Experience one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies in an outdoor setting when the National Players perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Magruder Park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The tale of mistaken identity, mischievous high jinks and, above all, love, is set in the woods, so what better place to watch it than under the stars? Like a classic troupe of strolling players, the actors will perform at different locations for five nights. After Wednesday's show (at 40th Avenue and Hamilton Street in Hyattsville), they will move to Watkins Regional Park on Thursday, Montpelier Mansion on Friday, Cosca Regional Park on Saturday and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Sunday. If it rains Wednesday, the show will go on at St. Jerome School, 5207 42nd Pl., Hyattsville. All shows are free; call 301-454-1450 for more information.
Hope for cool breezes tomorrow evening for a boat tour on the Patuxent River. Look for blue herons, ospreys, ducks and turtles having their supper while you enjoy light refreshments aboard a pontoon boat. A naturalist will help point out wildlife; bring binoculars for the best views. And don't forget insect repellent. The boat departs at 6 p.m. at the Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. Fee is $4; reservations are required. Call 301-627-6074.
When the days are long and hot, the most refreshing thing can be ice -- ice skating, that is. The Tucker Road Ice Rink, at 1770 Tucker Road in Fort Washington, is open year-round and offers $5 super-saver skating weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. After all that exercise, you'll have earned more ice -- summer ice cream cones, naturally. Call 301-265-1525.