CarouselThese events for children and families are free unless a fee is noted. Regular schedules for continuing events appear here, but many sites will be closed on New Year's Day; call before you visit.

Performances "THE NUTCRACKER" by the Puppet Co., 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.

"SESAME STREET LIVE: 1-2-3 Imagine!," Friday at 10:30 and 7, Saturday at 10:30 and 2:30, Sunday at 1 and 4:30. $13 to $21 plus service charges. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 202-432-7328.

"AMELIA BEDELIA" -- through Jan. 12. Friday at 11:30 and 2; Saturday at 12:30, 3 and 6:30; Sunday at 12:30 and 3; Monday and Tuesday at 11:30 and 2. $7.50. Reservations recommended. BAPA's Imagination Stage, Level Two, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-881-5106.

MAGGIE SANSONE -- Celtic folk music, Friday at 1:30 and 3:30. $6. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER" -- 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).

"A HOLIDAY HAPPENING" -- Friday at 7; Saturday at 1, 4 and 7. $7. The Young Artists Theater, Cherry Tree Center, routes 29 and 216, Laurel. 301-604-2844.

"THE NIGHTINGALE" -- the tale of an emperor who learns lessons about friendship and freedom from a singing nightingale, Friday at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday 1:30 and 3:30. $13. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

"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.

"THE MAGICAL GENIE" -- Saturday at 11. $6. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. 703-792-4218.

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

"THE NUTCRACKER" by Green Parrot Puppet Theatre, through Jan. 12. Saturday and Sunday at noon. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. 703-824-6200.

MATTHEW PAULL -- clowning, Saturday at 1:30 and 3:30. $6. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"CINDERELLA'S WISH" by Landless Theater Company, Saturday and Sunday at 2. $8. Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770.

"THE SNOW QUEEN" by the Children's Theatre, through Jan. 5. Saturday and Sunday at 3. $10, seniors, students and children $7. Reservations recommended. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154.

"THE LION, THE WITCH and the Wardrobe," Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $6. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"SIR GAWAIN & THE GREEN Knight" by Redlight-Greenlight Youth Theatre, Sunday at 2. $8. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

"THE CITY PRINCE" -- an interactive fable, Monday at 1:30. $6. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"THE THREE MUSKETEERS" -- Tuesday at 1:30. $6. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

Special Events KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- Friday at 7. Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum. 301-853-2005.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- Friday at 7. Montgomery and Prince George's county residents $2; others $3. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. 301-203-6040.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- Saturday at noon. Montgomery and Prince George's county residents $2; others $3. Columbia Park/Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. 301-386-2278.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- Sunday 2 to 5, with entertainment by the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble and the Griot Circle of Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. 410-396-7100.

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 -- 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.

Places to Visit

CAPITAL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM -- Exhibitions: "Cuba: En Foco," photographs by Cuban children, through Tuesday; "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.

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 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., Ellicot City. 410-461-1945.

Library Programs

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, 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.

GLENARDEN -- Stories for ages 4 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 8724 Glenarden Pkwy. 301-772-5477.

GREENBELT -- Stories 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 -- 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. 6530 Adelphi Rd. 301-985-4690.

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, Thursday at 10:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

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

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

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