July 27 Make, Mash & Flip for Ice Cream!. All ages (parent and child event). 6 p.m. Making ice cream from scratch is the start of this fun class! They'll mash their fresh-made ice cream between cookies to make ice cream sandwiches, then "flip" it by using it as a topper for a fruit-based sundae. Once the kids learn how to make ice cream they will be cool all summer long. $$ Wegmans, Alexandria, VA.

July 27 and 28 SOLE Defined. Kids ages 5 to 16. Thursday 10:30 a.m., 12 and 1:30 p.m.; Friday 10:30 a.m. and noon. SOLE Defined puts an exciting twist on percussive dance by turning their bodies into human drums. In one word, SOLE Defined creates a "Percussical," an innovative twist on the traditional musical with its integration of percussive dance and multi-media with acting, singing. Each show is a power-packed performance to create a free flowing conversation through music and movement. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.

July 28, 29 and 30 Main Street Theater Productions: Bye Bye Birdie. Kids ages 5+. Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. A loving send-up of the 1960's small-town America, teenagers and rock & roll. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted so he chooses All American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Performed by teen actors from the Main Street Theater Productions summer camp. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.

July 28 Rock the Block: The Reagan Years. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 4th Fridays through October. Featuring this awesome 80s band, beer garden and city restaurant vendor booths. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on! Kids - wear swim suits and bring towels. Enjoy the spray pad! FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

July 28, 29 and 30 Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka". All ages. Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Willy Wonka is a marvelous musical that will unlock the gates of your imagination and, perhaps, teach a lesson or two. Tickets online. $$ Herndon High School, Herndon, VA.

July 29 Camry Family Day. All ages. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join USTA Mid-Atlantic for Family Day to start the Citi Open Tennis Tournament! Enjoy tennis activities, Zumba, face painters & more! Kids of all skill level are welcome and kids 10 & under are free. Tickets online. $$ Rock Creek Tennis Center, Washington, DC.

July 29 Dog Days of Summer Family Festival. All ages. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m On behalf of Owney the Dog, our famed four-legged friend (he is on a stamp!), MPM cordially invites you to the Dog Days of Summer Family Festival. In honor of Owney's story, we are teaming up with local animal rescue groups and the Amtrak Police K-9 Unit. We will have demonstrations to showcase the work of K-9 dogs and other fun and hands-on activities. FREE National Postal Museum, Washington, DC.

August 2 and 3 Flights of Fancy: Stories for Children. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 and 11:30 a.m. Museum staff and volunteers read stories about famous aviators, hot-air balloon flights, trips to Mars, characters visible in the night sky or creatures that have their own wings. Includes one story and a hands-on activity. Today: "Pluto's Secret" by Margaret Weitekamp. FREE Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.

August 2 Rainbow Puppets: The Amazon. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. While audience participation has always been a hallmark of Rainbow's programs, it's never been more pronounced than in "Amazon Adventures." Do a line dance with Eel-lo the Electric Eel. Do the twist with King, the Golden Lion Tamarin. And join the Carnival as everyone is invited to join the grand finale. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.

August 3 Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini. Kids ages 2 to 7. Every Thursday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.