November 16, 17 & 18 Loiederman Middle School Play: "To Art and Beyond". Kids ages 6+. 7 p.m. When students arrive at an art museum, they are surprised to meet up with magic and mayhem. They encounter paintings and sculptures that come to life and learn there is more to art than first meets the eye. $$ A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, Silver Spring, MD

November 17 through December 31 Frosty the Snowman. All ages (family-friendly event). Dates and times vary. In this merry wintertime romp, chock-full of chuckles and comic antics, Frosty dances into the hearts of kids and adults alike - even the heart of one near-sighted cop - through his uproarious antics. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo, MD.

November 17 Irish Dance Taster Lesson. Kids ages 3+. 4 p.m. Come along and try a taster class of Irish Dancing by the McGrath Academy of Irish Dancing. All ages and levels welcome! Pregister at FREE Bethesda Presbytarian Church, Bethesda, MD.

November 17 S'more Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 10 p.m. Indulge in a delicious holiday tradition. Start your adventure by making your own s'mores and enjoying a hot beverage in a beautiful woodland setting. At your leisure, take a magical trolley or wagon ride through the lights to view three miles of displays. Preregistration online encoraged. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

November 18 Annual Book Sale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy for yourself or for holiday gifts. Most books are $1 or less, but there are some special (coffee table) books that cost a bit more. We have fiction, non-fiction, childrens', young adult, biographies, history, philosophy, cookbooks, media (including CD's and DVD's), how-to books and more. FREE Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, MD.

November 18 Children's Nutcracker. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Ave Maria Ballet Academy presents Children's Nutcracker, which is designed to introduce children to the magic of Kingdom of Sweets. Full Length of the Nutcracker choreographed by Maria-Monica Koo. Music by Tchaikovsky, promises to hold the attention of even the youngest audiences. Suitable for all ages, performed by cast members from Ave Maria Academy of Ballet, from young three-year-old ballerinas to professional dancers. Tickets online. $$ NOVA Community College, Wadell Theatre, Sterling, VA.

November 18 & 19 Peggy the Pint-Sized Pirate. All ages (family-friendly event). 2 p.m. Peggy is a small pirate with big dreams but has bigger pirates standing in her way. When a sea monster captures her friends, can Peggy find a way to save them? Due to an outpouring of community support for our youth productions, The Alden is launching its first-ever fall production for youth. These "studio-style" productions are sure to entertain the community and provide a professional-level theatre experience for our community's young actors. FREE The Old Firehouse, McLean, VA.

November 19 through December 31 Cajas! Cajas! Cajas!. Kids ages 1 to 5. Dates and times vary. A new bilingual version of Boxes, Boxes, Boxes! Two friends use their imaginations to build bridges, birds, a train, a plane, and even a castle from cardboard boxes. Jump inside the world of a child's imagination! Performances are followed by a "free play" session, allowing the audience to build their own creations using props from the show. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

November 19 WMGSO presents "Symphonies of Light". All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra presents "Symphonies of Light," an ode to video game music and a celebration of the 30th anniversary of "Final Fantasy." Audiences are invited to hear the combined orchestra and choir that will include music from popular game titles, including "Banjo-Kazooie," "Cave Story" and "Chrono Trigger." Tickets online. $$ Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA.

November 21 Leashes `n' Lights. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 9 p.m. Treat your pooch to a leisurely 1-mile stroll or an invigorating 3-mile walk at Leashes `n' Lights. Bond with your favorite canine as you experience the light displays. Browse dog-related vendors, enjoy hot drinks and bring your own camera for a pet selfie with Santa under a heated tent. Preregistration online encoraged. $$ Seneca Creek State Park, Gaithersburg, MD.