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

Performances

"OH SUSANNAH" -- songs and movement by Susan McNelis, Friday at 9:30. Cabin John Mall, 11325 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac. 301-765-7719.

"DRAGON TALES" by the Puppet Co., through Feb. 16. 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.

LES PERCUSSIONS DE GUINEE -- Friday at 10 and noon. $7. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710 (TDD: 301-277-0312).

"THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and the Very Quiet Cricket," Friday at 7, Saturday at 11 and 1, and Sunday at 1. $13. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

"HARLEM" by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Saturday at 11. $6, seniors, students and children $5. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.

"CIRCUS ON STRINGS" by Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets, Saturday at 11 and 12:30. $6. Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Lucketts. 703-444-9426.

HUA HUA ZHANG -- Chinese puppets, Saturday at 1. $6.50. Black Rock Center for the Arts, Route 118 and Middlebrook Road, Germantown. 301-528-2260.

"BRAVE IRENE" -- through Feb. 23. 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 ARABOOLIES OF LIBERTY Street" by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Saturday at 2 and 4:15. $12, under 14 $6. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-528-1433.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK -- Saturday at 6. $12. People's Congregational Chruch, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-432-7328 or 202-785-9727.

STEP AFRIKA! -- through Jan. 26. Monday at 7:30. $13. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

"THE CIRCLE OF LIFE" -- songs and stories by Magpie, Wednesday at 10:30. $6. Silver Spring Nursery School, 10309 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-588-4475.

"AGOO! AMEE!: CALL AND Response with Anansegromma," through Jan. 24. Thursday at 10 and 11:30 for ages 3 to 9. Adults $5, children $4. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"SING DOWN THE MOON" -- musical adaptations of Appalachian folk tales, by Theater of the First Amendment, through Jan. 25. Thursday at 7. $25, under age 13 $12.50. Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

"THE WIZARD OF OZ" by Musical Theater Center youth troupes, through Jan. 25. Thursday at 7. $13.50, $11.50 for children, students and seniors. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-251-5766.

Special Events FAMILY CARTOON FESTIVAL -- Friday at 7:30. $6. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-228-2828 (TDD: 301-228-2838).

STORYBOOK FESTIVAL -- Saturday noon to 2, with live entertainment, crafts projects, roaming storybook characters and storytelling by Janet Morgan Stoeke. $7. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE -- Sunday 1 to 4. $2, ages 4 to 10 $1, under 4 free. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-425-9225.

MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY -- Sunday 1 to 5, see two 12-by-65-foot operating layouts. $3 to $5 donation requested. Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, 225 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore. 410-837-2763.

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: "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: "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.

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 and Sunday noon to 5. $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 -- Holiday model train exhibit, through Jan. 26. 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

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

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

ASPEN HILL -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. 301-871-2094.

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

ELLEN COOLIDGE BURKE -- Stories in Spanish, Saturday at 11. 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.

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

FAIRFAX CITY -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

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

GEORGE MASON -- Learn how animals cope with winter, Saturday at 11 for ages 5 and up. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GLENARDEN -- Stories for ages 4 to 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 -- Stories and songs for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 11. 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.

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.

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

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

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 6 to 9, Wednesday at 3:45. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7 and Thursday at 10:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

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

MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL -- "Songs and Traditions of Chinese New Year" by Cynthia Lin, Saturday at 2. 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1183.

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.

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

SHIRLINGTON -- Stories and activities 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 storytime, Wednesday at 7. 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- "Aladdin" and "Rapunzel" by Starworkz, Saturday at 3:30 for ages 2 to 6. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

UPPER MARLBORO -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Thursday at 11. 14730 Main St. 301-629-9330.