Catch a kid-friendly play at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Now through August 14, enjoy The Little Mermaid. This fateful re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen original is a collaboration between Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet features dance, puppets, music and singing in a highly theatrical and epic style performance. $$. imaginationstage.org

Immerse yourself in the visual arts at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). Browse the exhibitions or participate in the Explore More program, which includes looking activities and art projects for preschool- and elementary-aged children. Free. restonarts.org

Enjoy music, puppetry and storytelling nestled among the trees at Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. This annual summer-long festival brings top-notch children's entertainment to the Vienna performing arts center's gorgeous grounds. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the performance. See the full schedule online. $$. wolftrap.orgwolftrap.org

Rockin' The Suburbs at Strathmore's Backyard Theater for Children in North Bethesda. Get the kids outside into the fresh air, pack a picnic and sit back in the sunshine while they dance, sing, laugh and learn. $$. strathmore.org

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