Now through March 26 Jack and The Beanstalk. Kids ages 5 to 9. Dates and times vary. Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children's tale about the young lad that doesn't know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences. ASL Interpretation March 12. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.
February 23 and 24 How Old is a Hero?. Kids ages 6 to 11. 10:15, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everyone can make a difference! In this uplifting play, audiences meet young people who helped change the nation by their heroic actions during the Civil Rights era: Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine; Claudette Colvin, who stayed seated on a bus before Rosa Parks; and brave 6-year-old Ruby Bridges. Their inspiring stories demonstrate that courage begins with our young. Tickets online. $$ Discovery Theater, Washington, DC.
February 23, 24 and 25 Theatre for The Very Young: Kids in the Kitchen. Kids ages 1+. 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on Saturday. In its newest play series, Theatre for the Very Young, Encore Stage & Studio presents "Kids in the Kitchen"- starring professional artists who bring kitchen adventures and colorful foods to life, all the while teaching your little one about healthy choices. With more than a tablespoon of fun, Encore has the recipe for a fun theatre-going experience for you and your child! Tickets online. $$ St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA.
February 24 Angry Birds Event & Movie. All ages (family-friendly event). 6 to 8:45 p.m. Have an explosively good time at the Angry Birds Event and Movie! Games, crafts, activities and more will make for a night where you won't go home angry! Arts and crafts, games and the movie too! $$ Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA.
February 25 Heritage Family Days. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each February, the Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations hands-on activities and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments. FREE Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA.
February 25 Watson Adventures' Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 10+. 2 to 4 p.m. Search for art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Advance purchase is required. $$ National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
February 25 Saturday Morning at The National. Kids ages 4 to 10. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Enjoy programs that engage and inspire the young mind. Play, laugh, learn and discover through interactive performances, puppets, dance and music that are designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. the Friday a week prior to the performance. Schedule online. Today: Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King. FREE The National Theatre, Washington, DC.
February 25 and 26 Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This expo will introduce your family to exciting opportunties for kids of all ages! With giveaways, performances and hands-on activities this is an event for the whole family, FREE Dulles Town Center Mall, 2110 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, VA.
February 26 Orienteering Workshop. Kids ages 8+. Noon to 2 p.m. Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It's easy to learn, but always challenging. Learn how to use a compass, read a topographic map and navigate orienteering courses. A compass is required. Preregister online. $$ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA.
February 27 FunDay Monday. All ages (family-friendly event). 10:30 a.m. Offered every Monday, FunDay Monday include a variety of children's activities and entertainment. Featuring: Movement Monday. FREE Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA.