Now through November 17 Pinocchio. Kids ages 5+. Dates and times vary. Half life-size rod puppets, performed in the Italian "Comedia del Arte" style, tell Carlo Collodi's story of what it means to be "real." Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds in one adventure after another that the "easy way" isn't always the right way. Tickets online. $$ The Puppet Co., Glen Echo, MD.

October 20 through 22 Boo at the Zoo. Ages 2 to 12. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats and decorated trails, Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Chocolate North America, is a frightfully fun evening for the whole family! Tickets online. $$ National Zoo, Washington, DC.

October 20 Family Fun Movie Nights: Lego Batman Movie. All ages. 7 p.m. Looking for something FREE and fun for your family to do on a Friday night?!? How about a movie on the new state-of-the-art big screen? Each movie is rated PG. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 14. Bring canned food to be donated to Britepaths. FREE Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA

October 21 Artful Afternoons at SEEC. 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 weeks theme is Xu Bing with stations Prints, Rubbings, Calligraphy and "Monkeys Grasp for the Moon." Tickets online. $$ National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.

October 21 and 22 Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate autumn at Mount Vernon with wagon rides, straw bales mazes, apple roasting and more! Tickets online. $$ Mount Vernon, VA.

October 21 and 22 Last weekend! Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ages (family-friendly event). 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. You can see a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians, and listen to music and choral groups. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets online. $$ Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, Crownsville, MD.

October 21 22nd Annual Art Safari. Kids ages 5 to 13. Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding arts enthusiasts in hands-on projects throughout the building. Get messy constructing a giant paper-mache elephant or squishing clay between your fingers. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty FREE Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA.

October 22 Baby 2 Tots Fest. All ages (family-friendly event). 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. From baby bumps to preschoolers on the run, the Baby2Tot Fest has it all! Baby 2 Tots will feature a vendor showcase featuring businesses from across Northern Virginia, ask a professional corner cafe, parenting seminars, a preschool alley and much more! Preregistration required, tickets online. $$ JCCNV, Fairfax, VA.

October 24 Tudor Tots. Kids ages 4 and under. 10 a.m. Keep your toddler active in mind and body and learning about the world around us in these sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts and movement, all tailored to growing tots. This week featuring: Colorful Leaves. Tickets online. $$ Tudor Place, Washington, DC.

October 25 Bob Brown Puppets: Clowning Around. All ages (family-friendly event). 10 a.m. "Clowning Around" will leave you shouting with laughter as Bob Brown's merry marionettes perform feats of skill and daring usually found only "under the big top!" Fun and fantasy, mirth and merriment, laughter and amazement all mixed together to the sound of a jolly circus band. $$ Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA.