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Performances

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

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL -- "Vareka," through Oct. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8, Sunday at 1 and 5, Tuesday-Wednesday at 8, Thursday at 4 and 8. $55 to $75; seniors and ages 13 to 17 $49.50 to $67.60; ages 2 to 12 $38.50 to $52.50. Parking $15. RFK Stadium parking lots, 22nd and East Capitol streets. 800-678-5440 (service charges added).

"RED HAWK SPEAKS" -- Native American stories and music, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"RAPUNZEL" by the Puppet Co., through Sept. 26. 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.

"LA BELLA DURMIENTE" ("Sleeping Beauty") by Teatro de la Luna, in Spanish, through Oct. 9. Saturday at 11:30. $7, ages 12 and younger free. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-882-6227 or 703-548-3092.

CATHY FINK & MARCY MARXER -- folk music duo, Saturday at 11:45. Free. Borders Books, 8518 Fenton St., Silver Spring. 301-585-0550.

"THE TALE OF THE FISHERMAN and the Golden Fish," through Oct. 30. Saturday and Sunday at noon. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"CARIBOU SONG" AND "HOW THE Raven Stole the Sun," adaptations of Native American tales in music and dance, Saturday at 3:30. Free, but tickets required. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

"OH, SUSANNAH!" -- songs and movement by Susan McNelis, Tuesday at 10:30. $4. Jammin' Java, 231 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566.

MILKSHAKE -- rock songs and lullabies, Wednesday at 12:30. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1245 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

BIG APPLE CIRCUS -- "Picturesque," through Oct. 11. Thursday at 7. $15 to $44. Dulles Town Center, Route 7 and Route 28, Dulles. 202-397-7328 (service charges added) or 800-922-3772.

"SESAME STREET LIVE: Elmo's Coloring Book," through Sept. 26. Thursday at 7. Opening night $11, all other shows $13, $16 and $21 plus service charges. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202-397-7328 or 410-347-2010.

Special Events

MUSEUM ANNIVERSARY Celebration -- Saturday 10:30 to 2, music, dancing, folk tales, snacks to commemorate the museum's 25th anniversary. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE -- Sunday 1 to 4, by the Northern Virginia NTRAK club. $2, ages 4 to 10 $1. Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-425-9225.

Nature

NATIONAL ZOO -- Grounds open daily 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., most animal buildings and Amazonia open 10 to 6 (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, 202-397-7328 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

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, depending on options selected, $14-$19.50, ages 4 to 12 $9.50-$13.50. Open Friday 10 to 5, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 11 to 5, Tuesday-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.

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 -- "Colonial Rail Burning," help the farm family build a bonfire from old fence rails, Saturday 4:30 to 7:30. 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 -- 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

ASPEN HILL -- Stories for preschoolers, Tuesday at 10:30. 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. 301-871-2094.

BADEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. 301-888-1152.

BELTSVILLE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 4319 Sellman Rd. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Monday at 1 and Thursday at 10:30, and for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 7. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

CHANTILLY -- Songs and stories for all ages, Tuesday at 7. 4000 Stringfellow Rd., Chantilly. 703-502-3883.

DOLLEY MADISON -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Friday at 12:30. Activities for all ages, Monday at 7:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Music for all ages by Tim Gregory and Nada Brahma, Saturday at 2. 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.

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

GREAT FALLS -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 1. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

GREENBELT -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 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 -- Silly Socks Puppet Theatre, Saturday at 2. 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria. 703-971-0010.

KINGSTOWNE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Monday at 10:30. 500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

KING'S PARK -- Stories for ages 1 to 5, Friday at noon. 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. 703-978-5600.

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 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.

LORTON -- Stories for ages 5 and up, Monday at 7. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

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

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

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.

RESTON -- Magic show by the Great Zucchini, Saturday at 10:30 for ages 2 to 6. Science activities for ages 4 to 6, Thursday at 10:30. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

SPAULDINGS -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Monday at 7, and for ages 3 to 5, 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, and Wednesday at 7. 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Stories and crafts for ages 2 to 6, Wednesday at 10:30. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 11. 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.