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Welcome to Washington Parent's online calendar. We've got the inside scoop on tons of free or low-cost things to do in D.C., Maryland and Virginia with kids. If you would like us to post a kid-friendly event you're organizing, email the details to calendar@washingtonparent.net.

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APR   21   Sunday


Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Shen Yun 2019. Kids ages 5+. 1 and 6 p.m. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun's unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops and live orchestra. Be prepared for an experience like no other. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center Opera House, Washongton, DC.

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APR   22   Monday


Earth Day-inspired STEAM. Kids ages 6 to 11. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kentlands Mansion invites students to explore Earth Day-inspired Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities. This drop-in program is sponsored by the Art of Problem Solving Academy and requires students be accompanied by an adult. FREE Kentlands Mansion, Gaithersburg, MD.
Easter Monday & Earth Optimism Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how they can help save species. This event includes hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and meet and greets with scientists and conservation partners working to protect wildlife around the world. Schedule online. FREE Smithsonian's National Zoo, Washington, DC.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.

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APR   23   Tuesday


Beautiful Biomes. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Home sweet biome? A biome is a unique environment that nurtures plants and creatures suited for that special place and climate, such as tundra, desert, rainforest, grassland and ocean. Horticulturists will explain how all living things - including the earth itself - are connected by adaptation to the beautiful biomes we call home. This is an outdoor program. In the case of rain or extreme cold, the program will move indoors. Tickets online. $$ Haupt Garden, Smithsonian, Washington, DC.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Winnie the Pooh. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga's dreaded bathtub and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   24   Wednesday


Beautiful Biomes. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10, 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Home sweet biome? A biome is a unique environment that nurtures plants and creatures suited for that special place and climate, such as tundra, desert, rainforest, grassland and ocean. Horticulturists will explain how all living things - including the earth itself - are connected by adaptation to the beautiful biomes we call home. This is an outdoor program. In the case of rain or extreme cold, the program will move indoors. Tickets online. $$ Haupt Garden, Smithsonian, Washington, DC.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Preschool Series: Spectacular Statues. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Discover animals and other fanciful creatures in the sculpture throughout Hillwood's gardens. Experience the wonder of Hillwood with your preschooler! Explore a new garden through make believe, art projects and imaginative play. Preregistration required online. $$ Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC.
Winnie the Pooh. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga's dreaded bathtub and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   25   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Silly Goose & Val. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play! Free craft and giveaway for the first 60 club members to check-in. Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1.) Register online to become an Adverture Kids member. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Jack and the Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11 a.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of audiences. ASL Interpretation on April 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   26   Friday


7th Annual Awesome Con. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Mid-Atlantic's premier pop culture convention will unite fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay and more! Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr. presented by the Toy Association returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Schedule of events, special appearances and tickets online. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures. For the first time, children will be able to meet Thomas's new friend Nia in the form of a ten-foot inflatable - perfect for photo ops! Also held May 3 to 5. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Jack and the Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11 a.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of audiences. ASL Interpretation on April 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   27   Saturday


7th Annual Awesome Con. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Mid-Atlantic's premier pop culture convention will unite fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay and more! Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr. presented by the Toy Association returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Schedule of events, special appearances and tickets online. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Alexandria Earth Day 2019. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all! FREE Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, Alexandria, VA.
Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures. For the first time, children will be able to meet Thomas's new friend Nia in the form of a ten-foot inflatable - perfect for photo ops! Also held May 3 to 5. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Enchanted Forest Weekend. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday. Do you remember going to the Enchanted Forest when you were a kid? Come see our new Enchanted Forest display and all the original attractions. "The Enchanted Forest: Memories of Maryland's Storybook Park" will be for sale and signed by Martha Anne Clark. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Escape From Peligro Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. Callaway Brown - an unlikely young hero - has been stranded on a desert island, and it's up to YOU to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway's actions in an energetic romp through time and space. Will Callaway time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? The choice is yours! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Jack and the Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of audiences. ASL Interpretation on April 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Justin Roberts in Concert. Kids ages 2+. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., doors open half an hour before the show. Three-time GRAMMY Nominated Justin Roberts is an indie all-star, crafting songs that navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up. Justin and his Not Ready for Naptime Players will share hits like "Willy Was a Whale" and "Pop Fly," as well as new tunes, at the show. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Kennedy Krieger Institute's ROAR for Kids. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 to 11:30 a.m. ROAR for Kids, is a 5K run and low-mileage walk. We are embracing our lush natural surroundings with a jungle theme. Dress up like your favorite wild animal to win prizes! When all the cheetahs, giraffes and orangutans are finished stampeding or walking, be sure to checkout the fun activities and entertainment at our Jungle Festival! All proceeds from the event will go for research and programs at the Institute. Register online. $$ Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD.
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring food, music, children's entertainment, crafts and a landscape design contest. More than 100 vendors will also display landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs and demonstrations. Children's Stage will feature hourly entertainment with a variety of kids' activities available on-site including the popular "animal painting" contest. Rain or shine. $$ King, Market and Cornwall Streets, Downtown Leesburg, VA.
NSLMology Family Day. Kids ages 4+. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join the National Sporting Library & Museum for NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art Family Day! Explore NSLM's STEAM-based exhibition with hands-on activities and takeaways for families and children. FREE National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg, VA.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Schedule and preregistration online. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Science Saturday. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. Visit the Museum for a fun-filled afternoon of science activities in the Learning Center. This month's theme is Pollen, Spores and Insects. Feel free to stay for the full duration or drop by for one or two activities. This event is free with admission to the Museum. Tickets online. $$ National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC.
SpringFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As Fairfax County's official Earth Day and Arbor Day event, we welcome Fairfax County Park Authority, workshops, vendors and activities to help us Take Action to make a "Healthy Planet-Healthy People." Enjoy food trucks, The Recycling Pirates puppet show, petting zoo, Touch-a-Truck and more! Plus, pet an alpaca, run through an environmental obstacle course, make environmental crafts, check out the bees and the trees - so much to do! Fee parking. FREE Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA.
Winnie the Pooh. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Winnie the Pooh would spend every day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." But today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump, watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga's dreaded bathtub and help Eeyore search for his tail. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   28   Sunday


7th Annual Awesome Con. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. Mid-Atlantic's premier pop culture convention will unite fans of comics, technology and science, television and film, custom art, over-the-top cosplay and more! Family-friendly pavilion Awesome Con Jr. presented by the Toy Association returns with even more playful events planned to educate and entertain kids of all ages and parents alike. Schedule of events, special appearances and tickets online. $$ Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures. For the first time, children will be able to meet Thomas's new friend Nia in the form of a ten-foot inflatable - perfect for photo ops! Also held May 3 to 5. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Escape From Peligro Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. Callaway Brown - an unlikely young hero - has been stranded on a desert island, and it's up to YOU to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway's actions in an energetic romp through time and space. Will Callaway time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? The choice is yours! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Fun for All!. All ages (family-friendly event). Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also open Easter Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission each day is 4 p.m. Enjoy petting farm animals, hay wagon rides, pony rides and much more! Plus special weekend activities too! Stick Horse Craft Weekend; April 20 and 21: Egg Hunt Weekend and April 27 and 28: Enchanted Forest Weekend. Details online. $$ Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, MD.
Jack and the Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of audiences. ASL Interpretation on April 7 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Kidz Graffiti Party. Kids ages 4+. 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. It is time to get messy like a street artist at our $12 Kidz Graffiti Party and get one hour of studio time to paint the wall. The lounge will be open for accompanying parents and we'll be playing jamming tunes to inspire all the little artist. Afterwards, your family can purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall. Tickets online. $$ ArtJamz Dupont Studio, Washington, DC.
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring food, music, children's entertainment, crafts and a landscape design contest. More than 100 vendors will also display landscape designs, gardening supplies, outdoor living items, plants, flowers, herbs and demonstrations. Children's Stage will feature hourly entertainment with a variety of kids' activities available on-site including the popular "animal painting" contest. Rain or shine. $$ King, Market and Cornwall Streets, Downtown Leesburg, VA.

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APR   29   Monday


Escape From Peligro Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. Callaway Brown - an unlikely young hero - has been stranded on a desert island, and it's up to YOU to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway's actions in an energetic romp through time and space. Will Callaway time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? The choice is yours! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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APR   30   Tuesday


Escape From Peligro Island. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. Callaway Brown - an unlikely young hero - has been stranded on a desert island, and it's up to YOU to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway's actions in an energetic romp through time and space. Will Callaway time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? The choice is yours! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.