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

Performances

"WILD THINGS" -- Dance, storytelling, music and audience participation by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Friday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday at noon. $5. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

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

"THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER" -- through Dec. 29. Friday at 7, Saturday at 11 and 1. $13. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

"SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN Dwarves: The Comedy" by the Kenmore Middle School Players, Friday at 7. Kenmore Middle School, 200 South Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6800.

"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" -- Friday at 8, Saturday-Sunday at 3 and 8. $16 to $18. Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds La., Brooklyn Park. 410-636-6597.

"THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW" by Theatre IV, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

FRANK D'AQUILA -- storyteller, Saturday at 10. $5. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. 703-792-4218.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Saturday at 10 and 11:30, conducted by Lara Webber in a children's program narrated by Rheda Becker. $12. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.

"ADELLA, ADELLA, THE Storytella," storytelling by Adelle Gauthier, Saturday at 10 and 2. $4. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6070 (TDD: 301-203-3803).

"AMELIA BEDELIA" -- through Jan. 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.

"THE MAGIC IN YOU AND BOOKS" -- Saturday at 1. $6.50. 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.

"THE HOBBIT" by the Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre, Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 1 and 7:30, Sunday at 3. $8. Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Ft. Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-360-0686.

Special Events

MODEL TRAIN SHOW -- Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 11 to 5. $4, ages 6 to 12 $1, under 6 free. Sponsored by the Rappahannock chapter of the National Railway Historical Society at the National Guard Armory, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg. 540-374-5596.

"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.

Nature

NATIONAL ZOO -- Saturday 10 to 2, exhibits and other activities celebrating the first birthday of Kandula, the zoo's youngest Asian elephant. 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.

CLAUDE MOORE COLONIAL FARM at Turkey Run -- "18th Century Threshing Day," Sunday from 1 to 4. Learn about harvest activities on the farm. $3, seniors and children 3 to 12, $1.50. 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-442-7557 or 703-442-7558.

WATKINS NATURE CENTER -- Family hike for ages 4 and up, Saturday at 9:30. Reservations required. 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-249-6202.

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; "BodyLink"; "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.

LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK -- Petting zoo with domestic and exotic animals, pumpkin patch, play area, entertainment. Open Saturday-Sunday 10-5, weather permitting. $5, 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, 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.

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

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

BELTSVILLE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday 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. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

COLUMBIA PIKE -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Monday at 11, and for ages 2 to 4, Monday at 6:15. 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710.

DOLLEY MADISON -- Magician Michael Chamberlin, Saturday at 10:30. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

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

GEORGE MASON -- Activties for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GREENBELT -- Stories for ages 5 to 8, Tuesday at 7. 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800.

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

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

KINGSTOWNE -- Thanksgiving activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

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. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

PATRICK HENRY -- Native American stories by Dovie Thomason Sickles, Tuesday at 7:30. 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-938-0405.

SPAULDINGS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday 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. 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200.

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