Wow- is it hot out there!  Here are some ways to stay cool this weekend.

Saturday, July 23rd

Celebrating Dr. Suess’ Wild Animals 

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Through activities, stories and crafts, meet some of Dr. Seuss’ curious animals and compare them to several unusual creatures that live in Fairfax County. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult.

Stories ’round the Campfire

7pm – 8:15pm @ Long Branch Amphitheatre, Arlington

The whole family is invited to join in for lots of old fashioned fun. The campfire programs may include stories, songs, games, special animal guests, and of course, S’mores! For more information call the campfire location. Register children and adults; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5 fee per person, $20 maximum per immediate family. Family discount with phone registration only.  #642951-L

Dazzling Dragonflies 

10:30am-11:30am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington
Darting and zipping, you will join these fierce predators on a bug hunt! And you will peer into pond water for a look at a ‘baby’ dragonfly, too. This highly interactive program may include stories, a craft, and a short hike.  642811-Q

Sunday, July 24th

Stream Stomp

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish and more in this catch-and-release adventure. Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Cancelled in case of severe weather. Wear closed toes shoes that can get wet and clothes that can get dirty because we’re wading in the stream. Use dip nets to collect creatures to examine.

Butterflies of Arlington

2pm – 3pm @ Potomac Overlook, Arlington

Join a park naturalist in an exploration of the bounty of beautiful butterflies that can be found right here in Arlington. Includes a slideshow and show-and-tell followed by a visit to park gardens to look for these amazing insects! Adults and children ages 6 and up. Call 703-528-5406 to make a reservation.

Family Tour Day  

1pm – 4pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria

Visitors on Family Tour Day will experience the historic tavern through our Junior Docent tours. Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 3 through 7, will be stationed at each stop on the tour, including the taproom, bed chambers, ballroom, assembly room and dining room. Tour at your own pace and let your children learn about history from other kids.

Saturday, July 23rd & Sunday, July 24th

The Wizard of Oz

11:30am & 1pm @ The Puppet Company, Glen Echo, MD

A brand new version of L. Frank Baum’s “Great American Fairy Tale,” this amazing production recreates the characters illustrated by W. W. Denslow in a wide variety of puppet styles.  Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the tale follows closely the original story in Baum’s first, best-known, and best-loved of the classic Oz tales.  Running time is 55 minutes, and it is recommended for ages 5 and older.

The Wizard of Oz

Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm @ Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington

After a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy and her new friends, a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion, set off to find the powerful Wizard who can send her home.  The cast of performers are ages 15 through college age.  There are family-friendly ticket prices:  $15 for adults and $10 for children, students and seniors.