Now through May 21 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). Date and times vary. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Now through May 28 The Jungle Book. Kids ages 4+. Dates and times vary. Mowgli is a human child brought up in the jungles of India by a family of wolves. Through this journey he learns to respect his environment and the wisdom of the animals. And he realizes that, as a grown man, it's his responsibility to protect them. Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic deals with very timely issues in this lively new version. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
April 29 Maryland Day. All ages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring over 400 free family-friendly and interactive events, Maryland Day allows visitors to explore a world of Fearless Ideas and see all that the university does for the community, the state and the world. Activities include a petting farm, meet and greet with student athletes, theatrical performances, science exhibits and more. FREE University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
April 29 and 30 Maryland DogFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From entertainment to dog adoptions to quality, dog-related exhibitors, the DogFest will offer something for all dog lovers. Interactive show, vendors, contests, doggy fashion show and much more. Cash ticket sales at the gate both days. $$ Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, MD.
April 29 YMCA - Healthy Kids Day! All ages. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for a fun-filled day of activities for the entire family! Activities will include: Health and wellness activities, face painting, prizes, healthy snacks, obstacle courses and lots more. FREE YMCA Bethesda - Chevy Chase, Bethesda, MD.
April 30 Cinderella. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon, 3 and 6 p.m. Metropolitan School of the Arts Youth Ballet presents Cinderella. Don't miss one of the most enchanting rags-to-riches storybook ballets. Tickets online. $$ GW National Masonic Memorial Theater, Alexandria, VA.
May 1 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. April's theme is butterflies and Mother's Day. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
May 3 Jammin' Juniors Concerts. Kids 4 and under. 12:30 p.m. Lunchtime concerts for preschoolers and the people who love them. This week: Peter McCory. Since 1996, he's been playing music that kids and parents love - lively, upbeat renditions of familiar songs, folk songs, novelty numbers and his own award-winning original music (video) for kids. FREE McLean Central Park Gazebo, McLean, VA.
Sign up now for November 4 & 5! KidSpy Overnight: Operation Secret Slumber. Kids ages 9 to 13. 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. When the lights go down, the adventure begins! The Museum doors have been locked for the night, but in the shadows a group of exclusive recruits stand ready to begin a night of top-secret KidSpy® training. This could be you! Perfect your alias and cover-story, check in at “Border Patrol,” and prepare for a night of intrigue and adventure. $$ International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.