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

Performances

"KACHINA DRUMS" -- Native American folk tales by Stone Lion Puppet Company, Friday at 10 and 11:30. $5. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"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.

"THE SNOW QUEEN" -- through Jan. 12. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30, Sunday at 2. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"RUMPELSTILTSKIN'S DAUGHTER" -- through Nov. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday-Sunday at 3 and 8, Thursday at 8. $16 to 18. Main Stage, Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds La., Brooklyn Park. Md. 410-636-6597.

CROSSROADS DANCE PROJECT -- "Dances From Around the World," Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"WHERE ARE THE ANIMALS?" -- Play about hibernation and migration by the Mount Rainier Puppet Theater, Saturday at 11. Reservations required. Mount Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Pl., Mt. Rainier. 301-927-2163 (TDD: 301-699-2544).

"THE UGLY DUCKLING" -- Saturday, lunch at 11, show at 12:30. $9.50, includes lunch and show. Way Off Broadway Theater, Willow Tree Plaza, Route 40 West, Frederick. 301-662-6600.

"AMELIA BEDELIA" -- Through January 12. Saturday-Sunday at 12:30 and 3. $7.50. Reservations recommended. BAPA's Imagination Stage, Level Two, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-881-5106.

MARK JASTER -- mime, Saturday at 1. $7. Black Rock Center for the Arts, Route 118 and Middlebrook Road, Germantown. 301-528-2260.

"A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS" -- through Dec. 22. 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.

"ANNIE, JR." by the Young People's Theatre, through Sunday. Saturday and Sunday at 2. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-717-0170.

DIABATE FAMILY ENSEMBLE -- Saturday at 2. S. Dillon Ripley Center Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

CATFISH HODGE -- blues concert for children, Saturday at 7. Dancing Bear Toys, 200A N. Market St., Frederick. 301-631-9300.

"THE HOBBIT" by the Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre, through Nov. 24. Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3. $8. Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Ft. Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-360-0686.

"THE WILD KINGDOM: A BOOK OF Beasts" -- Sunday at 3, with musical trio Hesperus, mime Mark Jaster and narrator Robert Aubrey Davis. Ages 4 and up. $14, $10 for children under 12. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-9223 or 202-432-7328.

"WILD THINGS" -- Dance, storytelling and music by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, through Nov. 23. Tuesday-Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $5. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN Dwarves: The Comedy" by the Kenmore Middle School Players, through Nov. 25. Thursday at 2:30. Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6800.

Special Events "IMAGINASIA" -- Saturday and Sunday at 2, art tour and activities for ages 6 to 12. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 or 202-357-4880, Ext. 422.

"CAPTAIN THORNE'S CREW" -- Saturday at 1 for grades two through four. An archaeologist and an actor portraying an 18th-century sea captain lead an exploration of local artifacts. $8; reservations required. Sponsored by Historic Annapolis Foundation at Shiplap House, 18 Pinkey St., Annapolis. 410-267-7619, Ext. 8146 or Ext. 2.

AFRICAN HISTORY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE -- Saturday at 2, David Wisnieswki, author of "Sundiata: The Lion King of Mali," reads from and shows original illustrations from his book. National Museum of African Art Lecture Hall, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-4600.

"BIRDS-EYE VIEW" -- Sunday at 2:30 for ages 5 to 12 and their families, an exploration of Emmet Gowin's photography and an art project. Museum admission $8 per family. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Reservations required. 202-639-1727.

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 -- Exhibitions: "Cuba: En Foco," photographs by Cuban children, through Dec. 31; "Make It Move," about the mechanics of motion, through Jan. 5; "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 10 to 6, Sunday noon to 5, 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.

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 -- "18th Century Threshing Day," Sunday from 1 to 4 ($3, seniors and children 3 to 12, $1.50.) Visit this 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 -- Native American music and storytelling, Saturday at 1. 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).

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. Exhibits free; rides $2.50, ages 2 through 17 $2, under 2 free. Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Silver Spring. 301-384-6088.

Library Programs ANNAPOLIS -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Tuesday at 10:30 and Wednesday at 6:30. 1410 West St. 410-222-1750.

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

BROADNECK -- Stories and songs for ages 2 to 6, Tuesday at 7. 1275 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis. 410-222-1905.

CENTREVILLE -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Wednesday at 7:30. 14200 St. Germaine Dr., Centreville. 703-830-2223.

CHANTILLY -- Native American stories by Dovie Thomason Sickles, Saturday at 3. Stories and activities for ages 6 to 12, Tuesday at 7:30. "Yummers: A Feast of Stories," for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. 703-502-3883.

COLUMBIA PIKE -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Monday at 11. Stories for ages 2 to 4, Monday at 6:30. Stories for ages 5 to 7, Tuesday at 6:30. 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710.

DOLLEY MADISON -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Friday at 12:30. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Monday at 7:30. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Native American stories by Dovie Thomason Sickles, Saturday at 10:30. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- Costume party and activities for ages 5 to 10, Saturday at 1. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 5904 Kolb St. 301-883-2700.

GEORGE MASON -- Magician Michael Chamberlain, Monday at 7:30. 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 and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7:30. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

GREAT FALLS -- Magician Michael Chamberlain, Wednesday at 7. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

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

HERNDON -- Magician Michael Chamberlain, Wednesday at 2. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 2. 768 Center St. 703-437-8855.

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

HYATTSVILLE -- Stories in Spanish and English for ages 3 to 6, Saturday at 10:30. 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.

JOHN MARSHALL -- Activities for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria. 703-971-0010.

KINGSTOWNE -- "The Little Red Hen" and "Rapunzel" by the KayDee Puppets, Saturday at 2. Music and movement for families and children ages 4 and younger, Thursday at 10:30. 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

KING'S PARK -- Stories for ages 1 to 5, Friday at noon. Magician Michael Chamberlain, Monday at 3. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 1. 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. 703-978-5600.

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, 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 -- Stories for ages 5 and up, Monday at 7. Magician Michael Chamberlain, Tuesday at 4. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Magician Michael Chamberlain, Tuesday at 7:30. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-768-6700.

MARYLAND CITY -- Activities for preschoolers, Wednesday at 9:30 and Thursday at 7. 3421 Ft. Meade Rd., Laurel. 301-725-2390.

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

NEW CARROLLTON -- Activities for ages 3 to 7, Saturday at 10:30. Stories for ages 3 to 7, Tuesday at 7. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

NORTH COUNTY -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie. 410-222-6270.

ODENTON -- Activities for all ages, Tuesday at 7, and Wednesday at 9:30 and 10:30. 270 Odenton Rd. 410-222-6277.

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

PATRICK HENRY -- Stories and activities for all ages, Wednesday at 10:30. 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-938-0405.

POHICK -- Crafts for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 2:30. Stories for all ages, Thursday at 11:30. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

PROVINCES -- Activities for ages 2 to 6, Monday at 7. 2624 Annapolis Rd., Severn. 410-222-6280.

RESTON -- Native American stories by Dovie Thomason Sickles, Monday at 4. Magician Michael Chamberlain, Tuesday at 10:30. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

SHIRLINGTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, Wednesday at 7. 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

SPAULDINGS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday and Thursday at 10:30. 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. 301-817-3750.

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

TAKOMA PARK -- Tomas Shash & the Aztlan Dance Theatre Group, Monday at 7. Fifth and Cedar NW. 202-727-1385.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Puppet show for all ages, Tuesday at 10:30. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- The KayDee Puppets, Saturday at 10:30. Glass Heart Puppet Theatre, Saturday at 2. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday 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.

WOODROW WILSON -- Bilingual stories for ages 6 to 10, Monday at 1:30. Activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. Art activities for ages 6 to 12, Tuesday at 3:30. 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. 703-820-8774.