1. Circo Vazquez
July 30–Aug. 16
After a year hiatus, Circo Vazquez is hitting the road again and bringing its spectacular show to Tysons. Under a vibrant pink and blue big top tent, kids of all ages can enjoy acrobats, trapeze artists, musicians, jugglers and more. $25-$80.
2. Stories from the Past
Aug. 6, 13 & 20
Little learners can enjoy history-themed stories and crafts Friday mornings at Alexandria’s Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, which dates back to 1785. $6 per child.
3. FLY Dance Company: The Gentleman of Hip Hop
School-age kids will delight in this fast-paced theatrical hip-hop dance performance at Wolftrap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. Combining classical music and street dance, FLY aims to entertain and inform audiences. $12 for age 2 and up.
4. Step Afrika!
After catching a Step Afrika! Performance at the Kennedy Center, join the fun by participating in a variety of free lessons in stepping, the South African gumboot dance and more. Free.
5. Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
The fair is back for its 72nd year at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg, with farm animals, carnival rides, Grandstand entertainment (don’t miss the Monster Trucks!) and delicious fried treats. $15 onsite, $12 online, free for children 11 and under.
6. Montgomery Parks Family Fishing Fun
Whether you’re an expert angler or a fishing novice, this nature program at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds offers fishing options for the whole family. Bring your own gear or borrow fishing poles at the lake. $12.
7. Awesome Con Jr.
Awesome Con, D.C.’s own Comic Con, includes interactive activities for the next generation of geek culture fans — cosplay parades, drawing lessons, lightsaber training, superhero yoga and more — at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. $15 per kids ticket.
8. Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game Tour
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their basketball tricks and comedy hijinks to the Capital One Arena in D.C. for a performance that’ll keep fans of all ages at the edge of their stadium seats. $18-$160.
9. Dinosaur Explore
Aug. 25 & 26
Future paleontologists will love this two-day outdoor program for preschoolers, featuring creative lessons on dinosaur fossils, feathers, food and more, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Annandale. $36 per child.
10. Living Earth Family Day
This virtual event from the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. is a celebration of summer, with various nature-inspired crafts and a sunflower paint-along. Free.
This story first appeared in our August 2021 issue.