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Performances

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

SESAME STREET LIVE -- "Super Grover! Ready for Action," Friday at 10:30 and 7, Saturday at 10:30 and 2, Sunday at 1 and 4:30. $12 to $25 plus service charges. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202-397-7328, 410-547-7328 or 410-347-2010.

BIG APPLE CIRCUS -- "Grandma Goes to Hollywood," through Oct. 10. Friday at 7, Saturday-Sunday at 12:30 and 4:30, Tuesday and Thursday at 7, Wednesday at 11 and 7. $15 to $47. Dulles Town Center, Route 7 and Route 28, Dulles. 202-397-7328 (service charges added) or 800-922-3772.

MAGIKA! THEATRE -- by Firebelly Productions, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

CODY & BJ -- Saturday at 11, part of Rock Creek Park Day. Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. 202-895-6070.

"LA BELLA DURMIENTE (SLEEPING Beauty)," by Teatro de la Luna in Spanish, Saturday at 11:30. $8, ages 12 and younger free. Instituto de Mexico, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-882-6227.

"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST" -- Saturday-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 MUSIC BOX" -- by Classika Theatre through Oct. 30. Saturday-Sunday at noon. $15. 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. 703-824-0660.

"THE LITTLE WITCH OF WICHITA" -- through Oct. 30. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $7. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"CINDERELLA" -- through Nov. 6. Saturday at 3:30 and Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30. $10 to $15. Reservations recommended. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660.

TOM PAXTON -- Sunday at 2. $10-$32. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

YOSI -- Wednesday at 12:30. McLean Central Park Gazebo, Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive, McLean. 703-790-0123.

Special Events

"IMAGINASIA" -- Saturday and Sunday 1 to 3. Art tour and workshop for ages 6 to 14. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

SCULPTURE WORKSHOP -- Saturday 10 to noon, led by local artist Marja Ponkka-Carpenter. $10, includes all materials. Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-6800.

HANDS-ON HISTORY DAY -- Saturday 10 to noon. Play games from the late 1700s and early 1800s, and make a toy to take home; ages 9 to 12. $5. Montpelier Mansion, Muirkir Road and Route 197, Laurel. 301-953-1376.

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. 202-633-4800.

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 Tuesday- Friday 10 to 5, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday 11 to 5. 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-685-5225.

PORT DISCOVERY -- Interactive fantasy structures, mechanical sculptures and related activities. Open Friday 9:30 to 4:30, Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon 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. $5. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 202-337-5111.

LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK -- Pumpkinville 2005, daily 9 to 6. $6.50 weekdays, $10 Saturday-Sunday; weekday price includes apples, cider and a pumpkin, plus face-painting and entertainment on weekends. 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg. 703-433-0002.

GARGOYLE'S DEN -- Saturday 10 to 2, for ages 6 to 12. Explore stone carving, mosaics, stained glass and other crafts. $5 per group of up to 4; each additional person $1. 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 $5, seniors and students $4, under 13 $2. Open Friday-Saturday 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 Wednesday-Sunday 10 to 6. $5, seniors $4, ages 3 to 16 $3. World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-837-8439.

Library Programs

ACCOKEEK -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30, and for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 16200 Livingston Rd. 301-283-2521.

ARLINGTON CENTRAL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Friday at 10. Storyteller Candace Wolf tells Hispanic Tales for all ages, Sunday at 3. 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5946.

AURORA HILLS -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. Stories for ages 4 to 7, Thursday at 4. 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715.

BADEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. 301-888-1152.

BELTSVILLE -- Stories for ages 4 to 7, Tuesday at 7, and 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, Thursday at 1:30 and Saturday at 10:30, and for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 7. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

CENTREVILLE -- Films for ages 2 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 14200 St. Germaine Dr., Centreville. 703-830-2223.

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

CHERRYDALE -- Stories for all ages, Wednesday at 7. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 4, Thursday at 11:15. 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6330.

COLUMBIA PIKE -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Monday at 11, and for ages 2 to 4, Monday at 6:30. 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710.

DOLLEY MADISON -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Stories for ages 3 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.

GLENARDEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 8724 Glenarden Pkwy. 301-772-5477.

GLENCARLYN -- Stories and activities in English and Spanish, Monday at 7:30. Stories for all ages, Wednesday at 7:30. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

GREAT FALLS -- Stories and activities for ages 1 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. Family movie and popcorn, Thursday at 7. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

GREENBELT -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800.

HERNDON -- Stories and activities for ages 4 to 5, Thursday at 2. 768 Center St. 703-437-8855.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30. 2398 Iverson St. 301-630-4900.

HYATTSVILLE -- Stories in English and Spanish for ages 3 to 6, Saturday at 10:30. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11, and for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 6530 Adelphi Rd. 301-985-4690.

JOHN MARSHALL -- Stories for ages 5 and younger, Friday at noon. Stories and activities for ages 4 to 6, Thursday at 4. 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria. 703-971-0010.

KINGSTOWNE -- Activities for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 1. 500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 11. 9601 Capital Lane, Upper Marlboro. 301-336-4044.

LAUREL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7, and for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

LORTON -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 3, Tuesday at 10:30. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

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, and for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

OXON HILL -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 11 and Thursday at 10:30 and 11:15. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Tuesday at 7. Family storytime, Thursday at 7. 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-2400.

POHICK -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:15 and 11:15. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

RICHARD BYRD -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Friday at 10:30. Stories and activities for all ages in Spanish, Monday at 3:30. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

SHIRLINGTON -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

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 for ages 3 to 7, Wednesday at 7. 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Stories, songs and activities for ages 5 and younger, Wednesday at 11. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

UPPER MARLBORO -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. 14730 Main St. 301-629-9330.

WOODROW WILSON -- Live animal presentation for all ages, Saturday at 10:30. 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. 703-820-8774.