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Explorations 2017

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Adventure Theatre MTC
Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp
Aladdin and princess Adora must outsmart an evil Magician who wants to use Aladdin's lamp for his nefarious schemes! Get ready for love, magic and mystery in this multicultural production for all ages. April 7-May 21, 2017. Call or visit the website for tickets. , Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-2270.

Big Train 2017
Come watch Bethesda Big Train--catch a game with family & friends. Small-town baseball at its best! Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park, Bethesda, MD. , 301-379-9145.

Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens(R) Williamsburg offers fun for the whole family with thrilling roller coasters, world-class dining options and kid-friendly attractions. Explore the new wooden roller coaster, InvadR(TM). , Williamsburg, VA,

The Castle Laser Tag
Call today to schedule your family-fun event! Birthday parties, team or group outings, corporate events, team building. Arcade and Ropes Course at our new Gaithersburg location. Two Locations: 14201 Woodcliff Ct., Bowie, MD, 301-352-8413 & 9100 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 240-224-7766.

Celebrate Fairfax
June 9-11, 2017. Tickets. Free shuttle buses from Fair Lakes Circle & Fair Oaks Mall. Fireworks, petting zoo, carnival rides, Children's Avenue, kid's crafts, pony rides and more. Fairfax County Government Center ,

The DC Jazz Festival
June 1-18, 2016: The 2017 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC with dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fundays, June 3-4, 2017. , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 20, 2017; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Gaithersburg Book Festival will include author appearances, book signings, workshops, children's activities, exhibitors and more. Visit us online today! , Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD,

Gaithersburg Community Museum
History...Trains...Hands-on Fun... and more at this family-friendly museum in the Olde Towne rail complex. Indoor/outdoor interpretive spaces explore Gaithersburg's history and spark the imagination. , 9 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6160.

Gaylord National
Grab the kids and make your next vacation destination Gaylord National Resort. When you stay at our award-winning location, you will experience new and exciting interactive adventures. , National Harbor, MD, 301-965-4000.

Glen Echo Park Aquarium
A Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center
Come discover everything under the sea! Perfect for families, school groups, scouts and birthdays. Open: Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Weekday by appointment. , Glen Echo, MD, 301-955-6256.

Hometown Holidays Music Festival
A Memorial Holiday Weekend tradition! Celebrate with food, fun and music as more than 30 bands and musicians perform across four stages and six blocks. Taste of Rockville will be happening simultaneously. Full list of performers and restaurants online. , Rockville, MD,

Imagination Bethesda
A children's street festival celebrating the arts! June 3, 2017; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, hands-on creative activities, face painters, roving performers, balloonists and more! The festival takes place at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in downtown Bethesda. , 301-215-6660.

Imagination Stage
Experience live theater in our state-of-the-art theater. Unlike most children's theater companies, we commission new works for children every year. Plan a family-fun visit to our award-winning theater today! , 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-280-1636.

International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. , 800 F St., NW, Washington, DC,

The Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center offers education and related artistic programming. Performances for Young Audiences, tours and more. , Washington, DC, 202-467-4600.

George Washington's Mount Vernon
George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first president of the United States, called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. Visit the mansion, tomb and plantation. Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the George Washington Parkway. , 703-780-2000.

National Geographic Museum
The National Geographic Museum is great for all ages and features a wide range of changing exhibitions featuring the work of National Geographic explorers. ,, 1145 17th St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-857-7700.

The National Zoological Park
The Smithsonian National Zoo is located at Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C., and is home to more than 2,400 individual animals and 400 different species. , 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-633-3034.

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Contemporary Fine Arts and Crafts. May 20-21 2017; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Featuring over 200 artists from across the nation. Free Family Art Park in the Pavilion. Live performances. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA, 703-471-9242.

Taste of Reston
An event featuring restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on three stages, a Taste of Reston Carnival and a Family Fun Zone! June 16-17 2017. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,

48th Annual Town of Occoquan
Arts & Crafts Shows
Spring and Fall 2017 Shows: June 3 & 4, 2017; September 23 & 24, 2017. Family fun. Free admission. Featuring over 300 contemporary and country crafters and artisans, from the area and across the country. Live music, great food. , 314 Mill St., Occoquan, VA,

Vine on the Waterfront
Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 24, 2017; noon-6 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park. Featuring local restaurants, Virginia wineries, live entertainment and children's activities. , Oronoco Bay Park, Old Town Alexandria, VA,

Visit Annapolis
Annapolis is the perfect city for the whole family to explore. It's an increditble educational experience chock-full of colonial, maritime, naval and African American history. , Annapolis, MD,


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts. ,

Destination DC
Make DC yours. Plan outings in your own backyard. The official tourism site of Washington, DC. , 202-789-7000.

Fairfax County Visitors Center
Come to Fairfax County, Virginia and connect with America! Experience iconic historical and cultural attractions, outdoor adventures and fun events. Let Fairfax surprise you! , Tysons Corner Center, 703-752-9500.

Maryland Office of Tourism
Plan a Maryland vacation. A guide to history & heritage, state parks and more. ,

Vacation in Virginia
Fifty-one cool places for kids. Be a colonist, astronaut, solider or scientist. ,

Virginia Tourism
Fun for kids in Virginia. Enjoy fun family day trips. ,