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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.

"TREASURE ISLAND" by Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre, through Nov. 20. Friday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3. $8 to $10. Carl Sandburg School, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-360-0686.

"SHARK TALE " -- feature film, and "Hands On Percussion" by percussionist Barnett Williams, Saturday at 10. $5. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710.

THE BATTERSBY DUO -- songs and stories, Saturday at 10:30. $6. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6394.

"WONDROUS WHITE WINTER" -- puppet show, through Feb. 5. Saturday and Sunday at noon. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-0660.

"BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER B" -- Saturday at 11 and 1, by National Symphony Orchestra musicians. $15. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

"COYOTE MISCHIEF TALES" -- through Nov. 22. Saturday at noon, Tuesday-Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $6; children $4. Reservations recommended. By Discovery Theatre at Round House Theater, 8641 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

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

"THE UGLY DUCKLING" -- through Nov. 20. Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 4. $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Freedom High School, 15201 Neabsco Mills Rd., Woodbridge. 703-330-2787.

"EN BUSCA DE LA SONRISA Perdida" ("In Search of the Lost Smile"), in Spanish by GALA Hispanic Theatre, through Dec. 3. Saturday at 2. $15, ages 2 to 10 $5, younger free. GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.

"CONNECTIONS: HISTORY AND MUSIC" -- Sunday at 1, by National Symphony Orchestra musicians. $15. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600 (TDD: 202-416-8524).

OPERA THEATRE OF NORTHERN Virginia -- Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," abridged for young audiences, Sunday at 3. $12, ages under 14 $6. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-528-1433.

CAPITOL WOODWIND QUINTET -- Sunday at 3, in "A Young Person's Guide to the Woodwind Quintet." $12, students $6, ages under 12 free. Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-352-6505.

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.

MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE -- Saturday 1 to 5, by Northern Virginia Model Railroaders at Vienna Railroad Depo, 231 Dominion Rd., Vienna. 703-938-5157.

MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE -- Sunday 1 to 5. Baltimore Society of Model Engineers, 225 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore. 410-837-2783.

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. 202-633-4800.

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 -- Petting zoo and related activities, open Friday-Sunday 10 to 5. $8.95, seniors and ages 2 through 12 $6.95, younger free. Wagon rides $1, pony rides $2.50. 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).

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 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.

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.

DOLLEY MADISON -- How to be your dog's best friend, Saturday at 2:30 for ages 8 and older. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday 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.

GREAT FALLS -- 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.

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.

KINGSTOWNE -- Learn about life in the Middle Ages, Wednesday at 4 for ages 6 to 12. 500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

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.

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, Thursday at 10:30 and 11:15. Family storytime, Thursday at 7. 6200 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-2400.

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.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 6, Wednesday at 10:30. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Stories, songs and activities for ages 5 and younger, Thursday at 10:30 for ages 3 to 5. 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 -- Stories in English and Spanish for age 3 to 6. 6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church. 703-820-8774.