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Events Ongoing Throughout August  
  LEGO Castle Adventure Exhibit - Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build and play in our newest traveling exhibition – LEGO® Castle Adventure! In this exhibit kids and their families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 2/14 through 9/20 Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
  LEGO Castle Adventure at Port Discovery - In this exhibit kids and their families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they too can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 2/16 through 9/20 Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
  Dance Theatre of Harlem: Forty Years of Firsts - An exhibition highlighting the many accomplishments of African Americans and other minorities who defied stereotypes, and gravity itself, to pursue their passion and pave the way for future generations of artists. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 4/18 through 8/30 Tickets Reqd. 443-263-1875, www.rflewismuseum.org/special-exhibition.  
 
 
  Amateur Olympiad 2016 - Call for amateur athletes from the ages of 7 to grandma and grandpa. This family-friendly event features child appropriate events, and events for the entire family. Track and field, swimming, crossfit, dance, and volleyball are a few of the scheduled events. Pre-register online today. Camden Yards, Baltimore, 5/12 through 7/23 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd, www.amateurolympiad.org.  
 
 
  Waterfront Wellness Series - Free fitness classes at the Inner Harbor. Waterfront Partnership and Medifast bring the Waterfront Wellness Series back to the Inner Harbor, with new programming beginning May 23rd. West Shore Park, 501 Light St, Baltimore, 5/23 through 9/20 8- 10 a.m., Reserv Reqd, www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
  Community School Supply Drive - Donate School Supplies July 28 – September 11, 2015 Your donation of new school supplies or gift cards ($10 or less) will help children who can’t afford the supplies they need due to hardship. Sponsored by Jewish Community Services, CHAI and Jewish Volunteer Connection. Various, 7/28 through 9/11 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-466-9200, www.jcsbaltimore.org/donate/jcs-toy-closet/schoolsupp.  
 
 
  Maryland State Fair - No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment, and education for so little. Enjoy Kiddie Land, Midway rides, food, games, farm animals and horses. Join fun U-Learn Ctr. AG activities. See clever 4-H/Home Arts, Farm, and Garden creations, concerts and more. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 8/28 through 9/7 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-252-0200, www.marylandstatefair.com.  
 
 
Events Ongoing Throughout September  
  19th Annual Fall Harvest at Summers Farm - For homegrown fun and farm fresh adventures, visit Summers Farm in Frederick, Maryland this Fall from September 26-November 1. Attractions include a 12-acre themed cornfield maze, hayrides, pig races, jumping pillows, barnyard animals, apple blasters, giant slides, and pick-your-own pumpkins. Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 9/26 through 11/1 10 a.m.- 10:30 p.m., Ages: 2- 92, Tickets Reqd. 301-620-9316, www.summersfarm.com.  
 
 
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Friday Night Stargazing - See the Moon, planets, and stars through our historic and now computer controlled Alvan Clark & Sons 8? refracting telescope. The Observatory is open to the public every Friday, weather permitting. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 7- 10:30 p.m., 410-545-2999, www.mdsci.org.  
 
 
Tidewater Archaeology Days. - Help uncover the past at one of the best-preserved colonial sites in the nation. Take a guided tour of excavations, and don’t miss a once-a-year opportunity to explore the archaeology laboratory (sign up at the Visitor Center when you arrive). Under 5 admitted free. Historic St. Mary’s City, St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
RiverFest - Hosted by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association. Wade-In for Clean Water with Senator Bernie Fowler. Live music, environmental and children’s activities, kayaking. Historic St. Mary’s City, State House Lawn and Waterfront (park at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary), 47414 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Caring Teens Respite Care Training Program - Learn how to care for children with disabilities and provide respite care. This day-long program prepares teens to offer first-rate care for children who have mild to moderate disabilities and/or enter the field of special education some day. Email to register for Sept. training. Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. mona@caringcommunities.org www.caringcommunities.org.  
 
 
National Heritage Area War of 1812 Bicentennial Passport - Participants visit 10 unique 1812 sites, attractions, programs, and events(including four mandatory sites) to receive a commemorative coin. Participation is free. Visit www.facebook.com/1812passport for more information. Reserv Reqd. www.facebook.com/1812passport.  
 
 
Terrapin Adventures Explorer Kids Course - The Terrapin Explorer Ropes Course has 22 different fun elements that you can walk, balance, swing, zip, and crawl through, designed especially for kids ages 5-9. Terrapin Adventures, Savage, Ages: 5- 9, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-725-1313, www.terrapinadventures.com.  
 
 
Art On The Trail - On the Red Trail just beyond the Light Rail Tracks, hikers can view sculptures created by local artists. These sculptures combine art and nature in the captivating winter scenery of Robert E. Lee Park. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore, www.relpnc.org/art-trail-2.  
 
 
World's Largest Pie Fight attempt - This family event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for kids and adults to get into the record books (and into astronomical amounts of shaving cream) while benefitting a local non-profit. During sign-in, there will be music, contests, balloon sculptors, juggling school, and an Orioles bird visit! 6770 Oak Hall Lane Columbia, MD 21045 8:30 11:15 443-996-8197 www.crowdrise.com/piefight  
 
 
Free Counseling for Children Traumatized by Rioting - Baltimore Child Abuse Center’s team of licensed social workers will be available immediately to meet with children and families impacted by the violence and rioting over these last few days to help them cope with any trauma experienced. Crisis counseling will be offered free. Reserv Reqd. 410-396-6147,  
 
 
Gunpowder Falls Tubing - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing down the Gunpowder Falls River. Pack a 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. Program meets offsite and shuttling from put-in to take-out is required. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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August

Aug 29  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Critter Dinner Time - Watch turtles, fish and snakes eat while learning more about these fascinating creatures. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 1:30 p.m., 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Fairies & Dragons - Learn about the mysterious forest-dwellers of myth and legend. Then search the park for signs of dragons and the fair folk, and use natural materials in the woods to create a fairy house or dragon’s lair to take home. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Guided Bird Watching Walks in Patterson Park - Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park. Stroll and search for early fall migrants with Audubon. All ages and abilities welcome. We have binoculars to lend -- please request them in advance via email, ppaudubon@gmail.com. Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Nature Drop-In at Acorn Hill - Each Saturday, enjoy nature crafts, live animals, water fun, bamboo teepees, or other fun activities in the play area. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, w/ adult, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
15th Annual Children's Consignment Sale - Consignment Sale! Gently used clothes (infant through juniors), toys, baby gear, books, movies, and more! Get back-to-school ready and help support local community! Want to Consign? ** New Automated Tagging System for consignors ** Visit http://rumcconsign.vpweb.com. Reisterstown UMC, 246 Main Street, Reisterstown, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., www.rumcconsign.vpweb.com.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Hiding In Plain Sight! - Spots, stripes, countershading and more! Meet the animals of Masonville Cove and learn about the many ways that they use camouflage to hide themselves! 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: Hiding In Plain Sight! - Spots, stripes, countershading and more! Meet the animals of Masonville Cove and learn about the many ways that they use camouflage to hide themselves! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure Hunt - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about iron mining that once occurred at the Oregon Ridge Park. Then, get a special tour of the Peter Goff Museum, the replica tenant house. 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.  
 
 
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Aug 30  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sunday: Object Lesson - Enjoy an informal talk with a BMA educator about the Crazy Quilts exhibition. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 2:45 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Religious School Open House - Play games, make new friends, learn new songs and get a “taste” of the diverse new curriculum at Beth Shalom. Beth Shalom is a joy filled, value lived Conservative congregation in Howard County MD. Interfaith Families welcome. Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia, 9 a.m., Ages: 5- 14, 410-531-5115, www.beth-shalom.net.  
 
 
Beth Shalom Congregation’s Apple Festival at Larriland Farms - Gear up for Rosh Hashanah with an afternoon of hayrides, stories, songs, and apple picking with a Jewish twist. Program and activities are free, but this is a charge per pound for the apples. Everyone welcome. The price for apples is determined by Larriland Farms. Larriland Farms, Woodbine, 4 p.m., Ages: 0- 7, www.beth-shalom.net.  
 
 
Laurel History & STEM Combine in Diven’s Den - Explore. Create. Play. That’s the mantra of the newly redesigned Diven's Den at the Laurel Museum. The new exhibit encourages visitors to explore Laurel’s mill history, while incorporating STEM principles. It opens to the public August 30. 817 Main Street, Laurel, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., 301-725-7975, www.laurelhistoricalsociety.org.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure Hunt - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about iron mining that once occurred at the Oregon Ridge Park. Then, get a special tour of the Peter Goff Museum, the replica tenant house. 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.  
 
 
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Aug 31  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, noon- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience - Dr. Steinberg explores how advertising aimed at a Jewish audience, between 1939-1971, both packaged and sold the American dream, while reinforcing a unique sense of Jewish pride and purpose. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 3 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). Mutt Monday -- bring your dog to the ballpark (all dogs must be leashed at all times and have proper tags). Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Play Date Mondays - Join us for Play Date Mondays in July and August without the crowds of camp groups! Port Discovery does not book external camp groups on Play Date Mondays. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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September

Sep 1  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, noon- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Book of the Month: Whose Tools by Toni Buzzeo & Jim Datz - It takes a lot of work to build a house! Come and learn about the many tools they need to do the job right. Free with admission to the Building Zone. National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Ages: 3- 5, Tickets Reqd. www.nbm.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). Dollar Dog Night. Enjoy Esskay hot dogs for $1 each! Dollar hot dogs available when the main stadium gates open until the end of 4th inning. Limit of 2 hot dogs per person per transaction. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
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Sep 2  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, noon- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Toddler Time - Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville– all included with paid admission. Please note that this event promptly begins on time. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). W.O.W. Wear Orange Wednesday! Wear your Baysox or Orioles gear to the game and save $5 off box seat tickets (buy tickets at the box office). Military Appreciation Night $8 Box Seat Ticket w/ proof of service (buy tickets at the box office). Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
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Sep 3  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, noon- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Princess Train Rides - Come dressed as your favorite astronaut, railroad engineer, or prince or princess for an out-of-this-world experience. Choo Choo Blue and friends Anna & Elsa make an appearance for story time in the Roundhouse. Interactive games, hands-on activities, and train rides. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Knitting Circle - The knitting circle is designed to bring those interested in learning, teaching, discussing, or simply just being around others passionate about knitting and crocheting together in a relaxed setting. All levels welcomed. Needles and yarn will be available. Clay Pots, 1635 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, 410-233-1133, www.claypotsbaltimore.com.  
 
 
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 5:45- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 6 ad up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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Sep 4  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Superhero Shabbat and Dinner - Celebrate Superheroes and the Jews that contributed along their way to global fame with a BBQ-style dinner, Tot Shabbat Service, Superhero youth activities, and an adult program featuring Robert Greenberger, former Star Trek writer and comic aficionado. Refreshments will be served after services. Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia, 6:30 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, by 08/31/15 410-531-5115, www.beth-shalom.net.  
 
 
Freaky Fridays at Port Discovery - Every Friday from 1-3 p.m., enjoy fun and engaging science demonstrations that will wow and dazzle budding scientists. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Tea with Madeline - Parents are invited to bring their young children for tea at the Corner Pantry, followed by a walk to The Ivy Bookshop for story time, featuring one of the Madeline books. The Corner Pantry, 6080 Falls Rd., Baltimore, 2:30- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 08/31/15 410-377-2966, www.theivybookshop.com.  
 
 
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Sep 5  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Choo Choo! Tracks & Trains - All board for an adventure! Explore the old, hidden tracks of trains from the past in Robert E. Lee Park. Children can enjoy games, learn all about trains from the parks past, and make their own wooden train to ride the rails. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 4- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Princess Train Rides - Come dressed as your favorite astronaut, railroad engineer, or prince or princess for an out-of-this-world experience. Choo Choo Blue and friends Anna & Elsa make an appearance for story time in the Roundhouse. Interactive games, hands-on activities, and train rides. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Fazafam Family Jam - Learn dance moves while you have fun with your kids. Free with admission to Port Discovery. Port Discovery, Baltimore, 1- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410-871-8322, www.fazafam.com.  
 
 
Wildlife Loop Adventure Scavenger Hunt - Using clues and locations, families and groups can drive the North Tract’s Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals while learning about the history of North Tract and other recreational opportunities. Bring a camera or camera phone. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 09/04/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Habitat Garden Volunteers! - Green fun for all ages! Explore and beautify Audubon's habitat gardens, which provide food and homes for wildlife and learning spaces for students. Tools, gloves, water, snacks provided. Service hours awarded. Pollinator garden on west side of Boat Lake or wetland garden, Patterson Park, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike - Nature Quest is a countywide scavenger hunt to find posts along the trails within Baltimore County Parks. Find both of the Nature Quest trail markers at Oregon Ridge on this hike with a Naturalist while spotting the seasonal changes. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815,  
 
 
Healthy First Saturday - Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery's community health fair featuring FITastic Family Voyage, the Kindersinger, and more. (Programs are subject to change, please check website for updates) Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
What’s Cookin’ at Banneker’s Cabin - Drop in this afternoon to chat with costumed interpreters preparing dinner in the cabin’s hearth. What sorts of things did Banneker and his family eat and grow in their garden? How did they cook their food? Come to the Banneker Farmstead to find out! Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Sep 6  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Choo Choo! Tracks & Trains - All aboard for an adventure! Explore the old, hidden tracks of trains from the past in Robert E. Lee Park. Children can enjoy games, learn all about trains from the parks past, and make their own wooden train to ride the rails at Robert E. Lee Park. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 4- 10, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike - Nature Quest is a countywide scavenger hunt to find posts along the trails within Baltimore County Parks. Find both of the Nature Quest trail markers at Oregon Ridge on this hike with a Naturalist while spotting the seasonal changes. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815,  
 
 
ASO presents Lexus Pops in the Park - Free Labor Day weekend concert. Set in the lovely outdoor theater at Quiet Waters Park, the annual Lexus Pops in the Park concert features the ASO’s full orchestra performing a fun and festive program for all ages. Concert is free and open to the public. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., 410-269-1132, www.annapolissymphony.org.  
 
 
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Sep 7  
2015 Maryland State Fair - The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.marylandstatefair.org.  
 
 
Labor Day Fun - Events include Fun With Sounds, Kamishibai Story Time, and a performance from Marsha and the Positrons. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Rally to Improve Birth - Join men, women and children as they gather across the world to advocate for a better maternity care system at the 4th Annual Rally To Improve Birth. Hospitals and providers are asked to join in closing the gap between evidence-based care and routine care in childbirth. McKeldin Square (at Light & Pratt streets in the Inner Harbor), Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, www.facebook.com/events/824566230973107.  
 
 
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Sep 8  
Silhouette Artist - Famous silhouette artist Erik Johnson will visit Baltimore practicing this unique and rare art form. Register for a 5-minute time slot to get a custom-made silhouette. Greenberries Baltimore, 915 W 36th St, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-889-6253, greenberriesbalt.eventbrite.com.  
 
 
Silhouette Artist - Famous silhouette artist Erik Johnson will visit Baltimore practicing this unique and rare art form. Register for a 5-minute time slot to get a custom-made silhouette. Lily Pad, 6907 York Rd, Baltimore, 2- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-377-0025, lilypadbaltimore.eventbrite.com.  
 
 
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Sep 9  
Micro Habitat Hike - Not all habitats are as large as a forest -- some are very small! And lots of the wildlife at the Refuge is small, too. Explore the outdoors visiting some microhabitats and search for some of the smaller residents of the refuge. Please wear long pants. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by 09/08/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Sep 10  
Exploring Columbia on Foot - A series of outdoor walks hosted by Columbia Association (CA) will explore the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia, led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history, and future of these wonderful outdoor settings. Jackson Pond, Meet at Phelps Luck Neighborhood Center, 5355 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia, 10 a.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 5:45- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 6 ad up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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Sep 11  
Tiny Tots Safaris with Audubon in Patterson Park - Flying Things! An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers. Advance registration required, as programs fill quickly. Suggested donation per child. Meet on the Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 09/09/15 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
St. Mary's Rummage Sale - Many treasures to choose from, furniture, small appliances, clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, kitchen items, glassware, garden tools, etc. 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 443-655-7790, www.stmarysharford.org.  
 
 
Freaky Fridays at Port Discovery - Every Friday from 1-3 p.m., enjoy fun and engaging science demonstrations that will wow and dazzle budding scientists. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Bilingual Storytime at Marley Station Mall - AACPL literacy specialists will offer a special Bilingual Family Storytime. Families and caregivers with young children will enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early literacy skills in English and Spanish. Marley Station Mall's Center Court, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, 11 a.m., www.marleystation.com.  
 
 
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Sep 12  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
The Battle of Baltimore: The Home Front - Learn about what life was like in Baltimore during that time, Robert E. Lee Park’s role in the battle, the historic weaponry, and the black powder for the defenses on the front line. Black powder demonstrations every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
3rd Annual Family Reunion Expo - The expo provides attendees with the resources necessary to begin planning their next family reunion. Features fun for the entire family, including catering tastings, hotel and vendor information, genealogy experts, and live entertainment. In partnership with Visit Baltimore and GreiBo. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, noon, 443-263-1800, www.lewismuseum.org.  
 
 
After Hours with the Animals - Take a cool summer stroll among the animals and get the chance to go wild after hours. Reduced admission. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 4- 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-396-7102, www.marylandzoo.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Walking Tour of Bird-Friendly Gardens! - Visit Patterson Park's flowering habitats, Library Square's vacant lot now a garden framed by a vibrant mural, colorful home container gardens, and schoolyard habitats, including the famous Habitat Canoe! Registration is limited, so register early. Suggested donation per person. Location given at registration, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 09/10/15 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Bugs, Slugs and Mug Shots - Capture the bad and help the good guys in the creepy crawly world of insects and spiders. The “wanted” bugs are actually the good guys in the garden. Find out why and get a photo op with your mug as a bee. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Indian Discovery Day - Explore and celebrate Indian lifeways and culture. Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations, and gain a new appreciation of what “back to nature” really means! 5 and under admitted free. Woodland Indian Hamlet, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, Historic St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Celebrate Hispanic arts and culture! Design your own colorful skull mask, create your own Mexican symbol of protection and enjoy a performance by Bailes de Mi Tierra! Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
St. Mary's Rummage Sale - Many treasures to choose from, furniture, small appliances, clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, kitchen items, glassware, garden tools, etc. 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 443-655-7790, www.stmarysharford.org.  
 
 
Gardening Your Fall - Dwayne Hess, Director of Clay Pots and lifelong gardener will lead a hands-on workshop on gardening in the fall. The workshop includes a raw food sampling from his garden. Bring your questions and prepare for a bountiful harvest! RSVP to claypotsad@gmail.com. 1635 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 12:30- 2 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by September 4 Tickets Reqd. 410-233-1133, www.claypotsbaltimore.com.  
 
 
Musical Petting Zoo - The Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra and their herd of musical instruments will be on hand at the Maryland Zoo. Children and families will get the opportunity to chat with orchestra musicians, check out musical instruments, and even play them. This event is free with Zoo admission. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-396-7102, www.marylandzoo.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
BioBlitz at Masonville Cove - The BioBlitz is an all-day event during which scientists, naturalists, students, teachers, families, and other volunteers work together to find, identify, and record as many living organisms they can find. Free and open to the public. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. bit.ly/1IjesWE.  
 
 
Beehive Children's Camp at West Park - Games, entertainment, activities, face painting, balloon artist, and crafts. West Park, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., www.flowermart.org.  
 
 
Expanding Your Horizons: STEM Career Discovery Day for Girls - EYH workshops showcase positive female role models in STEM careers, combined with fun, hands-on activities for middle school girls (grades 6-8). Each girl will participate in three hands-on STEM workshops at the event. Lunch, snack, and t-shirt are included. Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, 9 a.m.,- 3 p.m., Ages: 11- 14, Reserv Reqd. by 09/07/15 Tickets Reqd. 443-334-2134, www.stevenson.edu/EYH.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
Walk to End Lupus Now! - Join the fight against lupus at the Baltimore Walk to End Lupus event this September! Children ages 12 and under are admitted at no charge. Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy Baltimore, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 202-787-5390, www.marylandlupuswalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ie.  
 
 
Annual Children's Day at Ladew: Feathered Friends - Soar over to Ladew to celebrate the many amazing characteristics of birds. Experience hands on learning stations, live birds and educational presentations. Enjoy games, crafts, sing-a-longs, a magic show, and food. Members are free, non-members pay general garden admission. Ladew Gardens, Monkton, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9570, www.ladewgardens.com/EDUCATION/Family-Education/Child.  
 
 
Up In Smoke - What grows in our garden, but you wouldn’t want to eat it? What was used instead of money to purchase Mr. Banneker’s property? Join in the harvest and learn about the cultivation and uses of this controversial plant, so vital to colonial America. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 1:30- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Sep 13  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Bugs, Slugs and Mug Shots - Capture the bad and help the good guys in the creepy crawly world of insects and spiders. The “wanted” bugs are actually the good guys in the garden. Find out why and get a photo op with your mug as a bee. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Rides for the family. Child must be able to sit up—cannot be carried. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains run on a 3/5 mile double track in Baltimore City's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. Free, though 501(C)3 donations are accepted. Second Sundays through November. GPS: 1950 Eagle Dr, 21207 Leakin Park, Windsor Mill Rd, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Howard County Police Foundation's 24th Annual Police Pace 5K - The Howard County Police Foundation will hold its 24th annual Howard County Police Pace 5K race and 1-mile walk and run. Centennial Park in Ellicott City 10000 MD-108, Ellicott City, 8:30 a.m.- noon, by 9/1/2015 Tickets Reqd. www.policepace.com.  
 
 
2nd Sunday Hike With Your Dog At Baltimore Humane Society - Bring your dog the second Sunday of each month. Hike on the grounds of our animal shelter’s forested wildlife sanctuary in Reisterstown, led by a Baltimore Humane Society staff member. Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 10- adult, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
Nature Connections: Life of Streams - The streams running through our neighborhoods are full of life. The swirling, churning water world is home to many tiny creatures, fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Join us to discover more about our local freshwater streams and their inhabitants with hands-on activities and explorations for families. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Rd; Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., 410-882-5376, www.marylandnature.org/nature-connections.  
 
 
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Sep 14  
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
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Sep 15  
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
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Sep 16  
Toddler Time - Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville– all included with paid admission. Please note that this event promptly begins on time. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
Columbia Teen Idol Auditions - The singing competition is open to Howard County performers from grades 6-12. No music is necessary for the auditions. Explicit lyrics are not allowed. Registration for auditions is not required but is preferred Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills Village Center, 7 p.m., Ages: grade 6- 12, 410-992-3726, ColumbiaTeenIdol.EventBrite.com.  
 
 
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Sep 17  
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 5:45- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 6 ad up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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Sep 18  
Y Family Movie Night - Moviegoers can expect an evening of family fun, popcorn and a family-friendly film. Specific dates, times, and featured movies vary by location, so please contact either the Druid Hill Family Center Y at 410-728-1600 or the Weinberg Family Center Y at 410-889-9622 for details. Druid Hill Family Center Y and Weinberg Family Center Y, Tickets Reqd. www.ymaryland.org.  
 
 
Freaky Fridays at Port Discovery - Every Friday from 1-3 p.m., enjoy fun and engaging science demonstrations that will wow and dazzle budding scientists. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Drew Daywalt: The Day the Crayons Came Home - Drew Daywalt, the insanely clever and entertaining creator behind The Day the Crayons Quit, will be visiting The Ivy Bookshop to prove that #EveryCrayonCounts! The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Rd., Baltimore, 4- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 09/14/15 410-377-2966, www.theivybookshop.com.  
 
 
Target $ Family Fun Night - Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door. No other discounts or coupons accepted. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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Sep 19  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
The Big Build - Be a builder for the day at the Big Build festival. Amateur builders young and old can build walls, carve stone, hammer nails, climb aboard trucks and other heavy equipment, and much more as they work side-by-side with designers, builders and artisans demonstrating. National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.nbm.org/families-kids/festivals/big-build.html?re.  
 
 
Campfire - Game Night! - Campfires aren’t just for s’mores anymore! Enjoy fun and games by firelight under the starry sky. Treats will be provided! Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Pontoon Pier, Abingdon, 6:30- 8 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars recommended. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 09/18/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Monarch Festival - Join the Friends of Patuxent as they celebrate the magnificent Monarch butterfly. Visit Monarch Waystations and learn about Monarch conservation through educational displays, family friendly activities, games and crafts. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: all ages, 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Launch Event For Laura Amy Schlitz's New Book The Hired Girl - Newberry Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz will sign copies of her new young adult novel, “The Hired Girl” and talk with fans about her inspiration for the book, including its setting in Baltimore. The Children’s Bookstore, Baltimore, 4 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, 410-532-2000, www.thecbstore.com.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
White Napkin - Clay Pots' fun and yummy annual fundraiser that features a culinary exploration in appetizers and desserts is just around the corner! Buy your tickets today and support the students, programs, and mission of Clay Pots in the tastiest way imaginable. 1635 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 6- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-233-1133, www.claypotsbaltimore.com.  
 
 
Sky-Scanning - View near and deep sky targets through the Watson telescope at the new Howard Astronomical League (HAL) Observatory to celebrate “International Observe the Moon Night” with members of HAL and staff from the Robinson Nature Center. Alpha Ridge Park Observatory, 11699 Old Frederick Rd, Marriottsville, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 09/19/2015 at 5:00 PM Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Sneakers On The Ground - A 5K run/2K walk to fight youth homelessness. Refreshments will be served during and after the event, while participants enjoy family-centered entertainment, and vendor surprises. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 8:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.lovingarmsinc.com.  
 
 
Kids Nearly New Fall Sale - 140 booths filled with families selling their kids stuff. Brand name clothing, shoes, coats, costumes, 1000s of books, toys, everything kids! 16 entrances. Free admission, great breakfast and lunch food. Fast, quick, easy shopping for Mom and Dad. Howard County Fairgrounds, Exhibition Bldg., West Friendship, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: infant- teen, www.KidsNearlyNewSale.com.  
 
 
International Observe the Moon Night - Join this annual global event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon. Telescopes and kid-friendly activities will be available. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Sep 20  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Wild about Rhinos! - This themed day at the Zoo is filled with educational rhino fun where guests can attend keeper chats, ask the keepers themselves questions and participate in raffles and activities. It’s your chance to get involved and learn how to help raise awareness for these endangered giants. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-396-7102, www.marylandzoo.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Bird Walk - Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 8:15- 10:15 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 09/19/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Night Hike - Discover the nighttime world of the refuge as you look and listen for nocturnal animals on this guided walk. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 6:30- 8 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 09/19/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
A”cord”ing to a Naturalist - Find out what plants in and around the park can be used to make rope in this cordage-making workshop. Then, play a game of tug o’ war with the finished product. 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.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Robinson Anniversary Open House - Enjoy live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts and shows in our planetarium. Enjoy music, activities with our partners, food vendors and outdoor picnic area. Explore the exhibits and play in the Discovery Room. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, noon- 5 p.m., 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncopenhouse.htm.  
 
 
Leave Your Mark: Art Tile Project - Your child creates original art work for a tile that will be permanently installed inside the Robinson Nature Center’s main building. Proceeds from this program support Friends of the Nature Center projects. Please preregister. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 12:30- 2 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
FARE Walk for Food Allergy – Baltimore - The FARE Walk for Food Allergy offers fun activities for the entire family while helping to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives. Register and give today as an individual, or start a team and invite your friends, family and co-workers to fundraise. Druid Hill Park, Columbus Pavilion, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Ages: 0- 99, Reserv Reqd. 703-563-3084, www.foodallergywalk.org/baltimore2015.  
 
 
Family Farm Day - Family Farm Day is a celebration of all things agriculture. Listen to live bluegrass; browse the alee featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, meats, and cheeses; get up close with a variety of farm animals, tour the farm and spend time in the kid zone. Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org/content/17608.  
 
 
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Sep 21  
Columbia Teen Idol Auditions - The singing competition is open to Howard County performers from grades 6-12. No music is necessary for the auditions. Explicit lyrics are not allowed. Registration for auditions is not required but is preferred School of Rock, 6935 Oakland Mills Road (near Snowden River Parkway), Suite N, 7 p.m., Ages: grade 6- 12, 410-992-3726, ColumbiaTeenIdol.EventBrite.com.  
 
 
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Sep 23  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
School's Out Nature Day Camp - While school is out, join us for an incredibly fun day at Robinson Nature Center. Enjoy live animal presentations, movies in our planetarium, crafts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts. Add optional after-care for an extended day of fun. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Land, Columbia, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncdaycamps.htm.  
 
 
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Sep 24  
Exploring Columbia on Foot - A series of outdoor walks hosted by Columbia Association (CA) will explore the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia, led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history, and future of these wonderful outdoor settings. Lake Kittamaqundi, meet by the People Tree down at the Lakefront Plaza, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, 10 a.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event - Mega seasonal children's consignment sale with over 75,000 sq. feet of items such as toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books, and more. Visit website about consigning, shopping, or volunteering so you can shop early. No children opening day (September 24). Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd, Hyattsville, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., 410-562-8398, www.wee-sale.com.  
 
 
Columbia Teen Idol Auditions - The singing competition is open to Howard County performers from grades 6-12. No music is necessary for the auditions. Explicit lyrics are not allowed. Registration for auditions is not required but is preferred Lord & Taylor in The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, 7 p.m., Ages: grade 6- 12, 410-992-3726, ColumbiaTeenIdol.EventBrite.com.  
 
 
Banneker Homeschool Day - Calling all homeschooling families! Travel back in time at the Banneker Farmstead to learn about Mr. Banneker’s accomplishments and daily life during colonial times. Hands-on activities and engaging stories. Colonial attire welcomed. Optional – Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the program. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 5:45- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 6 ad up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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Sep 25  
Freaky Fridays at Port Discovery - Every Friday from 1-3 p.m., enjoy fun and engaging science demonstrations that will wow and dazzle budding scientists. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event - Mega seasonal children's consignment sale with over 75,000 sq. feet of items such as toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books, and more. Visit website about consigning, shopping, or volunteering so you can shop early. No children opening day (September 24). Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd, Hyattsville, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., 410-562-8398, www.wee-sale.com.  
 
 
Remote Control Airplane Festival: Charm City Fly-In - The largest celebration of remote control airplanes in Maryland is back for its annual weekend of high-flying fun. This free event features local hobbyists zipping, dipping and diving their R/C planes, helicopters and jets hundreds of feet in the air. Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Street at Georgia Avenue, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.,  
 
 
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Sep 26  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Enticing, Exciting Estuaries! - Immerse yourself in the estuary that is the Chesapeake Bay! Spend time fish seining, walking along the shoreline, peering into the world of microscopic plant life and more to celebrate this incredible ecosystem. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, 2:30- 4:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, under 13 w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Fall Wildflower Walk - Want to see a variety of wildflowers but don’t want do a lot of walking in the heat? Join a guided caravan tour (in the comfort of your own vehicle) and travel along our wildlife loop stopping at multiple locations to learn about beautiful late summer blooms. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 09/25/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Fall Family Campout - Celebrate the first official weekend after the Fall equinox. Bring your own tent and camping gear, and we’ll provide the night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast. Be on time to set up your tent and bring you own bag dinner. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Militia Muster - The St. Maries Citty Militia musters for drills, mock battles, and fencing. Visit an encampment, march along, watch a musket fire demonstration, and more. Featuring Severn 360, a militia reenactment of the only English Civil War battle fought in the colonies, the Battle of the Severn. Historic St. Mary’s City, Town Center (park at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary), 47414 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Fall Harvest Festival - This event will feature activities such as craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and pressing, apple butter making, and hay rides. Stepping Stone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-655-7790, www.steppingstonemuseum.org.  
 
 
Guided Bird Watching Walks in Patterson Park - Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park! Stroll and enjoy Migration Madness with Audubon. All ages and abilities welcome. We have binoculars to lend--please request them in advance via email--ppaudubon@gmail.com Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris with Audubon in Patterson Park - Flying Things! An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers. Advance registration required, as programs fill quickly. Suggested donation per child. Meet on the Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 09/09/15 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event - Mega seasonal children's consignment sale with over 75,000 sq. feet of items such as toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books, and more. Visit website about consigning, shopping, or volunteering so you can shop early. No children opening day (September 24). Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd, Hyattsville, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-562-8398, www.wee-sale.com.  
 
 
Remote Control Airplane Festival: Charm City Fly-In - The largest celebration of remote control airplanes in Maryland is back for its annual weekend of high-flying fun. This free event features local hobbyists zipping, dipping and diving their R/C planes, helicopters and jets hundreds of feet in the air. Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Street at Georgia Avenue, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.,  
 
 
Dogfest! - Dogfest featuring Paws on Parade, Baltimore Humane Society’s dog day extravaganza for pets, pet owners, and pet lover. Benefits the no-kill shelter. Games, dog swimming, contests! Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: infant- adult, 410-833-8848, dogfest.org.  
 
 
7th Annual 5K Race to Embrace Independence - Runners and walkers of all ages will lace up their sneakers critical funds for Marian House, an independent non-profit that works to provide housing and support services to women recovering from homelessness, addiction, mental illness, incarceration and/or trauma. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Montebello, Baltimore, 9 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-467-4246, www.marianhouse.org/5k.  
 
 
11th Annual Museum Day Live - On this day, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. See website for participating locations, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.  
 
 
Columbia BikeAbout - The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system. To accommodate families with young children, a 1.5-mile ride is available around Lake Kittamaqundi on the recently completed pathway loop. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. www.BikeAbout.Eventbrite.com.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Deer! - Explore the amazing world of our favorite cleft hoofed friends. 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: Deer! - Explore the amazing world of our favorite cleft hoofed friends. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
Moss Workshop - Join the Natural History Society of Maryland for an in-depth study of selected mosses at Banneker Park. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 13- adult, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike - Join a naturalist and hike to the two Baltimore County Nature Quest Trail markers at Banneker Park. Visit 3 more markers throughout Baltimore County and receive free admission to QuestFest at Robert E. Lee Park on October 17th and a chance to win great prizes. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Sep 27  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Drop-In Art Activities: Silver and Gold - Find glistening treasures as you search for silver and gold. Use metallic materials to build statues, adorn books, and design your own gold medal. Every weekend, create artful projects related to the Museum's collection and special exhibitions. drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
6th Annual Great Pumpkin Race and Fun Run - Summers Farm presents the 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Race to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Walk, jog, or run in either the 5k race or the 1 mile Family Fun Run. Unlike other races, in the Great Pumpkin Race, participants will traverse a cross-country course through fields. Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 9- 10 a.m., Ages: 2- 92, Reserv Reqd. by 09/27/15 301-620-9316, www.summersfarm.com/special-events/great-pumpkin-fun-run.  
 
 
Specialty Kid's Tram - Join a refuge volunteer for a special kid’s themed wildlife tram tour! Visit the various habitats of the refuge. Look, listen and learn about the plants and animals that live there. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Reserv Reqd. by 09/26/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Monarch Magic - Discover the miraculous journey of a Monarch from a tiny egg to an intricate butterfly that travels 2,500 miles across open water all the way to Mexico. Learn what they eat, what makes them so magical and how to support them in your own backyard through family friendly activities. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 08/26/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
5th Annual Run Wild for Autism - Featuring 5K run through the Maryland Zoo and Druid Hill Park, family fun run/walk through the Maryland Zoo, professionally managed race by Charm City Run, post-race awards ceremony, family activities, Zoo Animal Ambassadors, give-away items, and post-race snacks. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 7- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-330-5370, www.pathfindersforautism.org/news/view/430.  
 
 
Fall Harvest Festival - This event will feature activities such as craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and pressing, apple butter making, and hay rides. Stepping Stone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 443-655-7790, www.steppingstonemuseum.org.  
 
 
Plein Air Quick Draw - A timed painting event for all artists! Explore the farm and paint what moves you. When the farm bells rings pieces are judged, awards presented, and the sale of the pieces commence. Rain date is 10/18/15. Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd. Cockeysville, 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
Wee-Sale Children's Consignment Event - Mega seasonal children's consignment sale with over 75,000 sq. feet of items such as toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books, and more. Visit website about consigning, shopping, or volunteering so you can shop early. No children opening day (September 24). Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd, Hyattsville, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., 410-562-8398, www.wee-sale.com.  
 
 
Magical Monarch Butterfly Tea Party - Your little one “flies” through the nature center and creates his/her own, decorative butterfly-puddling stone to take home. Then, savor together an impeccably catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea Tea Room. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Remote Control Airplane Festival: Charm City Fly-In - The largest celebration of remote control airplanes in Maryland is back for its annual weekend of high-flying fun. This free event features local hobbyists zipping, dipping and diving their R/C planes, helicopters and jets hundreds of feet in the air. Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Street at Georgia Avenue, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.,  
 
 
Nature Connections: Migration: Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons - Thousands of hawks and eagles soar high above us on their migration to spend winter in warmer climes. Learn more about these mighty predators of the sky: bald eagles rebounding from near extinction and the numerous varieties of hawks that pass this way each year. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Rd, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org/nature-connections.  
 
 
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Sep 28  
Monarch Magic - Discover the miraculous journey of a Monarch from a tiny egg to an intricate butterfly that travels 2,500 miles across open water all the way to Mexico. Learn what they eat, what makes them so magical and how to support them in your own backyard through family friendly activities. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 09/27/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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Sep 29  
Columbia Teen Idol Auditions - The singing competition is open to Howard County performers from grades 6-12. No music is necessary for the auditions. Explicit lyrics are not allowed. Registration for auditions is not required but is preferred Youth and Teen Center at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills Village Center, 7 p.m., Ages: grade 6- 12, 410-992-3726, ColumbiaTeenIdol.EventBrite.com.  
 
 
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Sep 30  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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October

Oct 2  
Open House - Day In The Life Of A Farmer - A fun afternoon at a 530-acre farm. Children will have a barn class on the importance of bees and farm crops, plus see an observation hive. Enjoy the mini corn maze, feed the animals, hayride thru the Cattail Creek, then harvest a pumpkin and an ear of popcorn to take home. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 2- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 10/01/15 Tickets Reqd. 410 489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Oct 3  
Highland Day 2015 - An old-time community festival that brings together neighbors and new friends to enjoy the activities and offerings of local merchants, exhibitors, and artisans. Enjoy family fun with live entertainment, a variety of foods and beverages, kids’ games and activities, old-fashioned hayrides and more. Crossroads of Routes 216 and 108, Highland, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., www.highlandmd.org/Highland_Day/Highland_Day.html.  
 
 
Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk - This event will begin and end at Glen Mar United Methodist Church. The event will benefit the Howard County Food Bank. Random prizes and refreshments will be featured. Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 9- 10:30 a.m., 410-465-2976, glenmarumc.org/gmcevents/5k.  
 
 
Fazafam Family Jam - Learn dance moves while you have fun with your kids. Free with admission to Port Discovery. Port Discovery, Baltimore, 1- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410-871-8322, www.fazafam.com.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Oakland Mills Fall Festival - Bring your family, friends, and neighbors - rain or shine - to a festival where admission and fun are always free. We have brought back some of the favorites to enjoy in the courtyard. Oakland Mills Village Lot, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-730-4610, www.oaklandmills.org.  
 
 
Healthy First Saturday - Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery's community health fair featuring FITastic Family Voyage, the Kindersinger, and more. (Programs are subject to change, please check website for updates) Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Unified Community Connections' Hoodstock XII - Unified Community Connections, a nonprofit agency serving children and adults with disabilities, will hold Hoodstock XII, the casual charity event where guests wear jeans and tie-die and hear live rock and folk music from the 1960s and ’70s. Children 5 and younger are free. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, 5:45- 8:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-449-2461, www.facebook.com/hoodstock.  
 
 
Scope Ot the Night Sky - Enjoy a planetarium program, build your very own Galileoscope (a functional telescope for night sky viewing), hold a meteorite and take a “tour” of the sky outside with professional and amateur guides. Each family takes home one Galileoscope. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 6:30- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Iron Bridge Hounds & Horses Ride to Sharp Farm - Stop by about 11 a.m. for a spectacular sight of beautiful horses, riders, hunt master, and lots of happy hound dogs as they ride to the farm. Stay around and take a free hayride to pick your own pumpkin or go thru the educational corn maze. Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville. 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 99, 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
All Things Apple - Celebrate the harvest in Mr. Banneker’s orchard colonial style with hands-on activities, cooking and crafting with apples. Come learn about a favorite colonial treat and taste the magic inside a simple fruit. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Oct 4  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
CDSPG's Baltimore Buddy Walk and 5K Race - The Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parents Group (CDSPG) and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) presents the 2nd Annual Buddy Walk and 5K Race. Rash Field at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Promenade, 201 Key Highway, Baltimore, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., 443-718-8217, www.cdspg.org.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Oct 7  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 9  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display handmade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Lively Arts for Little Ones Presents: Silly Goose and Val - “Silly Goose and Val – A Gentle Halloween” emphasizes imagination, pretend, enlightenment, fun and action! You will walk, hop, jump, and creep to the "Haunted House." The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4610, www.oaklandmills.org.  
 
 
Bilingual Storytime at Marley Station Mall - AACPL literacy specialists will offer a special Bilingual Family Storytime. Families and caregivers with young children will enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early literacy skills in English and Spanish. Marley Station Mall's Center Court, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, 11 a.m., www.marleystation.com.  
 
 
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Oct 10  
Maryland Pumpkin Festival - The weekend features a 12-acre themed cornfield maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, jumping pillows, homemade apple cider donuts, as well as pumpkin hunts, egg hunts, a pumpkin Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 2- 92, Tickets Reqd. 301-620-9316, www.marylandpumpkinfestival.com.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Tie Dyeing for Fall - Leaves are changing and the last wildflowers are blooming. Capture nature’s colors to tie-dye a shirt. Please note t-shirt size when registering. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display handmade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Great Pumpkin Adventure - Enjoy Terrapin Adventures' premier fall program for kids. The Great Pumpkin Adventure includes painting your own pumpkin or ghost followed by 1.5 hours on the thrilling Terrapin Explorer course for ages 5-10 years old with a minimum weight of 35lbs. Don't hesitate as slots are limited. Book now. Savage Mills, Savage, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 5- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-725-1313, www.terrapinadventures.com.  
 
 
2nd Annual Sheppard Pratt Stride - The Stride will feature a 1-mile walk, complete with non-toxic color splash! After-party activities will appeal to the whole family, and include music, a bounce house, arts and crafts, carnival games, face painting, photo booth, an illusionist, and more. Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Baltimore, 9- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.spstride.org.  
 
 
Lil' Acorns Fall Romp - Hold your lil’ acorn’s hand through an unforgettable morning. Share with your youngster the fascinating changes occurring during the fall through a parent/child interactive program that includes song, sensory activities, a puppet show and short hike. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 3, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Oysters! - Investigate the fantastic world of these fantastic filter feeders! Find out how these amazing creatures help to clean the bay! 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: Oysters! - Let’s investigate the fantastic world of these fantastic filter feeders! Find out how these amazing creatures help to clean the bay! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
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Oct 11  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Tie Dyeing for Fall - Leaves are changing and the last wildflowers are blooming. Capture nature’s colors to tie-dye a shirt. Please note t-shirt size when registering. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Rides for the family. Child must be able to sit up—cannot be carried. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains run on a 3/5 mile double track in Baltimore City's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. Free, though 501(C)3 donations are accepted. Second Sundays through November. GPS: 1950 Eagle Dr, 21207 Leakin Park, Windsor Mill Rd, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Maryland Pumpkin Festival - The weekend features a 12-acre themed cornfield maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, jumping pillows, homemade apple cider donuts, as well as pumpkin hunts, egg hunts, a pumpkin Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 2- 92, Tickets Reqd. 301-620-9316, www.marylandpumpkinfestival.com.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display handmade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Great Pumpkin Adventure - Enjoy Terrapin Adventures' premier fall program for kids. The Great Pumpkin Adventure includes painting your own pumpkin or ghost followed by 1.5 hours on the thrilling Terrapin Explorer course for ages 5-10 years old with a minimum weight of 35lbs. Don't hesitate as slots are limited. Book now. Savage Mills, Savage, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 5- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-725-1313, www.terrapinadventures.com.  
 
 
2nd Sunday Hike With Your Dog At Baltimore Humane Society - Bring your dog the second Sunday of each month. Hike on the grounds of our animal shelter’s forested wildlife sanctuary in Reisterstown, led by a Baltimore Humane Society staff member. Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 10- adult, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
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Oct 14  
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Dockside Schooner Tours - This October, schooners participating in the 25th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) will fill Baltimore’s docks. Baltimore Marine Centers at Lighthouse Point, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., www.schoonerrace.org.  
 
 
Homeschool Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! - Having goods come all the way from England meant everything would be very costly. Learn how the colonists and native Yaocomaco people used what they had to survive. Discover how the three “R”s played out in colonial times. One accompanying adult per child admitted free. Historic St. Mary’s City, Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
Animal Mothers - Learn how wild moms care for their babies and meet the only marsupial mom in North America. Make a gift for the mom in your life. Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2503, cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
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Oct 15  
Exploring Columbia on Foot - A series of outdoor walks hosted by Columbia Association (CA) will explore the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia, led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history, and future of these wonderful outdoor settings. Middle Patuxent Watershed, meet at the River Hill Pool, 6330 Trotter Rd, Columbia, 10 a.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
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Oct 16  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Maryland Home & Garden Show - Expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors and crafts and gifts are what homeowners will find at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.  
 
 
School's Out Nature Day Camp - While school is out, join us for an incredibly fun day at Robinson Nature Center. Enjoy live animal presentations, movies in our planetarium, crafts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts. Add optional after-care for an extended day of fun. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Land, Columbia, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncdaycamps.htm.  
 
 
Target $ Family Fun Night - Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door. No other discounts or coupons accepted. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Trees For Scouts! - A School’s Out opportunity for scouts to come learn about the native tress on Banneker’s property, how to identify them, why they are important to wildlife, humans and our ecosystem. We’ll cover the requirements for the Webelos Into the Woods Adventure and Junior Girl Scout Forest Explorer Badge. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Oct 17  
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Wicked in the Woods - Plants have many different powers and animals have abilities that can help unsuspecting victims. Take a walk to see the poisons, thorns, fangs and sharp claws that lurk in the woods. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Maryland Home & Garden Show - Expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors and crafts and gifts are what homeowners will find at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.  
 
 
Be a Superhero! - Be a Superhero! Runners/walkers are needed for Team CASA, the official charity team of the Maryland CASA Association at the Baltimore Running Festival. Team CASA has chosen the theme ‘Be a Superhero’ for abused and neglected children. Price varies by race. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-828-6761, www.marylandcasa.org/2015-baltimore-running-festival.  
 
 
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Oct 18  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Wicked in the Woods - Plants have many different powers and animals have abilities that can help unsuspecting victims. Take a walk to see the poisons, thorns, fangs and sharp claws that lurk in the woods. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Fall Festival - The Baltimore White Marsh Adventist School invites you to our Annual Fall Festival! Featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, moon bounces, hayrides, games, food, face painting, and more. Baltimore White Marsh Adventist School, 7427 Rossville Blvd., Rosedale, 1- 4 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-663-1819, www.bwmschool.org.  
 
 
Maryland Home & Garden Show - Expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors and crafts and gifts are what homeowners will find at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.  
 
 
Beyond Words: Creating a Memorial Garden - A gardening project for families or individuals grieving the loss of a loved one. Plant bulbs that will bloom each spring in memory of your loved one. Decorate a flower pot and plant seeds to take home. Gardening tools and bulbs will be provided. Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 10- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-466-9200, www.jcsbaltimore.org/emotional-well-being/griefsupport.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Mendes I. Cohen and the Story of Early American Jewry - The first Jews in the Americas lived in the Caribbean. They were part of a dynamic Sephardic network of trade and culture that bridged Europe to its colonial outposts. We will explore how these early American Jews, liked Mendes Cohen, were a part of the global Jewish community. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD noon, 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
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Oct 20  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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Oct 21  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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Oct 22  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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Oct 23  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
Ghost of Miners Past Haunted Night Hike and Campfire - Over 150 years ago Oregon Ridge was once an active mining town. On this haunted hike you will encounter the unsettled souls that once roamed the ridge. Then, gather around the campfire for s’mores! **Hikes every 10 minutes starting at 7:30PM, call to reserve your time slot! Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 7:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Oct 24  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
Essentials in Babysitting - Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques. 9/26, 10/24, 11/14. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Itsy Bitsy Spiders - In the garden, down the tree and up the waterspout, spiders are out and about. Learn about these 8-legged creatures and their relatives. This event takes place at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Haunted Ship - Don a costume and visit the Maryland Dove, transformed into a not-so-scary haunted ship. Bring the whole family to walk through. While you’re there, make a craft, and meet a pirate on the beach. Donations accepted. Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland Dove (meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary), 47414 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City, 5:30- 8 p.m., 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Trinity School Trick or Trot 5k - Jog, walk, run, or stroll though the scenic, cross county course along the beautiful Trinity campus during the peak of autumn. A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to one of Trinity School's outreach programs - Happy Helpers for the Homeless. Trinity School, 4985 Ilchester Rd., Ellicott City, 9- 11 a.m., www.trinityschoolmd.org/support_trinity/fundraising.  
 
 
Here We Grow! Opening - Here We Grow!, Port Discovery’s agricultural exhibit, will introduce children and their caregivers to Maryland’s farms. Exploring the rich world of agriculture, guests will gain an appreciation how food is grown, technological innovation, environmental conservation, world trade and global culture. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Creepy Crawlies! - Halloween is almost here, so explore the world of creepy crawlies! Look at worms and insects and everything in between! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Bone Soup (for the Whole Family)! - Enjoy story time as you discover and make your own bone soup! Come in costume for some Halloween fun! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
Kids Self-Defense - Children (8-12) learn basic safety awareness and age-appropriate self-defense techniques. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9- 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Basketmaking Workshop – Peanut Basket - Make a special basket for yourself or someone else as a gift! This peanut or pistachio basket is an OLD southern basket with a uniquely woven bottom and method of finishing. Bring lunch, plus a bucket or basin, old towel, pencil 12 clip clothes pins and measuring tape (cloth preferred). Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Oct 25  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Itsy Bitsy Spiders - In the garden, down the tree and up the waterspout, spiders are out and about. Learn about these 8-legged creatures and their relatives. This event takes place at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Oct 28  
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic - Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience. Royal Farms Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, 7:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com/100-years-of-magic.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 29  
Exploring Columbia on Foot - A series of outdoor walks hosted by Columbia Association (CA) will explore the lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia, led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history, and future of these wonderful outdoor settings. Wilde Lake, meet at the boathouse off Hyla Brook Rd, Columbia, 10 a.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic - Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience. Royal Farms Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, 7:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com/100-years-of-magic.  
 
 
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Oct 30  
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic - Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience. Royal Farms Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com/100-years-of-magic.  
 
 
School’s Out – Nature’s Palette - Be inspired by nature and create a variety of artworks using a variety of natural supplies including rocks, sticks, leaves, nuts and more. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, 1:30- 3 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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Oct 31  
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Tricks and Treats at Oregon Ridge - Dress up in your best costume and stroll through the woods and meadow for tricks, sweet treats and animal encounters at each "Trick or Treat" stop. Be sure to bring a bag! Trick or treat loop approx. 1/2 mile. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
7th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K and Trick or Treat Walk - The 5K race, held this year for the first time on Halloween, provides activities before and after for children and adults alike. Highlights include the opportunity for children to meet Frozen’s Elsa, Anna, and Olaf and to trick or treat while also learning about safe driving behaviors. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, 9 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2449, www.harford.edu.  
 
 
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic - Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience. Saturday, October 31 showtimes: 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Royal Farms Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, 11:30 a.m., 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com/100-years-of-magic.  
 
 
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November

Nov 1  
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic - Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience. Royal Farms Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, noon and 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. www.disneyonice.com/100-years-of-magic.  
 
 
Pumpkin Chunkin' - Daily admission or Free with Robinson Annual Pass. Catapults are designed by local students as part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes and clubs. Come cheer students on as we award them for accuracy, precision, teamwork and more. Children must be accompanied by adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncpumpkinlaunch.htm.  
 
 
Fuel Fund of Maryland 5K Trail Run - This family friendly event includes a 5K Trail Run, a 1-mile Fun Run, children's activities, community booths, local food trucks and more. It benefits the Fuel Fund of Maryland and its energy programs and services. Schooley Mill Park, 9- 11 a.m., 410-235-9080, www.fuelfundmaryland.org/give-assistance/fuel-fund-5k.  
 
 
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Nov 6  
2015 Maryland Irish Festival - The MD Irish Festival will feature traditional Irish food, drink, dance and music in addition to children’s activities, cultural exhibits, festive contests, a speaker series and various vendors all contained in the spacious Cow Palace. Timonium Fairgrounds, 6- 11 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, www.irishfestival.com.  
 
 
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Nov 7  
2015 Maryland Irish Festival - The MD Irish Festival will feature traditional Irish food, drink, dance and music in addition to children’s activities, cultural exhibits, festive contests, a speaker series and various vendors all contained in the spacious Cow Palace. Timonium Fairgrounds, 6- 11 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, www.irishfestival.com.  
 
 
Hide Tanning Workshop - Learn to prepare deer skin Yaocomaco-style. This is a hands-on event -- dress for work. Historic St. Mary’s City, Woodland Indian Hamlet (meet at the Visitor Center), 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 14- 18, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990,  
 
 
Healthy First Saturday - Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery's community health fair featuring FITastic Family Voyage, the Kindersinger, and more. (Programs are subject to change, please check website for updates) Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 8  
2015 Maryland Irish Festival - The MD Irish Festival will feature traditional Irish food, drink, dance and music in addition to children’s activities, cultural exhibits, festive contests, a speaker series and various vendors all contained in the spacious Cow Palace. Timonium Fairgrounds, 6- 11 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, www.irishfestival.com.  
 
 
2nd Sunday Hike With Your Dog At Baltimore Humane Society - Bring your dog the second Sunday of each month. Hike on the grounds of our animal shelter’s forested wildlife sanctuary in Reisterstown, led by a Baltimore Humane Society staff member. Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 10- adult, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 9  
Free Magic Show - Prepare to be amazed! The Columbia Conjurors, the local chapter of the Society of American Magicians, will hold their annual Tommy Ivey Close-up Magic Show for children of all ages. Free gifts for the children and complimentary refreshments. Please bring canned food for a community food drive. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- 100, 410-465-8775, sam141.org/schedule/index.php.  
 
 
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Nov 13  
One Smart Cookie - Robinson Nature Center's nature trivia. Participate in entertaining challenges and special raffles. Delicious “design-your-own” cookie bar included! You are welcome to bring your dinner. Trivia starts at 6:30 p.m. This fall's topic Reptiles & Amphibians. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 14  
Essentials in Babysitting - Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques. 9/26, 10/24, 11/14. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Leaf Man - Enjoy this seasonal story by Lois Ehlert and then search to find Leaf Man in the woods. Make an autumnal collage with collected leaves and seedpods from the walk. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Nov 15  
Leaf Man - Enjoy this seasonal story by Lois Ehlert and then search to find Leaf Man in the woods. Make an autumnal collage with collected leaves and seedpods from the walk. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Play Fit-Stay Fit: A Mother-Son Outing - Play Fit Stay Fit is a mother-son event that focuses on fun fitness, healthy lifestyles and the special relationship between a mother and son. There will be face painting, bounce house, hula hoops, relay races, jump ropes, zumba, dancing and more. The League, 1111 E Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 4- 12, Tickets Reqd. 915-255-9390, www.playfitstayfit.com.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 20  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 350 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Lively Arts for Little Ones Presents: Rocknoceros - Without a doubt, the most popular kid's rock n' roll concert in the area! Coach Cotton, Williebob, Boogie Woogie Bennie will have kids up and dancing in no time! The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills, 10- 10:45 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4610, www.oaklandmills.org.  
 
 
Target $ Family Fun Night - Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door. No other discounts or coupons accepted. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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Nov 21  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 350 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
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. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Holiday Craft Fair - 40 vendor tables. Free admission. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd, Columbia, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-730-4744, www.historic-oakland.com.  
 
 
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Nov 22  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 350 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
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. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Nov 26  
Green Valley North Turkey Trot - The Green Valley North Turkey Trot is an annual Thanksgiving Morning Charity Event for families to raise money and awareness for Crohn's and Colitis Research. 100% of proceeds go to research. 12109 Ridge Valley Drive, Owings Mills, 8- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-252-2834, online.ccfa.org/greenvalley.  
 
 
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Nov 27  
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland - Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, electric stoves, and grocery stores. Bring a canned good for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1 on admission! Historic St. Mary’s City, Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
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Nov 28  
Falling Behind - What’s left after all the mass migration of summer songbirds and blooming flowers? Plenty! Birds like the Northern Junco and White-Throated Sparrow have arrived in the park as well as interesting seedpods and animal signs. Hike through the changing habitats and find what’s new. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Hearth and Home in Early Maryland - Explore 17th-century foodways, and celebrate the end of the growing season. Discover what it took to weather the winter before refrigerators, electric stoves, and grocery stores. Bring a canned good for the Southern Maryland Food Bank and save $1 on admission! Historic St. Mary’s City, Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
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Nov 29  
Falling Behind - What’s left after all the mass migration of summer songbirds and blooming flowers? Plenty! Birds like the Northern Junco and White-Throated Sparrow have arrived in the park as well as interesting seedpods and animal signs. Hike through the changing habitats and find what’s new. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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December

Dec 5  
Colonial Christmas - This light-hearted tour follows a young man’s progress, as he employs colonial holiday traditions and the goodwill of the season to impress a girl. Free to ages 5 and younger, and to Friends members. Historic St. Mary’s City, Town Center (meet at The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary), 47414 Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Healthy First Saturday - Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery's community health fair featuring FITastic Family Voyage, the Kindersinger, and more. (Programs are subject to change, please check website for updates) Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Dec 12  
Breakfast with Santa. - Enjoy a light breakfast and a reading of Clement C. Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas. Have a keepsake holiday photo made with jolly old St. Nicholas. $18 per person ($15 Friends members). Seatings at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM The Inn at Brome Howard, 18281 Rosecroft Road, St. Mary’s City, 9- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4972, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
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Dec 13  
Deer Santa - Come discover our special “Reindeer trail." Hike through the woods as we test our skills against those of our four-legged friends in this family-friendly adventure. Then come back inside to warm up with a snack, make a seasonal craft and get a photo with Santa! Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Dec 20  
Hunt for the Holiday Opossum - Come trace the tracks of the holiday opossum through the Nature Center trails and building to find the ornaments that she’s misplaced. Encounter special animal friends along the way. A unique holiday surprise awaits you at the end of your quest. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 5- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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February

Feb 14  
Stop, Swap, and Save - The SWAP is the place to sell your old parts and bikes or take advantage of unbelievable deals on everything you need for cycling. Buy, sell, browse, shop, trade, or just hang out with industry reps, individual vendors, bike shops, manufacturers and like-minded cyclists. Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., www.stopswapandsave.com.  
 
 
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September

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

May 16  
Déjà Vu And Nearly New Sale - Part of the National Road Yard Sale. Proceeds will benefit the education programs developed by the HCHS and HEC. Mt. Ida, Ellicott City, www.hchsmd.org.  
 
 
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September

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

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

Sep 25  
Remote Control Airplane Festival: Charm City Fly-In - The largest celebration of remote control airplanes in Maryland is back for its annual weekend of high-flying fun. This free event features local hobbyists zipping, dipping and diving their R/C planes, helicopters and jets hundreds of feet in the air. Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Street at Georgia Avenue, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.,