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Performances

These events for children and families are free unless a fee is noted. Regular schedules for continuing events appear here, but many sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Call before you visit.

"TOYLAND" by the Puppet Co., Friday at 10 and 11:30. $7. Reservations recommended. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

"COYOTE TALES" by Discovery Theatre, Friday at 10 and 11:30. $5, children $4. Arena Stage Old Vat Room, Sixth and M SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

OPERA THEATRE OF NORTHERN Virginia -- Mozart's "The Magic Flute," adapted for young audiences, Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 4:15. $12, ages under 14 $6. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-528-1433.

"HONK" -- a comic musical adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling," Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3. $8 to $10. Carl Sandburg School, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-360-0686.

"THE CRICKET PROJECT" by Redlight-Greenlight Youth Theatre, an adaptation of Dickens' "The Cricket on the Hearth," Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30, Sunday at 2. $12. Gaithersburg Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394.

"THE LION, THE WITCH and the Wardrobe" by Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"FABLES AND FUN" by the Erika Thimey Dance & Theater Company, Saturday at 11 and 2. $10. Black Box Theater, Montgomery College, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park. 202-547-1890.

"BURATINO, A RUSSIAN Pinocchio Story," through March 6. Saturday and Sunday at noon. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-0660.

"MIKE OFFUTT'S SCIENCE Safari for Kids," Saturday at 1. $10. Black Rock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown. 301-528-2260.

"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.

"THIS OLD FAIRYTALE" -- through Dec. 26. Saturday and Sunday at 3. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-0660.

"THE BALINESE FROG PRINCE" and "Manu and the Fish" by Practical Cats Theatre Productions, Sunday at 3 and 4:30. $9. Smith Theatre Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-480-9950.

"COYOTE TALES," Monday and Tuesday 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.

Special Events

"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.

OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE -- Saturday at 8, tour, lecture and stargazing at the University of Maryland Observatory, Metzerott Road at University Boulevard, College Park. 301-405-6555.

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.

GARGOYLE'S DEN -- Saturday 10 to 2, for ages 6 to 12. Explore mosaics, stained glass, stone carving and crafts. $5 for up to four participants; $1 per additional person. Reservations required for groups larger than 10. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-2934.

CLAUDE MOORE COLONIAL FARM -- "18th-Century Harvest Threshing Day," Sunday 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 -- "Fall on the Farm," Saturday noon to 1:30, storytelling, turkey talk and wagon ride. 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.

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 for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 7. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

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

FAIRFAX CITY -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 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.

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.

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

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. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

POHICK -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Monday at 1:30. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

SPAULDINGS -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Monday at 7. 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.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Storytelling by Elaine Muray, Saturday at 2 for ages 6 to 12. 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.