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Events Ongoing Throughout February  
  Amateur Olympiad 2016 - Call for amateur athletes from the ages of 7 to grandma and grandpa. This family-friendly event features child appropriate events, and events for the entire family. Track and field, swimming, crossfit, dance, and volleyball are a few of the scheduled events. Pre-register online today. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 5/12 through 7/23 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd, www.amateurolympiad.org.  
 
 
  A Series of Adventures for Young Children and Parents - Make new friends at Harford Day School! Enjoy "A Series of Adventures for Young Children and Parents." Register for individual classes or come to all 5 sessions Tuesdays, January 26, through February 23, 2016! Classes are FREE but advance registration at www.harfordday.org is required. Harford Day School, 715 Moores Mill Road, Bel Air, 1/26 through 2/23 9:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd, 410-838-4848, www.harfordday.org.  
 
 
  Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration - The Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration is an annual Buddhist meditation festival in Baltimore that includes teachings, a blessing ceremony called an empowerment, and guided meditations. An empowerment is a blissful guided meditation. Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland, 900 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore, 2/18 through 3/20 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-243-3837, www.meditationinmaryland.org.  
 
 
  Maple Sugar Time - How do you get sap from a tree? How is maple sugar made? Who made syrup? Enjoy this ongoing weekend program where we'll tap a tree, taste sap, and boil up maple syrup. Tree tapping hikes every hour until 3 p.m. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2/20 through 2/28 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Events Ongoing Throughout March  
  28th Annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - This year's films take us through space and time, making stops throughout history at points around the globe. The stories and characters shine a light on unsung heroes, tragedies, cultural history, and the varied landscape of Jewish life. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, 3/12 through 4/17 Tickets Reqd. www.gordoncenter.com.  
 
 
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Friday Night Stargazing - See the Moon, planets, and stars through our historic and now computer controlled Alvan Clark & Sons 8? refracting telescope. The Observatory is open to the public every Friday, weather permitting. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 7- 10:30 p.m., 410-545-2999, www.mdsci.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.  
 
 
Art On The Trail - On the Red Trail just beyond the Light Rail Tracks, hikers can view sculptures created by local artists. These sculptures combine art and nature in the captivating winter scenery of Robert E. Lee Park. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, www.relpnc.org/art-trail-2.  
 
 
Peanuts...Naturally - A light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts’ comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations. Activity stations allow kids of all ages to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. From Jan. 29-Apr. 24, 2016. Bel Air Library, 100 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Bel Air, 410-273-5600, hcplonline.org.  
 
 
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February

Feb 14  
Parents Night Out - Parents can spend a Valentine’s evening out while kids have fun in the park. Kids will play games, make crafts, and learn about the funny, surprising, and downright weird ways animals find that special someone. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 6- 9 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/12/2016 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: The Four Seasons - Stay warm inside the Walters and explore winter, spring, summer, and fall through paintings, sculptures, and collage. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Valentine’s Photos With Your Pet and Friendship Vows - Get a Valentine photo with your pet or take a vow of forever friendship with your furry friend this Valentine’s Day at Baltimore Humane Society’s BowWow Meow Chapel of Love. Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, noon- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 02/13/16 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org/news-events/valentines-day.  
 
 
Great Backyard Bird Count - For the love of birds! Help count birds for a global project. Our observations will help Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn how to protect them. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Valentine Workshop - Let's love the Earth this Valentine's Day! Learn more about where paper comes from and ways to conserve natural resources while making paper from recycled materials. Craft your very own valentine that can be cherished by a loved one for years to come, and enjoy a few Valentine's Day treats! Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by day of event, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers Operating Model Trains - Two model railroad empires occupying 2500 sq. ft., operating trains and trolleys in HO & O scale, making this the largest permanent model railroad display in the area, static model displays, railroad heralds, and railroad artifacts. 225 W. Saratoga St (3rd floor walk-up), Baltimore, 1- 5 p.m., 410-837-BSME (2763), www.modelengineers.com/shows.html.  
 
 
Stop, Swap, and Save - The SWAP is the place to sell your old parts and bikes or take advantage of unbelievable deals on everything you need for cycling. Buy, sell, browse, shop, trade, or just hang out with industry reps, individual vendors, bike shops, manufacturers and like-minded cyclists. Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., www.stopswapandsave.com.  
 
 
School's Out! - Enjoy open bounce while school's out. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 1- 16, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, Www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Nature Connections: Minerals - Find out about the 4,000 minerals that are used in our laptops, tablets, and smart phones, cars and household appliances. We’ll have several collections on hand for you to examine in close detail, with more crafts and activities tailored for children. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Rd; Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-882-5376, www.marylandnature.org/nature-connections/.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
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Feb 15  
School's Out for President's Day! - Enjoy open bounce while school's out. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, 1- 7 p.m., Ages: 1- 16, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
School's Out Days - Looking for something fun for your child to do when school is out? Un-plug the kids and let them spend the day exploring nature at the park! Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Extended care availble from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 01/15/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
School’s Out Day - Looking for something fun for your child to do when school is out? Unplug the kids and let them spend the day exploring nature at the park. Bring lunch, snack, and water. Extended care available. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
School's Day Out On The Farm - Join farm educators on select days - when Baltimore County Schools a hands-on, experiential learning in a farm setting. Each camp day will feature a different farming theme. Lessons, games, and crafts will relate to the theme. Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 6- 11, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
Valentine Workshop - Let's love the Earth this Valentine's Day! Learn more about where paper comes from and ways to conserve natural resources while making paper from recycled materials. Using handmade paper, craft your very own valentine that can be cherished by a loved one for years to come, and enjoy a few treats! Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. by day of event, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
School's Out Day Camp - School's out! Join the naturalist for a day filled with hands-on activities and nature-themed games. Take a hike, explore the stream, and meet some of the resident animals. Bring a bag lunch (no peanuts)and a change of clothes. Wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 12, Reserv Reqd. by day of event, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
School's Out! - Enjoy open bounce while school's out. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 1- 16, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, Www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
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Feb 16  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
School's Out! - Enjoy open bounce while school's out. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 1- 16, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, Www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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Feb 17  
Storytime at Ladew: Trees are Terrific! - Nature stories and a craft. 10:30-11:15 a.m. (ages 2-4 suggested) or 12:30-1:15 p.m. (3-6). Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 02/16/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570 ext 216, lkahl@ladewgardens.com, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Winter Wednesday Movies - View a popular children's full-dome film that explores a fun, educational topic. Feature film: Earth, Moon and Sun. Show begins promptly. Arrive 10-15 minutes before show starts. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Animal Survivors! - Find out the importance of protection and defense for animals and discover how various animals defend themselves. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by 02/16/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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Feb 18  
Arbutus Sailorettes - Try twirling a baton! Join Maryland's oldest Majorette, Color Guard and Drum Corps. The Sailorettes march in parades near and as far as Ocean City. Drum Corps meets Tuesday, Color Guard meets Wednesday, and Majorettes meet Thursday. Maiden Choice School, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, ArbutusSailorettes@gmail.com, arbutussailorettes.weebly.com.  
 
 
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Feb 19  
Preschool Nature Series - Children's natural curiosity will be engaged through stories, activities, live animals, crafts, snacks, and exploration of Eden Mill Park. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris - I Dig Worms! An hour of fun and education for our youngest nature lovers. Register early as slots fill fast. Suggested donation per child. Meet on northeast side of Boat Lake, Patterson Park, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 02/17/16 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Family Friday at the NatureSphere - Treat your family to spectacular space delights! This program features family friendly planetarium presentation about our night sky. Feature film: Stars. Arrive 10-15 minutes before show starts. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 6:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/19/2016 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Sleeping Beauty - From spectacular action to the breathtaking beauty of pageantry to the magical power of love, Sleeping Beauty has something to delight everyone. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Main Theatre, Annapolis, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-263-5544, www.marylandhall.org.  
 
 
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Feb 20  
The Monster Who Ate My Peas - Arts Power's original musical production brings to life the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power. Carroll County Arts Center, Westminster, 11 a.m., Ages: 5- 7, Tickets Reqd. 410-848-7272, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: The Four Seasons - Stay warm inside the Walters and explore winter, spring, summer, and fall through paintings, sculptures, and collage. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Young People's Concerts - Narrator Greg Jukes and friends from Dance Connections join the Orchestra for Scheherezade, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Try your hand at playing instruments at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Children 11 and under admitted free. The Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 0- 100, Tickets Reqd. 410-465-8777, www.columbiaorchestra.org/season/events/young-peoples.  
 
 
Young People's Concerts - Narrator Greg Jukes and friends from Dance Connections join the Orchestra for Scheherezade, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Try your hand at playing instruments at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo. Children 11 and under admitted free. The Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, 1 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Tickets Reqd. 410-465-8777, www.columbiaorchestra.org/season/events/young-peoples.  
 
 
Picture Book Workshop with Illustrator Shadra Strickland - Create picture book art with illustrator Shadra Strickland after hearing her children’s book, Sunday Shopping. Ms. Strickland will show children how to draw like an illustrator and discuss how she got started. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., lewismuseum.org/event/2015/picture-book-workshop-with.  
 
 
Maple Sugaring Weekends at Oregon Ridge Nature Center - Come on down to the ORNC Sugar Shack to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take an invigorating hike to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Then, taste maple syrup and sugar! Hikes on the hour. Sugar on the snow demos at 12:30 and 3:45 p.m. Free. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Know Yer Birds - Fly in for some winter bird fun at our feeders and beyond as you help us identify birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Make and take home a simple feeder for the birds in your backyard. Dress for the weather. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/19/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
Stellar Saturday Mornings - A before-lunch time movie in our NatureSphere planetarium. Full dome movies explore fun educational topics. Film: Dinosaurs Alive. Show begins promptly, arrive 10-15 minutes before show starts. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:15 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Lil' Acorns Winter Wonders - This is your chance to share with your youngster the fascinating changes that occur in winter through parent/child interactive program including song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short hike. February theme: All Around Underground. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 3, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Maple Magic - The sap is flowing and we're making syrup! Take a short hike to the maple tree stand to learn more about this age-old process, as well as the legends and stories that surround it. This program is weather-dependent. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by day of event, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Stoneleigh Elementary Winter Carnival - Carnival games, crafts, cake walk and concessions. Buy advanced tickets on line or at the ticket booth area. Snow date: February 27. Stoneleigh Elementary, 900 Pemberton Road, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-259-3828, www.stoneleighpta.org/news-and-events/wintercarnival.  
 
 
Maple Magic at Ladew Gardens Feb. 20 & 21, 2016 - Experience the process of maple sugaring by heading out to Ladew’s Nature Walk to identify trees, observe tapped maple trees, and collect some sap. Then, learn how to make syrup. Tasty maple snacks will be provided. Two 90-minute tours given each day at noon and 2 p.m. Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, noon & 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 02-18-16 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Celestial Stories - Bring your little one out for a short, kid-friendly planetarium show geared for ages 3-5. Each show highlights a different constellation or star pattern. Afterwards, meet an animal related to the constellation story. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- adult, Reserv Reqd. by day of event, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Mommy and Me Storybook Drama - Each Saturday we will explore a different story book with you and your child. Class will start with reading the story together. Little ones will engage the story through dramatic play activities that involve movement, music and dance (with fun costumes and props, of course!). Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 1- 3, Tickets Reqd. 443-615-7055 x7142, www.everymantheatre.org/classes/youth.  
 
 
Weekend Workers at the BMI - It’s all about fun as kids of all ages discover how things work. Free with Museum admission. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
Critter Dinner Time - Watch turtles, amphibians, and snakes eat as you learn about these fascinating creatures. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abington, 10:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Sleeping Beauty - From spectacular action to the breathtaking beauty of pageantry to the magical power of love, Sleeping Beauty has something to delight everyone. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Main Theatre, Annapolis, 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-263-5544, www.marylandhall.org.  
 
 
Picture Book Workshop with Illustrator Shadra Strickland - Create picture book art with illustrator Shadra Strickland after hearing her children’s book, "Sunday Shopping." Children will learn how to draw like an illustrator and discuss how she got started. In conjunction with the current exhibition Ruth Starr Rose. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Ages: 5- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-263-1800, www.LewisMuseum.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Feb 21  
Peabody at the JMM - A musical exploration, featuring songs by Peabody Institute Chair of Early Childhood Dr. Eric Rasmussen. Registration is required. Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 8, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: The Four Seasons - Stay warm inside the Walters and explore winter, spring, summer, and fall through paintings, sculptures, and collage. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Maple Sugaring Weekends at Oregon Ridge Nature Center - Come on down to the ORNC Sugar Shack to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take an invigorating hike to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Then, taste maple syrup and sugar! Hikes on the hour. Sugar on the snow demos at 12:30 and 3:45 p.m. Free. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Take A Leap Dance Day - A full day of FREE dance for the whole family! Take a class in West African, Swing, Flamenco, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet. Fun for all ages to enjoy. Towson University Center for the Arts and JCC Owings Mills, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3- 75, 410-704-3495, www.jcc.org/sites/default/files/DanceCelebration.pdf.  
 
 
Winter Fairy Tea Party - Your little one dons a pair of fairy wings and then creates their own fairy house to take home. Savor an impeccably catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea tea room. Enjoy tea, lemonade, and delightful treats just right for little fingers. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/14/2016 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Women & Teens Self Defense Workshop for Charity - Learn to protect yourself with basic skills to avoid trouble, escape techniques when you can't avoid trouble, and techniques for fighting back when you can't escape. 100% of proceeds will go to a local domestic violence safe house. Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, Arnold, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 13- adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-431-5200, www.JingYing.org.  
 
 
Maple Magic at Ladew Gardens Feb. 20 & 21, 2016 - Experience the process of maple sugaring by heading out to Ladew’s Nature Walk to identify trees, observe tapped maple trees, and collect some sap. Then, learn how to make syrup. Tasty maple snacks will be provided. Two 90-minute tours given each day at noon and 2 p.m. Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, noon & 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 02-18-16 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Peabody at the JMM - Enjoy this musical exploration, featuring songs by Peabody Institute Chair of Early Childhood, Dr. Eric Rasmussen. Registration is required. Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Adventures in Self-Care with Body Acceptance Advocate - Melissa Fabello, body acceptance and eating disorder recovery advocate, will provide personal insight into the mechanics of recovery while exploring ways in which honest, holistic wellness can be cultivated from the inside-out. Pre-registration required at eatingdisorder.org/events or 410-427-3886. The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by Feb. 21 410-427-3886, www.eatingdisorder.org.  
 
 
Maple Magic - The sap is flowing and we're making syrup! Take a short hike to the maple tree stand to learn more about this age-old process, as well as the legends and stories that surround it. This program is weather-dependent. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by day of event, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Playing for Life: Art Under Tyranny - The Jewish Kulturbund was a cultural association of Jewish musicians and performing artists who survived Nazi Germany. This multimedia presentation features stories based on filmed interviews with members of this unique group. Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, 1- 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Sleeping Beauty - From spectacular action to the breathtaking beauty of pageantry to the magical power of love, Sleeping Beauty has something to delight everyone. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Main Theatre, Annapolis, 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-263-5544, www.marylandhall.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
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Feb 22  
School Program: Homeschool Day - Discounted admission to Museum exhibitions available. An engaging day of programs aimed at helping homeschooled students understand the ways they can affect the world. Design a home for an animal or to resist a blizzard, build a green roof, and more. National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington DC, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 4- 14, Reserv Reqd. by 02/18/16 Tickets Reqd. 202-272-2448, www.go.nbm.org.  
 
 
Pre-K Nature Drop-In (Insects In Winter) - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. This program is for families. Groups must call the office to schedule a trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 11- noon, Ages: 2- 5, 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Feb 23  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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Feb 24  
Winter Wednesday Movies - View a popular children's full-dome film that explores a fun, educational topic. Feature film: Zula Patrol. Show begins promptly. Arrive 10-15 minutes before show starts. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Wednesday Puppet Theater - February topic: Opossums. You'll be introduced to a delightful cast of characters, hear their stories, and interact with them. After the show, create a simple craft to take home. Kids must be accompanied by registered adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars recommended. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/23/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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Feb 25  
Arbutus Sailorettes - Try twirling a baton! Join Maryland's oldest Majorette, Color Guard and Drum Corps. The Sailorettes march in parades near and as far as Ocean City. Drum Corps meets Tuesday, Color Guard meets Wednesday, and Majorettes meet Thursday. Maiden Choice School, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, ArbutusSailorettes@gmail.com, arbutussailorettes.weebly.com.  
 
 
Lakeforest Mall's Adventure Kids Concert with Groovy Nate! - Visit website for event details: www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids-Events. Lakeforest Mall, JCPenney Court, Level 1 near the Play Area, Gaithersburg, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 1- 6, 301-670-0599, www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids-Events.  
 
 
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Feb 26  
Preschool Nature Series - Children's natural curiosity will be engaged through stories, activities, live animals, crafts, snacks, and exploration of Eden Mill Park. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Nature Tots: Owls! - Introduce your preschooler to the wonderful world of owls through songs, stories and crafts in this interactive program. It’s a hoot! Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 02/25/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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Feb 27  
Drop-In Art Activities: The Four Seasons - Stay warm inside the Walters and explore winter, spring, summer, and fall through paintings, sculptures, and collage. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
FREE! Family Fun--Urban Bird Watching Walks - The theme of this walk is "Winter Visitors". Bring the kids to stroll and search for winter birds in Patterson Park. More than 200 bird species have been spotted in that urban oasis. Binoculars available to borrow. Request them in advance via email -- ppaudubon@gmail.com. Meet at fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Maple Sugaring Weekends at Oregon Ridge Nature Center - Come on down to the ORNC Sugar Shack to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take an invigorating hike to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Then, taste maple syrup and sugar! Hikes on the hour. Sugar on the snow demos at 12:30 and 3:45 p.m. Free. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Yoga Storytelling - Ready, set, let's flow into some stories! Story Warriors learn to combine yoga poses, breath, and relaxation with the art of storytelling as they recount and rework beloved children's tales while learning to embody and release the emotions of their characters. Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 4- 8, Tickets Reqd. 443-615-7055 x 7142, everymantheatre.org/classes/youth.  
 
 
Star Storytelling: Our Constellations - Discover the stories behind favorite constellations in the planetarium. February topic: Orion the Hunter. Show begins promptly, arrive 10-15 min. before show. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 8, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Discover Engineering Family Day - Free. Drop-in program. Engineers design the bridges you drive across, improve the food you eat, work on the fabrics you wear, and even build computers like the ones we used to make this calendar! Engineers help to create or improve many of the things you use in your daily life. National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington DC, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, 202-272-2448, www.nbm.org/families-kids/festivals/discover-engineer.  
 
 
Bare Branch Bash - Discover the wonders of the winter woods in this collaborative program between Robinson Nature Center and the Howard County Woodworkers Guild (www.hcwg.org). Learn how you can tell trees apart in the winter, and watch HCWG demonstrate woodcarving techniques. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 6- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Moss Workshop - Join the Natural History Society of Maryland for an in-depth study of selected mosses at Banneker Park. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: teens- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 01/29/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8:15- 10:15 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 02/26/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Owl Prowl - Explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 5:30- 7 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/26/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 8:15- 10:15 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 02/26/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Owl Prowl - Explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 5:30- 7 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 02/26/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Weekend Workers at the BMI - It’s all about fun as kids of all ages discover how things work. Free with Museum admission. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
Nature Tots: Owls! - Introduce your preschooler to the wonderful world of owls through songs, stories and crafts in this interactive program. It’s a hoot! Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 02/26/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Painting with Nature - Hike to gather natural items to apply paint in novel ways to create a beautiful work of art. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abington, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Feb 28  
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: The Four Seasons - Stay warm inside the Walters and explore winter, spring, summer, and fall through paintings, sculptures, and collage. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Maple Sugaring Weekends at Oregon Ridge Nature Center - Come on down to the ORNC Sugar Shack to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take an invigorating hike to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Then, taste maple syrup and sugar! Hikes on the hour. Sugar on the snow demos at 12:30 and 3:45 p.m. Free. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Hopkins Symphony Concert for Children & Families - This free concert features the music of Bach and Saint-Saens, along with organ soloist Felix Hell. After the concert, the audience is invited on stage to meet the musicians and try out instruments. Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, Baltimore, 3- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-516-6542, pages.jh.edu/~jhso.  
 
 
Alice in Wonderland by Ballet Theatre of Maryland - You will be dazzled by this Lewis Carroll classic as the Ballet Theatre of Maryland weaves together dance, theater, and music to bring Wonderland to life. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, 1 & 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-356-7469, www.gordoncenter.com.  
 
 
Nature Connections: Skulls & Teeth - Preserved animal skulls can be "read" to reveal the history and lifestyle of an animal. Skulls will give clues on an animal’s dietary habits (food chains), predator/prey relationships, anatomy, biology, ecology, habitats, adaptation/evolution and behavior. Find out how to read these clues. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Rd, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-882-5376, www.marylandnature.org/nature-connections.  
 
 
Alice in Wonderland by Ballet Theatre of Maryland - You will be dazzled by this Lewis Carroll classic as the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, the state’s premiere professional ballet company, weaves together dance, theater, and music to bring Wonderland to life. Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, Owings Mills, 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.gordoncenter.com.  
 
 
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Feb 29  
Pre-K Nature Drop-In (Maple Syrup) - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. This program is for families. Groups must call the office to schedule a trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 11 a.m.- noon, 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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March

Mar 1  
Story time at Ladew: Goosey Goosey Gander - Nature stories and a craft. 10:30-11:15 a.m. (ages 2-4 suggested) or 12:30-1:15 p.m. (3-6). Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 02/29/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570 ext 216, lkahl@ladewgardens.com, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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Mar 2  
Family Friday at the NatureSphere - Treat your family to spectacular space delights! This program features family friendly planetarium presentation about our night sky. Feature film: Earth, Moon and Sun. Arrive 10-15 minutes before show starts. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 6:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/02/2016 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
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Mar 3  
Nature, Mom and Me - You and your preschooler will enjoy a different nature topic in each class with hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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Mar 4  
Bookworm Story Time - Nature stories with storyteller’s choice of a fun activity such as animal encounters, puppets or crafts. Free. No registration required. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Ladybug Girl & Bumblebee Boy: The Musical - Inspired by the New York Times Top 10 best-selling Children's Books, this lively new musical "buzzes" with the inventive energy of childhood and celebrates the power of imagination and promotes a sense of adventure. Harford Community College, Amoss Center, 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2211, www.harford.universitytickets.com.  
 
 
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Mar 5  
Weekend Walk-In - A hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! AVAM's Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 16 w/ adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-1900 x232, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Maple Sugaring - Learn the art of turning sap into syrup from our rangers. Take a hike to tap trees, see sap cooking into syrup, and taste some maple syrup made here at the park. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 03/02/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Cabin Fever Campfire - Need a cure for cabin fever? Let nature be your remedy! Join us as we explore the forest at night to listen and look for what is stirring. Then warm up around the campfire with s’mores and Native American stories about the return of spring. $2 members Lake Roland, Baltimore, 6- 8 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/02/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show - Trade winter blues for shades of green at the Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show. Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds and—as suggested by this show’s theme, “Art in the Garden”. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.  
 
 
Funny Faces: Creative Portrait Workshop - Explore the world of portraits with a family gallery tour of the Ruth Starr Rose exhibit. Children and their family will also hear the story Teacakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons and paint creative portraits exploring facial features. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., lewismuseum.org/event/2015/funny-faces-creative-portr.  
 
 
Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast - Celebrate the end of the sugar season at the Oregon Ridge Lodge with our annual Pancake Breakfast. Stacks of hot cakes drizzled with maple syrup + served with grilled sausage, orange juice, milk, or coffee. Raffles, music, flowers and gift shop sales, face painting + more! Tickets sold at the door. Oregon Ridge Lodge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 8 a.m.- noon, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Star Storytelling: Our Constellations - Discover the stories behind favorite constellations in the planetarium. March topic: Big and Little Bear. Show begins promptly -- arrive 10-15 minutes before show. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 8, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
First Saturday Discovery Days - Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Program is free with general admission to first 15 kids and their adult chaperone. No pre-registration -- admission paid day of visit. March theme Dinosaurs and Fossils. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
International Guitar Night - An inventive evening of eclectic contemporary guitar music, featuring acoustic musicians from across the globe. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-356-7469, www.gordoncenter.com.  
 
 
Great Big Animals - Elephants, rhinos and bears, oh my! Listen to the music, bounce, clap and move just like these great big animals! 30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. All attendees must have tickets. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 mos- 3 yrs, Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Funny Faces: Creative Portrait Workshop - Embark on a family gallery tour of the Ruth Starr Rose exhibit, then paint creative portraits exploring facial features. Included with Museum admission. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Ages: 6- 11, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-263-1800, www.LewisMuseum.org.  
 
 
Disney Jr. Choo Choo Soul - Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager Genevieve Goings and her dancing, beatboxing engineer DC as they entertain kids while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC's and 1-2-3's. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10 a.m., 12:30 & 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Weekend Workers at the BMI - It’s all about fun as kids of all ages discover how things work. Free with Museum admission. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 8:15- 10:15 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 03/04/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Owl Prowl - Explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 5:30- 7 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/04/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Mar 6  
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Maple Sugaring - Learn the art of turning sap into syrup from our rangers. Take a hike to tap trees, see sap cooking into syrup, and taste some maple syrup made here at the park. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 03/02/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show - Trade winter blues for shades of green at the Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show. Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds and—as suggested by this show’s theme, “Art in the Garden”. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.  
 
 
Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast - Celebrate the end of the sugar season at the Oregon Ridge Lodge with our annual Pancake Breakfast. Stacks of hot cakes drizzled with maple syrup + served with grilled sausage, orange juice, milk, or coffee. Raffles, music, flowers and gift shop sales, face painting + more! Tickets sold at the door. Oregon Ridge Lodge, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 8 a.m.- noon, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Maple Sugarin' Festival & Pancake Breakfast - Hashawha's annual festival is coming soon so mark your calendars! Come celebrate the upcoming arrival of spring. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup, syrup demonstrations, crafts, and so much more! Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3560, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Baltimore's Child Camp Fair - This free fair gives parents the opportunity to find the best camp or summer program for their children. Radisson Hotel North, Timonium, www.baltimoreschild.com.  
 
 
Nature Story Time - Salamander Room, Tales of the Possum's Tail, and 8 Moons on Turtle's Back. Bring your little ones for a snack and a story about our animal friends. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 1- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Mar 7  
Pre-K Nature Drop-In (Baby Animals) - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. This program is for families. Groups must call the office to schedule a trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 11 a.m.- noon, 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Mar 8  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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Mar 9  
Storytime at Ladew: Fuzzy, Bristly, Bumpy, Smooth - Nature stories and a craft. 10:30-11:15 a.m. (ages 2-4 suggested) or 12:30-1:15 p.m. (3-6). Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30 a.m.- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 03/08/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570 ext 216, lkahl@ladewgardens.com, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Prep for Purim – Make & Take Hamantaschen - Put the prep in Purim as you assemble delicious hamantaschen – ready for baking at home – during this fun, hands-on experience perfect for all women and children. Price per family includes supplies to make up to one dozen hamantaschen. Contact Pam Martin at pmartin@associated.org or 410-369-9201. Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 7- 8:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.associated.org/hamantaschen.  
 
 
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Mar 10  
Lakeforest Mall's Adventure Kids Concert with Eric Energy! - Visit website for additional event details: www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids-Events. Lakeforest Mall, JCPenney Court, Level 1 near the Play Area, Gaithersburg, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., 301-670-0599, www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids-Events.  
 
 
Bear Cubs Club - Tap into tour young child's sense of wonder about the world around them! Explore a different nature theme each day through play and hands-on activities geared for young learners and their parents. Parent participation is required. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 12:30- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 5, Reserv Reqd. by Day of event 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Junior Explorers - Discover all that the natural world has to offer beyond the backyard. Venture out with a naturalist to explore a different nature theme each month through games, hikes and hands-on activities. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 2- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 9, Reserv Reqd. by Day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
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Mar 11  
FREE Family Fun -- Urban Bird Watching Walks - The theme of this walk is "Spring Arrivals". Bring the kids to stroll and search for winter birds in Patterson Park. More than 200 bird species have been spotted in that urban oasis. Binoculars available to borrow. Request them in advance via email -- ppaudubon@gmail.com. Meet at fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show - Trade winter blues for shades of green at the Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show. Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds and—as suggested by this show’s theme, “Art in the Garden”. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.  
 
 
Jayamangala Music and Dance - TU Alumna and award-winning Bharatanatyam dance master Shobha Subramanian and her troupe share an inspiring performance of exciting rhythms, exquisite gestures, and ancient stories of Hindu gods and goddesses with contemporary relevance. Performance followed by post-performance Q&A with Subramanian. Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, Towson, 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-704-2000, www.tickets.tuboxoffice.com.  
 
 
Family Fun: Refuge System Habitats and Adaptations - Come any time and leave when you wish. Learn about different habitats at Patuxent and other National Wildlife Refuges in celebration of the Refuge System Birthday. Discover how animals have adapted to survive in the harshest places and how refuges help. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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Mar 12  
St. Patrick's Snakes - Legend has it that Ireland has St. Patrick to thank for its lack of snakes, but we’re thankful for the many snakes that call Lake Roland park home! Come meet several friendly serpents and create a slithery craft. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/09/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Women’s History Month Program: Artist Talk and Workshop with - Spend the afternoon with quilter Dr. Joan Gaither examining her various quilts that weave in stories of Maryland’s history, communities, and identity. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to create a sample quilt square about their family after the talk. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., www.LewisMuseum.org.  
 
 
Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show - Trade winter blues for shades of green at the Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show. Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds and—as suggested by this show’s theme, “Art in the Garden”. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.  
 
 
Essentials in Babysitting - Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Home Sweet Home - Children (8-12) and their parents learn ways for children to stay at home alone. Free. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9- 11 a.m., 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Baby Expo: Prenatal through Preschool - Join us for Columbia’s Prenatal through Preschool Baby Expo. There will be informational speakers, product vendors, child safety information, health information and much more. Face painting, story time, and other fun for the littlest attendees. Owen Brown Community Center, Columbia, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 0- 5, 410-381-0202, www.columbiababyexpo.com.  
 
 
Timberdoodles in the Gloaming - Join Howard County Bird Club member David Cummings to track the elusive Timberdoodle, AKA the American Woodcock. Meet at Robinson Nature Center to carpool to Patuxent River State Park. Dress warmly as this program is fully outdoors. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 4- 7 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Weekend Workers at the BMI - It’s all about fun as kids of all ages discover how things work. Free with Museum admission. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Folk Music Society Family Dance - Bring the whole family out for a night of live music, dancing and food! Donna Hunt calls to Megan Beller & The Charles Street Fiddlers. Potluck from 6:30-7:15 p.m. St. Marks on the Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, 5- 7:15 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.bfms.org.  
 
 
Mud Season Colonial Skills - Get a fire going, make an herbal tea, and learn about when people lived in touch with the seasons. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Family Fun: Refuge System Habitats and Adaptations - Come any time and leave when you wish. Learn about different habitats at Patuxent and other National Wildlife Refuges celebration of the Refuge System Birthday. Discover how animals have adapted to survive in the harshest places and how refuges help. Enjoy National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Seussical The Musical - Charm City Players presents Seussical the Musical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life. Features free face painting, free parking, free pre-show activities, live orchestra, and meet the cast. Runs March 12 - 20. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School, Baltimore, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.charmcityplayers.com.  
 
 
Refuge System Birthday Bash - Celebrate the Birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System! Enjoy live animals, crafts, live music with Ryan Buckle, educational games and activities. Plus, authors Paul Baicich and Margaret Barker will present their book "Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation". National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Star Tales - Find out what you can see in the night sky and why. Come out for a short, kid-friendly planetarium show and watch the stars move overhead while listening to stories behind the constellations. After the story, meet an animal related the tale. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- adult, Reserv Reqd. by day of event 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Planetarium Show - Join the Westminster Astronomical Society (WAS) for an indoor planetarium show highlighting what's happening in the night sky. Then head outdoors to take a look through telescopes and the new observatory (weather dependent). Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 7:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 8- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Free It's Groovy Baby Music & Movement demo class (0-5 yrs) - See why It's Groovy Baby was voted the Best Music Class in Baltimore and why families have stayed with it for many years. Use Demo Scheduler on website to RSVP. Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Reserv Reqd. www.itsgroovybaby.com/index.htm.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Mar 13  
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
St. Patrick's Snakes - Legend has it that Ireland has St. Patrick to thank for its lack of snakes, but we’re thankful for the many snakes that call Lake Roland park home! Come meet several friendly serpents and create a slithery craft. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/09/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Waterfront Partnership's 5th Annual Shamrock Shindig - March 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of Waterfront Partnership’s Annual Shamrock Shindig. This year’s event includes live music by The Shamrogues, food trucks, Shamrock Alley for kids, strolling entertainment, and much more! Following the event will be the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Pierce's Park, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.facebook.com/events/1074854475866786.  
 
 
Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show - Trade winter blues for shades of green at the Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show. Landscaped gardens brimming with bold and beautiful flowers and trees will fill the Maryland State Fairgrounds and—as suggested by this show’s theme, “Art in the Garden”. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/spring.  
 
 
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers Operating Model Trains - Two model railroad empires occupying 2500 sq. ft., operating trains and trolleys in HO & O scale, making this the largest permanent model railroad display in the area, static model displays, railroad heralds, and railroad artifacts. 225 W. Saratoga St (3rd floor walk-up), Baltimore, 1- 5 p.m., 410-837-BSME (2763), www.modelengineers.com/shows.html.  
 
 
The Young Irelanders - The Young Irelanders features eight sensational performers and a live band that create a unique, eclectic mix of traditional Irish, Celtic, folk, world, jazz, country and popular music. Harford Community College, Amoss Center, 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2211, www.harford.universitytickets.com.  
 
 
Nature Connections: Primitive Technology - An afternoon of primitive skills demonstrations and participation: pottery making, herbal salves and teas, flint knapping, fire starting, cordage/ropemaking, spinning wool, and more. On hand will be stone axes (Celts), arrows, spears and a Cherokee style blowgun. For adults and children. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Rd, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-882-5376, www.marylandnature.org/nature-connections.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Second Sundays Birdwalk - Explore the estuary and more with expert bird watchers. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 9- 10 a.m., 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Early Spring Wildflowers at Eastern Regional Park - Wildflowers are often hitchhikers from Europe. They have interesting names and stories. Join in to discover where they hide. Eastern Regional Park, 11723 Eastern Avenue, Middle River, 2- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Seussical The Musical - Charm City Players presents Seussical the Musical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life. Features free face painting, free parking, free pre-show activities, live orchestra, and meet the cast. Runs March 12 - 20. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School, Baltimore, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.charmcityplayers.com.  
 
 
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Mar 14  
Pi(e) Day - Slice into some Pi(e) Day activities by taking part in Pie roulette, contributing to the lengthy Pi chain along the main staircase, showing off your hula hooping skills, and competing in a pie eating contest. Free with museum admission. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, www.mdsci.org/event/pie-day.  
 
 
Pre-K Nature Drop-In (Signs of Spring) - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. This program is for families. Groups must call the office to schedule a trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 11 a.m.- noon, 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Mar 15  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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Mar 16  
Wildlife Gardening Workshops with Audubon - Learn how to transform your home into a bird paradise with Audubon experts for free. Spanish interpretation available. Living Classrooms Patterson Park Youth Sports and Education Center, 200 S. Linwood Ave, Baltimore, 6- 8 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/14/16 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
ArtFest - This free open house for all ages features hands-on activities, demonstrations, recitals, gallery activities and exhibits. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Main Theatre, Annapolis, 1 p.m., 410-263-5544, www.marylandhall.org.  
 
 
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Mar 17  
Nature, Mom and Me - You and your preschooler will enjoy a different nature topic in each class with hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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Mar 18  
Tiny Tots Safaris - Baby Animals. An hour of fun and education for our youngest nature lovers. Register early as slots fill fast. Suggested donation per child. Meet on northeast side of Boat Lake, Patterson Park, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 03/16/16 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Seussical The Musical - Charm City Players presents Seussical the Musical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life. Features free face painting, free parking, free pre-show activities, live orchestra, and meet the cast. Runs March 12 - 20. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School, Baltimore, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.charmcityplayers.com.  
 
 
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Mar 19  
Flashlight Egg Hunt - Need more challenge in your egg hunt? Use your night vision and a flashlight to find hidden eggs along our trails. Expert level hunt for ages 10 to adult starts at 8 p.m. You’re never too old for candy! Rain date: Sunday March 20th Lake Roland, Baltimore, 7:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/16/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Symphonic Pops - This family-friendly concert brings together blockbuster hits from Broadway, the silver screen, popular song, classical favorites, and more. Be dazzled by the music and dance of the Emerald Isle as the incredible Teelin Irish Dancers help us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-465-8777, www.columbiaorchestra.org/season/events/symphonic-pop.  
 
 
Eastern Shore Folk Festival - An afternoon of activities and presentations celebrating the culture of Maryland’s Eastern Shore region. Activities include artist talks with painter Patrick Henry; living history performances of Eastern Shore heroes; a talk on Chesapeake regional cooking, and more! Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1- 5 p.m., www.LewisMuseum.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris - Baby Animals. An hour of fun and education for our youngest nature lovers. Register early as slots fill fast. Suggested donation per child. Meet on northeast side of Boat Lake, Patterson Park, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 03/16/16 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Plan Bee for Homeschoolers - It’s not too soon to get your garden ready for pollinators. Learn about all kinds of bees with an emphasis on native bees, the original pollinators. You’ll build a Mason/Orchard Bee House to attract these pollinators to your garden. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ages: teens- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 03/18/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
Free Easter Egg Hunt at YourSpace Storage at Owings Mills - Some Bunny has been hiding Easter Eggs at YourSpace Storage! Join in for this free community event (held rain or shine), featuring free photos with the Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. YourSpace Storage at Owings Mills, 11050 Red Run Boulevard, Owings Mills, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 99, 410-849-4900, www.whatwillyoustore.com.  
 
 
How Does Your Garden Grow? - Kids learn how to start their own garden indoors using household items. We’ll provide the seeds, soil, and other materials so you can grow some staple veggies for delicious dishes kids enjoy! Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9200, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
The Sleeping Beauty - Experience the most “classic” fairytale of all time when the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM), Maryland’s premier professional ballet company, returns to the Modell Center for the Performing Arts at the Lyric in Baltimore to present another epic collaboration: The Sleeping Beauty. Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Baltimore, 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-900-1150, www.lyricoperahouse.org.  
 
 
Eastern Shore Folklife Festival - Immerse yourself in activities and presentations celebrating the culture of Maryland’s Eastern Shore region. Included with Museum admission. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-263-1800, www.LewisMuseum.org.  
 
 
African American Heritage Family Festival - Honor the unique history of the African-American experience in Maryland, connect with local cultural groups, and enjoy energizing performances, storytelling, and art activities. The festival is free for all ages and no registration is required. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Weekend Workers at the BMI - It’s all about fun as kids of all ages discover how things work. Free with Museum admission. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
Wet Boots and Frog Snoots - Wear waterproof boots to join a Naturalist in search of Marshy Point's amphibians. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Environmental Film Festival - The Friends of Patuxent and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital invite you to attend the annual film festival. Follow the fantastic journey of an Osprey pair in "Osprey: Marine Sentinel" (15 mins)and discover the uniqueness of the delightful puffin in "Puffin Patrol" (50 min). National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, noon- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Waggin' Walk - Celebrate the start of spring with your four-legged friend on a guided hike and meet fellow dog lovers who also enjoy the park. Tasty treats follow for dogs and people alike. Youth must be accompanied by a paying adult. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 9:30- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by By date of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Seussical The Musical - Charm City Players presents Seussical the Musical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life. Features free face painting, free parking, free pre-show activities, live orchestra, and meet the cast. Runs March 12 - 20. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School, Baltimore, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.charmcityplayers.com.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Mar 20  
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Natural Egg Dyeing - Bring your own hard boiled eggs to celebrate the ancient tradition of egg-decorating. We’ll use natural materials to craft eggs in several styles. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 03/16/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
All About Amphibians - Maryland is one of the best places in the world to find amphibians! Learn all about these slippery, smiley critters on a walk to our stream and wetlands. Wear waterproof footwear! Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9200, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Bluebird Workshop - Build a bluebird box to take home and learn why bluebirds need our help. Please call to make a reservation. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Seussical The Musical - Charm City Players presents Seussical the Musical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza. All of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are brought to life. Features free face painting, free parking, free pre-show activities, live orchestra, and meet the cast. Runs March 12 - 20. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School, Baltimore, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.charmcityplayers.com.  
 
 
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Mar 21  
Pre-K Nature Drop-In (Baby Birds & Chicks) - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. This program is for families. Groups must call the office to schedule a trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 11 a.m.- noon, 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Mar 22  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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Mar 24  
Wildlife Gardening Workshops with Audubon - Learn how to transform your home into a bird paradise with Audubon experts for free. Spanish interpretation available. Pratt Library, Southeast Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 03/22/16 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Lakeforest Mall's Adventure Kids with Beowulf T. Wonderbunny - Visit website for more information: www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids-Events. Lakeforest Mall, JCPenney Court, Level 1 near the Play Area, Gaithersburg, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 1- 6, 301-670-0599, www.shoplakeforest.com/Adventure-Kids-Events.  
 
 
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Mar 25  
Eggs Abound - Discover who is growing inside an egg! Learn about many different animals that hatch from eggs and take a hike to search for some in their habitats. Springtime is the perfect time for eggs! Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. by 03/24/16 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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Mar 26  
FREE Family Fun -- Urban Bird Watching Walks - The theme of this walk is "Spring Arrivals". Bring the kids to stroll and search for winter birds in Patterson Park. More than 200 bird species have been spotted in that urban oasis. Binoculars available to borrow. Request them in advance via email -- ppaudubon@gmail.com. Meet at fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.facebook.com/PattersonParkAudubonCenter.  
 
 
Free Easter Egg Hunt at YourSpace Storage at Bel Air - Some Bunny has been hiding Easter Eggs at YourSpace Storage! Join in for this free community event (held rain or shine), featuring free photos with the Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. YourSpace Storage at Bel Air, 2100 Emmorton Road, Bel Air, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 99, 410-893-5900, www.whatwillyoustore.com.  
 
 
Easter Egg Roll - Bring a basket and enjoy Easter Bunny, games, prizes, crafts, animals, pony and hay rides, food, and more. Egg rolls all day. Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-600-1650, www.recreater.com.  
 
 
Moss Workshop - Join the Natural History Society of Maryland for an in-depth study of selected mosses at Banneker Park. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: teens- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 01/29/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Weekend Workers at the BMI - It’s all about fun as kids of all ages discover how things work. Free with Museum admission. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
Natural Egg Dyes - Bring a dozen hard boiled eggs and learn how to use natural dyes and pigments from the earth to color them. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Park in the Dark - On spring evenings, Hashawha is a happening place! Don't miss out on the action. Search for Easter eggs by flashlight, hunt for wild salamanders, and hike in the light of the full moon. Dress for the weather! Registration required. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 6:30- 8 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Mar 27  
Drop-In Art Activities: People and Places - Create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. The Walters Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Egg Hunt at Marshy Point - Bring your kiddies for an egg-citing time with egg contests and an egg hunt around the park. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Mar 28  
Pre-K Nature Drop-In (Frogs and Tadpoles) - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. This program is for families. Groups must call the office to schedule a trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 11 a.m.- noon, 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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Mar 29  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Tuesday Tots - Relax every Tuesday in a private room and watch the little one(s) play with the train table! Enjoy Happy Hour specials, plus a Kids' Menu featuring PB&J, burger, grilled cheese, buttered pasta, mac & cheese, ice cream, and cookies. LIV2EAT Restaurant, 1444 Light St, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., 443-449-7129, www.Liv2eat.com.  
 
 
Wee Workers at the BMI - Preschoolers love exploring the museum through stories, songs, and crafts. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-727-4808 x132, www.thebmi.org.  
 
 
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April

Apr 1  
Girl Scout Day at Banneker - Earn the Brownie Try-it “Life in Colonial Times” or the Junior “Colonist Badge” with hands-on activities related to Mr. Banneker’s life. Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
Bookworm Story Time - Nature stories with storyteller’s choice of a fun activity such as animal encounters, puppets or crafts. Free. No registration required. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Apr 2  
Weekend Walk-In - A hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! AVAM's Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 16 w/ adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-1900 x232, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Peter & the Wolf - Will Peter and his animal friends make it away from the wolf safely? Find out as you experience the world’s most famous musical fairytale on stage! Learn more about your favorite instruments and be captivated by Prokofiev’s triumphant tale of a heroic boy and a mischievous wolf. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Apr 3  
Fairies and Dinosaurs - Magical things are always happening in nature. Create a fairy or dinosaur garden with plants and decorations to bring a little bit of magic home. Materials provided. Must indicate fairy or dino when registering. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
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Apr 4  
Nature, Mom and Me - You and your preschooler will enjoy a different nature topic in each class with hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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Apr 5  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Apr 9  
Project Clean Stream - Join the Habit and Trail team to beautify Lake Roland. Bring your boat, or help clean up the shore on foot. All boaters must wear a life-jacket. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lake Roland, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- noon, Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 04/06/16 410-887-4156, www.lakeroland.org.  
 
 
Kids Self Defense - Children (8-12) Learn basic safety awareness and age-appropriate self-defense techniques. Free. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9- 11 a.m., 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Birdie Melodies - BSO musicians create a musical aviary filled with the Birdie Melodies of robins and cuckoos. Dance, sing, and play to the delightful notes of our feathered friends. 30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills many creative activities. Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 mos- 3 yrs, Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Folk Music Society Family Dance - Bring the whole family out for a night of live music, dancing and food! Donna Hunt calls to Megan Beller & The Charles Street Fiddlers. Potluck from 6:30-7:15 p.m. St. Marks on the Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, 5- 7:15 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.bfms.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Apr 10  
Miniature Train Rides in Leakin Park - For the family. Child must be able to sit up -- cannot be carried in arms, on lap, or in carrier. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains run on a 3/5 mile double track in Leakin Park. Free, though 501(C)3 donations are accepted. Second Sundays April through November. Leakin Park, 1950 Eagle Drive, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 18 mos and up, 410-448-0730, www.calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Society of Model Engineers Operating Model Trains - Two model railroad empires occupying 2500 sq. ft., operating trains and trolleys in HO & O scale, making this the largest permanent model railroad display in the area, static model displays, railroad heralds, and railroad artifacts. 225 W. Saratoga St (3rd floor walk-up), Baltimore, 1- 5 p.m., 410-837-BSME (2763), www.modelengineers.com/shows.html.  
 
 
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Apr 12  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Apr 14  
Bear Cubs Club - Tap into tour young child's sense of wonder about the world around them! Explore a different nature theme each day through play and hands-on activities geared for young learners and their parents. Parent participation is required. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 12:30- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 5, Reserv Reqd. by Day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Junior Explorers - Discover all that the natural world has to offer beyond the backyard. Venture out with a naturalist to explore a different nature theme each month through games, hikes and hands-on activities. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 2- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 9, Reserv Reqd. by Day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - The USA Science & Engineering Festival kicks off with X-STEM, the world’s Extreme STEM symposium for students. Meet some of the greatest visionaries in their fields. Limited space! Pre-register at http://www.usasciencefestival.org/schoolprograms/x-stem-extreme-stem-symposium.html. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 12- 18, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 202-249-3000, www.usasciencefestival.org.  
 
 
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Apr 16  
Star Tales - Find out what you can see in the night sky and why. Come out for a short, kid-friendly planetarium show and watch the stars move overhead while listening to stories behind the constellations. After the story, meet an animal related the tale. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- adult, Reserv Reqd. by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Planetarium Show - Join the Westminster Astronomical Society (WAS) for an indoor planetarium show highlighting what's happening in the night sky. Then head outdoors to take a look through telescopes and the new observatory (weather dependent). Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 7:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 8- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Park in the Dark - On spring evenings, Hashawha is a happening place! Don't miss out on the action. Search for Easter eggs by flashlight, hunt for wild salamanders, and hike in the light of the full moon. Dress for the weather! Registration required. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 7- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo - Don’t miss the FREE 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo – hosted by Lockheed Martin! Explore science & engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, cryogenics, space exploration and more. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., www.usasciencefestival.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Apr 17  
USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo - Don’t miss the FREE 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo – hosted by Lockheed Martin! Explore science & engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, cryogenics, space exploration and more. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., www.usasciencefestival.org.  
 
 
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Apr 19  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Apr 21  
Nature, Mom and Me - You and your preschooler will enjoy a different nature topic in each class with hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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Apr 23  
Nature Fest - Celebrate Earth Day with family friendly activities, including animals, nature walks, exhibitors, campfire activities, kids crafts, silent auction, and park conservation projects. Free. Catoctin Creek Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, 301-600-2050, www.recreater.com.  
 
 
Meet the Beekeeper - Join the Carroll County Beekeepers Association (CCBA) for an interactive, hands-on presentation on honeybees and beekeeping. Take a close look at the observation hive, discover what honeybees are doing this time of year, and learn how to start your own hive. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 8- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by date of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
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Apr 24  
5th Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk - The race honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds from the race will benefit scholarships supporting students attending Harford Community College. Harford Community College, Susquehanna Center, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, 8- 10 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2449, harford.edu/adam.  
 
 
Run for the Raptors - 5K and 1K. Help support Hashawha's resident raptors. Proceeds from this event help provide them with food and other supplies. Participants who register 2 weeks in advance receive free event t-shirt. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. 5K begins 9 a.m. and 1K at 9:30 a.m. Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 8 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecparks.org.  
 
 
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Apr 26  
Shoots and Letters Drop-In - Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Songs, crafts, and adventures are all a part of the fun! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
School's Out Day Camp - Enjoy time off from school spending a spring day outdoors. Search for animals on a hike in the forest, catch crayfish at the stream, create an art project and meet some of the captive animals that live at Bear Branch. Bring bag lunch (no peanuts), and a change of clothes. Dress for the weather. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecparks.org.  
 
 
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Apr 30  
Moss Workshop - Join the Natural History Society of Maryland for an in-depth study of selected mosses at Banneker Park. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: teens- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 01/29/16 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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May

May 5  
Nature, Mom and Me - You and your preschooler will enjoy a different nature topic in each class with hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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May 6  
Bookworm Story Time - Nature stories with storyteller’s choice of a fun activity such as animal encounters, puppets or crafts. Free. No registration required. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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May 7  
Mother's Day Wildflower Walk - Join the naturalist on a search for wildflowers in the forest. Then plant a few flowers at the Nature Center for Mom -- remember to include a loving hand-painted decoration on your terra cotta pot. All materials provided. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecparks.org.  
 
 
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May 8  
Miniature Train Rides in Leakin Park - For the family. Child must be able to sit up -- cannot be carried in arms, on lap, or in carrier. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains run on a 3/5 mile double track in Leakin Park. Free, though 501(C)3 donations are accepted. Second Sundays April through November. Leakin Park, 1950 Eagle Drive, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 18 mos and up, 410-448-0730, www.calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
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May 12  
Bear Cubs Club - Tap into tour young child's sense of wonder about the world around them! Explore a different nature theme each day through play and hands-on activities geared for young learners and their parents. Parent participation is required. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 12:30- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 5, Reserv Reqd. by Day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Junior Explorers - Discover all that the natural world has to offer beyond the backyard. Venture out with a naturalist to explore a different nature theme each month through games, hikes and hands-on activities. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 2- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 9, Reserv Reqd. by Day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
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May 14  
Weekend Walk-In - A hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! AVAM's Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 16 w/ adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-1900 x232, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Star Tales - Find out what you can see in the night sky and why. Come out for a short, kid-friendly planetarium show and watch the stars move overhead while listening to stories behind the constellations. After the story, meet an animal related the tale. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 3- adult, Reserv Reqd. by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Planetarium Show - Join the Westminster Astronomical Society (WAS) for an indoor planetarium show highlighting what's happening in the night sky. Then head outdoors to take a look through telescopes and the new observatory (weather dependent). Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 7:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 8- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-3580, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Life in the Water - Experience a sea of musical delight. Sing about frogs and fish, and dive into music all about the water. 30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 mos- 3 yrs, Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Bark in the Park - Recreational event for dog lovers. Off leash areas, agility course, doggie fashion show (at noon), prizes, training/obedience demonstrations, exhibits, and vendors. Limit two dogs per owner. Utica District Park, 10200-B Old Frederick Rd., Frederick, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 301-600-2983, www.recreater.com.  
 
 
Baltimore Folk Music Society Family Dance - Bring the whole family out for a night of live music, dancing and food! Donna Hunt calls to Megan Beller & The Charles Street Fiddlers. Potluck from 6:30-7:15 p.m. St. Marks on the Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, 5- 7:15 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.bfms.org.  
 
 
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May 19  
Nature, Mom and Me - You and your preschooler will enjoy a different nature topic in each class with hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 6, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081,  
 
 
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May 21  
Fishing the Dock - Bring your little ones to fish off the pier. Space is limited. Maryland fishing license needed for ages 16 and older. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 10- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Meet the Beekeeper - Join the Carroll County Beekeepers Association (CCBA) for an interactive, hands-on presentation on honeybees and beekeeping. Take a close look at the observation hive, discover what honeybees are doing this time of year, and learn how to start your own hive. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 8- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by date of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Park in the Dark - On spring evenings, Hashawha is a happening place! Don't miss out on the action. Search for Easter eggs by flashlight, hunt for wild salamanders, and hike in the light of the full moon. Dress for the weather! Registration required. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Reserv Reqd. by by day of event Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecpark.org.  
 
 
Mahler's Resurrection - No one explores the themes of life and death in music quite like Mahler, so when over 150 musicians take the stage, it promises to be one of the biggest events in the Orchestra’s history. Columbia Pro Cantare joins the work Jason Love calls, “a true heir to Beethoven’s Ninth.” The Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.columbiaorchestra.org/season/events/mahlers-resur.  
 
 
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May 22  
The Hive and the Honeybee - Learn about busy bees and see them up close. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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May 28  
Sight Seeing Boat Trip to Hart-Miller Island - Bring binoculars and lunch as Cap'n Jim relates the history of the Island and surrounding landscape. Space is limited. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, noon- 2 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Canoe the Monocacy - Explore the Monocacy Water Trail on a leisurely float down the Monocacy River. Equipment, instruction, and transportation provided. Two paddlers per boat. Single paddlers will be paired with others. Youth must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Rd., Westminster, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 7- adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-386-2103, www.ccrecparks.org.  
 
 
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May 29  
Bluebirds on the Bay - The bluebird is a member of the thrush family. Join a Naturalist as you check the bluebird trail and collect data. 2 miles round trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2817, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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June

Jun 3  
Bookworm Story Time - Nature stories with storyteller’s choice of a fun activity such as animal encounters, puppets or crafts. Free. No registration required. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Jun 4  
Music in the Woods Festival - Enjoy this family-friendly festival with over 12 local bands and solo musicians. Craft vendors, children's activities, and BYO instrument jam sessions. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. End the night with a campfire and s'mores! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 2- 9 p.m., 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Jun 11  
Weekend Walk-In - A hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! AVAM's Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 16 w/ adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-1900 x232, www.avam.org.  
 
 
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Jun 12  
Miniature Train Rides in Leakin Park - For the family. Child must be able to sit up -- cannot be carried in arms, on lap, or in carrier. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains run on a 3/5 mile double track in Leakin Park. Free, though 501(C)3 donations are accepted. Second Sundays April through November. Leakin Park, 1950 Eagle Drive, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 18 mos and up, 410-448-0730, www.calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
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September

Sep 11  
Guided Bird Watching Walks in Patterson Park--FREE! - Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park! Stroll and enjoy Migration Madness with Audubon. All ages and abilities welcome. We have binoculars to lend--please request them in advance via email--ppaudubon@gmail.com Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
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October

Oct 23  
Plein Air Quick Draw - A Quick Draw event is timed. All artists begin with a blank canvas, and begin to paint when the farm bell rings. When the farm bell rings a second time, all artists are set up in the judging area where pieces are judged and awards presented. Youth and Adult categories. Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 99, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
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December

Dec 26  
Winter Break Festivities - Join Port Discovery for special winter themed programs and performances all break long! Discover how blubber keeps polar bears warm, make your own snow pal, visit with animals from WildLife Adventures and much more! Visit www.portdiscovery.org for a complete list of activities! Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.