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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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AUG   24   Thursday


3-Day Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 7:30 p.m., movies start at dusk. Join us on the lawn for three nights of free family favorite flicks benefiting the NIH Children's Charities. Thursday: Moana (PG-13). Friday: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13). Saturday: The Lego Batman Movie (PG). Details online. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Adventure Kids. Kids 5 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Laugh, play and aing along with Peter Wood! Events are the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, level 1 near JCPenney. Bring your friends and make new ones! Featuring: Peter Wood! FREE Lakeforest Mall, Gaithersburg, MD.
American Roots Music Concert Series. All ages. 5 to 7 p.m. The summer concert series, which the USBG first offered in 2015, celebrates American roots music - Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz and zydeco. Amphitheater seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tonights entertainment: Dede Wyland (bluegrass) FREE United States Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
Breakfast Mix-Up. All ages (parent and child event). 6 p.m. This very busy class has your junior chefs making Breakfast Tortilla with Jack Cheese (made burrito style) and an Organic Greek Yogurt Smoothie. Great ideas that kids can do for Back to School and all year long. $$ Wegmans, Alexandria, VA.
Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini. Kids ages 2 to 7. Every Thursday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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AUG   25   Friday


Circus!. Kids ages 4 to 12. 10 and 11:30 a.m. In grand circus tradition, the "Greatest Show on Strings" features a collection of clowns, death-defying acrobats, and an amazing menagerie of fauna from the farthest reaches of the globe. Many of the acts were more than 50 years ago by Christopher's parents for "Len Piper's International Marionette Circus." ASL Interpretation performance August 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets online $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 7:30 p.m., movies start at dusk. Join us on the lawn for these family favorite flicks benefiting the NIH Children's Charities. Today: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13). Saturday: The Lego Batman Movie (PG). Details online. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Disney's High School Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:30 p.m. You asked for it...the Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on our stage! When Troy and Gabriella audition for the school musical they open an unexpected can of worms. More than 225 million TV viewers will agree, there won't be a better way to spend your summer. Go Wildcats! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Four Mile Movie Series. Films start at dusk, fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Movie lovers of all ages will the last Friday of the month this summer, when the Four Mile Run Park is transformed into an outdoor cinema. This includes two hours of activities and entertainment leading up to show time. Playing this week is "Inside Out," PG. Don't forget your blanket or chairs! FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Live music and fun! Outdoor games, 12+ outdoor patios and dining options. Plus Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! Full schedule online. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.
Rock the Block: Alex Hilton Band. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 4th Fridays through October. Featuring this awesome 80s band, beer garden and city restaurant vendor booths. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on! Kids - wear swim suits and bring towels. Enjoy the spray pad! FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Smithsonian Sleepovers. Kids ages 8 to 12. 7 p.m This Smithsonian Associates program invites kids and their grown-up companions for a night that features tours, games, crafts, a film and more. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.

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AUG   26   Saturday


CPR, Choking & First Aid (AHA). Kids ages 16+. 1 to 4 p.m. Offering a comprehensive course designed to teach childcare and daycare providers, teachers, scout leaders how to assess and treat injuries and medical or environmental emergencies until professional help arrives. Preregistration online. $$ Spring Valley Pediatrics, Washington, DC.
Capital Dragon Boat Regatta. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The regatta aims to provide an excellent dragon boating experience to both athletes and spectators alike. Celebrating Asian culture, dragon boat racing is an important part of the Chinese traditional culture, dating back more than 2,300 years. FREE Southwest Waterfront, Washington, DC.
Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). Gates open at 7:30 p.m., movie starts at dusk. Join us on the lawn for this family favorite benefiting the NIH Children's Charities. The Lego Batman Movie (PG). Details online. FREE Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Disney's High School Musical. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. You asked for it...the Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on our stage! When Troy and Gabriella audition for the school musical they open an unexpected can of worms. More than 225 million TV viewers will agree, there won't be a better way to spend your summer. Go Wildcats! Tickets online. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Kidz Korner - Summer in the City. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday's through September, weather permitting. A variety of children's activities and entertainment! This week featuring: Party Like a Princess - Ever Laughter Parties. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Little Movers Open House. Kids ages 3 to 7. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Little Movers classes are designed to emphasize creativity and introduce technique to dancers. Classes are rooted in a fundamental understanding of children's basic developmental phases. Try out many types of dance. Register online, FREE CityDance School & Conservatory, Rockville, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians, and listen to music and choral groups. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.
Mr. Jon & Friends. All ages (family friendly event). The doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Jon & Friends makes music for kids and their families that inspire fun, laughter, and dancing. Sometimes with a band, sometimes as a duo, and sometimes solo, the music of Mr. Jon & Friends is sure to bring a smile to your face! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Live music and fun! Outdoor games, 12+ outdoor patios and dining options. Plus Bubble Spectacular Shows, Pop Up Fountain and fun for the kids, too! Full schedule online. FREE Village at Leesburg, Leesburg, VA.

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AUG   27   Sunday


Celebrate with Us!. All ages (family-friendly event). Noon to 5 p.m. A 80th Anniversary celebrates the arrival of the Presidents' Conference Committee street cars in the Nation's Capital with special operation of D.C. Transit System 1101. $$ National Capital Trolley Museum, Silver Spring, MD.
Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians, and listen to music and choral groups. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.

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AUG   28   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! Entertaining today: Zumba Kids. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As you enter the South Conservatory, you are surrounded by hundreds of brilliant live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia soaring among colorful flowers and going about their business of drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. You will learn about butterflies' amazing metamorphosis, the important role they play in healthy ecosystems, and how to ensure these beautiful insects thrive in your own garden. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   29   Tuesday


Children's Story Hour. Kids 10 and under. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Enjoy outside story hour in Chinatown Park every Tuesday. FREE DC Public Library, Chinatown, Washington, DC.

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AUG   30   Wednesday


Carpe Diem's Ukes on the Move! Ukestra!. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. BYO Ukes and join us for the Strum & Sing-Along on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Don't Worry Be Happy," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Yellow Submarine," and "This Land Is Your Land." Carpe Diem Arts creates opportunities for all ages to participate in the visual, literary and performing arts and to experience a broad range of cultures and traditions. FREE Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD.

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AUG   31   Thursday


Hometown Thursdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. On Thursdays through September, this series will host local bands from the Fairfax area. Hometown Thursdays is an opportunity to meet up with friends and family, grab dinner and listen to great music. Tonight: Jojo Bayless Band. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Thursday Mornings with The Great Zucchini. Kids ages 2 to 7. Every Thursday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and the show begins at 10:30 a.m. The Great Zucchini, Washington's funniest and most magical preschool & kindergarten entertainer, performs a colorful magic show where every child is a star and guaranteed to laugh! Experience the excitement of the children when they get to learn a magic trick at the end of show! Tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.