65 free events for the family in April


Looking for some free family fun this month? We’ve got you covered. Here are 65 events to keep the kids occupied without costing you a dime. From fairs and festivals to Earth Day activities, there are plenty of events for all ages in the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington, D.C. area.

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Earth Stewardship Days
April 1-30. Month-long series of events designed to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of the Earth. Art exhibits, fair and more. Times vary. Various venues, Chestertown. chestertownriverarts.org/events/earth-stewardship-days

National Poetry Month Contest
April 1-May 1. Write and submit a poem about spring for a chance to win a prize. Some submissions will be displayed in the library. Ages 5-12. Free. 9am-9pm. Broadneck Community Library. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

2 Saturday

Project Clean Stream
Children’s activities, environmental clean-up and more. Registration required. Free. 9am-1pm. Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore. masonvillecove.org

Wildlife Loop Adventure Scavenger Hunt
Using clues and locations, families and groups can drive the North Tract’s Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals. A camera or cell phone that takes pictures recommended. Free. 9am-1pm. All Ages. Registration required. Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract. 301-497-5887, fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html

Patuxent River Cleanup
Volunteer to help remove debris from the Patuxent River. All ages. Free. 9am-noon. Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, Lothian. Jugbay.org

Chesapeake Family Camp Fair
Meet and talk with camp directors one on one. Face painting, balloon fun and more for kids. Give-a-ways including major camp savings for those who preregister. Free. 10am-2pm. Kenhill Community Center. Chessaepakefamily.com/2016-camp-fair

April Maker’s Market
Handmade crafts, treats and more. Free. 9am-1pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival
Competitions, demonstrations, tricks, kite activities and kite flying. Free. 10am-4:30pm. Grounds of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

American Indian Village Discovery Day
Explore the replicated Eastern Woodland American Indian Village. Free. 10am-noon. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro. 301-627-6074, pgparks.com

Library Day at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Story time, learn how to repair damaged books and more. Free museum admission with library card. Noon-3pm. Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore. aacpl.net

3 Sunday

Family Fun: Spring Fling!
April 3-4. Drop-in program. Learn about eggs and animal babies through self-paced interactive games and activities for all ages. Both indoor and outdoor activities. Ages 3 and older. Free. 10am-1pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html

Blacksmith Shop Workday
Visit with Kinder Farm Park’s resident blacksmiths. Free. 1-4pm. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. kinderfarmpark.org

Free Family Sunday: Masterful Matisse
Print portraits inspired by Matisse. Free. 2-5pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. artbma.org

4 Monday

Monday Morning Movies & More
Dancing, stories, movies and fun. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

5 Tuesday

Curiosity Workshop
STEAM workshop designed to engage kids in creative problem solving using experimentation and exploration. 8-12 years old Parents and caregivers encouraged to stay. Free. Register. 6:30-8:00pm. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. calvertlibrary.info.

6 Wednesday

Batter Up!
Celebrate the start of the baseball season with crafts and activities for the whole family. Free. 7pm. Severn Community Library, Severn. 410-222-6280, aacpl.net/location/severn

7 Thursday

Tween Choice Night: Vine and Dine
Vine and YouTube viewing night. Also, eat pizza and create candy sushi. For children in grades 5-7. Registration required. Free. 6:30-8pm. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

9 Saturday

Flea Market Series
New and used items for sale, including household goods, kids’ toys, tools, garden equipment, computers, electronics, party plan vendors and more. Free. 8:30am-2pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. aacountyfair.org.

Bowie Green Expo
Family event features puppet shows, information, green products and more. Free. Noon-4pm. Kenhill Center, Bowie. bowiegreenexpo.org

School of Rock Concert
Students preview what they have learned. Free. Noon-2pm. Union Jack’s Annapolis. Schoolofrock.com

Fireworks Festival
Music, family friendly water-related activities, cultural experiences, live entertainment, food and fireworks. Free. 1-9pm. Southwest Waterfront, 600 Water Street, SW, Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Community Observing Night
Bring your own telescope and binoculars or use the college’s telescopes to view the stars and the moon. Free. 7:30pm. Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold. 410-777-2260, aacc.edu/science/observatory

10 Sunday

Good Deeds Day
International day of service. Find a project with the Jewish Volunteer Connection. Free. Various venues throughout Baltimore. 410-500-5914, jvcbaltimore.org

Nature Connections: Reptiles & Amphibians
Learn about animals like frogs, salamanders and turtles. Also, crafts and activities. Free. 1-4pm. Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore. marylandnature.org/nature-connections

11 Monday

National Library Week Fun
April 11-16. Drop in and make a personalized book mark or do a library scavenger hunt. Free. 9am-5pm. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

Cinema Café
Watch the most recent Star Wars film on the library’s big screen. Free including popcorn. 6-8:30pm. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

14 Thursday

Family Movie Night
Watch “Shaun the Sheep,” rated PG. Free. 6:30-7pm. Linthicum Community Library, Linthicum Heights. 410-222-6265, aacpl.net/location/linthicum

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