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Events Ongoing Throughout April  
  Meet the Rock Stars Of The War Of 1812 - The Maryland Historical Society’s Museum will continue Maryland’s largest and most comprehensive Civil War exhibit in 2012. The exhibit “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War” tells the war in personal terms. On the weekends there will be MD historical players there to act out history. 201 West Monument St., Baltimore, 7/14 through 12/30 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-685-3750, mdhs.org.  
 
 
Events Ongoing Throughout May  
  While the Rockets Glared: Commemorating the War of 1812 - In commemoration of the War of 1812 experience a sound and light show exhibit that takes you back to September 1814 as Baltimore struggles with the British invasion during America’s second war for independence – all included with price of admission. Through September 2014 Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 5/2 through 9/30 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
  A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk - A free, outdoor art celebration depicting our nation's beloved National Anthem in an engaging, family-fun and informative format that playfully welcomes both visitor feet and wheelchairs into an up-close and personal viewing experience. Through September 2014. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 8/1 through 9/1 410-244-1900, www.avam.org.  
 
 
  Imagination Stage Winter/Spring Classes - Classes in drama, musical theatre, dance, and film making for ages 1-18. Open 7 days a week, plus a 14-week session, as well as shorter 6-week classes to fit any schedule. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, 1/18 through 5/5 Ages: 1- 18, Reserv Reqd, Tickets Reqd. 301-961-6060, www.imaginationstage.org/searchclasses/search.  
 
 
  Open Gym at My Gym Owings Mills - Come play in the largest children's gym in town, every Wednesday during Open Gym! Enjoy our ball pit, zip line, foam pit, swings, bounce house, gymnastic equipment and trampolines. Let the children run wild in our brand new state of the art facility. Your first visit is free. My Gym Owings Mills, 11221 Dolfield Blvd, Suite 111, Owings Mills, 3/19 through 8/27 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 10, 410-654-7575, mygym.com/owingsmills.  
 
 
  Woodland Magic: A Faerie Hideaway Spring Flower Display - Explore the paths of the Botanic Gardens magical woodland gardens accented with delightful tulips, hyacinths, lilies, daffodils and much more. Discover Faerie Houses nestled against the gorgeous backdrop of thrilling spring colors. This year's display celebrates the magic of Spring. Wed-Sun. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 4/12 through 4/27 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-396-0008, www.rawlingsconservatory.org.  
 
 
  Sarah Chang Plays Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Sarah Chang, violin Piotr Gajewski, conductor Strauss Metamorphosen Vivaldi The Four Seasons The Music Center at Strathmore, 5/17 through 5/18 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
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April

Apr 23  
Fairy Tale Tea Party - Celebrate Fairy Tale Festival with a story, a visit to the dress up station, and a tea party. Patterson Park Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 158 North Linwood Ave, Baltimore, 12 p.m., Ages: 0- 5, 410-396-0983, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Baskin-Robbins' Scoop Fest - From April 22 through April 24, participating Baskin-Robbins shops will host a special Scoop Fest Promotion. Enjoy amazing deals with $1.00 for a Single Scoop, $2.00 for a Double Scoop and $3.00 for a Triple Scoop. Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops in Baltimore, www.amazingscoopfest.com.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Family Dinner & Movie - Earthwise Short Film Program - A "kids of all ages" themed buffet dinner and movie. Enjoy childhood favorites as Earthwise Short Film Program from Children's Film Festival Seattle plays on the big screen. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds support Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, Baltimore, 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
AVAM in the Afternoon - Creative, hands-on after school workshops. Build your inner creativity as you explore the world of visionary art, meet guest artists, and engage in creative projects of your own. Each week will feature a different hands-on activity and/or artist demonstration. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 3:30- 5:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-244-1900, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Green Week - The 11th Annual Baltimore Green Week, hosted by Baltimore Green Works, is a series of fun and engaging activities that offer a deeper glimpse into what it means to be “green”. Open to the public, activities include tours, workshops, and film screenings. Locations throughout Baltimore City, Times vary, www.baltimoregreenworks.com.  
 
 
Mosaic Workshop: Art of Thriving - Ignite your creativity hands-on! Using materials from baubles to shells, make your own mosaic under the tutelage of veteran artist Cinder Hypki. No experience needed to participate. To register or learn more, email claypotsad@gmail.com. 1635 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 10- 100, Reserv Reqd. by 04/22/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-233-1133, www.claypotsbaltimore.com.  
 
 
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Apr 24  
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Wide Angle Youth Media On The Set Fundraiser - rub elbows with some of the industry’s top producers, directors and other behind-the-scenes professionals who make TV, film and radio productions possible. And support the future of this fascinating industry – Wide Angle Youth Media’s youth producers! Real News Network, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore, 6- 9 p.m., Tickets Reqd. wideanglemedia.org/on-the-set.  
 
 
Free Trial It's Groovy Baby Music trial class - We WON Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards for "Best Local Music Class in Baltimore!". Our classes are not only lots of fun, they are educational! Older siblings are always welcome to make this an entire family musical experience. Great Room of Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 5- 5:45 p.m., Ages: birth- 5, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Free Trial It's Groovy Baby Music trial class in Towson - We WON Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards for "Best Local Music Class in Baltimore!". Our classes are not only lots of fun, they are educational! Older siblings are always welcome to make this an entire family musical experience. Great Room of Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 5- 5:45 p.m., Ages: birth- 7, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Free Trial It's Groovy Baby Music trial class in Towson - We WON Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards for "Best Local Music Class in Baltimore!". Our classes are not only lots of fun, they are educational! Older siblings are always welcome to make this an entire family musical experience. Great Room of Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 5- 5:45 p.m., Ages: birth- 5, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Preschool Fairy Tale Ball - Calling all princes and princesses, all knights and fairies! Come to the Fairy Tale Ball and enjoy live music, dancing, stories, and crafts. Please wear your finest attire or dress up as a prince or princess. Light Street Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1251 Light Street, Baltimore, 6 p.m., Ages: 3- 5, 410-396-1097, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Baskin-Robbins' Scoop Fest - From April 22 through April 24, participating Baskin-Robbins shops will host a special Scoop Fest Promotion. Enjoy amazing deals with $1.00 for a Single Scoop, $2.00 for a Double Scoop and $3.00 for a Triple Scoop. Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops in Baltimore, www.amazingscoopfest.com.  
 
 
Baltimore Green Week - The 11th Annual Baltimore Green Week, hosted by Baltimore Green Works, is a series of fun and engaging activities that offer a deeper glimpse into what it means to be “green”. Open to the public, activities include tours, workshops, and film screenings. Locations throughout Baltimore City, Times vary, www.baltimoregreenworks.com.  
 
 
X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium - The USA Science & Engineering Festival kicks off with some of the greatest visionaries at X-STEM – presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation and MedImmune, the world’s first Extreme STEM symposium for students. Meet astronauts, Titanic explorers, the human genome decipherer, and more. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 6- 18, Reserv Reqd. by 04/20/14 Tickets Reqd. 202-249-3000, www.USAScienceFestival.org.  
 
 
School's Out: Scout Day I - School is out, so get your troop together and fulfill requirements to earn an achievement or badge. Bears accomplish their "Share Your World with Wildlife" Achievement. Brownies meet requirements to earn their Bug badge. Recommended age is 6 yrs+. Call for additional dates and times. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
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Apr 25  
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 American artisans will personally show and sell their handcrafted work. Craftspeople at the Festival are jury-selected and are the finest artisans from around the country. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Baltimore Green Week - The 11th Annual Baltimore Green Week, hosted by Baltimore Green Works, is a series of fun and engaging activities that offer a deeper glimpse into what it means to be “green”. Open to the public, activities include tours, workshops, and film screenings. Locations throughout Baltimore City, Times vary, www.baltimoregreenworks.com.  
 
 
Advance Directives - Understand what Advance Directives are, who needs them, how to get them and how to complete them. Leave with an Advance Directives document. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 6- 7 p.m., 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Insects! - Investigate the amazing world of insects! Learn about different kinds of insects, their habitats, and the role they play in our environment! Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. by 04/24/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at the B&O - Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine,meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live entertainment all day. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  
 
 
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Apr 26  
Dreaming of Delicious Family Dinners - dreamMakerS is a local nonprofit organization that is committed to connecting, supporting and empowering children whose parents have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). If you are a family living with MS, please join us to prepare delicious, healthy meals for you to take home and enjoy. 720 Cloverly Street, Silver Spring, 3- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 04/19/14 dinnerswithdreammakers.eventbrite.com.  
 
 
Get to Know NOAA - A Saturday Series at the Maryland Science - A four part series designed to help explore our world and learn how NOAA—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources. Get to know NOAA with a series of hands-on activities. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, 410-685-2370, mdsci.org.  
 
 
World Tai Chi and QiGong Day - Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day along with 52 other countries around the world, by gathering for an hour of free Tai Chi and Qigong. No prior experience necessary. Hannah More Park, 12039 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown, 9- 10 a.m., Ages: 5- adult, 443-394-9222, www.uskuoshuacademy.com.  
 
 
Basic Paddling Course - Learn the strokes of how to maneuver a canoe out on Dundee creek. Limited space available. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 8- 75, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Reptile and Amphibian Hunt - Come help the naturalists of Oregon Ridge Park hunt for reptiles and amphibians to collect data for the last year of the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. Please call to register for this free program. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (Annapolis) - Free - Join us for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day as people worldwide gather at 10am to practice Tai Chi & Qigong in friendship & wellness. A wave of health & healing will circle the earth as 10am reaches each new time zone. Free demos, workshops, giveaways. All are welcome, especially those with no experience Annapolis Towne Centre, 307 Sail Pl, Annapolis, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- adult, 410-431-5200, www.JingYing.org.  
 
 
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Earth Day Celebration & Cleanup - Celebrate Earth Day by restoring the park! Join a team of rangers and volunteers to remove invasive plants, pick up trash, work on trails, and plant some native plants. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Something to Croak About - Frogs will be singing and tadpoles will be swimming in the park’s lake and streams. Hike the trails to the vernal pools to look for our amphibian friends. Hike is a night hike, so bring your flashlight! Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 American artisans will personally show and sell their handcrafted work. Craftspeople at the Festival are jury-selected and are the finest artisans from around the country. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Chestnut Grove CDC's Spring Fair and Silent Auction - Admission for children ($10) includes bounce houses, face painting, crafts and games. Parents (free) can bid on Silent Auction packages or purchase tickets for a chance to win one of several themed raffle baskets. Pony rides, bake sale, pit beef and other food available for an additional cost. Chestnut Grove CDC, 3701 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410- 592-9122, www.chestnutgrovechild.org.  
 
 
Dia del Niño - Celebrate the Day of the Child, themed after Mexico's holiday, Pinata breaking, face painting, and a book exchange. Bling out your bike at a Bikeadelic Workshop. And at noon, watch a special Latino artist perform with kids from the audience. Patterson Park, Pagoda Hill, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-276-1651, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
EcoFest - Workshops, performances, vendors, food, and a Kids Corner, featuring an all-day bubble station, garden and pot decorating, sing-along, reading circle, and Children in Nature play space. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., www.baltimoregreenworks.com/events/ecofestival.  
 
 
Healthy Kids Day 2014 - The event will feature fitness and sports class demos, health screenings, healthy snacks, family activities, arts and crafts, and games. Times and activities vary by location. Family Center Y's, Times vary, www.ymaryland.org.  
 
 
Earth Day 2014 at Aberdeen Festival Park - Enjoy a fun day with live music, exhibits, "green" games, recycled crafts, local food, and more. Stop by the Estuary Center’s booth for face painting. Aberdeen Festival Park, Howard & Franklin Streets, Aberdeen, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Flowers & Vessels - Take inspiration from the special exhibition, "Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics", and explore the simple beauty of Asian art. No registration is required. Drop-in, make and take a fantastic piece of art home with you. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
BSO Music Box Series: Moo, Baa, Neigh - A clarinet quintet celebrates the barnyard noises of sheep, pigs, horses and cows with some sprightly music by Mozart. 30 minutes before, join in a range of activities for children and families that promote literacy, creative play, and musical and listening skills through fun exploration. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 months- 3 yrs, w/ adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo - Don’t miss the free 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo – hosted by Lockheed Martin! Explore science and engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, space exploration and more. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 4- 100, 202-249-3000, www.USAScienceFestival.org.  
 
 
USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair - Listen to some of the most exciting and fun-filled STEM and out of this world authors talk about (and autograph) their books and adventures, during the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Book Fair, hosted by Anderson's Bookshops. The Book Fair will feature STEM books, toys, games, and kits. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 4- 100, 202-249-3000, www.USAScienceFestival.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Green Week - The 11th Annual Baltimore Green Week, hosted by Baltimore Green Works, is a series of fun and engaging activities that offer a deeper glimpse into what it means to be “green”. Open to the public, activities include tours, workshops, and film screenings. Locations throughout Baltimore City, Times vary, www.baltimoregreenworks.com.  
 
 
Jack and the Beanstalk - A mysterious man gives Jack magic beans that take him on a musical journey filled with gold and adventures! How will Jack and outsmart the Giant? Courage, luck, and hide-and-seek make all the difference. Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave, Owings Mills, 1 and 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.com.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for early spring migrants in various refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Patuxent Rersearch Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 04/25/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Baby Animal Weekend - Come see all the new babies we have at the farm this year. Lambs, kids, chicks, ducklings, piglets - we’ve got them all! Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Wildflower Walk - Come search for wildflowers on the refuge. Learn why these springtime blooms are so important in the refuge ecosystem. Remember to dress for the weather. Field guides are recommended. Registration is required. Patuxent Rersearch Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 04/25/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Lil' Sprouts Gardening Series - Share the wonders of gardening with your young child in this new, three-part gardening series. Learn how to plan your garden, play with worms, discover the different parts of plants, plant a colorful variety, and enjoy the harvest. This series includes hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 5, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Family Nature Walk at MPEA - Join Robinson naturalists on nature walks at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). Explore vernal pools (small, temporary pools of water that form amazing habitat each spring) to look for spring life while keeping your ears open to identify unique frog calls. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 6:30- 8 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Golden-Hour Hike at MPEA - During the last hour before sunset, the world undergoes an enchanting transformation as the rays of diffuse light capture the magnificence of the forest. Join Robinson Nature Center naturalists for a 2.5 mile hike through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) during the “golden hour.” Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/mpea.htm.  
 
 
Open Workshop: Living Spaces - Timed entry at 1, 2, and 3 pm; workshop closes at 4:30 pm. Admission per child, accompanying adult free. Inspired by the Maker Space movement, the Museum challenges you to design an invention that solves everyday problems or makes everyday tasks more fun. Materials provided. National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, 1- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by April 24, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 202-272-2448, go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1107308101?view=Detail&id=11.  
 
 
Budding Biologists (5-7 years old): Frogs! - Ribbit, ribbit. Spring is in full bloom and that means it is a great time to search for frogs! Join us to learn more about the world of frogs and even go splashing around to see if we can find some. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at the B&O - Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine,meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live entertainment all day. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  
 
 
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day - An unprecedented global health and healing event which will unfold across the planet on Saturday, April 26, 2014 worldwide. Join us to learn about these ancient techniques. All ages welcome. No experience needed! Hannah More Park, 12039 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown, 9- 10 a.m., Ages: 5- adult, 443-394-9222, www.uskuoshuacademy.com.  
 
 
BUGS Farmer's Market (Student run and operated) - This one-day, kid-run event offers hundreds of organically grown heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seedlings, student-made artwork, homemade dressings and granola. Throughout the course of the day, visitors will enjoy a dance performance, pony rides, samples and music. 802 S. Caroline St., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-952-7657, bugsprogram.blogspot.org.  
 
 
Mt. Hebron Nursery School 30th Annual Spring Fair - Come out and celebrate spring with the whole family at our annual Spring Fair! There will be pony rides (12-2 p.m.), games, food, crafts, exhibitions, a moon bounce, and a plant sale. Something for everyone. Rain or shine. Tickets are on sale now, or at the door. 2330 Mt. Hebron Dr., Ellicott City, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-461-2773,  
 
 
Message of Hope Foundation at the Mall in Columbia - Every Saturday in April, the community will have the chance to give the gift of hope to local children by participating in a series of event stations to help prep for "The Hope Factory" hosted by Wegmans in Columbia on May 3rd. Today, visit Hope Card and donation sorting stations. The Mall in Columbia, Lord & Taylor Court, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., www.themallincolumbia.com/events.  
 
 
Eco Adventures Earth Day Extravaganza - What better place to party for our planet than in the EcoAdventures. Eco Adventures, 216 Najoles Rd. Millersville, 1- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-987-1300, www.EcoAdventures.org.  
 
 
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Apr 27  
April Gardens - Work with a master gardener to plan your garden. Help us plant our box gardens and take home some herbs to grow. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 1- 3:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Hansel & Gretel - Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Something to Croak About - Frogs will be singing and tadpoles will be swimming in the park’s lake and streams. Hike the trails to the vernal pools to look for our amphibian friends. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 American artisans will personally show and sell their handcrafted work. Craftspeople at the Festival are jury-selected and are the finest artisans from around the country. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Reptile and Amphibian Hunt - Come help the naturalists of Oregon Ridge Park hunt for reptiles and amphibians to collect data for the last year of the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. Please call to register for this free program. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
BFMS Spring Faire - A delightful event for the entire family! Maypole dancing, clogging, English, Irish, and Scottish dancing, waltzing, old-timey jamming. Cajun, Klezmer, singing and music workshops, and main stage performances. Picnicking is welcome, or you can purchase food. Beautiful crafts for sale. Cromwell Valley Park, Sherwood House, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-979-8150, www.bfms.org/springfaire.php.  
 
 
Maryland SPCA's 19th Annual March for the Animals - Animal lovers and their pets are invited to participate in a 1.5 mile walk-a-thon and festival to help raise funds to provide care, shelter, food, spay/neuter procedures and medication for the homeless pets in the MD SPCA’s adoption center. Vendors, contests, entertainment, food and fun! Druid Hill Park 3001 East Drive, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-235-8826 x138, www.marchfortheanimals.org.  
 
 
ROAR for Autism - For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser. After biking, running, or walking, participants will enjoy the Family Festival, featuring food, live music, face painting, balloon art, and enclosed playground. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.kennedykrieger.org/overview/event/roar-autism-2014.  
 
 
Bands on the Bay - The Chesapeake Bay will once again be brought to life with an afternoon of live music, dancing and delicious food and drinks. The event will also include a silent and live auction, and will raise funds for the Hunter Nelson Sturge-Weber Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Herrington on the Bay, 7151 Lake Shore Drive, Rose Haven, 1- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 240-375-6106, www.bandsonthebay.org.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Flowers & Vessels - Take inspiration from the special exhibition, "Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics", and explore the simple beauty of Asian art. No registration is required. Drop-in, make and take a fantastic piece of art home with you. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Jack and the Beanstalk - A mysterious man gives Jack magic beans that take him on a musical journey filled with gold and adventures! How will Jack and outsmart the Giant? Courage, luck, and hide-and-seek make all the difference. Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave, Owings Mills, 1 and 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-902-1814, www.pumpkintheatre.com.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Object Lesson - Enjoy an interactive object lesson. The Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 2:45 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Tint Tots: Nature & Music - Come learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., Ages: 18 mos- 3.5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. by 04/26/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo - Don’t miss the free 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo – hosted by Lockheed Martin! Explore science and engineering with more than 3000 fun, hands-on activities in fields like robotics, genomics, advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, space exploration and more. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 4- 100, 202-249-3000, www.USAScienceFestival.org.  
 
 
USA Science & Engineering Festival Book Fair - Listen to some of the most exciting and fun-filled STEM and out of this world authors talk about (and autograph) their books and adventures, during the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Book Fair, hosted by Anderson's Bookshops. The Book Fair will feature STEM books, toys, games, and kits. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 4- 100, 202-249-3000, www.USAScienceFestival.org.  
 
 
Beyond Dreidel: The Games We've Played - The die is cast. In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia. Learn some of the surprising facts he has discovered. Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 12- 99, 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Free Chamber Concert - The amazing talents of Columbia Orchestra members will be on display as small ensembles present great works of the chamber music literature in the beautiful, intimate setting of Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia, 3 p.m., 410-465-8777, www.columbiaorchestra.org.  
 
 
Baby Animal Weekend - Come see all the new babies we have at the farm this year. Lambs, kids, chicks, ducklings, piglets - we’ve got them all! Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Lil' Buds Gardening Series - Take your little one out to the garden in this new, three-part gardening series. Have fun while learning the nitty-gritty of planning and caring for a garden with your child. Play in the soil, pick out seeds to plant, smell, touch, and taste different crops and learn fun recipes. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 1:30- 3 p.m., Ages: 5- 8, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at the B&O - Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine,meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live entertainment all day. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  
 
 
Children's Piano Choir Concert Fundraiser at Johns Hopkins - Acknowledged by Howard County Executive Ken Ulman in 2013 with Piano for Youth Day and 2014 Bright Minds Grant Recipient, Maryland-based organization Piano for Youth Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an Annual Fundraiser Concert headlined by its performing ensemble of young pianists. Parsons Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, 3- 5 p.m., Ages: 3- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 4/27/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-900-2055, pianoforyouth.weebly.com.  
 
 
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Apr 28  
Pre- K Nature Drop-In - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather, arrive by start time. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: Birth- 5, 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Tint Tots: Nature & Music - Come learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 18 mos- 3.5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. by 04/27/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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Apr 29  
Hairy Fairy Tales - What do Rapunzel, Anansi, and Little Red Riding Hood have in common? See what common thread weaves through these tales. Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, Meyerhoff Children's Garden, Baltimore, noon- 1 p.m., Ages: 7- 9, 410-396-5204, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
Celebrating STEM Education in Baltimore - The Ingenuity Project will recognize the accomplishments of the brightest Baltimore City students at Celebrating STEM Education in Baltimore, a reception featuring guest speaker, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joshua Sharfstein, M.D. Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum, Baltimore, 5:30- 8 p.m., Ages: 10- 100, Tickets Reqd. www.ingenuityproject.org.  
 
 
Scads of Lads in Plaids and a Sassy Lassie or Two - Scottish folktales, poems, and songs, plus a plaid weaving craft. Hampden Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 3641 Falls Rd, Baltimore, 3:30 p.m., Ages: 7- 12, 410-396-6043, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
Preschool Fairy Tale Ball - Calling all princes and princesses, all knights and fairies! Come to the Fairy Tale Ball and enjoy live music, dancing, stories, and crafts. Please wear your finest attire or dress up as a prince or princess. Brooklyn Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 300 East Patapsco Ave, Baltimore, 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, 410-396-1120, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Apr 30  
Fairy Tale Fest at Cherry Hill - Make a fairy tale themed craft, enjoy a magically delicious snack, and learn to dance the Cherry Hill minuet. Cherry Hill Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 606 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore, 3 p.m., Ages: 5- 12, 410-396-1168, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
Open House - Join the Baltimore White Marsh Adventist School and Child Development Center for our Annual Open House! Experience our school in action. Visit the classrooms, meet our teachers and administration, get answers to your financial questions, and enjoy a FREE Lunch. Call to reserve your spot! 7427 Rossville Blvd., Rosedale, 8 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2 yrs- grade 10, Reserv Reqd. by 04/28/2014 410-663-1819, www.bwmschool.org.  
 
 
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Carroll County Arts Center, 91 W Main St., Westminster, 10:15- 11 a.m., Ages: birth- 7, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Tiny Tots: Wiggly Worms and Diggety Dirt - Get down and dirty as we get up close and personal with our subterranean friends! Explore their habitat and discover the dirt on why we love worms! Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 04/29/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Tint Tots: Wiggly Worms and Diggety Dirt - Get down and dirty as we get up close and personal with our subterranean friends! Explore their habitat and discover the dirt on why we love worms! Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 04/29/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
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May

May 1  
An Adaptation of The Wizard of Oz! - Presented by The Auburn School. All sales benefit the Scholarship Fund. Early bird discounts available. The Auburn School, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road Lutherville, 6:15 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-321-4799, www.theauburnschool.org/baltimore.  
 
 
Free Trial It's Groovy Baby Music trial class in Towson - We WON Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards for "Best Local Music Class in Baltimore!". Our classes are not only lots of fun, they are educational! Older siblings are always welcome to make this an entire family musical experience. Great Room of Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 5- 5:45 p.m., Ages: birth- 5, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Free Trial It's Groovy Baby Music trial class in Towson - We WON Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards for "Best Local Music Class in Baltimore!". Our classes are not only lots of fun, they are educational! Older siblings are always welcome to make this an entire family musical experience. Great Room of Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 5- 5:45 p.m., Ages: birth- 7, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Free Trial It's Groovy Baby Music trial class - We WON Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Awards for "Best Local Music Class in Baltimore!". Our classes are not only lots of fun, they are educational! Older siblings are always welcome to make this an entire family musical experience. Great Room of Divinity Lutheran, 1220 Providence Rd, Towson, 5- 5:45 p.m., Ages: birth- 5, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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May 2  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Owl Prowl - Take a hike with a naturalist and learn to spot owls at night. Enjoy a fire with marshmallow roasting while sipping on hot chocolate and learning about these beautiful birds. No open toed shoes. Carrie Murray Nature Center, 1901 Ridgetop Rd, Baltimore, 8- 10 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-396-0808, www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at the B&O - Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine,meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live entertainment all day. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  
 
 
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May 3  
Pink Lady's Slipper - A rare wild orchid grows at Honeygo Park. Join a Marshy Point Nature Center Naturalist for a pleasant spring hike in search of this native flower. Meet at Honeygo Park. Honeygo Park, White Marsh, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Marathon Kids Finisher Medal Celebration - The Finisher Medal Celebration is the official 'last lap' of the Marathon Kids 26.2 Mile Challenge. Participating students, teachers, families, and friends are invited to cheer on these awesome students as they receive their medals for this milestone on their journey to healthier and happier lives! Poly-Western Athletic Complex, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: all ages, by N/A 512-477-1259, marathonkids.org/events/events-by-city/event/17.  
 
 
Native Plant Sale - Support your backyard ecosystem with a fundraiser for Guilford Garden Club and Robert E. Lee Park Nature Council! Growing native plants encourages beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife in your community. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Spring Wildflower Walk - The park's trails are home to many species of beautiful Maryland plants. Starting at the ranger station, hike to find a variety of flowers and shrubs. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival - A Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanction event featuring over 50 teams competing, 40 bands, food, drinks arts and crafts and lots of family activities! All proceeds will support local children’s charities. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds 11:00 AM 9:00 PM Tickets Reqd. www.barbayq.com  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
3rd Annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk - The race honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a HCC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women finishers and to the first to cross the finish line in age categories. Participants receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, 8 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2449, harford.edu/adam.  
 
 
Build Bird Habitat in Patterson Park - Birds, bees, and butterflies need you! Help build and maintain Patterson Park's native plant gardens. The whole family will enjoy being outdoors and helping our wildlife. Community service hours for students. Gloves & tools provided. For more info, email ppaudubon@gmail.com. Western Edge of Boat Lake, Patterson Park, Baltimore, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Arts in the Park - This year’s event is free to the community and will include live music, a variety of local art vendors, artist demonstrations, activities for the kids, delicious food for sale from local vendors, side walk chalk drawing, and a moon bounce. Rain date is May 4. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-636-6597, www.chesapeakearts.org.  
 
 
Teddy Bear Farm Visit - Bring your bears! Free hayrides for all children who bring a teddy bear. Teddy bear contest at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Folk singing with Tony McGuffin, noon to 4 PM both days. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
16th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race - A race of wacky, imaginative, human-powered works of art. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m., 410-244-1900, www.kineticbaltimore.com.  
 
 
Women’s Self Defense - Women (16 and up) learn and practice highly effective, easy-to-learn techniques designed for adult situations. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9 a.m.- noon, Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Garden Festival - The most anticipated rare plant, antiques and garden ornaments sale in the region, featuring an exclusive collection of vendors from throughout the eastern seaboard. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
6th Annual Planet Walk - A 4.7 milk walk along the B&A Trail. Planetary scientists and astronomers from NASA/Goddard, area colleges and universities and local astronomy clubs will be at ten different planet stations along the trail to provide additional information about that planet. and answer questions. B&A Trail, between Glen Burnie and Severna Park, 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., www.friendsofaatrails.org.  
 
 
March for Babies - March for Babies is the March of Dimes' annual event raising money to help fund research to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 8 a.m., Ages: 0- 110, Reserv Reqd. by 05/03/2014 267-566-9686 www.marchforbabies.org.  
 
 
Habitat Heroes (8-13 years old): Masonville Cove Frog Watch - Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) scientists need your help! We will start off by learning about amphibians found in this region; we will then go outside to see what we can find. Refreshments will be provided after the program. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 8- 13, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at the B&O - Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine,meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live entertainment all day. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  
 
 
Baltimore Hope Factory - Volunteers can help assemble donated items into "Happy Hope Bags", to be distributed by the Message of Hope Foundation to children throughout the state and country who are hospitalized for chronic or life-threatening health conditions. Wegmans, Columbia, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., www.messageofhopefoundation.org/baltimore_hope_factory.  
 
 
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May 4  
Life Under Logs - Ever wonder what’s going on under that fallen tree? Join us on a woodland exploration as we uncover the hidden world beneath our feet. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 2- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 8- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 05/03/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Tiny Tots: Nature and Music: Wonderful Whooping Cranes - Come learn all about Whooping Cranes through songs and rhyming. Parental participation and registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 11:30 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., Ages: 1 1/2- 3 1/2, Reserv Reqd. by 05/04/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Pink Lady's Slipper - A rare wild orchid grows at Honeygo Park. Join a Marshy Point Nature Center Naturalist for a pleasant spring hike in search of this native flower. Meet at Honeygo Park. Honeygo Park, White Marsh, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
2014 Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk - Step up with family, friends and community members for the 12th Annual Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk at Camden Yards presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the noncompetitive 3 Mile Walk begins at 10 a.m. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. by 9 a.m., 05/04/14 433-322-0374, kidneywalk.org.  
 
 
Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival - A Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanction event featuring over 50 teams competing, 40 bands, food, drinks arts and crafts and lots of family activities! All proceeds will support local children’s charities. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds 11:00 AM 9:00 PM Tickets Reqd. www.barbayq.com  
 
 
Dog Hikes with the Doctor At Baltimore Humane Society - Bring your dog (proof of rabies vaccination required) to hike the grounds of the animal shelter’s forested wildlife sanctuary in Reisterstown, led by Dr. Mary Zink, Baltimore Humane Society Veterinary Medical Director of the Low Cost Veterinary Wellness Spay/Neuter Center. Rain or shine. Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 100, Tickets Reqd. 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk - Teams and individual walkers of all ages are invited to take a lifesaving step and help raise funds to support programs that help in the fight against kidney disease. To register for the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk, visit website or call for more information. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-494-8545, www.kidneywalk.org.  
 
 
Teddy Bear Farm Visit - Bring your bears! Free hayrides for all children who bring a teddy bear. Teddy bear contest at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Folk singing with Tony McGuffin, noon to 4 PM both days. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Native Plant Palooza - Landscaping and gardening with plants native to Maryland makes gardening easier and benefits the world around you. By planting native, you can save on the cost of water, fertilizer, and pesticides while providing a habitat for butterflies, insects and other local wildlife. No registration necessary. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, noon- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
A Day of Flying in the Great Hall Model Airplane Workshop - Recommended ages 8+ and Webelos Cub Scouts. Construct your own rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the D.C. Maxecuters. and try a test flight in the Great Hall. National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by May 1, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 202-272-2448, go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/168267048?view=Detail&id=115.  
 
 
A Day of Flying in the Great Hall - Free. Drop-in demonstration. All ages. Watch the D.C. Maxecuters fly their model airplanes in and across the Great Hall! National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, 202-272-2448, go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/168267048?view=Detail&id=115.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at the B&O - Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine,meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live entertainment all day. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-468-7630, www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  
 
 
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May 5  
Pre- K Nature Drop-In - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather, arrive by start time. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: Birth- 5, 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots: Nature and Music: Wonderful Whooping Cranes - Come learn all about Whooping Cranes through songs and rhyming. Parental participation and registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 1 1/2- 3 1/2, Reserv Reqd. by 05/04/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Screen Free Week/Daytime Campfire - Kids of all ages can tune in to the great outdoors and celebrate a week-long vacation from digital entertainment. Unplug and enjoy a daytime campfire with stories and s’mores. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 4:30- 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.  
 
 
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May 6  
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: Flower Power - Join us in the gardens as we read about and surround ourselves with the beauty and fragrance of spring's blooming beauties. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 05/05/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: Flower Power - Join us in the gardens as we read about and surround ourselves with the beauty and fragrance of spring's blooming beauties. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 12:30- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 05/05/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Book of the Month: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty - Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am. Free with admission to Building Zone. The story of Rosie Revere, who dreams of becoming a great engineer. Rosie is a shy but smart little girl who uses odds and ends to make amazing inventions. National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. 202-272-2448, www.nbm.org/families-kids/book-of-the-month-literacy.  
 
 
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May 7  
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Carroll County Arts Center, 91 W Main St., Westminster, 10:15- 11 a.m., Ages: birth- 7, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
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May 8  
Nature Tots: Totally Turtles - ‘Tis the season for turtles! Discover the wonders of turtles in this hands-on, interactive program. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 05/07/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Nature Tots: Totally Turtles - ‘Tis the season for turtles! Discover the wonders of turtles in this hands-on, interactive program. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 05/07/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Screen Free Week/Fishing - Kids of all ages can tune in to the great outdoors and celebrate a week-long vacation from digital entertainment. Unplug and enjoy some fishing. Cane poles and bait provided. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 4:30- 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
The Wiz - The Wiz is the story of Dorothy’s adventure in the land of Oz as she tries to get home, and the wonderful characters who befriend and protect her: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore, 7- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-5241, www.facebook.com/OverleaPlayersAssociation.  
 
 
Spring Fling Carnival - Ride bracelets for designated times. Silent Auction, raffles, food, flowers, games, White Elephant & more. Pre-sale ride bracelets at $8 savings thru May 6. St. John Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, 5- 10 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-592-6206, www.sjehydes.org.  
 
 
Twilight Garden Party - The Women’s Housing Coalition celebrates its annual fundraising event, the Twilight Garden Party showcasing their work with women and children for a better Baltimore. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at http://goo.gl/uMuXf2, by emailing events@womenshousing.org or by calling 410-235-5782. The Atrium at the Marbury Building 6225 Smith Avenue, Mt. Washington, Baltimore, 6- 8:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-235-5782, www.womenshousing.org.  
 
 
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May 9  
The Wiz - The Wiz is the story of Dorothy’s adventure in the land of Oz as she tries to get home, and the wonderful characters who befriend and protect her: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore, 7- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-5241, www.facebook.com/OverleaPlayersAssociation.  
 
 
Spring Fling Carnival - Ride bracelets for designated times. Silent Auction, raffles, food, flowers, games, White Elephant & more. Pre-sale ride bracelets at $8 savings thru May 6. St. John Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, 5- 10 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-592-6206, www.sjehydes.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Lively Arts for Little Ones Presents: Rocknoceros - They’re back! Without a doubt the most popular kid’s rock n’ roll concert in the area. The Other Barn, Columbia, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4610, oaklandmills.org.  
 
 
Screen Free Week/Crafts & Games - Kids of all ages can tune in to the great outdoors and celebrate a week-long vacation from digital entertainment. Unplug to enjoy crafts and games, and have fun using things found in nature. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 4:30- 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Sunset Drama Club Presents Seussical Jr. - The talented Sunset Drama Club staff and children performing will bring Seussical Jr., the fantastical musical extravaganza, to the Chesapeake Arts Center. Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Lane Theater, Brooklyn Park, 6:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-636-6597, www.chesapeakearts.org.  
 
 
Free Zumbatonic Class - An exercise class for Mommy and Princess. A fun and healthy way to exercise. Water bottle and snack provided. KupCake Spa for Gurlz, Pikesville, 6:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 13, Reserv Reqd. 410-484-1980, www.kupcakespaforgurlz.com.  
 
 
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival - The Pork in the Park BBQ Festival, the largest sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) competition east of the Mississippi, returns to Salisbury with 3 days of family-friendly entertainment including live music, rides and games, food and drinks and a NEW Kids Q Competition on Sunday. WinterPlace Park, Salisbury, 4- 10 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-548-4900, www.porkinthepark.org.  
 
 
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May 10  
The Wiz - The Wiz is the story of Dorothy’s adventure in the land of Oz as she tries to get home, and the wonderful characters who befriend and protect her: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Avenue, Baltimore, 7- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-5241, www.facebook.com/OverleaPlayersAssociation.  
 
 
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival - The Pork in the Park BBQ Festival, the largest sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) competition east of the Mississippi, returns to Salisbury with 3 days of family-friendly entertainment including live music, rides and games, food and drinks and a NEW Kids Q Competition on Sunday. WinterPlace Park, Salisbury, 4- 10 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-548-4900, www.porkinthepark.org.  
 
 
Spring Fling Carnival - Ride bracelets for designated times. Silent Auction, raffles, food, flowers, games, White Elephant & more. Pre-sale ride bracelets at $8 savings thru May 6. St. John Catholic Church, 13305 Long Green Pike, Hydes, noon- 10 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-592-6206, www.sjehydes.org.  
 
 
Puppet Show: Little Whooper's Excellent Adventure - Follow the journey of a young Whooping Crane and see how Patuxent Research Refuge is giving a helping hand to this magnificent bird! Runs approximately 20 minutes. No registration required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Spring Family Campout - Enjoy a night under the stars with other night owls. Bring your own picnic dinner and camping gear, we'll supply the fun and s'mores! Arrive at start time to set up. Bring all food and drinks needed for the evening. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 6 p.m.- 9 a.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
2nd Annual African American Children’s Book Fair - Enjoy author/illustrator readings, cultural performances, an interactive storytelling workshop by a griot performer and craft activities to include bookbinding demonstrations by local book artists. Special guests include illustrator and Maryland native Bryan Collier as he presents his latest book. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., 443-263-1800, www.rflewismuseum.org.  
 
 
Music in the Woods - Gather in Oregon Ridge Park's meadow to hear dulcimers, mandolins, harmonicas, guitars, harps, flutes and other instruments. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic. Hot dogs and drinks available for purchase. Children’s activities and crafts, musical petting zoo, and animal encounters. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Mother's Day Weekend at Sharp Farm - Bring mom and grandmom for a day on the farm. Bring a container, or purchase one of from the farm, and choose from a selection of flowers and herbs. Soil, fertilizer, and mulch provede. You just pay for plants you choose. Free hayride at 5 p.m. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Bark with a Ranger - Well-behaved dogs on leashes and their owners can join rangers on a night hike and campfire. All children must be accompanied by an adult. One dog per adult. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 8- 10 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Open Cockpit Day - Open Cockpit Day season begins with aviation fun when children and adults can board the 404 passenger airplane and sit in pilot seats of jet fighters on second Saturdays of April through August. This outside event will not be held if the day brings rain. Admission charge. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-682-6122, www.mdairmuseum.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Charles Village Junk Hunt - A neighborhood wide yard sale featuring over 45 sellers. Maps will be available on the day of the event at Eddie's Market, the Waverly Farmer's Market, Charmington's, Terra Cafe, and each seller's location. Charles Village, Baltimore, 8:30 a.m.- noon, www.charlesvillageparents.org.  
 
 
Mother's Day Weekend - Free hayrides for all mothers and grandmothers accompanied by a child. Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mothers. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Fun for all ages. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Mother's Day Tea at Mount Clare - Treat your mom to an afternoon tea and tour at Mount Clare Museum House. Tour Mount Clare Museum house at 2 p.m. and then enjoy a traditional 3 p.m. tea accompanied with finger sandwiches and baked goods at the Mount Clare Stable. Mount Clare Museum House Stable, Baltimore 2- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 05/09 Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262 x101, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Family Dance - Bring the whole family for an evening of live music and dance featuring Susan Taylor calling to Andrea Hoag (fiddle), Mark Glickman (piano) and Susan Brandt (flute). Followed by a Potluck from 6:30 - 7:30. Bring something yummy to share! St. Marks on the Hill Episcopal Church 1620 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, 5- 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.bfms.org.  
 
 
Sunset Drama Club Presents Seussical Jr. - The talented Sunset Drama Club staff and children performing will bring Seussical Jr., the fantastical musical extravaganza, to the Chesapeake Arts Center. Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Lane Theater, Brooklyn Park, 6:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-636-6597, www.chesapeakearts.org.  
 
 
Y Family Tea and Picnic - This family-fun event will feature tea and a picnic, and arts and crafts to celebrate Mother's Day. Event times and activities vary by location, so please contact your local Family Center Y for specific details. Y of Central Maryland Family Centers, Tickets Reqd. www.ymaryland.org.  
 
 
Tony Melendez in Concert - A thalidomide baby, Tony was born without arms in Nicaragua. Not letting his handicap define him, Tony became a gifted guitar player and songwriter. Through concerts, conferences, retreats and school presentations, Tony Melendez generates hope St. Michael the Archangel, 10 Willow Avenue, Baltimore, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.smoverlea.org.  
 
 
Percussion Strikes Again! - Learn all about the exciting instruments of the percussion section including the timpani, big bass drum, bells, cymbals, triangle and more, as the BSO shares favorite pieces that feature them all. A range of exciting, interactive and educational musical adventures before the show at 9:45 a.m. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Mothers' Day Special: Tea, Scones & Gardens - Stroll through the many gardens at the Conservancy, and refresh yourself with “bottomless cups” of tea and freshly baked Scottish scones in the restored Brown sisters' historic farmhouse parlor. Howard County Conservancy, Woodstock, 10 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-465-8877, www.hcconservancy.org.  
 
 
Mommy, Mother Nature and Me (Mother/Child) - Celebrate the joys of being a mommy with your child in this fun bonding experience at the Robinson Nature Center. Take part in interactive stations that highlight the nurturing behaviors of local wildlife as you work together to complete our Mother Nature scavenger hunts. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 10 a.m.- 11:45 a.m., Ages: 4 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Maryland Native Plant Sale - Build your own bird habitat at home by planting the native plants that birds love! Audubon will have a booth at the Butchers' Hill Flea Market in Patterson Park, chock full of plants and advice. Come early, before all the plants sell out. Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8 a.m.- Sellout, Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Baby Animals & Their Moms - Come learn about the relationships that baby animals have with their moms through activities, stories, and crafts. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Budding Biologists (5-7 years old): 5 Senses Nature Hike - Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? Enjoy a hike around Masonville Cove and use all of your senses to experience nature in the city. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Mother's Day Stepping Stone Workshop (for the Whole Family)! - The best gifts are homemade and from the heart. Make your mom a beautiful stepping stone for her garden. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
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May 11  
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival - The Pork in the Park BBQ Festival, the largest sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) competition east of the Mississippi, returns to Salisbury with 3 days of family-friendly entertainment including live music, rides and games, food and drinks and a NEW Kids Q Competition on Sunday. WinterPlace Park, Salisbury, 4- 10 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-548-4900, www.porkinthepark.org.  
 
 
Mother's Day Birdwalk - Explore the estuary and more with our expert bird watchers. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 9- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Spring Wildflowers - Hike with a naturalist to look for fleeting beauties, shy violets and other flowers found in Oregon Ridge Park. Hear the folklore surrounding them, too! This is a free program but donations are appreciated. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Mother's Day Weekend at Sharp Farm - Bring mom and grandmom for a day on the farm. Bring a container, or purchase one of from the farm, and choose from a selection of flowers and herbs. Soil, fertilizer, and mulch provede. You just pay for plants you choose. Free hayride at 5 p.m. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 1- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Historic Harbor House Tour - A unique Mother's Day event in Fell's Point that benefits The Preservation Society. A self-guided tour through the quaint streets and a sampling of homes in this historic maritime community in Baltimore City. Fell's Point, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 2014FellsPointHistoricHouseTour.eventbrite.com.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Train rides for the whole family. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains running on a 3/5 mile double track railroad through Baltimore's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. No charge for the ride, but our 501(C)3 organization accepts donations at the gate. Second Sundays through November. 1950 Eagle Dr, Leakin Park, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Mom and Me on the Marsh - Treat mom to a relaxing paddle on the creek while looking for wild animal families. Return to shore to enjoy tea and sandwiches and create a memento to remember the day. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: 5- adult, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Plants and People Sunday - Exploration Station - Elementary-aged children and youth experience fun and educational hands-on gardening with a project to take home. The theme will be "Animal Plant Connections". Rawlings Conservatory, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., 410-396-0008, www.rawlingsconservatory.org.  
 
 
Signs of Spring - Hike the trails, and pick up some basic sign language too. Using signs for spring things, enjoy a nature walk and learn about this beautiful season. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9200, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
Mother's Day Weekend - Free hayrides for all mothers and grandmothers accompanied by a child. Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful mothers. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Fun for all ages. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Mother's Day Buffet - Give Mom a real treat and bring her out to the Mother's Day Buffet. All you can eat. Children under 4 eat free. Last seating is 3 p.m. North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, by May 10th Tickets Reqd. 410-252-7373, www.northbaltimoreplazahotel.com.  
 
 
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May 12  
Pre- K Nature Drop-In - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather, arrive by start time. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: Birth- 5, 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Label Reading Made Easy - Take advantage of this hands-on opportunity to understand the nutrition label once and for all. Learn how to use the nutrition label to make healthier choices and to manage weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and other health conditions. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 5:30- 6:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 5/11/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
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May 13  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
Skin Cancer Screening - Dermatologist will examine one or two areas of concern. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5- 7 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
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May 14  
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
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May 15  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Skin Cancer Screening - Dermatologist will examine one or two areas of concern. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5- 7 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
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May 16  
Full Planting Moon Canoe Trip - The Native Indians travelled Dundee Creek by canoe; why not you and your friends and family? Join a naturalist and explore the watershed with us. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 6:30- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Waterfront Partnership's Summer Social Series - Summer Socials will continue through August with one Summer Social taking place each month. Live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Wondersitter. West Shore Park, Light Street, Baltimore (between Science Center & Visitor Center), 5- 9 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-243-3790, www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
Target $2 Family Fun Night - Join us on the third Friday of each month! General admission is only two dollars per person from 4 pm – 8 pm at the door. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-727-8120, www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Full Moon Canoe on the Oregon Ridge Lake - Come paddle into the moonlight at the Oregon Ridge Lake. Then, roast s'mores around the campfire on the lakes beach. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Ponds, Puddles & Creeks Open House at Sharp Farm - Wear shoes that can get wet as you will take the hayride down to the Cattail Creek where you can go in the water to catch a variety of critters. Learn about their habitats and life cycles. Then head back to the barnyard to feed the farm animals. Cost per child, adults are free. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 05/15/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Spring Campout - Enjoy the spring weather with an overnight in the park! Go on a ranger-led night hike, make s’mores around the campfire, and enjoy breakfast in the morning. Bring your own tent, or reserve one by calling the park office. Rain dates are May 17th – 18th. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 6 p.m.- 10 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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May 17  
Spring Fling - You will enjoy a day of prizes, raffle, and gifts, while learning new sewing techniques through a variety of demos and hands-on experiences. There will also be a Stash Sale, full of deals and surprises. Two meals and snacks will also be provided. Maritime Institute, Linthicum Heights, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 10- 100, Tickets Reqd. 240-560-7985, www.marylandasg.org.  
 
 
Story Time: A Whooping Crane Named Cinnamon - Join author Ms. Mary Beth Mattison as she relates the adventures of Cinnamon in her story: A Whooping Crane Named Cinnamon. No registration required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Edible Plants and Earth Oven Pizza - Many edibles grow around Marshy Point Park. Join a naturalist to find them; then help to build a pizza with those edibles to cook in our earth oven. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Michael Cartellone - Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Takes Artwork on - World-renowned as the drummer for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Multi-Platinum recording artist and extraordinary visual artist presents a newly curated Collection. Wentworth Gallery, 7101 Democracy Blvd. Bethesda, 1- 4 p.m., 301-365-3270,  
 
 
Cane Pole Fishing - Come fish for bluegill and largemouth bass with our cane poles. We provide the worms. No rod and reels allowed. Ages 16 and up must have fishing license. Fishing only allowed in park with park staff. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Washing Away Cancer One Pet At A Time - Pet Valu will be raising money for the Animal Cancer foundation. At every Pet Valu location with self-washing stations, all money collected from the $10 self wash services will be donated to the Animal Cancer Foundation to help further their research. Pet Valu Locations with self-wash stations, 1-800-PET-VALU (738-8258), us.petvalu.com.  
 
 
Innovate @ Your Library - Check out a makerspace, a participatory learning environment for science and technology to encourage creativity, exploration and collaboration. Hands-on and live demonstrations, interactive displays, rocketry, learning labs, 3D printers and scanning and more! Baltimore County Public Library, Towson Branch, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, 410-887-6166, www.bcpl.info.  
 
 
Endangered Species Day - Join the Zoo in bringing awareness to the endangered species exhibited on grounds, learn about how important zoos are in helping endangered species and have a chat with some of the animal keepers about the Zoo’s ongoing conservation efforts. Free with admission. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., 443-552-5276, www.marylandzoo.org.  
 
 
Coloring and Craft Activities Weekend - To celebrate all that spring has to offer, we will have fun coloring and craft activities for the kids. Join in the fun and see what great pictures and crafts you can create to take home. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Big Gunpowder Trail Trek - Search Gunpowder Falls State Park for bluebells and other signs of spring. Meet by the bulletin board in the main parking lot off Bel Air Rd. (Overflow parking available by Gunpowder Lodge.) Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 3:30- 5 p.m., Ages: 8- adult, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Let It Rot! - This program will teach many different methods of composting: vermiculture, bin, and using a tumbler. Carrie Murray Nature Center, 1901 Ridgetop Rd, Baltimore, noon- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-396-0808, www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Sarah Jayne Orton Memorial Walk - Bring your furry friend for a mile walk around the park, to Benefit the Baltimore Humane Society. Register before April 20th for $25.00 and receive a t-shirt and bracelet, after April 20th it will be $30.00. Sandymount Park, Finksburg, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. sarahjayneorton.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Saturday Scout Day at Robinson Nature Center - School is out, so get your troop together and fulfill requirements to earn a badge. We offer programs for Boy Scout Webelos hoping to secure the Forester activity badge. Girl Scout Juniors meet requirements to earn their Naturalist Flowers badge. Call for additional times. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Fish! - Come explore the exciting world of these underwater creatures. We’ll learn about our finned friends through stories, activities, and art. We’ll even try our hand at fish prints for you to take home. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Fish! - Come explore the exciting world of these underwater creatures. We’ll learn about our finned friends through stories, activities, and art. We’ll even try our hand at fish prints for you to take home. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Baltimore Regional Toddler Fair - Activities for the family include pony rides, a fire truck & squirt house, face painting, food, gymnastic and interactive music demonstrations and much more! Exhibitors will be on hand providing products and services for families with young children. Greenspring Montessori School, Lutherville, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 0- 4, 410-321-8555, www.greenspringmontessori.org.  
 
 
Past Times for Children- Mary Shellman - Mary Shellman was a Westminster native who organized, started, and ran various activities in the city. Children will explore her life through dramatic play, stories, activities, and a craft. 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by May 12, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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May 18  
Edible Plants and Earth Oven Pizza - Many edibles grow around Marshy Point Park. Join a naturalist to find them; then help to build a pizza with those edibles to cook in our earth oven. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
MAC to Host 10th Annual Half Marathon and Relay - Maryland Athletic Club and Wellness Center (MAC) will host its 10th Annual Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay. Fun, fast, friendly, and for a good cause, the event benefits the House of Ruth Maryland and CHANA. All participants will receive a medal and a UA marathon shirt upon completing the race. The NCR Trail, 1042 Freeland Road, Freeland, 9- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. by 05/11/2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-453-9111 x1638, www.macwellness.com.  
 
 
Campfire Games - Hike to the campfire ring to play outdoor games, sing campfire songs, and eat s’mores! Kosher s’mores available upon request. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Cane Pole Fishing - Come fish for bluegill and largemouth bass with our cane poles. We provide the worms. No rod and reels allowed. Ages 16 and up must have fishing license. Fishing only allowed in park with park staff. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
North Africa and Middle East Culture Fest - An afternoon of music, displays, dance performances, and demonstrations celebrating the cultures of North Africa and the Middle East. Howard County Library, Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 1:30- 4:30 p.m., 410-313-1950, www.hclibrary.org.  
 
 
Art Outside - A juried arts event that will feature Maryland artists displaying their work, as well as feature strolling performers and musical groups, an area for “hands-on” arts and crafts for children, and Baltimore’s best food trucks. Art Outside is an outdoor, free event and will be held rain or shine. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., www.artoutsidemd.org.  
 
 
CHADD ADHD Walk & Family Fun Day in Arlington, VA - Help raise awareness and reduce stigma of ADHD by joining families in a fun filled day full of children's activities, including an obstacle moon bounce, face painting, and DJ to name a few. Bluemont Park, 601 North Manchester St., Arlington, VA, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by May 15, 2014 Tickets Reqd. www.chadd.org/Training-Events/ADHD-Walk-Family-Fun-Day.aspx.  
 
 
HaZamir Baltimore in Concert - HaZamir Baltimore is comprised of 30 talented teens who attend 12 different high schools in the greater Baltimore area. This concert will offer a diverse repertoire featuring the very best of traditional and contemporary Jewish choral music. Gordon Center For Performing Arts, Owings Mills, 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-559-3510, www.jcc.org/gordon-center/gordon-center.  
 
 
Coloring and Craft Activities Weekend - To celebrate all that spring has to offer, we will have fun coloring and craft activities for the kids. Join in the fun and see what great pictures and crafts you can create to take home. Also, enjoy the hands-on experience of gem mining. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Plants and People Sunday - Sprouts - Introduce your pre-k and early elementary-aged children to the world of plants with a craft activity followed by story time. Story hour begins at 2:30 p.m., and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The theme will be "Animal Plant Connections". Rawlings Conservatory, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., 410-396-0008, www.rawlingsconservatory.org.  
 
 
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May 19  
Pre- K Nature Drop-In - Introduce your little ones to nature's wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather, arrive by start time. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: Birth- 5, 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
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May 20  
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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May 21  
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: Blue Bird Blue Sky - The color blue is found all throughout nature from eggs and birds to flowers and the sky. Join us as we read about all things blue. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 05/20/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: Blue Bird Blue Sky - The color blue is found all throughout nature from eggs and birds to flowers and the sky. Join us as we read about all things blue. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 12:30- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 05/20/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
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May 22  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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May 23  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Princess Spa Night Out - Parents, it's your time to go celebrate,take in a movie, or go have a relaxing dinner. Drop your Princess of for 3 1/2 hrs of spa fun! Your Princess will receive one spa service(mani, pedi, or chocolate facial), do a fun craft, watch a movie, dance, play the Wii and do karaoke. Dinner included. KupCake Spa for Gurlz, Pikesville, 5:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- 13, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-484-1980, www.kupcakespaforgurlz.com.  
 
 
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May 24  
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 8:15- 10:15 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 05/23/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Herp Hike - Join a refuge naturalist on this guided search for reptiles and amphibians. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 05/23/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Night Hike - Explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 7:45- 9:15 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 05/23/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Sight Seeing Boat Trip to Hart-Miller Island - Bring binoculars and lunch as Captain Jim relates the history of the Island and surrounding landscape. Limited space. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, noon- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 41-0887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Butterfly Celebration - Celebrate these beautiful “flying flowers” with face painting, insect hunts, crafts, and more. You can even meet our state insect the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly and learn about efforts to reintroduce it. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Audubon's Youth Bird Watching in Patterson Park - Students! Join Audubon as a citizen scientists. Collect data on urban bird species and share your findings with the scientific community. No experience needed. Community service hours awarded. Email ppaudubon@gmail.com to reserve binoculars. Fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: grade 6- grade 12, Reserv Reqd. by 05/22/14 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Fun for all ages. Geode cracking, too. For more information about gem mining, check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Open Memorial Day, too. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides at Herb Festival - Train rides for the whole family at the Herb Festival in Leakin Park. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains running on a 3/5 mile double track railroad through the park off Windsor Mill Road. No charge for the ride, but our 501(C)3 organization accepts donations at the gate. 1950 Eagle Drive, Leakin Park, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
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May 25  
Bluebirds on the Bay - The bluebird is a member of the thrush family. Join a naturalist as we check our bluebird trail and collect data. 2 mile round trip. Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Fairies and Elves - Learn all about these mysterious inhabitants of the forest and search for their presence at Oregon Ridge Park. Enjoy crafting houses for them and make a craft to take home, too! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Butterfly Celebration - Celebrate these beautiful “flying flowers” with face painting, insect hunts, crafts, and more. You can even meet our state insect the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly and learn about efforts to reintroduce it. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Fun for all ages. Geode cracking, too. For more information about gem mining, check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Open Memorial Day, too. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Plants and People Sunday - Science Demonstration - Join Dr. Alan Stone for demonstrations and items on display. Explore the interconnections between plants, science, and even engineering. The theme will be "Animal Plant Connections". Rawlings Conservatory, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., 410-396-0008, www.rawlingsconservatory.org.  
 
 
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May 26  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Fun for all ages. Geode cracking, too. For more information about gem mining, check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Open Memorial Day, too. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
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May 27  
Frogs and Toads - Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets, props, and activities. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11 a.m., Ages: 4- 5, Reserv Reqd. by 05/26/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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May 28  
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
The Wizard of Oz - This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Baltimore, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-900-1150, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
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May 29  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
The Wizard of Oz - This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Baltimore, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-900-1150, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
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May 30  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
The Wizard of Oz - This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Baltimore, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-900-1150, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris--May Flowers - An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers! Let's explore Patterson Park with Audubon to see how many colors we can find. $5 suggested donation per child. Register early, as programs fill quickly. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 2- 3 p.m., Ages: 2- 5 w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 05/28/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
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May 31  
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 05/30/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Whooping Crane Migration Game - Discover the experiences Whooping Cranes face during their long migrations in this interactive game. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 7- 10, Reserv Reqd. by 05/30/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Wildflower Walk - Search for wildflowers on the refuge and discover why these late spring blooms are so important in the refuge ecosystem. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 05/30/14 301-497-5887, www.patuxent.fws.gov.  
 
 
Storytime and Puppet Show - Learn about the busy bee and watch the pollinator puppet show. Bring your little ones for a show and a snack! Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, 2- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-2818, www.marshypoint.org.  
 
 
CSI on the Ridge - Whose poo is on my shoe? Learn common scat identification and make some edible "poo" to take home! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Strauss Masterpieces - Thomas Pandolfi, piano National Philharmonic Chorale Piotr Gajewski, conductor On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Strauss, enjoy exploring four of his masterpieces. Strauss Don Juan Burlesque Wanderers Sturmlied Death and Transfiguration The Music Center at Strathmore, 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
DPsiE Mommy and Me Craft Day - Delta Psi Epsilon Christian Sorority, Inc. is hosting a day of arts and crafts for women and children. This day will be filled with crafts, fun, and fellowship with the ladies of DPsiE all for FREE. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Light refreshments will be served. Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Dr., Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. by 05/27/2014 410-793-6316, www.dpsiebaltimore.com.  
 
 
Exotic Landscapes - Our Season Finale takes a tour around the globe with stops in Italy, France, ancient Mexico, and the magic-filled forest of Shakespeare's famous play. See the amazing talents of our Young Artist Competition winners, actors from the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, and a host of guest drummers. The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, Columbia, 7:30 p.m., by 5/31/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-465-8777, hwww.columbiaorchestra.org.  
 
 
Bioblitz Your Backyard - Get all the information you need to discover the life in your own backyard or community. Start in the Nature Center classroom, then head out on the trails, and return to document your findings. Learn about iNaturalist and other citizen science programs. Bring a digital camera if you have one. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 1- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-738-9200, www.explorenature.org.  
 
 
The Wizard of Oz - This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Baltimore, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-900-1150, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris--May Flowers - An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers! Let's explore Patterson Park with Audubon to see how many colors we can find. $5 suggested donation per child. Register early, as programs fill quickly. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5 w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 05/29/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Birds & Birdfeeders! - Storytelling and bird watching will give your family a glimpse of the joys of birding. Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials to enjoy birding in your own backyard. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Birds & Birdfeeders! - Storytelling and bird watching will give your family a glimpse of the joys of birding. Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials to enjoy birding in your own backyard. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
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June

Jun 1  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
CSI on the Ridge - Whose poo is on my shoe? Learn common scat identification and make some edible "poo" to take home! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
The Wizard of Oz - This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally re-conceived for the stage. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Baltimore, 1 and 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-900-1150, www.lyricoperahouse.com.  
 
 
Rockin’ the Cause Concert for Nathan Chris Baker Foundation - A JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra (JDCRO) benefit concert. Features popular, crowd-pleasing Rock, Pop, Motown & Jazz hits, and opportunities for kids to interact with the orchestra during the show. The JDCRO is a community group of students and adults who perform concerts for charities. Century High School Auditorium, 355 Ronsdale Rd, Sykesville, 2- 4:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-549-6296, mailbox #6, www.jdcrockorchestra.org.  
 
 
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Jun 3  
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: Animal Babies - From birds to frogs, spring is the perfect time to see babies everywhere. Let's learn all about these cuties that are entering the world for the first time. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 06/02/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: Animal Babies - From birds to frogs, spring is the perfect time to see babies everywhere. Let's learn all about these cuties that are entering the world for the first time. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 12:30- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 06/02/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
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Jun 4  
Shake the Salt Habit - Sodium has a funny way of sneaking onto our plate whether we want it there or not. Join the nutritionist and Giant pharmacist, Debbie Bournousouzis, to learn the latest recommendations regarding blood pressure and sodium, and discover practical and delicious ways to reduce the salt in your diet. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 5:30- 6:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 6/3/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
It's Groovy Baby Music Demo - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Preschool rm 214, Pikesville, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m., 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, www.itsgroovybaby.com.  
 
 
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Jun 5  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
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Jun 6  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 10- 10:40 a.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Rappel for Kidney Health - People of all ages and walks of life, including adventure seekers and those with connections to kidney disease, will scale down the 32-story hotel to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. Participants will receive training on event day, be photographed in action, and more. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-494-8545, www.kidneymd.org.  
 
 
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Jun 7  
Budding Biologists (5-7 years old): Bountiful Butterflies! - Flutter by to learn more about these amazing insects through stories, songs, games, and crafts. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Living Off The Land - Civil War Soldier Campfire - Experience the Civil War as a soldier would have, encamped with his unit here on the land of Howard County. Learn what a soldier’s life was like – from camping under the stars to marching across meadows – while viewing authentic Civil War-era artifacts and equipment. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. by June 7 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
BSO Music Box Series: Summertime Movin' & Groovin' - A brass quintet will perform the swinging tunes of Joplin and sparkling music by Handel to celebrate what makes summertime great. 30 minutes before, join in a range of activities for children and families that promote literacy, creative play, and musical and listening skills through fun exploration. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 10 & 11:30 a.m., Ages: 6 mos- 3 yrs, w/ adult, Tickets Reqd. 410-783-8000, www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Habitat Garden Volunteers! - Join Audubon's Habitat Team! Plant and maintain native plant gardens in Patterson Park to feed the Park's birds and insects. Tools, gloves, water provided. Service hours awarded. Outdoor fun for the whole family. Western Edge of Boat Lake, Patterson Park, Baltimore, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Lil' Sprouts Gardening Series - Share the wonders of gardening with your young child in this new, three-part gardening series. Learn how to plan your garden, play with worms, discover the different parts of plants, plant a colorful variety, and enjoy the harvest. This series includes hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 5, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Rappel for Kidney Health - People of all ages and walks of life, including adventure seekers and those with connections to kidney disease, will scale down the 32-story hotel to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. Participants will receive training on event day, be photographed in action, and more. Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-494-8545, www.kidneymd.org.  
 
 
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Jun 8  
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Pinocchio - Rod puppets tell Carlo Collodi’s story of what it means to be “real” in the Puppet Co.’s “Pinocchio.” Share the trials and tribulations of the little live puppet as he finds, in one adventure after another, that the easy way isn’t always the right way. the Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, 1- 1:40 p.m., Ages: 5- 11, Tickets Reqd. 301-634-5380, thepuppetco.org.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Train rides for the whole family. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains running on a 3/5 mile double track railroad through Baltimore's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. No charge for the ride, but our 501(C)3 organization accepts donations at the gate. Second Sundays through November. 1950 Eagle Dr, Leakin Park, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Lil' Buds Gardening Series - Take your little one out to the garden in this new, three-part gardening series. Have fun while learning the nitty-gritty of planning and caring for a garden with your child. Play in the soil, pick out seeds to plant, smell, touch, and taste different crops and learn fun recipes. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 1:30- 3 p.m., Ages: 5- 8, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
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Jun 10  
Music Together Free Trial Class - Join us and see why It's Groovy Baby's Music Together was chosen the "Best Music Class in Baltimore!" Lots of instruments and fun activities, singing, dancing and silliness. Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville, 10:30 & 11:30, 45 minute class, Ages: birth- 5 yrs, Reserv Reqd. 443-802-7631, secure.mainstreetsites.com/dmn1425/demos.aspx.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Jun 11  
Storytime in the Gardens: I Wonder What's Under - Ever wondered what lives under that rock, log or patch of dirt? Come find out as we learn about the wiggly worms, chipmunks, salamanders, and other critters that make their homes down under. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 06/10/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
Storytime in the Gardens: I Wonder What's Under - Ever wondered what lives under that rock, log or patch of dirt? Come find out as we learn about the wiggly worms, chipmunks, salamanders, and other critters that make their homes down under. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 12:30- 1:15 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 06/10/14 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com.  
 
 
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Jun 13  
Waterfront Partnership's Summer Social Series - Summer Socials will continue through August with one Summer Social taking place each month. Live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Wondersitter. West Shore Park, Light Street, Baltimore (between Science Center & Visitor Center), 5- 9 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-243-3790, www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
Heron Hysteria! - Look for the elusive heron as you stroll through Patterson Park on Audubon's urban bird watching walk. You might spy other exotic birds as they rest on their annual migration. Email if you need binoculars. Fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris--Baby Animals - An hour of fun and education for our youngest nature lovers! Learn how baby animals and their moms and dads live in Patterson Park's habitats. $5 donation suggested per child. Register early, as programs fill quickly. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5 w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 06/11/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
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Jun 14  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris--Baby Animals - An hour of fun and education for our youngest nature lovers! Learn how baby animals and their moms and dads live in Patterson Park's habitats. $5 donation suggested per child. Register early, as programs fill quickly. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5 w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 06/11/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Fathers Day Fishing - Catch bluegills and largemouth bass with Dad. NOTE: fishing is only allowed in the park with a Naturalist. We supply the pole and the worms. No rod and reel allowed. Fishing license required for ages 16 and up. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410 887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Fishing Derby - Learn the fishing basics from the rangers, and compete for prizes. Other activities will include games, crafts, and making your own fishing pole. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Open Cockpit Day - Open Cockpit Day season begins with aviation fun when children and adults can board the 404 passenger airplane and sit in pilot seats of jet fighters on second Saturdays of April through August. This outside event will not be held if the day brings rain. Admission charge. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-682-6122, www.mdairmuseum.org.  
 
 
Outside with Dad (Father/Child) - Celebrate the joys of being a dad with your child. Enjoy a short trail walk down to the river. Make memories with nature-inspired photo ops. Learn how to cast a fly-fishing rod and explore the river’s mysteries. Bring a camera and water shoes and enjoy Father’s Day early. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by June 14 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Colonial Market Fair - Discover the life and times of Benjamin Banneker at the annual Colonial Market Fair! Retrace the footsteps of Benjamin Banneker and let local historical re-enactors, tradesmen, and craftsmen astound you with exhibitions that will keep family members of all ages entertained. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 4- 13, 410-887-1081, benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
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Jun 15  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Fathers Day Fishing - Catch bluegills and largemouth bass with Dad. NOTE: fishing is only allowed in the park with a Naturalist. We supply the pole and the worms. No rod and reel allowed. Fishing license required for ages 16 and up. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410 887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Colonial Market Fair - Discover the life and times of Benjamin Banneker at the annual Colonial Market Fair! Retrace the footsteps of Benjamin Banneker and let local historical re-enactors, tradesmen, and craftsmen astound you with exhibitions that will keep family members of all ages entertained. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 4- 13, 410-887-1081, benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
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Jun 16  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Whole Grains for the Whole Family - “Make half your grains whole” is one way to move toward a healthier lifestyle. In this class, learn about the health benefits of choosing whole grains. Taste and see simple ways to add whole grains to your meals and snacks. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 11 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. by 6/15/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
Whole Grains for the Whole Family - “Make half your grains whole” is one way to move toward a healthier lifestyle. In this class, learn about the health benefits of choosing whole grains. Taste and see simple ways to add whole grains to your meals and snacks. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 11 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. by 6/15/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
Whole Grains for the Whole Family - “Make half your grains whole” is one way to move toward a healthier lifestyle. In this class, learn about the health benefits of choosing whole grains. Taste and see simple ways to add whole grains to your meals and snacks. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 5:30- 6:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 6/15/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
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Jun 17  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Jun 18  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
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Jun 19  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
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Jun 20  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Picnic Under the Stars - Take an early evening swim or a woodland stroll, paddle a canoe into the twilight or stretch out on the beach and relax while the summers sun sets. Then gather around the campfire for songs and s’mores. Grills will be ready with hot coals if you’d like to cook your picnic dinner on the beach. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 6- 9 p.m., 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Wonderful World of Worms Open House at Sharp Farm - Learn about worms and how they assist in the composting process. Learn the basics of composting and all about worms. Bring a bag of food scraps and learn how to make your own compost pile. Feeding the animals and a hayride are also included. Cost per child, adults are free. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 4- 13, Reserv Reqd. by 06/19/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Jun 21  
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Animal Tracks! - Look for signs of the animals around us! Make plaster casts of tracks of some of our friends in the Cove. Snack and take- home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Animal Tracks! - Look for signs of the animals around us! Make plaster casts of tracks of some of our friends in the Cove. Snack and take- home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Tubing on the Little Gunpowder Falls River - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing down the Little Gunpowder Falls River. Pack small lunch and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes are a must! Children must be at least 8 and able to paddle their tube around obstacles in the water. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The NCR Trail, White Hall, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, under 16 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Beaver Night Hike - Enjoy a night hike to search for our resident beaver and learn about the aquatic animals that reside at Robert E. Lee park. End the evening with campfire with s’mores. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 8- 10 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Habitat Team - Oregon Ridge Nature Center's Club Series-Become a weed buster for a day and help out park remove invasive plants from our trails! Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: 12 and up, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Past Time For Children - Country Fairs - Country Fairs sprang up all around the county in the 1800's. Competitions such as who has the biggest vegetable or best dessert were standard events. Children can enjoy the fun of the country fair through play, games, races, and crafts. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by June 16, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Jun 22  
Tubing on the Little Gunpowder Falls River - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing down the Little Gunpowder Falls River. Pack small lunch and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes are a must! Children must be at least 8 and able to paddle their tube around obstacles in the water. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The NCR Trail, White Hall, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, under 16 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Farm to Table with a Chesapeake Waterman - Join Carol Bean to learn about life as a waterman while enjoying a sustainably harvested meal featuring steamed Maryland crabs; a trio of fresh, seasonal salads; and a delectable fruit dessert impeccably prepared with local ingredients from the Eastern Shore. Space is limited; no walk-ins. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, noon- 2 p.m., Ages: 16 and up, Reserv Reqd. by June 19 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
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Jun 23  
Back to Basics: What's On Your Plate? - Whether you are concerned about weight, heart disease, or just maximizing your health, this class will help you identify relatively simple and gradual changes that add up to major improvements! You'll leave this session with practical tips for healthier living. Recipes and tasting provided. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 1- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 6/22/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
Back to Basics: What's On Your Plate? - Whether you are concerned about weight, heart disease, or just maximizing your health, this class will help you identify relatively simple and gradual changes that add up to major improvements! You'll leave this session with practical tips for healthier living. Recipes and tasting provided. Timonium Giant, 2145 York Road, Timonium, 5:30- 6:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 6/22/14 410-308-3868,  
 
 
Science Camp @ Stevenson University - Science Camp @ Stevenson University is an opportunity for middle school students to engage in laboratory-based, hands-on activities that are designed to motivate and excite interest in science and mathematics. This year’s camp will run June 23-27. Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 05/14/14 Tickets Reqd. 443-334-2071, sciencecamp.STEMatSU.org.  
 
 
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Jun 24  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Jun 25  
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Pollinators! - Butterflies, Bees and Bats oh my! Learn all about these amazing pollinators and more through stories, games, and crafts. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Pollinators! - Butterflies, bees, and bats -- oh my! Learn all about these amazing pollinators and more through stories, games, and crafts. Snack and take-home craft provided. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Ponds, Puddles & Creeks Open House at Sharp Farm - Wear water shoes and take the hayride to the Cattail Creek. After catching a variety of critters, learn about their life cycles and habitats. Head back to the barnyard to feed and learn about the animals. Cost per child, adults are free. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 13, Reserv Reqd. by 06/24/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Ponds, Puddles & Creeks Open House at Sharp Farm - Wear shoes that can get wet as you will take the hayride down to the Cattail Creek where you can go in the water to catch a variety of critters. Learn about their habitats and life cycles. Then head back to the barnyard to feed the farm animals. Cost per child, adults are free. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 05/15/14 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Jun 27  
Princess Spa Night Out - Parents, it's your time to go celebrate,take in a movie, or go have a relaxing dinner. Drop your Princess of for 3 1/2 hrs of spa fun! Your Princess will receive one spa service(mani, pedi, or chocolate facial), do a fun craft, watch a movie, dance, play the Wii and do karaoke. Dinner included. KupCake Spa for Gurlz, Pikesville, 5:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- 13, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-484-1980, www.kupcakespaforgurlz.com.  
 
 
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Jun 28  
Heron Hysteria! - Look for the elusive heron as you stroll through Patterson Park on Audubon's urban bird watching walk. You might spy other exotic birds as they rest on their annual migration. Email if you need binoculars. Fountain in northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Great American Backyard Camp-Out - This special event is part of National Wildlife Federation’s “Be Out There” campaign. Bring your own tent and camping gear, and we’ll provide the night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast. Be on time to set up your tent and bring you own bag dinner. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 6 p.m.- 9 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Bugs & Bats Night Out - The night is alive with the sounds of insects and the flight of bats. Come explore the forest depths and river edges in search of moths, bats and other amazing insects. Robinson naturalists use tarps and black lights to “catch” insects in this nocturnal adventure. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 8- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. by June 28 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
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July

Jul 1  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Jul 5  
Tubing on the Little Gunpowder Falls River - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing down the Little Gunpowder Falls River. Pack small lunch and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes are a must! Children must be at least 8 and able to paddle their tube around obstacles in the water. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The NCR Trail, White Hall, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, under 16 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Free Zumbatonic Class - An exercise class for Mommy and Princess. A fun and healthy way to exercise. Water bottle and snack provided. KupCake Spa for Gurlz, Pikesville, 6:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 3- 13, Reserv Reqd. 410-484-1980, www.kupcakespaforgurlz.com.  
 
 
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Jul 6  
Tubing on the Little Gunpowder Falls River - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing down the Little Gunpowder Falls River. Pack small lunch and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes are a must! Children must be at least 8 and able to paddle their tube around obstacles in the water. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The NCR Trail, White Hall, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, under 16 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Jul 8  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Jul 11  
4th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival - Enjoy all that is Irish at the 4th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival, a celebration of Irish traditions, customs, music and rich ethnic history. It will feature live Celtic bands, step dancers, pipes and drum corps and “Little Leprechaun Land,” where all activities for the wee ones are free. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 4- 10 p.m., Ages: 0- 90, Tickets Reqd. www.annapolisirishfestival.com.  
 
 
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Jul 12  
Civil War Emcampment - Living history encampments, demonstrations, artillery, sutlers, hands-on activities, manor tours. Battle on Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Church service on Sun. at 10:30 a.m. Focus on The 1864 Battle of the Monocacy and emancipation in MD. Rose Hill Manor Park, Frederick, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 301-600-1650, www.rosehillmuseum.com.  
 
 
Open Cockpit Day - Open Cockpit Day season begins with aviation fun when children and adults can board the 404 passenger airplane and sit in pilot seats of jet fighters on second Saturdays of April through August. This outside event will not be held if the day brings rain. Admission charge. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-682-6122, www.mdairmuseum.org.  
 
 
4th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival - Enjoy all that is Irish at the 4th Annual Annapolis Irish Festival, a celebration of Irish traditions, customs, music and rich ethnic history. It will feature live Celtic bands, step dancers, pipes and drum corps and “Little Leprechaun Land,” where all activities for the wee ones are free. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 4- 10 p.m., Ages: 0- 90, Tickets Reqd. www.annapolisirishfestival.com.  
 
 
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Jul 14  
Out of Orbit Puppet Show - Blast off to a Space Age Adventure! Beam aboard for far-out fun with our musical Milky Way marionettes! Aliens and astronauts, spaceships and planets -- just about everything in the galaxy and beyond joins together for our Astronomical Rock 'n' Robot Finale! Potomic Library, 10101 Glenolden Dr, Potomac, 2- 2:45 p.m., 240-777-0690, www.bealestreetpuppets.com.  
 
 
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Jul 15  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
Out of Orbit Puppet Show - Blast off to a Space Age Adventure! Beam aboard for far-out fun with our musical Milky Way marionettes! aliens and astronauts, spaceships, and planets -- just about everything in the galaxy and beyond joins together for our Astronomical Rock 'n' Robot Finale! 100 West Dover Street, Easton, 10:30- 11:15 a.m., 410-566-1234, www.bealestreetpuppets.com.  
 
 
Out of Orbit Puppet Show - Blast off to a Space Age Adventure! Beam aboard for far-out fun with our musical Milky Way marionettes! Aliens and astronauts, spaceships and planets -- just about everything in the galaxy and beyond joins together for our Astronomical Rock 'n' Robot Finale! St. Michael's Library, 106 Fremont St., St. Michaels, 2- 2:45 p.m., 410-745-5877, www.bealestreetpuppets.com.  
 
 
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Jul 16  
Past Times for Children - Dyeing Clothes Using Nature - Have your child explore what nature has to offer in the way of dying various materials. Please have them wear clothes they aren't afraid to get messed up. 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by July 14, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Jul 18  
Waterfront Partnership's Summer Social Series - Summer Socials will continue through August with one Summer Social taking place each month. Live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Wondersitter. West Shore Park, Light Street, Baltimore (between Science Center & Visitor Center), 5- 9 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-243-3790, www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
Princess Spa Night Out - Parents, it's your time to go celebrate,take in a movie, or go have a relaxing dinner. Drop your Princess of for 3 1/2 hrs of spa fun! Your Princess will receive one spa service(mani, pedi, or chocolate facial), do a fun craft, watch a movie, dance, play the Wii and do karaoke. Dinner included. KupCake Spa for Gurlz, Pikesville, 5:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- 13, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-484-1980, www.kupcakespaforgurlz.com.  
 
 
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Jul 19  
Habitat Team - Oregon Ridge Nature Center's Club Series-Become a weed buster for a day and help out park remove invasive plants from our trails! Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: 12 and up, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Golden-Hour Hike at MPEA - During the last hour before sunset, the world undergoes an enchanting transformation as the rays of diffuse light capture the magnificence of the forest. Join Robinson Nature Center naturalists for a 2.5 mile hike through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) during the “golden hour.” Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/mpea.htm.  
 
 
Family Nature Walk at MPEA - Join Robinson naturalists on nature walks at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). Explore vernal pools (small, temporary pools of water that form amazing habitat each spring) to look for spring life while keeping your ears open to identify unique frog calls. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 6:30- 8 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Annual Polish Festival - The Annual Polish Festival will feature authentic Polish food and drinks as well as Polka dancing, storytelling, a children's area, Polish arts, crafts, and a trivia contest. Timonium Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-780-9054, www.pcamaryland.org.  
 
 
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Jul 20  
Annual Polish Festival - The Annual Polish Festival will feature authentic Polish food and drinks as well as Polka dancing, storytelling, a children's area, Polish arts, crafts, and a trivia contest. Timonium Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-780-9054, www.pcamaryland.org.  
 
 
Tree House Festival - Enjoy a spectacular show featuring a variety of birds including hawks and falcons. Try tree climbing with ropes and a harness (supervised by Oakwood Tree Care Professionals). Gourmet pizza free with admission. No pre-registration required. Rain or shine. Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road, Media, PA, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 610-566-9134, www.TylerArboretum.org.  
 
 
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Jul 22  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Jul 28  
136th Annual Clarksville Picnic - A day filled with games, pony/hay rides, face painting, fair foods, sweet treats, a magic show and music. Plenty for the grown-ups too: a Silent Auction, plant sale, hand-made crafts, White Elephant, and a $20,000 raffle. Enjoy a family-style chicken and ham dinner - $15/adults, $6/for those 5-10, kids under 5 eat free. 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, noon- 9 p.m., 410-531-6040,  
 
 
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Jul 29  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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August

Aug 2  
Stream Detectives - What lives within the mysterious waters of Oregon Ridge? What’s under that rock? How do I catch a crayfish? Come learn the answers to these questions and many more as we search our streams for aquatic life. Be sure to wear clothes that can get wet. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 3  
Stream Detectives - What lives within the mysterious waters of Oregon Ridge? What’s under that rock? How do I catch a crayfish? Come learn the answers to these questions and many more as we search our streams for aquatic life. Be sure to wear clothes that can get wet. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 5  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Aug 9  
Open Cockpit Day - Open Cockpit Day season begins with aviation fun when children and adults can board the 404 passenger airplane and sit in pilot seats of jet fighters on second Saturdays of April through August. This outside event will not be held if the day brings rain. Admission charge. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Road, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-682-6122, www.mdairmuseum.org.  
 
 
Cane Pole Fishing - Get an early start to catch huge, untouched bluegills and largemouth bass. NOTE: fishing is only allowed in the park with a Naturalist. We supply the pole and the worms. No rod and reel allowed. Fishing license required age 16 and up. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 10  
Cane Pole Fishing - Get an early start to catch huge, untouched bluegills and largemouth bass. NOTE: fishing is only allowed in the park with a Naturalist. We supply the pole and the worms. No rod and reel allowed. Fishing license required age 16 and up. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 12  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Aug 15  
Waterfront Partnership's Summer Social Series - Summer Socials will continue through August with one Summer Social taking place each month. Live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Wondersitter. West Shore Park, Light Street, Baltimore (between Science Center & Visitor Center), 5- 9 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-243-3790, www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
Whooo's Here at Twilight Night Hike and Campfire - Learn which animals roam our park at night. Go for a hike to see if you can spot or hear any of these night-time prowlers. Then, end the night around the campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 16  
End of Summer Camp-Out - School is starting soon! Camp out at Oregon Ridge before the hustle and bustle of fall catches up with you. Bring your own tent and camping gear, and we’ll provide the night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast. Be on time to set up your tent and bring you own bag dinner. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 7 p.m.- 9 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Habitat Team - Oregon Ridge Nature Center's Club Series-Become a weed buster for a day and help out park remove invasive plants from our trails! Meets the 3rd Saturday of the month. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: 12 and up, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Past Times for Children - Quilts - Many women from the 1800's made quilts with pieces of materials they had left over from other projects. These quilts became memory quilts to many people. The children will learn about various types of quilts and make their own. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 am Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by August 11, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Aug 19  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Aug 23  
Monarch Watch - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them and release them -- all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 24  
Monarch Watch - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them and release them -- all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 26  
Tuesday Bird Walks - Baltimore Bird Club’s weekly walks will follow the progress of spring migration. Beginning birders are welcome. Robert E. Lee Park, Light Rail Boardwalk Entrance, Baltimore, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org, www.baltimorebirdclub.org.  
 
 
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Aug 30  
The Miners Lost Treasure - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Be prepared to hike! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 31  
The Miners Lost Treasure - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Be prepared to hike! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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September

Sep 7  
LimmudFest - A celebration of Jewish study, culture, and identity open to the community. Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, Limmud will take you one step further! Join the global phenomenon of Limmud, a non-denominational, truly transformational festival of Jewish engagement. Registration required. Goucher College, Athenaeum, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 3- 85, Reserv Reqd. by 09/05/14 Tickets Reqd. 443-839-0610, www.limmudbaltimore.com.  
 
 
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Sep 13  
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Ages: 1- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. Enjoy a full day of railroading with fun activities around the station. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, Tickets Reqd. www.strasburgrailroad.com.  
 
 
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Sep 20  
Past Times for Children - Why Do Some Towns Grow - Children will learn why a town is created and what it needs to become successful. Creating communities will be discussed through pictures, books, and various activities. They will create a successful town as their craft. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by September 15, 2014, Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Sep 27  
Light the Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Annapolis. Help us walk to end cancer! Register online. Park Place, Annapolis, 5:30- 9 p.m., lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
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Sep 28  
Beethoven's Eternal Masterworks - Come hear award-winning violinist Soovin Kim perform one of the most popular works ever written: Beethoven’s only violin concerto, a virtuosic masterpiece. When Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 was premiered, the press commented that it “projects its force upon all people of all ages". Kids 7-17 are free. The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, 8 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Tickets Reqd. 301-581-5100, nationalphilharmonic.org.  
 
 
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October

Oct 11  
Light the Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Howard County. Help us walk to end cancer! Register online. Maple Lawn, Fulton, 5:30- 9 p.m., www.lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
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Oct 13  
Jack and the Beanstalk - Come hear a tale of magic and beans, then plant some magic of your own. Reisterstown Road Branch, EPFL, 12 p.m., 410-396-0399, www.prattlibrary.org.  
 
 
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Oct 18  
Past Times for Children - Roads and How They Were Made - Throughout the years, roads have been made from various materials leaving animals, people, and vehicles having to adapt. Children will experience the difference through dramatic play, activities, and crafts. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by October 13, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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Oct 25  
Light The Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in Baltimore. Help us walk to end cancer! Register at online. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 5:30- 9 p.m., www.lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
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November

Nov 1  
Light the Night Walk - The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Frederick. Help us walk to end cancer! Register online. Baker Park, Frederick, 5:30- 9 p.m., www.lightthenight.org/md.  
 
 
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Nov 15  
Past Times for Children - Cleaning Habits - In the 1800's keeping clean was difficult. Did people brush their teeth? How about bathing in a bathtub? Come to this class and experience it for yourself! Yes, we will be brushing our teeth with homemade toothpaste and sticks! Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by November 10, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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December

Dec 20  
Past Times For Children - Life on a Farm - Life on a farm in the 1800's was very busy for children. Explore the routines of a day through the eyes of a child. Participate in dramatic play, activities, stories, and create a craft. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, Maryland 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. by December 15, 2014 Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.HSCCmd.org.  
 
 
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May

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