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Free fun for the family in February

Check out these activities for the family throughout the month of February all completely free. Keep boredom from setting in and your budget intact with this list of festivals, concerts, programs and more.

Valentines day fun1 Thursday

Harry Potter Book Night
Fans of all ages are invited to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s series—and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books. Costumes encouraged. Free. 6pm. Severna Park Library. 410-222-6290, aacpl.net

3 Saturday

Child ID
Representatives from New York Life will be providing free Child IDs that include a child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information, and other important data needed by the police in case of an emergency. Free. 9:30am-2pm. Severna Park Library. 410-222-6290, aacpl.net

Frederick Douglass Celebration
See Frederick Douglass portrayed by Bob Smith and hear the speeches of the teen oratory contest. Free. 11:30am. Oxon Hill Library. 301-8300-2400, pgcmls.info

Blacks in Classical Music Panel
Music experts help clarify, solidify, and highlight the strong role Blacks have had in the world of classical music – past, present, and future. Free. 1pm. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel. 301-377-7800, pgparks.com

Pokémon Club
Bring your trading card game decks and Pokémon video games and have fun with fellow fans. Free. 2pm. Brooklyn Park Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net

Grand Opening Celebration
Tour the GiGi’s Playhouse, meet the volunteers and learn about the programs that will be offered. GiGi’s playhouse will provide free educational and therapeutic programs to individuals with Down syndrome. 2-4pm. GiGi’s Playhouse, Annapolis. gigisplayhouse.org/Annapolis

5 Monday

Crafternoon for a Cause: Handmade Teddy Bears
Learn how to hand sew a teddy bear. No experience necessary. All products made will be donated to local charities. Free. 3:30pm. Edgewater Library. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net

Story Explorers: Snowy Day
Come listen to a librarian read favorite stories aloud and do related activities and games. Free. 6:30-8pm. Largo-Kettering Library, Largo. 301-336-4044, pgcmls.info

6 Tuesday

Sea Squirts: Rockin’ Reptiles
Discover the museum through music, stories, and special activities. Free. 10-10:30am. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com

Family Bingo
Enjoy an evening playing bingo with your family and friends. Free. 7pm. Brooklyn Park Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net

Teen Zone: Living Black History
Prepare and publicly perform excerpts of notable speeches by prominent figures in Black history. Please register. Ages 13-18. Free. 3-4pm. Bowie Library. 301-262-7000, pgcmls.info

Black History Month Comic Book Art
Students will practice drawing popular black superheroes and/or drawing black historical figures. Free. 5:30-6:30pm. Largo-Kettering Library. 301-336-4044, pgcmls.info

STEM for Families
Explore science, technology, engineering and math. Drop in for hands-on experiments and activities. Ages 5-12. Free. 7-9pm. South Bowie Library. 301- 850-0475, pgcmls.info

7 Wednesday

African Folk Tales and Crafts
jTake part in Anansi Stories—traditional folk tales from West Africa. Make a Kufi hat and shake your shekere. Free. 6:30pm. Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. theccm.org

Glitter Bottles
Make a mesmerizing glitter bottle. Registration required. Free. 2pm. Severna Park Library. 410-222-6290, aacpl.net

8 Thursday

Happy Valentine’s Day
Celebrate red and hearts with songs, rhymes, and a story. Free. 10:30am. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net

9 Friday

Peter Rabbit Party
Celebrate the new Peter Rabbit movie with stories and crafts about Peter and his friends from the garden. Free. 10am. Deale Library. 410-222-1925, aacpl.net

Discovery Cart: Logbooks – A Key to History
Explore the history of African-American aviators through primary sources and documents. Learn about these courageous pilots and create your own pilot logbook. Free.11am-2pm. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park. 301-864-6029, pgparks.com

10 Saturday

Heartbeat For Health
Heart health activities, education, music, health screenings, and refreshments. Presentations and demonstrations by local dance studios and more. Free. 10am-2pm. The Y In Arnold. 410-553-8103, ymca.org

Valentine’s Day Storytime and Crafts
Featured titles are, Click, Clack, Moo-I Love You. Followed by Valentine’s Day themed activities. Free. 11am. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

Craft a Card
Create a 3D Valentine’s Day Card. Ages 11-16. Registration required. Free. 11-11:45am. East Columbia Express Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7700, hclibrary.org/locations

The Human Heart
Learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human heart via STEM activities. Ages 9-12. Free. 3-4pm. Central Branch Library, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org

12 Monday

Chocolate Bingo
Celebrate your Library Love with Chocolate Bingo. Sweet treats for all. Free. 6:30pm. Deale Library. 410-222-1925, aacpl.net

VR: African American Experiences
Experience African American history and culture through virtual reality. Virtual Reality expeditions are best experienced by guests over 10 years old. Please register. Free. 1-8pm. Laurel Library. tinyurl.com/LaurelVR

Click next below for more events Feb. 13-28.

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