Fun activities for preschoolers in September

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Looking for fun activities for preschoolers during the month of September? There are plenty of activities on the calendar from story times to nature series and festivals to all around fun that will appeal to preschool-aged kids and their families 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.

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Updated Sept. 2016

2 Friday

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Sept. 2-5. Amusement rides, carnival games, live bands, entertainment, food, sports, art and photo contests, used book sale, Labor Day parade and more. Free. Hours vary daily. Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt. greenbeltlaborday.com

3 Saturday

Solomons Island Kite Day
Celebrate kites with Wings Over Washington Kite Club. Bring your own kite or make one. Free; kite kits, $5 (cash only). 10am-4pm. Glascock's Field, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com/233/Annual-Events

Nature Scavenger Hunt
Be a detective for the day and find out what is in the woods. Prizes awarded to every participant who completes the scavenger hunt. $5. Noon-2pm. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore. 410-396-0808, carriemurraynaturecenter.org

Turtle Time
Hear a turtle story, make crafts, meet live turtles and more. Registration required. Ages 3-6. Members, $2; nonmembers, $4; family rate, $10. 1-2pm. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, Catonsville. 410-887-1081, facebook.com/events/947184185407564

4 Sunday

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival
Arts and craft show featuring local and regional artists, live music, dance, street performers, food and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Calvert and West streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts.com

People's Party in the Park
Old fashioned Labor Day celebration. Music, food, old car show, children's activities and more. Free. Noon-6pm. Fountain Park, Chestertown. 410-778-3500

Family Movies on the Potomac
Watch “Tomorrowland,” rated PG. Shown on the plaza screen. Bring chairs. Free. 6pm. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com

6 Tuesday

Back to School Breakfast Parfait
Children’s culinary workshop using all-natural ingredients. Registration required. $5. 11-11:45am. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis. 410-573-1800, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Annapolis

Imagine Mars
Learn about Mars and NASA’s plans to send people to Earth’s “sister planet.” Activities and crafts. Free. 4-7pm. Largo-Kettering Library, Upper Marlboro. 301-336-4044, pgcmls.info/website/branch/location/LargoKettering

7 Wednesday

Wearable Tech
Make a high-tech fashion bracelet using felt, LEDs, conductive thread and your imagination. Free. 4-5:30pm. Crofton Library. 410-222-7915, aacpl.net/location/crofton

Dog Days of Summer Dog Swim
Bring your dogs to the pool for a swim. $10. 4-7pm. Truxton Park Pool, Annapolis. 410-263-7958, facebook.com/AnnapolisRecreation

8 Thursday

Prince George's County Fair
Sept. 8-11. Racecars, beautiful baby contest, rides and more. $5-6. Thurs. and Fri., 5-10pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro. countyfair.org

9 Friday

Fall Fun Festival
Sept. 9-Oct. 31. Corn maze, giant pillow, petting zoo, giant slides, cow train and more. Weekdays, $7.50; weekends, $10.25. Season passes available for $32.50. 10am-6pm. Gaver Farm, Mt. Airy. 301-865-3515, gaverfarm.com

10 Saturday

Indian Discovery Day
Explore and celebrate Indian life and culture. Learn skills, try crafts, watch demonstrations and more. $10; students, $6; ages 5 and younger, free. 10am-4pm. Historic St. Marys City. 240-895-4990, visitstmarysmd.com/events-entertainment/indian-discovery-day

Children's Day: Nature, Art and Play
Hands-on learning stations, educational presentations, crafts, music, magic shows and more. Free with admission. $18; ages 2-12, $9. 11am-4pm. Ladew Gardens, Monkton. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com

Kids Pirate Pizza Cruise
Dress like a pirate, eat pizza and cruise the Patuxent River. Registration required. $15. 11:30am-1pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com

Summer Sendoff
Food, drink specials, live music, relay races, kids activities and more. Free; fee for some activities. 5-10pm. Downtown Cambridge. 443-477-0843, cambridgemainstreet.com

11 Sunday

Police Pace
Family-friendly 5K with all proceeds benefitting families of officers killed or injured in the line of duty. Displays of police equipment, motorcycles and K9s. Face painting, balloon animals and more. $19-45 to participate; spectators, free. 8:30am. Centennial Park, Ellicott City. 410-313-3200, policepace.com

Arts Festival
Live performances, art and food vendors, and children's activities. Free. 3-8pm. Fairwood Community Park, Bowie. pgparks.com

Family Movies on the Potomac
Watch “Wreck it Ralph,” rated PG. Shown on the plaza screen. Bring chairs. Free. 6pm. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com

12 Monday

Full Steam Ahead
Interact with books, crafts and experiments while exploring science, technology, engineering, art and math. Ages 4-8. Free. 6:30-7:30pm. Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291, calvert.lib.md.us/pf.html

13 Tuesday

Kids Club: Owl Toast
Children’s culinary workshop using all-natural ingredients. Registration required. $5. 11-11:45am. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis. 410-573-1800, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/Annapolis

14 Wednesday

Dot, Dots, Dots
Listen to the story "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds, sing songs, create art and more. Ages 3-5. Free. 9:30am. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net/location/annapolis

Anne Arundel County Fair
Sept. 14-18. Food, crafts, contests and more. $5-7, ages 5 and under free. Wed., 4-10pm; Thurs., 10am-10pm; Fri., 4-11pm; Sat., 9am-11pm; Sun., 9am-8pm. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. aacountyfair.org

16 Friday

The Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 16-24. Competitive exhibits including livestock, home arts, farm and garden, and 4-H/FFA. $5-8; ages 10 and under, free. 9am-10pm daily except 2-10pm Sept 16. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick. thegreatfrederickfair.com/the-fair

Market Festival
Farmers market, moon bounce, carnival games, music, food and more. Free. 4-7pm. Chesapeake Christian Fellowship, Davidsonville. 4thelord.org

$2 Family Fun Night
Crafts, story time and more. Discounted admission for tickets purchased after 4pm. $2; ages younger than 2, free. 4-8pm. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore. 410-727-8120, portdiscovery.org

Elkton Fall Fest
Sept. 16-17. Car show, crafters, contests and more. Free. Fri., 5-8pm; Sat., 9am-8pm. Elkton Alliance Inc., Elkton. elktonfallfest.com

17 Saturday

Musical Petting Zoo
Touch, feel and play with musical instruments alongside the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra. Free with zoo admission. Adults, $18; children, $13. 10am-2pm. The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. 410-396-7102, marylandzoo.org

Monarch Festival
Celebrate the monarch butterfly. Educational displays, children’s activities, games, crafts and more. Free. 10am-2pm. Patuxent National Wildlife North Tract, Laurel. 301-497-5887, fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent

Dogfest
Family walk, games, food, demonstrations, obstacle course, games, crafts, face painting and more. Advance tickets, $10; at the door, $15; ages 12 and under, free. 10am-4pm. Baltimore Humane Society. 410-833-8848, dogfest.org

Tot Time
Enjoy outdoor activities, nature treasure hunt and more. Adults, $12; ages 7-17, $7; ages 4-6, $3. 10am-4:30pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.org

Johnny Appleseed Birthday Celebration
Sept. 17-18. Celebrate the beginning of fall with hayrides, straw maze, live music, slides, duck races and more. Adults, $7; ages 2-17, $9. 10am-5pm. Webers Cider Mill Farm, Parkville. 410-668-4488, weberscidermillfarm.com

Artsfest '16
Sept. 17-18. Artist booths, live performances, kids activities, food and drinks, street performers, shopping and more. $6; members and ages 11 and under, free. 10am-5pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

Days End Farm Horse Rescue Fall Festival
Family fun day featuring horse costume contest, Trainers Challenge and more. $1-2; under 6, free. 11am-4pm. Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Woodbine. defhr.org

Art in Action: Fall Festival
Live music, wine and beer garden, kids zone, vendors, crafters, food and more. Free. 11am-4pm. Annapolis Design District. annapolisdesigndistrict.com

Port Towns Day
Community festival with music, prizes, food, crafts, vendors and other activities. Free. Noon-7pm. Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Bladensburg. 301-779-0371, facebook.com/Port-Towns-Day-2016-1018502511516072

Peter Rabbit and Me
Sept. 17-18 and 24-25. From Beatrix Potter's imagination emerge favorite characters from Peter Rabbit. $14. 1 and 3pm. Pumpkin Theatre, Owings Mills. pumpkintheatre.org

Batman Day
Celebrate the Dark Knight's legacy. Activities, trivia, coloring and more. Cosplay welcome. Free. 2pm. Barnes and Nobles, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2866

Chinese Moon Festival Family Story Time
Storytelling, Chinese folk songs and rhymes to celebrate this Chinese festival. Learn about the holiday, make crafts, taste Chinese moon cake and try different Chinese tea. Free. 3-4pm. Hyattsville Library. 301-985-4690, pgcmls.info/website/branch/location/Hyattsville

18 Sunday

Bedpost Derby and PJ Party
Make a bed and race it. Family pajama party, cookout, moonbounce, face painting, sack races, wine tasting, live music and more. Free; small fee for some activities. Check in at 10am; party starts at noon. Downtown Chestertown. 410-810-5661, townofchestertown.com

Trucks for Tots
Big trucks to visit, touch and explore. Free with zoo admission. Adults, $18; children, $13. 10am-1pm. The Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. 410-396-7102, marylandzoo.org

Maryland Avenue and State Circle Fall Festival
Street festival with merchants and vendors, food, family activities and more. Free. 10am-5pm. Maryland Avenue and State Circle, Annapolis. mdave.com

Annual Hispanic Festival
Celebrate the heritage of Hispanic communities. Carnival games, pony rides, arts and crafts, music, entertainment, exhibitors and more. Free, fee for some activities. Noon-6pm. Lane Manor Park, Adelphi. 301-445-4500, pgparks.com/page68883.aspx

Family Movies on the Potomac
Watch “Zootopia,” rated PG. Shown on the plaza screen. Bring chairs. Free. 6pm. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com

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