Below is a sampling of free children's events in the area. Some may require registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children's programs are also listed weekly in Weekend's Carousel section.

The District

CAPITOL VIEW -- 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Films, Thursdays at 11. Ages 3-5.

CHEVY CHASE -- 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021. Story time and crafts, Tuesdays at 3:45. Ages 3-6.

CLEVELAND PARK -- 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Preschool films, Wednesday and Sept. 28 at 4. Ages 2-6.

LAMOND-RIGGS -- 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255. Preschool programs, featuring books, games, movies and puppets, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 and 11. Ages 2-5.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL LIBRARY -- 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1111. Family story time, Thursdays at 6:30. Stories, music and rhymes. All ages. Preschool films, Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 and 11:30. Ages 2-6.

NORTHEAST -- 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-3320. Parachute story and play time, Thursdays at 11. Indoor and outdoor activities. Ages 1-5.

SOUTHEAST -- 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Story time, Saturday mornings at 11. Stories, songs and more. Ages 2-5.

Maryland

Montgomery County

BETHESDA -- 7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda. 240-777-0970. Preschool story time, Sept. 23 at 10:30. Stories, songs, rhymes and activities. Ages 3-5.

LONG BRANCH -- 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring. 240-777-0910. Spanish-English bilingual story time, Tuesday at 6. Ages 2-5.

QUINCE ORCHARD -- 15831 Quince Orchard Rd., Gaithersburg. 240-777-0200. Bedtime preschool stories, Wednesday at 7. Stories, rhymes, songs and a craft. Come in pajamas and bring a stuffed animal. Ages 3-6.

WHITE OAK -- 11701 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. 301-622-2492. Bedtime stories, Wednesday at 7. Gentle stories and music. Wear pajamas and bring a teddy bear if you want. Ages 2-5.

TWINBROOK -- 202 Meadow Hall Dr., Rockville. 240-777-0240. Family story time, Sept. 17 at 11. Story time tailored for young families.

Prince George's County

BELTSVILLE -- 4319 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. 301-937-0294. Daytime stories, Mondays at 10:30, ages 12-24 months; Wednesdays at 10:30, ages 3-5. Evening stories, Tuesdays at 7, ages 4-7 ; English-Spanish bilingual stories, Oct. 1, 15 and 29 at 10:30, ages 3-5.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- 5904 Kolb St., Fairmount Heights. 301-883-2650. Daytime stories, Wednesdays at 10:30. Ages 3-5.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS -- 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. 301-630-4900. Daytime stories, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30. Ages 3-5.

Virginia

Arlington County

AURORA HILLS -- 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715. Morning stories, Thursday, Sept. 22 and 29 at 10:30. Ages 2-5. Afternoon stories, Thursday, Sept. 22 and 29 at 4. Ages 4-7.

CHERRYDALE -- 2190 N. Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6330. Toddler Time, Sept. 22 and 29 at 10:15. Stories, activities and crafts for 2-year-olds. Threes & Fours Together, Sept. 22 and 29 at 11:15. Stories, activities and crafts.

COLUMBIA PIKE -- 816 South Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710. Monday's Child, Sept. 19 and 26 at 11. Stories for children ages 3-6.

GLENCARLYN -- 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548. Cuntos Bilingues! Spanish-English bilingual story time, Sept. 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. All ages.

Fairfax County

FAIRFAX CITY REGIONAL LIBRARY -- 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., 703-293-6227. Falling for Stories, Sept. 22 at 10:30. Stories, activities and a craft. Ages 3-5. Hooray for Guinea Pigs, Sept. 28 at 10:30. Stories, activities and a craft. Ages 2-5.

GEORGE MASON REGIONAL LIBRARY -- 7001 Little River Tnpk., Annandale. 703-256-3800. Mason Matinee-School Daze, Saturday at 10:30. Short films about the lighter side of school. Refreshments provided. Ages 5-10.

GREAT FALLS LIBRARY -- 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560. Preschool story time, Monday at 10:30. Share stories, songs and fun. Ages 1-5. Toddle on Over, Sept. 17 at 10:30. Stories and activities. Ages 15-23 months. PJs & Popcorn, Sept. 29 at 7. Family movie with popcorn provided.

SHERWOOD REGIONAL LIBRARY -- 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, 703-765-3645. September Sampler, Sept. 19 at 2. Seasonal stories, finger play and activities. Ages 4-5. The Wheels on the Bus, Sept. 21 at 11. Transportation stories, finger play and activities. Ages 2-3 .