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Things to do with kids this weekend: April 16-22

BowieBaysoxRedWhiteBoomFind all kinds of fun things to do and activities for kids and families in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Here are our top picks for the week of April 16 through April 22.

And make sure to look for great date night ideas in our list of events just for grownups.

16 Thursday

Animal Craft Safari
Learn about giraffes and make a craft. Register by April 13. $5, plus $13-18 admission. 11-11:45am. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Baltimore. 410-396-7102,

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17 Friday

Pi(e) Night
Baysox in-season celebration of Pi(e) Day. Team honors student mathematicians and pays homage to pies. $7-15. 6:35pm. Prince George's Stadium, Bowie.

Bay Bridge Boat Show
April 17-19. Demo boat rides, simulated paddle and surfboard rides, children's activities, brokerage boats, equipment and accessory vendors, food and more. $12. Children 12 and under free. Fri. and Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville.

Bethesda Literary Festival
April 17-19. Readings by literary personalities, writing and poetry contests, family and children's activities and more. Free. See website for schedule. Venues throughout downtown Bethesda.

Kids Night at the Clay Bakers
Make a fancy fish bowl. Price includes pizza and a project. Drop-off program. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required. $20. 6-8pm. The Clay Bakers, Annapolis. 410-990-0244,

Campfire at Watkins Nature Center
Nature tales and roasted marshmallows. Ages 2 and up. Registration required. $3-4. 7-8:30pm. Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6702,

Kicks for Chase
Soccer game pits University of Maryland Baltimore County against Villanova. Game raises money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Free, donations accepted. 7pm. Retriever Soccer Park, University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville.

Bugsy Malone, Jr.
April 17-26, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tongue-in-cheek tribute to the roaring 1920s featuring more than 30 kids from Anne Arundel County and beyond. $12-15. Fri. and Sat., 7:30pm; Sat. and Sun., 2pm. Children's Theatre of Annapolis, Annapolis. 410-757-ACT1,

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Be With Me Playseum, Bethesda, MD

  • Indoor children's museum where parents can learn and create with their kids. Activities range from decorating cupcakes in the bakery to making home-made toothpaste in the dentist office.
  • Admission: $7 per person

  • All ages

  • For hours and more information: 301-807-8028 or

Jump!Zone, Columbia, MD

  • Indoor play area with seven large inflatables and a pirate ship treehouse

  • Open play hours available on Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday

  • Sign up for their e-mail club, Club JZ, to instantly receive a two for one pass to an open play session

  • Ages 12 and under

  • For more information: 410-309-5966 or

North Arundel Aquatic Center, Glen Burnie, MD

  • Indoor pool and water park with two water slides, a splash down area, water buckets and a waterfall

  • Ages 2 and up (Must be potty trained – no swim diapers allowed)

  • For hours and information: 410-222-0090 or Department of Parks and Recreation

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  • 1 Cooking classes make a great date night
  • 2 Kids of Summer Photo Contest
  • 3 Vote for Your Family Favorites
  • 4 57 FREE events in April for the family
  • 5 Annapolis Music Together class bridges generations
  • 6 Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals
  • 7 Celebrate Earth Day
  • 8 Finding help and hope after a baby dies

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