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These events for children and families are free unless a fee is noted.

Performances

"DISNEY ON ICE: PRINCESS Classics" -- Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11, 3 and 7:30; Sunday at 1 and 5. $13, $17 and $22, plus service charges. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-432-7328 or 703-993-3000.

"PETER AND THE WOLF" -- through Nov. 24. Friday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $6. Reservations recommended. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

"DREAMS IN THE GOLDEN COUNTRY" -- the story of an immigrant family adjusting to their new life, through Nov. 3. Friday at 7, Saturday at 11 and 1, Sunday at 1. $13. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

"ZAINY BRAINY BROADWAY" -- through Oct. 27. Friday at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7, Sunday at 2. $7. Young Artists Theater, Cherry Tree Center, Route 29 at Route 216, Laurel. 301-604-2844.

"JUST LIKE A PUPPET" by Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, Friday at 7:30, Saturday 11:30 and 1:30, Sunday at 1:30. $13. Kennedy Center AFI Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

FIREFLY SHADOW THEATER -- Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"THE MYSTERY OF THE MUFFIN MAN" -- Saturday at 10. $6. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. 703-792-4218.

"THE MONSTER REVUE" by Carousel Puppets, Saturday at 11 and 12:30. $6. Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd., Sterling. 703-444-9426.

"LA CAJA DE SORPRESAS" by Teatro de la Luna in Spanish, Saturday at noon. $5, under 12 free. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-882-6227 or 703-548-3092.

NICOLO WHIMSEY -- juggling, music and audience participation, Saturday at noon. $10, under 18 $6. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"SHIZUMI, ARTS OF JAPAN" -- Saturday at 1. $8. Black Rock Center for the Arts, Route 118 and Middlebrook Road, Germantown. 301-528-2260.

"PETER AND THE WOLF" -- through Nov. 3. Saturday and Sunday at 1. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"BUNNICULA" -- through Nov. 3. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $6. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"CIRCLE OF SOL Y SOUL" -- interactive music and drumming, through Nov. 9. Saturday at 1:30. $10, children $6. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"ANNIE" by Baltimore Children's Theatre, through Nov. 2. Saturday at 2 and 4:30. $8 to $10. Slayton House, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 410-203-1757.

"TOMATO PLANT GIRL" -- through Nov. 3. Saturday and Sunday at 3. $7.50. Reservations recommended. BAPA's Imagination Stage, Level Two, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-881-5106.

"HAUNTS AND STUFF" -- storytelling by Ellouise Schoettler, Wednesday at 7:30. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-530-0540

"DISNEY ON ICE: PRINCESS Classics" -- through Nov. 3. Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30. $13, $17 and $22, plus service charges. Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202-432-7328, 410-481-7328 or 410-347-2020.

Just for Halloween

HAUNTED FOREST -- Friday and Saturday dusk to 10:30, Wednesday and Thursday dusk to 9. A 35-minute walk along a candlelit path, with surprises. $15. Markoff's Haunted Forest, on Martinsburg Road off Whites Ferry Road, Poolesville. 240-793-4666.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- Friday 6 to 10, Saturday noon to 4 and 6 to 10. $6. South Lakes High School, 11400 S. Lakes Dr., Reston. 703-715-4589.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- Friday and Saturday 6 to 10. $5. Annandale United Methodist Church, 7010 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-256-8330.

HAUNTED PARK -- Friday and Saturday 7 to 11. $8, children $5; not recommended for young children. Clifton Road off Braddock Road, Clifton. 703-830-0976.

"FLIGHT NIGHT" -- Halloween party for all ages, Saturday 7 to 9 p.m. Crafts, entertainment, hayrides. $4, seniors $3, ages under 12 $2. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029.

"HARPERS SCARY" -- Haunted house, Friday-Saturday 7:30 to midnight, Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday at 7. $12 through Wednesday, $13 Thursday. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston. 703-471-5415.

"CREATURE FEATURE" -- Saturday 1 to 4. Puppet show, live owls, hayride. $2. Old Maryland Farm, Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, 301-218-6702.

HAUNTED HAYRIDE -- Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday from dusk to 9:30. Tractor-drawn hayrides with stops at staged sights. $7. Potomac Horse Center, 14211 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-208-0200.

HAUNTED TRAIL -- Friday 7:30 to 10:30, Saturday 7 to 10:30, Sunday 6:30 to 9:30. $5. Prince William County Stadium Complex, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. 703-792-7275, Ext. 280.

Nature

NATIONAL ZOO -- Grounds open daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., most animal buildings and Amazonia open 10 to 4:30 (exceptions are posted). Seal and sea lion training at 11:30, elephant care sessions at 11 most days. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4800.

NATIONAL AQUARIUM -- More than 1,000 specimens of aquatic life, including an alligator exhibit. Open daily 9 to 5. Adults $3, ages 2 to 10 75 cents, under 2 free. Department of Commerce Building, 14th and Constitution NW. 202-482-2825.

BALTIMORE AQUARIUM -- The National Aquarium in Baltimore features a marine mammal pavilion, an Atlantic coral reef exhibit and a South American rain forest. Timed-entry tickets required. Open Friday 9 to 8, Saturday-Thursday 9 to 5. Admission $17.50; seniors $14.50; ages 3 to 11 $9.50 (under 3 free); $5 for all on Fridays after 5. Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. For information, 410-576-3800; for advance tickets, Ticketmaster, 202-432-7328 or 410-481-7328 (service charges added).

NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR CENTER -- Interior Department science and environmental education center offers interactive exhibits and films. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. 301-497-5760.

ROCK CREEK NATURE CENTER -- Meet the resident animals, Friday at 4 for all ages. Planetarium shows: "The Night Sky," Saturday and Sunday at 1 for ages 4 and up; "Women in the Stars," Saturday and Sunday at 4 for ages 7 and up; planetarium show for younger children, Wednesday at 4 for ages 4 and up. Free planetarium tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 5200 Glover Rd. NW. 202-895-6070.

ARLINGTON PLANETARIUM -- "The Explorers of Mauna Kea," through Nov. 24. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3. $2.50, seniors and ages under 12 $1.50. Reservations recommended. 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6070.

Places to Visit

CAPITAL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM -- Make a skeleton puppet, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4:30. Exhibitions: "Cuba: En Foco," photographs by Cuban children, through Dec. 31; "Make It Move," about the mechanics of motion, through Jan. 5; "Art From the Heart," through Oct. 20; "Brain Teasers"; "Japan: Through the Eyes of a Child"; "Chemical Science Center"; "Mexico"; "Animation"; "Cityscapes." Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5. $7, seniors $5, ages 2 and under free. 800 Third St. NE. 202-675-4120.

MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER -- Exhibits: "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body," through Jan. 1; "Dino Digs," about dinosaurs native to Maryland; "Chesapeake Bay"; "Outer Space Place." Hands-on exhibits and demonstrations of scientific principles. IMAX films screened hourly. Planetarium show, hourly. Admission, including planetarium show and IMAX, is $16, seniors $14, ages 3 to 12 $12.50. Open Friday 10 to 5, Saturday-Sunday 10 to 6, Monday-Thursday 10 to 5. 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-685-5225.

PORT DISCOVERY -- Interactive fantasy structures, mechanical sculptures and related activities. Open Friday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5, Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 5. $11, ages 3 to 12 $8.50, under 3 free. 35 Market Pl., Baltimore. 410-727-8120.

LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK -- Petting zoo with domestic and exotic animals, pumpkin patch, play area, entertainment. Open daily 9 to 6, through Oct. 31. Weekdays $5.50, weekends $8, under age 2 free. 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg. 703-779-2332.

MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP -- Carve stone and create a gargoyle, Saturday 10 to 2. $5. Reservations required for groups larger than 10. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts NW. 202-537-2934.

CLAUDE MOORE COLONIAL FARM -- Visit a re-creation of an 18th-century family farm, Friday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday from 10 to 4:30. $2, seniors and ages 3 to 12 $1. 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-442-7557.

NATIONAL COLONIAL FARM -- The mid- 18th-century tobacco plantation is open Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday from 10 to 5. Adults $2, under 12 50 cents; $5 maximum per family. 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113.

OXON HILL FARM -- The working farm is open daily from 9 to 4:30, with farm demonstrations and tours. Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-1176 (TDD: 301-839-1783).

COLVIN RUN MILL -- Tour the 19th-century gristmill 11 to 5 daily except Tuesday. Adults $4, children $2. 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-759-2771.

PEIRCE MILL -- Tour the 1820 flour mill Friday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday noon to 5. At Beach Drive and Tilden Street NW, in Rock Creek Park. 202-426-6908.

OLD STONE HOUSE -- Tour the 1765 structure Friday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday noon to 5. 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.

SULLY HISTORIC SITE -- The restored 1794 mansion, furnished with Federal-period antiques, is open from 11 to 4 daily except Tuesday. Hourly guided tours $5, students $4, seniors and ages 5 to 15 $3. 3601 Sully Rd., Chantilly. 703-437-1794.

WASHINGTON DOLLS' HOUSE and Toy Museum -- Antique dolls, doll houses, toys and games. Adults $4, seniors $3, under 12 $2. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. 5236 44th St. NW. 202-244-0024.

TROLLEY MUSEUM -- Ride European and American trolleys, Friday 10 to 2, Saturday-Sunday noon to 5., Thursday 10 to 2. Exhibits free; rides $2.50, ages 2 through 17 $2, under 2 free. Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Silver Spring. 301-384-6088.

MODEL TRAIN DISPLAYS -- Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5, operating G-gauge layouts and other model trains by the Chesapeake, Allegheny & Blue Ridge Large Scale Railway Society. North Gate Plaza, 13832 Georgia Ave., Aspen Hill. 202-726-3333.

B&O RAILROAD STATION MUSEUM -- Permanent exhibits include a diorama depicting the trip of Tom Thumb, America's first scheduled passenger train. Adults $4, seniors and students $3, under 13 $2. Open Friday-Saturday and Monday 11 to 4, Sunday noon to 5. 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. 410-461-1944.

Library Programs ARLINGTON CENTRAL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Friday at 10. 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5946.

AURORA HILLS -- Stories for ages 2 to 4, Thursday at 10 and 11. 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715.

BADEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. 301-888-1152.

BELTSVILLE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15. 4319 Sellman Rd. 301-937-0294.

BLADENSBURG -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:45. 4820 Annapolis Rd. 301-927-4916.

BOWIE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Monday at 1. Activities for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 7. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Australian folk tales by Barefoot Puppets, Saturday at 11. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 5904 Kolb St. 301-883-2700.

GEORGE MASON -- Halloween stories for ages 4 to 6, Wednesday at 10:30. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GLENARDEN -- Stories for ages 4 and 5, Thursday at 11:30. 8724 Glenarden Pkwy. 301-772-5477.

GLENCARLYN -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Wednesday at 7:30. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

GREENBELT -- Stories for ages 5 to 8, Tuesday at 7, and for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30. 2398 Iverson St. 301-630-4900.

HYATTSVILLE -- Family storytime, Monday at 11. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 6530 Adelphi Rd. 301-985-4690.

KING'S PARK -- Halloween stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. 703-978-5600.

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30 and Thursday at 11. 9601 Capital Lane, Upper Marlboro. 301-336-4044.

LAUREL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7 and Thursday at 10:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

LORTON -- Halloween stories for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 10:30. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MOUNT RAINIER -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. 3409 Rhode Island Ave., Mount Rainier. 301-864-8937.

NEW CARROLLTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, Saturday at 10:30 and Tuesday at 7. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

OXON HILL -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 11. 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-2400.

RESTON -- Halloween activities for all ages, Wednesday at 7:30 and Thursday at 10:15. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

RICHARD BYRD -- Middle Eastern folk tales by Joan Leotta, Saturday at 3 for ages 6 to 12. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

SURRATTS-CLINTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:15, 11 and 11:45. Family storytelling, Wednesday at 7. 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200.

TAKOMA PARK -- Storytelling by Candace Wolf, Wednesday at 7:30 for ages 6 and up. Fifth and Cedar NW. 202-727-1385.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Australian folk tales by Barefoot Puppets, Saturday at 3 for all ages. Fire safety puppet show for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 10:30. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

UPPER MARLBORO -- Activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. 14730 Main St. 301-629-9330.

WESTOVER -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 2 and 7. 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-5260.