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Explorations 2016

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Big Train 2016
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.

Celebrate Fairfax
June 10-12, 2016. 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 ,

Clark's Elioak Farm
Petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Enchanted Forest attractions and Pine Tree Maze, playground, play area, picnic area, country store. Birthday parties and tours available. Open April 1 through November 1. , 10500 Clarksville Pk., Ellicott City, MD, 410-730-4049.

The DC Jazz Festival
June 10-19, 2016: The 2016 DC Jazz Festival kicks off summer in DC with dazzling performances in nearly 60 venues across the city. Jazz 'N Families Fundays, June 4-5, 2016. , Washington, DC, 202-457-7628.

DC United
Fueling soccer's next generation! DC United is dedicated to providing the best MLS experience in DC sports! , 2400 East Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC,

Earth Treks Climbing Centers
Offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Indoor and outdoor climbing experiences. MD Locations in Rockville, Columbia & Timonium. , 800-CLIMB-UP.

City of Gaithersburg
Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Culture
Agriculture and railroad history, Gaithersburg Community Museum. Wetlands at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm. 500+ acres of parkland throughout Gaithersburg. including hiking/biking trails. , 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-258-6350.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
May 21, 2016; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Gaithersburg Book Festival features top authors, including national best-sellers and winners of every book awards. Activities include workshops, a Children's Village, author signings and more. , Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD,

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 4, 2016; 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.

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

Leesburg Animal Park
An exciting way to have fun with the whole family! The 21-acre zoo is home to a variety of animal friends, like llamas, alpacas, lambs, camels & more. Enjoy pony rides, live animal encounters, playground and lunch at the picnic area. , 19270 James Monroe Hwy., Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002.

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
Living Classrooms promote hands-on STEM education through their philosophy of "Learning By Doing." Educational boat trips, park outreaches, children's museum, summer camp and nature birthday parties. , 515 M St., SE, Ste. 222, Washington, DC, 202-488-0627.

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 21-22, 2016; 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.

Potomac Horse Center
Trail riding from Muddy Branch Park to the Potomac River & Blockhouse Point. Riding lessons, birthday parties, pony rides, a summer day camp and more! , 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., North Potomac, MD, 301-208-0200.

Rockin' Jump
Coolest family outing yet! Custom packages available for 1-3 hours of Jump. Soar in open jump arenas! , 18620 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-703-3707.

Taste of Reston
An event featuring restaurants and community vendors, live entertainment on four stages, a Taste of Reston Carnival and a Family Fun Zone! June 17-18, 2016. , Reston Town Center, Reston, VA,

47th Annual Town of Occoquan
Arts & Crafts Shows
Spring and Fall 2016 Shows: June 4 & 5, 2016; September 24 & 25, 2016. 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,

Urban Pirates
Baltimore's Swashbuckling Adventure! Adventure cruises, private charters, birthday packages, pirate story time, school field trips, preschool activities. , 410-327-8378.

Vine on the Waterfront
Food & Wine Festival
Saturday, June 25, 2016; 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,

Washington Revels
Workshops: PreK-grade 8; Performances: All ages. Thirty years of presenting year-round programs like "The Christmas Revels," "May Revels at Strathmore," After-school Workshops, Community Sings, Pub Sings, Concerts, Parades and more! , 301-587-3835.

Washington Nationals Baseball
Enjoy a family outing at the ballpark! Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack starting at $15 Thursdays-Sundays. , 1500 South Capitol St., SE, DC,


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. ,