YEAR OF THE MONKEY -- Tuesday-Wednesday at 2 p.m., Thursday at 6 p.m. Ages

6-14 with an adult. Check

out the collections in the

Freer and Sackler galleries

and learn about the

importance of the new year

in Chinese culture, then

make Chinese-style puppets to take home. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

HOT HIPPO; KOI AND THE KOLA NUTS -- Wednesday

at 10:30 a.m. Grades K-6.

Two short films. "Hot Hippo" tells the story of how the hippopotamus came to live in the water, and "Koi and the Kola Nuts" is about a boy who leaves his village and must prove he is the son of a chief. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

DOG TALES -- Saturday at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Ages 4 and older. A collection

of short films about dogs, including "Puppies for Sale,"

"I Want a Dog" and "The Dog Who Was a Cat Inside." After

the movies, families can make dog puppets. National

Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

THE NEAR-SIGHTED KNIGHT AND THE FAR-SIGHTED DRAGON -- Saturday and July 11 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. A play about an unemployed knight, a career-minded princess, a philosopher dragon and a king who needs rescuing. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $7. 301-320-5331.

FAMILY DANCE -- July 11,

3-6 p.m. Do the waltz, polka, tango and more to live music. The first hour is for ages 4-6, followed by social dancing for older kids. Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

$5. 301-320-8255.