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MAR   30   Thursday


Mother Earth & Me. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the "big blue marble" we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior-and find out some great ways to start right away! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11 a.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wee-Sale. Times vary. We offer gently used high quality brand name children's clothing (sizes 0-16), and gear. Toys, nursery items, car seats, high chairs, strollers, cribs, children's sporting equipment, pack-n-plays, children's furniture, maternity clothing and more can be found at amazing savings! Specific detail online. FREE Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Hyattsville, MD.

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MAR   31   Friday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Eco-Explorations "Salamanders". All ages. 10 to 11 a.m. Come along on an eco-exploration as a staff naturalist will lead youngsters and their caregivers on a hands-on exploration of the natural world of Annmarie Garden. This session is all about Salamanders. Also bring your own natural treasures to share for show & tell! $$ Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomans, MD.
Mother Earth & Me. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the "big blue marble" we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior-and find out some great ways to start right away! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11 a.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wee-Sale. Times vary. We offer gently used high quality brand name children's clothing (sizes 0-16), and gear. Toys, nursery items, car seats, high chairs, strollers, cribs, children's sporting equipment, pack-n-plays, children's furniture, maternity clothing and more can be found at amazing savings! Specific detail online. FREE Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Hyattsville, MD.

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April

APR   1   Saturday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Cherry Blossom Kite Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries through a variety of competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station (while supplies last) to fly on the Public Field. FREE Grounds of the Washington Monument, Washington, DC.
Infant Investigators. Kids 6 to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. During this time, infants are learning about themselves, the people around them, and about their environment. Our classes will explore key themes that will help them develop their understanding of the world and start them on a journey of lifelong learning. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Kidsafe Child Safety Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a event that will follow the Operation Kidsafe protocol to create an "Amber Alert Ready" document including fingerprints, photo and safety tips to help family's setup a safety action plan. FREE Herson's Kia, Rockville, MD.
Lattes with Lambs. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our baby lambs are excited to meet you! Spend your day with the newest additions to our barnyard while enjoying live music, coffee and donuts. Bring the whole family to enjoy other activities on our farm including sheep shearing, butter making and felting $$ Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, Accokeek, MD.
Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. Music, history, and fun come together when kids learn about blues superstar Gertrude "Ma" Pridgett Rainey, plus the foundations of of singing, vocabulary and form essential to the blues. Tickets online $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Enjoy programs that engage and inspire the young mind. 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. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. the Friday a week prior to the performance. Schedule online. Today: Peabody Opera - A: Papgeno! FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wee-Sale. Times vary. We offer gently used high quality brand name children's clothing (sizes 0-16), and gear. Toys, nursery items, car seats, high chairs, strollers, cribs, children's sporting equipment, pack-n-plays, children's furniture, maternity clothing and more can be found at amazing savings! Specific detail online. FREE Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Hyattsville, MD.

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APR   2   Sunday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Infant Investigators. Kids 6 to 12 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. During this time, infants are learning about themselves, the people around them, and about their environment. Our classes will explore key themes that will help them develop their understanding of the world and start them on a journey of lifelong learning. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Wee-Sale. Times vary. We offer gently used high quality brand name children's clothing (sizes 0-16), and gear. Toys, nursery items, car seats, high chairs, strollers, cribs, children's sporting equipment, pack-n-plays, children's furniture, maternity clothing and more can be found at amazing savings! Specific detail online. FREE Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Hyattsville, MD.

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APR   3   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
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 "Spring is Here." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.

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APR   4   Tuesday


Storytime in the Park. Kids 6 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Every Tuesday, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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APR   5   Wednesday


Public Forum: Students with Autism. 6:30 to 9 p.m. xMinds, a local autism nonprofit has come together with administrators from MCPS to present an opportunity for parents and educators to learn and ask questions about the educational services they provide to students on the autism spectrum. Administrators will present both diploma-track and non-diploma-track educational services. Two information sessions will also be presented in Spanish. FREE Julius West Middle School, Rockville, MD.

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APR   6   Thursday


Family Thursdays. All ages. Thursdays 11 a.m. Find the squirrels, flowers, and snakes in the beautiful Brumidi Corridors in the U.S. Senate, an area not part of the Capitol tour. Make an art project honoring Brumidi, the artist of the Capitol. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11 a.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   7   Friday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Annual Egg Hunt. Kids ages 2 to 12. Times vary. Search for real eggs in our meadow, then dye and decorate the eggs you find. Enjoy other spring-themed activities throughout the event as well. Fun for the entire family! Don't forget to bring a basket to collect your eggs. Preregistration required. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.
Fishing with Li'l Ones. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Let's go fishin' like Tom Sawyer! We'll provide poles and bait, then see what we can catch off of the dock at Little Seneca Lake. Preregister online. $$ Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds, MD.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11 a.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   8   Saturday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
10th Annual Eggstravaganza!. All ages. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Rolling green lawns, bright spring blooms, and the elegant mansion on a hill serve as backdrop for this festive annual attraction. Join the Easter Bunny for a special day as children enjoy an Egg Hunt and thrilling Egg Roll down the grand South Lawn. Play games from the past and create holiday crafts, including a charming butterfly and festive windsock. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.
57th Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival. All ages (family-freindly event). 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. This premier event of the National CHerry Blossom Festival is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. Learn about Japan through the arts, food and entertainment, including top-level musical and dance performers straight from Japan. FREE Next to National Stadium, Washington, DC.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Community Green Up Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to noon. Spring cleaning takes on new meaning during this year's community-wide Green Up Day. Join hundreds of volunteers as they make a difference throughout the community by cleaning up and beautifying local streams, schools, parks, and homeowner association common areas during Community Green Up Day. Students can also earn student service learning credits. FREE Various locations, Gaithersburg, MD.
Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 3+. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Month at Maydale with a "Who's Here?" Scavenger Hunt! Learn about the pond, stream and forest and the animals and insects found there and how and why we should protect them. Preregister online. FREE Maydale Nature Center, Colesville, MD.
Easter Egg Hunt. All ages. Noon to 4 p.m. The Hunt is on for candy and prize filled eggs at Ida Lee Park! After the hunt, enjoy family friendly amusements and photos with the Easter Bunny. It's sure to be a time-honored egg-cellent event. Tickets online. Held rain or shine. $$ Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, VA.
Family Literacy Fiesta: Mama-San Stories. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ali Oliver-Krueger, playwright/composer, performing artist and Artistic Director of InterAct Story Theatre, will join us for a special interactive performance of Mama-San Stories, weaving stories from her Japanese-American childhood with traditional Japanese mukashibanashi (Long-Ago Stories) in this funny and heart-warming east-meets-west storytelling experience. FREE Highland Elementary School, Wheaton, MD.
National Cherry Blossom Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. Tickets can be purchased online for Grandstand seating. FREE Constitution Ave., from 7th to 17th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers burst down the Parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. FREE Constitution Ave., from 7th to 17th streets, NW, Washington, DC.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Enjoy programs that engage and inspire the young mind. 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. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. the Friday a week prior to the performance. Schedule online. Today: Unified Jazz Ensemble: Celebrating America's Jazz Heritage. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Video Game Music Concert. All ages. 7 p.m. The Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO) has announced its video game music concert, playfully titled "Downbeats with Determination!" The spring performance will mark the debut of a multi-movement symphonic suite featuring music from the game "Undertale," as well as an interactive Game Gallery. Tickets online. $$ Rockville High School Auditorium, Rockville, MD.
Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. Search for art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Advance purchase is required. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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APR   9   Sunday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   10   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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APR   11   Tuesday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
Storytime in the Park. Kids 6 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Every Tuesday, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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APR   12   Wednesday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Bunny Bonanza. All ages. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interact with live rabbits, meet the Easter Bunny, and enjoy hands-on exhibits and crafts for all ages. Discover opportunities to volunteer to work with animals in our area. A "must-see" for anyone who owns a rabbit or is thinking about becoming a rabbit owner. Bunny Bonanza is free with paid Museum admission. $$ Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, VA.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.

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APR   13   Thursday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Family Thursdays. All ages. Thursdays 11 a.m. Find the squirrels, flowers, and snakes in the beautiful Brumidi Corridors in the U.S. Senate, an area not part of the Capitol tour. Make an art project honoring Brumidi, the artist of the Capitol. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11 a.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   14   Friday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Family Fun Movie Nights - Ice Age. 7 p.m. Movie is rate PG. How about a family-friendly movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? "Britepaths" Food Drive at Family Fun Nights. Britepaths is a volunteer-based organization that identifies and addresses the unmet fundamental needs of Fairfax area residents. Food can be dropped off from 7 to 9 p.m. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 11 a.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   15   Saturday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. This is Aladdin as you've never seen it before. Aladdin and his love, the princess Adora, must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use the genie in Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Will he get away with it? Get ready for love, magic and mystery. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Egg-stravaganza. Kids ages 4+. Noon. Enjoy listening to live music by Madeline MacNeil, watch millers from the Burwell-Morgan Mill demonstrate corn shelling, taste some egg-cellent recipes cooked on the hearth, and more in the historic area. Meet the new flock of chickens! FREE Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Springfest: Crowns, Cowboys & Easter Bunny. All ages. Dates and times vary. The B&O Railroad Museum has so much for kids to do this spring break to keep minds engaged and active. Plus train rides & appearances by some your favorite royal characters and the Easter Bunny! Featuring Royal Adventure Day, Wild West Days and East Bunny Hoppenings. Tickets online. $$ B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, MD.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Kids ages 3 1/2 to 9. 10, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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APR   16   Sunday


"Out Of This World" Circus Experience. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 and 5 p.m. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will feature thrill skaters in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations run wild throughout the nonstop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice. Tickets online. $$ EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA.

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APR   17   Monday


Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Rainbow Rock. Kids ages 7 and under. 4:30 p.m. The talented tunesters of Rainbow Rock will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children's tunes. Always on hand, inside the box of fun, are microphones and more for your little one to join in the fun, and if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, how about a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo. $$ St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Alexandria, VA.

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APR   18   Tuesday


Storytime in the Park. Kids 6 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Every Tuesday, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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APR   19   Wednesday


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APR   20   Thursday


Family Thursdays. All ages. Thursdays 11 a.m. Find the squirrels, flowers, and snakes in the beautiful Brumidi Corridors in the U.S. Senate, an area not part of the Capitol tour. Make an art project honoring Brumidi, the artist of the Capitol. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.

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APR   21   Friday


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APR   22   Saturday


Annual Used Book Sale. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offering fiction, non-fiction including politics & history, biography and memoir, cookbooks, books on parenting and relationships, children's books for all ages and books in other languages. Most are $1 or less and some "coffee table books" priced higher. FREE Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville, MD.
Celebrate Earth Day!. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. We will be cleaning up Daniels Run Trail, creating bird feeders from recyclable products, learning about waste reduction and recycling from the City's Environmental Sustainability Group and more! Adults are required to attend with children. FREE Daniels Run Trail, Fairfax, VA.
Earth Day - Astronomy for Everyone. Kids ages 6 to 12. 7:30 to 11 p.m. At our April Astronomy for Everyone program, join us in celebrating Earth Day by learning about the International Dark Sky Association and enjoying the dark skies of Sky Meadows. FREE Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Earth Day - Family Day. All ages. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. SAAM goes green for the 47th annual Earth Day. Follow the rhythms of Bash the Trash as they perform with instruments made from recycled and reused materials, or make artworks inspired by Mother Nature. From trees, to oceans, to critters, come celebrate the many gifts this planet has to give us. FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival is not just about flowers-or gardening! The festival has many different parts and pieces and that's what makes it great for the whole family! During your visit, be sure to visit our Main Stage to listen to some great tunes or take the kiddos to the children's area for some hands-on fun. FREE In the heart of Downtown, Leesburg, VA.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.

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APR   23   Sunday


Earth Day Festival. ll ages. Noon to 4 p.m. Our planet is priceless! Come to celebrate our world and learn ways to keep it healthy. The afternoon offers something for everyone: a green craft fair, native plant sale, community art project, family activities, tours of the Gardens, live music with the band Nature Jams and more! FREE Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival is not just about flowers-or gardening! The festival has many different parts and pieces and that's what makes it great for the whole family! During your visit, be sure to visit our Main Stage to listen to some great tunes or take the kiddos to the children's area for some hands-on fun. FREE In the heart of Downtown, Leesburg, VA.
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 4 p.m. Happy Birthday, Will! Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities. From Shakespeare performances to stage combat demonstrations to Elizabethan crafts, there's something for everyone-including birthday cake! FREE Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.

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APR   24   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). Every Monday, 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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APR   25   Tuesday


StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: Rainy Days. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: Rainy days. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Storytime in the Park. Kids 6 and younger. 10:30 a.m. Every Tuesday, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.

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APR   26   Wednesday


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APR   27   Thursday


Family Thursdays. All ages. Thursdays 11 a.m. Find the squirrels, flowers, and snakes in the beautiful Brumidi Corridors in the U.S. Senate, an area not part of the Capitol tour. Make an art project honoring Brumidi, the artist of the Capitol. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.

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APR   28   Friday


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APR   29   Saturday


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.
Nanny for the Night. Kids ages 5 to 12. 6 to 9 p.m. A team of fun & qualified nannies will care for your children for the evening, in a group setting. Drop off the kids for excitement and fun. We keep happy faces with our themed activites, interactive games and music; we'll even take care of dinner & prizes! Preregister online. $$ Little Bennett Elementary School, Clarksburg, MD.
Paint Portraits like Picasso. Kids grade 6+. 3 to 5 p.m. Aspiring artists will learn how to design, draw and paint their very own Picasso portrait, while enjoying refreshments and socializing with friends! Tickets online. $$ Green Acres Center, Fairfax, VA.
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.