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

Performances

"THE RELUCTANT DRAGON" by Bob Brown Puppets, Friday and Saturday at 10. $5 per show, $8 for both on same day. Advance purchase recommended. Theatre in the Woods, Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1868.

"FRACTURED FAIRY TALES" by Box of Light Theatre Company, Friday at 10 and 11:30. Adults $5, children $4. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

"THE WIZARD OF OZ" 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.

"THE WORLD OF MUSIC" by Nada Brahma, Friday and Saturday at 11:15. $5 per show, $8 for both on same day. Advance purchase recommended. Theatre in the Woods, Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1868.

THE KINDERMAN -- Friday at 11:30. Wilde Lake Village Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia. 443-367-0110.

FLUMPA & FRIENDS -- songs and dances about nature by a giant rainforest tree frog, Friday at 11:30. Kings Contrivance Village Center, 8600 Guilford Rd., Columbia. 443-367-0110.

TURNER, DEAN OF MAGIC -- Friday at 6. Harper's Choice Village Center, 5485 Harper's Farm Rd., Columbia. 443-367-0110.

"THE TALE OF THE FISHERMAN and the Golden Fish," adapted from a poem by Alexander Pushkin, through Aug. 14. Saturday and Sunday at noon. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

PIRATE JACK -- Saturday at 10. Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr., Reston. 703-471-5415 or 703-324-8680.

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY BRASS Quintet, Saturday at 10. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-323-6601 or 703-324-8680.

CAROUSEL PUPPETS -- Saturday at 10. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 5040 Walney Rd., Centreville. 703-631-0013

THE GOODLIFE THEATER -- Saturday at 10. Mason District Park, Newton W. Edwards Amphitheater, 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale. 703-941-1730 or 703-324-8680.

"HABITATS OF THE WORLD" by the Catoctin Zoo, Saturday at 7. Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. 301-228-2844.

"MERLIN AND THE CAVE OF Dreams" -- an adaptation of the King Arthur legend, through Aug. 15. Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30, Tuesday-Thursday at 10:30. $7.50 to $12. Reservations recommended. Imagination Stage Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660.

"THE BARKER OF SEVILLE" by Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, Sunday at 6:30. Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. 301-779-0371.

TRACEY ELDRIDGE -- music and movement, Monday at 10:30. City Hall Concert Pavilion, 27 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350.

"KNOCK ON WOOD" by Tappers With Attitude, through July 24. Tuesday- Thursday at 10. $5 per show, $8 for both on same day. Advance purchase recommended. Theatre in the Woods, Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1868.

"AGOO! AMEE!" by Anansegromma, through July 23. Tuesday-Thursday at 10 and 11:30. Adults $5, children $4. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

AFRICAN HERITAGE DANCERS & Drummers, Tuesday-Thursday at 10 and noon. $6. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710 (TDD: 301-277-0312).

"THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE" by Imagination Stage, through July 24. Tuesday-Thursday at 11:15. $5 per show, $8 for both on same day. Advance purchase recommended. Theatre in the Woods, Wolf Trap Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-218-6500 or 703-255-1868.

PAUL HADFIELD -- comedy and movement, Tuesday at 7:30. Falls Grove Park, 400 Casey Lane, Rockville. 240-314-8682.

"DREAMOSAURUS" by Dinorock Productions, through Sept. 5. Wednesday-Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $7. Reservations recommended. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

RHODES TAVERN TROUBADOURS -- rock 'n' roll for all ages, Thursday at 9:30 and 11:30. $6, under 3 free. Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-530-0540.

"KNIGHTTIME" by Bob Brown Puppets, Thursday at 10 and 7:30. $3. Locust Shade Park, 4701 Locust Shade Dr., Triangle. 703-221-8579.

"ANIMAL TALES" by the Tent Troupe, Thursday at 2. Montpelier Mansion lawn, Route 197 at Montpelier Drive, Laurel. 301-776-2805.

THE KINDERMAN -- Thursday at 6. Hickory Ridge Village Center, Freetown Road and Cedar Lane, Columbia. 443-367-0110.

Special Events

"IMAGINASIA" -- Tuesday at 2, Wednesday at 2 and Thursday at 6. Art tour and workshop for ages 6 to 14. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

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). 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 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; "Exploring the Universe," Saturday and Sunday at 4 for ages 7 and up; planetarium show for younger children, Wednesday at 4 for ages 2 to 10. 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, 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 -- Drop-in programs, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3, through Aug. 29. $5, seniors $3, under age 2 free. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 202-337-5111.

LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK -- Petting zoo and related activities, open Friday-Sunday 10 to 5, Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 3. $7.95, seniors and ages 2 through 12 $5.95, younger free. 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg. 703-433-0002.

CATHEDRAL CRAFTS -- Saturday 10 to 2, for ages 6 to 12. Explore mosaics, stained glass, stone carving and crafts. $7; reservations required for groups larger than 10. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-2934.

CLAUDE MOORE COLONIAL FARM -- An 18th-century summer market fair, Saturday and Sunday 11 to 4:30, with entertainment, crafts, food vendors ($5, seniors and ages 3 to 12 $2.50). Visit a re-creation of an 18th-century family farm, open Friday- Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday from 10 to 4:30. $3, seniors and ages 3 to 12 $2. 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-847-0710.

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).

OLD STONE HOUSE -- Tour the 1765 structure Friday-Sunday and Wednesday- Thursday noon to 5. 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.

TROLLEY MUSEUM -- Ride European and American trolleys, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5. Exhibits free; rides $3, seniors and ages 2 through 17 $2. Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Silver Spring. 301-384-6088.

B&O RAILROAD STATION MUSEUM -- 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

ARLINGTON CENTRAL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Friday at 10 and Thursday at 7. Readers' Theater, Tuesday at 3:30 for all ages. 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5946.

AURORA HILLS -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715.

CENTREVILLE -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Monday at 10:30. 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.

CHERRYDALE -- Magician Joe Romano, Monday at 7 for all ages. Stories for all ages, Wednesday at 7. 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6330.

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

DOLLEY MADISON -- Magician Joe Romano, Thursday at 2:30 for ages 6 to 12. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 10:30. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

GEORGE MASON -- Ssuuna, music and dance of Uganda, Saturday at 1 for all ages. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GLENCARLYN -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7:30. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

HERNDON -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 11. Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 2. 768 Center St. 703-437-8855.

JOHN MARSHALL -- "Rumplestiltskin" by the Stevens Puppets, Saturday at 2:30. 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria. 703-971-0010.

KINGSTOWNE -- Activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Thursday at 10:30. 500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

KING'S PARK -- Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Saturday at 2. Native American stories and music by Kevin Locke, Wednesday at 10:30 for ages 6 to 12. 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. 703-978-5600.

LORTON -- Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Tuesday at 3. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Magician Joe Romano, Tuesday at 2:30 for ages 6 to 12. 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-768-6700.

PATRICK HENRY -- Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Tuesday at 7:30. 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-938-0405.

POHICK -- Magician Joe Romano, Tuesday at 10:30 for ages 6 to 12. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

RESTON -- Ssuuna, music and dance of Uganda, Saturday at 3:30 for all ages. Tall tales for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 10:30. Native American stories and music by Kevin Locke, Tuesday at 10:30 for ages 6 to 12. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

RICHARD BYRD -- Ssunna, music and dance of Uganda, Saturday at 10:15 for all ages. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

SHERWOOD -- Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Thursday at 2. 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. 703-765-3645.

SHIRLINGTON -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Native American music and stories by Kevin Locke, Tuesday at 2:30. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- "Beauty and the Beast" by the Stevens Puppets, Saturday at 11. Native American music and stories by Kevin Locke, Wednesday at 2:30. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

WESTOVER -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-5260.