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Awesome activities for preschoolers in August

Looking for ways to keep your preschooler busy and happy during the month of August? There are plenty of activities on the calendar from story times to puppet shows and festivals to all around fun that will appeal to preschool-aged kids in Maryland. Whether you live in Annapolis or Baltimore or anywhere in between, there is something on our list just for you and your preschooler.

Turtles1 Saturday

Rainbow Puppets: Pirate Party
Dancing, puppets and more. Free. 9:30 and 11am. The National Theatre, Washington, D.C. 202-628-6161, thenationaldc.org

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
An hour of special stories and fun activities designed to help ease the transition for children entering kindergarten this fall. Free. 10am. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

Meet Turbo the Flying Dog and learn what it takes to fly. Also pet adoptions and control line plane demonstrations. All ages. Free. 10am-2pm. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park. 301-864-6029, collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

Creature Feature: All About Reptiles
See and pet lizards, turtles and snakes. For ages 2 and older. $2-3. 10-11am. Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com

Make Your Own Explorer Jar
Take a short hike to look for materials to put in your explorer jar, then decorate it to take home. Registration required. Ages 4-12. $3. 11am-1pm. Patapsco Valley State Park, Catonsville. 410-461-5005, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/patapsco.aspx

Italian Festival
Aug. 1-2. Food, wines, music, family activities and more. Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. $1. Knights of Columbus, Edgewater. festaitaliana-annapolis.com

Ballerina Storytime Hour and Costume-Making
Story time with a dancer. Hear “Dancing in the Wings” by Debbie Allen. Make a ballerina tutu. Free with $6-8 admission. 11am. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore. 443-263-1875, rflewismuseum.org

First Saturday Family Fun
Story time and craft. Free. 1-3pm. Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, Accokeek. 301-283-2113, accokeekfoundation.org

Rocknoceros Concert
Pre-game kids concert. Bowie Baysox game to follow. Free with $7-15 baseball game admission. 4pm. Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie. 301-805-6000, baysox.com

2 Sunday

Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Ongoing through Aug. 8. Visit a kid-sized colonial village. Activities daily. All ages. $2-3. 11am-4pm. Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, Laurel. 301-377-7817, history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Montpelier_Mansion.htm

Kiddie Collaborations
A different activity daily through August. Free with $16.95-24.95 admission. 11am and 2pm. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. 410-685-5225, mdsci.org

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival
Arts and craft show featuring 100 local and regional artists, live music, dance, street performers, food and more. Stories, kids concert at 3pm, balloon animals and face painting at Whitmore Park. Free. Noon-5pm. Calvert and West streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts.com.

3 Monday

ECO Adventures presents The Incredibles!
Learn about animals and their super powers. Free. 9:30am. Linthicum Community Library, Linthicum. 410-222-6265, aacpl.net
Monday Morning Movies
Watch PBS’s Peg+Cat plus enjoy a story and coloring sheet. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info
Superhero Highway
Drive your super vehicle through the paint toward the villain and become a superhero. Stories and music. Ages 2-5. Free. 10:15-11am. Howard County Library East Columbia Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7700, hclibrary.org

Ravens Training Camp Family Practice
Post-practice player autograph session, fireworks/laser show, mascots, cheerleaders and more. Free. 7pm. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. baltimoreravens.com

4 Tuesday

Summer Fun with Mike Rose
Magic, mind reading and comedy. For ages 4 and up. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch at the Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2411, calvert.lib.md.us/twin.html

National Night Out
Celebrate National Night Out to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Block party style events include police and fire vehicles, a K-9 demonstration, children’s activities, information kiosks and free refreshments. Free. 5pm. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
An hour of special stories and activities designed to help ease the transition to kindergarten this fall. Free. 6pm. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

5 Wednesday

Breakfast with the Animals
Light breakfast, story and an opportunity to help feed plantation livestock. Ages 3-5 and accompanying adult. $10 per child, one accompanying adult free. Registration required by Aug. 3. 10-11am. Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990, info@hsmcdigshistory.org, hsmcdigshistory.org

Aug. 5 and 19. Hands-on explorations led by staff naturalist Hester Burch. Show and tell, craft and more. Free with $3-5 admission. 10-11am. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. facebook.com/annmariearts

Summer Fun MakerSpace
Children drop by to make crafts and projects of their own design before and after the Summer Fun Programs. Free. 1-4pm. Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, 301-855-1862, calvertlibrary.info

Wee Science
Explore simple science concepts through stories, songs and activities. Various food products may be handled. Ages 2-5 with adult. Free. 7-7:45pm. Howard County Library System, Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org

6 Thursday

“L’il” Margaret’s Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival
Aug. 6-8. Family style music festival with live performances and food. $20-55. Children under 12 free. Check website for schedule. The Goddard Farm, Leonardtown. 301-475-8191, lilmargaretsbluegrass.com.

Minnie & Moo and the Potato from Planet X Puppet Show
The silly cow duo comes to the aid of a visitor from outer space. Free. 2-2:30pm. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org

7 Friday

Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Aug. 7-9. Kid’s games, crafts, storytelling, live music, 5K race/walk and more. See website for event hours and details. Rock Hall. rockhallpirates.com

Butterfly Search
Search through various habitats for butterflies to list for the annual count. All ages. $1-2. 9am-noon. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro. 301-627-6074, pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Patuxent_River_Park.htm

Preschool Nature Series
Sensory activities, story, craft and hike. Reservations required. $2. 10-11am. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. 410-741-9330, jugbay.org

8 Saturday

Weber’s Farm Peach Festival
Aug. 8-9. Children’s crafts, peach breakfast, arts show and more. 9am-7pm. Check website for details. Weber’s Cider Mill Farm, Parkville. weberscidermillfarm.com

Really Rosie
Aug. 8, 9, 15, 16. Musical based on book “The Sign” by Maurice Sendak. $12. Show times vary. Thomas Rice Auditorium, Catonsville. heritageplayers.com

Howard County Fair
Aug. 8-15. Rides, interactive exhibits, educational demonstrations, children’s entertainment, live music and more. $2-5. Children under 10 free. 8am-11pm. Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship. howardcountyfair.org.

Navy Football Fan Fest
Giveaways, live music, autographs from players and more. Free. 10am-noon. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. navysports.com

Tennison: Pirate Pizza Cruise
Dress like a pirate and eat pizza on board the Tennison. Registration required by Aug. 6. $15. 11:30am-1pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, ext. 41, calvertmarinemuseum.com.

Chesapeake Family Day with the Bowie Baysox
Fireworks, free glowsticks, meet Louie the team mascot and save $4 per ticket with the code CHESFAM. 6:35pm. Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie. chesapeakefamily.com/fun/fun-stuff-to-do/6618-join-the-fun-at-chesapeake-family-day-at-bowie-baysox-and-save

9 Sunday

Farmers Market Corn Roast
Free corn-on-the-cob at the Bowie Farmers Market. 10am-noon. Bowie High School Parking Lot, Bowie. cityofbowie.org

Nature Connections: Night Songs – Singing Insects
Learn about the world of singing insects. Free. 1-4pm. Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore. 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org.

Full STEAM Ahead
Wonderful water. Preschool program allows children to explore and play. Free. 1-4pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

Family “Sundae” Sundays
Ice cream sundaes, games and more. $2.50-5 for sundaes. 1-4pm. Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side. captainaverymuseum.org

Watermen’s Appreciation Day
Boat docking contest, family activities, live music, steamed crabs and more. $8-18. 10am-5pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 410-745-2916, cbmm.org

10 Monday

Queen Anne’s County Fair
Aug. 10-15. Animals, educational exhibits, rodeo, jousting, truck/tractor pulls, chainsaw carving food and craft vendors, music and more. $2-3. 9am-10pm. Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park, Centreville. queenannescofair.com

Super Monday Movie
Watch “Big Hero 6,” rated PG. 2-4pm. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

11 Tuesday

Hooray for Ballet!
Ballet lesson and performance. Open to boys and girls. Free. 9:30am. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

Stay & Play Tuesdays
Enjoy tales and crafts with storyteller Marcus Zumwalt then stay, play and meet other parent/caregivers and children. Ages 5 and under. Free. 1pm. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1770, aacpl.net/location/eastport

Marvelous Mess
Explore art processes and create masterpieces. Dress to get messy and to be outside, weather permitting. Ages 1-3 with adult. Free. 6:30-7pm. Howard County Library Miller Branch, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950, hclibrary.org

12 Wednesday

Nature Tots: Slithering Snakes
Learn about one of nature’s most mysterious predators. Ages 3-4. Registration required. 10-11am and 1-2pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html.

Summer Full-Dome Movie
Watch “The Little Star that Could.” Ages 3 and up. $2-3. 10-10:30am. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. howardcountymd.gov/RNCprograms.htm

13 Thursday

Peter Pan Club
Aug. 13 and 27. Story time and hands-on craft. Free with admission. 10:30am. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park. 301-864-6029, collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

14 Friday

Bilingual Family Story Time
Stories, songs and movement activities in English and Spanish. Free. 11am. Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie. aacpl.net

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
Aug. 14-22. Food, entertainment, farm animals, rides, demolition derby, monster trucks and more. $10. Children 11 and under free. Fri., 3pm-midnight; rest of the week, 10am-midnight. Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. mcagfair.com

Bonfire on the Beach
Marshmallow roasting, stories and crafts. Free. 6:30pm. North Beach Boardwalk, North Beach. ci.north-beach.md.us

15 Saturday

Enchanted Forest 60th Birthday Party
Aug. 15-16. Family activities, fairy tale characters, story times and more. $6. 10am-5:30pm. Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City. clarklandfarm.com

Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
Children’s crafts, family scavenger hunts, animals and more. All ages. Free. 10am-2pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov

Nature Explorers: Color Me, Red
A 45-minute program features story, live animal ambassador, activity and craft. Ages 4-6. Registration required. $15. 10:15-11am. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. echoesofnature.org, chesapeakearts.org

Y of Central Maryland Family Luau
Limbo games, dancing, food, crafts and more. $5-10. 5:30pm. Greater Annapolis Family Center Y, Arnold and Dancel Family Center Y, Ellicott City. 410-544-2525 (Arnold), 410-465-4334 (Ellicott City). Ymaryland.org

16 Sunday

Fishing Fun for the Family
Learn the basics of freshwater/non-tidal fishing. Fishing rods available to borrow. Registration required. Free, donations accepted. 10am-noon. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor’s Center, Upper Marlboro. 301-888-1377, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/merkle.aspx

Family Day in The Park
Bring blankets and a bagged lunch. Free. 11am-6pm. Mayo Beach Park, Edgewater. 410-222-7313, aacounty.org

Lakefront Concert: Retro-Rockets
Enjoy oldies and rock n’ roll. Free. 6:30. Downtown Columbia Lakefront, Columbia. columbiaassociation.org

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