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A Riveting Performance

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The Vex-IQ Challenge offered a three-tiered challenge—a Teamwork Challenge to work with opposing teams to score points, Driving Skills matches, in which robots were directed by a video-game type controller, and a Robot Skills Challenge, in which participants had the challenge of just 60 seconds of programming time to direct a robot to
earn points.

To learn more about the Vex-IQ Challenge, the Vex World Championship, visit For more on the St. Martin’s team, visit


South x West Rhode Fest

Mayo Beach
With Father’s Day coming up, the South River Federation and West & Rhode Riverkeeper have announced the inaugural SPLASH South x West Rhode Fest at Mayo Beach! From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., families can participate in free activities including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, water-based educational programs for children, a beer garden for adults (donated by Buck Distributing Company), and live music by Guava Jelly and Swampcandy. During the festival, two kayaks will also be raffled for a cost of $20 per ticket.

The festival aims to teach people the importance of protecting our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. “This is a way for us to help connect families with our rivers,” says West & Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland. “After all, you can’t expect anyone to want to help protect the rivers and the Chesapeake Bay if they can’t get into the water.”

The festival is sponsored by Toyota as part of a nationwide program organized by the Waterkeeper Alliance. So grab the family and head on out for a day on the water to celebrate the dads in your life.

South x West Rhode Fest
Address: Mayo Beach Park, 4150 Honeysuckle Dr., Edgewater, MD 21037
When: Sunday, June 17; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit


Safari Express to the Maryland Zoo

As one of the oldest zoos in the country, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore contains more than 1,500 species of animals, insects, reptiles, and birds in their natural habitats for zoo-goers of all ages to explore on a summer day. It is a favorite destination for families around the state.

Enter our Kids of Summer Contest!


Here's your chance to get your kid on the cover of Chesapeake Family LIFE Magazine!

Do you have an adorable photo of your baby at the beach, your preschooler splashing in the pool or your kid enjoying a melting ice cream cone? Enter it in our annual Kids of Summer photo contest! Use the form below to enter your photo Kids of Summer Photo Contest. Submit your photo at any time. Gallery posting and voting times are TBD so please check back in a few months!

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All contest entrants will receive the Chesapeake Family LIFE enewsletters with local events and information. We will not sell your name to a third party company. You may unsubscribe or change your email newsletter preferences at any time.

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And once you've submitted your photo, view the Kids of Summer photo gallery here and vote for your cutie. Entries may also be posted on our Facebook page and other social media.

Be sure to fill out the form completely including your name, city, child(ren)'s name and age(s), phone and a short paragraph about why this is the perfect Kids of Summer photo. Please make sure we can reach you if your child is chosen as a winner!

Please only submit one photo per child to the contest. By submitting a photo you are providing Jefferson Communications/Chesapeake Family the right to use and publish the photo. If your photo was taken by a professional photographer, please get permission or release of rights before submitting it. By submitting this photo you acknowledge you are, or have permission of, the parent or guardian of pictured child(ren) and the photographer to submit the photo in the contest.

Thank you for participating! Check the June issue for the winners! 

Winners will be announced in the June issue. The cover photo will be selected by Chesapeake Family Life staff. Most Popular photo is based on most votes, with the winner receiving a gift card. Additional photos are also be featured inside our June issue and online.

Get Outside

Outdoor enthusiast families, this is your year. Author Bryan MacKay has given us three new guides to inspire and lead us as we hike, bike and paddle our way around Maryland.

Brice Community Day with Bob the Builder

Calling all volunteers! Historic Annapolis is having Brice Community Day with Bob the Builder on Saturday, April 21, 7am-5:30pm.

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We need lots of hands to help Bob the Builder at Brice Community Day! Join us as we celebrate the restoration of the historic James Brice House!

Volunteer Shifts:
Shift 1: 7am - 10 am for Set Up
Shift 2: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for Event Activities
Shift 3: 12 pm to 3:30 pm for Event Activities
Shift 4: 3 pm to 5:30 pm for Break Down

Volunteers will be: Hosting booths of art, construction, architectural, craft, and story time activities, setting up tents and tables, and more.

Activities: Tours of the historic James Brice House, STEM themed building activities, Bob the Builder visits, Colonial Williamsburg master craftsmen, face painting, art activities, live band, food trucks, archaeology digs, touch a truck, and more!

Location: James Brice House, 42 East Street, Annapolis

High School clubs, church groups, community groups, area businesses, and families are welcomed to volunteer together and enjoy this community free event presented by Historic Annapolis. Service hours will be verified for this event.

Building supplies needed!
We need some toy trucks, legos, and building blocks for the event. "Used" items are perfect. We can't guarantee they will be returned.

Learn more about Brice Community Day here! Or contact Janet Hall at





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