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Visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of activities in the DC metro area.

Editor's Note: It's Mother's Day! DC Kids, how about making a beautiful card for her? In Maryland, go for a boat ride, or skating, if that's your thing. And for Jimmy Fallon fans in Virginia, you don't want to miss this very special "Everything is Mama" storytime!

 

 

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt

June 3, 2018
Recommended for ages 4 and up

Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? Come aboard as we launch this world premiere and find out!

Call 301-634-2270 or visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org for tickets.

 

 

Weekly Picks

Washington DC


Maryland

Virginia
Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Park

Have you ever milked a goat or seen sheep shorn? Here's your chance at Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon on May 13th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go a little gaga over the baby animals. We have baby rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, and pigs.

Check out the antique equipment demos, games, fair food, and NEW vendors! Come see our new Belgian draft horses, Jeff and Charlie. Hop on a wagon or antique carousel ride for $3 each.

Spring Farm Day tickets are $7 in advance online or $8 at the gate, ages 2 and up.

 

 

 

 

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All activities subject to change/cancellation. Confirm dates and times ahead. Please report inaccuracies or inconsistencies to cristian@our-kids.com.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 

District of Columbia

After School Zone (Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. Join us for a variety of different activities every Tuesday: games, puzzles, a coloring cafe, simple crafts and more! Free, 9-12. Official Website)

Author Event (10:30 to 11:30am, Politics & Prose NW, Washington. Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes present Rescue & Jessica: A life changing friendship. Free, 9 to 12. Official Website)

Baby and Toddler Storytime (10:00am, West End Library, Washington. These 20-to-30-minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to 2 years old. Free, 0-2. Official Website)

Baby Lap Time (2pm, Georgetown Library, Washington. These 20-30 minutes story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces developmentally appropriate for children from birth to when they start walking. Free, 0 to 1. Official Website)

Building Zone (10am to 4pm; 11am to 4pm (Su), National Building Museum, Washington. Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through engaging activities. Especially designed for ages 2 to 6 and their adult companions. Infant to 6 years old. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Kabuki Crafts (4pm, Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, Washington. Celebrate Spring and Asian Heritage Month at the Shepherd Park Library. Create your own Japanese Kabuki-style masks and theatrical fans. Free, 5-12. Official Website)

Kid's Knitting Club (4:30pm, Southeast Library, Washington. Visiting knitting teacher Teri Huet will instruct participants on the basics of knitting, how to get started and more. Free, 8+. Official Website)

LEGO Club (4pm, Woodridge Library, Washington. Drop by and build during our weekly LEGO club. Create a skyscraper, a pirate ship or whatever your mind can dream up. Free, 4-12. Official Website)

Little Builders! (10am, Mt. Pleasant Library, Washington. A STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program for our youngest library guests that offers opportunities to explore, build and construct. Free, 2-5. Official Website)

Little Yogis (2:30pm, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. This class is designed for mobile children (crawlers/walkers up to 3 years) along with at least one loving caregiver. Tots are natural yogis and we will follow their lead as they explore their unique expression of movement. Free, 0-3. Official Website)

Pajama Story Time (6pm, Southwest Library, Washington. Story time fun for the entire family: Join us for an evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Q?rius Jr. (noon to 4:30pm (T-F); 10:30am to 5pm (S), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. This is a discovery room -- a hands-on place featuring real Museum objects and artifacts. Look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals -- plus much more. Free, Grades K to 7. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Snow Child (Hours vary, Arena Stage, Washington. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. $55+, 13+. Official Website)

Tech Club (4:30pm, Petworth Library, Washington. Every month we’ll work with a different technology. You’ll learn a bit and have lots of free time to experiment, build and design. Technologies will include circuits, robotics, video game design and more. Free, 8-13. Official Website)

The Wiz (Hours vary, Ford's Theatre, Washington. Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. $25+, 8+. Official Website)

Wiggle Time (10:30am, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. It's time to shake, shimmy and dance to the beat. A movement-and-music-oriented story time, this program is dynamic and interactive. Free, 1-6. Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

Bats & Beavers Pontoon Boat Cruise (7 to 8:30pm, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. Join us for a sunset cruise aboard the pontoon boat. A lake tour will be captained by a naturalist who will point out beaver lodges, feeding sites and (hopefully) beavers. Register online #45968. $7, 6+. Official Website)

Bend and Stretch Storytime (Severn Library, Severn. Join us for a relaxing evening of activities to stretch your muscles and your mind. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Bird Bonanza (10:30am, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. It’s International Migratory Bird Day! Celebrate with various bird-related ac vi es and crafts, including a junior bird walk, the Great Migration Game, and more! $6, 3 to 7. Official Website)

Bowie Baysox Game (6:35pm, Bowie Baysox, Bowie. Catch the Baysox as they take on Harford. $6+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Build and Learn with DUPLO® (10:30am, Bethesda Library, Bethesda. Drop in for a session of imaginative construction with DUPLO® (ages 2-5), and EDU-BLOCK® (ages NB-2). We supply the blocks, so please leave yours at home. Your creations must be left at the library, but may be photographed before deconstruction. Infant to 4 years old. Official Website)

Construction Crew: DUPLO (10:30am, Damascus Library, Damascus. Drop in for an open session of imaginative construction with DUPLO® (ages 2-5), and EDU-BLOCK® (ages NB-2). Free, 0 to 6. Official Website)

Creative Play (10:30am, Aspen Hill Library, Rockville. A fun-filled session of block play (duplos and others) and hands-on learning activities. Free, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Duplo Build and Play (10:30am, Davis Library, Bethesda. Drop-in to build and play with the library's Duplos. Free, 3 to 6. Official Website)

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Family Fun Day (10 to 11am, The Mall in Columbia, Columbia. Enjoy stories, sing-a-longs and special guests. Special Guests! Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Frederick Keys (7pm, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick. The Keys take on Potomac. $6 to $12, All Ages. Official Website)

Homeschool Happenings (noon to 1:30pm, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Want your child to learn about nature and make new friends at our Homeschool Happenings program? Your child will learn about the wonders of our woods and creek through hands-on science activities, crafts, and hikes. $10, 5 to 9. Official Website)

Homeschool Naturally: Stream (1:30 to 3pm, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. All forms of life need certain things to live. Survival depends on getting these things. Join a Naturalist for an interactive hike to learn about how habitats differ and how living things are adapted to live there. Each hike will explore a different habitat. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park after the hike! $7, 7 to 11. Official Website)

Judy Moody & Stink (Hours vary, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? $19.50, 4+. Official Website)

Lego Play (3:30pm, Chevy Chase Library, Chevy Chase. Drop in for an open session of lego play. Free, 5 to 12. Official Website)

Little Red & the Pigs (Hours vary, The Puppet Co., Glen Echo. What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! $12, 3+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Me and You-kulele Singalong (4pm, Wheaton Library, Wheaton. Come Sing, Read, and Rhyme With Us! Stories and music by our ukulele-playing librarian is a fun way to learn about sounds, rhythm, and rhyme and is a natural support for your child's early learning. Appropriate for all ages. Got a Uke? Bring it! We will play and sing some 2 and 3-chord songs! Free, 0 to 12. Official Website)

Mommy & Me (& Daddy Too) (10 am to 12 pm, Congressional Plaza, Rockville. Enjoy active learning and creative play at all your favorite stores! There are special offers from our eateries, arts & crafts, musical entertainment, prizes and a whole lot more! Free, 6 and under. Official Website)

On the Homefront: Gaithersburg in World War I (All Day, Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg. Exhibit about World War I Gaithersburg. The expansion that had begun in the years following the opening of the B&O Railroad was bolstered by the war. The world needed food and we were ready with farms, mills, a new cannery, and railroad. Free, All. Official Website)

Play Date at the Library (10:30am, Chevy Chase Library, Chevy Chase. Come to the Chevy Chase Library on Thursday mornings from 10:30 -11:30 am to meet new friends and have fun with Duplos, blocks, matching and sorting games and other STEM/STEAM activities. Free, All Ages. Official Website)

Preschool Playtime (10am to noon, Cabin John Regional Park, Rockville. Give your child the chance to exert some energy indoors in the Cabin John train party room. $2, Crawling to age 5. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (10:30am, White Oak Library, Silver Spring. Stories, songs and fingerplays. Free, 3 to 6 with adult. Official Website)

The Crucible (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. A partially fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trails that shows how quickly one could be accused of witchcraft. A group of young girls, led by Abigail Williams, claim they have been afflicted by witchcraft and hold the power to condemn those who have wronged them. $59+, 13+. Official Website)

The Invisible Hand (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. Nick, an American banker with a head for the stock market, is being held captive by a Pakistani extremist group. In order to earn his own ransom, he helps his captors invest money and play the markets, resulting in unintended consequences. $59+, 16+. Official Website)

Toddler and Preschool Storytime (9:30am and 10:15am, Noyes Library for Young Children, Kensington. This storytime is geared towards toddlers and preschoolers. We will enjoy fingerplays,songs and books. Free, 3 to 5 with adult. Official Website)

Twos and Threes Together (10am, Mount Airy Branch Library, Mount Airy. This lively, fast paced storytime for young children includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement. With an accompanying caregiver. Free, 2 to 3 with adult. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

Ballston Farmers Market (3 to 7pm, Welburn Square, Arlington. Enjoy live music and a great lineup of vendors selling farm fresh produce, baked goods and gourmet treats! Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Cirque Italia: Luzia (Hours vary, Tysons Galleria, McLean. LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. $29+, 5+. Official Website)

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival (Varies, Old Town Hall, George Mason University, Sherwood Community Center, Historic Blenheim Estate, Fairfax. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the business and arts community in Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts continues its commitment to support and encourage the awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. It has grown into a major three-week arts festival and is now considered one of Virginia’s foremost arts festivals. Varies, All. Official Website)

Government Center Farmers Market (2:30 to 6:30pm, Fairfax County Government Center, Fairfax. There's nothing like the taste of a fresh tomato or a juicy peach to bring out the flavor of summer. Purchase locally made breads, fruits, veggies and more. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Herndon Farmers Market (8am to 12:30pm, Herndon Farmers Market, Herndon. Enjoy local produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Manassas Farmers Market (7:30am to 1pm, The Harris Pavilion, Manassas. Find fresh produce, meats, beverages, baked goods, artisan crafts, and more from vendors within a 150-mile radius at the City of Manassas Farmer’s Market. Enjoy quality, fresh, homemade finds from local area vendors! free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Monica+Andy (10:30 – 10:45 am, Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Corner. A kind +conscious clothing company creating the softest and most trustworthy fabrics in classic and whimsical prints and a new and joyful way for moms to shop. At Monica + Andy, we’re committed to quality for you + your baby. And we promise to be a source of trusted information and inspiration for all moms. Good things begin here $15 , All ages. Official Website)

Mother Goose Storytime (10:30am, City of Fairfax Regional Library, Fairfax. Come enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays and lay a foundation of early literacy skills for your baby. Free, 0 to 23 months with adult. Official Website)

Open Bounce (10 to 11:30am and 5 to 6:30pm, Sport Bounce of Loudoun, Ashburn. Come bounce on the giant inflatables to promote social and physical development in a way that's SO MUCH FUN! Socks required. $10, 18 months+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Play Date Thursdays (10am, Dulles Town Center, Dulles. Head to Center Court and enjoy a free entertaining and educational activity for the kiddos! Free, 0 to 10. Official Website)

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center (11am to 2pm, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Explore educational and manipulative items to teach early literacy through play. Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Second Thursday Art Night (6 to 9pm, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria. Enjoy an special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it! 8 and up. Official Website)

Small Wonders (11am, Centreville Regional Library, Centreville. Stories and activities. Free, 13 to 23 months with adult. Official Website)

Storytime (10:30am, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Stories and rhymes appropriate for the youngest of learners. 2 to 5. Official Website)

Toddle on Over (10:30am, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Falls Church. Come for stories and activities. Free, 18 to 24 months. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

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Friday, May 11, 2018

 

District of Columbia

Author Event (10:30 to 11:30am, Politics & Prose NW, Washington. Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen present Square. Free, 9 to 12. Official Website)

Baby and Toddler Story Time (10:30am, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. This story time, for children ages birth to 3, is full of books, songs, rhymes and finger plays. It's a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. Free, 0-3. Official Website)

Baby and Toddler Storytime (10, 10:30 and 11am, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their caregivers are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program. Free, 0 to 2. Official Website)

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps (10am to 5:30pm, National Postal Museum, Washington. The exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees, birds and butterflies. Take the kids to this interesting museum and get them interested in collecting stamps! Free, 5+. Official Website)

Friday Craft Hour (4pm, West End Library, Washington. Come join West End's Children's Room for our weekly crafting hour. No supplies required, just drop by. Free, 5-10. Official Website)

Music with Babies and Toddlers! (Hill Center, Washington. Meadowlark music classes will lead you through a mix of classic favorites and original baby-tested ideas from my own musical baby and toddler, using sound pedagogical approaches as well as fun-loving creativity! We will enjoy instruments, singing, parachute games, sign language, dancing and movement, puppets, and creative props. $184 (8 weeks), Newborns to Toddlers. Official Website)

Pajama Party Movie Night: Knights, Dragons, and Magical Monsters (5:30pm to 8:00pm, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, Washington. Embark on a magical adventure as you enjoy short films featuring all sorts of fanciful creatures from friendly dragons to the monster under the bed. Before the movie begins, relax in the gardens and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. Hunt for knights and dragons in artwork displayed in the mansion and make your own work of art: decorative medals to celebrate your bravery, inspired by honorary knight's badges in Hillwood's collection. Bring pajamas, pillows, blankets, and cushions from home to get cozy as you head indoors and settle in for the film screening. Enjoy a selection of award-winning, family-friendly short films, including such family favorites as Dragons Love Tacos and Leonardo, the Terrible Monster. Movies recommended for children ages 3-8. Event Timeline: 5:30-7:30 p.m.: mansion, gardens, picnicking 5:30-8 p.m.: art project 7-8 p.m.: film screening All activities take place rain or shine. Film screenings and the art project are located indoors in the visitor center and C.W. Post Center. Pajama Party Movie Night is supported by the Dina Merrill Film Program. $8, $5 Hillwood member, $5 child (ages 3-18), free for children under age 3 , All ages. Official Website)

Preschool Open House (8:45 to 10:45 am, Lowell School, Washington. Learn about Lowell's innovative program and joyful approach to teaching and learning. Meet current parents and administrators and see our lightfilled classrooms in action! Free, 2.5 ages and up. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (4pm, Tenley-Friendship Library, Washington. Stories, songs and rhymes. Free, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Q?rius Jr. (noon to 4:30pm (T-F); 10:30am to 5pm (S), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. This is a discovery room -- a hands-on place featuring real Museum objects and artifacts. Look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals -- plus much more. Free, Grades K to 7. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Smithsonian Sleepover (7pm to 8:45am, National Museum of American History, Washington. Become a detective and roam through the museum’s galleries. Use your cunning and skills to collect clues that guide you to the crime scene. Along the way, take part in some great games, experiments, and craft projects - and even become a presidential candidate. A film screening is also part of the night of mystery. $120+, 8 to 12. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Snow Child (Hours vary, Arena Stage, Washington. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. $55+, 13+. Official Website)

The Wiz (Hours vary, Ford's Theatre, Washington. Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. $25+, 8+. Official Website)

Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience (Museum hours, National Geographic Museum, Washington. Learn the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. $15, 10+. Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Fishing with Lil' Ones (10 to 11:30am, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. Go fishing like Tom Sawyer. They'll provide bamboo poles, line and bait and see what you can catch off the dock. Register online, #45992. $7, 3 to 6. Official Website)

Flying Squirrels (Hours vary, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Maryland Flying Squirrels are abundant, cute, and active year-round, but few see them in the wild because they are active at night - nocturnal. BNC has established a squirrel feeding station so some of our flying squirrels can be seen close up by our visitors. The program starts on the Nature Center deck 30 minutes after sunset to allow the sky to darken. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Frederick Keys (7pm, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick. The Keys take on Potomac. $6 to $12, All Ages. Official Website)

Friday Night Live (6 to 9pm, Rockville Town Square, Rockville. Kick off your weekend with live entertainment, great company, and fantastic food, wine and beer from the restaurants at Rockville Town Square. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Go Climb! (Hours vary, The Adventure Park, Sandy Spring. Head to the largest aerial forest adventure climbing park in North America for a challenging ropes course. $39+, 5 and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Judy Moody & Stink (Hours vary, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? $19.50, 4+. Official Website)

LEGO and Duplo Playtime (3:30pm, Twinbrook Library, Rockville. Drop-in for an open session of imaginative construction with LEGO and DUPLO blocks. We supply the blocks so please leave yours at home-- just bring your ideas and start building! Free, 4 to 12. Official Website)

Lego Crew (4:30pm, Gaithersburg Library, Gaithersburg. Come showcase your creativity at this free drop-in LEGO® program sponsored by The Friends of the Library, Free, 5 to 12. Official Website)

Little Red & the Pigs (Hours vary, The Puppet Co., Glen Echo. What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! $12, 3+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Nature Explorers Together: Spring (10 to 11:30am, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Parents and caregivers will have the chance to play, create, and learn right alongside their little nature explorers. Classes will include hands-on, nature based activities that encourage imaginative play, curiosity, and cooperation. The majority of the class will be outdoors, barring extreme weather, so be sure to dress for the weather. $10, 18 months to 3 years. Official Website)

On the Homefront: Gaithersburg in World War I (All Day, Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg. Exhibit about World War I Gaithersburg. The expansion that had begun in the years following the opening of the B&O Railroad was bolstered by the war. The world needed food and we were ready with farms, mills, a new cannery, and railroad. Free, All. Official Website)

Parents Night Out (6 to 9pm, My Gym Bethesda, Bethesda. Drop off for ages 3+ including My Gym games and activities, crafts and a pizza dinner. $40+, 3 to 8. Official Website)

Parents' Survival Night (6 to 9:30 pm, The Little Gym of Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley. Our Parents’ Survival Nights out let you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal. Meanwhile, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors. $40; $34 Members, 3 to 12. Official Website)

Preschool Playtime (10am to noon, Cabin John Regional Park, Rockville. Give your child the chance to exert some energy indoors in the Cabin John train party room. $2, Crawling to age 5. Official Website)

The Crucible (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. A partially fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trails that shows how quickly one could be accused of witchcraft. A group of young girls, led by Abigail Williams, claim they have been afflicted by witchcraft and hold the power to condemn those who have wronged them. $59+, 13+. Official Website)

The Invisible Hand (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. Nick, an American banker with a head for the stock market, is being held captive by a Pakistani extremist group. In order to earn his own ransom, he helps his captors invest money and play the markets, resulting in unintended consequences. $59+, 16+. Official Website)

Totsicles (10:30 to 11:30am, Capital Clubhouse, Waldorf. Explore the frozen elements with your child! Action packed, self-paced half hour on the ice with toys, sleds, and fun activities to music. $7/child, 2 to 5. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

HS Curriculum and Consignment Sale (5/11:12pm - 6pm; 5/12: 9am - 12pm, Capital Baptist Church, Annandale. CAPITAL BAPTIST HOMESCHOOL CO-OP is hosting their annual consignment sale for books, curricula, teaching resources, toys, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, electronics and more. HAVE ITEMS YOU WISH TO SELL? Email Betsey for consigner guidelines; you''ll receive a consigner number, and can make 70% on your sales (Other 30% goes back to the co-op as a fundraiser). WANT TO SHOP EARLY? Volunteer for a 3-hr shift and shop early before doors open to the public! Free, All. Official Website)

Babies and Tots (11am, Lorton Library, Lorton. Stories and activities about cold weather. Free, 2 to 3 with adult. Official Website)

Bears in Our Backyard Campfire (7pm, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. Have you seen a bear in Fairfax County? Identify bear habitat, life cycles, sights and sounds and learn to be a good bear neighbor. $8, 4 and up. Official Website)

Campfire Fridays (7:30pm, Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield. Join our naturalists for outdoor adventure and nature studies about how animals stay warm throughout the winter. Cozy up to the campfire and enjoy the glow. S'mores provided. Child must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. $8, 3+. Official Website)

Cirque Italia: Luzia (Hours vary, Tysons Galleria, McLean. LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. $29+, 5+. Official Website)

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival (Varies, Old Town Hall, George Mason University, Sherwood Community Center, Historic Blenheim Estate, Fairfax. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the business and arts community in Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts continues its commitment to support and encourage the awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. It has grown into a major three-week arts festival and is now considered one of Virginia’s foremost arts festivals. Varies, All. Official Website)

Family Storytime Class (10:30am, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. Stories, songs and rhymes for the whole family! Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

FREE Kids’ Concert Fridays (10:30 to 11:15 am, Market Common Clarendon, Arlington. Join Market Common Clarendon on Friday mornings, May through August, for a series of FREE concerts for children on The Loop. Any children celebrating a birthday that week will receive a free ice cream scoop from Nicecream! Free, All. )

Friday Mornings with Rocknoceros (10:30am, Jammin' Java, Vienna. As every family with youngsters in the Washington, DC area knows, Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie. Come jam with them this morning. $5, All Ages. Official Website)

Gymboree Music Class (10:30am, Reston Regional Library, Reston. Enhance your child's development and love of music through songs and instruments. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. Free, 6 to 16 months with adult. Official Website)

Kid's Night on the Rocks (7:00pm to 9:00pm, Vertical Rock, Manassas. A Friday night of climbing for the kids, and a night off for the parent!! Come in and allow your kids to climb while the experienced climbing staff safely belays them up the wall. Age Range: 6-12. 6 to 12. Official Website)

Kids Concert (10:30am, The Market Common, Arlington. A series of FREE concerts for children on The Loop. Any children celebrating a birthday that week will receive a free ice cream scoop from Nicecream! Free, All Ages. Official Website)

Kids’ Concert Fridays (10:30 to 11:15am, Market Common Clarendon, Arlington. A series of FREE concerts for children on The Loop Any children celebrating a birthday that week receives a free ice cream scoop from Nicecream! Free, All. Official Website)

Kingstowne Farmers Market (4 to 7pm, Kingstowne Town Center, Franconia. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

McLean Farmers Market (8am to noon, Lewinsville Park, McLean. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Mother Goose Rhyme Time (9:30 to 10:15, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. A special 5-week story time for babies ages birth to 18 months and their caregiver with rhymes, bounces, and music. Free, 0 to 18 months. Official Website)

Open Bounce (10am to 1pm, Sport Bounce of Loudoun, Ashburn. Come bounce on the Giant Inflatables to promote social and physical development in a way that's SO MUCH FUN! Sock required. $10, 18 months and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Parents' Survival Night (6:45 to 9:45 pm, The Little Gym of Burke/West Springfield, Burke. Our Parents’ Survival Nights out let you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal. Meanwhile, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors. $40; $25 Members, 3 to 12. Official Website)

Playdate Cafe (10am, Great Falls Library, Great Falls. Play area and toys for children. Coffee and conversation for grown-ups. Free, 0 to 5 with adult. Official Website)

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center (11am to 2pm, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Explore educational and manipulative items to teach early literacy through play. Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Rock of Ages: The Musical ( Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton. This Tony-Award winning musical takes you back to the 1980s era of "big": big bands, big egos, big guitar solos, and big hair! Aqua Net, Lycra, and liquor flow freely on the legendary Sunset Strip rock music scene. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to become the next big thing in music, and longs for fresh-off-the-bus newcomer Sherrie, a Kansas kid with stars in her eyes. This musical comedy lovingly nudges the fashion of the 1980s and features some of the best rock hits from the time with music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and many more. $20-$35, 13 to 18. Official Website)

Storytime (10:30am, Barstons Child's Play - Arlington, Arlington. Head to this locally-owned toy store for a morning storytime. Free, 0 to 8. Official Website)

Survival Skills (5pm, Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield. Survive the wilds of the forest. Learn through shelter building, distinguishing edible vs poisonous plants and other dangers of the wild. $7, 6 to 12. Official Website)

The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. (Hours vary, NVCC Lakeside Theater, Woodbridge. The Northern Virginia Players presents this musical sure to delight children and adults alike. $14+, 8+. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Wee Got the Beat (10:30am and 11:15am, Kingstowne Library, Alexandria. Join other parents and kids for socialization through music. All Ages. Official Website)

Wee Ones Storytime (10:30am, Hooray for Books, Alexandria. Story time experts will read you a rotating selection of new board and picture books and old favorites. 0 to 3. Official Website)

 

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District of Columbia

Building Zone (10am to 4pm; 11am to 4pm (Su), National Building Museum, Washington. Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through engaging activities. Especially designed for ages 2 to 6 and their adult companions. Infant to 6 years old. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Family Story Time (10:30am, Petworth Library, Washington. These 30-40 minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Free, All Ages. Official Website)

Family Story Time (10:30am, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. These 30-40 minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Free, All Ages. Official Website)

Family Story Time (11am, Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, Washington. These 30-to-40-minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Family Storytime (10:30am, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Free, All ages. Official Website)

First Moves Game Club (9:30 to 10:30am, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, Washington. Play all sorts of great games designed to help dexterity and logic, math and language, and even social skills. $10, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Freestyle Sessions (Noon to 6pm, ArtJamz - Brookland Studio, Washington. ArtJamz supplies everything you need to create an original artwork and art-trained "Creative Enablers" are on hand to provide tips, guidance and encouragement. 20+, 3 to 18. Official Website)

Game On (Tenley-Friendship Library, Washington. All ages are welcome to come and play a bevy of fun board games and video games. Free, All ages. Official Website)

International Migratory Bird Day (10am to 2pm, National Zoo, Washington. The Smithsonian's National Zoo’s International Migratory Bird Day festival features family-friendly activities, games and demonstrations - all in the name of bird conservation. Free, All Ages. Official Website)

Kids Magic: the Gathering (4 to 6pm, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, Washington. This is an event for the trading card game Magic: the Gathering. This event is for our junior players. Parental discretion advised due to dark fantasy theme. $10, 7 to 15. Official Website)

Lego Club (11am, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. Open LEGO Duplo block play time for the little ones. Free, 2 to 5. Official Website)

Mother's Day Story Time (Lamond-Riggs Library, Washington. We'll read stories about mothers and children, and then we'll show you how you can make a lovely heart card for your mother for Mother's Day. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Pacific Rhythm (10:30am, West End Library, Washington. Enjoy traditional music and dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Samoa, presented with authentic costumes for each island. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (10:30am, Georgetown Library, Washington. Stories, music, folktales and fun for ages 3 to 5. 3 to 5. Official Website)

Q?rius Jr. (noon to 4:30pm (T-F); 10:30am to 5pm (S), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. This is a discovery room -- a hands-on place featuring real Museum objects and artifacts. Look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals -- plus much more. Free, Grades K to 7. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Shakespeare for the Young: "The Tiniest Tempest" (10:30am, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. Shakespeare for the Young is a company of puppeteers and designers dedicated to bringing Shakespeare's stories and poetry to young audiences through the medium of puppets. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Snow Child (Hours vary, Arena Stage, Washington. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. $55+, 13+. Official Website)

Sound Health: Second Saturdays (9:30 and 11:30am, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington. This new series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 8* explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute workshops in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer. Free, 0 to 8. Official Website)

Storytime (Heure du Conte) (10:30am, Alliance Francaise, Washington. Enjoy a fun, interactive story time in French with your family! Free, 2 to 6. Official Website)

The Wiz (Hours vary, Ford's Theatre, Washington. Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. $25+, 8+. Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

American Girl Children's Tea (2:30pm to 4:30pm, Miller House Museum, Hagerstown. Join us for a delightful American Girl-themed tea experience in the Miller House Museum Gardens! Attendees and their "plus ones" (plus ones must be a doll!) are invited to enjoy a traditional tea experience and participate in crafts, games, and activities hosted by the Washington County Historical Society. Take your doll friend on a tour of the beautifully decorated Miller House Museum and see some examples of historical dolls used by girls from long ago. The tea experience is designed for children 6 years and older. Accompanying adults are welcome and encouraged, but must reserved their own seat. Reservations are required, so order your tickets now! $20/person , 6 and up. Official Website)

Baby Storytime (11am, Aspen Hill Library, Rockville. Songs, rhymes, bounces and stories. Free, 0 to 18 months. Official Website)

Beginning Recreational Kayaking (4 to 6pm, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. Learn how to paddle on flat water in recreational solo kayaks on Little Seneca Lake. Learn basic strokes, entries and exits, boat control, and more, taught by certified American Canoe Association instructors. We won’t roll, but you’ll get wet, so dress accordingly. You must be able to swim. $32+, 12+. Official Website)

Bird Bingo (10:30 to 11:30am, Maydale Nature Center, Colesville. Come join us for an exciting game of Bird Bingo as we walk the trails of Maydale in search of birds, their habits, and their behaviors. Free, 5+. Official Website)

Birding Basics for Kids (11am to noon, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. In honor of International Migratory Bird Day we are hosting Birding Basics for Kids! Come and learn how to use binoculars, where to look for migratory birds, and how to identify some of our visiting warblers. Enjoy learning through activities, games and a birding hike. $6, 4 to 13. Official Website)

Coding with Cubetto (10am, Edgewater Branch Library, Edgewater. With Cubetto, our friendly wooden robot, we will learn the basics of computer coding in a fun playful environment. Free, 4 to 7. Official Website)

Create a Rain Stick (11am to 2pm, Miller House Museum, Hagerstown. Make your own rainstick to take home with you! This traditional Latin American instrument sounds like falling rain, and was played by cultures like the Inca and the Mapuche to help bring rain. Learn more about the history of rainsticks as you make your own, and take them out into the Miller House Gardens to invent your own rain dance! Free, 3 and up. Official Website)

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Family Storytime (10:30am, Germantown Library, Germantown. Special storytime for preschoolers of all ages and their families. Infant to 4 years old. Official Website)

Farmers and Artists Market (9am to 2pm, Main Street Market, Kentlands. A variety of local artists with unique handcrafted items will join the farmers at this location each Saturday. Products available for purchase include a vast assortment of fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, various herbs, cut flowers, and potted plants, baked goods, dog treats, meat, eggs, and honey. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Farmers Market (10am to 5pm, National Harbor, National Harbor. Shop fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and seasonal displays from Miller Farms of Clinton, MD. Enjoy talented entertainers and street performers while you shop. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Frederick Keys (6pm, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick. The Keys take on Potomac. $6 to $14, All Ages. Official Website)

Free Crafts for Kids (11am to 3pm, Lakeshore Learning, Towson. Enjoy a free craft project every Saturday! Free, 3+. Official Website)

Go Climb! (Hours vary, The Adventure Park, Sandy Spring. Head to the largest aerial forest adventure climbing park in North America for a challenging ropes course. $39+, 5 and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Hedgehog Storytime and Visit (11am, Mount Airy Branch Library, Mount Airy. Come to the library for a special extra-prickly storytime! We'll learn all about adorable hedgehogs through stories, rhyme, song, and then be visited by Nutmeg - a real pet hedgehog and her owner! Free, all ages. Official Website)

History of Boyds Pontoon Boat Tour (6:30 to 8pm, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. Join us and the Historical Society of Boyds to take a pontoon trip back in history. We’ll cruise the lake and visit spots to learn the history of the area from local experts. We’ll also take some time to see what creatures are stirring around the lake and the shore. $7, 6+. Official Website)

International Migratory Bird Day (11am to 4pm, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with lots of hands-on programming at the nature center. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Judy Moody & Stink (Hours vary, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? $19.50, 4+. Official Website)

Kensington Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Kensington Caboose, Kensington. Local and regional vendors offer fresh baked goods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, organic meats, seafood, cheese, artisan breads, olive oil and prepared foods. Click the vendors to the left to explore their specialties Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

KidStory Theatre Festival (11am to noon, Glenallen Elementary School, Silver Spring. A theatrical celebration of stories by kids for kids! All year long, InterAct Story Theatre artists create stories with kids, and invite kids to share their epic stories with us. This May, we’ll choose the best of the best and transform them into short plays, musical numbers, and vignettes performed by our InterActors. Free, 3+. Official Website)

Lego Weekend Play (12:30pm, Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring. Children are invited to drop in for to build, create, and play with our DUPLOS (little ones) and LEGOS. Free, 3 to 12. Official Website)

Let's Go Fly a Kite (1 to 2:30pm, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, come and learn the science behind taking flight! See how local birds, insects, and bats fly and take to the skies through building your own animal kite. Kite supplies provided. $10, 4+. Official Website)

Little Red & the Pigs (Hours vary, The Puppet Co., Glen Echo. What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! $12, 3+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Montgomery County Birding Big Day (8am to 4pm, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. Join us for Migratory Bird Day! Participate in a Birding Big Day and find out how many birds we can see as we travel along birding hotspots around Montgomery County. Transportation and snacks will be provided. Beginners welcome; bring your binocular or borrow ours. $20, 12+. Official Website)

Mother's Day Card Making (10:30 to 11:30am, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. Drop in between the program hours to create a natureinspired card for Mom, or another someone special! $2, 3+. Official Website)

Native Plant Sale (10am to 2pm, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Beautify your backyard with native plants and help local wildlife! Explore the gardens of Locust Grove to see these plants in ac on. Ask the experts your questions about growing low-maintenance and pest-resistant varieties that help attract wildlife to your garden. Shop a unique selection of the highest quality plants and seeds from local nurseries. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Nature Journaling (10am to noon, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. A nature journal is a place to record your observations and thoughts about the natural world. Keeping a nature journal with you on every hike is the best way to improve your observation and identification skills. Learn techniques to improve your drawing skills as we focus on identifying and documenting spring flowers. Please bring a pen, pencil, and notebook or sketchpad. We’ll provide color pencils, watercolors, and other materials for you to experiment with in the field and the classroom. $12, 12+. Official Website)

On the Homefront: Gaithersburg in World War I (All Day, Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg. Exhibit about World War I Gaithersburg. The expansion that had begun in the years following the opening of the B&O Railroad was bolstered by the war. The world needed food and we were ready with farms, mills, a new cannery, and railroad. Free, All. Official Website)

Parent's Survival Night (6 to 9pm, The Little Gym of Germantown, Germantown. Enjoy a spring Saturday date night. $32+, 3 to 12. Official Website)

Raptor Enrichment and Feeding (11:30 to 12:20pm, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. Raptors are smart! Come see Meadowside’s resident raptors as they search for food, explore new objects and encounter new experiences. Meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Robin Hood (1:30 and 4pm, Imagination Stage, Bethesda. Our hero sides with the townsfolk against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and the even crueler, greedier King John. With his band of Merry Men and the lovely Maid Marian, Robin robs the rich to help the poor. Experience all the fun in Sherwood Forest—sword fighting, bows and arrows, and miraculous escapes! $12+, 4+. Official Website)

Rockville Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Rockville Town Square, Rockville. Every week the Farmers' Market transforms itself as different fruits and vegetables become available throughout the season. All Ages. Official Website)

Saturday Beginner Bird Walk (8 to 9am, Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase. Join us every Saturday morning from 8-9 am outside the Naturalist Shop for a beginner bird walk! Bring your own binoculars or use ours. No walks July or August. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Saturday Family Storytime (11am, Long Branch Library, Silver Spring. Family Storytime, for ages 5 and under and a caregiver, will include stories, fingerplays, songs and other early literacy activities. No registration required. Free, All Ages. Official Website)

Snow White (Hours vary, Montgomery College, Rockville. This Mother’s Day weekend, experience the exciting adventures of Snow White! Scared and lost in the forest Snow White takes refuge in the house of the seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. Filled with forest friends and creatures, MYB’s adaptation of the classic fairy-tale is perfect for audiences of all ages! $19+, 5+. Official Website)

The Crucible (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. A partially fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trails that shows how quickly one could be accused of witchcraft. A group of young girls, led by Abigail Williams, claim they have been afflicted by witchcraft and hold the power to condemn those who have wronged them. $59+, 13+. Official Website)

The Great Migration Challenge (11:30am to 12:30pm, Maydale Nature Center, Colesville. Become a bird and explore the challenges you might face as you migrate from your winter home to your nesting grounds through games and other ac vi es put together in recognition of International Migratory Bird Day. Register online, #44637. Free, 6 to 9. Official Website)

The Invisible Hand (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. Nick, an American banker with a head for the stock market, is being held captive by a Pakistani extremist group. In order to earn his own ransom, he helps his captors invest money and play the markets, resulting in unintended consequences. $59+, 16+. Official Website)

Tiny Tot Theater (10am, The Puppet Co., Glen Echo. This program is designed for children ages 0 to 4. The show is shorter, the lights stay on and doors stay open. $6, 0 to 4. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes (10am, Woodlawn Manor, Sandy Spring. Hikers learn about various strategies that "freedom seekers" used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way north to freedom. 8+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Water Explorers (12:30 to 1:30pm, Maydale Nature Center, Colesville. Join us to learn how water quality of ponds and streams is measured and assessed then test the waters found in Maydale Conservation Park to find out just how the headwaters of Paint Branch Stream and the ponds are doing. Free, 5+. Official Website)

What's in a Name? (8 to 10am, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Ever wonder how the nuthatch or the oriole got their names? Join a naturalist for a morning of birding while learning about the naming stories behind Maryland’s birds. A great way to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! $12, 10+. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

HS Curriculum and Consignment Sale (5/11:12pm - 6pm; 5/12: 9am - 12pm, Capital Baptist Church, Annandale. CAPITAL BAPTIST HOMESCHOOL CO-OP is hosting their annual consignment sale for books, curricula, teaching resources, toys, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, electronics and more. HAVE ITEMS YOU WISH TO SELL? Email Betsey for consigner guidelines; you''ll receive a consigner number, and can make 70% on your sales (Other 30% goes back to the co-op as a fundraiser). WANT TO SHOP EARLY? Volunteer for a 3-hr shift and shop early before doors open to the public! Free, All. Official Website)

2018 Turtle Trot 5K (9am, Bluemont Park, Arlington. Run and enjoy a fun family-friendly race. $30/adult; $15/child, All ages. Official Website)

Animal Moms and Babies (3:30pm, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale. Wild animals care for their young in fascinating ways. Through a naturalist-led walk and talk, craft, game and song, learn about nature's wild ways of child rearing! Meet live animals. $6, 2 to 5. Official Website)

Arlington Farmers Market (8am to noon (opens at 9am for winter hours), Arlington Farmers Market, Arlington. Purchase local produce, fresh bread, flowers and more. No pets please. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Ashburn Farmers Market (8am to noon, One Loudoun, Ashburn. Purchase fresh veggies, fruits, breads and more from this Loudoun Valley HomeGrown Market. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Babies Blossoming (10:30am, Pohick Regional Library, Burke. Join us for songs, rhymes, stories and activities for baby and you. 0 to 11 months. Official Website)

Build Your Own Bat House (3pm, Riverbend Park, Great Falls. Bats help eat mosquitoes, and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. Everyone must register, $15 fee per bathouse paid to instructor on the day of the program. $8, 3 and up. Official Website)

Build Your Own Butterfly Garden (10am, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. Do you want to attract beautiful butterflies to your lawn? Tour the park's butterfly garden and learn how the plants selected nourish and feed butterflies. Then plant seeds that you can take home and transplant into your own butterfly garden. $7, 5 and up. Official Website)

Burke Farmers Market (8am to noon, Burke Farmers Market, Burke. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Cirque Italia: Luzia (Hours vary, Tysons Galleria, McLean. LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. $29+, 5+. Official Website)

Del Ray Farmers Market (8am to noon, Del Ray Farmers Market, Alexandria. The Del Ray Market is producer grown, with fresh vegetables and fruits in season. All year round, this market offers meats, eggs, fresh pasta and sauces, Amish cheese, yogurt, bakery goods, eggs, jams and jellies, fancy nuts, and bakery goods. All Ages. Official Website)

Dog Tales (10:30am, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Herndon. Come to hear dog stories. Bring pictures and stories of your pet dogs to share. Free, 6 to 12. Official Website)

Fair Lakes SpringFest (1 to 4:30pm, Fair Lakes Fall Fest, Fairfax. Event festivities include Live Performances and Entertainment, Strolling Characters and Area Mascots, Animal Meet & Greets, quartets, dance troupes, balloon artists, Pirate Ship Bounce House and Inflatable Fun Slides, Themed Carnival Games, Professional Face Painting, Fire Department & Police Vehicle Tours & Touch a Truck Displays, Tasty Food, Obstacle Courses, Interactive Community Booths with Giveaways and more! Free, All ages. Official Website)

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival (Varies, Old Town Hall, George Mason University, Sherwood Community Center, Historic Blenheim Estate, Fairfax. Sponsored by the City of Fairfax in cooperation with George Mason University and the business and arts community in Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts continues its commitment to support and encourage the awareness of cultural opportunities in the greater Fairfax community. It has grown into a major three-week arts festival and is now considered one of Virginia’s foremost arts festivals. Varies, All. Official Website)

Falls Church Farmers Market (8am to noon, Falls Church Farmers Market, Falls Church. Falls Church City's Farmers Market boasts over 50 vendors during peak season and 40 during the winter months. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Family Day: Rations in Your Lunchbox (noon to 3pm, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle. The Marine Corps has had to feed a lot of people in adverse conditions since its beginning. Learn about the evolution and invention of rations in the Marine Corps and how some of those inventions are in your lunchbox today. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Arlington Mill Community Center, Arlington. Featuring produce, meats, and dairy products from our region’s top local vendors. Support local farmers and entrepreneurs as you source your own fresh ingredients and products. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Farmers Market (10am to 2pm, Springfield Town Center, Springfield. Enjoy fresh baked goods, produce, vegetables/fruits, meats/cheeses and a host of other vendors. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Fishing by the Stream (6pm, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. Meet at Cabell's Mill. Join a naturalist a go fishing along Rocky Run stream. Learn about native fish and receive tips on equipment and techniques. Beginners welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms provided for bait. Please be sure to register an adult with any registered child. $5, 4 and up. Official Website)

Free Crafts for Kids (11am to 3pm, Lakeshore Learning, Alexandria. Enjoy a free craft project every Saturday! Free, 3+. Official Website)

Great Falls Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Great Falls Village Centre, Great Falls. Pick up fresh fruits, veggies and more at this year-round market. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Lion Fest - Liberty Middle School (11 am to 4 pm, Liberty Middle School, Clifton. Come on out for a day of fun, food and shopping. Check out the "pie in the face" contest, SuperNova Archery, local vendors, henna and face painting, food truck and silent auction table where all proceeds go to support the Liberty Middle School PTA!​ Free, All. Official Website)

Mother's Day Storytime featuring I've Loved You Since Forever and Everything Is Mama (11 am, Barnes and Noble Fairfax, Fairfax. Join us for a special Mother's Day Storytime featuring books by bestselling authors Hoda Kotb and Jimmy Fallon. Free, All. Official Website)

Mother’s Day Craft Workshop (10 and 11:30 a.m, Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria. Looking for a heart-warming gift the kids can make for Mother’s Day? On Saturday, May 12, 2018 the Alexandria Black History Museum will host a Mother’s Day Craft Workshop. Our instructors and local artists will guide children in the art of crafting with yarn. $5; $2 Adults, 4 and up. Official Website)

Parent's Survival Night (6:30 to 9:30pm, The Little Gym of Ashburn, Ashburn. Parents' Survival Night is held on select evenings and is open to both The Little Gym members and non-members. Theme: Glow in the Dark. $25+, 3 to 12. Official Website)

Redskins Reads (11 am, Barnes and Noble Fairfax, Fairfax. The Redskins Charitable Foundation will partner with B&N for the Redskins Read Bookfair. Multiple Barnes & Noble locations throughout the DMV will feature Redskins players, cheerleaders, and guest authors. Ask any bookseller how you can assist in providing books to children in need through the Redskins Charitable Foundation's youth literacy programs. Free, All. Official Website)

Reston Farmers Market (8am to noon, Reston Farmers Market, Reston. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Rock of Ages: The Musical ( Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton. This Tony-Award winning musical takes you back to the 1980s era of "big": big bands, big egos, big guitar solos, and big hair! Aqua Net, Lycra, and liquor flow freely on the legendary Sunset Strip rock music scene. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to become the next big thing in music, and longs for fresh-off-the-bus newcomer Sherrie, a Kansas kid with stars in her eyes. This musical comedy lovingly nudges the fashion of the 1980s and features some of the best rock hits from the time with music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and many more. $20-$35, 13 to 18. Official Website)

Saturday Family Storytime (10:30am, Dolley Madison Library, McLean. Stories, songs and movement for children of all ages with caregiver. Free, all ages. Official Website)

Saturday Stories (11am, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas. 30 minutes of songs, fingerplays, and stories. Free, For all ages. Official Website)

Spring Farm Day (10am to 3pm, Frying Pan Park, Herndon. Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations. Participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking. Enjoy crafts, games, puppet shows and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. $7, All Ages. Official Website)

The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. (Hours vary, NVCC Lakeside Theater, Woodbridge. The Northern Virginia Players presents this musical sure to delight children and adults alike. $14+, 8+. Official Website)

Thriving Three to Fives (10:30am, Centreville Regional Library, Centreville. Stories and activities. Free, 3 to 5 with adult. Official Website)

Tinker Time (10:30am to 12:30pm, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, Alexandria. Explore our unique collection of materials in our studio space and create your own thing. There will be wire, glue, tape - you name it - to hold your work together, and we'll have a nice selection of mark making supplies available as well. All ages. Official Website)

Touch-A-Truck (10am to 1pm, Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn. Touch-A-Truck provides a unique opportunity for children to explore vehicles of all types including emergency, construction, military, moving, disposal, and just plain cool stuff – all in one place! $5+, All ages. Official Website)

Twilight Boardwalk (7:45pm, Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Join a park naturalist for a guided walk along the forested paths to the wetland and experience the park as it transitions from day into night. Watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. $9, 6 and up. Official Website)

Vienna Farmers Market (8am to noon, Faith Baptist Church, Vienna. With over 30 amazing vendors from across the region, the Vienna Farmers Market provides the highest quality locally-sourced fruits and vegetables and delicious homemade eats. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Virginia Renaissance Faire (10am to 5pm, Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania. An educational and entertaining renaissance event. Music, stage performances, jousting, hound coursing, living history demonstrations, and more! Explore the many things to do and see around our fair village of Staffordshire. $10/ages 6 and up; under 5 free, All ages. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Wee Ones Storytime (10:30am, Hooray for Books, Alexandria. Our story time experts will read your young ones board and picture; sing songs and perform and teach some fingerplays. 0 to 3. Official Website)

 

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

 

District of Columbia

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps (10am to 5:30pm, National Postal Museum, Washington. The exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees, birds and butterflies. Take the kids to this interesting museum and get them interested in collecting stamps! Free, 5+. Official Website)

Crafternoon (2pm, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. A fun and simple drop in craft for the whole family. Each week will feature a different activity. All supplies will be provided. Free, 5+. Official Website)

Crafternoon (4pm, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. A fun and simple drop in craft for the whole family. Each week will feature a different activity. All supplies will be provided. Free, 5+. Official Website)

Dupont Circle Farmers Market (8:30am to 1:30pm, Dupont Circle Farmers Market, Washington. The Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is located in the heart of one of Washington, DC's most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. During the peak season, there are more than 40 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Freestyle Sessions (Noon to 6pm, ArtJamz - Brookland Studio, Washington. ArtJamz supplies everything you need to create an original artwork and art-trained "Creative Enablers" are on hand to provide tips, guidance and encouragement. 20+, 3 to 18. Official Website)

I Made It Myself (2pm, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. Simple arts and crafts. Free, 2 to 8. Official Website)

LEGO Club (1pm, Northeast Library, Washington. Drop by and build during our weekly LEGO club. Create a skyscraper, a pirate ship or whatever your mind can dream up. Free, 5-12. Official Website)

Nous Bloomons en Francais (10 to 11am, BloomBars, Washington. Nous Bloomons is a celebration of French language and culture through song and dance, led by Achille Ango. $7/child; $3/adult suggested donation, 5 and under. Official Website)

Pokemon Club (4 to 6pm, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, Washington. A Pokémon club for all levels of play! All participants will need a Pokémon deck - kids can either bring their own or purchase a starter deck at the store. $10/player, 6 to 10. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Snow Child (Hours vary, Arena Stage, Washington. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. $55+, 13+. Official Website)

Sunday Movies for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (2pm, Woodridge Library, Washington. Join us for these film favorites in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! All movies are rated PG and will be shown in the Children's Area. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience (Museum hours, National Geographic Museum, Washington. Learn the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. $15, 10+. Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

Bowie Baysox Game (1:35pm, Bowie Baysox, Bowie. Catch the Baysox as they take on Hartford. $6+, All ages. Official Website)

Creature Feature (1:30 to 2pm, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Join a naturalist every Sunday to learn about the animals who live in and around Wheaton Regional Park. Discover the amazing adaptations and features of the different animals on display in the nature center. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Family Dance (3 to 5pm, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo. Come and enjoy the best in live traditional American Music with a Caller to teach the steps to circle, square and contra dances. Takes place in the Glen Echo Town Hall. $5, 4 and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Farmers Market (10am to 5pm, National Harbor, National Harbor. Shop fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and seasonal displays from Miller Farms of Clinton, MD. Enjoy talented entertainers and street performers while you shop. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Frederick Keys (2pm, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick. The Keys take on Potomac. $6 to $14, All Ages. Official Website)

Go Climb! (Hours vary, The Adventure Park, Sandy Spring. Head to the largest aerial forest adventure climbing park in North America for a challenging ropes course. $39+, 5 and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Greenbelt Farmers Market (10am to 2pm, Greenbelt Farmers Market, Greenbelt. Purchase locally grown produce and other foods. All Ages. Official Website)

Harpists at the Visitor Center (noon to 2pm, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. Join us for an afternoon of beautiful harp music with the natural beauty of Black Hill all around you. No need to register; just come to the Visitor Center and enjoy. Free, All ages. Official Website)

International Migratory Bird Day (11am to 4pm, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with lots of hands-on programming at the nature center. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Judy Moody & Stink (Hours vary, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? $19.50, 4+. Official Website)

Ladies Lakeside: Mother's Day Pontoon Boat Ride (6:30 to 8pm, Black Hill Visitors Center, Boyds. It’s Mother’s Day and Mom deserves to be given a treat. So, bring her out for a sunset tour of Little Seneca Lake and let her enjoy the beauty around her with the people she loves. We’ll cruise the lake and look for nature activity. $7, All Ages. Official Website)

Mother's Day Skate (12:30 to 2:30pm (Cabin John); 11am to 1pm (Wheaton), Cabin John Ice Rink, Wheaton Ice Arena, Rockville. Bring Mom out to the rink on her big day and she skates FREE with one paid admission. Free, 4+. Official Website)

Robin Hood (1:30 and 4pm, Imagination Stage, Bethesda. Our hero sides with the townsfolk against the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and the even crueler, greedier King John. With his band of Merry Men and the lovely Maid Marian, Robin robs the rich to help the poor. Experience all the fun in Sherwood Forest—sword fighting, bows and arrows, and miraculous escapes! $12+, 4+. Official Website)

Sleeping Beauty (Hours vary, The Puppet Co., Glen Echo. Yet another elegant production created by the Puppet Co., “Sleeping Beauty” combines romance and adventure in a story of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the gallant prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects, the show is a real treat for princesses and princes, big and small! $12, 3+. Official Website)

Snow White (Hours vary, Montgomery College, Rockville. This Mother’s Day weekend, experience the exciting adventures of Snow White! Scared and lost in the forest Snow White takes refuge in the house of the seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. Filled with forest friends and creatures, MYB’s adaptation of the classic fairy-tale is perfect for audiences of all ages! $19+, 5+. Official Website)

Soulful Supper at Harper's Cabin (10am to 2pm, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Join us for a taste of African American Heritage as you learn about the history of Harper's Cabin. Observe and help with hearthside cooking techniques, learn how soul food became a dominant theme and more. $10, 6+. Official Website)

Sunday Storytimes (3 to 3:30pm, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Each week listen to a wonderful new story about all kinds of plants and animals, then take a short walk to experience nature first-hand. Free, 3 to 6. Official Website)

Takoma Park Farmers Market (10am to 2pm, Takoma Park Farmers Market, Takoma Park. Find the freshest local, seasonal produce, breads, pasture raised meats, artisan cheese, eggs, baked goods and more from farms located within 125 miles of Takoma Park, MD. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

The Crucible (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. A partially fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trails that shows how quickly one could be accused of witchcraft. A group of young girls, led by Abigail Williams, claim they have been afflicted by witchcraft and hold the power to condemn those who have wronged them. $59+, 13+. Official Website)

The Invisible Hand (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. Nick, an American banker with a head for the stock market, is being held captive by a Pakistani extremist group. In order to earn his own ransom, he helps his captors invest money and play the markets, resulting in unintended consequences. $59+, 16+. Official Website)

Tot Time: Planting a Rainbow (10 to 11am, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Together we’ll read “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert, a favorite of children’s literature, then we’ll make real-world connections in Cabin John Park. Dress for the weather, as each meeting includes a teeny tiny hike and outdoor activities. $6, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Underground Railroad Experience Trail Guided Hikes (10am, Woodlawn Manor, Sandy Spring. Hikers learn about various strategies that "freedom seekers" used to elude trackers, find food, and navigate their way north to freedom. 8+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Woodsy Workshop: Painted Pots (1 to 4pm, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Make Mom a personal gift this Mother’s Day with a hand decorated flower pot. Choose from a variety of styles to suit all ages and skill levels. We’ll make each pot unique using natural and recycled materials. Drop in at any time during the program. Free, 4+. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

Cascades Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Cascades Farmers Market, Sterling. Shop from 15+ vendors and purchase fresh food, flowers and more. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Cirque Italia: Luzia (Hours vary, Tysons Galleria, McLean. LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. $29+, 5+. Official Website)

Columbia Pike Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Columbia Pike Farmers Market, Arlington. Purchase fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, dairy, eggs, and other local foods. The market is open year round. All Ages. Official Website)

Facetime with History (10:00am to 5:00pm, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Alexandria. Mother's Day special - meet Dolley Madison during Facetime with History as she reminisces about motherhood and public life. $5 per adult, $3 per child under 12, All ages. Official Website)

Fairfax Community Farmers Market (Sat: 8am to 1pm and Sun: 10am to 2pm, Fairfax Community Farmers Market, Fairfax. Shop for local fruits, vegetables, plants, bakery items, meats, dairy, and crafts. All Ages. Official Website)

Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market (9am to 1pm, Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market, Alexandria. The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market brings fresh, nutritious food to people of all income levels, provide an opportunity for local artisans and producers of goods to bring their wares to market, strive to reflect the diversity of the community, and improve the quality of life for Arlandria residents and visitors. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Kindness Rocks (3:30pm, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale. Spread kindness by creating rock art in a variety of forms and place one in the park. Bring your own pet rock or adopt some of ours! $7, 4 to 12. Official Website)

Lorton Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Lorton Farmers Market, Lorton. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Loudoun Station Farmers Market (9am to 1pm, Loudoun Station Farmers Market, Ashburn. Shop from over 15 local vendors for fresh fruit, cheese, meats, veggies and more. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Magic Tree House: Space Mission (3pm, David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington. Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note signed “–M.” 5 to 12. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Rock of Ages: The Musical ( Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton. This Tony-Award winning musical takes you back to the 1980s era of "big": big bands, big egos, big guitar solos, and big hair! Aqua Net, Lycra, and liquor flow freely on the legendary Sunset Strip rock music scene. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star Drew longs to become the next big thing in music, and longs for fresh-off-the-bus newcomer Sherrie, a Kansas kid with stars in her eyes. This musical comedy lovingly nudges the fashion of the 1980s and features some of the best rock hits from the time with music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and many more. $20-$35, 13 to 18. Official Website)

Sketch Hike: Birds (1pm, Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria. Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. $8, 12 and up. Official Website)

Sleeping Beauty (3pm, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas. Join the professional dancers of the Northern Virginia Ballet along with select performers from the Academy of Russian Ballet as they present the timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. With exquisite costuming, gorgeous Russian sets, and music by Tchaikovsky, the whole family delight in this production of the storybook ballet. Use code OURKIDS to save 25% on tickets! $20+, 8+. Official Website)

The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. (Hours vary, NVCC Lakeside Theater, Woodbridge. The Northern Virginia Players presents this musical sure to delight children and adults alike. $14+, 8+. Official Website)

Virginia Renaissance Faire (10am to 5pm, Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania. An educational and entertaining renaissance event. Music, stage performances, jousting, hound coursing, living history demonstrations, and more! Explore the many things to do and see around our fair village of Staffordshire. $10/ages 6 and up; under 5 free, All ages. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

West End Farmers Market (8:30am to 1pm, Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria. Multiple vendors lay out colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables as well as sweet juicy berries, apples, pears, and seasonal peaches. A visitor can indulge in gourmet coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice, fresh-baked pastries, and gourmet cheeses and yoghurts, while picking up a variety of fresh breads for the week. All Ages. Official Website)

Westover Farmers Market (8am to noon, Westover Farmers Market, Arlington. Fresh produce, local artisans, a variety of vendors and treats are to be had at this seasonal market. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

 

District of Columbia

Arty Afternoons (4pm, Southwest Library, Washington. Join us in the Children's Room for fun arts and crafts. Free, 4-12 (children under 9 must be supervised). Official Website)

Author Event (10:30, Politics & Prose NW, Washington. Hena Khan presents Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream #1). Free, 9 to 12. Official Website)

Baby and Toddler Storytime (10:00am, West End Library, Washington. These 20-to-30-minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children birth to 2 years old. Free, 0-2. Official Website)

Building Zone (10am to 4pm; 11am to 4pm (Su), National Building Museum, Washington. Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through engaging activities. Especially designed for ages 2 to 6 and their adult companions. Infant to 6 years old. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Kids' Club: STEM Time (4:30pm, Petworth Library, Washington. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to participate in a STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) activity each Monday afternoon. Come experiment, build, create, solve puzzles and more. Free, 5-12. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Toddler Art and Stories (3:30pm, Georgetown Library, Washington. These 20-to-30-minute programs are full of books, songs and art activities that are designed to help develop your child’s language and motor skills. Free, 1-3. Official Website)

Toddler Storytime (10:30am, Palisades Library, Washington. These 20-30 minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Free, 1 to 3. Official Website)

Young Builders Club (4pm, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. Young builders are invited to explore their creativity through imaginative play. Including Legos, puzzles, or other STEM related activities. Free, 5 and older (with parent or caregiver). Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

Building Block Time (9:30am, Wheaton Library, Wheaton. Drop in for an open session of imaginative construction with DUPLO Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Creative Play (10:30am, Aspen Hill Library, Rockville. A fun-filled session of block play (duplos and others) and hands-on learning activities. Free, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Flower Buds (10:30am to noon, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Gardening activities, stories, crafts and garden walks for children. Register online, #44694. $7, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Minecraft Club (6:30pm, Severna Park Library, Severna Park. Experienced builders and first-time players are welcome to come play in the world of Minecraft. Free, 8 to 12. Official Website)

Preschool Playtime (10am to noon, Cabin John Regional Park, Rockville. Give your child the chance to exert some energy indoors in the Cabin John train party room. $2, Crawling to age 5. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

Baby Lapsit (10:30am, Great Falls Library, Great Falls. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Infant to 2. Official Website)

Baby Lapsit Storytime (10:30 to 11am, Reston Regional Library, Reston. Interactive story time for you and your child. Infant to 2. Official Website)

Baby Rhyme Time (10:30am, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. Moms, dads, and other caregivers sing nursery rhymes and lullabies to your babies. Enjoy baby yoga exercises, songs, fingerplays and lots of cuddles! Free, 0 to 12 months. Official Website)

Baby Time (11 to 11:30am, James M. Duncan Branch Library, Alexandria. Songs, fingerplays and bounces for babies. Free, 0 to 11 months. )

Bouncin' Babies (10:30am, Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly. Rhymes, songs, stories and activities for you and your baby. Build an early literacy foundation for your child while enjoying time together. Free, 0 to 11 months with caregiver. Official Website)

Bouncing Babies Storytime (10:30am, Dolley Madison Library, McLean. An early literacy enhanced storytime, featuring rhymes, stories and songs. Free, 0 to 12 months with caregiver. Official Website)

Family Storytime Class (10:30am, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. Stories, songs and rhymes for the whole family! Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

It's Toddler Time! (11am, Burke Branch Library, Alexandria. Books, stories and activities! Free, 1 to 2. Official Website)

Legos in the Library (4:30pm, Oakton Library, Oakton. Have fun and make new friends. Hundreds of Legos await you and your creativity! Free, 5 to 12. Official Website)

Little Acorns: Spring (9:45 and 11am, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale. Preschoolers and their accompanying adult begin sharing nature's wonders in this interactive class. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. $6, 2 to 5. Official Website)

Mr. Knick Knack (10:30am, Reston Town Center, Reston. Mr. Knick Knack! will perform his unique, heart-centered music every Monday. All Ages. Official Website)

Nature Quest (11am, Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield. Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for the preschool-age explorer. From field to stream and everything in between, children learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field. $7, 3 to 7. Official Website)

Open Bounce (10 to 11:30am, Sport Bounce of Loudoun, Ashburn. Head over to the gym to bounce on the giant inflatables. $10, 18 months and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center (11am to 2pm, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Explore educational and manipulative items to teach early literacy through play. Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Preschool STEAM: All About Me (11am, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas. Listen to a story and explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concepts through fun hands-on activities. Free, 2 to 6. Official Website)

Read, Sing and Play, Baby! (4 to 5pm, Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria. Songs and games for babies, plus an open play session with toys and books. Free, 0 to 11 months. Official Website)

Small Wonders (11:30am, Chantilly Regional Library, Chantilly. Rhymes, songs, stories and activities for you and your baby. Free, 12 to 23 months with adult. Official Website)

Storytime (10:30am, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Stories and rhymes appropriate for the youngest of learners. 2 to 5. Official Website)

Toddlers and Twos (10:30am, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Herndon. Stories, songs and activities. Free, 19 to 36 months. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

 

District of Columbia

After School Zone (Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington. Join us for a variety of different activities every Tuesday: games, puzzles, a coloring cafe, simple crafts and more! Free, 9-12. Official Website)

Baby and Toddler Storytime (10 and 11am, Cleveland Park Library, Washington. These 20-30 minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Free, 0-2. Official Website)

Baby Lap Time (1:30 and 2:30pm, Cleveland Park Library, Washington. A time of stories, songs, and rhymes designed to foster early literacy in infants. Free, 0 to 12 months. Official Website)

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps (10am to 5:30pm, National Postal Museum, Washington. The exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees, birds and butterflies. Take the kids to this interesting museum and get them interested in collecting stamps! Free, 5+. Official Website)

Bilingual Spanish Story Time (10 and 11am, Mt. Pleasant Library, Washington. Stories, songs, dances and more in English and Spanish for children ages birth to 5 and their adults. Free, 0-5. Official Website)

CityCenterDC Farmers Market (11am to 2pm, CityCenterDC, Washington. Located in the new Park at CityCenter, this lunchtime market is nestled in the heart of downtown Washington. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Kid's Chess Club (5pm, Cleveland Park Library, Washington. Weekly chess instruction for kids of all ages. Our master chess instructor will guide you from learning the basics to advancing your level of skill. Free, 5+. Official Website)

Nationals vs Yankees (7 pm, Washington Nationals Park, Washington. Purchase your ticket through nationals.com to get the most out of your visit to Nationals Park. $12 to $410, All. Official Website)

Pop of the Tots (10:30 and 11am, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. Join us for a dance party for babies and children up to age 5. Free, 0-5. Official Website)

Preschool Story Time (10am, Parklands-Turner Library, Washington. Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. Free, 3-5. Official Website)

Q?rius Jr. (noon to 4:30pm (T-F); 10:30am to 5pm (S), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. This is a discovery room -- a hands-on place featuring real Museum objects and artifacts. Look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals -- plus much more. Free, Grades K to 7. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Snow Child (Hours vary, Arena Stage, Washington. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. $55+, 13+. Official Website)

Storytime and Craft (4pm, Palisades Library, Washington. This 30-to-40-minute program is full of books, songs and art activities designed to help develop your child’s language and motor skills. Free, 3+. Official Website)

Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience (Museum hours, National Geographic Museum, Washington. Learn the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and be transported to Jerusalem for an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you’ve seen in a museum before. $15, 10+. Official Website)

Tuesday Crafternoons (4pm, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. An afternoon of fun arts and crafts. Free, 5 to 12. Official Website)

Waitress (Hours vary, National Theatre, Washington. WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker - who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. $48+, 13+. Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

Baby and Toddler Time (10:30am, Davis Library, Bethesda. Join us for a program of fingerplays, music, and books geared to babies and toddlers. Free, 0 to 24 months. Official Website)

Baby Storytime (9:30 and 10:15am, Noyes Library for Young Children, Kensington. Storytime for babies and toddlers. Free, 0 to 18 months. Official Website)

Bowie Baysox Game (6:35pm, Bowie Baysox, Bowie. Catch the Baysox as they take on Harrisburg. $6+, All ages. Official Website)

Chess Club (6:30pm, Marilyn J. Praisner Library (Fairland), Burtonsville. Learn to play chess or sharpen your skills for ages 8+. 7 to 18 years old; All Ages. Official Website)

Cuddle-Ups Storytime (10:30am, White Oak Library, Silver Spring. Simple stories, songs and rhymes. Free, 0 to 23 months with adult. Official Website)

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Family Storytime (10 and 11am, Mount Airy Branch Library, Mount Airy. Stories through books, songs and activities. All Ages. Official Website)

Judy Moody & Stink (Hours vary, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? $19.50, 4+. Official Website)

Little Farmers Story Time (10 to 11:30am, Agricultural History Farm Park, Derwood. Meet the farmers, animals, and plants of the farm, join in a craft or activity connected to each week’s featured story, and explore the historic farmstead with new friends! $10, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Nature in the Park - North Four Corners Park (11am to noon, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Join a naturalist at the playground in North Four Corners Park, 315 University Boulevard West, to discover and explore the more-than-human world found surrounding habitats of this recently revitalized park. Free, 3+. Official Website)

On the Homefront: Gaithersburg in World War I (All Day, Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg. Exhibit about World War I Gaithersburg. The expansion that had begun in the years following the opening of the B&O Railroad was bolstered by the war. The world needed food and we were ready with farms, mills, a new cannery, and railroad. Free, All. Official Website)

Preschool Playtime (10am to noon, Cabin John Regional Park, Rockville. Give your child the chance to exert some energy indoors in the Cabin John train party room. $2, Crawling to age 5. Official Website)

Ready to Read Storytime (10:15am and 11am, Hyattsville Library, Hyattsville. Enjoy a fun storytime! 3 to 5. Official Website)

Rock the Fountain Family Concert Series (10:30am (T); 6pm (Th), Fair Hill Shops, Rockville. Fair Hill Shops hosts a Rock the Fountain family concert series. Head to the plaza and enjoy an engaging concert. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Toddler Tales Storytime (10:30am, Chevy Chase Library, Chevy Chase. Short stories, rhymes and more! Free, 3 to 12. Official Website)

Trail Buddies (10 to 11am, Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton. Discover nature and develop important skills together on the nature center trails! Preschoolers will have the opportunity to work on important skills with other preschoolers and their favorite adults. Collect, count and sort di erent natural materials (pre-math), recognize shapes and pa erns in nature (art) and invent our own outdoor nature games as we improve and develop social skills like sharing and cooperation. $6, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

A to Zoo Storytime (10:30am, Martha Washington Library, Alexandria. Fun stories and activities for pre-school children. 3 to 5. Official Website)

Bedtime Storytime (7pm, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield. Come in your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and enjoy bedtime stories and music. Infant to 6 years old. Official Website)

Crystal City FRESHFARM Farmers Market (3 to 7pm, Crystal City FRESHFarm Farmers Market, Arlington. Enjoy shopping from 20 local farmers and producers bringing together seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, container plants and herbs, farm-raised eggs, all-natural meats, artisan baked goods, specialty foods and much more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Materials Playgroup (10 to 11:30am, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, Alexandria. At UpCycle's Materials Playgroup, children have opportunities to build, experiment and play with open-ended, repurposed objects and art materials. $150/for 5 weeks OR $30/drop-in, 1 to 3. Official Website)

Mother Goose Storytime (10:15 to 10:45am, Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria. Songs, rhymes, games & more interactive fun for toddlers. Please select one session per week to attend. Free, 12 to 23 months. Official Website)

Open Bounce (11am to 12:30pm, Sport Bounce of Loudoun, Ashburn. Come bounce on the giant inflatables to promote social and physical development in a way that's SO MUCH FUN! Socks required. $10, 18 months+. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Playtime with the Early Literacy Center (11am to 2pm, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Explore educational and manipulative items to teach early literacy through play. Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Potomac Nationals Game (7:05pm, G Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge. Catch the P-Nats take on Salem. $9+, All ages. Official Website)

Rock-a-Bye Baby (11:30am, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna. Rhymes, stories and songs. Infant to 12 months. Official Website)

Sing Along with Miss Jinny (10:30am, Burke Centre Library, Burke. Sing along with Miss Jinny and her guitar as she entertains you with her favorite children's songs. Free, 0 to 2. Official Website)

Stories and Songs (10am, James M. Duncan Branch Library, Alexandria. Stories and songs for ages 1 to 4 with an adult. Sign up 30 minutes before the storytime. 1 to 4. Official Website)

Stories to Grow On (11 to 11:45am, Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria. Stories, music, movement and more fun for preschoolers.Please select one session per week to attend. Younger siblings are welcome. No registration required. Ages 24 months and up with an adult. Free, 24 months and up. Official Website)

Storytime (10:30am, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church. Stories and rhymes appropriate for the youngest of learners. 2 to 5. Official Website)

Storytime for Three to Fives (10:30am, Reston Regional Library, Reston. Early literacy program with stories and activities. Free, 3 to 5 with adult. Official Website)

Storytime in the Park (10:30 to 11 am, Old Town Square, Fairfax. Join the City of Fairfax Library and Parks and Recreation Department at Old Town Square for a morning of stories. Free, 0 to 6. Official Website)

Tuesday Storytimes (10:30am, Independent Hill Neighborhood Library, Manassas. Come to the library for a fun storytime for you and your child. Free, ages 0-5. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

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District of Columbia

Baby and Toddler Story Time (11:30am, Tenley-Friendship Library, Washington. This story time, for children ages birth to 3, is full of books, songs, rhymes and finger plays. It's a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. Free, 0-3. Official Website)

Baby and Toddler Time (10:30 and 11am, Georgetown Library, Washington. Baby story time, with stories, fingerplays, tickles and songs. 0 to 4. Official Website)

Baby Lap Time (2pm, Palisades Library, Washington. Nursery rhymes, songs, bounces and stories for babies. Free, 0 to 1. Official Website)

Building Zone (10am to 4pm; 11am to 4pm (Su), National Building Museum, Washington. Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through engaging activities. Especially designed for ages 2 to 6 and their adult companions. Infant to 6 years old. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Do-Re-Mi Les Amis! (10:30am, Alliance Francaise, Washington. Join us for a musical storytime with Achille! Children will enjoy traditional songs and dance in a fun, immersion-based program. Free, 2 to 7. Official Website)

Family Storytime (6pm, Chevy Chase Library (DC), Washington. Story time fun for the entire family, this 30-40 minute story time is packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Free, 0 to 7. Official Website)

Lego Challenge (4pm, Georgetown Library, Washington. Do you like to build with Legos and solve puzzles? Come build with Legos and relax. Free, 4+. Official Website)

Music and Movement (10 and 11:30am, Northeast Library, Washington. Music and Movement is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. Free, 2-5. Official Website)

Nationals vs Yankees (7 pm, Washington Nationals Park, Washington. Purchase your ticket through nationals.com to get the most out of your visit to Nationals Park. $12 to $410, All. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (10 and 10:30am, Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, Washington. Children and their caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. Free, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Q?rius Jr. (noon to 4:30pm (T-F); 10:30am to 5pm (S), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. This is a discovery room -- a hands-on place featuring real Museum objects and artifacts. Look at fossils, skulls, shells and minerals -- plus much more. Free, Grades K to 7. Official Website)

Q?rius? (2 to 5pm (weekdays); 10am to 5pm (weekends), National Museum of Natural History, Washington. Check out this new exhibit created just for teens, tweens and their families. It's an evolving learning lab with hands-on activities and experiments. Free, 9 and up. Official Website)

Snow Child (Hours vary, Arena Stage, Washington. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all. $55+, 13+. Official Website)

Story Time for Pre-schoolers and Adults (10:00am to 11:00am, National Archives, Washington. Join us for story time designed for 3- to 5-year-olds and accompanying adults. Children will practice their listen to a story, participate in group activities, and create a craft. The theme for April is Amelia Earhart. Free, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Toddler Storytime (10:30 and 11:30am, Palisades Library, Washington. These 20-30 minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Free, 18 to 36 months. Official Website)

Waitress (Hours vary, National Theatre, Washington. WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker - who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. $48+, 13+. Official Website)

 

 

Maryland

Animal Encounters (2:30 to 3pm, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. Come meet an animal in the front lobby. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Baby Storytime (10:30am, Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville. Songs, stories, rhymes. 0 to 24 months. Official Website)

Building Block Time (9:30am, Wheaton Library, Wheaton. Drop in for an open session of imaginative construction with DUPLO Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

Chess Club (4:30pm, Long Branch Library, Silver Spring. Learn to play chess or play with others. 6 and up. Official Website)

Dance Your Fanny Off (6pm, Noyes Library for Young Children, Kensington. Come join us to sing, dance, and play. We will use our listening skills as we combine music and motion. Followed by a craft or other special activity. All Ages. Official Website)

Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes (Hours vary, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. Enjoy a magical exhibit of more than 70 handmade fairy and gnome homes scattered through the sculpture garden. Check in at the Murray Arts Building to grab a guide and start your journey! $5, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Family Storytime (10:30 and 11:15am, Kensington Park Library, Kensington. Stories, songs, stretches, fingerplays and rhymes. Free, 0 to 5 with adult. Official Website)

Judy Moody & Stink (Hours vary, Adventure Theatre-MTC, Glen Echo. Third grade has put Judy Moody in a mood. She's got to figure out what to include in her "Me" collage, and her know-it-all little brother Stink keeps getting in the way. When the Moody family drops anchor on “Artichoke” Island, they meet Cap’n Weevil with a secret treasure map, launching them on a mad dash across the island in search of gold. But they’re not the only salty dogs lookin’ for loot! Can Judy Moody and Stink outwit their competition in time? Will Judy finish her project? $19.50, 4+. Official Website)

Junior Rangers: Park Pals (1 to 2:30 p.m., Elk Neck State Park, North East. Junior Rangers is a fun way for youth to connect to the natural world around them through hands-on environmental education, recreational opportunities, crafts, and conservation. We will be spending as much time as possible outdoors, even in wet weather. $25, 3 to 5. Official Website)

Mommy and Me (11am, Tanger Outlets, National Harbor. Enjoy the special Mom's Lounge, FREE food samples, a make and take craft and special activities. PLUS, exclusive discounts to select stores! Free, All ages. Official Website)

Music with Babies and Toddlers! (9:30am to 10:20am, Chevy Chase Village, Chevy Chase. Meadowlark music classes will lead you through a mix of classic favorites and original baby-tested ideas from my own musical baby and toddler, using sound pedagogical approaches as well as fun-loving creativity! This is also an excellent friend-making environment. $195 Residents/$244 Non-Residents (10 weeks), Toddlers, Ages 1-3 years. Official Website)

Nature Matters: The Latest on Lyme (6:45pm, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. A special evening lecture series that focuses on current topics of the natural world. Light hot and cold apps, prepared foods, beer and wine will be available as you mingle with your fellow science and nature enthusiasts, followed by an engaging presentation by one of the guest experts in the field. $8, 14+. Official Website)

On the Homefront: Gaithersburg in World War I (All Day, Gaithersburg Community Museum, Gaithersburg. Exhibit about World War I Gaithersburg. The expansion that had begun in the years following the opening of the B&O Railroad was bolstered by the war. The world needed food and we were ready with farms, mills, a new cannery, and railroad. Free, All. Official Website)

Pajama Storytime (6:30pm, Bethesda Library, Bethesda. Get ready for bed with a special storytime at the library! Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and a craft. Free, 3 to 6. Official Website)

Preschool Playtime (10am to noon, Cabin John Regional Park, Rockville. Give your child the chance to exert some energy indoors in the Cabin John train party room. $2, Crawling to age 5. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (10:30am, Davis Library, Bethesda. Join us for books, music, and activities for preschoolers, ages 2 to 6, accompanied by a caregiver. No registration needed. Infant to 4 years old. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (10:30am, Long Branch Library, Silver Spring. Come to the library with your toddler or preschooler and enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays. Free, 3 to 5 with adult. Official Website)

Raptor Training (2 to 2:15pm, Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville. Observe a training session and see how raptors use positive reinforcement to learn new behaviors and concepts. Meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center. Free, All ages. Official Website)

Read and Play (9:45am, Mount Airy Branch Library, Mount Airy. A storytime featuring lap games, tickles, bounces, and rhymes followed by a playgroup for meeting and mingling. Free, 0 to 24 months with caregiver. Official Website)

Stay and Play Program (10:30am, Quince Orchard Library, Gaithersburg. An open play program where children can experience Legos, letters, puppets, and more! Free, 0 to 6 years old. Official Website)

The Crucible (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. A partially fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trails that shows how quickly one could be accused of witchcraft. A group of young girls, led by Abigail Williams, claim they have been afflicted by witchcraft and hold the power to condemn those who have wronged them. $59+, 13+. Official Website)

The Invisible Hand (Hours vary, Olney Theatre Center, Olney. Nick, an American banker with a head for the stock market, is being held captive by a Pakistani extremist group. In order to earn his own ransom, he helps his captors invest money and play the markets, resulting in unintended consequences. $59+, 16+. Official Website)

Toddler Storytime (10:30am, Silver Spring Library, Silver Spring. Stories, activities, music and fun. 18 to 36 months. Official Website)

Wings of Fancy (9am to 5pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Enjoy this live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit that will please all ages. Visitors can surround themselves with hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle. $8/adults; $5/ages 3 to 12, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

 

 

Virginia

Baby Rhyme Time (10:30am, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. Moms, dads, and other caregivers sing nursery rhymes and lullabies to your babies. Enjoy baby yoga exercises, songs, fingerplays and lots of cuddles! Free, 0 to 12 months. Official Website)

Baby Rhythm & Rhyme Time (11am, Burke Branch Library, Alexandria. Fun filled music, rhymes, and movement to increase your baby's visual literacy and language! Free, 0 to 18 months. Official Website)

Babytime (10:30am, Herndon Fortnightly Library, Herndon. Rhymes, songs, stories with music for you and your baby. Come enjoy time with your child while building an early literacy foundation. Free, 0 to 18 months. Official Website)

Clarendon Farmers Market (3 to 7pm, Clarendon Farmers Market, Clarendon. Buy local produce, baked goods, plants, herbs, homemade soaps, and other items. All Ages. Official Website)

Family Storytime Class (10:30am, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Alexandria. Stories, songs and rhymes for the whole family! Free, 0 to 5. Official Website)

History Tots (9:45 and 11am, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly. Bring your toddler to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. Program includes indoor and outdoor activities. Adults must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with seasons. $6, 1 to 3. Official Website)

Little Tots Summer Fun (10:30am, Virginia Gateway Shopping Center, Gainesville. Fun and lively entertainment for families. Bring your swimsuit and splash in the interactive fountain after the event. Free, 0 to 8. Official Website)

Making Music Together (10:15am, Burke Centre Library, Burke. Music Together is a worldwide curriculum that incorporates song, play, and dance for the whole family. Free, 6 months to 5 years. Official Website)

McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market (8am to noon, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and more. Master Gardener Plant Clinic on site to answer questions about plants in your landscape. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Mother Goose Storytime (10:15 to 10:45am, Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria. Songs, rhymes, games & more interactive fun for toddlers. Please select one session per week to attend. Free, 12 to 23 months. Official Website)

Music and Motion (10:30am, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas. Come and experience all the fun that Music and Motion brings! Each session offers a variety of music, dancing, and other movement activities you're sure to enjoy! Free, Ages 2–6 with an adult.. Official Website)

Oak Marr Farmers Market (8am to noon, Oak Marr RECenter, Oakton. Shop for fresh veggies, fruits and more. There are over 10+ vendors on hand. Free admission, All ages. Official Website)

Open Bounce (10 to 11:30am, Sport Bounce of Loudoun, Ashburn. Head over to the gym to bounce on the giant inflatables. $10, 18 months and up. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Potomac Nationals Game (7:05pm, G Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge. Catch the P-Nats take on Salem. $9+, All ages. Official Website)

Preschool Storytime (10:30am, Dolley Madison Library, McLean. Early literacy storytime with songs, activities and stories. Free, 2 to 5. Official Website)

Starlight Storytime (7pm, Centreville Regional Library, Centreville. Stories and fun for the whole family. Pajamas and stuffed friends welcome! All ages. All Ages. Official Website)

Stories to Grow On (11 to 11:45am, Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria. Stories, music, movement and more fun for preschoolers.Please select one session per week to attend. Younger siblings are welcome. No registration required. Ages 24 months and up with an adult. Free, 24 months and up. Official Website)

Terrific Two to Fives (11am, Lorton Library, Lorton. Interactive story times with books, songs, rhymes and more. 2 to 5. Official Website)

Tinker Time (3:30 to 5pm, UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, Alexandria. Explore our unique collection of materials in our studio space and create your own thing. There will be wire, glue, tape - you name it - to hold your work together, and we'll have a nice selection of mark making supplies available as well. $5/person; $15/family max, All ages. Official Website)

Twilight Tattoo 2018 (6:30pm, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington. Enjoy this hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." Free, All ages. Official Website)

Visit the Lab (10am to 6pm, Children's Science Center Lab, Fairfax. Explore - Create - Inspire at the lab. The perfect indoor experience. $12/ages 2+, All ages. Our Kids Review. Official Website)

Wakefield Farmers Market (2 to 6pm, Wakefield Park, Annandale. Purchase fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and more. Free admission, All Ages. Official Website)

Wednesday Storytime (10:30am, Dale City Neighborhood Library, Dale City. Enjoy stories, songs, and activities. Free, For ages 2-5.. Official Website)

 

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