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Performances

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

"RETRATOS: PORTRAITS OF OUR World," through Oct. 14. Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday at noon. $6; children $4. Reservations recommended. By Discovery Theatre in the Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

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

"COMMOTION ON THE BOOKSHELF" -- through Oct. 23. Friday at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7, Sunday at 2. $8; reservations required. $7. Young Artists Theater, Cherry Tree Center, Route 29 and Route 216, West Laurel. 301-604-2844.

"JACK & THE BEANSTALK" -- 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 MUSIC BOX" -- through Oct. 30. Saturday and Sunday at noon. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 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.

MAGIC SHOW -- Saturday at 7:30, with Eric Henning, Noland Montgomery, Swight Redman, Mike Taggert, Bob Carnathan and Laurie Curry. $8; students, $5; families, $2. Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. 703-212-5166.

MILKSHAKE -- 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).

POSEY THISISIT LLAMA FARM Open Barn, Saturday 10 to 4. Learn about llamas, guide them through obstacle courses, see baby sheep and more. Donation suggested. 754 Harrisville Rd., Toms Brook, Va. 540-436-3517.

FAMILY FUN DAY -- Sunday 12:30 to 3:30. Puppet show, dancing, face painting, haunted railroad car, arts and crafts and more. Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-3892.

"COMING TO AMERICA" FAMILY DAY -- Monday noon to 4. Genealogy-related and arts & crafts activities. National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets. 202-501-5000.

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 (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: "Circus! Science Under the Big Top," through Jan. 1; "Dino Digs," about dinosaurs native to Maryland; "Chesapeake Bay"; "Outer Space Place," indefinitely. 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

ARLINGTON CENTRAL -- Stories for ages 3 to 4, Wednesday at 10:15. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Friday. Stories in English and Spanish for all ages, Sunday at 3. 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5946.

AURORA HILLS -- Stories for ages 4 and older, Thursday at 4. 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715.

BELTSVILLE -- Stories for ages 4 to 7, Tuesday at 7. 4319 Sellman Rd. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Monday at 1, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30. Stories for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 7. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

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. 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Meet Jordan the Dog, for all ages, Saturday at 1 and 3. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax.703-246-2281.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- Stories 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 for all ages, Wednesday at 7:30. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

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

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 2 to 3, Wednesday at 10:30. Stories for up to age 5, Friday at noon. 6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria. 703-971-0010.

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.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Stories in English and Spanish for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-768-6700.

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.

RESTON -- Reptile show for ages 6 and up, Saturday at 10:30. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Thursday at 10:15 and 11. 11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 703-689-2700.

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

WESTOVER -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 2 and 7. 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-5260.

WOODROW WILSON -- Stories in English and Spanish for ages 3 to 6. 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. 703-820-8774.