More events for preschoolers in August
Books & Toys
Book club for adults and playtime for children. Discuss “The Book of Unknown Americans” by Cristina Henriquez. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library Southern Branch, Solomons. 410-326-5289, calvert.lib.md.us/southern.html.
Doc McStuffins’ School of Medicine
Explore being a doctor through stories, songs, and activities. Bring a stuffed animal or toy for a special check-up. Ages 3 and up. Registration required. 7pm. Howard County Library System, Glenwood Branch, Cooksville. 410-313-5577, hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch
Learn to sign with your child. Infant session for birth to 18 months at 9:30am. Preschool session for ages 3-5 at 10:30am. Crofton Community Library, Crofton. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton.
A story and craft to enjoy with your child. Book is “Olaf.” Ages 2-5 with adult. Free. 10:15am. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org.
Art and Story Time
Stories, puppets and more. Ages 2-5. Free with $4 admission. 10-11am. Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. theccm.org
Story Time With Olivia
Story time with children’s book character Olivia. Ages birth-6. Free. 11am. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com
Waterfront Partnership’s Summer Social
Performance from the band New Romance, food trucks, kid’s zone and more. Free. 5-8pm. West Shore Park, Baltimore. waterfrontpartnership.org
Linthicum Annual Paper Airplane Rally
Fun with paper airplanes. Free. 10am. Linthicum Community Library, Linthicum. 410-222-6265, aacpl.net
All Together Now
Stories, songs and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages. 10:15am. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org.
Watch “Mulan,” rated G. Make your own dragon as you watch Mulan save her people from the Huns. 2pm. Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1770, aacpl.net/location/eastport
Aug. 21-22. Music, parade, fireworks and more. Free. Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., noon-9pm. Downtown Denton. carolinesummerfest.com
Toy Boat Building
Make your own toy boat in the Maritime History Hall. Sessions start on the half hour. $2 donation requested with $4-9 museum admission. 2-4pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com
Kids Halloween Night
Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume for trick-or-treating and more Halloween fun at Bowie Baysox game. $7-15. 6:35pm. Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie. baysox.com
The Great Eastern Shore Tomato Festival
Games for kids, contests, live music and more. Free. 10am-5pm. Vienna. dorchesterhistory.com/the-great-eastern-shore-tomato-festival
4th Annual Puppy Plunge
Plunge into the Rhode River to help the SPCA. Children’s activities, dog bikini contest and more. $8 and up suggested donation per person. Children under 10 and dogs are free. Noon-3pm. Camp Letts, Edgewater. spcapuppyplunge.org
Nature Connections: Mysterious Bats and Caves
Learn all about bats. Free. 1-4pm. Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore. 410-882-5376, marylandnature.org
Free Family Sunday: Playful Pillows
Make playful pillows and explore crazy quilts. Free. 2pm. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 443-573-1700, artbma.org
Great Train Robbery
Classic rock. $5. 4-8pm. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach. chesapeakebeachresortspa.com
Half Pint Kids Club: Give a Hoot-Owl Sandwiches
Culinary workshop for kids, followed by store tour and samples. Registration required. $5. 11-11:45am. Whole Foods, Annapolis. 410-573-1800, wholefoodsmarket.com
Wednesdays through September. A 30-minute fitness class for children and families, followed by kid’s television show. Free. 10-10:30am. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com
Yip Yip Hooray for Doggy Day!
Celebrate National Dog Day with stories, songs, and a canine craft. Ages 3-5. Free. 10:15-10:45am. Howard County Library Miller Branch, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950, hclibrary.org
C is for Crabs! A program for ages 3-5 and their caregivers. $5. Preregistration suggested. 10-11am. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042 ext. 41., calvertmarinemuseum.com
Stuffed Animal Camping Adventure
Bring a favorite stuffed friend for an evening of campfire stories. Leave your stuffed friend at the library for a sleepover. Stuffed animals, along with photos of their nighttime adventures, available for pickup the next morning. Ages 3 and up. Free. 7pm. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org
Maryland State Fair
Aug. 28 – Sept. 7. Rides, games, food, exhibits, horse racing, concerts and more. $3-8. Check website for event schedules. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. marylandstatefair.com.
Country Life Outdoors Festival
Aug. 28-30. Kids zone, games, music, contests and more. $5-10. Fri., 3-8pm; Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. countrylifefestival.com
Watch a puppet show and meet a live animal. Ages 2-10. Registration required. $2-3. 10-10:45am. Watkins Nature Center, Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6702, pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Watkins_Nature_Center.htm
All Together Now
Stories, songs and activities for children and adults to enjoy together. All ages. Free. 11:30am. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org.
Fashion a Fish
Learn about fish, and then create your own. Free. 1-3pm. Deale Community Library, Deale. 410-222-1925, aacpl.net/location/deale.
J.C. Lore Oyster House Day
Learn all about oysters and oyster harvesting. Free. 1-4pm. J.C. Lore Oyster House, Solomons. calvertmarinemuseum.com
Summer Concert at Quiet Waters Park
Enjoy The Kelly Bell Band. Free. 5:30-7:30pm. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. fqwp.org/summer-concerts
Campfire under the stars. Hear stories and sing campfire songs. Registration required. $2 donation suggested. 7:30-9pm. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor’s Center, Upper Marlboro. 301-888-1377, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/merkle.aspx
Learn about the invertebrates yhat live in creeks and streams. Free, donations accepted. 2-3pm. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor’s Center, Upper Marlboro. 301-888-1377, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/southern/merkle.aspx.
Rock the Dock
“The Nowhere Men” perform. $5. 4-8pm. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach. chesapeakebeachresortspa.com
“Pete the Cat.” A story and craft to enjoy with your child. Ages 2-5 with adult. Free. 11:30am. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org