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Events Ongoing Throughout July  
  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.  
 
 
  The BFG at The National Theatre - Based on the book by Roald Dahl. The BFG is the world’s only friendly giant. He operates in the strictest of secrecy to bring good dreams to the human world, while his nasty counterparts steal and have the despicable habit of eating children. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington DC, 6/14 through 7/25 Ages: 5 and up, Tickets Reqd. 301-280-1664, thenationaldc.org/events/big-friendly-giant.  
 
 
  Double Trouble (AKA The Parent Trap) - Lottie and Lisa are ten-year-old twins who are being raised separately by their divorced parents. When the girls meet at summer camp they discover their true relationship, and the madcap adventure begins. Will their parents be convinced that the sisters belong together? Imagination Stage, Bethesda, 6/24 through 8/9 Ages: 5- 10, Tickets Reqd. 301-280-1660, www.imaginationstage.org.  
 
 
  Aquarium - With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a "let's pretend" sky. Imagination Stage, Bethesda, 6/27 through 7/26 10- 11:15 a.m., Ages: 1- 5, Tickets Reqd. 301-280-1660, www.tickets.imaginationstage.org.  
 
 
Events Ongoing Throughout August  
  Citi Open Tennis Tournament - There’s something for everyone at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament. Player meet and greets, signature food events, live entertainment, and other exciting activities await fans of all ages at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Watch some of the world’s best players battle it out on six hard courts. Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, 8/1 through 8/9 noon- 10 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 202-721-9500, citiopentennis.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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July

Jul 5  
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.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 4:30 p.m. for picnics and activities. Show starts at 6 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 4:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore the art of van Gogh and friends with activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Ladew Gardens’ Groovin’ in the Grass Summer Concert Series - Featuring The Mutual Fun Band. Ladew Gardens’ annual Summer Concert Series. What better way to enjoy a glorious summer evening than groovin' to the music of some of Baltimore's most popular bands! Picnics, blankets, and chairs are welcome, but please, no pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. The Great Bowl at Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, 6- 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9466, www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
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 07/24/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Erie SeaWolves (Detroit). Back to the Future Day -- a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the timeless classic movie. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 2:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 6 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, ww.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
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Jul 6  
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Erie SeaWolves (Detroit). Mutt Monday -- Bring your dark to the ballpark (dogs must be leashed at all times and have proper tags). Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 6:35 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
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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Jul 7  
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Akron Rubber Ducks (Cleveland). Dollar Dog Night -- enjoy Esskay hot dogs for $1 each. $1 hot dogs available when the main gates open until the end of 4th inning. Limit two hot dogs per person per transaction. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 6:35 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
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Jul 8  
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Pirates! - Ahoy, mateys! Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove. There might be hidden treasure along the way! One accompanying adult per child admitted free. The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary, 47414 Old State House Road, Historic St. Mary’s City, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Ages: 3- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 06/27/2015 Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Services in the Park - Join the Beth Am family in welcoming Shabbat in song at the Maryland Zoo! Bring your own fish or dairy dinner. Kids' activities at 6:40 p.m., service at 7 p.m. Waterfowl Pavilion at the Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 6- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Reserv Reqd. 410-523-2446, www.bethambaltimore.org.  
 
 
Bounce, Party & Play Fundraiser to Benefit Cub Scout Pack16 - A night of bouncing fun at the ultimate play place! 7 incredible inflatables. A 20 ft. dual lane slide, challenging obstacle courses and boxing arena. Bouncing, crafts, food and drinks, door prizes, vendors, and more. Reduced price on advance tickets. Bounce, Party and Play, White Marsh, 6- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. www.cubscoutspack16.wordpress.com/events.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
Varekai By Cirque Du Soleil - A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy -- the adventure of Icarus begins when Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, descends from the sky and into the Royal Farms Arena. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, 7:30- 10 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Tickets Reqd. www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/varekai/default.aspx.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Akron Rubber Ducks (Cleveland). 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.  
 
 
Ponds, Puddles & Creek Open House - Take the hayride to Cattail Creek. Wear water shoes as we go in the creek to catch critters! ID of the critter, habitats & life cycles are discussed. Feeding the farm animals is included. Price per child, adult admission free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 4- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 04/30/15 Tickets Reqd. 410 489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Jul 9  
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the picnic-friendly Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 6:30 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 8 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Flicks Premiere Party - Dive in to AVAM's 2015 season of Flicks From The Hill with some delicious treats from local eateries. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. www.avam.org.  
 
 
Pirates! - Ahoy, mateys! Become a pirate for the day, and storm the Maryland Dove. There might be hidden treasure along the way! One accompanying adult per child admitted free. The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary, 47414 Old State House Road, Historic St. Mary’s City, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Ages: 3- 6, Reserv Reqd. by 06/27/2015 Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Akron Rubber Ducks (Cleveland). Youth Camp Day (game @ 11:05 a.m.). Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 11:05 a.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Varekai By Cirque Du Soleil - A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy -- the adventure of Icarus begins when Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, descends from the sky and into the Royal Farms Arena. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, 7:30- 10 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Tickets Reqd. www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/varekai/default.aspx.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
Adult/Child/Infant CPR - Learn skills to clear an airway obstruction, perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card (not a health care provider course). HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5:30- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.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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Jul 10  
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the picnic-friendly Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 6:30 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 8 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
HCC's Summer Movie Series - PLANES:FIRE & RESCUE - At 12:15 p.m., explore a fire truck with Bel Air Fire Department, and at 1 p.m., enjoy "Planes: Fire & Rescue". Ice cream treat after the movie included in the ticket price. Chesapeake Theater, Chesapeake Center, Harford Community College, Bel Air, 12:15- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. by 7/10/15 Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2211, tickets.harford.edu.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Bookworm Story Time - Nature stories with fun activities such as animal encounters, puppets, or crafts. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Beavers: Nature's Engineers - Beavers are one of the only animals, other than humans, that can transform the environment to meet their needs. Learn how beavers live and try your hand at building a beaver dam. Wear old clothes -- you will get muddy! The program will be conducted outside, so dress for the weather. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by 07/09/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Varekai By Cirque Du Soleil - A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy -- the adventure of Icarus begins when Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, descends from the sky and into the Royal Farms Arena. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, 7:30- 10 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Tickets Reqd. www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/varekai/default.aspx.  
 
 
Farm Sprouts Preschool Program - Children ages birth to 5 years old are invited to the farm to join in one-hour workshops designed just for them. Each class features a different farm or nature topic each week, experiential investigation and learning, movement, stories, and arts and crafts. Baltimore County Ag Center, Cockeysville, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 5, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
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Jul 11  
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
BFMS Cajun-Zydeco Dance - The event starts with a picnic at 4:30 p.m. with Cajun-Zydeco music jamming. A workshop from 7-8 p.m. to learn the basic steps. Great live music for the dance from 8-11 p.m. It is not necessary to bring a partner. The dance is free in honor of the 40th Anniversary of BFMS. Families are welcome. St.Mark's on the Hill, 1620 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, 4:30- 11 p.m., 410-321-8419, www.bfms.org/saturdayDance.php.  
 
 
Murder Mystery with an Adventure Twist - A fun-filled evening of adventure while solving a murder mystery! The catch?? You will have to ZIP, SWING, and CLIMB to find the answers that will help solve this clue-based mystery! Terrapin Adventures, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, 6:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 8- 100, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-725-1313, www.terrapinadventures.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, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike - Join a ranger-led hike to find one of the Nature Quest markers at Robert E. Lee Park and learn all about this fun, free activity that is taking place in Baltimore County parks. Please call (410) 887-4156 or email releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to register. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Inspiring Youth to Embrace the Chesapeake: Mamie Parker - Learn about the importance of environmental stewardship and career options in environmental science from Dr. Mamie Parker, noted African-American fish and wildlife biologist and distinguished environmental motivational speaker. Free for members. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Oella, 1:30- 3 p.m., Ages: teens- adults, Reserv Reqd. by 067/10/2015 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the picnic-friendly Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 6:30 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 8 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.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.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Experience a hands-on opportunity of gem mining. Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Geode cracking, too. Fun for all ages. Check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Campfire and a Movie – Paddington - Rain date, July 18. Program starts at 7 p.m., and movie at 8:30 p.m. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 7 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
17th Annual NABA Butterfly Count - Join the West Anne Arundel County, North America Butterfly Association, Butterfly Count! Please bring a field guide if you have one, plenty of water and a bag lunch. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 07/10/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Adventure Scavenger Hunt - Using clues and locations, families and groups will explore the contact station grounds and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals. A camera or cell phone that takes pictures is recommended. Arrive anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 07/11/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Carriage Fun Day - My Lady's Manor Driving Club will be hosting an afternoon of carriage fun and games. Pack a lunch, bring the whole family. See a variety of horse carts up close, learn more about the sport, then cheer the drivers on as they navigate a series of 6 farm-themed obstacles. Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
Antique Car Show - The Fire Museum hosts the Chesapeake Region Auto Club. See antique cars and fire trucks, and enjoy lots of fun activities for all ages. Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, Lutherville, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, 410-321-7500, www.firemuseummd.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Water, Water Everywhere! - It’s hot outside and the best way to cool off is to get wet! From the Patapsco River to the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, water is all around us. Join us as we explore what makes water so important. Dress for water fun! 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: Water, Water Everywhere! - It’s hot outside and the best way to cool off is to get wet! From the Patapsco River to the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, water is all around us. Join us as we explore what makes water so important. Dress for water fun! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Open Cockpit Day Celebrates WWII Victory - Sit in the pilot seats of the Museum’s outdoor flightline of airplanes, see a Huey helicopter up close, and climb aboard the 1950’s Martin 404 passenger plane. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 5- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-682-6122, www.mdairmuseum.org.  
 
 
Free Family Jam - Dance and Bmore is offering free dance classes for the family. It's a free, 50-minute FazaFam Family Jam dance class the 2nd Saturday of each month. Jam to Salsa, Disco, Hip-Hop, Motown and more. New Waverly United Methodist Church, 2nd floor, 644 East 33rd St (across from the Giant), Baltimore, 2- 2:50 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410 871-8322, www.danceandbmore.com.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Varekai By Cirque Du Soleil - A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy -- the adventure of Icarus begins when Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, descends from the sky and into the Royal Farms Arena. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, 7:30- 10 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Tickets Reqd. www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/varekai/default.aspx.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Open to families and kids of all ages! Drop in to the Creative Alliance for a tour and family art making fun. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon to make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
2015 Maryland Annual Polish Festival - Celebrate all that is Polish! From homemade pierogies to traditional dancing and from polka music to learning the Polish National Anthem, there is something for everyone. Timonium Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-780-9054, www.pcamaryland.org.  
 
 
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Jul 12  
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.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 4:30 p.m. for picnics and activities. Show starts at 6 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 4:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
2015 Maryland Annual Polish Festival - Celebrate all that is Polish! From homemade pierogies to traditional dancing and from polka music to learning the Polish National Anthem, there is something for everyone. Timonium Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-780-9054, www.pcamaryland.org.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Experience a hands-on opportunity of gem mining. Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Geode cracking, too. Fun for all ages. Check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore the art of van Gogh and friends with activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Ladew Gardens’ Groovin’ in the Grass Summer Concert Series - Featuring Tall in the Saddle. Ladew Gardens’ annual Summer Concert Series. What better way to enjoy a glorious summer evening than groovin' to the music of some of Baltimore's most popular bands! Picnics, blankets, and chairs are welcome, but please, no pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. The Great Bowl at Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, 6- 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9466, www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
Insect Extravaganza - Summer hums with the excitement of insect symphonies. Bring your family for an afternoon of fun-filled activities that highlight our six-legged friends. Meet your nature center guide who leads you on an exploration of the forest and gardens, get your face painted and create crafts. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, 12:30- 2:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 07/11/15 Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm.  
 
 
Nature Quest Hike - Join a ranger-led hike to find one of the Nature Quest markers at Robert E. Lee Park and learn all about this fun, free activity that is taking place in Baltimore County parks. Please call (410) 887-4156 or email releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to register. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Varekai By Cirque Du Soleil - A dormant volcano, a mystical forest and an ancient prophecy -- the adventure of Icarus begins when Varekai, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, descends from the sky and into the Royal Farms Arena. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, 7:30- 10 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Tickets Reqd. www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/varekai/default.aspx.  
 
 
Flickering Lights: A History of Baltimore's Movie Theatres - Celebrate the golden age of movie-going with Baltimore photographer and author Amy Davis as she presents photographs from her upcoming book. Her talk will explore the role of Jews in Baltimore cinema. Cost is museum admission. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 15 and up, www.jewishmuseummd.org/single/flickering-treasures.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 6 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, ww.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
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Jul 13  
Children of the World Co-op Open House Week - Children of the World Co-op Playgroup Program is ideal for American and International families. A gently-structured, mixed-age program with indoor/outdoor play, art activities, snack time, circle time singing/movement, and social events. Runs year-round. Ask about our adult English language class. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., www.cotwcoop.org.  
 
 
Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake - $5 Dollar Day - Children get faces painted, dressed up as pirates and set sail for a treasure hunt on the water. While reading a map to find sunken treasure, the young pirates use water cannons in defense against an enemy pirate. Reduced admission all day. First come, first served. Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake, 311 Third Street, Annapolis, Various times, Tickets Reqd. 410-263-0002, www.chesapeakepirates.com.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
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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Jul 14  
Children of the World Co-op Open House Week - Children of the World Co-op Playgroup Program is ideal for American and International families. A gently-structured, mixed-age program with indoor/outdoor play, art activities, snack time, circle time singing/movement, and social events. Runs year-round. Ask about our adult English language class. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., www.cotwcoop.org.  
 
 
Town Hall Tuesday Event With Joseph Harris - Joseph Harris, recently named "Best Home Cook in America", is a passionate home cook at heart whose focus and culinary view is to get back to basics and make elevated comfort food that's great for the heart and good for the soul. Doors at 5:30 p.m., event begins at 6 p.m. Free admission. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park, 6 p.m., www.chesapeakearts.org.  
 
 
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Jul 15  
Children of the World Co-op Open House Week - Children of the World Co-op Playgroup Program is ideal for American and International families. A gently-structured, mixed-age program with indoor/outdoor play, art activities, snack time, circle time singing/movement, and social events. Runs year-round. Ask about our adult English language class. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., www.cotwcoop.org.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Toddler Time at the B&O - Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blueville, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville – all included with paid admission. Begins promptly. Train ride weather permitting. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
An Evening Walk with a Refuge Manager - Join Patuxent's Refuge Manager for a leisurely walk along Cash Lake Trail to learn about the refuge's wildlife habitats, resource management and the role of refuges in conserving wildlife for future generations. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 5:30- 7 p.m., Ages: 12 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 07/14/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
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Jul 16  
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Children of the World Co-op Open House Week - Children of the World Co-op Playgroup Program is ideal for American and International families. A gently-structured, mixed-age program with indoor/outdoor play, art activities, snack time, circle time singing/movement, and social events. Runs year-round. Ask about our adult English language class. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., www.cotwcoop.org.  
 
 
Pioneer Camp - For those young scientists age 8-10, the National Electronics Museum is once again offering Pioneer Camp. Campers will become hands-on scientist as they discover the fun and power of magnetism! National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by June 29th Tickets Reqd. 410-765-2345, conta.cc/16fGkPP.  
 
 
In the Heights: The Musical - The 2008 Tony award-winning musical, performed by CCTA's Teen Professional Theatre. Glenelg High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.CCTArts.com.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the picnic-friendly Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 6:30 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 8 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Learn to Fish - Learn how to cast a rod, identify types of fish and enjoy the experience of fishing in this hands on program for children. All fishing equipment will be provided and registered participants will meet at Cash Lake. Space is limited, participants may select a single date. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 15 and under, Reserv Reqd. by 07/15/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Harrisburg Senators (Washington). Quiet Night at the Ballpark! A baseball purist's night to sit back, relax, and enjoy the game of baseball. We'll take it easy on the music and promotions and let the game shine. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Science of Superheroes! - The power to fly! The power to control lightning! Superheroes... and Science! Listen to stories about heroes from all around the world and then experiment with hands on science stations! Riviera Beach Community Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy, Pasadena, 2- 4 p.m., 410-222-6285, www.aacpl.net.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.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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Jul 17  
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Children of the World Co-op Open House Week - Children of the World Co-op Playgroup Program is ideal for American and International families. A gently-structured, mixed-age program with indoor/outdoor play, art activities, snack time, circle time singing/movement, and social events. Runs year-round. Ask about our adult English language class. Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., www.cotwcoop.org.  
 
 
In the Heights: The Musical - The 2008 Tony award-winning musical, performed by CCTA's Teen Professional Theatre. Glenelg High School Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.CCTArts.com.  
 
 
Pioneer Camp - For those young scientists age 8-10, the National Electronics Museum is once again offering Pioneer Camp. Campers will become hands-on scientist as they discover the fun and power of magnetism! National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by June 29th Tickets Reqd. 410-765-2345, conta.cc/16fGkPP.  
 
 
Unrehearsed Shakespeare at West Shore Park - Actors will perform "Much Ado About Nothing" using cue scripts that contain only their cue lines, the words they are to speak and their entrances and exits – only the fights, songs and dances are rehearsed. West Shore Park (In between the Science Center and the Visitors Center), Baltimore, 5- 7 p.m., www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
HCC's Summer Movie Series - MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - At 12:15 p.m., meet a monster friend, and at 1 p.m., enjoy "Monsters University". Ice cream treat after the movie included in the ticket price. Chesapeake Theater, Chesapeake Center, Harford Community College, Bel Air, 12:15- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. by 7/17/15 Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2211, tickets.harford.edu.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the picnic-friendly Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 6:30 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 8 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Wild, Wonderful Wolves - Discover the wild world of wolves! In this interactive program children will learn not only how to howl like a wolf, but why they howl, why they live in a pack, and much more. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. by 07/16/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Rocknoceros - Washington, DC's premier power pop trio for kids and families comes to Baltimore for a free "Patio Party" show. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 6 p.m., 410-545-5962, www.mdsci.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Harrisburg Senators (Washington). Fireworks and 6th annual Daddy Daughter Night! Enjoy a special night with your little girl. Ticket package includes 2 box seat tickets, 2 hot dogs, 2 hats, 6 kids park tickets. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.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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Jul 18  
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
In the Heights: The Musical - The 2008 Tony award-winning musical, performed by CCTA's Teen Professional Theatre. Glenelg High School Auditorium, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.CCTArts.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, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Butterfly Celebration - Celebrate these beautiful “flying flowers” with face fainting, insect hunts, crafts and more. Join a citizen’s science effort to identify and inventory butterfly and moth species. Enjoy learning about the Checkerspot Butterfly and our efforts to reintroduce it. Call to register. 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.  
 
 
Basket Making Workshop – Amy’s Basket - Learn basket making with colonial interpreter, Joan Betzold, and construct Amy’s Basket, a useful 8 x 8 x 12” basket with an old and unusual pattern. Wear comfortable clothing that can get messy. Supplies needed: call for details. Admission price per project. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Oella, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 10- adults, Reserv Reqd. by 07/15/2015 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the picnic-friendly Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 6:30 p.m. for picnics. Show begins at 8 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 6:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.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.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Experience a hands-on opportunity of gem mining. Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Geode cracking, too. Fun for all ages. Check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Nocturnal Adventures - Why are some creatures nocturnal? What adaptations have these creatures undergone to be able to function in the dark? Come learn about animals that are active at night. Please bring a flashlight if you have one. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 07/17/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Turtles! - Join us as we explore the wonderful world of turtles! Using songs, games, and activities, we’ll learn what makes turtles so cool! 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: Turtles! - Join us as we explore the wonderful world of turtles! Using songs, games, and activities, we’ll learn what makes turtles so cool! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Past Times for Children: School Yard Games - Your child will learn what type of games students played during recess in the 1800’s. They will play various games. Sing songs and create a game to take home. Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street, Westminster, 10- 11:15 am., Ages: 4- 7, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-848-6494, www.hsccmd.org.  
 
 
30 Minutes Free With DAB - 30 Minutes Free With DAB is a free, 30-minute Modern-Jazz warm up with company members of Dance & Bmore every 3rd Saturday of the month. New Waverly United Methodist Church, 644 East 33rd street, Baltimore, 2- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 16 and up, 410-871-8322, www.danceandbmore.com.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Harrisburg Senators (Washington). Fireworks sponsored by Dataprise. Women in Sports Event with tribute to All-American Girls Professional Baseball League includes meet and greets with former AAGPBL Players and other female athletes! Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Open to families and kids of all ages! Drop in to the Creative Alliance for a tour and family art making fun. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon to make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, 410-244-8570, www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
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Jul 19  
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.  
 
 
In the Heights: The Musical - The 2008 Tony award-winning musical, performed by CCTA's Teen Professional Theatre. Glenelg High School Auditorium, 2 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.CCTArts.com.  
 
 
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents The Comedy of Errors - Presented as a cartoon-colored fantasy, The Comedy of Errors will be wacky and wonderfully fun for all ages. Performances will take place outdoors, festival-style, in the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Park opens at 4:30 p.m. for picnics and activities. Show starts at 6 p.m. Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, 4:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
Gem Mining Weekend - Experience a hands-on opportunity of gem mining. Purchase a bucket full of enriched ore, and use the water flume to discover gems you can take home with you. Geode cracking, too. Fun for all ages. Check www.mobileminingexperience.com. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
New and Improved Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore the art of van Gogh and friends with activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Ladew Gardens’ “Groovin’ in the Grass” Summer Concert Series - Featuring Fake Flowers Real Dirt. Ladew Gardens’ annual Summer Concert Series. What better way to enjoy a glorious summer evening than groovin' to the music of some of Baltimore's most popular bands! Picnics, blankets, and chairs are welcome, but please, no pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. The Great Bowl at Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, 6- 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9466, www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
Hadassah 2015 CHECK IT OUT® Challenge - Runners and teams will take to the streets for the chip-timed 8K (perfect for serious runners looking for a challenge during training) and 5k race or walk. Minutes later, families will take off through a scenic route around the college campus in the brand new Family Fitness 1-Mile Challenge. Goucher College, Towson, 8 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.active.com.  
 
 
Whooping Crane Observatory Tour - Enjoy a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful and endangered adult whooping cranes. Find out more about the Whooping Crane population recovery program. Arrive early, as tour will leave on time. Space is very limited. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 14 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 07/18/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Harrisburg Senators (Washington). Orioles Pride Day -- show off your O's pride and wear your gear. Babe Ruth bobble head giveaway! 1st 1,000 fans (13 and up) get a limited edition 1914 Orioles Babe Ruth Bobble Head collectible. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 2:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
Canoeing on the Upper Gunpowder River - A hearty paddle on the Upper Gunpowder Falls -- no novices, please. Portage is possible due to obstacles. Bring a bottle of water, lunch, a hat, and wear closed toe shoes. 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.- 1 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
The Comedy of Errors - Chesapeake Shakespeare Company returns to Howard County this summer with a crowd-pleasing, zany play about lost-and-found identity, William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of adult twins, unaware of one another, turn a seaside town upside down with confusion. PFI Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, 6 p.m., Ages: 0- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-244-8570, ww.chesapeakeshakespeare.com.  
 
 
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Jul 20  
Weight Loss Through Bariatric Surgery - Learn about weight-loss surgery from Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery. Register at 410-550-0409 or hopkinsmedicine.org/jhbmc/bariatrics. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5:30- 7 p.m., 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
New and Improved Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
Bert's Birthday Bash Dine - Celebrate pigeons, paper clips, oatmeal, and argyle socks with your Sesame Street pal, Bert! Join Bert in “Doin’ The Pigeon” as you sing, dance and enjoy a Sesame Street-style birthday celebration. Dine times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m.. Paid park admission is required in addition to dine RSVP. Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA, 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 1-866-464-3566, www.sesameplace.com.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia). Brick Fest (LEGO Night) at the Baysox. A LEGO Fan Event for enthusiasts of all ages. Displays, interactive exhibits, vendors, and more. Limited VIP Ticket with early entrance privileges available online. Mutt Monday-Bring dogs to ballpark 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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Jul 21  
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia). Brick Fest (Lego Night) at the Baysox! A Lego Fan Event for enthusiasts of all ages. Displays, interactive exhibits, and vendors. Limited VIP tickets with early entrance privileges online. Dollar Dog Night -- Enjoy Esskay hot dogs for $1. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Adult/Child/Infant CPR - Learn skills to clear an airway obstruction, perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card (not a health care provider course). HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5:30- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
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Jul 22  
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Family Movies at the Senator: THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Bring the whole family to the historic Senator Theatre for classic family movies on the big screen! This week: THE SOUND OF MUSIC: The 50th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical, the heartwarming true story that has become a cinematic treasure! [G] The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, 7- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-323-4424, www.thesenatortheatre.com.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Reading Fightin Phils (Philadelphia). Youth Camp Day. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 11:05 a.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
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Jul 23  
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Learn to Fish - Learn how to cast a rod, identify types of fish and enjoy the experience of fishing in this hands on program for children. All fishing equipment will be provided and registered participants will meet at Cash Lake. Space is limited, participants may select a single date. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 5:30- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 15 and under, Reserv Reqd. by 07/22/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.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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Jul 24  
Waterfront Partnership’s Summer Socials - The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Summer Social Series offers free entertainment on the Waterfront. Attendees will enjoy live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Playworks Maryland and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain. West Shore Park (In between the Science Center and the Visitors Center), Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
International US Kuo Shu Championship Tournament - 27th annual martial arts tournament featuring competition in a variety of forms, Lei Tai competitions, and master demonstrations. Opening ceremony features a traditional Lion Dance on Saturday morning. Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Tickets Reqd. 443-394-9222, www.usksf.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Farm Sprouts Preschool Program - Children ages birth to 5 years old are invited to the farm to join in one-hour workshops designed just for them. Each class features a different farm or nature topic each week, experiential investigation and learning, movement, stories, and arts and crafts. Baltimore County Ag Center, Cockeysville, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 5, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
Mid-Summers Dream Campout - Pack your bags for a relaxing mid-summer campout in the comfort of Oregon Ridge Park. Bring your own tent and camping gear. Night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast will be provided. 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.  
 
 
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Jul 25  
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.  
 
 
A Father's Love: Papa Diou Beugeu Domame - A tale of a young boy who wanted nothing more than to please his father. He loved the drum but his father wanted him to concentrate on education. This concert will take you on a journey of mystic wonder, vibrant traditional costumes, song and dance...will young Ayende win his fathers love? Coppin State University James Weldon Auditorium, 2500 West North Ave, Baltimore, 8- 10 p.m., Ages: 18 months and up, Tickets Reqd. 443-250-1985, www.keurkhaleyi.org.  
 
 
Nature Quest Canoe Trip - Rangers and participants will search for the Nature Quest marker while also enjoying time on the lake looking for wildlife such as turtles, beavers, eagles, and many others. A limited number of canoes will be available. Email releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to register. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Nature Sculpture for Kids - How does an artist move from idea to a finished work of art? Take a hike in the woods and learn about materials and techniques used by the artists in the "Art on the Trail" collection, and investigate your own artistic processes through hands-on building of sculptures inspired by nature. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 6- 10, Reserv 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.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Herp Search - Join a refuge naturalist on this guided search for reptiles and amphibians. Wear good walking shoes. Registration is required. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 07/24/15 301-497-5887, 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, 8- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 07/24/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Family Movies at the Senator: THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Bring the whole family to the historic Senator Theatre for classic family movies on the big screen! This week: THE SOUND OF MUSIC: The 50th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical, the heartwarming true story that has become a cinematic treasure! [G] The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, 10 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-323-4424, www.thesenatortheatre.com.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
International US Kuo Shu Championship Tournament - 27th annual martial arts tournament featuring competition in a variety of forms, Lei Tai competitions, and master demonstrations. Opening ceremony features a traditional Lion Dance on Saturday morning. Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Tickets Reqd. 443-394-9222, www.usksf.org.  
 
 
Mud Day - Get down and dirty in some muddy fun! Make mud pies, mud sculptures, mud paintings, and more! Then all mud monsters will get to slide down a mud slide and run through hoses and sprinklers to become human kids again. 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.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Open to families and kids of all ages! Drop in to the Creative Alliance for a tour and family art making fun. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon to make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
Essentials in Babysitting - Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
Whooo’s Up for Owls - An up-close look at the live owls from the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center (Girl Scout Camp Ilchester). Learn about the adaptations that make them stealthy hunters and fascinating critters. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Oella, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 07/24/2015 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com/  
 
 
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Jul 26  
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.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Heartsaver for Adults, Children and Infants: CPR, AED - This course covers CPR techniques, the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and maneuvers to aid choking victims. Camp counselors, daycare providers, those seeking certification or re-certification and of course parents (and grandparents) are encouraged to attend. Greenberries Columbia, 6925 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia, 5- 8:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 07/20/2015 Tickets Reqd. 410-290-6253, www.greenberries.myshopify.com/collections/columbia-events.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA: Object Lesson - Enjoy an informal talk with a BMA educator about Vincent van Gogh’s painting “A Pair of Boots”. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 2:45 p.m., www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Ladew Gardens’ “Groovin’ in the Grass” Summer Concert Series - Featuring Straight Shooter. Ladew Gardens’ annual Summer Concert Series. What better way to enjoy a glorious summer evening than groovin' to the music of some of Baltimore's most popular bands! Picnics, blankets, and chairs are welcome, but please, no pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. The Great Bowl at Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, 6- 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9466, www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Family Movies at the Senator: THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Bring the whole family to the historic Senator Theatre for classic family movies on the big screen! This week: THE SOUND OF MUSIC: The 50th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical, the heartwarming true story that has become a cinematic treasure! [G] The Senator Theatre, Baltimore, 10 a.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-323-4424, www.thesenatortheatre.com.  
 
 
Drop-in Art Activities: Waltee's Friends - Search the museum for felines, butterflies, and animals on the move. Then create some animal art to take home. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.  
 
 
International US Kuo Shu Championship Tournament - 27th annual martial arts tournament featuring competition in a variety of forms, Lei Tai competitions, and master demonstrations. Opening ceremony features a traditional Lion Dance on Saturday morning. Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Tickets Reqd. 443-394-9222, www.usksf.org.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
Mud Day - Get down and dirty in some muddy fun! Make mud pies, mud sculptures, mud paintings, and more! Then all mud monsters will get to slide down a mud slide and run through hoses and sprinklers to become human kids again. 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.  
 
 
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Jul 27  
Adoption Search Group - People whose lives have been touched by adoption, especially adult adoptees and birthparents, often have a strong interest in searching for family connections. Come join a monthly Adoption Search Group offered by Jewish Community Services. Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 7- 8:30 p.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-843-7365, www.jcsbaltimore.org/about-jcs/news-notes.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
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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Jul 28  
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
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Jul 29  
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
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Jul 30  
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees). Back Hair Appreciation Night -- Is your back well coiffed? Do you need to shave your back more often than your face? If so, this night is for you! Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.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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Jul 31  
Chuggington: A Traintastic Advenuture at the B&O - The B&O Railroad Museum, in conjunction with Rail Events Inc. and Ludorum plc, is proud to announce a partnership to bring an officially licensed Chuggington event to Baltimore. Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure! brings the hit children’s television series to life. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Fells Point Wicked History Walking Tour - Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours and go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, teaming with sailors, pirates, and immigrants looking for a better life. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other! Tour runs Wed.-Sat., 3-4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sidewalk outside Max's sidebar, 731 S. Broadway, Baltimore, Ages: 6- 106, Tickets Reqd. 410-357-1186, wickedhistorybaltimore.com.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees). Fireworks and Military Heroes Appreciation Event. Help the Baysox honor Military heroes from across the region. 1st 1,000 fans will receive a Military Heroes Baseball Card Set depicting some our our regions heroes. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Bridges Baltimore Family Day - Families and children will be engaged in workshops, games, and interactive demonstrations to spark and fuel an interest in the fields of arts, sciences, and mathematics. Activities include short films, a mime-show, a math presentation, and much more! University of Baltimore, 1401 N Charles Street, Baltimore, 2- 8 p.m., /www.bridgesmathart.org.  
 
 
Once in a Blue Moon Night Hike and Campfire - A blue moon occurs when there are 2 full moons in one month. Take this rare occasion to go for a moonlight hike. Then, end the night around the campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 6- 8 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 7:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
Ponds, Puddles & Creek Open House - Take the hayride to Cattail Creek. Wear water shoes as we go in the creek to catch critters! ID of the critter, habitats & life cycles are discussed. Feeding the farm animals is included. Price per child, adult admission free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, noon- 1:30 p.m., Ages: 4- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 04/30/15 Tickets Reqd. 410 489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
Once in a Blue Moon - Join us this evening at sunset/moonrise to celebrate that rare event - a blue moon - with a campfire and hike through the Banneker Farmstead. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Oella, 8- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 5- adult, Reserv Reqd. by 07/30/2015 Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1081, www.benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
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August

Aug 1  
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.  
 
 
Life In Motion: A Conversation with Ballerina Misty Copeland - The Reginald F. Lewis Museum welcomes renowned ballerina Misty Copeland, the first African-American soloist in the last two decades at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Copeland will give an author talk and book signing of her memoir, as well as her first children’s book. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-263-1875, www.lewismuseum.org.  
 
 
Where the Wild Things Snore -- Overnight at the Zoo - The Zoo is where the wild things snore! Join other zoo-loving families for an educational night under the stars! You and your children can spend the night in tents and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zoo by night. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 6 p.m.- 9:30 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.marylandzoo.org.  
 
 
Ballerina Storytime Hour and Costume-Making - Enjoy story time with a dancer as she reads the book Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen. Then make your own ballerina tutu. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. 443-263-1800, www.lewismuseum.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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Chuggington: A Traintastic Advenuture at the B&O - The B&O Railroad Museum, in conjunction with Rail Events Inc. and Ludorum plc, is proud to announce a partnership to bring an officially licensed Chuggington event to Baltimore. Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure! brings the hit children’s television series to life. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.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.  
 
 
The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Musical - The Music of Led Zeppelin combines the power of a full rock band with the Baltimore Symphony. There will be a BSO Block Party before this concert, featuring a variety of food trucks and beer from Union Craft Brewing and Flying Dog Brewery. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.bsomusic.org.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Spiders! - Who has eight legs, 2 body parts and can spin webs in no time flat? Spiders of course! Join us as we learn all about these fantastic arachnids! 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: Spiders! - Who has eight legs, 2 body parts and can spin webs in no time flat? Spiders of course! Join us as we learn all about these fantastic arachnids! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder. Fireworks and Superhero Night. Meet many of your favorite superheroes and come dressed as your favorites, too. Rocknoceros in concert! Kids will enjoy a pre-game concert by our region's top premier award winning kids band. Concert at 4 p.m. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 6:35 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-600, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Land Art Workshop for Kids - The event aims to help children to visualize basic experiences through their senses and create colorful paintwork on fallen trees. All materials will be provided. Children need only bring their imagination. The event is free to the public. Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd. Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- noon, Reserv Reqd. by 7/31/15 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
Stream Searchin' - Put on your water shoes and head to Oregon Ridge to search the streams with a naturalist. Find salamanders, crayfish, marcroinvertabrates, and other water loving creatures. Learn the techniques to catching these cool creatures for up close observation. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In - Open to families and kids of all ages! Drop in to the Creative Alliance for a tour and family art making fun. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon to make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.creativealliance.org.  
 
 
Scope This Out, Mr. Banneker! - Learn the telescope from the inside out. Assemble a replica of Galileo’s telescope and learn the history of this instrument so important to Mr. Banneker’s understanding of the heavens. Presented by Carl Olson, historian and librarian from Towson University. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Oella, 1:30- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 8- adult, Reserv Reqd. by )7/31/2015 410-887-1081, www.benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com.  
 
 
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Aug 2  
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.  
 
 
Honeygo Regional Park Nature Quest Hike - Join a ranger-led hike to find one of the Nature Quest markers at Honeygo Regional Park and learn about this fun, free activity that is taking place in several parks in Baltimore County. Participants will meet at the Honeygo playground to begin this hike. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore crazy quilts with art activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Chuggington: A Traintastic Advenuture at the B&O - The B&O Railroad Museum, in conjunction with Rail Events Inc. and Ludorum plc, is proud to announce a partnership to bring an officially licensed Chuggington event to Baltimore. Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure! brings the hit children’s television series to life. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 5, Tickets Reqd. 410-752-2490, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Ladew Gardens’ Groovin’ in the Grass Summer Concert Series - Featuring Cara Kelly and the Tell Tale. Ladew Gardens’ annual Summer Concert Series. What better way to enjoy a glorious summer evening than groovin' to the music of some of Baltimore's most popular bands! Picnics and chairs are welcome, but please, no pets, alcohol or athletic equipment. The Great Bowl at Ladew Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, 6- 8 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-557-9466, www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
Cal Ripken World Series - Top youth baseball talent from across the globe will compete in the culmination tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s Cal Ripken 12u Division. Attendees can enjoy an authentic ballpark experience filled with food and fun, as they watch the daily baseball action free of charge. Ripken Experience Complex, Aberdeen, www.ripkenbaseball.com/world_series.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees). Football day at the park! Enjoy a fun "kickoff' to the football season -- baseball style! Wear your favorite team's gear, enjoy football contests, and some surprises! Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 2:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
The Music Man - The Music Man is summertime fun for the entire family. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and a chance to meet the cast. Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 27 thru August 2. Special evening show on Friday July 31 at 7:30 p.m. St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave, Stevenson, 2- 4:30 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-472-4737, www.CharmCityPlayers.com.  
 
 
Stream Searchin' - Put on your water shoes and head to Oregon Ridge to search the streams with a naturalist. Find salamanders, crayfish, marcroinvertabrates, and other water loving creatures. Learn the techniques to catching these cool creatures for up close observation. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- noon, Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 3  
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
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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Aug 4  
Free Family Movie - Paddington - No tickets required. Seating on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30pm. Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, 7 p.m., 410-848-7272, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.  
 
 
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Aug 5  
Tarzan - Performed by CCTA's Junior Professional Theatre. Howard Community College, Horowitz Center, Smith Theater, 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-381-0700, www.CCTArts.com.  
 
 
Toddler Time at the B&O - Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blueville, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville – all included with paid admission. Begins promptly. Train ride weather permitting. 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 Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
Legomania - Come for brick-snapping fun! Design and build your own fantastic creations. Note: Legos will be provided; please do not bring your own. The bricks must stay at the library. Riviera Beach Community Library, 1130 Duvall Hwy, Pasadena, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 3- 12, 410-222-6285, www.aacpl.net.  
 
 
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Aug 6  
Tarzan - Performed by CCTA's Junior Professional Theatre. Howard Community College, Horowitz Center, Smith Theater, 7 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-381-0700, www.CCTArts.com.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.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.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.org.  
 
 
Adult/Child/Infant CPR - Learn skills to clear an airway obstruction, perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card (not a health care provider course). HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5:30- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.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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Aug 7  
Patio Party at the Maryland Science Center - Bring the family, neighbors, and your friends for adult beverages, family-friendly live bands, activities for the kids, and light fare outside on the Science Center’s waterfront patio. Free to attend; museum exploration is an additional fee. Food and beverages available for purchase. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., 410-685-2370, www.mdsci.org.  
 
 
Bookworm Story Time - Nature stories with fun activities such as animal encounters, puppets, or crafts. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 11- 11:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto). Fireworks and 16th annual Navy Night by Navel Federal Credit Union. Family Camp Out! Sleep on the field & enjoy a family movie too. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Farm Sprouts Preschool Program - Children ages birth to 5 years old are invited to the farm to join in one-hour workshops designed just for them. Each class features a different farm or nature topic each week, experiential investigation and learning, movement, stories, and arts and crafts. Baltimore County Ag Center, Cockeysville, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 5, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
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Aug 8  
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.  
 
 
Wetland Exploration - What is a wetland? Why are they important? Who lives there? Learn about wetlands and then put on some rubber boots and go explore what is living in our wetland. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 9- 10:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
Mud Day - Discover the lost art of mud pie making while getting down and dirty with mud painting, mud sculpture, mud games, muddy obstacle course, and more! Then clean off by running through the sprinklers, or get hosed off by the fire department! Wear clothes that can get wet and dirty. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Celebrate Local Festival - Over 20 local vendors will be on hand with food, exhibits, and activities for the whole family. All proceeds from the event will be put towards TALMAR's horticultural therapy programs to help children and adults with special needs. TALMAR, 1994 Cromwell Bridge Rd, Towson, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.talmar.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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Open Cockpit Day Celebrates WWII Victory - Sit in the pilot seats of the Museum’s outdoor airplanes and imagine being a pilot for a day. Explore WWII transportation and reenactors. At 1pm “Fill Shoes for Victory!” will engage upper elementary through adult visitors in WWII stories. Family budget-friendly admission. Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, Middle River, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 5- 99, Tickets Reqd. 410-682-6122, www.mdairmuseum.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Crabs! - From hermit crabs to blue crabs, these creatures are fascinating. Let’s learn all about our favorite crustaceans through games, activities and crafts! 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: Crabs! - From hermit crabs to blue crabs, these creatures are fascinating. Let’s learn all about our favorite crustaceans through games, activities and crafts! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-360-0292, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Free Family Jam - Dance and Bmore is offering free dance classes for the family. It's a free, 50-minute FazaFam Family Jam dance class the 2nd Saturday of each month. Jam to Salsa, Disco, Hip-Hop, Motown and more. New Waverly United Methodist Church, 2nd floor, 644 East 33rd St (across from the Giant), Baltimore, 2- 2:50 p.m., Ages: 4 and up, 410-871-8322, www.danceandbmore.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto). Fireworks and Summer Reading Night by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union! Glow in the Park Event w/ free Glow Sticks to first 3,000 fans! You'll be a part of a spectacular post-game fireworks glow show! Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 6:35 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
The Heritage Players present Really Rosie - Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. Based on Maurice Sendak’s "The Sign on Rosie’s Door" and Nutshell Library series, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.heritageplayers.com.  
 
 
Tube the Little Gunpowder Falls - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing the Little Gunpowder Falls River. Pack a small lunch and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes are a must! Children must be at least 8 and able to paddle their tube around obstacles in the water. Program meets offsite & 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.  
 
 
Ponds, Puddles & Creek Open House - Take the hayride to Cattail Creek. Wear water shoes as we go in the creek to catch critters! ID of the critter, habitats & life cycles are discussed. Feeding the farm animals is included. Price per child, adult admission free. Sharp Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd., Brookeville, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 4- 12, Reserv Reqd. by 08/07/15 Tickets Reqd. 410-489-2572, www.sharpfarm.com.  
 
 
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Aug 9  
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.  
 
 
Nature Connections: Night Songs - Singing Insects - Summer evenings have a background symphony of trills, chirps, and buzzes. Explore with us the world of singing insects: grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. Find out how and why they make their songs. Make music of our own! Join us for an afternoon of singing insect discovery and activities. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., 410-882-5376, www.marylandnature.org/nature-connections.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore crazy quilts with art activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.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.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto). Pirates and Ninjas Day with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pirates, and more. Dress as your favorite pirate or ninja for a huge day of fun. "Captain Manny" Machado Pirate Bobble Head Collectible Giveaway to 1st 1,000 fans (ages 13 and up). Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 2:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Dora the Explorer Picnic - You can learn a lot through a picnic. Pack a lunch and enjoy a world of colors, shapes, flavors, and nature. Then follow a treasure hunt left by Dora. Free. Holt Park, 34 Elmont Avenue, Baltimore, noon- 1:30 p.m., 410-887-5307,  
 
 
The Heritage Players present Really Rosie - Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. Based on Maurice Sendak’s "The Sign on Rosie’s Door" and Nutshell Library series, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.heritageplayers.com.  
 
 
Tube the Little Gunpowder Falls - Celebrate the hot summer day tubing the Little Gunpowder Falls River. Pack a small lunch and plenty of water. Closed toe shoes are a must! Children must be at least 8 and able to paddle their tube around obstacles in the water. Program meets offsite & 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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Aug 10  
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco). Mutt Monday -- bring your dog to the ballpark (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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Aug 11  
Free Family Movie - Into The Woods - No tickets required. Seating on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6:30pm. Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, 7 p.m., 410-848-7272, www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco). Dollar Dog Night. Enjoy Esskay hot dogs for $1 each! Dollar hot dogs available when the main stadium gates open until the end of the 4th inning. Limit 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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Aug 12  
Perseids Meteor Shower - Dr. Alex Storrs, astrophysicist at Towson University, will have his high power viewing telescope to look at planets and moon and will explain the meteor shower phenomenon. Bring reclining lawn chair or blanket, water, snack, possibly insect deterrent.. Dress for evening temperatures. Howard County Conservancy, Woodstock, 10 p.m.- 1 a.m., www.hcconservancy.org.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco). W.O.W.-- Wear Orange Wednesday! Wear your Baysox or Orioles gear to get $5 off box seat tickets! (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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Aug 13  
Pioneer Camp - For those young scientists age 8-10, the National Electronics Museum is once again offering Pioneer Camp. Campers will become hands-on scientist as they discover the fun and power of magnetism! National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-765-2345, conta.cc/1F2arqa.  
 
 
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco). American Muscle Night and Muscle Car Show! Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.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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Aug 14  
Pioneer Camp - For those young scientists age 8-10, the National Electronics Museum is once again offering Pioneer Camp. Campers will become hands-on scientist as they discover the fun and power of magnetism! National Electronics Museum, Linthicum, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-765-2345, conta.cc/1F2arqa.  
 
 
Y of Central Maryland Hosts Family Luau - Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt and play limbo games, dance, make crafts, eat grilled banana sundaes and other tasty refreshments, and more! Activities vary by location, so please contact your local Family Center Y for specific details. Family Center Y's 5:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.ymaryland.org.  
 
 
Patio Party at the Maryland Science Center - Bring the family, neighbors, and your friends for adult beverages, family-friendly live bands, activities for the kids, and light fare outside on the Science Center’s waterfront patio. Free to attend; museum exploration is an additional fee. Food and beverages available for purchase. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., 410-685-2370, www.mdsci.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. 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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Aug 15  
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.  
 
 
Bioblitz - Join scientists from around the Chesapeake Bay 24 fascinating hours of searching the forest, water, meadows and air for different plants and animals. Join in for one session or more. Check the website or call for more information. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, Saturday at noon- Sunday at noon, 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Enchanted Forest 60th Birthday Party - We will have a ribbon-cutting for the opening of the Enchanted Forest Castle, recently moved from the Route 40 location. There will also be special family activities all day. Storytimes, costumed characters, special presentations. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.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.  
 
 
The Amazing Baby & Child Expo - Great for babies, children, tweens, teens, and the entire family. Enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere. From expecting parents, new and experienced moms and dads, child care providers, to grandparents, there's something for everyone. Sykesville Fire Dept, Rt 32, Sykesville, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: pregnancy- 9 years, 410-549-5707, www.amazing.caringcommunities.org.  
 
 
New and Improved Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
30 Minutes Free With DAB - 30 Minutes Free With DAB is a free, 30-minute Modern-Jazz warm up with company members of Dance & Bmore every 3rd Saturday of the month. New Waverly United Methodist Church, 644 East 33rd street, Baltimore, 2- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 16 and up, 410-871-8322, www.danceandbmore.com.  
 
 
American Girl Kite Adventure - Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal to listen to stories and make a miniature kite. Free. Holt Park, 34 Elmont Avenue, Baltimore, 9- 10:30 a.m., 410-887-5307,  
 
 
Patapsco Flea Markets 2nd Annual Family Fun Day - Back to school event with FREE back packs, food, cotton candy, popcorn, free face painters, clowns, prizes, D.J., free bouncy house, and more! Come enjoy a fun-filled day with your family and then browse thru the flea market for vintage goods. Patapsco Flea Market, 1400 Patapsco Ave., Baltimore, noon- 3 p.m., Ages: 4- 13, 410-354-1338, www.patapscofleamarket.com.  
 
 
The Heritage Players present Really Rosie - Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. Based on Maurice Sendak’s "The Sign on Rosie’s Door" and Nutshell Library series, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.heritageplayers.com.  
 
 
Canoeing on the Gunpowder River - Enjoy a paddle on the mid to lower Gunpowder Falls. Experienced paddlers prefered. Portage is possible due to obstacles. Bring a bottle of water, lunch, a hat, and wear closed toe shoes. Paddlers must be at least 10 and accompanied by an adult. Program meets offsite. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, w/ adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
End of Summer Camp Out - School is starting soon! Camp out at Oregon Ridge before the hustle and bustle of fall catches up with you. Bring your own tent and camping gear. Night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast will be provided. 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.  
 
 
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Aug 16  
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.  
 
 
Bioblitz - Join scientists from around the Chesapeake Bay 24 fascinating hours of searching the forest, water, meadows and air for different plants and animals. Join in for one session or more. Check the website or call for more information. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon, Saturday at noon- Sunday at noon, 410-612-1688, www.otterpointcreek.org.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore crazy quilts with art activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Enchanted Forest 60th Birthday Party - We will have a ribbon-cutting for the opening of the Enchanted Forest Castle, recently moved from the Route 40 location. There will also be special family activities all day. Storytimes, costumed characters, special presentations. Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 410-730-4049, www.clarklandfarm.com.  
 
 
New and Improved Family Tour & Colonial Lawn Games - Enjoy a family tour of Mount Clare Museum House and learn to play 18th century games on the lawn - all included with paid admission. Mount Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 1 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-837-3262, www.mountclare.org.  
 
 
The Heritage Players present Really Rosie - Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. Based on Maurice Sendak’s "The Sign on Rosie’s Door" and Nutshell Library series, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.heritageplayers.com.  
 
 
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Aug 17  
Weight Loss Through Bariatric Surgery - Learn about weight-loss surgery from Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery. Register at 410-550-0409 or hopkinsmedicine.org/jhbmc/bariatrics. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5:30- 7 p.m., 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
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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Aug 18  
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees). Dollar Dog Night. Enjoy Esskay hot dogs for just $1 each! Dollar hot dogs are available when the main gates open until the end of 4th inning. Limit of 2 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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Aug 19  
Toddler Time with Choo Choo Blue - 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. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, 410-752-2590, www.borail.org.  
 
 
Toddler Time at the B&O - Children listen to a classic railroad story, create a craft, enjoy playtime at Choo Choo Blueville, and take a kiddie train ride through Choo Choo Blueville – all included with paid admission. Begins promptly. Train ride weather permitting. 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 Fairgrounds - 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.  
 
 
Kids Fun Day at Eastpoint Mall - Free children's entertainment every Wednesday, in collaboration with Baltimore County Public Libraries. Entertainment varies weekly. Eastpoint Mall, Burlington Court, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 1- 6, 410-284-0934, www.eastpointmall.com.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees). W.O.W. -- Wear Orange Wednesday! Wear your Baysox or Orioles gear and save $5 off box seat tickets (Buy 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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Aug 20  
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees). Baysox for a Buck Night! Reduced price on all seats. Order by 8/18 at Baysox.com or print voucher (available at Baysox.com on 8/3) to purchase at Box Office. Tickets valid on 8/20 only. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.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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Aug 21  
Cricket Crawl Campfire - Join rangers for a night hike and a sound census of the late summer crickets and katydids. Learn to identify different species of crickets and katydids by their calls, and catch a glimpse of moths and other nocturnal animals. After listening to the evening chorus, we’ll gather at the campfire. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 7:30- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
Waterfront Partnership’s Summer Socials - The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s Summer Social Series offers free entertainment on the Waterfront. Attendees will enjoy live music performed by local bands, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone presented by Playworks Maryland and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain. West Shore Park (In between the Science Center and the Visitors Center), Baltimore, 5- 8 p.m., www.waterfrontpartnership.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars on Mondays and Fridays, starting on June 15 through Aug. 21. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for even young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections. Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). Fireworks and Baysox Date Night! Enjoy a special night out with your date! Order ticket packages by 8/19 at baysoxshop.com including box seat tickets, date night events, and more. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Farm Sprouts Preschool Program - Children ages birth to 5 years old are invited to the farm to join in one-hour workshops designed just for them. Each class features a different farm or nature topic each week, experiential investigation and learning, movement, stories, and arts and crafts. Baltimore County Ag Center, Cockeysville, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 5, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.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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Aug 22  
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.  
 
 
Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Abstraction and Symbolism - Young artists are invited to strengthen their observational drawing skills and build their portfolios while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. One adult chaperone is required for every two participants. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 9- 13, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). Fireworks, Kids Appreciation Night, and Kids Halloween Party! Glow in the Dark Baysox Logo T-Shirt Giveaway (1st 500 kids 3-12) & come dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume for pre-game trick-or-treating and more Halloween fun. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Finding Pure Bliss: Practicing Tantra in Daily Life - Spiritual life shouldn’t be confined to a meditation cushion or a class. Surrounded by to-do lists and temptations, Buddha anticipated our busy modern lives and thus taught Tantra, the method for transforming all our enjoyments and activities into profound spiritual experiences. KMC Maryland, 900 E Northern Parkway, Baltimore, Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 8/19/15 410-243-3837, meditationinmaryland.org/workshops-retreats/retreats.  
 
 
Flutterby Butterfly - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them, and release them -- all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
Essentials in Babysitting - Learn to manage children, create a safe environment and apply basic emergency techniques. HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
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Aug 23  
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.  
 
 
Nature Connections: Mysterious Bats and Caves - Dusk falls and tiny flying shapes catch our eye: bats swoop through the sky. Bats are fascinating: they sleep upside down by day, eat thousands of mosquitos by night, and use echolocation to find their way. Explore their unique characteristics, habitats, and discover the underground world of caves. Natural History Society of Maryland, 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, 1- 4 p.m., 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org/nature-connections.  
 
 
Free Family Sundays at the BMA - Explore crazy quilts with art activities for the whole family. Baltimore Museum of Art, 2- 5 p.m., 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). Fan Appreciation Day! Baysox Black & Orange Texting Gloves Giveaway (1st 500 fans 13 and up). Meet the Team Day! Baysox Player Autographs and play catch on the field (12:30-1:15 p.m.). Raffle, special prizes, and more. Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 2:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Flutterby Butterfly - Lets talk about butterflies, especially the Monarch! Learn about the different types of butterflies in Maryland and their host plants. See how we raise monarch caterpillars, tag them, and release them -- all in effort to collect data for the Monarch Watch Study. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 24  
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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Aug 25  
Adult/Child/Infant CPR - Learn skills to clear an airway obstruction, perform CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Earn a two-year American Heart Association completion card (not a health care provider course). HCGH Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, 5:30- 9 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-740-7601, www.hcgh.org.  
 
 
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Aug 26  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairgrounds - 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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Aug 27  
Flicks From The Hill - Grab a blanket, picnic under the stars, and watch a great film selection inspired by AVAM's current exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster. Enjoy a twinkling view of the city and an amazing, all-ages, community experience that is free. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, 9 p.m., Ages: all ages, www.avam.org.  
 
 
Bark Till Dark-Bring Your Dog To the Towne Centre - Every Thursday evening this summer, join Baltimore Humane Society at Hunt Valley Towne Centre for Bark Till Dark. The no-kill shelter will be presenting Ask the Trainer every 2nd and 4th Thursday from June through August. Your entire family is invited, including your dog! Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6 p.m.- dark, 410-833-8848, www.bmorehumane.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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Aug 28  
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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Aug 29  
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
September Brings More Family Fun to Towson Town Center - September 12: The Wonderful Wacky World of Wild Willy Woo Woo September 19: Storytime & Sing-a-long with Miss Julie September 26: Mr. Jones and his Amazing Suitcase Circus Towson Town Center, Grand Court, Level 1, 10- 10:45 a.m., www.towsontowncenter.com/events/2014-family-fun-day.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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 10  
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  
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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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  
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 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  
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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 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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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Sep 24  
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 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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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October

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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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Oct 9  
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  
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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 16  
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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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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  
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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
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 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.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
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November

Nov 7  
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,  
 
 
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Nov 15  
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.  
 
 
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Nov 20  
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.  
 
 
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 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  
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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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.  
 
 
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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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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.