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Performances

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

"GALAPAGOS GEORGE" -- by the Puppet Co., through Oct. 10. Friday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1. $7. Reservations recommended. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

BIG APPLE CIRCUS -- "Picturesque," through Oct. 11. Friday at 7, Saturday-Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30, Tuesday-Wednesday at 7, Thursday at 11 and 7. $15 to $44. Dulles Town Center, Route 7 and Route 28, Dulles. 202-397-7328 (service charges added) or 800-922-3772.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL -- "Varekai," through Oct. 24. Friday at 8, Saturday at 4 and 8, Sunday at 1 and 5, 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).

"THE ADVENTURES OF TOM Sawyer" by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. $20, ages 12 and younger $10. Center for the Arts Concert Hall, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-218-6500 or 703-993-8888.

"UNDER YOUR NOSE: EXPLORING the Obvious" by the Goza Family Players, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"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.

"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.

"A GENIE NAMED KHATAB" -- through Oct. 30. Saturday and Sunday at 3. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"OH SUSANNAH!" -- songs and movement by Susan McNelis. Saturday at 2: Tyson's Corner Center, Route 7 and International Drive, McLean; 703-893-9400. Tuesday at 10:30 ($4): Jammin' Java, 231 Maple Ave. E., Vienna; 703-255-1566.

"BUNNICULA" -- the adventures of a vampire bunny rabbit, through Nov. 7. Saturday at 3:30 and 7, Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30. $10 to $15. Reservations recommended. Imagination Stage Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660.

"POCHITO'S PRIDE: LIVING IN Two Languages," through Oct. 8. 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.

PETER McCORY -- one-man band, Wednesday at 12:30. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1245 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

Special Events

"GEOLOGY ROCKS!" -- Saturday 10 to 4. Geology and mineral science exhibits, hands-on arts and crafts activities, story corner; concerts by Billy B. at 12:30 and 2. National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution NW. 202-633-1000 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

"KINDERFEST" -- Sunday noon to 5. Entertainment by Catfish Hodge, the Crawdaddies and others; carnival games; pony rides; hayrides; food vendors. Activity fees. Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6700.

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 -- 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

CENTREVILLE -- Stories for ages 4 to 5, Tuesday at 1:30. 14200 St. Germaine Dr., Centreville. 703-830-2223.

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

GEORGE MASON -- Local authors discuss Negro League baseball, Thursday at 7 for all ages. 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800.

GREAT FALLS -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 11. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

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

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

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30. 9601 Capital Lane, Upper Marlboro. 301-336-4044.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 7. 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-768-6700.

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

PATRICK HENRY -- Stories for preschoolers, Wednesday at 10:30. 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-938-0405.

POHICK -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:15. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.