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Events Ongoing Throughout August  
  Meet the Rock Stars Of The War Of 1812 - The Maryland Historical Society’s Museum will continue Maryland’s largest and most comprehensive Civil War exhibit in 2012. The exhibit “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War” tells the war in personal terms. On the weekends there will be MD historical players there to act out history. 201 West Monument St., Baltimore, 7/14 through 12/30 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-685-3750, mdhs.org.  
 
 
  While the Rockets Glared: Commemorating the War of 1812 - In commemoration of the War of 1812 experience a sound and light show exhibit that takes you back to September 1814 as Baltimore struggles with the British invasion during America’s second war for independence – all included with price of admission. Through September 2014 Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 5/2 through 9/30 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
  A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk - A free, outdoor art celebration depicting our nation's beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience. Through September 2014. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 8/1 through 9/1 410-244-1900, www.avam.org.  
 
 
  Girly Posh & Glamourous Play Dates - It doesn't have to be your daughter’s birthday to be pampered, bring her in for a posh treatment fit for a princess. Enjoy posh spa services in our all pink party boutique! Complete with music or a movie, arts and crafts, and a glamorous snack, she will have a blast. Tickled Pink & Posh Party Boutique, 9627 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, 5/12 through 12/31 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Ages: 1- 17, Reserv Reqd, Tickets Reqd. 443-204-0076, tickledpinkandposhparty@gmail.com.  
 
 
  Curious George: Let's Get Curious! - The new, traveling Curious George exhibit inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play. Runs through February 6, 2015. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 5/17 through 2/6 Tickets Reqd. 410-727-8120, www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
  Auditions for Music Program - Children’s Chorus of Maryland will hold on-going auditions for children ages 5 ½ (entering first grade) to 11 for its fall Music Program. Classes will be held in its newly renovated music school, opening in Towson in the fall. Call or visit website to sign up for an audition. 320 East Towsontown Blvd., Towson, 5/19 through 8/29 Ages: 5 1/2- 11, 410-494-1480, www.ccmsings.org.  
 
 
  CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - The schedule of movies and concerts at this year’s Lakefront Summer Festival includes completely free, family-friendly offerings nearly every evening of the week through Sept. 13. See website for full schedule. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, located off of Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, 6/20 through 9/13 ColumbiaAssociation.org/LakefrontFestival.  
 
 
  Fort! Flag! Fire! - In addition to exciting ranger programs, living history participants dressed in the uniforms of the soldiers, sailors and civilians from the War of 1812 are “on duty” every day. Special children’s programs also make history fun for the young and young at heart. Runs through 9/1/14. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore, 6/28 through 9/1 Tickets Reqd. www.baltimore.org/info/fort-flag-fire.  
 
 
  Fire Rescue Game - Children take turns saving their parent from a “burning building” during the Fire Rescue Game. They do the rescues in fire gear and a play-breathing apparatus to learn how firefighters save people in an emergency. Free with paid admission. Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, 7/3 through 8/28 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- adult, 410-321-7500, firemuseummd.org.  
 
 
  Star-Spangled Friday Nights - To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore in 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner”, The National Aquarium will host Star-Spangled Friday Nights beginning 7/11. Every Friday evening through 9/12, all guests entering the National Aquarium after 5 p.m. will enjoy $18.12 admission. National Aquarium, Baltimore, 7/11 through 9/12 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.aqua.org.  
 
 
  Jewish Community Services (JCS) School Supply Drive - School Supply Drive to benefit children of JCS client families who lack funds to purchase necessary school items. Spiral notebooks, 3-ring binders, lined notebook paper, pens, colored markers & pencils are especially needed. All donated items must be new. Gift cards of $10 or less accepted. JCS Offices, Baltimore, 7/28 through 9/12 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-466-9200, www.jcsbaltimore.org.  
 
 
  Stargazing at the Observatory - Come see the stars! The Observatory is open to the public every Friday from 5:30-9 pm, weather permitting. Friday admission to the Observatory is free, but does not include access to the Museum. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 8/8 through 10/24 5:30- 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
  Nature Drop-In - Each Saturday we will have nature crafts, live animals, water fun, bamboo teepees, or other fun activities in the play area. See schedule online. Registration not required. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 8/16 through 10/11 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, w/ adult, 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
  Nature Quest - Bike, hike or canoe to find special trail markers in seven of Baltimore County's wonderful parks to participate in Nature Quest. Fill out your passport to earn entry to Nature Quest Fest October 18,10 a.m. - noon at Robert E. Lee Park. Fun adventure for the entire family. multiple locations, 8/20 through 10/18 ongoing, Ages: all ages, by none 410-887-4156, relpnc.org/nature-quest .  
 
 
  Maryland State Fair - Events, exhibitions, entertainment, food vendors, rides, and attractions. See website for dates and times. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium, 8/22 through 9/1 Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.com.  
 
 
Events Ongoing Throughout September  
  Do Good. Dine Out. - Do good by dining out in September. One in five kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger. Help connect these kids with the food they need by dining out at the restaurants that support the No Kid Hungry campaign. Just $1 provides a child up to 10 healthy meals. Find restaurants nearby nokidhungry.org. Participating Restaurants, 9/1 through 9/30 All day, www.nokidhungry.org.  
 
 
  The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen - A little bit Forrest Gump, a little bit Indiana Jones, 100% real. Discover the most extraordinary Baltimorean you’ve never heard of! The JMM and The MdHS invite you on a journey to put together the puzzle of one man’s life. Jewish Museum of Mayland, Baltimore, 9/14 through 6/14 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 7- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
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Birding By Boat - Water Strider Pontoon Boat Ride - Search for the beautiful marsh birds of Otter Point Creek with birder, Phil Powers. Pontoon Pier Parking Lot, Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 9:30- 11 a.m., Ages: 10- adult, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Caring Teens Respite Care Training Program - Learn how to care for children with disabilities and provide respite care. This day-long program prepares teens to offer first-rate care for children who have mild to moderate disabilities and/or enter the field of special education some day. Email to register for Sept. training. Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. mona@caringcommunities.org www.caringcommunities.org.  
 
 
National Heritage Area War of 1812 Bicentennial Passport - Participants visit 10 unique 1812 sites, attractions, programs, and events(including four mandatory sites) to receive a commemorative coin. Participation is free. Visit www.facebook.com/1812passport for more information. Reserv Reqd. www.facebook.com/1812passport.  
 
 
Terrapin Adventures Explorer Kids Course - The Terrapin Explorer Ropes Course has 22 different fun elements that you can walk, balance, swing, zip, and crawl through, designed especially for kids ages 5-9. Terrapin Adventures, Savage, Ages: 5- 9, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-725-1313, www.terrapinadventures.com.  
 
 
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August

Aug 22  
Circuit Blocks - Tinker and experiment with circuit blocks to make electrical connections! Link different electronic components together to create simple or complex circuits. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Early Literacy / Open House - Children ages 2-5 can participate in a free Language Experience! Enjoy a Goodnight Moon shared reading and themed activity. Then, take a tour of the school. 410-661-1090ext201, Saint Demetrios Pre-School, 2504 Cub Hill Road, Baltimore, 6pm 8pm Ages: 2- 5, 410-661-1090 x204, sdpreschool@comcast.net.  
 
 
Cricket Crawl Campfire - Join Rangers for a night hike and a sound census of the late summer crickets and katydids. Learn to identify different species of crickets by their calls, and catch a glimpse of moths and other nocturnal animals. After listening to the evening chorus, we’ll gather at the campfire and enjoy s’mores. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 7:30- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Tales & Tails! - Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an up close interaction with Irvine’s animal friends! Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
FREE Pirate Story Time - FREE and perfect for younger pirates! Urban Pirates’ weekly adventure story times include songs, games, stories and more, all aboard the pirate ship Fearless in Fells Point. 25% Off the 9:30 a.m. Family Adventure Cruise following story time. Ann Street Pier in Fells Point, Baltimore, 9- 9:30 a.m., 410-327-8378, www.urbanpirates.com.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Aug 23  
Free Family Entertainment at the Charm City Carousel - Family-friendly performances each Saturday throughout the summer. Charm City Carousel, 200 Key Highway, Baltimore, 2 and 4 p.m.,  
 
 
Circuit Blocks - Tinker and experiment with circuit blocks to make electrical connections! Link different electronic components together to create simple or complex circuits. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Bikeadelic! - Funkify your wheels! All ages are welcome to compete and ride in this combo party/parade/competition celebrating bike decorating and building in all the wildest styles and colors. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, Baltimore, 2- 5 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
Workshop: Learn to Meditate in Half-a-Day - An introductory meditation workshop in which you will learn the basics from why we want to meditate to how to do it! Includes several mini-meditations. Discount for students, seniors, the unemployed, and early birds. KMC-Maryland Annapolis Branch, 107 Ridgely Avenue, Suite 14-A, Annapolis, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-243-3837, www.meditationmd.org.  
 
 
Monarch Watch - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them and release them - all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Charm City Cakes - Emoji Cake Decorating Class - They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and our use of emoji definitely proves it! Charm City Cakes is embracing our new language for the digital age with this hip class. Students can choose from five different emoji designs to recreate in edible form. $100 per participant. Charm City Cakes, 2936 Remington Avenue, Baltimore, 11 a.m., Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-235-9229, www.charmcitycakes.com.  
 
 
Habitat Heroes (8-13 years old): Feed the Need - Come learn about birds that call Maryland home and learn what you can do to help them! All action project materials will be provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 8- 13, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Beginner Bird Walk - Join a naturalist for an introductory hike to discover birds at the park. Bring binoculars if you have them or borrow ours. Meet at the front of the museum. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 10- adult, 410-887-1081, benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
LitMore's Creative Writing Workshops - Promotes literacy and strengthens writing skills by empowering young people to have fun discovering their own stories and voices on the page. Quiet writing/work space available to accompanying adults. Session 1: ages 9-12 yrs. Session 2: 13-16 yrs. Space limited. Registration recommended. LitMore Center for the Literary Arts, Baltimore, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., Ages: 9- 16, Tickets Reqd. 443-595-7548, www.litmore.org.  
 
 
Monarch Watch - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them and release them -- all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Treasure - Find inspiration in the many special objects that the Walters holds within its walls and explore a sparkling treasure trove of precious materials in the art studio. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration is required. Drop in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Aug 24  
Circuit Blocks - Tinker and experiment with circuit blocks to make electrical connections! Link different electronic components together to create simple or complex circuits. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Early Literacy / Open House - Children ages 2-5 can participate in a free Language Experience! Enjoy a Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? shared reading and themed activity. Then, take a tour of the school. Saint Demetrios Pre-School, 2504 Cub Hill Road, Baltimore, noon- 2 p.m., Ages: 2- 5, 410-661-1090 x204, sdpreschool@comcast.net.  
 
 
Monarch Watch - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them and release them - all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Treasure - Find inspiration in the many special objects that the Walters holds within its walls and explore a sparkling treasure trove of precious materials in the art studio. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration is required. Drop in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Monarch Watch - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them and release them -- all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Express your inner artist in a hands-on art-making workshop the whole family can enjoy. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
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Aug 25  
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Early Literacy / Open House - Children ages 2-5 can participate in a free Language Experience! Enjoy a Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? shared reading and themed activity. Then, take a tour of the school. Saint Demetrios Pre-School, 2504 Cub Hill Road, Baltimore, 11 a.m- noon, Ages: 2- 5, 410-661-1090 x204, sdpreschool@comcast.net.  
 
 
FREE Pirate Story Time - FREE and perfect for younger pirates! Urban Pirates’ weekly adventure story times include songs, games, stories and more, all aboard the pirate ship Fearless in Fells Point. 25% Off the 9:30 a.m. Family Adventure Cruise following story time. Ann Street Pier in Fells Point, Baltimore, 9- 9:30 a.m., 410-327-8378, www.urbanpirates.com.  
 
 
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Aug 26  
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids by after school or on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Aug 27  
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
FREE Pirate Story Time - FREE and perfect for younger pirates! Urban Pirates’ weekly adventure story times include songs, games, stories and more, all aboard the pirate ship Fearless in Fells Point. 25% Off the 9:30 a.m. Family Adventure Cruise following story time. Ann Street Pier in Fells Point, Baltimore, 9- 9:30 a.m., 410-327-8378, www.urbanpirates.com.  
 
 
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Aug 28  
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre, a pet-friendly mall. The no-kill shelter will be presenting a different program each week until August 28th. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 6- 8:30 p.m., www.shophuntvalley.com.  
 
 
Based on Books: Ducks! - Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets, props, and activities. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 5, Reserv Reqd. by 08/27/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - AVAM's free outdoor movie series. Enjoy movies on a 30-foot wide screen held from above by a Giant Golden Hand, a twinkling view of the city, and an amazing community experience. Museum is open and free from 5-9 p.m. on Flick nights. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., 410-244-1900, www.avam.org.  
 
 
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Aug 29  
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Guided Retreat on Basic Meditations for a Happy Life - During this retreat, we will be doing about 4 meditations each day. These meditations are the building blocks of a method taught by Buddha for increasing happiness. Check site for times. 900 East Northern Pkwy, Baltimore MD, check site, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-243-3837, www.meditationmd.org.  
 
 
Tales & Tails! - Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an up close interaction with Irvine’s animal friends! Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Aug 30  
Free Family Entertainment at the Charm City Carousel - Family-friendly performances each Saturday throughout the summer. Charm City Carousel, 200 Key Highway, Baltimore, 2 and 4 p.m.,  
 
 
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Urban Bird Watching Walks--Early Fall Migrants - In busy Baltimore, 200 bird species stop in lush Patterson Park on their journey along the Atlantic Flyway. See the Early Birds as they head south for the winter. If you need binoculars, email one day in advance: ppaudubon@gmail.com. Fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Summertime Scavenger Hunt - We'll take our list and head out to the meadow to see what we can find. It’s sure to be an adventure and the most interesting things you find might not even be on the list. Cromwell Valley Park, Willow Grove Nature Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 4- 12, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2503, www.cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
It's a Bugs Hike! - We'll hike the Banneker Farmstead searching for different kinds on insects. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228 1- 2:30 p.m., 410-887-1081, benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Be prepared to hike! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Fairies and Dragons - Come learn about the mysterious forest-dwellers of myth and legend. Then search the park for signs of dragons and the fair folk, and use natural materials in the woods to create a fairy house or dragon’s lair. Please call or email releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to register. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-5156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Game Night! - Campfires aren’t just for s’mores anymore! Play games as you sit ‘round the fire and enjoy the starry evening. Treats will be provided. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 7- 8:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Treasure - Find inspiration in the many special objects that the Walters holds within its walls and explore a sparkling treasure trove of precious materials in the art studio. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration is required. Drop in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Brookeville War of 1812 Bicentennial Events - The entire weekend-long event is free, open to the public and will allow attendees to experience life in 1814. There will be costumed living history demonstrations, children's activities, tours, military encampments, food and drinks, crafts, period music and much more! Town of Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 240-205-2387, www.uscapitalforaday.org.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Aug 31  
Back to Cool - Ready for school? Swing by The Shed to make your own school supplies! Put together a notebook, roll up a pencil, and sew a pouch to store all the things you need for an A+ year. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3:45 p.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Charm City Cakes - Labor Day BBQ Cake Decorating Class - Celebrate Labor Day with a special holiday BBQ-themed class and make a grill cake. Veteran decorator Mary Smith will teach students how to cover their 6” iced cake in rolled fondant, how to airbrush and hand brush, and top their cake with a fondant hotdog and hamburger. $150 per participant. Charm City Cakes, 2936 Remington Avenue, Baltimore, 11 a.m., Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-235-9229, www.charmcitycakes.com.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Treasure - Find inspiration in the many special objects that the Walters holds within its walls and explore a sparkling treasure trove of precious materials in the art studio. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration is required. Drop in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Be prepared to hike! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Brookeville War of 1812 Bicentennial Events - The entire weekend-long event is free, open to the public and will allow attendees to experience life in 1814. There will be costumed living history demonstrations, children's activities, tours, military encampments, food and drinks, crafts, period music and much more! Town of Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 240-205-2387, www.uscapitalforaday.org.  
 
 
Little Red Riding Hood/3 Little Pigs - What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe raps his side of the story. Show runs from July 24 – Aug. 31, 2014. Show Times: Thursdays & Fridays at 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Object Lesson - Enjoy an interactive object lesson the whole family can enjoy. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 2:45 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
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September

Sep 2  
Free Homeschool Kung Fu Class (Tuesday) - Enjoy the benefits of Kung Fu in a daytime martial arts class specifically for homeschoolers! These fun classes are a great way to get in your PE time while learning important skills. The session lasts 8-weeks and is great for families. It fills up fast, so register as soon as possible! Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Arnold, 9- 10 a.m., Ages: 5- adult, 410-431-5200, www.JingYing.org.  
 
 
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids by after school or on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Sep 3  
Free Homeschool Kung Fu Class (Wednesday) - Enjoy the benefits of Kung Fu in a daytime martial arts class specifically for homeschoolers! These fun classes are a great way to get in your PE time while learning important skills. The session lasts 8-weeks and is great for families. It fills up fast, so register as soon as possible! Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Arnold, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5- adult, 410-431-5200, www.JingYing.org.  
 
 
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Sep 5  
Rummage Sale - Clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, pots and pans, kitchen items, collectables, tools, Holiday and home décor, books, records, tapes, CDs, DVDs, appliances, jewlery, furniture, bedding, linens, sewing and knitting materials 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, 443-655-7790,  
 
 
Free Homeschool Kung Fu Class (Friday) - Enjoy the benefits of Kung Fu in a daytime martial arts class specifically for homeschoolers! These fun classes are a great way to get in your PE time while learning important skills. The session lasts 8-weeks and is great for families. It fills up fast, so register as soon as possible! Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Arnold, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5- adult, 410-431-5200, www.JingYing.org.  
 
 
Irvine Family Campout - Pitch a tent at Irvine, head out for a naturalist led night hike, do some stargazing, then enjoy a campfire snack before bed. In the morning, listen to the sounds of the forest and share a light breakfast. A naturalist will lead all activities. Please eat dinner before arriving promptly at 6 p.m. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 6 p.m.- 9 a.m., Ages: all ages, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Tales & Tails! - Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an up close interaction with Irvine’s animal friends! Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
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Sep 6  
Campfire Cooking 101 - Enjoy some time around the campfire while learning techniques and recipes for campfire cooking. Create and sample several recipes and conclude the evening by creating your own campfire dessert. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Rummage Sale - Clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, pots and pans, kitchen items, collectables, tools, Holiday and home décor, books, records, tapes, CDs, DVDs, appliances, jewlery, furniture, bedding, linens, sewing and knitting materials 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: all ages, 443-655-7790,  
 
 
Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Every first and third weekend, enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
FazaFam @ Port Discovery every 1st Sat of the Month - Meet FazaFam, the Dance & Bmore Family Jam at Port Discovery every first Saturday of the month. Subscribe to our new Youtube page featuring family fitness spokesperson CJay Philip on FOX 45, plus you can have your own family dance jam with FazaFam music, games, and fun at www.fazafam.com. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 1:50 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410-871-8322, www.fazafam.com.  
 
 
Keur Khaleyi, Inc. Open House - Join Historic Downtown Baltimore-based African Dance Company's Open House. Learn the history of West Africa through song, dance, and drum as well as performances by the youth ensemble and teen company at 4 p.m. Light snacks will be served. Eubie Blake Jazz and Cultural Center, 847 N Howard St, Baltimore, 3- 5 p.m., Ages: 3.5- 17, 443-250-1985, www.keurkhaleyi.org.  
 
 
Catholic Charities Dragon Boat Races 2014 - Catholic Charities is hosting its 9th Dragon Boat Races. Corporate-sponsored teams will compete in races to raise funds for Catholic Charities’ 80 programs benefiting Marylanders in need. The day will be filled with exciting competitions and events for family, friends, and spectators. Baltimore's Inner Harbor, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., returnofthedragons.org.  
 
 
Expanding Your Horizons - STEM Career Discovery Day - Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national network that was founded in 1974 by a group of female scientists and educators. EYH workshops showcase positive female role models in STEM careers, combined with fun, hands-on activities for middle school girls (grades 6, 7, 8). Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 6th grade- 8th grade, Reserv Reqd. by 8/29/14 Tickets Reqd. Ms. Michelle Schwartz, 443-334-2134, eyh.stematsu.org.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Audubon's Habitat Garden - Gardeners wanted! Join the Habitat Team and help provide food and homes for birds and insects in beautiful Patterson Park --an important stopover on the Atlantic Flyway. Tools, gloves, water provided. Service hours awarded. Western Edge of Boat Lake, Patterson Park, Baltimore, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Basic Strokes Canoe Workshop - Learn how to at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center’s quarry lake with American Canoe Certified instructors. Basic skills include how to rescue a flipped canoe so you can be prepared for bigger aquatic adventures. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Children’s Day: Caterpillars & Butterflies! - One of Ladew’s most popular events, Children’s Day is an interactive, fun-filled day for the entire family, featuring crafts, hands-on learning stations, educational presentation, sing-a-longs, and magic shows. This year, enjoy the brand new Butterfly House - the first of its kind in the region. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570, www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Civic Works’ Annual Urban Farm & Food Fair - Celebrating urban farming and healthy eating in Baltimore City. Visitors can expect to enjoy an array of urban farms with fresh produce for sale, cooking demonstrations, Farm Olympics and tours, informational booths from sustainably-minded organizations, scavenger hunts, and face painting. Clifton Park, 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, 2- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 443-531-8346, www.realfoodfarm.org.  
 
 
Skydive for a Cure III - Brigance Brigade Foundation and Skydive for a cure, fundraiser for ALS patients. Attendees can skydive with professional skydivers from Skydive Baltimore and land in the ‘Drop Zone,’ a party featuring live music, food vendors, raffles, carnival games, and exciting activities for kids. Skydive Baltimore, Harford County Airport, 3538 Aldino Road, Churchville, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-356-1775, www.skydive4als.com/#!skydivers-zone/chxj.  
 
 
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Sep 7  
Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Every first and third weekend, enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Seersucker & Sundresses Croquet Garden Party - Super fun for all ages! Come to The H.P. Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park for live music, light picnic fare, and croquet (instruction included). Rain or shine. Rawlings Conservatory, 3100 Swann Drive, Baltimore, 3- 7 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Tickets Reqd. 410-396-0008, www.rawlingsconservatory.org/garden-party-september-7.  
 
 
Basic Strokes Canoe Workshop - Learn how to at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center’s quarry lake with American Canoe Certified instructors. Basic skills include how to rescue a flipped canoe so you can be prepared for bigger aquatic adventures. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Challenges of Israeli Democracy - H.S. teens - Join an outdoor interactive discussion featuring love, war, gender, race, religion, violence, and democracy in Israel. RSVP to Lonny at Lmoses@drorleadership.org. Kesher School at The Waldorf School, 4801 Tamarind Avenue, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 14- 18, 410-464-9402, www.BeitTikvah.org.  
 
 
LimmudFest - A celebration of Jewish study, culture, and identity open to the community. Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, Limmud will take you one step further! Join the global phenomenon of Limmud, a non-denominational, truly transformational festival of Jewish engagement. Registration required. Goucher College, Athenaeum, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 3- 85, Reserv Reqd. by 09/05/14 Tickets Reqd. 443-839-0610, www.limmudbaltimore.com.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
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Sep 9  
Storytime in the Gardens: Crickets & Grasshoppers - Join us for a fun, whimsical time in the gardens as we read a different nature theme twice a month. $5/member child; $15/non-member child; includes admission to the gardens for the day. 10:30-11:15am OR 12:30-1:15pm Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570 x213, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Root Root Root Beer For The Home Team - Using natural ingredients, and guided by a naturalist, you can try your hand at making a batch! Learn all about the origins of this tasty drink, the edible plants used within and assist in the brewing process. Each family will get to take home a six-pack of homemade root beer. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids by after school or on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
Animal Antics - Join the Kids Room staff in the Learning Lab for a visit from one of the Science Center’s resident creatures. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Sep 10  
Cookies and Canvas - A step-by-step painting class with instructions for your child to come home with a masterpiece. Children paint on gallery-wrapped canvas, which is ready to hang with no framing required. Paint the Wild Animal Summer series is specially created for Irvine! Cookies provided. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, under 6 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Leave It To Beavers - Discover the clever techniques these cool and resourceful animals use to live in the wild in this hands-on program. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by 09/09/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Sep 12  
Urban Bird Watching Walks--Migration Madness - See how many bird species you can spot in Patterson Park during peak migration, including exotic species who stop briefly in the lush park as they fly over 1,000 miles to South America. Email one day in advance if you need binoculars. Fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris--Migrating Monarchs - Learn about the extraordinary journey these beautiful butterflies make each year. An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers! Ages 2-5 with adult. $5 suggested donation per child. Space is limited, so reserve early. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 09/10/14 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! - Families in Baltimore are invited to get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-685-5086, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
Tales & Tails! - Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an up close interaction with Irvine’s animal friends! Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Monarch Butterfly Fiesta! - Elementary schools are out early! Bring the kids to the Estuary Center to celebrate monarchs. Sit in for a butterfly story time, learn how to tag our flying friends, and participate in a monarch migration game. Then, enjoy butterfly cookies for everyone. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 2:30- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Puppet Show: Ruby's Journey - Follow one of the world’s smallest birds, the ruby-throated hummingbird, as it travels on one of the longest migration routes! Show lasts approximately 20 minutes. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 and 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Sep 13  
The Battle of Baltimore: The Homefront - Enlist to help the home front during the Battle of Baltimore! Learn about the battle, see a live fire demonstration of a historic weapon, and participate in a race against time to make black powder for the defenses on the front line. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Double Bubble Fun Run - 1K Fun Run for children and parents with Foam Stations, Bubble Stations, 50-foot Shark Slide into foam, Obstacles, Super Heroes and lots more. Sykesville Fire House Grounds, noon- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-552-0955, doublebubblerun.com.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike with a Naturalist - Nature Quest Fest is on 10/18. Earn free admission to this festival at Robert E. Lee Park by finding 5 trail markers in the parks of Baltimore County. Find 2 trail markers at Oregon Ridge on this hike with a Naturalist while spotting the seasonal changes. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris--Migrating Monarchs - Learn about the extraordinary journey these beautiful butterflies make each year. An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers! Ages 2-5 with adult. $5 suggested donation per child. Space is limited, so reserve early. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 09/10/14 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Dragon Training 101 - Have you ever wondered if dragons are real? What’s the inspiration for the mockingjay? Why are ninja turtles so tough? Come to Irvine to meet some of the real-life inspirations for mythical creatures of books and movies! We’ll even hit the trails to see if we can find any of the beasts. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! - Families in Baltimore are invited to get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-685-5086, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
Harford Ballet Company Nutcracker Auditions - Boys and girls ages 6 and up enrolled in a ballet class at any studio are welcome to audition. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance to register. Dancers should wear a black leotard and pink tights, with hair in a ballet bun. Dance Conservatory of Maryland, 701 Whitaker Mill Road, Bel Air, 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, 410-877-3281, www.harfordballetcompany.org.  
 
 
Columbia BikeAbout - This free, family-friendly ride highlights the history of Columbia, plus the pathway system and open space that contribute to Columbia’s high quality of life. Afterwards, enjoy an old-fashioned picnic where riders will be able to purchase refreshments from food trucks and enjoy free entertainment. Wilde Lake Park, Columbia, 9:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-715-6781, bikeabout.eventbrite.com.  
 
 
Hawk Fest - Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Hawk Watch Site at Cromwell Valley Park. Live birds of prey, bird walks, hawk counting, music, children's games and crafts! See website for details. Cromwell Valley Park Willow Grove Nature Education Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2503, www.cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
The Brent A. Rosenberg Family Fair and Walk - The Family Tree hosts a free event to support strong families for a strong community! After the walk, enjoy the Family Fair featuring football clinics run by Ravens Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta and Ravens scouts, entertainment, activities, giveaways, and refreshments. Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Family Center Y, Baltimore, 8 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 99, 410-889-2300, www.thefamilytreemd.org.  
 
 
Learn to Solder Workshop - The National Electronics Museum will be offering a Learn to Solder workshop on September 13th as part of Baltimore Innovation Week. The workshop will include two hands-on soldering projects that will introduce the basics of soldering and teach about various electronic components. National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 11 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 410-765-2345, ow.ly/zsis4.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
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Sep 14  
Public Opening: The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen - Explore the story of Mendes Cohen through our new, innovative exhibit developed in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society. On opening day we will have some great family activities available, so you can take a bit of Mendes home with you! Jewish Museum of Mayland, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 7- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
BLAST OFF! Hands-on Create Your Own Shofar Workshop - BLAST OFF! into family learning at a HANDS-ON Create-Your-Own Shofar workshop! Good for all ages. Touch, smell, listen, blow, and learn all about the shofar, its use in Jewish culture, and then make your own shofar from a genuine ram’s horn. Pre-register at 410-464-9402 or info@BeitTikvah.org. Kesher School at The Waldorf School, 4801 Tamarind Avenue, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ages: preschool- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 9/12/14 410-464-9402, http://www.BeitTikvah.org.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike with a Naturalist - Nature Quest Fest is on 10/18. Earn free admission to this festival at Robert E. Lee Park by finding 5 trail markers in the parks of Baltimore County. Find 2 trail markers at Oregon Ridge on this hike with a Naturalist while spotting the seasonal changes. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! - Families in Baltimore are invited to get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, 1 & 4:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-685-5086, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
5th Annual Heat It To Beat It - A 2.2 mile walk at the Maryland Zoo to support peritoneal carcinomatosis research, awareness, and education. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., walk begins at 8:45 a.m. Enjoy music and activities following the walk. Registration includes all-day admission to the Zoo. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 7:45 a.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.heat-it.org.  
 
 
Hampstead Hill Festival - Commemorating the two hundred year anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 on the exact site of the battle, The Creative Alliance celebrates with historical reenactments, interactive and educational activities for all ages, food, refreshments, and multiple stages of music. Patterson Park Pagoda, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
Hawk Fest - Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Hawk Watch Site at Cromwell Valley Park. Live birds of prey, bird walks, hawk counting, music, children's games and crafts! See website for details. Cromwell Valley Park Willow Grove Nature Education Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2503, www.cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Train rides for the whole family. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains running on a 3/5 mile double track railroad through Baltimore's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. No charge for the ride, but our 501(C)3 organization accepts donations at the gate. Second Sundays through November. 1950 Eagle Drive, Leakin Park, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6 months- 90 years, 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
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Sep 16  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids by after school or on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Sep 17  
Family Dinner & Movie - Land Before Time - A kids-of-all-ages buffet dinner and movie. Expect childhood favorites like pigs-in-a-blanket, fish sticks, and sliders. "The Land Before Time" will play on the big screen as dinner is served. A portion of your ticket will support Kerplunk! Creative Alliance's free family art drop-in. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, Baltimore, 6 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
Nature Tots: Crabs! - Join us to learn more about one of Maryland's most famous animals - Crabs! We will be exploring the world of these cool crustaceans through stories, games, crafts and live animals! Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 09/16/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Sep 18  
Life Undercover - Take a hike through the forest to discover the mysterious undercover world of a fallen log! Learn why these dead trees make such a great home and who lives inside. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. by 09/17/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Itsy Bitsy Infants - A program designed for our smallest scientists, 0 to 24 months with their adult caregivers. Stimulate those young minds and help develop their earliest skills by enjoying music, rhymes, finger plays and more. Free with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 0- 24 mos, 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Sep 19  
So-Long to Summer Campfire Sing-a-Long - The days are getting shorter, so let’s celebrate while we still have a sliver of summer. Sing songs, tell tales and, best of all, roast s’mores as we salute a wonderful summer! Rain date Sept. 26. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 6:15- 8 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Tales & Tails! - Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an up close interaction with Irvine’s animal friends! Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 443-738-9220, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rockin' The Red Breast Cancer Fundraiser at White Marsh Mal - White Marsh Mall and The Red Devils organization have teamed up to raise money to support families affected by breast cancer through the First Annual "Rockin’ The Red" charity event. 24-hour event from 9/19/14 at 5 p.m. to 9/20/14 at 5 p.m. White Marsh Mall, Lower Level Center Court, 5 p.m.- 5 p.m. next day, rockinthered.kintera.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Sep 20  
Nature Quest Canoe Trip - Enjoy canoeing on the lake while searching for the Nature Quest marker. Call or email to reserve a canoe. Robert E. Lee Park, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Every first and third weekend, enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Tea with American Girl Caroline - Learn about the life of American Girl Caroline in the Great Lakes area during the War of 1812. Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and also make a historic craft inspired by the adventures of Caroline. Bring your mom, dad, grandparent, or your friend and have fun with your favorite doll. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Family Fun Walk and 5k Timed Trail Run - 5k Trail Run and Family Fun Walk benefiting the Pregnancy Clinics in Bowie, Annapolis, and Severna Park. Runners entering the 5k pay a registration fee of $35, receive a commemorative t-shirt and chip timer. Registration is free for those who want to Walk. 1534 General's Highway, Crownsville, 8-. 11 a.m., Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. by can register the day of the event 410-431-5000, walkandrun.org.  
 
 
Fall Family Camp Out - Celebrate the last official weekend before the Fall equinox. Bring your own tent and camping gear, and we’ll provide the night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast. Be on time to set up your tent and bring you own bag dinner. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Breakfast with the Chimps - Enjoy dining al fresco while the chimpanzees curiously peek out their viewing windows at the guests! A full breakfast menu will be served buffet-style. After breakfast, guests are treated to a special chimpanzee keeper chat. Last but not least, guests will make a special enrichment treat. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 8:30- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-552-5276, www.marylandzoo.org.  
 
 
Dam Jam: A Baltimore City DPW Event - Learn to appreciate all the work that goes into providing you the best drinking water possible and the responsibility we share in protecting and preserving our water supply. Enjoy music, food, art, historic re-enactors, native wildlife presentations, a shuttle ride to the Dam, and plenty of fun. Willow Grove Nature Education Center, Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-2503, www.cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
Aladdin - What would you do with three wishes? This is the question that haunts the humble tailor Aladdin as he stumbles across a magic lamp and falls head first into adventure. This Arabian tale features blazing deserts, fierce villains, a beautiful princess and one really, really valuable lamp. Pumpkin Theatre, Owings Mills, 1 & 3 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, by midnight day before Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.org.  
 
 
Honey Harvest Festival - Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association as they celebrate the Annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival! Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making demonstrations, product sales, and much more! Refreshments will be availa Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Cruisin' For Our Heroes - The Fire Museum salutes area firefighters, EMS, police and military personnel with its annual Cruisin' for Our Heroes. Visitors can enjoy fire engine rides, Dalmatians, police K9 dogs and antique fire engine demonstrations. There will also be police vehicles, antique cars and motorcycles on display. Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 2- adult, 410-321-7500, firemuseummd.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Snakes! - From corn snakes to cobras, explore the fantastic world of everyone's favorite slithering reptile. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30 & 11 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Past Times for Children - Why Do Some Towns Grow - Children will learn why a town is created and what it needs to become successful. Creating communities will be discussed through pictures, books, and various activities. They will create a successful town as their craft. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by September 15, 2014, Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Sep 21  
Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Every first and third weekend, enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Citizen Stand: Battle for Baltimore 1814 - Help us welcome BSA to the JMM for a performance of their latest student production. Three short plays explore different experiences for Baltimoreans in the lead up to the War of 1812, including a character similar to Mendes Cohen. Jewish Museum of Mayland, Baltimore, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 9- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority Police will host the 6th annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk. Participants will run or walk in the Fort McHenry Tunnel to raise money funds for the Special Olympics Maryland. 4000 Leland Avenue, Baltimore, BORE 4 - Fort McHenry Tunnel, 8 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-308-1870, tunnelrun5k.kintera.org.  
 
 
Abell Street Fair 2014 - This year's fair will include live music, food, drinks, craft vendors, plus plenty that's new and exciting to make this the best fair yet. Abell Avenue between 31st Street and 33rd Street, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., www.abellimprovement.org.  
 
 
Aladdin - What would you do with three wishes? This is the question that haunts the humble tailor Aladdin as he stumbles across a magic lamp and falls head first into adventure. This Arabian tale features blazing deserts, fierce villains, a beautiful princess and one really, really valuable lamp. Pumpkin Theatre, Owings Mills, 1 & 3 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, by midnight day before Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.org.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Identify birds by sight and sound on this guided tour with short walks through several refuge habitats. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 09/20/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Tiny Tots: Nature & Music - Learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., Ages: 18 mos.- 3 1/2 yrs, Reserv Reqd. by 09/20/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
FARE Walk for FOOD ALLERGY – Baltimore - The FARE Walk for FOOD ALLERGY is a family-friendly event taking place in Greater Baltimore, MD to raise funds for food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research. The FARE Walk for FOOD ALLERGY brings together people seeking a safe world for those living with food allergies. Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane Ellicott City, 10:30 a.m.- noon, 703-563-3084, goo.gl/5YJHwT.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Pediatric/Adult CPR and AED Training - Learn the vital knowledge and skills you will need to respond to a life-threatening situation with confidence. This training will teach you how to perform CPR on a child or adult and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This program is useful for parents and caregivers. DBJCC, 1118 Light St, Federal Hill, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-559-3618, dbjcc.org/Upcoming_Events.html.  
 
 
8th Annual Walkabout Abilities - Don’t miss this fun, inspiring, community fundraiser that brings individuals, families and the community together to support Marylanders with disabilities. Following the 2-mile walk, participants can sample refreshments (including ice cream sundaes donated by The Coleman Family), and more. 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, 8:30 a.m.- noon, 410-828-7700 ext. 1298, www.abilitiesnetwork.org.  
 
 
Family Farm Day - Join us for a day of fun on the farm! Featuring local vendors exhibiting their fresh produce, prepared foods, & crafts. Watch demos about sheep shearing & blacksmithing as you enjoy live music all day long. Kid activities include pony rides, face painting, tractor rides, games, and more! Baltimore County Agriculture Center, 1114 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-229-0530, www.marylandagriculture.org/content/17608.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Heritage tour--Jonestown and the Shot Tower - Explore historic streets, walk on top of a river, look inside the landmark Shot Tower. The level, stroller-friendly route wends past an historic church, a Brutalist building as big as 17 football fields, & Art Deco stone stallions for a thumbnail lesson in local lore. Cost: $5 Meet at Hollywood Diner at Farmer's Market, 600 E.Saratoga St., 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-332-9992, baltimoreheritage.org.  
 
 
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Sep 22  
Tint Tots: Nature & Music - Learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 18 mos.- 3 1/2 yrs, Reserv Reqd. by 09/21/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Sep 23  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids by after school or on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
Based on Books: Slugs and Snails - Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets, props, and activities. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 5, Reserv Reqd. by 09/22/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Sep 24  
Fall Nature Hike - Learn how animals and plants are preparing for fall's arrival through a hike, game and a craft. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. by 09/23/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Sep 25  
Gadget and Gizmo's Science Puppet Show - This experience is designed for children 5 and younger with their adult caregiver. Join Gadget and Gizmo as they explore and discover a variety of science concepts. Enjoy music, dancing, movement activities and more in this interactive puppet show. Included with paid admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 11- 11:30 a.m., 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Open House - A Day In The Life Of A Farmer - School's out! Included in the day is a class on bees and how they help the farmers. Plus, feed the farm animals, go through the mini corn maze, enjoy a hayride through the Cattail Creek, then harvest a pumpkin and an ear of popcorn to take home. Admission price per child. Adults are free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 09/24/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Sep 26  
Fall Campout - Experience the forest night life with this family campout. Rangers will lead the group on a night hike and end the evening with a campfire. Bring dinner on Friday, or bring food to cook over the fire. Saturday breakfast will be provided. Bring your own tent, or call 410-887-4156 to rent one. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Book Festival - Featuring hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers, hands-on projects for kids, entertainment, food and drinks. This year at a new location. Inner Harbor, Baltimore, noon- 8 p.m., www.baltimorebookfestival.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Sep 27  
Intro to Geocaching - Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to exercise both mind and body? Try geocaching, the fast-growing sport that’s akin to a modern-day treasure hunt. We’ll explain geocaching basics and find caches located right here in the park. When registering note if you will need to reserve a GPS. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Royal Flags with Culture Queen - Did you know that African Americans have their own national flag? Have you wondered why the American flag is red, white, and blue? Teaching artist Culture Queen leads children in exploring the history, colors, and symbols of both flags through storytelling, music, movement, arts and crafts. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 6- 10, 443-263-1800, www.rflewismuseum.org/event/2014/royal-flags.  
 
 
Dundalk Housing Fair - The Dundalk Housing Fair will provide attendees with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with real estate agents, mortgage lenders, and renovation experts. Two guided bus tours will showcase homes for rent and purchase in Dundalk. Attendees will also have the chance to win a $5,000 “Golden Key” gran Dundalk/Sollers Point High Schools, 1901 Delvale Ave., Dundalk, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., 443-326-3444, unexpecteddundalk.com.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Urban Bird Watching Walks--Migration Madness - See how many bird species you can spot in Patterson Park during peak migration, including exotic species who stop briefly in the lush park as they fly over 1,000 miles to South America. Email one day in advance if you need binoculars. Fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
A''cord''ing to a Naturalist - Find out what plants in and around the park can be used to make rope in this cordage making workshop. Then, play a game of tug O’ war with our finished product! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Light the Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Annapolis. Help us walk to end cancer! Register online. Park Place, Annapolis, 5:30- 9 p.m., lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
Soft Circuit Challenge - Get hands on with the Maryland Science Center for our Soft Circuit Competition! Soft circuits blend the use of conductive materials and electrical components with craft materials and fabrics. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, noon- 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
National Estuaries Day Festival - Celebrate where rivers meet the sea! Canoe rides and races, refreshments, live music, fish seining, fishing derby, seedball slingshot, homemade boat contest, marsh snack shack, and lots more! Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Book Festival - Featuring hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers, hands-on projects for kids, entertainment, food and drinks. This year at a new location. Inner Harbor, Baltimore, noon- 8 p.m., www.baltimorebookfestival.org.  
 
 
Aladdin - What would you do with three wishes? This is the question that haunts the humble tailor Aladdin as he stumbles across a magic lamp and falls head first into adventure. This Arabian tale features blazing deserts, fierce villains, a beautiful princess and one really, really valuable lamp. Pumpkin Theatre, Owings Mills, 1 & 3 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, by midnight day before Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.org.  
 
 
Forever Star Pageant - Supermodel Style - Forever Star Pageant (FSP) is looking for our next Title Holders & All contestants receive an award. FSP is a natural & low glitz pageant, offers opportunities to increase verbal communication, leadership skills, encourage community service & promotes literacy. Visit FSP website, share your favorit Holiday Inn Dumfries, 3901 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, VA, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 months- 18 years, Reserv Reqd. by Aug 16, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 703-441-9001, www.foreverstarpageant.org.  
 
 
Fall Harvest and Craft Festival - This event will feature activities such as craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing & pressing, apple butter making, hay rides, and more. Admission $10.00 for adults, children 12 & under and members free. Steppingstone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 0- 150, Tickets Reqd. 410-939-2299, steppingstonemusuem.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
11th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair - The two-day outdoor exhibition will feature handmade wares from more than 100 artists and crafters. With more than 130 vendors selling homemade crafts in 2013, the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair was selected as one of Washington’s Top 100 Events. Union Market, located at 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, D.C. , 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards.  
 
 
Marian House 5K Race to Embrace Independence - A fun, healthy, family-friendly, and festive neighborhood celebration to highlight the successes of Marian House women. This event includes a 5K run, 5K walk, and 1 Mile Family Fun Run. Lake Montebello, Baltimore City, 9 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-467-4246, www.marianhouse.org/5K.  
 
 
Science Alive fro Kids Under Five: Deer! - Explore the amazing world of everyone's favorite cleft hoofed friends. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30 & 11 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Dogfest Featuring Paws On Parade Walkathon – A Doggone Great - Dogfest, featuring Paws on Parade Fundraising Walk-a-thon, is a dog day extravaganza for pets and pet lovers! Held by Baltimore Humane Society, it benefits the homeless animals at its no-kill shelter. This Family Fun day includes activities, games, dog swimming, events, food, and contests. Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, 10 am 5 pm Ages: 0- 100, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Museum Day Live! - Smithsonian Magazine will be hosting its 10th annual Museum Day Live! On this day, over 1,000 participating museums across the country will open their doors for free. Tickets for two people can be downloaded at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/tickets Over 1000 museums nationwide, Tickets Reqd. www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.  
 
 
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Sep 28  
Serpentine Nature Quest Hike - Hike on the back trails to the globally rare serpentine barrens and collect your serpentine Nature Quest rubbing along the way. See the last page or the park website for more information. Trail surface is packed dirt, with rocky incline. Difficulty level is moderate. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
A'cord'ing to a Naturalist - Find out what plants in and around the park can be used to make rope in this cordage making workshop. Then, play a game of tug O’ war with our finished product! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Caribbean Culture Fest - Celebrate the cultures of the Caribbean. Learn what makes each culture unique with entertaining performances, music, educational displays, and food. Howard County Library, Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 1:30- 4:30 p.m., www.hclibrary.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Book Festival - Featuring hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers, hands-on projects for kids, entertainment, food and drinks. This year at a new location. Inner Harbor, Baltimore, noon- 6 p.m., www.baltimorebookfestival.org.  
 
 
Aladdin - What would you do with three wishes? This is the question that haunts the humble tailor Aladdin as he stumbles across a magic lamp and falls head first into adventure. This Arabian tale features blazing deserts, fierce villains, a beautiful princess and one really, really valuable lamp. Pumpkin Theatre, Owings Mills, 1 & 3 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, by midnight day before Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.org.  
 
 
Fall Harvest and Craft Festival - This event will feature activities such as craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing & pressing, apple butter making, hay rides, and more. Admission $10.00 for adults, children 12 & under and members free. Steppingstone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 0- 150, Tickets Reqd. 410-939-2299, steppingstonemusuem.org.  
 
 
Beethoven's Eternal Masterworks - Come hear award-winning violinist Soovin Kim perform one of the most popular works ever written: Beethoven’s only violin concerto, a virtuosic masterpiece. When Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 was premiered, the press commented that it “projects its force upon all people of all ages". Kids 7-17 are free. The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, 8 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Lyrical Literature - Share your stories using many different art materials. Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required, drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
11th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair - The two-day outdoor exhibition will feature handmade wares from more than 100 artists and crafters. With more than 130 vendors selling homemade crafts in 2013, the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair was selected as one of Washington’s Top 100 Events. Union Market, located at 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, D.C. , 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Sep 30  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids by after school or on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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October

Oct 3  
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 4  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Early Literacy/Open House - Free Language Experience! Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Shared reading and themed activity. For more info and to RSVP, contact sdpreschool@comcast.net. St. Demetrios Preschool, 2504 Cub Hill Rd., Baltimore, 9:30- 11 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, 410-661-1090 x204, stdemetriosmd.org.  
 
 
Canoe & Kayak Tour - Bring your own canoe or kayak for a ranger-led paddle around Lake Roland. Explore the length of the lake looking for wildlife and learning about the history of Baltimore’s first public reservoir. All participants must wear a life jacket and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2:30- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Chessie Jam - Children's Music Fest - Chessie Jam – a Children’s Music Festival - will feature performances by Milkshake, Recess Monkey, Father Goose, Biz Markie from Yo Gabba Gabba and Justin Roberts. There will also be face-painting, a children’s drum circle, a storybook village, a moon-bounce, a photo-booth, tie-dying, and more. Pier Six Pavilion, Baltimore, noon- 6 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-1131, chessiejam.com.  
 
 
FazaFam @ Port Discovery every 1st Sat of the Month - Meet FazaFam, the Dance & Bmore Family Jam at Port Discovery every first Saturday of the month. Subscribe to our new Youtube page featuring family fitness spokesperson CJay Philip on FOX 45, plus you can have your own family dance jam with FazaFam music, games, and fun at www.fazafam.com. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 1:50 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410-871-8322, www.fazafam.com.  
 
 
Honey Harvest Festival - Celebrate the honey bee at the 33rd annual Honey Harvest Festival. Enjoy open hive demonstrations, honey extraction demos, beeswax candle dipping, mead making, make-your-own honey ice cream, puppet shows, animal encounters, children's crafts, face painting, food and drink vendors, and much more! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Open House & Iron Bridge Hounds - Included is a class on bees, plus feed the farm animals, a mini corn maze, hayrides, then take home a pumpkin and an ear of popcorn. At 11 a.m., Iron Bridge Hounds and Horses ride to the farm. A spectacular sight! Admission price per child. Adults are free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 10/03/14 Tickets Reqd. 410 489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 5  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Honey Harvest Festival - Celebrate the honey bee at the 33rd annual Honey Harvest Festival. Enjoy open hive demonstrations, honey extraction demos, beeswax candle dipping, mead making, make-your-own honey ice cream, puppet shows, animal encounters, children's crafts, face painting, food and drink vendors, and much more! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 7  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 10  
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 11  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Tie Dyeing for Fall - Leaves are changing and the last wildflowers are blooming. Capture nature’s colors to tie-dye a shirt. Please note t-shirt size when registering. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Light the Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Howard County. Help us walk to end cancer! Register online. Maple Lawn, Fulton, 5:30- 9 p.m., www.lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk - Help raise money and food for the Howard County Food Bank. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food to the event. To register and for more information, visit www.active.com/ellicott-city-md/running/races/glen-mar-family-5k-and-1-mile-walk-2014?int= Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 100, Reserv Reqd. by 10/9/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-796-0290,  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Oysters! - Investigate the fantastic world of these fantastic filter feeders! You’ll even have a chance to dissect one! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30 & 11 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Seasonal Cooking 365: Autumn’s Harvest - Explore healthy, whole-foods cooking with the unique ingredients of the season. Learn how to creatively use local fall vegetables in dishes that are family, kid, and budget-friendly! This workshop series is ideal for adults, teens, and preteens, and perfect for families learning together! Spoutwood Farm, 4255 Pierceville Road, Glen Rock, PA 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 10- adult, Reserv Reqd. by June 23, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 717-235-9272, spoutwood.org/education.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 12  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Fall Campfire - Spend a fall night exploring the park and then gather around the fire for campfire activities, including apple s’mores! Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 7- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Fall Tree and Plant Walk - Get lost in the colors of fall! Join a guided tour of the park looking at the many species of trees and plants found at Robert E. Lee. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Tie Dyeing for Fall - Leaves are changing and the last wildflowers are blooming. Capture nature’s colors to tie-dye a shirt. Please note t-shirt size when registering. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Story Pirates: Greatest Hits Show - The Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a sketch comedy musical performed by professional actors. A collection of some of the best stories and songs adapted from stories written by elementary school students. Gordon Center For Performing Arts, Owings Mills, 3 p.m., Ages: 3- 11, Tickets Reqd. 410-356-7469, storypirates.com.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Train rides for the whole family. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains running on a 3/5 mile double track railroad through Baltimore's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. No charge for the ride, but our 501(C)3 organization accepts donations at the gate. Second Sundays through November. 1950 Eagle Drive, Leakin Park, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6 months- 90 years, 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Boys' Latin School Open House - Families welcome. Begins with general presentation, and continues with mini classes for grade 3-11 applicants, campus tours, and opportunities to meet faculty and staff. 822 W. Lake Avenue/ Iglehart Center Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-377-5192, www.boyslatinmd.com.  
 
 
Carnival of the Animals - For its first bilingual (English/Spanish) production ever, the Puppet Co. presents Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.” This “Grand Zoological Fantasy” uses bunraku-style puppets, following the musical suite of Camille Saint-Saens. Runs Sept. 19 – Oct. 12. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rapunzel - “Rapunzel” is a bewitching adaptation of the Grimm’s fairytale, featuring the music of Jacques Ibert, a French composer in the early 1900s. In our story, Witch Wartsmith wants a baby, and after bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 13  
Jack and the Beanstalk - Come hear a tale of magic and beans, then plant some magic of your own. Reisterstown Road Branch, EPFL, 12 p.m., 410-396-0399, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
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Oct 14  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 16  
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 17  
School's Out Days - Looking for something fun for your child to do when school is out? Unplug the kids and let them spend the day at the park! Bring lunch, snack, and water. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Ongoing craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Open House - A Day In The Life Of A Farmer - Included is a class on bees and how they help the farmers. Plus, feed the farm animals, go through the mini corn maze, enjoy a hayride through the Cattail Creek, then harvest a pumpkin and an ear of popcorn to take home. Admission price per child. Adults are free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 2- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 10/16/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Oct 18  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Dvorák’s New World Symphony - Chee-Yun, violin Piotr Gajewski, conductor Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture", Sibelius's "Concerto for Violin" and Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World”). Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
Nature Quest Fest - Be sure to complete at least 5 trails in your Nature Quest booklet to receive admission to this exciting event. Activities will include canoeing, dam tours, live animals, and more! Pick up your booklet at Wegmans grocery store, ask a ranger for one, or download it from the park’s website, www.roberteleepark.org. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Every first and third weekend, enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
D.S. Can't Bowl Me Down - Bring the entire family and enjoy bowling for a great cause. D.S. Can't Bowl Me Down will benefit the Down Syndrome Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. Please contact Angie at MarylandDownSyndrome@yahoo.com for more info. AMF Bowling Lanes, 2165 York Road, Timonium, noon- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 10/15/2014 Tickets Reqd. supportus.kennedykrieger.org/angiewhite.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Ongoing craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Past Times for Children - Roads and How They Were Made - Throughout the years, roads have been made from various materials leaving animals, people, and vehicles having to adapt. Children will experience the difference through dramatic play, activities, and crafts. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by October 13, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Oct 19  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Dvorák’s New World Symphony - Chee-Yun, violin Piotr Gajewski, conductor Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture", Sibelius's "Concerto for Violin" and Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World”). Music Center at Strathmore, 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Every first and third weekend, enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Flight or Flight - Which animals are packing their bags and heading south for the winter? Who’s fighting the cold and staying put for the winter? Learn about and meet those who migrate and those who don’t. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Ongoing craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Heritage tour--Jonestown and the Shot Tower - Explore historic streets, walk on top of a river, look inside the landmark Shot Tower. The level, stroller-friendly route wends past an historic church, a Brutalist building as big as 17 football fields, & Art Deco stone stallions for a thumbnail lesson in local lore. Cost: $5 Meet at Hollywood Diner at Farmer's Market, 600 E.Saratoga St., 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-332-9992, baltimoreheritage.org.  
 
 
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Oct 21  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 23  
Music Together Open House - The Music Together program, provided by the Maryland Conservatory of Music, is an early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through age 7. Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. St. Matthews Lutheran Church at 1200 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: infant- 7, 443-243-7265, www.musictogether.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 24  
Zombie Horde Scavenger Hunt - Our second annual! Try to escape the zombies as you collect items at stations along our trail. Candy for all participants, and prizes for the quickest “survivor!” Not for the faint of heart! Bring a flashlight and fast shoes! Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Ghosts of Miner's Past Night Hike and Campfire - Over 150 years ago Oregon Ridge was once an active mining town. On this spooky, haunted hike you will encounter the unsettled souls that once roamed the ridge. Then, gather around the campfire for s’mores! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 9 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 25  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Harry Potter Halloween - Put on your wizard hat and cloak, you’ve been accepted into Wizarding School! Make Harry Potter themed crafts. Learn about the wizarding world, and meet a magical creature. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Light The Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Baltimore. Help us walk to end cancer! Register at online. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 5:30- 9 p.m., www.lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
4th Annual Fall Craft Show - Over 40 unique vendors. Free admission. Door prizes. Refreshments available. Crafting corner for children. Sponsored by Arbutus Senior Center. Arbutus Recreation Center Gym, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-887-1410,  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Creepy Crawlies! - Halloween is almost here, so let’s explore the world of creepy crawlies! We’ll look at worms and insects and everything in between! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Bone Soup (for the Whole Family)! - Join us for story time as we discover and make our own bone soup! Come in costume for some Halloween fun! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 26  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Harry Potter Halloween - Put on your wizard hat and cloak, you’ve been accepted into Wizarding School! Make Harry Potter themed crafts. Learn about the wizarding world, and meet a magical creature. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 28  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 29  
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! - Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be at the Baltimore Arena from October 29 – November 2. Baltimore Arena, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com.  
 
 
Natural Art in Autumn - Enjoy a nature hike while we explore the autumn changes in our natural surroundings. Collect leaves, acorns, seedpods and more to make an autumnal collage to enjoy throughout the year. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Oct 30  
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! - Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be at the Baltimore Arena from October 29 – November 2. Baltimore Arena, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Oct 31  
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! - Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be at the Baltimore Arena from October 29 – November 2. Baltimore Arena, 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com.  
 
 
Tricks and Treats at Oregon Ridge - Dress up in your best costume and stroll through the woods and meadow to learn the tricks plants and animals have up their “leaves”. Participants will get a treat at each stop so bring a bag. Hike approx. 1/2 mile. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 4:30- 5:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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November

Nov 1  
Mozart’s REQUIEM - Danielle Talamantes, soprano Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano Robert Baker, tenor Christopheren Nomura, baritone National Philharmonic Chorale Stan Engebretson, conductor. Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
History Walk - Learn about the history of the park which includes railroads, mining, wars and more. This two hour walk begins at the dam. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
FazaFam @ Port Discovery every 1st Sat of the Month - Meet FazaFam, the Dance & Bmore Family Jam at Port Discovery every first Saturday of the month. Subscribe to our new Youtube page featuring family fitness spokesperson CJay Philip on FOX 45, plus you can have your own family dance jam with FazaFam music, games, and fun at www.fazafam.com. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 1:50 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410-871-8322, www.fazafam.com.  
 
 
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! - Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be at the Baltimore Arena from October 29 – November 2. Baltimore Arena, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Wicked in the Woods - Paralysis, strangulation, derangement- just a few of the botanical atrocities afflicted on people unbeknownst to the powers. Join the Oregon Ridge Nature Center as a naturalist leads you through the park to find these wicked versus good plants. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Light the Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Frederick. Help us walk to end cancer! Register online. Baker Park, Frederick, 5:30- 9 p.m., www.lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
Cub/Boy Scout Day - Open to Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Boy Scouts. Learn about Morse Code and build your own Telegraph Key! Registration opens in September. Contact nem.education@gmail.com for more information. National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-765-0230, www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Open House - Farm Fun Day - Come join us in celebrating the fall harvest! Learn about the farm animals, feed the goats, enjoy the 7+ acre corn maze, hayrides, then pick a pie pumpkin to take home. A campfire will follow so bring along your s'more fixings! Registration required by 10/31. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 2 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 10/31/14 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Nov 2  
Sharp Farm Fall Season - 530 acre working farm. Free hayrides to pick your own pumpkins, 7+ acre educational corn maze, mini maze, scarecrow making, face painting, fall decorations, country store, local honey, cider and apples, mums, farm animals, popcorn, gourds, and more! Open every weekend thru Nov. 2nd. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Mozart’s REQUIEM - Danielle Talamantes, soprano Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano Robert Baker, tenor Christopheren Nomura, baritone National Philharmonic Chorale Stan Engebretson, conductor. Music Center at Strathmore, 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
Disney on Ice Presents Frozen! - Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. Disney On Ice presents Frozen! will be at the Baltimore Arena from October 29 – November 2. Baltimore Arena, 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., & 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com.  
 
 
Wicked in the Woods - Paralysis, strangulation, derangement- just a few of the botanical atrocities afflicted on people unbeknownst to the powers. Join the Oregon Ridge Nature Center as a naturalist leads you through the park to find these wicked versus good plants. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 4  
School's Out Days - Looking for something fun for your child to do when school is out? Unplug the kids and let them spend the day at the park! Bring lunch, snack, and water. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Pilgrim History & Hayride Open House - Guides dressed in costume will teach children about the Pilgrim's home life, the chores they had, the games they played, and about their relationship with the Native Americans. A hayride is included. Registration required by 11/03. Admission price per child. Adults are free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 2 p.m., Ages: 4- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 11/03/14 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Nov 6  
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 7  
41st Annual Maryland Irish Festival - The 41st Annual Maryland Irish Festival will feature traditional Irish dance, music, authentic food and drinks, a children's area, cultural demonstrations, and more. Timonium Fairgrounds, 6- 11 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 443-955-4513, www.irishfestival.com.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 8  
6th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk - Each pre-registered participant will receive a T-shirt, refreshments, a commemorative ice scraper, and two tickets to a Fighting Owls basketball doubleheader. Activities include the use of a seat belt convincer, DUI goggles, and texting-while-driving simulator. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, 9 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2249, www.harford.edu/heather.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
41st Annual Maryland Irish Festival - The 41st Annual Maryland Irish Festival will feature traditional Irish dance, music, authentic food and drinks, a children's area, cultural demonstrations, and more. Timonium Fairgrounds, 6- 11 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 443-955-4513, www.irishfestival.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 9  
41st Annual Maryland Irish Festival - The 41st Annual Maryland Irish Festival will feature traditional Irish dance, music, authentic food and drinks, a children's area, cultural demonstrations, and more. Timonium Fairgrounds, 6- 11 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 443-955-4513, www.irishfestival.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 11  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
Sharp Farm Pilgrim History & Hayride Open House - Guides dressed in costume will teach children about the Pilgrim's home life, the chores they had, the games they played, and about their relationship with the Native Americans. A hayride is included. Registration required by 11/10. Admission price per child. Adults are free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 2 p.m., Ages: 4- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 11/10/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Nov 13  
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 14  
Stories Around the Campfire - Gather around the campfire to hear stories and learn about the art of storytelling. Feel free to bring a short story or instrument! Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 15  
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Falling Behind - What’s left after all the mass migration of summer songbirds and blooming flowers? Plenty! Birds like the Northern Junco and White-throated sparrow have arrived in the park as well as interesting seed pods and animal signs. Hike through the changing habitats and find what’s new. FREE Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Past Times for Children - Cleaning Habits - In the 1800's keeping clean was difficult. Did people brush their teeth? How about bathing in a bathtub? Come to this class and experience it for yourself! Yes, we will be brushing our teeth with homemade toothpaste and sticks! Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by November 10, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Nov 16  
Falling Behind - What’s left after all the mass migration of summer songbirds and blooming flowers? Plenty! Birds like the Northern Junco and White-throated sparrow have arrived in the park as well as interesting seed pods and animal signs. Hike through the changing habitats and find what’s new. FREE Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble in INCREDIBLE FEETS - INCREDIBLE FEETS provides a music and dance performance that celebrates the world of percussive dances from Ireland, England, South Africa, Canada and the American South. The show includes audience participation and lots of foot tapping fun for the whole family. Gordon Center For Performing Arts, Owings Mills, 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-356-7469, www.footworks.org.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Heritage tour--Jonestown and the Shot Tower - Explore historic streets, walk on top of a river, look inside the landmark Shot Tower. The level, stroller-friendly route wends past an historic church, a Brutalist building as big as 17 football fields, & Art Deco stone stallions for a thumbnail lesson in local lore. Cost: $5 Meet at Hollywood Diner at Farmer's Market, 600 E.Saratoga St., 9:30- 10:45 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-332-9992, baltimoreheritage.org.  
 
 
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Nov 18  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Nov 20  
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 21  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Ongoing craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities included in your ticket price. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Times vary, Ages: 0- 7, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - “WHO’S that trip-trop-tromping on my bridge?!” hollers Clarence, the troll living under the bridge. The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a marionette romp in which three brothers “get the goat” of this green troll. Show runs Oct. 16 – Nov. 21, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, Ages: 3- 9, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Nov 22  
Pioneer Days - Build miniature log cabins, create corn husk dolls, play colonial games and dip your own candles to learn how early American pioneers lived. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Harvest Over a Campfire - Acorn cookies and pumpkin bread are a few of the delectable fall goodies cooked over a campfire. S’mores are also a must, so be sure to prepare for these yummy treats! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Ongoing craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities included in your ticket price. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Times vary, Ages: 0- 7, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
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Nov 23  
Harvest Over a Campfire - Acorn cookies and pumpkin bread are a few of the delectable fall goodies cooked over a campfire. S’mores are also a must, so be sure to prepare for these yummy treats! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Ongoing craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious gourmet goodies make the fall Festival a great destination for the entire family. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities included in your ticket price. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Times vary, Ages: 0- 7, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
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Nov 25  
Kenilworth Farmers' Market - The last market of the season! Local vendors selling veggies, fruit, meat, cheese, wine, flowers, and more! Bring the kids after school or stop by on the way home from work. Credit/Debit, WIC and SNAP accepted. 800 Kenilworth Drive, Next to Atwater's at The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson, 3:30- 6:30 p.m., thekenilworthmarket.com.  
 
 
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Nov 28  
The Nutcracker - The Puppet Co.’s annual holiday treat, The Nutcracker, features marionettes and larger-than-life costume characters, culminating in a delightful and thoroughly entertaining production for the entire family. Show runs Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2014. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10 a.m.- 1:50 p.m., Ages: 5- 99, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Nov 29  
Wreath Making - Make a decorative wreath from natural materials such as pine, spruce, and holly. Inside the ranger station, we’ll have everything you need to make a masterpiece and brave the cold — including hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday tunes! Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pioneer Days - Build miniature log cabins, create corn husk dolls, play colonial games and dip your own candles to learn how early American pioneers lived. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
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Nov 30  
Wreath Making - Make a decorative wreath from natural materials such as pine, spruce, and holly. Inside the ranger station, we’ll have everything you need to make a masterpiece and brave the cold — including hot chocolate, cookies, and holiday tunes! Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pioneer Days - Build miniature log cabins, create corn husk dolls, play colonial games and dip your own candles to learn how early American pioneers lived. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Natural Art in Autumn - Enjoy a nature hike while we explore the autumn changes in our natural surroundings. Collect leaves, acorns, seedpods and more to make an autumnal collage to enjoy throughout the year. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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December

Dec 5  
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Dec 6  
Echoes of the Past - Discover what life was like before your time. There are many exhibits and displays to see. The Heritage Society Museum located in the 1920 Fire/Police Station, Essex, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-574-6934, www.essexmuseum.com.  
 
 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Don't tell the Queen but Snow White surpasses all other beauties. This off beat musical version of this classic tale includes a band of misfit dwarfs that help Snow White fend off evil and find her Prince. Pumpkin Theatre, Owings Mills, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, by midnight day before Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.org.  
 
 
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Dec 12  
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Dec 19  
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Dec 20  
Past Times For Children - Life on a Farm - Life on a farm in the 1800's was very busy for children. Explore the routines of a day through the eyes of a child. Participate in dramatic play, activities, stories, and create a craft. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by December 15, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Dec 26  
Fridays After 5 at Maryland Science Center - Admission for Fridays After Five includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. All visitors pay just $9 for admission during Fridays After Five. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
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Dec 29  
School's Out Days - Looking for something fun for your child to do when school is out? Unplug the kids and let them spend the day at the park! Bring lunch, snack, and water. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
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January

Jan 10  
Rick Recht- A Community Havdalah Concert - Bring the whole family for a special evening of song with Jewish musical sensation Rick Recht, the top touring musician in Jewish music. His repertoire offers a unique blend of pop music, Hebrew and Jewish texts, and messages of social responsibility. Co-presented with PJ Library. Gordon Center For Performing Arts, Owings Mills, 7 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-356-7469, www.rickrecht.com.  
 
 
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June

Jun 14  
Harford Ballet Company presents Cinderella - This classic fairy tale will be a delight to audience members complete with a fairy Godmother, handsome prince and an unforgettable ball! The production features charming sets, beautiful costumes and magical staging. Bel Air High School, 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-877-0777, www.harfordballetcompany.org.  
 
 
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October

Oct 14  
Animal Mothers - Learn how wild moms care for their babies and meet the only marsupial mom in North America. Make a gift for the mom in your life. Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2503, cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
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September

Sep 6  
Ravens Spa Tailgate Party & Play Date - Whenever its not PINK its PURPLE! Join Tickled Pink & Posh Party Boutique at our Ravens Spa Tailgate Party & Play Date! The princesses will enjoy a RAVENS inspired manicure, Makeup Makeover, Designing of a purple craft, all while enjoying a pizza party,Drinks,Dessert, Singing Dancing & GAMES! Tickled Pink and Posh Party Boutique, 9627 Reisterstown Rd, Owings Mills, 1- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 8/30/14 Tickets Reqd. 443-204-0076, www.tickledpinkandposhparty.com.  
 
 
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Sep 14  
Nature Quest Canoe Tour - Enjoy canoeing on the lake while searching for the Nature Quest marker. Call or email to reserve a canoe. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
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May

May 24  
Fairies and Elves - Learn all about these mysterious inhabitants of the forest and search for their presence at Oregon Ridge Park. Enjoy crafting houses for them and make a craft to take home, too! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.