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Performances

These events for children and families are free unless a fee is noted. Note that regular schedules for continuing events are listed here, but many will be closed on Thanksgiving. Call before you visit.

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

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

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

"MISS NELSON IS MISSING" by Theatre West Virginia, Saturday at 9:30 and 11. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.

"LITTLE BREAD HEN" by Barefoot Puppet Theatre, Saturday at 10:30. $6. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-358-6394.

"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.

"CHILDREN'S LETTERS TO GOD" -- Saturday at 1 and 3. $8, ages under 18 $6. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710.

"THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE" -- through Dec. 18. Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $7. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"THE UGLY DUCKLING" -- 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.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Sunday at 1 and 3, Leonard Slatkin conducts two family concerts, "Rip Van Winkle and Other Musical Tales." Brian Stokes Mitchell narrates. $15 to $18. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Special Events

"IMAGINASIA" -- Saturday and Sunday at 2, art tour and workshop for ages 6 to 14. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

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," 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.

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 7:30. 16200 Livingston Rd. 301-283-2521.

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

BOWIE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30, Monday at 1 and Thursday at 10:30. Stories 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.

DOLLEY MADISON -- Stories for all ages, Monday at 7:30, and for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. 703-356-0771.

FAIRFAX CITY -- 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.

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 -- "Miss Cathy's Children's Productions," Saturday at 2 for all ages. 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.

LORTON -- Family films, Saturday at 10:30. Activities for ages 6 to 12, Monday at 7. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

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.

RICHARD BYRD -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Friday at 10:30. Activities for all ages, Saturday at 10:15. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

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.