This week's events are fun and eclectic: learn to be a detective, hunt for teddy bears, make a hat for your doll and more! Here are this week's best bets for Germantown area families:
• THE GREAT FREDERICK FAIR
Still haven't made it to a fair this year? Drive to neighboring Frederick County, Md., and enjoy live music, a kids expo, farm animals, a jousting exhibition, a birthing center (with baby piglets) and more! Check the schedule of events for details.
Where: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick Street, Frederick
When: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, Wednesday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Sept. 24
Price: $7 for adults, free for kids 10 and younger; various discounts apply. Parking costs $7 onsite or $5 offsite. Carnival hours and prices vary; visit the Carnival Homepage for details. Extra charge for evening events at the grandstand.
• TIME FOR TWOS
This special story time is just for children ages 24 monts to 35 months and their caregivers. The library requests no siblings please.
Where: Germantown Public Library
When: 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
• MUNCH ON A HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH
MCPS' Parent Academy is holding this free event to teach parents and children how to pack a healthy school lunch. This interactive session will be held in both English and Spanish. Register online or call 301-517-5940 or 301-279-3100.
Where: Kaiser Permanente Germantown Medical Center, 20407 Seneca Meadows Parkway
When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
• ST. ROSE OF LIMA FIESTA
Celebrate Fiesta with St. Rose! Kids can enjoy pony rides, a moon bounce, face painting and decorating pumpkins while parents shop the flea market and book nook for children's clothes, books and toys. The event closes with a 5 p.m. Mass. Check the schedule for specific event times and details.
Where: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and grounds, 11701 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg
When: 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Price: Free to attend, some activities have fees
• AMERICAN GIRL DOLL EVENT
Kids ages 3 and older are invited to bring their American Girl dolls and make them a chef hat and a breakfast plate. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will continue through noon (while supplies last).
Where: Michaels, 20902 Frederick Road in Germantown
When: 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 24
• NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY CELEBRATION
Children of all ages will be introduced to the outdoors at this fun event. Kids can go on a hike to hunt for teddy bears, try their hand at fishing, learn about archery and trap shooting, view conservation exhibits and more. Call 301-972-1645 for details.
Where: Rockville Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, 18301 Waring Station Road in Germantown
When: 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
Price: Free ($5 for the teddy bear hunt)
• JUNIOR DETECTIVE DAY
Kids once again have a chance to earn a junior detective badge by working with Gaithersburg police officers. Learn about I.D. badges, fingerprinting and neighborhood safety, watch K9 demonstrations, and check out a real police car and motorcycle! Lunch is included. This program is geared toward kids ages 6 to 14; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Reservations are required; call 301-258-6425 to reserve space for you and your child.
Where: Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg
When: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
Price: $15 (ages 12 and younger), $20 (ages 13 and older)
• A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
The Theatre for Young Audiences version of this musical follows two friends — cheerful Frog and rather grumpy Toad — through a year of seasonal activities that celebrate their friendship. The performance runs just over an hour and is recommended for ages 4 and older. For more information and tickets, call 301-258-6394.
Where: Kentlands Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg
When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25
Price: $9 for students through grade 12; $18 for adults ($16 for Gaithersburg city residents)
• TODDLER TIME
Walkers ages 12 months to 24 months and their parents or caregivers are invited to enjoy stories, rhymes and songs. The library requests no siblings please.
Where: Germantown Public Library
When: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27