A Real Circus on Stage

The Russian American Kids Circus, a professional troupe whose members are 6 to 16, returns to the Publick Playhouse. The show will feature the best young performers from Brooklyn's New Way Circus Center, a training academy started in 1994 by Alex Berenchtein, a former star acrobat and juggler in the Moscow Circus, and his wife, Regina. Taught by veterans of the Moscow Circus, the youngsters will show off their skills in acrobatics by riding unicycles, juggling in the dark under black lights, tightrope walking and leaping through hoops. Matinees are sold out, but tickets, which are $8, are available for the show at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The playhouse is at 5445 Landover Rd. in Cheverly. 301-277-1711.

Beat Generation

Young percussionists will clash their cymbals, ting their bells and bang their drums in a concert tomorrow night that ends a week of training with the Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble. The inaugural University of Maryland "Summer Percussion Workshop" welcomed student musicians ages 15 to 20 and consisted of an intensive series of rehearsals, master classes and clinics. Students and professionals will perform a program that includes "Three Wives of Shango," by Shawn Galvin and Dennis Hoffmann; "Mudra," by Bob Becker; "One Last Bar Then Joe Can Sing," by Gavin Bryars; and "Rechargeable Light," by Brett Dietz. The free concert begins at 6 p.m. at Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787.

A Place to Play

Harmony Hall Regional Center brings its Summer Playground Carnival back to Fort Washington for the fifth year. The family-oriented festival will include a moon bounce, dunk tank, pony rides and games and runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow on the grounds of the arts center, at 10701 Livingston Rd. Admission is free; tickets for activities are 50 cents each. Shuttle service will be provided every 30 minutes from the nearby Potomac Landing Community Center, Potomac Landing Community Center, 12500 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. 301-292-9191.