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April 2021 Calendar of Fun!

Spring has sprung! Time to enjoy the sunshine with plenty of outdoor activities for your family, plus fun activities in-person and virtually from around Maryland. There are even some adult-only events if you are looking for a date-night or friends-night-out!

April Calendar of Events

Monthlong

Shrek the Musical
March 23–June 13. Let your freak flag fly with everyone’s favorite Ogre! In a far away kingdom an unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. $50–$65. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia. 

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Through April 11. This year the festival will be presented in an innovative format that honors the tradition of the Festival, while prioritizing the health and safety of participants amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Various venues, Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Yoga for Children, Teens and Adults with Autism
Saturdays. Enjoy weekly free Yoga from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Classes are led by instructors from the Yoga Center of Columbia. Participants and parents/guardians to pre-register with HCAS. This is a one-time registration.

Spy Academy & The Lost Treasure of Atlantis
Through May 23. Calling all spy cadets: Imagination Stage has a madcap team of expert spies who need your help to save the day and find the lost treasure of Atlantis! Full of surprises, fun, and memorable characters, each performance of Spy Academy takes a small number of families through a series of puzzles, codes, and challenges on a quest to recover the stolen Heart of the Dragon. Part online escape room, part interactive game, this creative and immersive theatrical experience is a live virtual event perfect for ages 5–10. $25 per household. 

What Happened This week: News Quiz for Kids
Mondays. Join the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Mondays at 4 p.m. for a video quiz! There will be 5 multiple choice questions about current events, and kids can learn about good news, real news, even fake news, as well as cool online resources for knowledge and activities. Register to receive login details This program will be streamed on the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Facebook page and recordings will be saved for on demand viewing.

Storytime with the Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Join the CCM every Friday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook, where they’ll introduce a new children’s book each week, occasionally incorporating songs or crafts to do at home. 

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FREE Admission to the Maryland Science Center for Maryland Pre-K12 Students
All Maryland students are currently admitted free of charge on any day the museum is open. Must show proof of residency such as school ID or report card. Students can visit with friends or family, they do not have to be part of a school group. To receive free admission pick a date and sign up on the Maryland Science Center website. 

Sea Squirts  
Thursdays April 1, 8 and 15. This program invites children 18 months–3 years, with an adult, to discover the museum together  through music, stories, and special activities. April theme is O is for otter. There will be story time and a carryout craft, available while supplies last. Sessions are 15–20 minutes. Capacity is limited to 10 people per session. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 

Field Work Fridays
Fridays, 9 a.m.–noon. Every Friday rain or shine, volunteers can join staff naturalists to tackle a stewardship project in need of support. Projects include invasive plant removals, trash clean-ups, gardening, citizen science monitoring, and more. No prior training or experience is necessary. Ages 8 and up. Registration required. 

Half–Price Friday Nights
Enjoy access to the National Aquarium’s award–winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights. The program runs year–round, allowing you to spend Friday evening after 5 p.m. with the sharks, fish, puffins and other amazing creatures that call the Aquarium home. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site. National Aquarium, Baltimore. 

BMA – Free Family Sundays at Home
Get craft ideas and downloadable art projects for free art–making workshops from the Baltimore Museum of Art. Headed to the Museum? Grab a free art–making kit complete with step-by-step guides and art supplies on Sundays 2–5 p.m., and at the BMA’s branch location, BMA Lexington Market, on Fridays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 

Chesapeake Arts Center Girls Who Code Club
Thursdays. Girls Who Code Club is a free extracurricular program for 6th–12th grade girls that teaches students about computer science in a fun and safe environment! Led by instructor Farin Wilson, this new club meets in the CAC Computer Lab on Thursdays, 1/21–6/10/21, 4–5 p.m. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park.

Try It! Classes at CAC
These classes are designed to expose students to all facets of the arts without any commitment! Students ages 7–12 can try dance, ceramics, visual art and more, one week at a time. Classes are 4–5 p.m. Schedule is as follows: Mondays Steam Lab, Tuesdays Visual Arts, Wednesdays Dance, Thursdays Ceramics, and Steam Lab. Each workshop is $10. Students must pre-register and follow all Covid-19 safety protocols. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. 

STEM Workshops at the Maryland Science Center
Workshop Wednesday Programs, now on Fridays! Children will work together during in-person STEM workshops and learn with other students in a hands-on classroom setting with educators. The engaging workshops are for students ages 5-7. Friday Workshops are $19.95 per participant and include admission to the science center’s exhibit halls. 10:30–11:15 a.m. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore.

Flora or Fauna Art Exhibit
April 1May 15. In partnership with the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA), the Calvert Marine Museum is pleased to introduce Flora or Fauna, fine art work depicting the broad range of animal and plant life. This MFA juried art exhibition will display selected works at the Calvert Marine Museum from April 1 through May 15, 2021. The show will be located on the mezzanine level and is included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Thursday, April 1

Spring Break Programming: Chesapeake Blue Crabs
As the waters of the Chesapeake Bay warm up, the native blue crabs emerge from their winter dormancy. Discover fun facts about Chesapeake blue crabs at the museum and take home a blue crab craft kit with moveable claws. Appropriate for ages 5–10. Programming is included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Virtual ZOOmobile LIVE: Big Book of Animal Tales (online)
Join The Maryland Zoo for a live, Virtual ZOOmobile Program! During this 30-minute presentation for ages 2 to 5, Zoo Educators will lead an interactive activity designed for preschool-age children. Children will then have a chance to meet three of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors! Howard County Library. 

Spring Break: All-American Baking Camp
April 1,2, and 5. Join Taste Buds Kitchen for a culinary road trip across America. Kids ages 4–13 can taste their way through our country’s regional flavors as we head on this sweet and savory chef’s adventure. From Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake Muffins in Seattle and BBQ Cauliflower Wings in Kansas City to California Pita Pizzas in Southern Cal and Texas Chili Bites, each day campers will explore the local zest of newvities and crafts, petting farm animals, and story time at these one-hour sessions $20 per child. 4:15 and 5:30 p.m. Dun-Pikin Farm, Pasadena. 

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14th Annual PEEPshow
Through April 5. This year’s PEEPshow will be both virtual and live at a new location, the TownMall of Westminster. This sweet fundraising event features marshmallow masterpieces, including sculptures, dioramas, mosaics and even videos, all crafted from or inspired by PEEPS, everyone’s favorite colorful marshmallow treats. You can view the entries for free and buy votes for your favorites, with all proceeds benefiting the Arts Council! Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. TownMall of Westminster, Westminster. 

Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard
April 1–3, 5, 10–11. Take a hayride down the bunny trail, then try out the rubber duck derby, hunt for eggs, climb the straw pyramid, visit with bunnies and ride pedal tractors. $10 per person, age 2 and under free. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. This is a ticketed event, pre-registration required. Butler’s Orchard, Germantown. 

Bunny Bungalow
Hop into Spring at Annapolis Town Center’s Bunny Bungalow.From March 13–April 3, bring the kids to our Bunny Bungalow for an in-person, contactless photo-op with The Easter Bunny. Choose from a number of photo packages, add-ons, and accessories.

Friday, April 2

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza
Join My Gym Crofton for their annual Easter Egg Party! Each age group  will have an Easter Egg Hunt during a designated time and enjoy games, songs and more! There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, so make sure to bring your camera! Pre-register to reserve a time slot. $25 per child. My Gym, Crofton. 

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Family Friday Planetarium Show: We are Stars
Treat your family to a unique astronomy show with hands-on astronomy activities and a full dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation in the new, upgraded planetarium. $8, ages 5 and up. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. 

Easter Bunny Cupcakes
Children ages 2–8 can whip up a fresh batch of oh-so-delicious Bunny Cupcakes complete with cute pink ears and a bright shiny nose. No culinary adventure is complete without an official egg hunt as the secret ingredients to our recipe. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together. 11 a.m.–noon. Taste Buds Kitchen, Chester. 

Bunny Bonanzoo with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
April 2–4. This annual family tradition features games, crafts, live entertainment, and Mary Sue Candies chocolate eggs! The Easter Bunny will also be available for socially distant photos. It’s a fun (and wild) way to celebrate the spring season. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.  

Egg Hunt at Clark’s Eioak Farm
April 2–11. Head to Clark’s for the petting zoo, the brand new Fairy Forest, and egg hunts throughout the day! $8 per person admission fee to enter the farm,includes the egg hunt and one goodie bag per child. Please bring your own baskets to collect eggs. Timed entry tickets for with availability from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City. 

Spring Break Programming: Chesapeake Watershed
The Chesapeake watershed is enormous – covering an area of more than 64,000 square miles. Identify how human activities impact the watershed as you watch a demonstration on rainfall runoff and learn how we can keep the waters of the bay in a healthy state. Appropriate for ages 5 – 10. Programming is included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Saturday, April 3

Drive-In Movie: Hop
Get ready for Easter at the Annapolis Town Center during our first drive-in movie event of the Spring season. “Hop” (2011) is a kid-friendly, live-action film that follows E.B. on his way to becoming a drummer in a rock’n’roll band. Tickets are $60 per vehicle and includes entry to the drive-in movie lot (adjacent to Gordon Biersch), popcorn for every family, and a special gift for children 10 and under.

The Skin You Live In
Online workshop for parents and other caregivers of children ages 4–10 years about the simple but complex topic of skin color differences. Free for Chesapeake Children’s Museum members. $15 for non-members. 10 a.m.–noon. Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis.

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Easter Egg Hunt
Kids can hunt Easter eggs and play at the arts and crafts tables at Willow Oak Farm. Also enjoy the spring gardens, take some pictures, and quiet time down by the pond! Annuals and flowers will be for sale. Two time periods: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. $10 per child. Pre-register to reserve a time. Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, Severn. 

Paws to Read
Children practice their emerging literacy skills by reading to Pipsqueak the dog and his handler Michelle. Open to ages 6 to 10. 10 a.m.–noon. Call the Odenton Library at 410-222-6277 to register for a 15 minute appointment. 

Anne Arundel County Farmers Market Opens
Welcome back to all your favorite Saturday vendors as we kickoff the 2021 market season. Farmer’s Market, Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis. 

Wildlife Egg Hunt
Enjoy a hike and activities based around the eggs of the local wildlife and where they lay them. Activities could include scavenger hunt and/or egg painting, weather permitting. Preregistration required. Mayo Peninsula Parks, Edgewater. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/yyr9yspl 

Cabernet Candles Night of Indulgence
Enjoy candle-making, wine tasting from local wineries, plus a decadent dessert platter. Take home a custom wine glass. 68 p.m. $40 per person. Advance ticket required. The Honeycomb Center, Elkton.

Fossil Egg Hunt 
Participate in the Calvert Marine Museum’s annual fossil egg hunt! Look for eggs with real fossils inside! Hidden in nooks and crannies along the boardwalk and Corbin Nature Pavilion, each colorful egg will have a surprise inside! Participants will be given a container for egg collection and fossil identification guides; no baskets are needed (limit: 4 eggs per child)! A take-home activity kit (ages 5+) allows you to “excavate” fossils from matrix. Appropriate for ages 3–10. To correspond with timed entry, there will be an egg hunt at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Programming is included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Easter Drive-Up
Hop over to the Bowie Town Center for some Easter fun! Candy bags will be given out from the patio area of 15606 Emerald Way in Bowie, MD. The event will feature a special appearance Center.from the Easter Bunny, while respecting the latest COVID-19 safety protocols. 1–2:30 p.m. Bowie Town 

Sunday, April 4

Magnificent Marsh Mammals
What mammals inhabit the lovely marshes at Jug Bay? Find out, and perhaps see some in person on an evening hike through the woods and along the edge of the marsh. Join Chuck Hatcher, Jug Bay’s resident expert on otters, for a 1-to 3-mile walk while you look and listen for signs of activity. Bring a flashlight. All ages. Free with $6 per vehicle park entrance fee. Pre-registration required. 5–7 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. 

Monday, April 5

Star Trek Trivia Night
Push your skills to the final frontier of the Star Trek franchise with trivia and other fun surprises. Play individually, or gather up your fellow Trekkies and play as a team. Registration is required. You will need a computer, smartphone, or tablet to access Kahoot for this program. This trivia is geared towards adults in terms of content/challenge level, but all are welcome! 6:30–8 p.m. Presented by the Edgewater Library. 

Spring Break Programming: Chesapeake Ospreys
One quarter of all ospreys in the United States nest in the Chesapeake Bay region! These “fish hawks” arrive in spring and stay through the summer months. Discover more fun facts about these amazing birds today at the museum. Appropriate for ages 5 – 10. Programming is included with museum admission. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons.

Wednesday, April 7

What’s Up With Archaeology
Discover Benjamin Banneker’s life like an archaeologist! Virtually ook at some artifacts, think scientifically about cultures through objects, and learn a little about the archaeological investigations that located Banneker’s original cabin. Free event for children ages 8–12. 1–2 p.m. Pre-registration is required at BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville.

Glass Fusing Open House
Kids ages 12+ can head to Clay Bakers in Annapolis to learn the basics of glass fusing! Staff will guide you with instruction on the tools and options to help to get started. A $20 deposit holds and confirms your reservation for a place at the glass table. The size of your piece determines the final cost. $20 (deposit in the minimum). Only 6 people per session. The Clay Bakers, Annapolis. 4–6 p.m. or 6–8 p.m.

Thursday, April 8

Annapolis Film Festival
April 8–18. The ten-day Annapolis Film Festival will feature shorts and feature films, as well as panels, discussions with filmmakers and more. Two passes available—a full festival pass ($100), which gives your household access to unlimited films and shorts programs for the duration of the festival. The Shorts pass ($50) gives you unlimited access to all 8 of the festival shorts programs. Individual features and conversations must be purchased separately. 

Virtual Charity Wine Dinner For the SPCA
Eat and drink a delicious four-course dinner for a great cause! 10% of each dinner and 100% of the cash wine raffle will be donated to Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control. $140 for 2 ($85.00 for 1) includes dinner and 3 750-ml bottles of wine. Pick up will be from 4–5 p.m. and the virtual call will begin at 6 p.m. Luna Blu, Annapolis. 

Friday, April 9

Play It Forward 2021 
Celebrate the magic of childhood and support Port Discovery with this virtual fundraiser. $125 fee includes a Party Play Pack with food and activity materials. Party Packs will include delicious culinary favorites and a hands-on activity that taps into your inner creativity! Party Packs will be available for pickup on the day of the event at Poulet in Greenspring Station from noon–5:30 pm. 7:30 p.m. Port Discovery, Baltimore. 

Audrey Cefaly’s Maytag Virgin
Live theatre in the round returns with the Colonial Players as they present Maytag Virgin. In small-town Alabama, there’s nothing worse than being the forty-something town widow—at least that’s how Lizzie feels since her husband died in an accident. Her days of avoiding returning to work, enjoying doing the laundry, and quietly reading on her back porch are interrupted by her new neighbor Jack, also a widow, and his installation of a Maytag dryer on his back porch. A surprise discovery of a cache of love letters lead Jack and Lizzie to connect over grief, regret, and laundry. Will they find love again? Capacity is capped at 30 patrons. Multiple performances will be live streamed. Colonial Players, Annapolis.

LEGO Engineering Challenge (Online)
Calling all LEGO fans! Each week watch a brief video to receive new challenges, then create and engineer designs with LEGO blocks. Pre-registration required. Designed for ages 9 and up. 4 p.m. Hosted by Howard County Public Library. 

Owl Prowl with the Irvine Naturalists
Do you know what goes bump or hoot in the night? Sometimes it’s an owl! Join an Irvine Naturalist on the hunt for owls on Irvine’s trails. Don’t worry, if you don’t find any, you’ll get to meet Irvine’s very own Owl Ambassadors. 7:30–9 p.m. $10 per participant. Children under 3 are free. Pre-registration required. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 

Saturday, April 10

Bees in Banneker’s Orchard
Benjamin Banneker kept honey bees for food and wax, but his fruit trees are also pollinated by native orchard bees. Learn about the differences between these two bees, how to tell them apart, and then build a simple bee house to take home. $3 per person or $10 per family. 2–3 p.m. Registration required: bit.ly/BBHPMspring. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville.

New Moon Hike & Campfire
Enjoy a quiet, guided walk through the woods, then relax by the campfire. No moon tonight, so we’ll put on our owl eyes and bat ears! Adults and children ages 6 and up. $3 per person, $10 per family. Registration required: bit.ly/BBHPMspring. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville.

Outdoor Saturday Puppet Theater: Little Ms. Muffet & the Ant
Delight in nature-themed, outdoor puppet theater presentations! Each show portrays a different nature story. Afterwards, enjoy an interactive activity or craft. Seating is limited to ensure physical distancing between families. Please dress for the weather and bring a blanket to sit on. 10–10:30 a.m. $5 per person. Call 410-313-0400  to reserve your spot, no online registration. 

First Landing Wine & Arts Festival
Experience a full day of fun at St. Clement’s Island Museum with St. Mary’s County wineries on the First Landing Wine Trail, as well as local artisans and crafters, at the first annual First Landing Wine & Arts Festival. Enjoy food from Chief’s, sweets from Intoxi-CAKE-tion, FREE wine tastings of locally-grown wine from Port of Leonardtown Winery, Generations Vineyard and Xella Winery & Vineyard, browsing local crafted items and more on the scenic shores of the Potomac River. Learn the story of the first landing and the beginnings of Maryland in the museum or take a water taxi ride over to the St. Clement’s Island State Park (regular admission applies), where the original “First Landing” took place in 1634 for an entire day of fun! Kids and family activities, as well as lots of history, await. Event admission is FREE; various costs for food, museum admission, water taxi rides or any vendor or wine purchases. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Paint Your Pet Portrait
In this painting class, you will be painting your pets portrait! Please choose a photo that mostly shows their face. All materials will be provided! No experience is needed. The registration fee includes a pre-stencilled canvas, paint, brushes, and 16+ cats to hang out with! Kittens in Cups, Annapolis. 5:45–7 p.m.

Bunnyland at Butler’s Orchard
April 1–3, 5, 10–11. Take a hayride down the bunny trail, then try out the rubber duck derby, hunt for eggs, climb the straw pyramid, visit with bunnies and ride pedal tractors. $10 per person, age 2 and under free. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. This is a ticketed event, pre-registration required. Butler’s Orchard, Germantown. 

Sunday, April 11

Yoga on the Farm
Start your Sunday off with a morning yoga session among the wildflower fields! Annapolis local, YogiAllie, will teach one class a month in a series that will run through November at Wildberry Farm + Market. Social distancing will be observed. Free goodie bag of farm goods from Wildberry Farm + Market to take home after class! 7:30–8:45 a.m. $25. Wildberry Farm, Crownsville. 

Spring Ephemeral Flower Walks
Adults 18 and up search the native plant gardens at the Robinson Nature Center for spring ephemeral wildflowers that are only in bloom for a few weeks out of the year. Discover how to identify these flowers, some of their awesome adaptations and the local pollinators they help. $10 per person. To register, call 410-313-0400. 

Slimy Sneakers
Join Master Naturalist Mike Quinlan for a guided journey to Jug Bay’s best herpetological hot spots to see what we can find! While Nature will decide what you see, possible encounters include turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, and salamanders of any variety. This is an opportunity to encounter species seldom seen at the Sanctuary. We will use the iNaturalist app to record our sightings. Shoes that can get wet and muddy are recommended. Family-friendly, ages 10 and up. Free with $6 vehicle entry fee. 1–4 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. 

Monday, April 12

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library
Bring in a stuffed animal for a sleepover at the library! Drop off will be April 12–14.  Come back April 19 and see what mischief they got into during quarantine and during their stay in the library! Eastport-Annapolis Neck LIbrary, Annapolis. 

Charity Virtual Bingo for Bourbon Prizes
Have fun playing virtual bingo for Bourbon! The bingo caller will award delicious bourbon whiskey & rye prizes for your sipping pleasure. Winners must be 21 or older and local to Howard County for delivery. You will receive an email with instructions for accessing your bingo cards and Zoom link two days before the event. Please be sure to check your email (and spam) to confirm receipt prior to the event. All proceeds will be donated to Respite Retreats.

Tuesday, April 13

Kpop Music Bingo
Join the Discoveries Library Staff for a virtual, music bingo featuring your favorite kpop tunes! This event for teens and adults will be hosted on Zoom and requires registration in order to receive your bingo game card. Only 25 participants will be permitted, so register early! Prizes will be offered to the first 3 winners! 6:30–7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, April 17

Discovery Stage Series featuring Pinot & Augustine (Virtual)
Enjoy free, kid-friendly theater programs right at home during the Discovery Stage Series happening virtually through Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Shows feature live theater performances, plays, puppetry and storytelling, The Discovery Stage Series will take place virtually via Zoom. Preregistration is required for each performance. 11 a.m. Port Discovery, Baltimore. 

Charles Willson Peale Walking Tour
Tour Annapolis’s historic district, where the painter Charles Willson Peale’s world has been preserved. Walk starts at the Old Treasury Building on the grounds of the Capitol. Guests will also receive complimentary admission to the Hammond-Harwood House, where 15 paintings by Peale and other members of his family are on display. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $15 per person, $10 for members. Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis. 

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Spring Wildflower Hike
Join volunteer naturalist Ann Wearmouth on an exploration of the spring ephemeral wildflowers at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. Spring is here and these fragile wildflowers are some of the first plants to bloom, they fill the sunny forest floor before the trees get their leaves. Spring wildflowers won’t last long so join this hike to learn all about them. Family-friendly, ages 10 and up. $5 per person. 10 a.m.–noon. Pre-registration required. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. 

National Park Week
Celebrate National Park Week 2021 from April 17 to 25! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs, events, and digital experiences. There are also special theme days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks.

Sunday, April 18

Naturally Family Time Series: Family Geocaching
Join the Robinson Nature Center on fun outings that teach your family the basics of a new, outdoor hobby you can use to enjoy time together in nature. The center will provide age-appropriate roles for different family members that help make the experience fun for everyone and send you home with a goody bag of items to help your family get started on your own adventures. Ages 4 years and up welcome, $45 per family (up to 5 people). 2–3:30 p.m. To register, call 410-313-0400. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. 

Monday, April 19

Sea Level Rise in Maryland lecture by Dr. Hali Kilbourne
Join Dr. Hali Kilbourne, Research Associate Professor with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science as she discusses her research on understanding the climate of the last 2,000 years to provide context for modern changes and to improve our understanding of climate system processes driving climate variability. The meeting and lecture will be virtually presented via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Free. Hosted by the Calvert Marine Museum. 

Tuesday, April 20

Chesapeake Family Life Camp Fair
Join us online for our annual Camp Fair! This year you can chat personally with representatives from camps in their virtual booths, listen to speakers, and get special deals on camp registrations! ChesapeakeFamily.com/campfair

Wednesday, April 21

Kids Outdoors: Feathered Friends
Discover the world of birds as we learn about their amazing adaptations. Try your hand at building a successful nest and explore the secrets of an egg’s strength. Children ages 8–12. $5 per person, $10 per family. 1–3 p.m. Registration required: bit.ly/BBHPMspring. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville.

Thursday, April 22

Upcycled Wine Bottle Workshop at Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis
In this workshop learn how to create a beautiful upcycled wine bottle succulent arrangement while sipping wine at Grapes Wine Bar in celebration of Earth Day. $42. 6:30–8 p.m. Pre-registration required. Grapes Wine Bar, Annapolis.

Earth Day Kayak Tour
Celebrate Earth Day by spending time out on the Patuxent River! After a brief safety lesson, a naturalist instructor will take you on a guided tour of the Jug Bay portion of the river while discussing the natural history of the area. Ages 12 and up welcome. 2–4 p.m. $25 residents, $33 non-residents. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro.

Wee-Sale & She-Sale Spring Consignment Sale
April 2225. Huge seasonal children’s consignment sale! Over 25,000 square feet of items: toys, clothes (sizes 0-16), baby gear, maternity clothes, books, and more. Opening and closing day everyone must have a FREE shopping pass for entry due to COVID-19. No strollers or children on opening or closing day due to COVID 19. No passes necessary on Friday or Saturday, children welcome Friday or Saturday. 7736 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie (old Home Goods location).

Friday, April 23

Annapolis Book Festival
April 23–25. The Annapolis Book Festival will be held virtually in 2021. This free community event attracts nationally and internationally renowned authors who discuss their books and the craft of writing over the weekend. Featured authors for 2021 include Wes Moore, activist and author of “Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City,” and Heather McGhee, chairperson of the board of Color of Change and author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” Friday, April 23 from 7–9 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m.8 p.m. Designed to promote and celebrate reading among all ages and interests, the event is free and open to all. 

Discoveries Pre-K Art Party
At this outdoor art party it’s okay to get a little messy! Dress for the occasion. Weather permitting. Discoveries asks that everyone over the age of 2 please wear their mask for the event. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Pre-register to reserve a seat. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Discoveries at the Mall, Annapolis. 

Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt
Adults age 21 and up embark on a nighttime egg hunt using flashlights and your wits to search for hundreds of eggs hidden on the grounds of the Robinson Nature Center. Collect as many as you can while competing against other participants for the chance to be crowned the winner. Turn in your eggs for chances to win raffled discounts/tickets to HCRP programs. $25 per person. Pre-register as space is limited. Call 410-313-0400. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. 

LEGO Engineering Challenge (Online)
Calling all LEGO blocks fans! Each week watch a brief video to receive new challenges, then create and engineer designs with LEGO blocks. Register with an email address to receive a link to join the online class. Designed for ages 9 and up. 4 p.m. Hosted by Howard County Public Library.

Project Disco Silent Dance Party
An interactive lighting and projections show developed by MFA students within The University of Maryland Lighting Department. It’s a dance party, but with a twist! Attendees will each be given a pair of wireless headphones that connect to two radio stations – one for each DJ. Each person will have the ability to choose which station they wish to listen to (and flip back and forth). The (socially distanced) crowd will be seen dancing to the beat of different songs! Groups will be separated 6ft apart from one another through the use of flags on the lawn. Masks required for all attendees. $20 per person. Discounts are available for students, military and artists, use code “MC3” at checkout. Alcohol will be available for sale at the event for attendees 21 and older. Cash bar ONLY. The Maryland Cultural & Conference Center, Park Place, Annapolis.

Saturday, April 24

STEAM ON! Technology and Arts Expo
Join us for our annual STEAM expo!  This year we will be observing COVID-safety guidelines as we utilize the expansive outdoor flight line and large museum hall spaces to safely distance our exhibitors and vendors for the comfort of all our guests and participants. 10 a.m. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Lexington Park.

Walk for the Woods
The 16th annual “Walk for the Woods” will take place on April 24 at Bacon Ridge Natural Area in Crownsville (rain date is April 25). Hikers can explore Bacon Ridge Natural Area’s 1,000+ acres, which are graced with upland streams, lily-filled ponds, nesting birds, and spring wildflowers. The event will require advance online registration and timed entry. Experts in wildlife, native plants, birds, and more will be on-site and available to attendees. Plus, self-guided hike options will be offered, complete with trail maps and educational signage posted along the trails. Hikes range from 1 to 4 miles, vary in degree of difficulty, and are on marked trails. 

Severna Park Earth Day Festival 2021
This annual festival that aims to educate and engage the community in a fun and meaningful way for Earth Day has gone virtual. Check the group’s website for interactive activities for children, as well as materials and information for home owners striving to increase their understanding and make improvements in their homes that are eco-friendly. There are fun events and activities listed for every day of April, including home tips, cooking ideas, meteorologist activities, gardening challenges and trivia questions.

Make Your Own Rocks Glass Class with McFadden Art Glass
Join Sagamore Spirit and McFadden Art Glass for a hands-on glass-making event. The crew will walk you through the glassblowing process of making your very own rocks glass, then you can enjoy a guided tasting of various Sagamore Spirit expressions. Glasses take a full day to dry and require pick-up from the distillery as early as the following Wednesday. This class is outside and will be weather permitted. $65 per person, pre-registration required. Noon–2 p.m. Sagamore Spirit, Port Covington. 

Owl Prowl
Do owls really say hoot? Where do they nest? Howard County Park Rangers and Robinson Nature Center educators will teach about the life history and habits of native owl species, tips for observing owls, make a take-home craft, and possibly hear one of these amazing birds!  All ages. $10 per person or $25 for a family, up to five people. To register, call 410-313-0400. 

Earth Day Celebration Tour the Benson Hammond House
Hosted by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society. Step back in time and enjoy the history of the farming community of Anne Arundel County. 11 a.m.–3 pm. Small fee to take the house tour. Benson Hammond House, Linthicum.

Sensory-Friendly Movie Night in the Park
Celebrate National Autism Awareness Month with a movie in the park, from the comfort of your car! Proceeds from this event will benefit M-NCPPC’s You Fit Scholarship for Autism. $25 per car. 7–9:30 p.m. Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro. 

Children’s Workshop: Build Your Own Graces
The game of graces was a popular pastime in the early 19th century designed to teach graceful movement and posture. Participants will leave this program with their own set of graces to play with a friend. $15 for member children or $20 for non-member children. For children ages 6–12. Limited seats available. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Pre-registration required. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 

Survival Skills: Orienteering
Join experienced orienteer and Jug Bay volunteer Dave Linthicum in a fun, hands-on field experience to learn “old fashioned” orienteering skills for finding your way in the forest. In this era of “Hey Siri, Open Maps” and GPS – smart phone navigation and compass apps, park rangers are reporting more lost hikers than ever and serious atrophy in the “old time” skills. Easy-to-use color maps will be provided, as will compasses if you don’t bring one. Limited to 10 participants. Ages 12 and up. Fee: $10/individual. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. 

Sunday, April 25

FamilyCampfire

Campfire Storytime
Gather around the campfire to read stories about Benjamin Banneker aloud, including Tick Tock Banneker’s Clock, Molly Bannaky by Alice McGill, and more. There will be a chance to take home a copy of Adventure Tales of Benjamin Banneker while supply lasts. Children ages 4–10. $5 per child, $10 per family. Registration required: bit.ly/BBHPMspring. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville.

Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Decorating
Create a beautiful egg in the time-honored Ukrainian tradition of Pysanky, or create a symbolic piece of art to invoke a new world vision. This workshop will explore the art in a free form, using symbolism that tells a specific story and holds a deliberate intention. Instructor Coreen Weilminster has been making Pysanky for over 30 years. Participants must bring an empty egg carton to transport their piece home safely. Ages 16 and up. 1–3 p.m. Pre-registration required. $65. ArtFarm, Annapolis. 

Thursday, April 29

Colonial Cocktails: Gin & Tonic and Shrub
From punches to bounces, syllabubs to juleps, colonists imbibed a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. At Colonial Cocktails, you’ll get to make and enjoy two historical drinks and learn about colonial tavern culture. $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Participants must be 21+. Limited seats available. 6:30 p.m. Preregistration required. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 

Friday, April 30

Havana Nights
Take a culinary trip to the island of Cuba to explore authentic Cuban flavors! Learn the art of folding corn husks and whipping up an irresistibly fresh salsa, the secret behind making a perfect choux pastry, and what makes Cuban rice and beans so special. Grab a friend and learn to create delicious Cuban dishes entirely from scratch! Ages 18 and older welcome. BYOB. 6-8 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, Chester. 

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