School is out. Amazing is in! Nestled among the trees, Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods annual summer-long festival brings local, national and Grammy Award-winning artists who represent folk, Kindie-rock, puppetry, dance and so much more! The 2015 season runs Tuesdays through Saturdays (except July 3, 4 and 14) from June 23 - August 8. Rock out with heavy-metal teen group Unlocking the Truth, experience the splendor of ballet with Maryland Youth Ballet and sing along with the "crowned prince of contemporary kids' music" (People) Dan Zanes. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the performance. The 45- to 60- minute performances are recommended for kids ages 4 and up; see the full schedule and ticket prices online at

Explore the art of puppetry at Glen Echo Park. With over 100 years of combined experience, the 250-seat theater is specially designed for puppet shows. Whether the Puppet Co. is producing a classic, such as "Cinderella," or showcasing an original show, children will be captivated by the colorful scenery and intricate handmade puppets. Children over the age of 5 can enjoy participate in the fun with a Tiny Tots production. $$. Glen Echo, MD.

Enjoy a movie under the stars at Centreville Starlight Drive-In Cinema. This summer's list of films, including "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Frozen" and "Paddington," will entertain audiences young and old. Prior to the film, families can enjoy music, food and children's activities. Feel free to bring a picnic, blanket and chairs. Free. Centreville, VA.

Join a city-wide dance party at the Silver Spring Summer Concert Series. Every Thursday night Veterans Plaza turns into a family-friendly music extravaganza. Games, raffles and free music will have the entire family singing a happy tune. Free. Silver Spring, MD.

Summer nights are getting jazzy in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. This free concert series is happening each Friday from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Come see the best jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles - jazz, blues fusion, Afrofunk and more. Pack a picnic or purchase food and drink from the Pavilion Cafe. Free. Washington, D.C.


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