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Explorations 2018

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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.

Ashburn Ice House
Where Loudoun County Skates! Year-round learn to skate lessons and daily public skating. , 21595 Smith Switch Rd., Ashburn, VA, 703-858-0300.

Big Train 2019
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.

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,

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 14-16, 2019. 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 3. , 10500 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.

The DC Jazz Festival
June 7-16, 2019: The 2019 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC with dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fun Days, June 1-2, 2019: The Phillips Collection, NW, DC. , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.

Escape Velocity
The Museum of Science Fiction
May 24-26, 2019: Escape Velocity is a futuristic world's fair that promotes STEAM educationl activities using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Get your tickets today! Kids age 10 and under are free. Use Promo Code WPM20 for 20% off ticket purchases! Marriott Gaylord, National Harbor, MD. ,

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 18, 2019; 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 Resort
Discover the perfect resort experience at Gaylord National Resort with free activities and waterfront fun all summer long. Visit July 2-6 for even more family fun! , 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD, 301-965-2344.

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 1, 2019; 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.

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! ,

The National Zoological Park
Dino Summer
Opening on June 1, Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE takes audiences on a prehistoric journey where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.

Experience the story of news and the role of a free press in major events in history through seven levels of exhibit space. , 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-292-6100.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Greater Reston Arts Center
Contemporary Fine Arts and Crafts. May 17-19, 2019; 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 14-15, 2019. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,


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. ,