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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. 19. 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.

CASHORE MARIONETTES -- Friday at 10:30 and 12:15, Saturday at 11. $5. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710.

"COYOTE TALES" -- through Nov. 23. Friday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday at noon. 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 LIGHT OF EXCALIBUR" -- an adaptation of the King Arthur legend, through Sunday. 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).

"RUMPLESTILTSKIN'S DAUGHTER" -- Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"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.

"COYOTE TALES" by Adventure Theater, through Nov. 12. Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 and 11:30. Adults $5, children $4. Round House Theater, 8641 Colseville Rd., Silver Spring. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

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

MILKSHAKE -- songs and music by Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl, Sunday at 3. $10, children $6. Iota Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340.

"PETER AND THE WOLF" by Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater, Sunday at 3. $8 to $25. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-228-2828 (TDD: 202-228-2838).

DOVIE THOMASON SICKLES -- Native American folk tales, Sunday at 6. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

THE WIGGLES -- music and movement, Tuesday at 3 and 6:30. $18 to $33 plus service charges. MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328 or 202-628-3200.

Special Events

"EXPLORE ISLAMIC ART" -- Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 6, in conjunction with " Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum." Hands-on art activities, readings, exhibition tours, music by the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble. East Building of the National Gallery of Art, Fourth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215.

COSTUME CONTEST -- Saturday at 11, with entertainment by John Henry England. $4. All Saints All Day Childcare at All Saints Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase. 301-654-5339.

"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).

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 -- Help the farm family repair split rail fences, Saturday 1 to 4. 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 -- View 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.

DOLLEY MADISON -- Interactive magic show for ages 2 to 6, Friday at 10:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- Storytime for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 5904 Kolb St. 301-883-2700.

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

HILLCREST HEIGHTS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday 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.

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

KING'S PARK -- Activities for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 3. 10:30. 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. 703-978-5600.

LAUREL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7, and for ages 6 to 9, Wednesday at 7:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

LORTON -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday 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.

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.