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FEB   27   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Featuring: Movement Monday. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Story Time. Kids up to ages 4. 10:30 to 11 a.m. BearSong, the Guitar Man, leads stories, songs, finger plays and more for kids and their caregivers. Fun for all! FREE Politics & Prose, Washington, DC.

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FEB   28   Tuesday


Art Adventurers Studio˙. Kids ages 2 to 4. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A creative space for young artists to create, experience and develop a love of the arts. Begin with a story based on an artist's life or a book that will help introduce the day's project and techniques. One main guided project will be based on the story and appeal to a wide range of ages. Additional exploration stations will reinforce technique and introduce new materials and tools. Drop-in. $$ Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington, DC.
Ella Enchanted. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the "gift" of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, 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: Love. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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March

MAR   1   Wednesday


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MAR   2   Thursday


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 our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAR   3   Friday


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 our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Stargazing. Kids ahes 6+. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Formed by some of the brightest stars in the night sky, the Winter Circle stands out brightly in winter. Within it lie some of our most famous constellations like Orion the Hunter and Taurus the Bull. Start with a talk inside then head outside for some close-up views with telescopes. $$ Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds, MD.

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MAR   4   Saturday


Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 to 11:45 a.m. Classic Car Show; 10:30 a.m. to noon Fun Dog Show at Market Square and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Parade. Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a day of family fun events! Federal, state, and local elected officials; military commanders; and other local celebrities participate. Local scouts, marines and high school bands are also be represented. FREE Runs along King St. from Alfred St.,, turning east on Lee St. ending at Cameron St., Alexandria, VA.
Ella Enchanted. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the "gift" of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Family Festival and Fun Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to noon. Children's clothes, books, toys and baby items! The Fun Fair is geared towards young children... great games, prizes, moon bounces, affordable lunch, bake sale and amazing raffle baskets. Also a great volunteer opportunity for teens that need community service hours, email ashley@nardimedia.com. FREE Good Shepherd Preschool, Burke, VA.
Family Jazz Sessions: Jazz From The Middle East. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. This musical morning introduces kids to traditional Middle Eastern instruments like the frame drum, doumbek, and riqq, plus Middle Eastern dance rhythms including malfouf, baladi and maqsum. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
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. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Jack and The Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Saturday Family Jazz Sessions: Jazz From Africa. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. This musical morning introduces kids to traditional Middle Eastern instruments like the frame drum, doumbek, and riqq, plus Middle Eastern dance rhythms including malfouf, baladi, and maqsum. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Enjoy programs that engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. the Friday a week prior to the performance. Schedule online. Today: Mister G. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Song Gusto Hour. All ages (family-friendly event). Doors open 9:15 a.m., show 10 a.m. Enjoy "Song Gusto Hour" with Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza. Grammy award winner Zanes occupies a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, play party songs, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, 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. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Summer Camp and Activities Expo. Kids under 18. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speak one-on-one with summer camp and summer program providers. Enjoy entertainment and activities for kids! Plus, pick up a Camp Expo Passport at the Camp Expo table, visit with each exhibitor and receive a stamp, fill out the entry form and you are eligible to win a $500 MasterCard Giftcard. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
The Freshest Snow Whyte. Kids ages 5+. 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m. Fans of past Hip Hop shows at Imagination Stage will love this radical update of a familiar fairytale. Set in the year 3000, we meet Snow Whyte-a graffiti-artist locked in competition with her arch rival, Kanye East. Witty raps, cool moves, and a beat that just won't quit, this show will have you bouncin' in your seat and shouting "Oh, yeah!" Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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MAR   5   Sunday


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. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Jack and The Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Maple Syrup Boil-Down. Kids ages 3+. Noon to 2 p.m. The sap is rising at Colvin Run Mill and the maple trees are tapped. Now it's sugaring time! Bundle up, brave the weather, watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample the delicious combination of maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread while the supply lasts. This is an outdoor program, dress appropriately. Registration not required. $$ Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, VA.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Summer Camp and Activities Expo. Kids under 18. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speak one-on-one with summer camp and summer program providers. Enjoy entertainment and activities for kids! Plus, pick up a Camp Expo Passport at the Camp Expo table, visit with each exhibitor and receive a stamp, fill out the entry form and you are eligible to win a $500 MasterCard Giftcard. FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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MAR   6   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Featuring: Mr. Skip: Fun & Songs. 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. March's theme is "Green." Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Story Time. Kids up to ages 4. 10:30 to 11 a.m. BearSong, the Guitar Man, leads stories, songs, finger plays and more for kids and their caregivers. Fun for all! FREE Politics & Prose, Washington, DC.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.

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MAR   7   Tuesday


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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MAR   8   Wednesday


Ella Enchanted. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the "gift" of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Madcap Puppets: Monkey See, Monkey Do. All ages. (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. There's no business like monkey business! Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping the rascally monkeys from getting into trouble is easier said than done. When Mr. Cleaver, the zoo manager, decides to send one of the monkeys to another zoo, it's time for their great escape! Go with the monkeys as they explore new exhibits at the zoo. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, 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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MAR   9   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Oh Susannah!. Kids ages 6 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Mr. Skip! Free craft and toy for the first 60 members to check-in. Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Ella Enchanted. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the "gift" of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Jack and The Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11 a.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
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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MAR   10   Friday


Amphibian Action Night: A Family Adventure. Kids ages 8 to 13. 6 to 8:30 p.m. This nighttime family adventure will visit vernal pools, teach about the forest habitat, and seek out salamanders, wood frogs, and possibly eggs. Listen to and identify frogs by calls and learn about their annual spring migration. This is the best time of the day for spotting our amazing amphibians. Registration required. $$ Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
Ella Enchanted. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Based on the Newberry Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Baby Ella of Frell is given the "gift" of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order. Then when tragedy strikes, Ella is reduced to an obedient servant in her new home with Dame Olga. Can Ella find a way to rid herself of the troublesome curse? Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Family Fun Movie Nights - The BFG. 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.
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 our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Russian Language Kids Performance "Luntik". All ages (family-friendly event). Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. Luntik is a kind and trusting creature who came to planet Earth from the Moon. His dream is to build a hot air balloon and fly on it to the United States to see the beauty of the blooming sakura trees, the symbol of the approaching spring. The play is enriched with music and dance scenes, as well as numerous engaging games with children in the audience. Tickets online. $$ F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville, MD.
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.
Teen Bad Movie Friday. Kids in grades 9 to 12. 3 to 5:30 p.m. It's a double feature showing of "Cat-Women of the Moon" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches." Kick back, relax and have fun. Preregister online. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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MAR   11   Saturday


Animal Tales. Kids ages 3 to 4. 10 to 11 a.m. Join us this month for an animal story time of charismatic characters! Together we'll read "Mossy" by Jan Brett, a favorite of children's literature, then we'll make real-world connections through games, a nature walk and live animal presentation. Register online. $$ Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD.
Cocoa & Coloring. Kids ages 2+. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We'll provide everything you need to get started: crayons, colored pencils, historical coloring pages for both kids and adults-and a bottomless hot chocolate bar! Top off your cup with treats like whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and sprinkles and keep coming back for more! Preregister online. FREE Miller House Museum, Hagerstown, MD.
National ShamrockFest. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 to 11 p.m. The National ShamrockFest is Washington, DC's Saint Patrick's Day street festival with live music, food, drinks, roving entertainers, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides & games and much more. The ShamrockFest is the largest Saint Patrick's Day party in the region featuring more than 30 bands and DJs on 5 stages. Tickets online, held rain or shine. $$ RFK Stadium, Washington, DC.
RealFood for Kids Culinary Challenge-Wellness Expo. Kids ages 10 to 16. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Real Food for Kids at its fifth annual event with fifteen school teams competing to make the tastiest and nutritious school lunch, breakfast or snack. Experts lead family food workshops. Competition prizes and and audience drawings. Tickets online, $$ Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA.
Reiki for Children. Ages 7 to 12. 1 to 4 p.m. Workshop includes history and instruction of this healing method, meditation, attunement and hands-on activities. Reiki empowers children with the ability to improve concentration, enhance relaxation and sleep and encourage self-awareness. Preregistration required. $$ Unity of Fairfax, Oakton, VA.
Russian Language Kids Performance "Luntik". All ages (family-friendly event). Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. Luntik is a kind and trusting creature who came to planet Earth from the Moon. His dream is to build a hot air balloon and fly on it to the United States to see the beauty of the blooming sakura trees, the symbol of the approaching spring. The play is enriched with music and dance scenes, as well as numerous engaging games with children in the audience. Tickets online. $$ F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville, MD.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of the quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies and enough stinky cheese to go around. Performed by talented McLean youth. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean, VA.
Tom Teasley: Wheaton Family Theatre Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month with Tom Teasley, award-winning percussionist, world musician and composer. An inspiring cross-cultural musical journey around the world! FREE Glenallan Elementary School, Wheaton, MD.
Volunteer Days - Mystery Project. Kids ages 3+. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We need your help at the park! Join us for a variety of projects which can earn Student Service Learning hours or come out to help because it just feels good to volunteer. As the work day draws closer, check out the website for more details. FREE Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds, MD.

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MAR   12   Sunday


Purim Carnival 2017. Kids ages 3 to 6. 10 a.m. to noon. When was the last time you dressed up like a queen or king? The EDCJCC's Purim Carnival is the perfect time for children and adults to dress up and celebrate this festive annual holiday! Enjoy carnival games, arts and crafts, hamantaschen (yummy Purim treats), music and a Purim play! We are thrilled to host a teen Jewish a cappella group from Congregation Beth El called Marak HaYom! Tickets online. $$ Edlavitch DCJCC, Washington, DC.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of the quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies and enough stinky cheese to go around. Performed by talented McLean youth. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean, VA.

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MAR   13   Monday


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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MAR   14   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby. Babies must be in carrier. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bring Your Own Baby is a specially designed program for adult audiences who are looking for a rich learning experience and an opportunity to meet other caretakers. Light conversation and then a walk to a nearby museum. While aimed at adults, the rich environment will benefit baby, too, by exposing them to new stimuli and vocabulary! Topic: "Like Father, Like Son." Papas and patrons in the Italian Renaissance. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Strathmore: Children's Talk & Tour. Kids ages 5+. 10:15 a.m. Young art lovers enjoy a talk about the current exhibition and a hands-on activity. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.

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MAR   15   Wednesday


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MAR   16   Thursday


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MAR   17   Friday


All Ireland!. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Erin go bragh! Celebrate Paddy's Day with dancer-musician Shannon Dunne and musician Alex Boatright in their joyful show includes old-style sean nos dancing, singing, and the sounds of traditional instruments. Experience a little taste of Ireland as you join the floor-stomping fun! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Spring Equinox Campfire. Kids ages 1+. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy sitting around the campfire making S'mores to welcome the weekend! There will be other activities too. Bring a blanket or chair and we'll see you there! Registration required. $$ Maydale Nature Center, Colesville, MD.
St. Patrick's Day Green and Growing Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 2 to 5. 10 a.m. to noon. You don't have to be Irish to like the color green! Follow giant green footprints and clues to discover where the leprechaun is going! Along the way leprechaun helpers will trick you into some healthy activities! Craft activities are followed by guided garden walks departing on the half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. Last walk leaves at noon. Preregister online. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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MAR   18   Saturday


Heritage Family Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. At this family day, learn about the significant contributions women have made despite the many challenges they faced. The day will feature presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities, and stories. FREE Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
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 our audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Juris Prudence Kids Mock Trial Academy. Kids ages 8 to 12. Times vary. This unique educational program will allow your child to learn in a real college classroom! The 90 minute workshop will teach academy students basic legal principles in a collaborative setting. The academy will be guided by a lawyer, and students will participate in a mock trial, applying the principles they have learned in the workshop. Tickets online. $$ Trinity University, Washington, DC.
Saturday Family Jazz Sessions: Jazz From India. Kids ages 3 to 8. 11 a.m. Spend Saturday mornings singing, playing, and preparing for a lifetime of music appreciation. The music of India has inspired musicians from John Coltrane to The Beatles. This interactive event combines Indian rhythms with beatbox in a celebration of world jazz. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Enjoy programs that engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. the Friday a week prior to the performance. Schedule online. Today: Human Beatbox - Christylez Bacon. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of the quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies and enough stinky cheese to go around. Performed by talented McLean youth. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean, VA.
Twos Travelers. Kids ages 2. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your two-year-old is becoming more independent, communicative, and social. Our classes will foster these skills through fun and interactive workshops that take a unique perspective on familiar themes. Material Madness: Clay, paint, and wood are just the beginning. In this class, children will explore the many different media that they can use to create art. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAR   19   Sunday


Artful Afternoons. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families can choose from a selection of maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or a question based on the afternoon's theme. Movement and Art: Art that moves, art inspired by movement, art that reflects movement - spend a few hours actively creating unique works of art. Tickets online. $$ Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, inside the National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
From the Mouths of Monsters. Kids ages 12+. 2 p.m. This highly theatrical work is inspired by the classic "Frankenstein." The Kennedy Center presents this fiercely relevant teo-actor play that examines the monstrous power of words... and those who weild them. Tickets online. $$ Herndon High School, Herndon, VA.
Grug and the Rainbow. Kids ages 2+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, this brand-new show from Australia's Windmill Theatre features exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world. Tickets online. $$ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
Jack and The Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales. All ages (family-friendly event). 3 p.m. Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of the quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies and enough stinky cheese to go around. Performed by talented McLean youth. Tickets online. $$ The Alden, McLean, VA.
Twos Travelers. Kids ages 2. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your two-year-old is becoming more independent, communicative, and social. Our classes will foster these skills through fun and interactive workshops that take a unique perspective on familiar themes. Material Madness: Clay, paint, and wood are just the beginning. In this class, children will explore the many different media that they can use to create art. Tickets online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.

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MAR   20   Monday


"Stories of Dr. Seuss". Kids ages 4+. 11 a.m. This original ballet performed by the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble. Experience the whimsical and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss as the Metropolitan Ballet Ensemble brings "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" to life through dance. Following the show, meet the dancers and celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday a few days early with a fun craft activity and Seuss-style snacks provided by Zoe's Kitchen. Tickets online. $$ Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Featuring: Oh Susannah. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Rainbow Rock. Kids ages 7 and under. 4:30 p.m. The talented tunesters of Rainbow Rock will entertain your little ones with a combination of classic and original children's tunes. Always on hand, inside the box of fun, are microphones and more for your little one to join in the fun, and if they are feeling like completing their rock star appearance, how about a nice little temporary Rainbow tattoo. $$ St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Alexandria, VA.

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MAR   21   Tuesday


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MAR   22   Wednesday


Monica Becomes a Big Sister. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. These latest show is part of the Kinder Adventure Series developed from Tools of Discovery. Monica can't wait for the newest member of the family to arrive. But a broken leg sends her to the emergency room with her mom. In a musical medical adventure, Monica discovers that a hospital isn't such a scary place-and that a baby brother might join you on the trip back home. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
Ways to Support Your Anxious Child. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Christina Tripodi Mitchell, Psy.D. is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Child & Family Practice of Washington, DC & is a Clinical Professor of Psychology at The George Washington University. Presented by The Sycamore School. Preregister online. FREE Arlington Central Library, Arlington, VA.

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MAR   23   Thursday


Adventure Kids: Beowulf Wonderbunny. Kids ages 6 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler will love to sing, dance and play along with Mr. Skip! Free craft and toy for the first 60 members to check-in. Activity at JCPenney Court (near the Kids Play Area, level 1). FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, 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 our audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Monica Becomes a Big Sister. Kids ages 3 to 7. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. These latest show is part of the Kinder Adventure Series developed from Tools of Discovery. Monica can't wait for the newest member of the family to arrive. But a broken leg sends her to the emergency room with her mom. In a musical medical adventure, Monica discovers that a hospital isn't such a scary place-and that a baby brother might join you on the trip back home. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.

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MAR   24   Friday


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 our audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Student Holiday Lego Camp. Kids ages 6 to 11. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Build with thousands of specialty pieces, dozens of mini figures and rotating themes: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Ninjago, Lord of the Rings, MINECRAFT, Pirates, Trolls Mountain Fortress, LEGO Emporium, Pharaoh's Quest and The LEGO Movie. Design puzzles, create math sculptures, test velocity, resistance and buoyancy. Preregister online. $$ Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.

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MAR   25   Saturday


8th Annual Move Me Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 5 p.m. The festival is a popular celebration of arts and culture for under-served and diverse students and their families. Bowen McCauley Dance presents more than 20 groups that demonstrate the joy of arts and BMD's professional dancers that perform along with students from our residencies. FREE Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA.
Cadettes: Trees Naturalist. 10 a.m. to noon. Trees are important to us all. Learn why as we examine the parts of a tree, visit some trees, get tree crafty and tend to a tree of your own. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Earth Skills. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about some of the skills and activities that people had to do in their daily routine many years ago, then try your hand at what you learned through family activities and games. This program will begin at the Harper Homestead Cabin. FREE Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD.
Family Fun: Women's History Tea Party. Kids ages 5+. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Women have played an important role in the history of Green Spring Gardens - from women settlers, to a famous landscape architect, to the women who currently design the gardens. Celebrate Women's History Month with a tea party and visit the historic house and special gardens. Preregister online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
Girl Scout Silver Award Project. Kids ages 10+. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and help the National Park Service. Volunteers are needed to help repair a bridge on the Mt. Vernon Trail. Sign in at welcome booth. Park rangers to provide materials, tools and training. Light refreshments and water will be available. Teens can earn service hours. So, bring your friends! FREE Mount Vernon Trail, Alexandria, VA.
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 our audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
SAAM Cherry Blossom Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for a celebration of Japanese ciluture! A taiko drumming performance kicks off the day, followed by Japanese music and dance performances, face painting and cherry blossom themed crafts. Make a tatebanko, take a scavenger hunt to frind spring-themed artworks, and more more! FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Enjoy programs that engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. the Friday a week prior to the performance. Schedule online. Today: Bilbo's Journey. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
Sounds of Spring Campfire. Kids ages 2+. 7 to 7:45 p.m. Chirp, howl, squeak, growl. Help tell a story using the sounds of the spring night. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a toasty treat around the campfire. Preregister online. $$ Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville, MD.

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MAR   26   Sunday


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 our audiences. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

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MAR   27   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Featuring: Movement Monday - Feels Like OM Family Yoga. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.

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MAR   28   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby. Babies must be in carrier. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Bring Your Own Baby is a specially designed program for adult audiences who are looking for a rich learning experience and an opportunity to meet other caretakers. Light conversation then and a walk to a nearby museum. While aimed at adults, the rich environment will benefit baby too by exposing them to new stimuli and vocabulary! Topic: "Silence is Golden." The art of ancient writing. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Home-School Day. Kids ages 5 to 18. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Home-schooled students and their parents are invited to the museum for a day of aviation science. Students will participate in hands-on experiments and will have the opportunity to meet a pilot. Preregistration required. $$ College Park Aviation Museum, College Park, 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. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
StoryTime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. 11 a.m. All aboard for this enriching program that includes a 45-minute reading. Located in the restored 1884 B&O Railroad Station complex that houses interactive displays. Preregistration recommended. Story topic: Flowers. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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MAR   29   Wednesday


Executive Functioning & Study Skills at Home. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Ginny Conroy is an expert in applied behavior analysis and recently opened her own practice Social Grace; she works with children and families to provide individual & group social skills and educational advocacy. Presented by The Sycamore School. Preregister online. FREE Westover Library, Arlington, VA.
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.

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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.

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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. $$ Verizon Center, Washington, DC.
Mother Earth & Me. Kids ages 5 to 10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. The magic of earth science takes center stage in this fun, interactive original as we explore the origins of our planet, the water cycle, and our important role in the ecosystem, as well as folklore about the "big blue marble" we call home. Kick off Earth Month by pledging to become an Earth Warrior-and find out some great ways to start right away! Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.