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60 free events in August for the family

Looking for a way to entertain the family this August without blowing the budget? Here are 60 free events to keep the kids happy. From festivals to movies, there is plenty of fun to fill the rest of your summer days in the Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington, D.C. area.

Livestock W1 Monday

Otto the Auto
Three foot tall remote control car gives a special safety lesson to children. Including the importance of buckling up and wearing a helmet. Free. 9:30am and 10:30am. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net/location/annapolis

2 Tuesday

National Night Out
Raise awareness of crime and drug prevention. K-9 demonstrations, activities and refreshments. Free. 5pm. Crofton Library. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

The USNA band performs. Free. 7pm-8:30pm. Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis. 410-293-1262.

3 Wednesday

Summer Fun Performance
Interactive event is all about the fundamentals of moving science including surprising alien antennae and space-age rocket packs. Ages 5 and older. Free. 2-3pm. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, calvert.lib.md.us/pf.html

4 Thursday

Dollars and Sense
Join Roy Yenoli from Making Change for an interactive program on the basics of money management, including saving, spending and credit. For teens and tweens. Free. 6:30pm. Odenton Library. 410-222-6277, aacpl.net/location/odenton

5 Friday

How to Program a Robot
Learn how to program your own robot and see it move. Robots and laptops will be provided. Second session, Aug. 12. Registration required. For children entering grades 3-4. Free. 1-3pm. Mountain Road Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6699, aacpl.net/location/mountainroad

G.E.A.R: Creative Cosmetics
Make your own shampoos, cleaners and lotions with natural ingredients from the grocery store. Ages 10-17. Free. 7-9pm. Deerfield Run Elementary School Community Center, Laurel. 301-552-1093, pgxtremeteens.com

Little Italy Open Film Fest
“Star Wars” rated PG-13. Popcorn provided. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Free. 9pm. Corner of High and Stiles streets, Baltimore. littleitalymd.com/t/open_air_film_fest

Animal Olympics
Aug. 5-6. Drop in and explore animal physical endurance and adaptations that make animals incredible athletes. Indoor and outdoor games, hiking, hands on activities and crafts. Ages 3 and older. Free; donations accepted. 10am-1pm. Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. 301-497-5887, fws.gov/refuge/patuxent

6 Saturday

Navy Fan Fest
Meet the players, get autographs, take pictures, inflatable games for kids, live music and free t-shirt for the first 250 kids. Free, $5 parking. 10am-noon. Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis. navysports.com

Betterton Appreciation Day
Parade down Main Street. Live music, games, food, crafts, vendors and more. Free. 10:30am-5pm. Betterton Beach, Betterton. 410-348-5678, bvfc5.org

The Annapolis Car Show
Food, live music, kids area, oriole bird and more. Free. 11am-4pm. Koons Ford Lincoln, Annapolis. visitannapolis.org/events/3639

Beach Party on the Square
Music, games, sand volleyball, fire truck hose-down, Annual Running of the Balls and return of historic Buyboats to the wharf. Free. 4-9pm. Town Square, Leonardtown. Leonardtown.somd.com

Summer movies
“Sixteen Candles,” rated PG-13. Bring a chair and picnic. Refreshments and drinks for sale. Free. 9pm. The Wine Bin, Ellicott City. 410-465-7802, winebinec.com

7 Sunday

First Sunday Arts Festival
Live entertainment, over 100 local and regional artists, food and more. Free. Noon-5pm. West and Calvert streets, Annapolis. 410-263-4012, firstsundayarts.com

Family Movies on the Potomac
“Cars,” rated PG-13. Shown on the Plaza screen. Bring chairs. Free. 6 p.m. National Harbor. Nationalharbor.com

8 Monday

Music Program
Learn about the refuge thru song and dance. Ages 16-42 months. Free. 10:30-11:15am. Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. 301-497-5887, fws.gov/refuge/patuxent

9 Tuesday

Otto the Auto
Three foot tall remote control car gives a special safety lesson to children. Including the importance of buckling up and wearing a helmet. Free. 10am and 11am. Broadneck Library, Annapolis. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

Buoyant Boats
Explore the science of buoyancy, then create and float a foil boat. Free. 6pm. Odenton Library. 410-222-6277, aacpl.org/location/odenton

10 Wednesday

I Spy
Try secret missions and learn spying techniques the Continental Army used during the Revolutionary War. Must be able to read and write. Ages 6-12. Free. 11am-2pm. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010, pgparks.com/page68222.aspx

11 Thursday

Learn About Livestock
Guided tour through the farm. Learn the origins of different animals and their habits. Free. 2-3pm. Old Maryland Farm, Upper Marlboro. 301-446-3327, pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Old_Maryland_Farm.htm

Tides & Tunes Summer Concert
Mike Mchenry tribe performs. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. No coolers permitted. Free, donations appreciated. 7-8:30 pm. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Eastport. 410-295-1040, amaritime.org

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