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

Performances

"PINOCCHIO" by the Puppet Co., through April 6. 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.

"TIME CAPSULE IN A MILK CAN: Emanuel Ringelbaum and the Secret Archives of the Warsaw Ghetto," through March 30 for ages 6 and up. Friday and Tuesday at 10:15 and 11:30, Marc Spiegel portrays a historian who helps preserve stories in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1939. Presented by the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

"OH, SUSANNAH!" -- concert by Susan McNelis, Friday at noon. Marley Station, 7900 Gov. Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. 410-766-2033.

"A LIGHT IN THE STORM" -- the story of a young girl and her family living in a Delaware lighthouse during the Civil War, through March 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).

"DISORDER IN THE COURT" by Young Artists Theater, through May 18. Friday at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7, Sunday at 2. $7. Young Artists Theater, Cherry Tree Center, Route 29 at Route 216, Laurel. 301-604-2844.

"RINGLING BROTHERS AND Barnum & Bailey Circus," through Sunday. Friday at 7:30; Saturday at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:30; Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30. $12 to $35 plus service charges. First Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202-432-7328, 410-481-7328 or 410-347-2010.

"NEXT STOP, BROADWAY!" by Musical Theater Center youth ensembles, Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30. $15.50, seniors, students and children $13.50. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 301-251-5766.

ALICE McGILL -- storytelling, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"GALAPAGOS GEORGE" by Barefoot Puppets, Saturday at 10. $6. Cramer Center, 9008 Center St., Manassas. 703-792-4234.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Saturday at 11, conducted by Lara Webb in "Brilliant Brass," a family program narrated by Rheda Becker. $12. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.

THE CASHORE MARIONETTES -- Saturday at 11 and 1:30. $9. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-9223.

"CINDERELLA EATS RICE AND Beans: A Salsa Fairytale," Saturday and 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 BLUE CROW" -- Saturday and Sunday at 1. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"WALKING THE WINDS" -- seven American folk stories, through April 6. 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.

"PETER PAN" by Box of Light Theatre, Saturday at 4. $6 in advance, $8 at door. NOAA Auditorium, 1301 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. 301-588-4475.

"RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME, Wright Brothers," a musical about Orville and Wilbur Wright, Saturday at 7. $7. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029.

RED GRAMMER -- songs and stories, Sunday at 2. $6 to $10. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-228-2828.

TRINITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA -- Sunday at 3, in a children's program. $20. Trinity Theater, 36th and O NW. 301-926-7079.

ROCKVILLE CONCERT BAND -- Sunday at 3, conducted by Vince Patterson in a children's program. F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville. 240-314-8620.

"BUBBLEMANIA!" -- through March 29. Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 11:30. Adults $5, children $4. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500.

"RINGLING BROTHERS AND Barnum & Bailey Circus," through April 6. Wednesday-Thursday at 8. $11 to $40. Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-432-7328 or 703-993-3000.

Special Events SCHOOL FAIR -- Saturday 10 to 2. Games, moon bounce. Activity fees. Lemon Road Elementary School, 7230 Idylwood Rd., Falls Church. 703-848-0793.

"IMAGINASIA" -- 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.

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 Friday 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 -- Make paper cherry blossoms, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 2:30 for ages 6 and up. Exhibitions: "From Eritrea and Ethiopia With Love," paintings by Betty LaDuke, through March 29; "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.

DISCOVERY CREEK CHILDREN'S Museum -- "Earthly Delights," Saturday 10 to 3, Sunday 11 to 3. $5, seniors $3. 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.

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 -- "Women's Work on the Farm," a tribute to farm women in American history, Saturday 10 to 2:30. 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 -- "Snow Sweeper Day," Saturday noon to 5. 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 -- "The Civil War: Role of the B&O Railroad," through May 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 5 to 7, Wednesday at 4. 5005 Duke St. 703-519-5000.

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 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 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.

ELLEN COOLIDGE BURKE -- 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.

CHANTILLY -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 7. 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. 703-502-3883.

CHERRYDALE -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, Wednesday at 7. 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6330.

CLEVELAND PARK -- Music for winds by Ventos Alegres, Saturday at 2. Films for preschoolers, Wednesday at 11. Connecticut and Macomb NW. 202-727-1345.

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

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

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

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. 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.

JUANITA THORNTON -- Activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-576-7114.

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30. 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.

MT. PLEASANT -- Activities for ages 2 to 5, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15. 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 10:15. 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 11:15. 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-2400.

PARKLANDS-TURNER -- Films for ages 2 to 5, Friday and Monday at 10:30. Alabama Avenue and Stanton Road SE. 202-767-7199.

RICHARD BYRD -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 11. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

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.

TAKOMA PARK -- Films for preschoolers, Wednesday at 11. Fifth and Cedar NW. 202-727-1385.

TENLEY-FRIENDSHIP -- Films for preschoolers, Wednesday at 10:30. Wisconsin and Albemarle NW. 202-727-1389.

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

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Thursday at 10:30. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

UPPER MARLBORO -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Wednesday 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.