories told through the plants on the Capitol Grounds and create a collage inspired by the green landscape. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Great American Campout. All ages (family-friendly event). See all that Sky Meadows has to offer through activities beginning at noon on Saturday and running until noon on Sunday. Park rangers will be on hand to help you set up your campsite and tent. First time and experienced campers won't want to miss all the fun programs, including the Fishing in Parks program, a demonstration by Dogs East search and rescue, a campfire sing-a-long, s'mores, nature hikes, hearth cooking demonstrations and more. Preregistration required. $$ Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Hers Comes Trouble. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open at 10 a.m., show at 10:30 a.m. Metro DC based kindie rock heroes Here Comes Trouble is a band that is all about being silly, having fun, and finding the adventure in everything. Conservatory trained duo (and husband/wife team) Jon Babu and Kelly Donohue collaborate with their wacky band of friends to create irresistibly catchy lyrics and toe-tapping, genre-bending tunes that will keep you smiling all day long! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, 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: Superheroes Party - Ever Laughter Parties. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Montgomery County Heritage Days. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This free festival highlights historic, cultural and outdoor recreation sites offering special programs including exhibits and demonstrations, live music, activities for children and much more! Heritage Days is the perfect chance to enjoy many small sites that are not regularly open to the public. Schedule online. FREE Various locations in Montgomery County, , 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Panic for the Vibe. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11 a.m. Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., "Sleeping Beauty" combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., "Sleeping Beauty" combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Solstice Saturday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. to midnight. We will be celebrating the solstice at both locations. There will be planetarium shows, solar observation through telescopes and story times. Events will also occur at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Schedule online. FREE National Air & Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center, Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Twos Travelers: Elephants. Kids ages 24 to 36 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Elephants are particularly lovable creatures who figure prominently in Indian culture. Children will learn about these gentle giants and visit the Sackler Gallery to hear a story about Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Vine on the Waterfront. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 6 p.m. The festival is a community-based event featuring tastes of local foods and wine, as well as artisans, a Children's Corner and live entertainment. The event transforms Oronoco Bay Park into a lively festival. Tickets online. $$ Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town Alexandria, VA.

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JUN   24   Sunday


Artful Afternoons: Food. 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. Four Maker Stations: Wayne Thiebaud; Food Carving; Giuseppe Arimboldo; Still Life. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
By The People Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. By The People is a new, inclusive, international arts and innovation festival that facilitates connection and celebrates creativity. You are invited to enjoy fun and free arts installations, performances, talks and programs about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Don't miss the Smithsonian's extended evening hours on June 23 and the augmented reality art at each of the festival sites! Schedule and details online. FREE Various locations., Washington, DC.
Great American Campout. All ages (family-friendly event). See all that Sky Meadows has to offer through activities beginning at noon on Saturday and running until noon on Sunday. Park rangers will be on hand to help you set up your campsite and tent. First time and experienced campers won't want to miss all the fun programs, including the Fishing in Parks program, a demonstration by Dogs East search and rescue, a campfire sing-a-long, s'mores, nature hikes, hearth cooking demonstrations and more. Preregistration required. $$ Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Montgomery County Heritage Days. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This free festival highlights historic, cultural and outdoor recreation sites offering special programs including exhibits and demonstrations, live music, activities for children and much more! Heritage Days is the perfect chance to enjoy many small sites that are not regularly open to the public. Schedule online. FREE Various locations in Montgomery County, , 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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Sleeping Beauty. Kids ages 3 1/2+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., "Sleeping Beauty" combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets. Kids ages 3+. 5 p.m. Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets are helping us welcome summer back to McLean! Their Grammy Award-Winning album, Home, weaves together childhood memories with textured pop tunes which is sure to turn the gazebo into a dance party. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
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.
Udvar-Hazy Center Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Our popular summer concert series is back! Bring your friends and family for a free performance in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. For the June concert, the navy Sax Quartet will play. Parking is free after 4 p.m. FREE Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

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JUN   25   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 - Kids Zumba. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Under The Big Top. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Summer Break with its Education Adventure Event, Under the Big Top. Themed around the traditional circus trains of years gone by that brought dare devil, thrilling and entertaining acts of the circus to every corner of America. The many activities include a variety of carnival games and craft station. June 28 and 29 everyone may board the B&O's Mile One Express for a 20 minute round-trip train ride. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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JUN   26   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. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Concert in the Garden. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Be our guests for a live musical concert in the gardens celebrating the Friends of Green Spring's 25th anniversary. Enjoy dinner from the food truck or bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) Board will lead fun activities for the kids beginning at 5 p.m. and will serve complimentary cake and lemonade during the concert. FREE Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Storytime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. Fourth Tuesday of the each month at 11 a.m. You and your child will enjoy monthly book readings during this enriching program. Join in the two-year exploration of the alphabet. Enjoy books, songs and a craft that features the letter of the month. June letter is F, July is G. Tickets online, advance purchase is recommended. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Under The Big Top. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Summer Break with its Education Adventure Event, Under the Big Top. Themed around the traditional circus trains of years gone by that brought dare devil, thrilling and entertaining acts of the circus to every corner of America. The many activities include a variety of carnival games and craft station. June 28 and 29 everyone may board the B&O's Mile One Express for a 20 minute round-trip train ride. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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JUN   27   Wednesday


Around the World with Yosi. Kids ages 3 to 8. 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Award-winning children's songwriter & recording artist, Yosi, brings songs, dances & instruments from around the world to you! Don't miss this multicultural, interactive and educational concert. Children will learn to say "hello" and count in various languages. They'll participate in two dances from other cultures and most importantly, learn about tolerance and acceptance of people from different parts of the world. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., evening concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The Festival takes place every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It's an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other traditional bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Daily schedule online. FREE National Mall, Washington, DC.
Under The Big Top. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Summer Break with its Education Adventure Event, Under the Big Top. Themed around the traditional circus trains of years gone by that brought dare devil, thrilling and entertaining acts of the circus to every corner of America. The many activities include a variety of carnival games and craft station. June 28 and 29 everyone may board the B&O's Mile One Express for a 20 minute round-trip train ride. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
VAL's Pals Kids Club: Rocknocerous. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone's favorite Rocknocerous! performs. Hosted in the Village Community Room, next to Plow & Hearth. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.

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JUN   28   Thursday


Adventure Kids featuring Blue Sky Puppets. Kids 8 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Laugh, play and sing along! The first 60 members will recieve a free gift and craft! Lakeforest Mall's Adventure Kids is a free club for kids. Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month for our events and giveaways. Register online to become a club member. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Around the World with Yosi. Kids ages 3 to 8. 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Award-winning children's songwriter & recording artist, Yosi, brings songs, dances & instruments from around the world to you! Don't miss this multicultural, interactive and educational concert. Children will learn to say "hello" and count in various languages. They'll participate in two dances from other cultures and most importantly, learn about tolerance and acceptance of people from different parts of the world. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Boogie Babes featuring Marsha and the Positrons. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
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. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Family Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a guided tour of Exhibition Hall and learn about how the country, Congress and the Capitol grew over time. Meet in the entrance to Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., evening concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The Festival takes place every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It's an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other traditional bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Daily schedule online. FREE National Mall, Washington, DC.
Thursday Morning Kids Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer! From dancing and magic to music and fairytales, these entertainers will captivate their audiences. This week: Spitz-O-Matic - Fitness Dance Party. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Under The Big Top. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Summer Break with its Education Adventure Event, Under the Big Top. Themed around the traditional circus trains of years gone by that brought dare devil, thrilling and entertaining acts of the circus to every corner of America. The many activities include a variety of carnival games and craft station. June 28 and 29 everyone may board the B&O's Mile One Express for a 20 minute round-trip train ride. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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JUN   29   Friday


Around the World with Yosi. Kids ages 3 to 8. 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Award-winning children's songwriter & recording artist, Yosi, brings songs, dances & instruments from around the world to you! Don't miss this multicultural, interactive and educational concert. Children will learn to say "hello" and count in various languages. They'll participate in two dances from other cultures and most importantly, learn about tolerance and acceptance of people from different parts of the world. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Four Mile Movie Series: Mary Poppins. 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.
Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open at 10 a.m., show at 10:30 a.m. Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob and Boogie Bennie. With the pending release of Plymouth Rockers, the band's fifth record, Rocknoceros have hit their creative peak. The new batch of songs entertain and educate in equal measure. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., evening concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The Festival takes place every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It's an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other traditional bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Daily schedule online. FREE National Mall, Washington, DC.
Under The Big Top. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Summer Break with its Education Adventure Event, Under the Big Top. Themed around the traditional circus trains of years gone by that brought dare devil, thrilling and entertaining acts of the circus to every corner of America. The many activities include a variety of carnival games and craft station. June 28 and 29 everyone may board the B&O's Mile One Express for a 20 minute round-trip train ride. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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JUN   30   Saturday


Children's Art Talk & Tour. Kids ages 7+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers can get behind the brushstrokes and into the head, heart and history of the artists with these kid-friendly Saturday tours. Children take part in an educational guided tour of the current exhibitions followed by a hands-on art activity. June exhibit: Washington Calligrapher's Guild, Buried Wild: Adam Griffiths. Advance ticket purchase required. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Community in Action Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You're invited to Melwood's Community in Action Day in support of National Safety Month! Join the fun as we connect the community with expert community leaders. The first 100 attendees will get a special gift! Free ice cream, games, CPR/EMS demos and more! FREE Melwood, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 10:30 a.m. Learn about the stories told through the plants on the Capitol Grounds and create a collage inspired by the green landscape. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Fireworks & Fun!. All ages (family-friendly event). 4 p.m. Kick-off the Independence Day holiday with Gaylord National Resort's exclusive, resort guest-only event including kiddie rides, live music featuring The Regan Years, great food, an adult-only area and spectacular fireworks finale over the Potomac River! Tickets online. $$ Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, MD.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Children's Science Center. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ 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: Pebble to Pearl. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., evening concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The Festival takes place every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It's an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other traditional bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Daily schedule online. FREE National Mall, Washington, DC.
SummerFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 to 11 p.m. We've kept all the best highlights of our lively street festival, with multiple stages of live music, great food and plenty of activities for kids and now we're keeping the fun going by capping off the evening with spectacular fireworks and an illuminating SummerGlo After Party. FREE Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, 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.
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.

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July

JUL   1   Sunday


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. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., evening concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The Festival takes place every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It's an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other traditional bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions and take part in this unique cultural exchange. Daily schedule online. FREE National Mall, Washington, DC.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.