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

Performances

"THE NUTCRACKER" -- By the Puppet Co. Playhouse, through Dec. 29. 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.

"SEASONS OF LIGHT" -- Through Dec. 20. Monday-Friday at 10 and 11:30. $5. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR CHILDREN" -- Through Dec. 21. Friday at 11, 1, 3 and 5, Saturday at 11, 1 and 3. $8. Comedy Sportz Theatre, Fourth floor, Ballston Commons Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-486-4242.

"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).

WASHINGTON BALLET performs "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 21 at the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. Friday at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7, Sunday at 1 and 5, Wednesday-Thursday at 7. $33 to $53. 202-432-7328.

"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.

LOS QUETZALES -- Mexican song-and-dance troupe, Saturday at 1. $6.50. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

CENTER DANCE COMPANY presents Act II of "The Nutcracker" Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 and Sunday at 3 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $15, $10 students. 703-522-2414.

"PUNCH & JUDY" -- Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"BABES IN TOYLAND" -- Saturday at 11 and 2. $9, show only. Reservations recommended. West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-370-2500.

"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.

ALEXANDRIA BALLET presents a shortened version of "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 22. On Saturday, the shows are at 1, 2:15, 3:30 and 4:45. On Sunday, at 12, 1:30, 3 and 4:30. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. $12, $9 children. 703-548-0456.

"ANNIE" -- by the Baltimore Children's Theater, Saturday at 1. $10. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. 410-203-1757.

"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.

CLASSICAL BALLET dances "The Nutcracker" on Saturday at 2 and 7:30 and Sunday at 2 at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. $18, $12 students. 703-471-0750.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" -- Saturday from 2 to 4, with games, food and music. $3, 3 and younger free. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-838-4994.

ROCKVILLE CIVIC BALLET performs "The Nutcracker" Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday at 1 and 4:30 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr. Rockville. $7, $5 seniors and children 12 and younger. 240-314-8690.

"BELI BODAP BOOMSHAKALAK: Saga of an African American Folk Hero" -- Storyteller Baba Jamal-Koram pays tribute to Zora Neale Hurston, Saturday at 8. $12, seniors and students $10. Kensington Armory, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington. 301-891-1129.

ASAPH DANCE ENSEMBLE performs "Clara's Christmas," its own adaptation of "The Nutcracker," and choreographed excerpts from Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday at 8 at Osbourn Park High School, 8909 Euclid Ave., Manassas, and Wednesday at 8 at the Schlesinger Concert Hall at the NOVA campus at 3010 Beauregard St., Alexandria. $10, $5 seniors and children 12 and younger. 703-753-0334.

T-REX'S MOMENTUM DANCE THEATRE presents a jazz, hip-hop "Nutcracker" on Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 at Takoma Theatre, Fourth and Butternut streets SE; and Dec. 13-14 at 8. $15, $12 students with ID, $8 ages 9 and younger. 202-432-7328; for information, 202-785-0035.

HOLIDAY REVELS" -- by DinoRock Productions, Sunday at 1 and 3. Huntington Community Center, 13022 8th St., Bowie. 301-809-3098.

"PETER AND THE WOLF" -- by the Levine School of Music Faculty, Sunday at 4. Levine School of Music, 10401 Armory Ave., Kensington. 301-933-0929.

"ONE APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS" -- Wednesday at 10 and noon, for children in grades K through 5. $7. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710 (TDD: 301-277-0312).

NATIONAL BALLET presents "The Nutcracker" through Dec. 21. Wednesday at 10:30, Thursday at 10:30. Performances are at the Hallam Theater at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Tickets for the 10:30 shows are $15. Prices for other performances are $12-$24. 301-218-9822 or 301-261-0261.

"SESAME STREET LIVE" -- Through Dec. 15. Thursday at 7. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-3000 or 202-432-7328.

Special Events "BREAKFAST WITH SANTA" -- Saturday-Sunday at 8:30, for ages 3 to 11, at the Baltimore Aquarium. $25; children 3 to 11 $22. Reservations required. Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-576-3800.

"MEDIEVAL MERRIMENT" -- Comic-book drawing workshop from 10 to 4, swordplay demonstrations at 3, music, movies, crafts and other activities, Saturday 10 to 5. Free. Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000.

"WILD WEST WINTER FUN" -- Sleigh rides, hayrides, petting zoo and activities at Old Mine Ranch, Saturday-Sunday from 10 to 5. $8. 17504 Miner Rd., Dumfries. 703-830-0831.

"SANTA'S WORKSHOP" -- Activities for children at the "Enchanted Forest," Saturday from 10 to 3 and Sunday from 11 to 2. General admission: $8, seniors and children $5; "Santa's Workshop," first child $20, additional children $10. Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly. 703-848-2884.

"HOLIDAY MAGIC" -- activities for children, Saturday from 10 to 3; magic shows, Saturday at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. $4. Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 North Market St., Frederick. 301-694-1650.

"IMAGINASIA" -- Kathak dance class, Saturday at 10. Art-related activities for ages 6 to 14, Saturday and Sunday at 2. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 or 202-357-4880, Ext. 422.

GINGERBREAD "LITTLE HOUSE" -- make and decorate a gingerbread house, Saturday from 10:30 to 12:30. 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

"POP HOLIDAY" -- Museum tour and art activity, Saturday from 11:30 to 2. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh and Independence SW. 202-357-3235.

"SANTA FLY-IN" -- Crafts, dress-up, and photos with Santa at the College Park Aviation Museum, Saturday noon to 4. Free with museum admission: $4, seniors $3, children $2. Open daily 10 to 5. 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029.

HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS -- Decorate wooden ornaments at the National Building Museum, Saturday 1:30 to 4:30, for all ages. Free admission, but $3 per ornament. Museum open Monday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 5. Fourth and F NW. 202-272-2448.

HOLIDAY CANDLES -- History program and candlemaking workshop for children, Sunday from 1 to 4. $3. Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 North Market St., Frederick. 301-694-1650.

HOLIDAY TEA AT THE HAY-ADAMS -- Author Cheryl Barnes reads from her book, "Woodrow the White House Mouse," Sunday at 3. $35, 12 and under $30; price includes tea, snacks and a signed copy of "Woodrow the White House Mouse." 202-333-8741.

FAMILY DANCE -- With music by Whiskers Before Breakfast, the Folklore Society of Greater Washington presents a dance for all ages, Sunday 3:30 to 5:30. Ages 4 and up $4. Glen Echo Town Hall, 6106 Harvard Ave., Glen Echo. 202-587-7539.

"TRACKING ANIMALS IN WINTER" -- Look for animal evidence and play a tracking game, Monday at 2:30. Ages 8 to 11. $3; reservations required. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Chantilly. 703-631-0013.

"STORY TIME" -- Thursday at 10:30, hands-on activities for ages 3 to 5. $2. Reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. 202-338-3552.

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 -- "Nature Tots," stories and crafts for ages 3 to 4, Saturday at 10:30. "Going Batty," interactive program about bats for ages 8 to 12, Sunday at 2. 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 -- 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 -- "Tis the Season" show, Friday-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.

POTOMAC OVERLOOK REGIONAL PARK -- Holiday crafts workshop, Sunday from 1 to 4; $12, reservations required. 2845 Marcey Rd., Arlington. 703-528-5406.

WATKINS NATURE CENTER -- 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; "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.

DISCOVERY CREEK CHILDREN'S Museum -- $4, seniors $3, ages under 2 free. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 202-364-3111.

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 from 10 to 4. $2, seniors and ages 3 to 12 $1. 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-442-7557.

NATIONAL COLONIAL FARM -- "Winter's Eve" celebration, Saturday from 5 to 8. 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 -- "Lights Off for Bunny Brothers," performance by Blue Sky Puppet Theater, 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).

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.

DARNALL'S CHANCE HOUSE MUSEUM -- Gingerbread house contest and show, through Dec. 14. Open daily noon to 4. $1. 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010.

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.

"KINGDOM OF THE SWEETS" -- Tour the Snowflake Forest, Candyland Lake and the Sugar Plum Tea Room, Monday and Wednesday-Friday from 10 to noon and 3:30 to 5:30, Saturdays 3 to 5 and Sundays noon to 2. Donations will go to Children's Hospital and the Casa Materna orphanage in Naples, Italy. 4701 Sangamore Dr., Bethesda. 301-229-6882.

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 with Santa during "Holly Trolleyfest," Saturday-Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.; $3, seniors and 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.

ELLICOTT CITY B&O RAILROAD Station Museum -- Holiday Model Train Exhibit, through Jan. 26. Adults $4, seniors and students $3, under 13 $2. Open Friday-Saturday 11 to 4, Sunday noon to 5. 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. 410-461-1945.

Library Programs

ALEXANDRIA CENTRAL -- Stories for all ages, Saturday at 10. Stories for ages 5 to 7, Wednesday at 4. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10 and 3. 5005 Duke St. 703-519-5000.

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.

BARRETT -- Stories for ages 2 and up, Wednesday at 11. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Thursday at 2. 717 Queen St., Alexandria. 703-838-4555.

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. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

ELLEN COOLIDGE BURKE -- Activities for ages 8 and up, Saturday at 11 and 2. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 6:30. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 11. 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-838-4598.

CENTREVILLE -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 3, Thursday at 1:30. 14200 St. Germaine Dr., Centreville. 703-830-2223.

CHANTILLY -- Stories for ages 1 to 5, Wednesday at noon. 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. 703-502-3883.

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

CROFTON -- Activities for ages 3 to 6, Tuesday at 10 and 7. 1657 Crofton Centre. 410-222-7915.

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

DUNCAN -- Nature stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4566.

FAIRFAX CITY -- KayDee Puppets, Saturday at 1 and 2. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- Songs for families, Saturday at 2. Storytime for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 5904 Kolb St. 301-883-2700.

GEORGE MASON -- Blue Sky Puppet Theater, Saturday at 2. Activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GLENARDEN -- Rainbow Company play, Saturday at 10:30. 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 -- Stories and songs for ages 1 to 5, Monday at 10:30. Stories and songs for ages 2 to 5, Tuesday at 2. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

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.

HERNDON -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Saturday at 7. Stories and activities, 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. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 6530 Adelphi Rd. 301-985-4690.

KENSINGTON PARK -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Monday and Thursday at 10:30. Recorder ensemble performance, Monday at 7. 4201 Knowles Ave., Kensington. 301-897-2211.

KINGSTOWNE -- Stevens Puppet show, Saturday at 11. 6500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

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

LARGO-KETTERING -- KayDee Puppets, Wednesday at 7:30. 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.

LINTHICUM -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 12, Thursday at 7. 400 Shipley Rd. 410-222-6265.

LORTON -- Stevens Puppet show, Saturday at 2. Stories for ages 5 and up, Monday at 7. Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-768-6700.

MT. PLEASANT -- "Family Saturday," with stories and activities, Saturday 11 to 2. 16th and Lamont NW. 202-727-1361 or 202-671-0200.

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. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

NORTHEAST -- Stories, crafts and workshops for all ages, Saturday at 11. Seventh and Maryland NE. 202-727-1365.

ODENTON -- Stories and gingerbread house decorating for ages 3 to 10, Tuesday at 7 and Wednesday at 10. 270 Odenton Rd. 410-222-6277.

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

POHICK -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Monday at 1:30 and Thursday at 10:15 and 11:15. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

PROVINCES -- Activities for ages 5 to 12, Monday at 7. 2624 Annapolis Rd., Severn. 410-222-6280.

RESTON -- Crafts for all ages, Sunday 1 to 3. Stories and activities for all ages, Wednesday at 10:30. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

RICHARD BYRD -- Naturalist talks about animal hibernation, Saturday at 10. Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 2. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

RIVIERA BEACH -- Crafts for all ages, Tuesday at 7. 1130 Duvall Hwy. 410-222-6285.

SHERWOOD -- Videos and activities for ages 2 to 6, Wednesday at 1:30. 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. 703-765-3645.

SHIRLINGTON -- Stories for all ages, 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.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 11. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 3, 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.

WOODROW WILSON -- Art activities for ages 6 to 12, Tuesday at 3:30. Stories and crafts for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 2:30. 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. 703-820-8774.