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Performances

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

DIANE MACKLIN -- storyteller, 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.

ROBERT STRONG AND FRIENDS -- Friday at 10 and 11:30. Magic, juggling and comedy. Adults $5, children $4. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or

202-357-3030.

"DREAMOSAURUS" by Dinorock Productions, through Sept. 5. Friday at 10 and 11:30; Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1; 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.

"THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE" -- through Aug. 15. Friday at 10:30, Saturday at 3:30, Thursday at 10:30. $7.50 to $12. Reservations recommended. Imagination Stage Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660.

DANCE INSTITUTE OF Washington -- "Petrouchka," 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.

MR. DAVE -- magician, Friday at 6. River Hill Village Center, 6030 Daybreak Circle, 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.

"THE ADVENTURES OF A BEAR Called Paddington," through Aug. 29. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $7. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

LAURIE BERKNER -- music, Saturday at 7. Free. 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. 8. Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 10:30. $7.50 to $12. Reservations recommended. Imagination Stage Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660.

MARYLAND YOUTH BALLET -- "Caroline Goes to the Ballet," through Aug. 7. 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.

MARK JASTER -- "Piccolo's Trunk," mime and movement, through Aug. 7. 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.

SSUUNA -- music and stories, Tuesday at 7:30. Courthouse Square, Maryland Avenue and Jefferson Street, Rockville. 240-314-8682.

Special Events

"IMAGINASIA" -- Tuesday-Thursday at 2. 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 (last admission 4:30). Adults $5, seniors $4, ages 2 to 10 $2, younger 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 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; "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 -- Free admission, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5. Exhibitions: "Brain Teasers"; "Japan: Through the Eyes of a Child"; "Chemical Science Center"; "Mexico"; "Animation"; "Cityscapes." Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5. Regular prices $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 -- 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 -- 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).

COLVIN RUN MILL -- Tour the 19th-century gristmill 11 to 5 daily except Tuesday. Adults $5, children $3. 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-759-2771.

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.

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 -- 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.

TOP OF THE WORLD -- Presentation about Baltimore and a view of the city from the 27th floor observation level. Open Sunday through Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 10 to 9. $4, seniors $3, ages 3 to 16 $2. World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-837-8439.

Library Programs

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

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

BADEN -- "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" by the Rainbow Company, Tuesday at 7 for ages 6 to 12. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. 301-888-1152.

BELTSVILLE -- Hispanic tales by Daria Barbieri, Thursday at 2 for ages 6 to 12. 4319 Sellman Rd. 301-937-0294.

CHERRYDALE -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, 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.

GEORGE MASON -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GLENARDEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 8724 Glenarden Pkwy. 301-772-5477.

GREENBELT -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800.

HERNDON -- Family stories by Barbara Effron, Wednesday at 7. 768 Center St. 703-437-8855.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30. Folk music by Bruce Hutton, Wednesday at 6:30 for ages 6 to 12. 2398 Iverson St. 301-630-4900.

HYATTSVILLE -- Stories in Spanish and English for ages 3 to 6, Saturday at 10:30. "Reptile World," Thursday at 7 for ages 6 to 12. 6530 Adelphi Rd. 301-985-4690.

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30 and Thursday at 11. "Goombay the Carribbean Experience," Thursday at 11 for ages 3 to 5. 9601 Capital Lane, Upper Marlboro. 301-336-4044.

LAUREL -- Hispanic tales by Daria Barbieri, Monday at 7 for ages 6 to 12. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7 and Thursday at 10:30. Stories for ages 6 to 9, Wednesday at 7:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

NEW CARROLLTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, Saturday at 10:30 and Tuesday at 7. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

POHICK -- "Rumpelstiltskin" by Stevens Puppets, Thursday at 10:30 and noon. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

RESTON -- Activities for ages 4 to 5, Friday at 10:30. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

RICHARD BYRD -- "Rumpelstiltskin" by Stevens Puppets, Saturday at 10:30. Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

SHIRLINGTON -- Magician Joe Romano, Tuesday at 4. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

SPAULDINGS -- "Reptile World," Tuesday at 1 for ages 6 to 12. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. 301-817-3750.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Chemistry workshop for ages 6 to 12, Tuesday at 2. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

UPPER MARLBORO -- Folk music by Bruce Hutton, Tuesday at 2 for ages 6 to 12. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Wednesday at 11. 14730 Main St. 301-629-9330.

WESTOVER -- Storyteller Diane Macklin, Wednesday at 4. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7:30. 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-5260.