UNDER YOUR NOSE -- EXPLORING THE OBVIOUS -- Today at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The constantly traveling Goza Family Players present multicultural folk tales through slapstick, mime, music, dance, acrobatics, sign language and imaginative props made from recycled objects. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.

KITES ON THE POTOMAC -- Today at 2 p.m. A day of outdoor kite making and flying activities held along the Potomac River as part of the Festival of China. Many colorful and imaginative kites will also be on display. Kennedy Center, South Plaza Outdoors, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

SHADES OF BLACK AND WHITE -- Today, Saturday and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. Ages 6 to 14. Explore black-and-white decoration in Chinese ceramics, then design a picture to take home using Chinese artistic techniques. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Imaginasia classroom, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

RETRATOS: PORTRAITS OF OUR WORLD -- Tuesday-Friday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Discovery Theater, the Young Playwright's Theater, the National Portrait Gallery and the Center for Latino Initiatives present a series of vignettes about our ancestry and America's future, written by children and assembled by playwright Karen Zacarias. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6, children $4. 202-357-3030.

FALLING LEAVES -- Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday at 10 a.m. An educational discussion about why deciduous trees change color in the chilly days of autumn. Includes a leaf rubbing workshop. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $5. For reservations, call 703-642-5173.

EXPLORING THE SKY -- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The National Park Service and members of the National Capital Astronomers host an evening of stargazing on the peak night of the Draconoid meteor shower. Military Field, Military and Glover Roads. Free. 202-895-6070.