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Maryland events for preschoolers in October

Looking for something fun to do with your preschooler during the month of October? There are plenty of activities on the calendar from farm visits to festivals to story times and more 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 this month.

Updated October 2016

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Chili in the Garden
Chili cook off, car show, live music, kids play area and more. $3, members and ages 3 and younger, free. 9am-3pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Dowell. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

Annual Fam Fest
Interactive games, demos, football clinic, lego zone, meal prep stations, storytelling, inflatable slide and more. Free. 10am-1pm. The Weinberg Y, Baltimore. 410-889-2300, familytreemd.org

Harvest Hootenanny
Games, activities, live entertainment, crafters, petting zoo, vendors and more. $5. 10am-2pm. Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. 410-990-1993, theccm.org

Darlington Apple Festival
All-day entertainment, crafts, fall produce, games and more. Free. 10am-5pm. 1024 Main St, Darlington. 410-457-4189, darlingtonapplefestival.org

Kennedy Center Family Day
Performances, demonstrations, photo station, crafts and hands-on activities for youth of all ages, all inspired by Latino culture. Free. 10:30am-4pm. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org

Bowie International Festival
Entertainment on two stages, food, children’s activities, vendors and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Allen Pond Park, Bowie. 301-262-6200, cityofbowie.org/index.aspx?NID=1016

Farm animals, corn maze, activities and more. Live music starting at noon and fireworks at dusk, Saturdays in Oct. Noon. Summers Farm, Frederick. 301-620-9316, summersfarm.com

Weekend Walk-In Art class
Create a Night Light Luminary. All ages. $5 for class. Museum admission, $15.95, adults; $9.96, children; free, ages 5 and younger. 1-4pm. American Visionary art Museum, Baltimore. 410-244-1900, avam.org

LEGO Star Wars Build Event
Participants and Star Wars fans build designs from new film coming out this year. Free. 4pm. Barnes and Nobles, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061810973-0

Blessing of the Fleet
Oct. 1-2. Water taxi rides, puppet show, fireworks, food, entertainment and more. Free. Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-7pm. St. Clements Island. blessingofthefleetsomd.net

‘Flowers Stink’
Saturdays thru Oct. 29. Family friendly musical about a girl struggling with writing a nature-themed poem who gets some help from two zany and lovable plants who magically come to life in her room. Recommended for ages 7 and older. Free. 11am. U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington D.C. 202-225-8333, usbg.gov

Harry Potter Festival
Oct. 1-2. Magic, trivia, quidditch games, panel discussions, scavenger hunt, costume contest and more. Free, some activities do require a fee and registration. Activity times vary. Various places in Chestertown. chestertownhpfest.org/schedule

2 Sunday

Honey Harvest Festival
Hive demonstrations, beeswax candle dipping, face painting, animal encounters, mead making and more. $1. 11am-4pm. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville. 410-887-1815, oregonridgenaturecenter.org

Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival
Arts and craft show featuring 100 local and regional artists, live music, dance, street performers, food and more. Free. Noon-5pm. Calvert and West streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts@yahoo.com, firstsundayarts.com

Quacks for Backpacks Rubber Duck Race
Rubber duck race and family carnival. Proceeds benefit Bountiful Backpack Program. $10 per duck. 11am-4pm. Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 410-279-4346, SouthCountyRotary.org

Columbus Day Parade
Parade featuring dancers, floats, musicians and more. Free. 2:30-3:30pm. Starts at Key Highway and Light Street, Baltimore. promotioncenterforlittleitaly.org/columbus-parade.html

3 Monday

Day in the Life of a Farmer
Class on barn keeping, feed farm animals, learn about the crops, mini corn maze, pumpkin picking and more. Registration required. $8. Adults attending with children, free. 10:30-noon. Sharps at Waterford Farm, Brookeville. 410-489-2572, sharpfarm.com

Wild about Nature
Nature series for preschoolers. Explore the natural world through songs, stories and experiments. 3-5-year-olds. Free. 10:30am. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net/location/annapolis

4 Tuesday

Mr. Pacas Backyard Preschool Program
With Rosie Revere the Engineer, learn that your ideas and dreams can come true with encouragement and perseverance. Then use creativity to engineer your own crafts. $7; members, $5. 10-11:15am. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 410-990-4543, annapolis.org/media/48-140-mr-pacas-backyard-preschool-program

Toddler Time and Car Seat Safety
Following Toddler Time get your child’s car seat inspected. Plan on 45 minutes per seat. Call to schedule an appt. Free. 10am-1pm. Odenton Library. 410-222-6277, aacpl.net/location/odenton

5 Wednesday

Toddler Time with Choo Choo Blue
Choo Choo Blue, the B&O’s mascot, makes a live appearance. Story & craft time and a kiddie train ride through the fictional town Choo Choo Blueville. Included with paid admission. Adults, $18; Children 2-12, $12. 10:30am. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. 410-752-2490, borail.org

Mother Nature and Me
Wednesdays weekly. Story, snack and craft. Ages 2-6. Registration required. $5. 11am-noon. Holt Center for the Arts, Baltimore. 410-887-5307, overleafrc.com/programs/holtpark

6 Thursday

Creek Critters
Thursdays weekly. Parents and children learn about the local environment with indoor and outdoor activities. See what critters live in our woodlands and creek. Share stories, songs, games and crafts with other Creek Critters Nature Explorers. Ages 3-10. Free with $4 museum admission. 10am-noon. Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. 410-990-1993, theccm.org

Family Movie Night on the Farm
Watch “Hocus Pocus” rated PG. Food and beverage available for purchase. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. 5:30pm. Spider Hall Farm, Prince Frederick. 410-610-0094, spiderhallfarm.com

7 Friday

Tales & Tails
Fridays weekly. Join Irvine Nature Center for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet. Free. 10-11am. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 443-738-9220, explorenature.org

Free Fishing Fridays
Fridays in Oct. Enjoy fishing and crabbing on the waterfront. Equipment and bait will be provided. Participants that are 16 or older must bring a fishing license in order to keep their catch. Free. 3pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 410-745-2916, cbmm.org

Fiesta Latina
Traditional performances, dancing, live music, latin inspired dishes and more. Included with admission. Admission after 5pm is half off. $19.95; ages 12 and younger, $12.45. 5-8pm. National Aquarium, Baltimore. 410-576-3860, aqua.org

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Oct. 7-9. Craft demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment, food and more. $8-$10. Children 11 and younger, free. Fri.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 10am-5pm. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. 301-990-1400, sugarloafcrafts.com

8 Saturday

Bark in the Park
Dog walk, dog show, 5K family fun run, food, giveaways, children’s activities, music and more. Free to attend. Some events require fee. 8am-noon. Idlewild Park, Easton. 410-822-0107, talbothumane.org

Preschool Nature Program
Nature themed program including songs, reading, crafts and more. $5. 9-11am. Belmont Carriage House, Elkridge. hcconservancy.org/belmont.html

Fall Harvest Festival at Kinder Farm Park
Farm animals, hayrides, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. kinderfarmpark.org

Pokemon Celebration
Watch “Pokemon Heroes: The Movie,” rated G. Pokemon bingo, snacks and prizes to follow. Costumes welcome. Free. 1:30pm. Maryland City at Russett Library, Laurel. 301-725-2390, aacpl.net/location/marylandcity

PRAD (Patuxent River Appreciation Days)
Oct. 8-9. Annual festival that creates awareness, recognition and promotion of the Patuxent River. Boat building, live music, canoe rides and demonstrations, free harbor cruises, arts and crafts show, food, wine tasting and more. Parade on Sun. at 2pm. Events outside, free. Museum entry is additional. Adults, $9; children, $4. 10am-5pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com

The Great Pumpkin Patch
Oct. 8-9. Moon bounces, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating and more. $5, ages 2 and younger, free. Noon-5pm. Old National Pike District Park, Mt. Airy. recreater.com/215/The-Great-Pumpkin-Patch

Maryland Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 8-9. Corn maze, hay slides, farm animals, hay rides, pumpkin patch and more. $6.95-11.95. 10am-5pm. Summers Farm, Frederick. 301-620-9316, summersfarm.com

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Oct. 8-30. Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning book about a girl and her favorite toy is performed on stage. $15-30. Showings on Sat. and Sun.,1:30 and 4pm. Imagination Stage, Bethesda. 301-961-6060, imaginationstage.org/shows-a-tickets/shows-playing-now

9 Sunday

Fall Harvest Festival and Dinner
Apple bobbing, scarecrow making, crafts, beekeeping demonstration and more. $5 per car; members, free. 10am-4pm. Hancock’s Resolution, Pasadena. 410-255-4048, historichancocksresolution.org/events/fall-harvest-festival-and-dinner

La Plata Fall Festival
Live entertainment, craft vendors, moon bounce, children’s activities and food. Free. Noon-3pm. Town Hall, La Plata. townoflaplata.org

10 Monday

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Explore building techniques and help the three little pigs build a house. Listen to the classic story “The Three Little Pigs.” Free. 10am. Maryland City at Russett Library, Laurel. 301-725-2390, aacpl.net/location/marylandcity

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show
Oct. 10-17. Celebrate the naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay. The Blue Angels and other jets will be on display, air shows, music and more. Free. 10am-5pm. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 866-639-3526, mdfleetweek.com

11 Tuesday

Fall Story Time
Read “Seeds on The Go”, make a craft, sing songs and explore nature. $15; members, $5. Price is per adult and child pair. $5 for each additional child. Sessions at 10:30am and 12:30pm. 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com/EDUCATION/Family-Education/Storytime

Go Wild for Black Bears
Take an up close look at the lifestyle of black bears through hands on exploration of a hide, skull, tracks and more. Free. 5:30pm. Annapolis Library. 410-222-1750, aacpl.net/location/annapolis

12 Wednesday

Tots and Tales
Learn about the aquatic world through story time, songs, games and activities. Recommended for ages 1-4. Free with $24.95-39.95 admission. 10:30-11am. The National Aquarium, Baltimore. 410-576-3800, aqua.org

13 Thursday

Cirque de la Symphonie: Halloween Extravaganza
Oct. 13-16. Cirque de la Symphonie wows with acrobatics and music in a new Halloween-themed spectacular. $24-99. Check website for times. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/NRPSA

14 Friday

Odd Squad Live
The day time series is brought to life on stage with singing, dancing and more. Check website for prices. 7pm. The Lyric, Baltimore. 410-900-1150, lyricbaltimore.com/event/odd-squad-live

Nature tales and roast marshmallows. Bring hot dogs if you like. $6. 7-8:30pm. Old Maryland Farm, Upper Marlboro. 301-218-6702

15 Saturday

Pumpkin Fest
Oct. 15-16. Pumpkin games, animals, activities, corn maze and more. Admission includes a pumpkin. $8. 9am-6pm. Horsmon Farm, St. Leonard. 443-532-5761, horsmonfarm.com

Patuxent Wildlife Festival
Live animals, children’s crafts, tram tours and more. Free. 10am-3pm. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. 301-497-5770, fws.gov/refuge/patuxent

Great Pumpkin Adventure
Pumpkin decorating, candy and try the Terrapin Explorer Kids Course. $25. 10am. Terrapin Adventure, Savage. 301-725-1313, terrapinadventures.com

American Indian Festival
Celebrate Native American Indian culture and heritage. Live traditional and contemporary music, dancing, singing, storytelling, demonstrations and more. Free. 10am-4pm. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro. 301-699-2255, pgparks.com/festivals.htm

The Big Build
Hands on family festival of tools, trucks and construction. Build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, build a lego skyscraper and more. Free. 10am-4pm. National Building Museum, Washington D.C. 202-272-2448, nbm.org

St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival
Oct. 15-16. Music, food, carnival rides and more. $5, children 11 and younger, free. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. 301-863-5015, usoysterfest.com

Pumpkin painting, jugglers, hayride, live music, food, slides, pumpkin bowling and more. All activities included in admission. $15. 11am-7pm. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 443-738-9200, explorenature.org/public-programs/special-events/pumpkinfest

Bowie Health Fair
Giveaways, entertainment, children’s activities, lectures, screenings, physician consultations and more. Free. 11am-3pm. The Bowie Health Center Campus, Bowie. 301-262-5511, bowiehealthfair.com

Pumpkin Trolleyfest
Oct. 15-16 and 22-23. Rides, pumpkin decorating and more. $5-$7. Pumpkin decorating is extra. National Capital Trolley Museum, Colesville. Dctrolley.org

Calvert County Fall Farm Festival
Oct. 15-16. Events at five different Calvert County farms. Hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkins and more. Free. 11am-5pm. Various venues, Prince Frederick. 410-535-4583, calvertag.com

16 Sunday

Science Sundays
Explore the natural world of science. Hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. All ages. Drop in program. Free. 10am-noon. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 443-738-9200, explorenature.org/center-event/science-sundays-3

Harvest Festival
Family fun including hands on activities in the garden and the open hearth kitchen. Adults, $5; students, $2. Noon-3:30pm. and 7:30-9:30pm. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420, history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Riversdale_House_Museum.htm

Annual Oyster Festival
Children’s activities, live music, crab races, raffles, local vendors and more. $2-6. 12:30-5pm. Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side. 410-867-4486, captainaverymuseum.org

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