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Performances

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

"TOYLAND" by the Puppet Co., through Nov. 21. 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.

"THE TALE OF THE FISHERMAN and the Golden Fish," 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" -- Saturday and Sunday at 3. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"FINDING NEMO" by Disney on Ice, Friday at 7:30; Saturday at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:30; Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30. $14 to $45 plus service charges. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202-397-7328 or 410-347-2010.

"I WAS A TEENAGE ZUCCHINI" by The Children's Theater, through Oct. 31. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30, Sunday at 3. $10, seniors, children and students $8. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154.

AMAZONES, LES PERCUSSIONS De Guinea, women's African dance and drumming troupe, Wednesday at 10:30 and 12:15. $7. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710.

"MOLLY'S PILGRIM" -- through Dec. 5. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $7. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

PUMPKIN PARTY and costume parade, with entertainment by Nicolo Whimsey, Saturday at noon. $10. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

"THE LIGHT OF EXCALIBUR" -- an adaptation of the King Arthur legend, through Nov. 7. Friday at 7, Saturday at 11 and 1, Sunday at 1. $14. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

SPENCER "SPINNY" JOHNSON -- basketball wizardry and comedy, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"BUNNICULA" -- the adventures of a vampire bunny, 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.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY Orchestra -- Saturday at 10 and 11:30, conducted by Andrew Constantine in a children's program, "Anansi the Spider and Other Bugs, Birds and Beasts," narrated by Rheda Becker. $12 to $18. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. 410-783-8000 or 800-442-1198.

Special Events

HARVEST FESTIVAL -- Saturday 11 to 2, for ages 2 to 12. Games, contests, climbing wall. $4. Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. 301-583-2400.

FALL FESTIVAL -- Saturday 1 to 8. Hayrides, games, animals, movies. $5, under 3 free; family maximum $20. Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 24th St., Arlington. 703-228-6535.

"IMAGINASIA" -- Saturday and Sunday 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).

"SEUSS AND SOUSA" -- Activities celebrating the 100th birthay anniversary of author Dr. Seuss and the 150th birthday anniversary of composer John Philip Sousa. Saturday: Dr. Seuss-related cartoons, at 10:30; book discussion by author Richard Minear, at noon; entertainment by Kindred Spirit, at 2 and 3. Sunday: the 1952 feature film "Stars and Stripes Forever," at noon, followed by speakers and performances. Reservations required. National Archives, Ninth and Constitution NW. 202-501-5000.

For Halloween

MYSTERY HALLOWEEN PARTY -- Friday 4 to 6, for ages 6 to 12. Meet children's authors, with readings, games, snacks. Reservations required. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664.

"SPOOKTACULAR" -- Friday 4 to 6. Haunted house, games, snacks. Donations of canned goods requested. YMCA Ayrlawn Program Center, 5650 Oakmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-530-3725.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- Friday and Saturday 5 to 9; $3. Non-scary show for younger children, Saturday 11 to 4; $5. Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. 703-207-4000.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- Friday- Sunday 6 to 11. $12. "Middleton Manor," Bowie Baysox Stadium, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-805-6000.

"MARKOFF'S HAUNTED FOREST" -- Friday-Sunday 6:30 to 10:30. Haunted trail, hayrides, bonfires. $20. Camp Calleva, Martinsburg Road off White's Ferry Road, Poolesville. 301-216-1248.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- Friday and Saturday 7 to 10. Residents $4, non-residents $5. Allentown Fitness & Splash Park, 7210 Allentown Rd., Fort Washington. 301-449-5567.

HAUNTED PARK -- Friday and Saturday 7:30 to 10:45, guided tours of Glyndon Park for ages 5 and older. $3; purchase tickets at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. 703-255-6330.

GHOST TRAIN -- Saturday and Sunday 10 to 6, a train ride through Burke Woods; last train leaves at 5:15. $3, under 2 free. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Rd., Fairfax Station. 703-323-6600.

"GOBLIN GAMES" -- Saturday 1 to 5, "lights-on" activities for ages 2 to 7. Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. 703-866-7171.

HORROR DOUBLE FEATURE -- Saturday at 7, "20 Million Miles to Earth" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (3-D glasses provided). $10. Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123.

STORYTELLING AND CAMPFIRE -- Saturday at 7. $2. Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale. 301-464-5291.

COSTUMES ON ICE -- Sunday 7 to 9. Free for anyone in costume, $5 for others. Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park. 301-277-3717.

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, 202-397-7328 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.

ARLINGTON PLANETARIUM -- "The Cowboy Astronomer," through Nov. 21. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3. $3, seniors and ages under 12 $2. 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington.

703-228-6070.

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.

DISCOVERY CREEK CHILDREN'S Museum -- Drop-in programs, Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3, through Feb. 27. $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

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

CENTREVILLE -- Stories for ages 4 to 5, Tuesday at 1:30, and for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 1:30. 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.

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

GREAT FALLS -- Stories for ages 1 to 5, Monday at 10:30. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

HERNDON -- Panda parade, Thursday at 2 for ages 3 to 5. 768 Center St. 703-437-8855.

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, Tuesday 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.

RESTON -- Harry Potter party for ages 6 to 12, Sunday at 12:15. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.