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Explorations 2018

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Adventure Theatre MTC
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
When the Moody family drops anchor on "Artichoke" Island, they meet Cap'n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. April 20-June 3, 2018. Call or visit the website for tickets. , Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-2270.

The Art League Gallery
The Art League Gallery provides a gathering and exhibit space for the visual arts community of Alexandria and the greater Washington, DC region. Each month brings new exhibits! Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Va. , 703-683-1780.

Big Train 2018
Come watch Bethesda Big Train--catch a game with family & friends. Small-town baseball at its best! Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD. , 301-379-9145.

BlackRock Center for the Arts
BlackRock is the leading arts venue in Upper Montgomery County, MD, providing high-quality performances, gallery exhibtions, classes and camps for kids, families and adults. , 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD, 301-528-2260.

Buffalo Gap Retreat
A family and eco-friendly retreat and campground in the mountains of West Virginia with lake activities, hiking trails and spa amenities. Cottages and camp site rentals available. , 229 Cool Creek Rd., Capon Bridge, WV,

Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens(R) Williamsburg offers fun for the whole family with thrilling roller coasters, world-class dining options and kid-friendly attractions. Explore the new wooden roller coaster, InvadR(TM). , Williamsburg, VA,

The Castle Laser Tag
Call today to schedule your family-fun event! Birthday parties, team or group outings, corporate events, team building. Arcade and Ropes Course at our new Gaithersburg location. Two Locations: 14201 Woodcliff Ct., Bowie, MD, 301-352-8413 & 9100 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 240-224-7766.

Celebrate Fairfax
June 8-10, 2018. Tickets. Free shuttle buses from Fair Lakes Circle & Fair Oaks Mall. Fireworks, petting zoo, carnival rides, Children's Avenue, kid's crafts, pony rides and more. Fairfax County Government Center ,

Clark's Elioak Farm
Petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions and Pine Tree Maze, playground, play area, picnic area, country store. Birthday parties and tours available. Open April 1 through November 1. , 10500 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.

The DC Jazz Festival
June 8-17, 2018: The 2018 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC with dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fundays, June 2-3, 2018. , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 19, 2018; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Gaithersburg Book Festival will include author appearances, book signings, workshops, children's activities, exhibitors and more. Visit us online today! , Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD,

Gaithersburg Community Museum
History...Trains...Hands-on Fun... and more at this family-friendly museum in the Olde Towne rail complex. Indoor/outdoor interpretive spaces explore Gaithersburg's history and spark the imagination. , 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6160.

Gaylord National
Grab the kids and make your next vacation destination Gaylord National Resort. When you stay at our award-winning location, you will experience new and exciting interactive adventures. , National Harbor, MD, 301-965-4000.

Glen Echo Park Aquarium
A Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center
Come discover everything under the sea! Perfect for families, school groups, scouts and birthdays. Open: Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Weekday by appointment. , Glen Echo, MD, 301-955-6256.

Hometown Holidays Music Festival
A Memorial Holiday Weekend tradition! Celebrate with food, fun and music as more than 30 bands and musicians perform across four stages and six blocks. Taste of Rockville will be happening simultaneously. Full list of performers and restaurants online. , Rockville, MD,

Imagination Bethesda
A children's street festival celebrating the arts! June 2, 2018; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! The festival takes place at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda. , 301-215-6660.

Imagination Stage
Experience live theater in our state-of-the-art theater. Unlike most children's theater companies, we commission new works for children every year. Plan a family-fun visit to our award-winning theater today! , 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-280-1636.

International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. , 800 F St., NW, Washington, DC,

The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center offers education and related artistic programming. Performances for Young Audiences, tours and more. , Washington, DC, 202-467-4600.

Kings Dominion
Head to Kings Dominion -- Virginia's ultimate destination for fun! With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, a 14-acre kids area, Planet Snoopy and an all-inclusive waterpark, there's something for everyone! ,

Leesburg Animal Park
An exciting way to have fun with the whole family! The 21-acre zoo is home to a variety of animal friends. Live animal shows. Animal pettting and feeding. Pony rides. Wagon rides. Camel rides. Visit our Discovery Room with arts, crafts and creative play. , 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002.

George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States, called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. Visit the mansion, tomb and plantation. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the George Washington Parkway. , 703-780-2000.

National Geographic Museum
The National Geographic Museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions featuring the work of National Geographic explorers. ,, 1145 17th St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-857-7700.

The National Zoological Park
The Smithsonian National Zoo is located at Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to more than 2,400 individual animals and 400 different species. , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Greater Reston Arts Center
Contemporary Fine Arts and Crafts. May 18-20, 2018; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Featuring over 200 artists from across the nation. Free Family Art Park in the Pavilion. Live performances. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA, 703-471-9242.

Taste of Reston
An event featuring restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, a Taste of Reston Carnival and a Family Fun Zone! June 15-16 2018. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,

48th Annual Town of Occoquan
Arts & Crafts Shows
Spring and Fall 2017 Shows: June 3 & 4, 2017; September 23 & 24, 2017. Family fun. Free admission. Featuring over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans, from the area and across the country. Live music, great food. , 314 Mill St., Occoquan, VA,

Vine on the Waterfront
Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 23, 2018; noon-6 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park. Featuring local restaurants, Virginia wineries, live entertainment and children's activities. , Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town Alexandria, VA,

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
Discover American and maritime history in Annapolis. Experience your exploration by boat, foot or trolley and discover one of the nation's most renowned historical towns. , Annapolis, MD,

Washington Revels
Ages 3-18. Experience the joy of celebration through traditional music, dance and drama at May Revels, monthly Community Sings & Dances, and ensemble performances. Participation always encouraged! ,, 301-587-3835.

Washington Nationals Baseball
Enjoy a family outing at the ballpark, and save with special offers like Nationals Family Fun Packs, GovX and Value Days! , 1500 South Capitol St., SE, DC,


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts. ,

Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC. , 202-789-7000.

Fairfax County Visitors Center
Come to Fairfax County, Virginia and connect with America! Experience iconic historical and cultural attractions, outdoor adventures and fun events. Let Fairfax surprise you! , Tysons Corner Center, 703-752-9500.

Maryland Office of Tourism
Plan a Maryland vacation. A guide to history & heritage, state parks and more. ,

Vacation in Virginia
Fifty-one cool places for kids. Be a colonist, astronaut, solider or scientist. ,

Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Enjoy fun family day trips. ,