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Performances

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

"THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF" -- through Nov. 18. Friday at 10 and 11:30, Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1, Wednesday-Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $7. Reservations recommended. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

"TEACHING PEACE" -- songs and stories by Red Grammer, Friday at 10:15 and noon ($7), and Saturday at 2 ($8). Public Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710.

DISNEY ON ICE -- "The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure," through Sunday. Friday at 10:30 and 7:30; Saturday at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:30; Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30. $14 to $45 from Ticketmaster (service charges added). 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore. 202-397-7328 or 410-347-2010.

"THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE" by The Children's Theatre, through Nov. 6. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 3 and 7:30, Sunday at 3. $10, seniors, students and children $8. Reservations recommended. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154.

"THE GIRL WHO CAPTURED THE MOON" by Sandy Spring Theatre Group, Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 10:30 and 3. $10. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-358-6394.

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

"THE MUSIC BOX" -- 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" -- Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $7. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Sunday at 2 and 3:30 in "The Arabian Nights," a family program. $10. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. 410-263-0907.

"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.

"COYOTE MISCHIEF TALES" -- through Nov. 22. Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $6; children $4. By Discovery Theater at Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

Special Events

"FROM EAST TO WEST" -- Saturday 10 to 2, a family festival with music, drawing lessons and other activities dedicated to Chinese culture and the art of porcelain. $5, younger than 12 free. Dumbarton House, 275 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288, Ext. 230.

"RAINFOREST DAY" -- Stories and crafts for ages 3 to 12 (ages 3 to 6 with an adult), Wednesday at 10 ($5; advance registration recommended). "Spin," movie about the Amazon rainforest, Wednesday at noon (free). Meet frogs, snakes and lizards with herpetologist Elmore Brown, Wednesday 1 to 3:15 (free). Black Hill Regional Park, 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. 301-916-0220.

"FALL FROLIC" -- Saturday 10 to 5, park open house with hands-on crafts, music and dancing, exhibits; costume parade at 5. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.301-634-2222.

For Halloween

"AIR AND SCARE" -- Friday 5:30 to 9. Vintage TV shows with air and space themes, rides, crafts, storytelling. Free, but reservations required. National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Route 28 at Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. 202-633-2398.

MARKOFF'S HAUNTED FOREST -- Friday-Saturday from 6:30 to 10:30, Siunday-Monday from 6:30 to 9. Haunted trail, hayrides, movies, food. $15 to $20. Camp Calleva, Martinsburg Road off White's Ferry Road, Poolesville. 301-216-1248.

HAUNTED HOUSE -- "The Cellar Shaft, Tomb of Lost Souls," Friday-Monday 6:30 to 11. $12. Sponsored by Bowie Baysox at Prince George's Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-464-4851.

HAUNTED TRAIL -- Friday-Saturday 4 to 10:30, Sunday 4 to 9:30, Monday 4 to 10:30. Entertainment, games, food vendors. $15, ages 6 and younger $5. Valley Mill Camp, 15101 Seneca Rd., Darnestown. 301-948-2441 or 301-948-0220.

"FIELD OF SCREAMS" -- Friday-Sunday 6:30 to 9. Haunted trail, corn maze, moon bounce, food vendors. $10 for trail, $5 for children's activities. Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association Community Park, on Route 108 two miles west of Georgia Avenue, Olney. 301-570-7049.

"ZOOBOO" -- Saturday and Sunday 10 to 4. Trick or treating, costume contests, hay maze, entertainment. $15, seniors $12, ages 2 to 11 $10, younger free. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park Lake Drive, Baltimore. 410-366-5466.

"FLIGHT NIGHT" -- Saturday 7 to 9, a Halloween party for children and families. $4. College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. 301-864-6029.

"SCARED IN THE BAYOU" -- haunted house, Saturday 7 to 10. $3 for Montgomery and Prince George's county residents, $4 for others. Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville. 301-937-6613.

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.

ARLINGTON PLANETARIUM -- "Our Place in Space," through Nov. 20. Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3. $3, seniors and ages 12 and younger $2. 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6070.

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 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 Tuesday-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.

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.

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. 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.

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

DOLLEY MADISON -- Sing-along with Miss Belle, for all ages, Wednesday at 10:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Meet Jordan the Dog, for all ages, Saturday at 1 and 3. Stories and activities 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.

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. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

GREAT FALLS -- Stories and activities for ages 1 to 5, Monday at 10:30. Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 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 -- SMeet Sophie the Performing Dog, Saturday at 11. Halloween activities for ages 2 to 5, Monday 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 2 to 3, Wednesday at 10:30. Stories and activities 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.

LORTON -- Halloween activities for all ages, Monday at 7. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Stories in English and Spanish 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.

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.

PATRICK HENRY -- Stories for 3-year-olds, Wednesday at 10:30. 101 E. Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-938-0405.

POHICK -- Activities for ages 8 to 12, Saturday at 11. Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 7, Thursday at 10:15 and 1:30. 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. 703-644-7333.

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

RICHARD BYRD -- Science activities for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 3:30. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

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

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

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