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JUL   21   Saturday


7th Annual Day of Archaeology Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is a fun-filled day for both adults and children. Children can get hands-on with in mock-excavations, crafts and 3D printed artifacts. There will be live music, family activities, face painting and food trucks for all to enjoy! FREE Dumbarton House, Washington, DC.
Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Mary Cassatt. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Check It Out: A Library + Art Pop-up Program. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check it out! Find our cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the Museum. Kits include a children's book, suggested artworks for viewing and hands-on materials. This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn. FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Family Fun Day. Kids ages 1 to 12. 12 to 4 p.m. Join Power Plant Live! at Superhero Family Fun Day! The day will include themed games and activities, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and food. All proceeds from all-access wristbands will be donated to a locoal charity. FREE Power Plant Live!, Baltimore, MD.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. From the Declaration of Independence to the moon landing, important events in American history happen in July. Create a booklet highlighting some of these momentous occasions. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
First Studio: Story + Workshop. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Children are invited to use their imaginations as they explore the paintings, sculpture, and architecture of the museum. Each First Studio includes a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. Preregistration required. $$ The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Mr. Skip - Fun and Songs. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Playful Yard Sale. All ages (family-friendly event). 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Keeping with Let's Play America's mission of adding play to all they're events, folks of all ages can join in on the playful activities while they shop at the Playful Yard Sale. Many different items toys, furniture, sports equipment, jewelry and much more! FREE 7301 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Frayed Knots FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Preschool Pioneers: A Different Kind of Shark Week. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Long before Shark Week, there was John Singleton Copley's painting, Watson and the Shark. Join us as we learn about the world of sharks and re-enact this dramatic shark story. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Old and new, tried and true audience favorites. Music from around the world. Entertaining tonight: Sizzlin' Salsa. The roots of salsa combine elements of the Spanish guitar-playing tradition with the rhythmic complexity and call-and-response vocal tradition of African musical sources. Salsa is a fun, interactive, musical performance that the whole family can enjoy! FREE BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. This Father's Day, join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed books and movies. References to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together! Advanced tickets required. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   22   Sunday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., sign up begin at 11 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Mary Cassatt. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Preschool Pioneers: A Different Kind of Shark Week. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Long before Shark Week, there was John Singleton Copley's painting, Watson and the Shark. Join us as we learn about the world of sharks and re-enact this dramatic shark story. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
SAAM Arcade. All ages (family-friendly event). 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. SAAM is turning into an arcade! Test out 15 new indie games, get to know the developers, and play more than 100 video games. This museum takeover includes classic arcade games, vintage consoles, game building workshops and more! Enjoy snacks and refreshments from the Courtyard Cafe. FREE Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Washington, DC.
STORYTIME: Summer Adventure Celebration. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. We'll use our imaginations to bring sculptures to life and read the book Flashlight by Lizi Boyd. FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Hip-Hop Meets the Music of India. Indian Violinist Nistha Raj and Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon present a collaboration that mixes genres of music native to each of their cultural upbringings, Hindustani Classical music and acoustic Hip-Hop and D.C.'s Go-Go. FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   23   Monday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Rise & Rhyme with Culture Queen. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 a.m. Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series with the goals of teaching children to engage with their community, learn to love performing and become rising artivists! $$ Busboys & Poets 14th & V, Washington, DC.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.

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JUL   24   Tuesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: Remember the Titans. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Storytime Station. Kids ages 3 to 6. Fourth Tuesday of the each month at 11 a.m. You and your child will enjoy monthly book readings during this enriching program. Join in the two-year exploration of the alphabet. Enjoy books, songs and a craft that features the letter of the month. July letter is G. August is H. Tickets online, advance purchase is recommended. $$ Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   25   Wednesday


Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: Casablanca. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kids Series: Inquiring Minds. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presenting a fun program of exploration for young visitors on Wednesday mornings in July and August. Schedule online. Today featuring: Origami. Learn how to fold paper into fun forms. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
STORYTIME: Dragons Love Tacos Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement. Celebrate the end of the season and fire up your imagination with a close look at the large stainless-steel sculpture Untitled (1986) by Ellsworth Kelly. We will read aloud Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and create our own dragon party in the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden. Breathe fire, party like a dragon and dip your toes in the fountain for an extra special program. FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
VAL's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a morning of fun on Wednesdays this summer! This week dance and sing along with Groovy Nate. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.

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JUL   26   Thursday


#TeensTalkBack: A Candid Conversation. 6:30 to 8 p.m. #TeensTalkBack: A Candid Conversation on Love and Relationships for Teens and Parents is designed to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Speakers will share personal stories of survival and engage teens and parents in an interactive workshop that will ignite candid conversations on love, teen dating violence and the components of a healthy relationship. All participants must RSVP to attend. FREE Prince George's County Family Justice Center, Upper Marlboro, MD.
Backyard Theater: Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band. All ages (family-friendly event). 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Strathmore provides vibrant performances for families throughout the year. We offer experiences that inspire our littlest audience members to learn, explore and connect to their world and each other in new ways. Learn more about our sensory-friendly programming for children with autism or other disabilities. Schedules and tickets online. $$ Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: The Big Stick. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Boogie Babes featuring 123 Andres. Kids ages 4 and under. 10:30 a.m. The Boogie Babes program brings interactive musical performances for young children and their caregivers each week. The events, typically 45 minutes in length, provide a wonderful way to expose children to different musical instruments and styles while also raising funds for and awareness of Greater DC Diaper Bank's work and mission. $$ Eastern Market - North Hall, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. End the day on a musical note! Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. Schedule online. Today featuring: Goodfellas - The Plate Scrapers - Appalachian Bluegrass. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.
Thursday Morning Kids Concert. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. The air will be filled with delightful sounds and important life lessons this summer! From dancing and magic to music and fairytales, these entertainers will captivate their audiences. Today featuring: The Rope Warrior David Fisher - Jump Rope Tricks. FREE Concert Pavilion at City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD.

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JUL   27   Friday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Constant Troyon. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: Mean Girls. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Check It Out: A Library + Art Pop-up Program. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check it out! Find our cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the Museum. Kits include a children's book, suggested artworks for viewing and hands-on materials. This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn. FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid". All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Join Summer Grand students as they present Disney's The Little Mermaid, a family-friendly, musical adventure that follows young Ariel on her quest for independence and true love. (Through arrangement with www.MTIShows.com) Tickets online. $$ Herndon Middle School, Herndon, VA.
Four Mile Movie Series: Wonder. All ages (family-friendly event). Films start at dusk, fun begins at 6:30 p.m. A favorite summer tradition in Arlandria returns with a host of new and old favorites. So grab your friend and family, a picnic dinner and a blanket or chair and join us for some great entertainment. FREE Four Mile Conservatory Center, Alexandria, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Little Women. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. Arts on the Green presents Little Women, a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civial War America. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Movie Night in Gaithersburg. All ages (family-friendly event). Pre-movie activities begin at 6:15 p.m. with movies starting at 7 p.m. Escape the summer heat and enjoy popular family favorite films indoors! Feel free to bring a cushion or blanket to get cozy. This week enjoy: Paddington Bear 2. $$ Casey Community Center, Gaithersburg, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   28   Saturday


Arts on the Horizon: To The Clouds. Kids 3 and under. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. A magical, interactive adventure of a day in the life of a raindrop! Kids will love a close-up look at the amazing things along the raindrop's journey: colorful flowers, the warm sun, perhaps even a whale! Through movement, puppetry, and found object animation, this interactive world-premiere for babies and toddlers is driven by a soundtrack of classical music and creates a captivating world of transformation. Tickets online. $$ Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD.
Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. All ages (family-friendly event). Movies begin at 9 p.m. The Bethesda Urban Partnership will present the 14th annual Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue. Tonight featruring: The Post. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. FREE Woodmont Triangle, Corner of Norfolk & Auburn Avenues, Bethesda, MD.
Check It Out: A Library + Art Pop-up Program. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check it out! Find our cart in the gallery and check out a kit to use inside the Museum. Kits include a children's book, suggested artworks for viewing and hands-on materials. This program is a partnership between Smithsonian Libraries and the Hirshhorn. FREE Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid". All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Join Summer Grand students as they present Disney's The Little Mermaid, a family-friendly, musical adventure that follows young Ariel on her quest for independence and true love. (Through arrangement with www.MTIShows.com) Tickets online. $$ Herndon Middle School, Herndon, VA.
Family Saturdays. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. From the Declaration of Independence to the moon landing, important events in American history happen in July. Create a booklet highlighting some of these momentous occasions. Meet at the entrance of Exhibition Hall. FREE Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: World Karate. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Little Women. Kids ages 12+. 2 and 8 p.m. Arts on the Green presents Little Women, a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civial War America. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Pirates on the Potomac. Kids ages 4 to 9. 2 sessions: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy some swashbuckling pirate fun at the Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park. This buccaneer-friendly event includes pirate-themed activities, games, treasure hunt costume contest souvenirs and much more. Preregistration required and is available online. $$ Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park, Piney Point, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Flip Like Wilson FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Skywatching & Talk: Mars. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 10 p.m. Mars is the night's focus, with a pre-skywatching talk by NASA Solar System Ambassador Ted Avraham followed by a look at Mars through telescopes. Enjoy related hands-on activities for children. FREE Observatory Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Old and new, tried and true audience favorites. Music from around the world. Entertaining tonight: Lenny Kurlou and the Reggae Allstars. FREE BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
Summer Concert Series. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Old and new, tried and true audience favorites. Music from around the world. Entertaining tonight: O'Malley's March. You could call it Celtic Rock - but it is so much more. This band has refused to stand in one place and simply play the usual fare. Mixing the hauntingly beautiful, soulful and rousing music of Irish tradition with the music that was created out of the Irish Diaspora. FREE BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Rolling on the River. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. We build on your child's natural curiosity by recreating the river ecosystem through play. Class ends with an exploration of the National Museum of the American Indian's landscape where they will see and hear the sounds of a river. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Tot Shabbat with Miss Ellie. Kids ages 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. Summer is here and we want you to join us for the fun with Ellie Schuchman! Come pray, sing, make friends and enjoy the community. FREE Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   29   Sunday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., sign up begin at 11 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Constant Troyon. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Artful Afternoons: Movement. Kids ages 5 to 9. 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity. Families are welcome to drop by our art studio where they can choose from any of our four maker stations. Each station presents a challenge or question based on the afternoon's theme. This week's Four Maker Stations: Action Painting; Art Bot; Art that Moves; Movement in Art. Reregistration required and online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Disney's "The Little Mermaid". All ages (family-friendly event). Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Join Summer Grand students as they present Disney's The Little Mermaid, a family-friendly, musical adventure that follows young Ariel on her quest for independence and true love. (Through arrangement with www.MTIShows.com) Tickets online. $$ Herndon Middle School, Herndon, VA.
History Bites: Ice Cream. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 to 3 p.m. Escape the summer heat and enjoy a nice cold treat! Learn about ice cream, ice, cold dishes and how they kept things cold with a short talk! Then bring your sweet tooth and prepare for things to get chilly as you sample some delicious and unique flavors! Preregistration and tickets online. $$ Dumbarton House, Washington, DC.
Little Women. Kids ages 12+. 2 p.m. Arts on the Green presents Little Women, a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civial War America. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Paper Dreams. Kids ages 1 to 5. 10 and 11:15 a.m. In a brand-new collaboration with Mons Dansa Dance Company Barcelona, Spain, we bring to life our first dance performance based show, that explores the many facets of creativity. A fun, interactive production that tells the story of two delightful creatures who live inside a wastepaper basket. Can our greatest mistake actually turn out to be the next greatest innovative idea? Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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JUL   30   Monday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Rise & Rhyme with Culture Queen. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 a.m. Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series with the goals of teaching children to engage with their community, learn to love performing and become rising artivists! $$ Busboys & Poets 14th & V, Washington, DC.

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JUL   31   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Inspired by Nature. Kids 12 months and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Education begins at birth. Caregivers help children begin learning by responding to interests, sparking curiosity and allowing them to engage in self-directed activities. Explore ways to support your child's development and encourage a love of learning. Explore the ways in which inventors mimic the natural world to come up with products that improve our everyday lives. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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August

AUG   1   Wednesday


Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Kids Series: Inquiring Minds. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presenting a fun program of exploration for young visitors. Schedule online. Today featuring: Music. Victor Litz will be here with some musical instruments. Make one to take home. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Rainbow Puppets: Creatures Great and Small. Kids ages 2+. 10 a.m. There's an acrobatic flea, a giant stegosaurus and practically everything in between! Meet a Blue Crab, a Fiddler Crab, Bert the Blue Heron and a pair of singing dinosaurs. Grandpa leads audience members on a musical review of animal songs and stories. This group brings amazing energy and excitement to the stage! $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
VAL's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a morning of fun on Wednesdays this summer! This week Blue Sky Puppets perform the story of "SuperPig." FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.
VAL's Pals Kids Club: Blue Sky Puppets. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for a morning of free fun on Wednesdays through August 15! Blue Sky Puppets perform the story of "SuperPig." FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   2   Thursday


Bright Star Touring Theater: African Folktales. Kids ages 4+. 10 a.m. Akili and Jabari are excited to share the folktales they've gathered from across the African continent. Set in an African market, African Folktales includes some characters that may already be familiar, as well as introducing new stories that you probably haven't heard before. Audience members are encouraged to make sound effects, or even come up on stage to help tell a part of the story! $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Children of Eden. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. From the celebrated composer of Wicked, Pippin and Godspell comes this family-friendly biblical reboot with a marvellous score. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Little Women. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. Arts on the Green presents Little Women, a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civial War America. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Millennium Stage. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 p.m. Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States. Their cleverly crafted "latingrass" evokes images from Appalachia to the Andes. FREE The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   3   Friday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Edgar Degas. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
Little Women. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. Arts on the Green presents Little Women, a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civial War America. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Movie Night in Gaithersburg. All ages (family-friendly event). Pre-movie activities begin at 6:15 p.m. with movies starting at 7 p.m. Escape the summer heat and enjoy popular family favorite films indoors! Feel free to bring a cushion or blanket to get cozy. This week enjoy: Cars 3. $$ Casey Community Center, Gaithersburg, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Traveling Players Ensemble's Theatre Festival. Kids ages 8+. 4 and 7 p.m. At 4 p.m., we perform "The Monkey King" and "Ariadne's Thread," two plays based on world mythology by beloved local teacher and playwright Judith White. At 7 p.m., the advanced Traveling Troupe performs Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor." $$ The Madeira School, McLean, VA.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   4   Saturday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 10:30, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., sign up begin at 10 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Edgar Degas. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods. Kids ages 4+. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. This is a series of family-friendly shows including kindie rock, Latin, Afro-Caribbean, country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop-rock, as well as Irish dance, ballet, puppetry and musical theater. Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Wolf Trap National Park, Vienna, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Infant Investigators: Wings of Fancy. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Butterflies and birds are a source of delight for all children. Come play and explore as we discover the beauty and wonder of these creatures! For this lesson, we will draw on resources from the National Museum of History. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Hidden Oaks Nature Center. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Let's Count Butterflies!. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's time for the 22nd Annual Butterfly Count! Come have fun while contributing to butterfly conservation. You will visit locations that include butterfly gardens, sanctuaries, roadside wildflower areas and parks. We typically count over 2,000 butterflies in this single day and spot as many as 50 species. No experience necessary, all ages welcome! Preregistration required. $$ Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Leesburg, VA.
Little Women. Kids ages 12+. 8 p.m. Arts on the Green presents Little Women, a musical based on the 1869 semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civial War America. Tickets online. $$ The Arts Barn, Gaithersburg, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
National Lighthouse Weekend. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour the museum, climb the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac, and visit the Keepers Quarters. Enjoy children activities, meet with a local artist, bring your kayak for a paddle or pack a picnic lunch for a day of lighthouse fun. FREE Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park, Piney Point, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Liquid A FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Twos Travelers: Abiyoyo's Coming. Kids ages 24 to 36 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Our workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Have you heard the news? Abiyoyo is coming! Jump into this story based on the South African lullaby and folk story through dramatic play, song, and art. Your family is sure to be singing "Abiyoyo" for days afterward. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   5   Sunday


Art Investigators: French Art. Kids ages 4 to 7. 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., sign up begin at 11 a.m. How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists' choices, ask questions and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries and completing a simple hands-on activity. This week featuring Edgar Degas. FREE National Gallery of Art, West Building Rotunda, Washington, DC.
Infant Investigators: Wings of Fancy. Kids ages 4 to 12 months. 10 to 11 a.m. Butterflies and birds are a source of delight for all children. Come play and explore as we discover the beauty and wonder of these creatures! For this lesson, we will draw on resources from the National Museum of History. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
National Lighthouse Weekend. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour the museum, climb the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac, and visit the Keepers Quarters. Enjoy children activities, meet with a local artist, bring your kayak for a paddle or pack a picnic lunch for a day of lighthouse fun. FREE Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum & Historic Park, Piney Point, MD.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. When Snow White meets seven vertically challenged bachelors, she discovers that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that friendship and teamwork make any challenge smaller. Based on the Grimm fairytale, this production takes the Puppet Co.'s usual sideways view of the popular story, giving it timeliness and humor for adults as well as kids. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. One of our favorite summer bands, Kara and Matty D, is back, but this time they are performing for the kiddos! FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
Sunday Fun-Day. Kids ages 1 to 5. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Enjoy "Beach Bunny" as we bring the story to life through dramatic play activities, music, movement and visual art. Leave with a special take-home item we used or created, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Trains on a Track. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Clickety clack! Explore how trains move along a track before visiting the John Bull train at the National Museum of American History. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Twos Travelers: Abiyoyo's Coming. Kids ages 24 to 36 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Our workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Have you heard the news? Abiyoyo is coming! Jump into this story based on the South African lullaby and folk story through dramatic play, song, and art. Your family is sure to be singing "Abiyoyo" for days afterward. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   6   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Entertainment today: Mr. Skip - Fun and Songs. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly/Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekends and September 1 to 16, 9 a.m. to 5 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, drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems and how to ensure they thrive in our gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   7   Tuesday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   8   Wednesday


H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kids Series: Inquiring Minds. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presenting a fun program of exploration for young visitors. Schedule online. Today featuring: Playing with String. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting, play string games and make string art. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
VAL's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a morning of fun on Wednesdays this summer! This week grab your lab coat for hands on experiments with Mad Science. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
VAL's Pals Kids Club: Mad Science. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for a morning of free fun on Wednesdays through August 15! Grab your lab coat for hands on experiments with Mad Science. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   9   Thursday


Community Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 3 p.m. Join the Prince George's County Family Justice Center, an initiative of the Circuit Court, for a community day as we celebrate two years of changing lives and restoring hope to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and elder abuse in PG County. Community residents will enjoy food, learn about available resources during a community partner expo and so much more! FREE Prince George's County Family Justice Center, Upper Marlboro, MD.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Summer Concert Series: U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the warm summer weather with free live entertainment by talented military musicians at the Entry Plaza of the Museum. Outdoor concessions will be available. FREE National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, VA.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   10   Friday


H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Movie Night in Gaithersburg. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 10:30 p.m. Feel free to bring a cushion or blanket to get cozy. This week enjoy: Moana. FREE Robertson Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Movies Under the Moon. All ages (family-friendly event). 8 p.m. Enjoy a night under the stars with your family and friends while you enjoy a movie for all ages to enjoy! Bring your own chairs and blankets! This week enjoy: Moana. FREE Van Dyck Park, Fairfax, VA.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Second Classical Theatre Festival. Kids ages 8+. Traveling Players' youth ensembles present Moliere's "Borgeoise Gentleman" (3 p.m.), Shakespeare's "Love's Labor's Lost" (4:15 p.m.) and a Commedia dell'Arte "Sleeping Beauty" (6:30 p.m.). $$ The Madeira School, McLean, VA.
Tot Rock! Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros. Kids ages 2 to 7. Doors: 10 a.m., show: 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Concerts happen most days of the week. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   11   Saturday


2nd Annual Touch a Truck. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family out and see all of the Red Cross emergency vehicles, bloodmobiles, fire engines, police vehicles and much more! Enjoy games, including a bounce house, food and fun! Rain or shine. GreenDrop will be on site collecting lightly used clothing and household items to benefit the American Red Cross. FREE American Red Cross, National Capital Region Headquarters, Fairfax, VA.
Family Day: Awesome Aviation. All ages (family-friendly event). 12 to 3 p.m. Family Day is a fun educational, interactive family event! Enjoy hands-on activities as you learn about Marine Corps history. This month it's aviation, next month is robotics! FREE National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, VA.
Family-Friendly Nature Event: Backyard Bats. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 to 9 p.m. Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a great program to learn about local bats! You will be introduced to seven species of bats, some of which are common and some rare, that call Loudoun County home. After the talk, we will go outside with a bat detector to find and identify all the bats we can! Preregistration required. FREE Stone Barn at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kids in the Castle. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once finished they can relax and play games in the museum's Castle Garden. Children can let their imaginations wander as they take in three floors of this ornate mansion, while also learning about history in a fun and engaging environment. Preregistration required. FREE Heurich House Museum, Washington, DC.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Tiny Dancers. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Lost in Paris FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Preschool Pioneers: Proud Peacock. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. We know that peacocks are proud, but did you ever take a close look at them? Join us as we visit the Freer Gallery of Art, and see how James McNeill Whistler modeled an entire room after a peacock. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Skywatching: Perseids Meteor Shower. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 p.m. to 1 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs to sit or lie on the lawn for this annual meteor watching party. We'll have telescopes for skywatching, too. Please keep children close by as it will be dark and watchers will be scattered throughout the park. FREE Observatory Park, Gaithersburg, MD.
Summer Film Program: Tall Tales. Kids ages 6+. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy some highly unlikely stories, from a greedy rat and a sailor cat to some flying dinosaurs and a lonely bear! Program includes The Highway Rat (Magic Light Pictures, United Kingdom 2017), How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly (Munro Ferguson, Canada 1995), Bear Story (Gabriel Osorio Vargas, Chile 2014), and The Gallant Captain (Katrina Mathers, Graeme Base, Australia 2013). FREE National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Trains on a Track. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m., also held on August 11. Clickety clack! Explore how trains move along a track before visiting the John Bull train at the National Museum of American History. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Twos Travelers: Abiyoyo's Coming. Kids ages 24 to 36 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Our workshops offer a variety of hands-on experiences that introduce young children to concepts in engaging ways. Have you heard the news? Abiyoyo is coming! Jump into this story based on the South African lullaby and folk story through dramatic play, song, and art. Your family is sure to be singing "Abiyoyo" for days afterward. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   12   Sunday


Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Preschool Pioneers: Proud Peacock. Kids ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11:30 a.m. We know that peacocks are proud, but did you ever take a close look at them? Join us as we visit the Freer Gallery of Art, and see how James McNeill Whistler modeled an entire room after a peacock. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Summer Film Program: Tall Tales. Kids ages 6+. 11:30 a.m. Enjoy some highly unlikely stories, from a greedy rat and a sailor cat to some flying dinosaurs and a lonely bear! Program includes The Highway Rat (Magic Light Pictures, United Kingdom 2017), How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly (Munro Ferguson, Canada 1995), Bear Story (Gabriel Osorio Vargas, Chile 2014), and The Gallant Captain (Katrina Mathers, Graeme Base, Australia 2013). FREE National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Washington, DC.
Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park. All ages (family-friendly event). 5 p.m. Two-time Grammy award nominee Morgan Taylor and his band will play perennial favorites and dig deep into the wild and hip back catalogue for this rare, non-video version of his nationally-heralded Gustafer Yellowgold show. Tasteful, smart and fun songs for everyone! FREE McLean Central Park, McLean, VA.
Sunday Fun-Day. Kids ages 1 to 5. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Enjoy "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" as we bring the story to life through dramatic play activities, music, movement and visual art. Leave with a special take-home item we used or created, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Toddler Trailblazers: Trains on a Track. Kids ages 13 to 23 months. 10 to 11:30 a.m., also held on August 11. Clickety clack! Explore how trains move along a track before visiting the John Bull train at the National Museum of American History. Preregistration required. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Kids ages 5+. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty and Schroeder as they sing and dance their way through the timeless struggles of childhood. This show features catchy songs, including "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and is the perfect family outing for the young and young at heart! Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

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AUG   13   Monday


FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts and more! Entertainment today: Story Time and Craft. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Rise & Rhyme with Culture Queen. Kids ages 5 and under. 9:30 a.m. Rise + Rhyme is a weekly morning storytelling and performance series with the goals of teaching children to engage with their community, learn to love performing and become rising artivists! $$ Busboys & Poets 14th & V, Washington, DC.
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly/Caterpillar Exhibit. All ages (family-friendly event). Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekends and September 1 to 16, 9 a.m. to 5 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, drinking nectar and looking for others of their kind. Learn about their amazing metamorphosis, the important role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems and how to ensure they thrive in our gardens. $$ Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD.

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AUG   14   Tuesday


Bring Your Own Baby: Silence is Golden. Kids 12 months and under. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Education begins at birth. Caregivers help children begin learning by responding to interests, sparking curiosity and allowing them to engage in self-directed activities. Ancient languages are a tool to explore both the history and artistry of writing systems. We'll explore several kinds, including cuneiform writing and hieroglyphics to learn about how these systems develop and the ways we use them today. Preregister online. $$ National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.

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AUG   15   Wednesday


H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kids Series: Inquiring Minds. Kids ages 5+. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Presenting a fun program of exploration for young visitors. Schedule online. Today featuring: Fun with Science. Explore all things science with creative hands-on activities. FREE Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg, MD.
Live from the Lawn: UkeFest Finale. All ages (family-friendly event). 6:30 p.m. free strum-along-bring your ukulele! 7 p.m. concert featuring UkeFest instructors. It's a celebration of the marvelous musicality of the ukulele. UkeFest features ukulele superstars Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel along with a mass strum-along. This fantastically fun concert is the culmination of the 10th annual UkeFest intensive workshop and a highlight of summer at Strathmore! FREE Strathmore, Gudelsky Gazebo, North Bethesda, MD.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Main Street Theater Productions: Winnie the Pooh. All ages (family-friendly event). 1 p.m. Young campers from MSTP welcome you to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. He meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Summer Reading Puppet Show. Kids ages 3+. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Young story lovers will be entertained by a story-time puppet show presented by a professional puppeteer. Children and their accompanying adult(s) must register. Register online. $$ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
VAL's Pals Kids Club. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a morning of fun on Wednesdays this summer! This week laugh out loud with The Great Zucchini. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
VAL's Pals Kids Club: Great Zucchini. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 to 11 a.m. Join us for the last morning of free fun on Wednesdays. Laugh out loud with The Great Zucchini. FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Village Community Room, Leesburg, VA.

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AUG   16   Thursday


Bard in the Park: The Lion King. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m., movie begins at sundown. Disney's The Lion King is beloved by many. Did you know it was influenced by William Shakespeare's Hamlet? Join us as we screen this classic animated tale under the stars. FREE Canal Park at Capitol Riverfront, Washington, DC.
Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Main Street Theater Productions: Winnie the Pooh. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Young campers from MSTP welcome you to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. He meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.

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AUG   17   Friday


Live! Concert Series on the Plaza. All ages (family-friendly event). Monday through Friday, 12 to 1 p.m. From salsa to strings and blues to swing, Live! Concert Series on the Plaza features hot entertainment in a cool, open-air atmosphere. Join us for lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. Daily schedule online. FREE Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC.
Main Street Theater Productions: Winnie the Pooh. All ages (family-friendly event). 7 p.m. Young campers from MSTP welcome you to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. He meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course... sharing snacks. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
The Pirates of Penzance. All ages (family-friendly event). 7:45 p.m. Enjoy the show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Tot Rock! Friday Mornings with The Grandsons, Jr.. Kids ages 2 to 7. Doors: 10 a.m., show: 10:30 a.m. Tot Rock is Jammin' Java's super-popular kids music concert series, providing wholesome family entertainment at one of the DC area's finest music clubs. Concerts happen most days of the week. Schedule and tickets online. $$ Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA.

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AUG   18   Saturday


Children's Day at St. Clement's Island Museum. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point for a day of fun! Kids can enjoy free water bottles (first 200 kids), boy's and girl's bike raffle, snow cones, balloons, activities, games and crafts, face painting and more! FREE St. Clement's Island Museum, Colton's Point, MD.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 and 7:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Kidz Korner. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Held Saturdays through September, at the Pergola. A variety of children's activities and entertainment are scheduled. Today featuring: Tinkergarten. FREE Old Town Square, Fairfax, VA.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. All ages (family-friendly event). Times vary. This 9-day county fair is filled with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities. Kids will especially love to see all kinds of farm animals up close! The Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone is located in the grassy field next to the Heritage Building. Don't miss out on all the magical experiences! Daily schedules and tickets online. $$ Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, MD.
National Honeybee Day. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bees are buzzing! Meet the beekeepers as they perform a honey extraction. Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the art of apiculture. $$ Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, VA.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Plaza Party. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for live music and fun! Enjoy outdoor games, 12+ patios and dining options to continue the fun! Kids can play in the spectacular bubble shows, pop up fountain and kids play area. Today featuring: Levi Stephens FREE Village at Leesburg Shopping Center, Leesburg, VA.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.
Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. This Father's Day, join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the National Gallery in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed books and movies. References to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together! Advanced tickets required. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

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AUG   19   Sunday


Federation's Grand Slam Sunday. All ages (family-friendly event). Pre-game fun begins at 11:30 a.m.; first pitch at 1:35 p.m. All are welcome to join The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington for their fourth annual Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. Join more than 1,500 community members at Grand Slam Sunday and watch the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins! There are tons of fun, pre-game activities for the kids. Tickets online. $$ Nationals Park, Washington, DC.
H.M.S. Pinafore. All ages (family-friendly event). 1:45 p.m. Audiences will enjoy this zany version of the Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. You sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates! And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience the show in a way they're sure to love. Tickets online. $$ Olney Theatre, Olney, MD.
Looney Tunes Saturday and Sunday Morning Cartoons. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. Back by popular demand: another selection of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons. Spend time with the whole Looney Tunes gang, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Enjoy these animation masterpieces back on the big screen, where they started! Milk and cereal bars for sale at our cafe. Pajamas strongly encouraged! Tickets online. $$ AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Peter and the Wolf. Kids ages 4+. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus." ASL performance is September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
Sunday Fun-Day. Kids ages 1 to 5. 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Enjoy "Pete the Cat" as we bring the story to life through dramatic play activities, music, movement and visual art. Leave with a special take-home item we used or created, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. Tickets online. $$ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.
Tinker Bell. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least, everyone thinks they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell's point of view, you really have not heard it at all. A new twinkling light shines on all the characters you love including, Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan, Smee and the nefarious Hook from a feisty fairy's point of view. Tickets online. $$ Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo, MD.