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

Aug 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.  
 
 
Youth Bird Watching with Audubon in Patterson Park - Young scientists -- collect data on Baltimore's bird species and earn service hours. No experience necessary. Email us in advance if you need to borrow binoculars. Meet at the fountain in the Northwest corner of Patterson Park, 8- 10 a.m., Ages: grade 6- grade 12, Reserv Reqd. by 08/05/15 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.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.  
 
 
Tortoise & the Hare Day - Does slow and steady really win the race? Find out at our annual Tortoise and the Hare Day! Watch a performance from WildLife Adventures, make your own rabbit ears and more! Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.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.  
 
 
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 08/08/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Lecture: Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator - Dr. David Ward explores Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Learn about the surprising repercussions on Chaplin’s personal life, following his choice to parody Adolf Hitler on the silver screen. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 3 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
The Great Dictator - In connection with the museum's latest exhibit, Cinema Judaica, the Jewish Museum of Maryland presents JMM Features, a series of free movie screenings. First up The Great Dictator, a Charlie Chaplin classic. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 8 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.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.  
 
 
Symbiosis:Dynamic Duos - Discover fascinating ways plants and animals work together in order to survive through interactive games and activities. You can even find some of these dynamic duos in your own backyard! Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 8- 10, Reserv Reqd. by 08/10/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Fireflies and Night Skies - Discover nighttime phenomena that’s lighting up, flitting about and sounding off on the refuge! Learn about nighttime critters and observe some wild summer constellations at this evening talk on the lawn of the Visitor Center. Bring a folding chair. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 8:15- 9:45 p.m., Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 08/10/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Nature Tots: Slithering Snakes - Hssss! What’s that noise in the grass? That ripple in the water? Introduce your preschooler to one of nature’s most mysterious predators during this hour-long program. Two times available. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Ages: 3- 4, Reserv Reqd. by 08/11/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Audition for Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music - For children who love to sing! Audition for the 2015-2016 season of this comprehensive music education and choral performance program.Committed to choral excellence using play-based learning, Children’s Chorus of Maryland has taught children as young as 5 ½ to read, write and sing music since 1976. 320 East Towsontown Blvd., Terrace Level, Towson, 9- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. by 8/11/15 410-494-1480, www.ccmsings.org.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
Celebration of Orchards - Past and Present - A lovely evening of orchard talks and a cider pressing demonstration! After a series of three talks, go out to Benjamin Banneker's orchard and see a demonstration of how to press apples to make fresh apple cider. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Oella, 6- 7:30 p.m., Ages: 1- 99, Reserv Reqd. by 8/13/15 410-887-1081, www.facebook.com/BenjaminBannekerPark/events.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Guided Bird Watching Walks in Patterson Park - Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park. Stroll and search for early fall migrants with Audubon. All ages and abilities welcome. We have binoculars to lend -- please request them in advance via email, ppaudubon@gmail.com. Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Special Artist Demonstration at Hollingsworth Art Gallery - August’s Hollingsworth Art Gallery Artist, Vernon Sears, will be demonstrating the use of oil pastels as a medium for wildlife artwork. All ages are welcome to stop by to see him work! Great for beginning wildlife artists. No registration necessary. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 1- 3 p.m., Ages: all ages, 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 08/14/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day - Explore and enjoy being in nature through children’s crafts, family adventure scavenger hunts, live animals, fishing, archery, firearm and dog retrieving demonstrations. No registration necessary. Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Laurel, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ages: all ages, 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Moonlight Madness at Terrapin Adventures - See how many ways you can traverse the High Ropes Challenge Course, scream with delight as you glide on the 330-foot Zip Line, and experience 2Gs of force -- along with a great nighttime view of the forest -- on the Giant Swing during Terrapin Adventures' Moonlight Madness. Savage Mills, Savage, 6:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 8- 100, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 301-725-1313, www.terrapinadventures.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Backyard Science Days - Featuring animal encounters and hands-on activities. Race vegetables, make a beetle habitat, and much more. Step into the mysterious world of bats, as Rob Mies’ famed Bat Encounters show returns. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, noon- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, www.mdsci.org.  
 
 
Audition for Children's Chorus of Maryland & School of Music - For children who love to sing! Audition for the 2015-2016 season of this comprehensive music education and choral performance program.Committed to choral excellence using play-based learning, Children’s Chorus of Maryland has taught children as young as 5 ½ to read, write and sing music since 1976. 320 East Towsontown Blvd., Terrace Level, Towson, 9- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. by 8/11/15 410-494-1480, www.ccmsings.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
American Tail - Second in the free JMM Features movie series is "An American Tail". This cartoon classic follows the story of a young Russian mouse emigrating to the United States. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 5:30 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Backyard Science Days - Featuring animal encounters and hands-on activities. Race vegetables, make a beetle habitat, and much more. Step into the mysterious world of bats, as Rob Mies’ famed Bat Encounters show returns. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, noon- 4 p.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 410-685-2370, www.mdsci.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.  
 
 
Little Royal Highness Tea Party - The Harford County Public Library Foundation cordially invites young lords and ladies to a Little Royal Highness Tea Party. Come dressed as your favorite prince or princess and enjoy tea and treats with children’s author E.D. Baker. Bel Air Library, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ages: Birth- Senior, Reserv Reqd. by 08-19-15 Tickets Reqd. 410-273-5600, www.HCPLonline.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.  
 
 
Based on Books: Skunks! - Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets, props, and activities. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:45 a.m., Ages: 4- 5, Reserv Reqd. by 08/24/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
Amazing Adaptations - Reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, insects and mammals, oh my! Learn what makes these animals different and how adaptations help them survive in this fun hands-on interpretive program. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10- 11 a.m., Ages: 5- 7, Reserv Reqd. by 08/20/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
DIY Workshop Series: Circuit Board Etching - In this workshop, participants will learn how to etch their own circuit board. A basic understanding of electronics and soldering is recommended for this workshop. Cost per project. All supplies and museum admission are included. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-545-5980, www.mdsci.org/event/diy-workshop-series-circuit-board.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
The Depiction of Jews in Hollywood Film - Greg Metcalf presents an overview of the changing image of Jews in American film, from the immigrant outsider through periods of assimilation, anti-Semitism and self-questioning. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 3 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Gentleman’s Agreement - Third in the free JMM Features movie series is "Gentleman’s Agreement". Starring Gregory Peck, a reporter pretends to be Jewish for a story but learns more than he expects of bigotry and hatred. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 8 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.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.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris with Audubon in Patterson Park - Busy Bees! An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers. Advance registration required as programs fill quickly. Choose one of 2 time slots: 9-10 a.m or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Suggested donation per child. Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, 9- 10 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 8/26/15 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Specialty Kid's Tram - Join a refuge volunteer for a special kid’s themed wildlife tram tour! Visit the various habitats of the refuge. Look, listen and learn about the plants and animals that live there. Registration is required. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10:30- 11:10 a.m., Ages: 3- 9, Reserv Reqd. by 08/27/15 301-497-5887, www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Guided Bird Watching Walks in Patterson Park - Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park. Stroll and search for early fall migrants with Audubon. All ages and abilities welcome. We have binoculars to lend -- please request them in advance via email, ppaudubon@gmail.com. Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Nature Drop-In at Acorn Hill - Each Saturday, enjoy nature crafts, live animals, water fun, bamboo teepees, or other fun activities in the play area. Robert E. Lee Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, 9:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 5 and up, w/ adult, 410-887-4156, www.roberteleepark.org.  
 
 
15th Annual Children's Consignment Sale - Consignment Sale! Gently used clothes (infant through juniors), toys, baby gear, books, movies, and more! Get back-to-school ready and help support local community! Want to Consign? ** New Automated Tagging System for consignors ** Visit http://rumcconsign.vpweb.com. Reisterstown UMC, 246 Main Street, Reisterstown, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m., www.rumcconsign.vpweb.com.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Hiding In Plain Sight! - Spots, stripes, countershading and more! Meet the animals of Masonville Cove and learn about the many ways that they use camouflage to hide themselves! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Hiding In Plain Sight! - Spots, stripes, countershading and more! Meet the animals of Masonville Cove and learn about the many ways that they use camouflage to hide themselves! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
The Miners Lost Treasure Hunt - Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about iron mining that once occurred at the Oregon Ridge Park. Then, get a special tour of the Peter Goff Museum, the replica tenant house. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, 1- 3 p.m. Ages: 5 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-1815, www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org.  
 
 
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Aug 30  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
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  
Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience - Dr. Steinberg explores how advertising aimed at a Jewish audience, between 1939-1971, both packaged and sold the American dream, while reinforcing a unique sense of Jewish pride and purpose. The Jewish Museum of Maryland at the Herbert Bearman Campus, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 3 p.m., 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
Bowie Baysox Game - Bowie Baysox vs Altoona Curve (Pittsburg). Mutt Monday -- bring your dog to the ballpark (all dogs must be leashed at all times and have proper tags). Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, 7:05 p.m., Ages: 1- 100, Tickets Reqd. 301-805-6000, www.baysox.com.  
 
 
Play Date Mondays - Join us for Play Date Mondays in July and August without the crowds of camp groups! Port Discovery does not book external camp groups on Play Date Mondays. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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September

Sep 1  
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.  
 
 
Tea with Madeline - Parents are invited to bring their young children for tea at the Corner Pantry, followed by a walk to The Ivy Bookshop for story time, featuring one of the Madeline books. The Corner Pantry, 6080 Falls Rd., Baltimore, 2:30- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 08/31/15 410-377-2966, www.theivybookshop.com.  
 
 
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Sep 5  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Habitat Garden Volunteers! - Green fun for all ages! Explore and beautify Audubon's habitat gardens, which provide food and homes for wildlife and learning spaces for students. Tools, gloves, water, snacks provided. Service hours awarded. Pollinator garden on west side of Boat Lake or wetland garden, Patterson Park, 9- 10:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival - Movies will be screened under the stars every Friday and Saturday from Aug. 22 through Sept. 12. Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia, 8:30 p.m., www.columbiaassociation.org.  
 
 
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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 9  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Sep 10  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 5:45- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 6 ad up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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Sep 11  
Tiny Tots Safaris with Audubon in Patterson Park - Flying Things! An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers. Advance registration required, as programs fill quickly. Suggested donation per child. Meet on the Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 09/09/15 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
St. Mary's Rummage Sale - Many treasures to choose from, furniture, small appliances, clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, kitchen items, glassware, garden tools, etc. 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 443-655-7790, www.stmarysharford.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Walking Tour of Bird-Friendly Gardens! - Visit Patterson Park's flowering habitats, Library Square's vacant lot now a garden framed by a vibrant mural, colorful home container gardens, and schoolyard habitats, including the famous Habitat Canoe! Registration is limited, so register early. Suggested donation per person. Location given at registration, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, Reserv Reqd. by 09/10/15 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
St. Mary's Rummage Sale - Many treasures to choose from, furniture, small appliances, clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, kitchen items, glassware, garden tools, etc. 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., 443-655-7790, www.stmarysharford.org.  
 
 
Gardening Your Fall - Dwayne Hess, Director of Clay Pots and lifelong gardener will lead a hands-on workshop on gardening in the fall. The workshop includes a raw food sampling from his garden. Bring your questions and prepare for a bountiful harvest! RSVP to claypotsad@gmail.com. 1635 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 12:30- 2 p.m., Ages: 10 and up, Reserv Reqd. by September 4 Tickets Reqd. 410-233-1133, www.claypotsbaltimore.com.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
Children’s Day: Feathered Friends! - The entire family will enjoy this fun-filled day of learning and excitement featuring hands-on learning stations in the gardens and Butterfly House, educational presentations, crafts, sing-a-longs, magic shows, performances, as well as self-guided tours of the Gardens and Nature Walk. Ladew Gardens, Monkton, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.LadewGardens.com.  
 
 
Expanding Your Horizons: STEM Career Discovery Day for Girls - EYH workshops showcase positive female role models in STEM careers, combined with fun, hands-on activities for middle school girls (grades 6-8). Each girl will participate in three hands-on STEM workshops at the event. Lunch, snack, and t-shirt are included. Stevenson University, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, 9 a.m.,- 3 p.m., Ages: 11- 14, Reserv Reqd. by 09/07/15 Tickets Reqd. 443-334-2134, www.stevenson.edu/EYH.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
Walk to End Lupus Now! - Join the fight against lupus at the Baltimore Walk to End Lupus event this September! Children ages 12 and under are admitted at no charge. Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy Baltimore, 9- 11 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 202-787-5390, www.marylandlupuswalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ie.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Sep 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.  
 
 
Drew Daywalt: The Day the Crayons Came Home - Drew Daywalt, the insanely clever and entertaining creator behind The Day the Crayons Quit, will be visiting The Ivy Bookshop to prove that #EveryCrayonCounts! The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Rd., Baltimore, 4- 5 p.m., Reserv Reqd. by 09/14/15 410-377-2966, www.theivybookshop.com.  
 
 
Target $ Family Fun Night - Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door. No other discounts or coupons accepted. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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Sep 19  
Family Canoe Trips - Get acquainted with the natural surroundings of Deer Creek on a guided canoe trip with a naturalist. Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through September. Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville, 8:15- 11 a.m., Ages: 6 and up, Reserv Reqd. 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.  
 
 
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.  
 
 
White Napkin - Clay Pots' fun and yummy annual fundraiser that features a culinary exploration in appetizers and desserts is just around the corner! Buy your tickets today and support the students, programs, and mission of Clay Pots in the tastiest way imaginable. 1635 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, 6- 10 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-233-1133, www.claypotsbaltimore.com.  
 
 
Sky-Scanning - View near and deep sky targets through the Watson telescope at the new Howard Astronomical League (HAL) Observatory to celebrate “International Observe the Moon Night” with members of HAL and staff from the Robinson Nature Center. Alpha Ridge Park Observatory, 11699 Old Frederick Rd, Marriottsville, 7- 9 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. by 09/19/2015 at 5:00 PM Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Sneakers On The Ground - A 5K run/2K walk to fight youth homelessness. Refreshments will be served during and after the event, while participants enjoy family-centered entertainment, and vendor surprises. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, 8:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.lovingarmsinc.com.  
 
 
Kids Nearly New Fall Sale - 140 booths filled with families selling their kids stuff. Brand name clothing, shoes, coats, costumes, 1000s of books, toys, everything kids! 16 entrances. Free admission, great breakfast and lunch food. Fast, quick, easy shopping for Mom and Dad. Howard County Fairgrounds, Exhibition Bldg., West Friendship, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., Ages: infant- teen, www.KidsNearlyNewSale.com.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
Robinson Anniversary Open House - Enjoy live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts and shows in our planetarium. Enjoy music, activities with our partners, food vendors and outdoor picnic area. Explore the exhibits and play in the Discovery Room. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, noon- 5 p.m., 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncopenhouse.htm.  
 
 
Leave Your Mark: Art Tile Project - Your child creates original art work for a tile that will be permanently installed inside the Robinson Nature Center’s main building. Proceeds from this program support Friends of the Nature Center projects. Please preregister. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 12:30- 2 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
FARE Walk for Food Allergy – Baltimore - The FARE Walk for Food Allergy offers fun activities for the entire family while helping to advance food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives. Register and give today as an individual, or start a team and invite your friends, family and co-workers to fundraise. Druid Hill Park, Columbus Pavilion, Baltimore, 10:30 a.m., Ages: 0- 99, Reserv Reqd. 703-563-3084, www.foodallergywalk.org/baltimore2015.  
 
 
Family Farm Day - Family Farm Day is a celebration of all things agriculture. Listen to live bluegrass; browse the alee featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, meats, and cheeses; get up close with a variety of farm animals, tour the farm and spend time in the kid zone. Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Cockeysville, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org/content/17608.  
 
 
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Sep 23  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
School's Out Nature Day Camp - While school is out, join us for an incredibly fun day at Robinson Nature Center. Enjoy live animal presentations, movies in our planetarium, crafts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts. Add optional after-care for an extended day of fun. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Land, Columbia, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncdaycamps.htm.  
 
 
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Sep 24  
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.  
 
 
Fall Harvest Festival - This event will feature activities such as craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and pressing, apple butter making, and hay rides. Stepping Stone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 443-655-7790, www.steppingstonemuseum.org.  
 
 
Guided Bird Watching Walks in Patterson Park - Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park! Stroll and enjoy Migration Madness with Audubon. All ages and abilities welcome. We have binoculars to lend--please request them in advance via email--ppaudubon@gmail.com Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park, Baltimore, 8- 9:30 a.m., Ages: all ages, 410-558-BIRD, www.pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Tiny Tots Safaris with Audubon in Patterson Park - Flying Things! An hour of fun and education with our youngest nature lovers. Advance registration required, as programs fill quickly. Suggested donation per child. Meet on the Northeast side of the Patterson Park Boat Lake, Baltimore, 10:30- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, w/adult, Reserv Reqd. by 09/09/15 410-558-BIRD, pattersonpark.audubon.org.  
 
 
Dogfest! - Dogfest featuring Paws on Parade, Baltimore Humane Society’s dog day extravaganza for pets, pet owners, and pet lover. Benefits the no-kill shelter. Games, dog swimming, contests! Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: infant- adult, 410-833-8848, dogfest.org.  
 
 
7th Annual 5K Race to Embrace Independence - Runners and walkers of all ages will lace up their sneakers critical funds for Marian House, an independent non-profit that works to provide housing and support services to women recovering from homelessness, addiction, mental illness, incarceration and/or trauma. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Montebello, Baltimore, 9 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-467-4246, www.marianhouse.org/5k.  
 
 
11th Annual Museum Day Live - On this day, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. See website for participating locations, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. www.smithsonian.com/museumdaylive.  
 
 
Columbia BikeAbout - The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia’s history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system. To accommodate families with young children, a 1.5-mile ride is available around Lake Kittamaqundi on the recently completed pathway loop. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Reserv Reqd. www.BikeAbout.Eventbrite.com.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Deer! - Explore the amazing world of our favorite cleft hoofed friends. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Deer! - Explore the amazing world of our favorite cleft hoofed friends. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
6th Annual Great Pumpkin Race and Fun Run - Summers Farm presents the 6th Annual Great Pumpkin Race to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Walk, jog, or run in either the 5k race or the 1 mile Family Fun Run. Unlike other races, in the Great Pumpkin Race, participants will traverse a cross-country course through fields. Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 9- 10 a.m., Ages: 2- 92, Reserv Reqd. by 09/27/15 301-620-9316, www.summersfarm.com/special-events/great-pumpkin-fun-run.  
 
 
5th Annual Run Wild for Autism - Featuring 5K run through the Maryland Zoo and Druid Hill Park, family fun run/walk through the Maryland Zoo, professionally managed race by Charm City Run, post-race awards ceremony, family activities, Zoo Animal Ambassadors, give-away items, and post-race snacks. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, 7- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 443-330-5370, www.pathfindersforautism.org/news/view/430.  
 
 
Fall Harvest Festival - This event will feature activities such as craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and pressing, apple butter making, and hay rides. Stepping Stone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., 443-655-7790, www.steppingstonemuseum.org.  
 
 
Plein Air Quick Draw - A timed painting event for all artists! Explore the farm and paint what moves you. When the farm bells rings pieces are judged, awards presented, and the sale of the pieces commence. Rain date is 10/18/15. Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd. Cockeysville, 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-887-8973, www.marylandagriculture.org.  
 
 
Magical Monarch Butterfly Tea Party - Your little one “flies” through the nature center and creates his/her own, decorative butterfly-puddling stone to take home. Then, savor together an impeccably catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea Tea Room. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 3 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Sep 30  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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October

Oct 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.  
 
 
Scope Ot the Night Sky - Enjoy a planetarium program, build your very own Galileoscope (a functional telescope for night sky viewing), hold a meteorite and take a “tour” of the sky outside with professional and amateur guides. Each family takes home one Galileoscope. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 6:30- 9:30 p.m., Ages: 8 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Oct 7  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 9  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display handmade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Bilingual Storytime at Marley Station Mall - AACPL literacy specialists will offer a special Bilingual Family Storytime. Families and caregivers with young children will enjoy a variety of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early literacy skills in English and Spanish. Marley Station Mall's Center Court, 7900 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, 11 a.m., www.marleystation.com.  
 
 
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Oct 10  
Maryland Pumpkin Festival - The weekend features a 12-acre themed cornfield maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, jumping pillows, homemade apple cider donuts, as well as pumpkin hunts, egg hunts, a pumpkin Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 2- 92, Tickets Reqd. 301-620-9316, www.marylandpumpkinfestival.com.  
 
 
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display handmade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Lil' Acorns Fall Romp - Hold your lil’ acorn’s hand through an unforgettable morning. Share with your youngster the fascinating changes occurring during the fall through a parent/child interactive program that includes song, sensory activities, a puppet show and short hike. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 10- 11:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 3, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Oysters! - Investigate the fantastic world of these fantastic filter feeders! Find out how these amazing creatures help to clean the bay! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Oysters! - Let’s investigate the fantastic world of these fantastic filter feeders! Find out how these amazing creatures help to clean the bay! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
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Oct 11  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Miniature Train Rides - Rides for the family. Child must be able to sit up—cannot be carried. Realistic 1/8 scale model trains run on a 3/5 mile double track in Baltimore City's Leakin Park off Windsor Mill Road. Free, though 501(C)3 donations are accepted. Second Sundays through November. GPS: 1950 Eagle Dr, 21207 Leakin Park, Windsor Mill Rd, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 410-448-0730, calslivesteam.org.  
 
 
Maryland Pumpkin Festival - The weekend features a 12-acre themed cornfield maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, jumping pillows, homemade apple cider donuts, as well as pumpkin hunts, egg hunts, a pumpkin Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Ages: 2- 92, Tickets Reqd. 301-620-9316, www.marylandpumpkinfestival.com.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display handmade crafts. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
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Oct 14  
Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Dockside Schooner Tours - This October, schooners participating in the 25th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) will fill Baltimore’s docks. Baltimore Marine Centers at Lighthouse Point, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., www.schoonerrace.org.  
 
 
Homeschool Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! - Having goods come all the way from England meant everything would be very costly. Learn how the colonists and native Yaocomaco people used what they had to survive. Discover how the three “R”s played out in colonial times. One accompanying adult per child admitted free. Historic St. Mary’s City, Visitor Center, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4990, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
Animal Mothers - Learn how wild moms care for their babies and meet the only marsupial mom in North America. Make a gift for the mom in your life. Willow Grove Nature Education Center at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, 1- 2:30 p.m., Ages: 4- adult, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-887-2503, cromwellvalleypark.org.  
 
 
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Oct 16  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Maryland Home & Garden Show - Expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors and crafts and gifts are what homeowners will find at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.  
 
 
School's Out Nature Day Camp - While school is out, join us for an incredibly fun day at Robinson Nature Center. Enjoy live animal presentations, movies in our planetarium, crafts, nature hikes and scavenger hunts. Add optional after-care for an extended day of fun. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Land, Columbia, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Ages: 6- 12, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncdaycamps.htm.  
 
 
Target $ Family Fun Night - Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door. No other discounts or coupons accepted. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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Oct 17  
Free Group Guitar Class – Bill’s Music - Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You'll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. Bill's Music, 743 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10- 11 a.m., 410-747-1900, www.billsmusic.com/free-group-lesson.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Maryland Home & Garden Show - Expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors and crafts and gifts are what homeowners will find at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.  
 
 
Be a Superhero! - Be a Superhero! Runners/walkers are needed for Team CASA, the official charity team of the Maryland CASA Association at the Baltimore Running Festival. Team CASA has chosen the theme ‘Be a Superhero’ for abused and neglected children. Price varies by race. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-828-6761, www.marylandcasa.org/2015-baltimore-running-festival.  
 
 
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Oct 18  
Sunday Fun Day - Sundays through October. Children under 1, and adults, are free. Big House of Bounce, 6526 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, noon- 5 p.m., Ages: 0- 12, Tickets Reqd. 410-225-3215, www.bighouseofbounce.biz.  
 
 
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 800-210-9900, www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Maryland Home & Garden Show - Expert antique appraisals, life-changing home technology, hundreds of knowledgeable contractors and crafts and gifts are what homeowners will find at the Maryland Home & Garden Show. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. 410-863-1180, www.mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.  
 
 
Beyond Words: Creating a Memorial Garden - A gardening project for families or individuals grieving the loss of a loved one. Plant bulbs that will bloom each spring in memory of your loved one. Decorate a flower pot and plant seeds to take home. Gardening tools and bulbs will be provided. Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 10- 11:30 a.m., Reserv Reqd. 410-466-9200, www.jcsbaltimore.org/emotional-well-being/griefsupport.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
Mendes I. Cohen and the Story of Early American Jewry - The first Jews in the Americas lived in the Caribbean. They were part of a dynamic Sephardic network of trade and culture that bridged Europe to its colonial outposts. We will explore how these early American Jews, liked Mendes Cohen, were a part of the global Jewish community. Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD noon, 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.  
 
 
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Oct 20  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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Oct 21  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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Oct 22  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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Oct 23  
Washington International Horse Show - The Washington International Horse Show is the nation's premier indoor metropolitan equestrian event, featuring leading riders, Olympic veterans and superstar horses. Highlights include a free Kids' Day, Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, President's Cup Grand Prix and the Puissance High Jump Class. Verizon Center, 601 F Street, NW Washington, DC, 7- 10 p.m., Ages: 3- 18, Tickets Reqd. 202-525-3679, www.wihs.org.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
Science Alive for Kids Under Five: Creepy Crawlies! - Halloween is almost here, so explore the world of creepy crawlies! Look at worms and insects and everything in between! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 9:30- 10:30 a.m., Ages: 2- 5, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Bone Soup (for the Whole Family)! - Enjoy story time as you discover and make your own bone soup! Come in costume for some Halloween fun! Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore, 11 a.m.- noon, Ages: 0- 100, Reserv Reqd. 410-246-0669, www.masonvillecove.org.  
 
 
Historic Walking Tours - The Howard County Historical Society Walking Tours have begun. The ¾- mile tours, led by a local historian, are offered June through October on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Mt. Ida, 3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City, 11 a.m., Tickets Reqd. www.hchsmd.org/programs.  
 
 
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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 28  
Baltimore County Farmers Market at Maryland State Fairground - Fresh, local, in-season produce, meats, milk, ice cream, pet treats, and more raised exclusively by Baltimore County Farmers and Producers. Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate, Timonium, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 410-207-2165, www.baltimorecountyfarmersmarket.com.  
 
 
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Oct 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.  
 
 
7th Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K and Trick or Treat Walk - The 5K race, held this year for the first time on Halloween, provides activities before and after for children and adults alike. Highlights include the opportunity for children to meet Frozen’s Elsa, Anna, and Olaf and to trick or treat while also learning about safe driving behaviors. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, 9 a.m., Ages: all ages, Tickets Reqd. 443-412-2449, www.harford.edu.  
 
 
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November

Nov 1  
Pumpkin Chunkin' - Daily admission or Free with Robinson Annual Pass. Catapults are designed by local students as part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes and clubs. Come cheer students on as we award them for accuracy, precision, teamwork and more. Children must be accompanied by adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., 410-313-0400, www.howardcountymd.gov/rncpumpkinlaunch.htm.  
 
 
Fuel Fund of Maryland 5K Trail Run - This family friendly event includes a 5K Trail Run, a 1-mile Fun Run, children's activities, community booths, local food trucks and more. It benefits the Fuel Fund of Maryland and its energy programs and services. Schooley Mill Park, 9- 11 a.m., 410-235-9080, www.fuelfundmaryland.org/give-assistance/fuel-fund-5k.  
 
 
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Nov 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,  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 8  
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 9  
Free Magic Show - Prepare to be amazed! The Columbia Conjurors, the local chapter of the Society of American Magicians, will hold their annual Tommy Ivey Close-up Magic Show for children of all ages. Free gifts for the children and complimentary refreshments. Please bring canned food for a community food drive. Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, 7:30- 9 p.m., Ages: 5- 100, 410-465-8775, sam141.org/schedule/index.php.  
 
 
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Nov 13  
One Smart Cookie - Robinson Nature Center's nature trivia. Participate in entertaining challenges and special raffles. Delicious “design-your-own” cookie bar included! You are welcome to bring your dinner. Trivia starts at 6:30 p.m. This fall's topic Reptiles & Amphibians. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 6:30- 8:30 p.m., Ages: 7 and up, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 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.  
 
 
Animals! Animals! Animals! - Cost daily admission or annual pass. Play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Programs integrate music, poetry, games and nature exploration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 1:45 p.m., Ages: 3- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Nov 20  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 350 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Day Out With Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road - Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, and his pal Percy as they greet friends during the Day Out With Thomas event at Strasburg Rail Road. Your ticket to Day Out With Thomas includes a train ride with Thomas, and a full day of special railroading activities. Strasburg Rail Road, Strasburg, PA, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 12, Tickets Reqd. 866-725-9666, www.StrasburgRailRoad.com.  
 
 
Target $ Family Fun Night - Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door. No other discounts or coupons accepted. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore, 4- 8 p.m., Ages: 0- 10, Tickets Reqd. www.portdiscovery.org.  
 
 
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Nov 21  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 350 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
Holiday Craft Fair - 40 vendor tables. Free admission. Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd, Columbia, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Ages: 0- 100, 410-730-4744, www.historic-oakland.com.  
 
 
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Nov 22  
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg - More than 350 of the nation’s finest artisans will display homemade crafts. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tickets Reqd. www.sugarloafcrafts.com.  
 
 
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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.  
 
 
Discovery Days - Cost is daily admission or annual pass. Each Discovery Days program lets you learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 11:30 a.m.- noon, Ages: 3- 10, 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Dec 12  
Breakfast with Santa. - Enjoy a light breakfast and a reading of Clement C. Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas. Have a keepsake holiday photo made with jolly old St. Nicholas. $18 per person ($15 Friends members). Seatings at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM The Inn at Brome Howard, 18281 Rosecroft Road, St. Mary’s City, 9- 11 a.m., Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 240-895-4972, www.hsmcdigshistory.org.  
 
 
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Dec 13  
Deer Santa - Come discover our special “Reindeer trail." Hike through the woods as we test our skills against those of our four-legged friends in this family-friendly adventure. Then come back inside to warm up with a snack, make a seasonal craft and get a photo with Santa! Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 2- 4 p.m., Ages: 2- 6, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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Dec 20  
Hunt for the Holiday Opossum - Come trace the tracks of the holiday opossum through the Nature Center trails and building to find the ornaments that she’s misplaced. Encounter special animal friends along the way. A unique holiday surprise awaits you at the end of your quest. Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, 1- 2 p.m., Ages: 5- 10, Reserv Reqd. Tickets Reqd. 410-313-0400,  
 
 
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September

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

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

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

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