To everything there is a season. So what if it's not the season of bug bites and flip flops and the backstroke? It will be soon enough, and parents and kids can prepare for it by attending the "Camp and Summer Programs Expo" at White Flint Mall. At the event, now in it's fifth year, representatives from almost a hundred local and regional summer camps and summertime programs--from as nearby as the Washington suburbs and as far away as Nova Scotia--will be on hand to discuss what they have to offer. Camps for all ages and budgets will be represented, including those that emphasize special interests like horseback riding, the performing arts or computers; many will also conduct on-site interviews for counselor and counselor-in-training positions. In addition to camp exhibitors, the event features several prize drawings, including two for $500 toward tuition at the camp or program of the winner's choice. (Speaking of camp expenses--often prohibitively high--Washington Post columnist Bob Levey will be on hand Saturday from 3 to 5 to promote the Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign.)

The expo is Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday noon to 6 at White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Admission is free. For more information, call 301/231-7467.