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Family Fun

12/ THAT'S THE SPIRIT From baseball to lacrosse, hockey to basketball, collegiate and semi-pro sports are abundant in our area, and make for an inexpensive outing for a family.

Get outside with your kids this spring and show them what's in the backyard making that cheerio-cheerio tweet.



Does your daughter spout Harry Potter facts at the drop of a sorting hat? Does your son geek out at the latest coding robot? Find your kids' camper personalities and the camps that cater to them.




Local groups are confronting opioid and other addiction problems by organizing community discussions.


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Take your family out to all kinds of ball games this spring.

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32 / GET OUT!

Events, activities and fun things to do this month

07 / Fun: March Madness—fun ways to kick off spring 09 / Fun: Pies for Pi Day


Fun for grown-ups in March

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ast spring my four-year-old started playing soccer. It was, of course, adorable, and I loved watching the little kids travel in a pack around the ball. While I wondered how on earth a coach can combat that phenomenon, it occurred to me that many of these kids haven’t seen a real soccer game, so it’s no wonder they just head straight for the ball (or for the opposite end of the field where they’ve found a good patch of dandelions to pick). Given my revelation, I thought it would be a perfect time to take the family to a professional game. Having spent my own youth playing year-round soccer, I’d wanted to do this anyway, but I was trying my best not to push them into my sport. Sadly, we didn’t go. It was too much money to spend given the girls weren’t that interested, anyway. What I should have done, yet forgot about by fall, was to take them to a Navy women’s soccer game, or even a high school game. It would’ve shown them what the sport is all about and not cost us a ton of money. I mention this as a reminder to everyone that whatever sports you and your family already enjoy, or just want to

check out, you live in the right place. According to Steve Adams, in his article on page 12, there’s an amateur level team in just about every major sport you can think of between Baltimore and Washingotn, D.C., and they’re all familyfriendly and fun to watch. So while you’re looking for something fun to do as a family this spring, put a game or two on your calendar. And since we’re on the topic of calendars, I would also like to remind you to add to our Camp fairs to your March calendars. Our first Camp Fair will be March 2 at Annapolis Area Christian School; and our second on March 23 at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park. If you haven’t been before, they’re great for getting to know what camps are out there and what they have to offer. Plus the kids have fun! We hope to see you there!

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March Madness!


pring is almost here! While the weather doesn’t always cooperate with our dreams of early cherry blossoms and 65-degree temperatures, March has no shortage of fun up its sleeve. Here are four ways to kick off spring.

Annapolis Restaurant Week

Maryland Day

Annapolis Film Festival

Chesapeake Family Life Camp Fairs

Restaurant Week in Annapolis (March 2–10) is a great chance to branch out and try new spots to eat, new food and all at great prices. Diners will be treated to two-course breakfasts and lunches, and threecourse dinners with prix fixe menus that highlight each restaurant’s specialties. Find menus, extra discounts and bonus deals at downtownannapolis partnership.org/restaurantweek.

Over the last weekend of March 29–31, you can celebrate Maryland history at more than 20 sites in Anne Arundel County, including Historic London Town, downtown Annapolis, and South county. The official state celebration will take place on March 25 at St. Clements Island in St. Mary’s County. Find out about the free tours, demonstrations and concerts near you at marylandday.org

This annual festival (March 21–24) will share more than 70 films at locations around Annapolis, including short films, documentaries, features, and animated films. There are also behindthe-scenes Q&As with filmmakers, panel discussions and parties! Check into annapolisfilmfestival.com for this year’s lineup of screenings, activities and parties.

Join Chesapeake Family Life for our annual Camp Fairs! While you meet with representatives from more than 40 camps, the kids can make s’mores, play games, and work on crafts. It’s the perfect chance to research where to send your kids this summer and get your kids in on the decision. See you on March 2 at Annapolis Area Christian School, and March 23 at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park. ChesapeakeFamily.com/ campfair

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Pies for Pi Day


i Day probably isn’t on your Google calendar. But if there’s ever a time to celebrate a math holiday, this is it. Pi Day is March 14, or 3.14, the number representing pi, aka the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Even if you scarcely remember the symbol from 8th grade geometry, the best part about Pi Day is there’s an obvious way to celebrate: pie. We’ve rounded up 3.14 ways to celebrate Pi Day using easy pie recipes that you can make with the kids. They might even earn some bonus credit with their math teacher! —Ann Levelle


Ingredients • 1 graham cracker crust

SWEDISH APPLE PIE Ingredients • 5–6 apples, peeled and sliced

• 13-ounce container Nutella

(any will do, but a mix of red

• 1 pound room-temperature

baking apples and granny smith work well)

cream cheese • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar

• 1 cup + 1 Tbsp. sugar • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions 1.

Beat cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar till smooth.


• 1 cup flour • 1 egg

Add Nutella and continue


mixing until well mixed.

1. 2.

• 2 packages instant chocolate pudding mix • 1 graham cracker crust • 1 8-ounce container whipped topping


In a small bowl, combine ¾

1 ½ cups into graham cracker crust.

pudding, then spread the

Spoon over apples


Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or

• 12 full graham crackers, crushed cup sugar


Mix all ingredients together


Press into pie pan


Bake for 10 minutes at 350°

(adapted from tastesbetterfromscratch. com)

second mixture on top of the first

of salt. 4.

Fold one half of the whipped topping into the remaining

1 cup flour, 1 egg and a pinch




Whisk together milk and pudding until well mixed. Spoon

cup melted butter, 1 cup sugar,

(adapted from Nigela Lawson;

better when it’s homemade.

• 6 Tbsp butter, melted



graham cracker crust, it’s always

• 1/3

• ½ cup chocolate shavings

Sprinkle apples with 1 tsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon

Serve chilled.

will work just fine with a pre-made

• 2 cups milk


GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST While all of these recipes recipes


sliced apples

Spoon mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Fill pie plate 2/3 full with peeled,


layer already in the crust. 3.

Top with remaining whipped topping and garnish with

until golden.

chocolate shavings. 4.

Cover and refrigerate for four hours.

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Facing Addiction, Together Local advocacy groups join to help solve the crisis in their community. BY JOYCE HEID


hen Denise Williams’s children were younger, the Pasadena mother did everything she could for them. She went to concerts, track meets and did all the things good moms do. She had two amazing sons and never thought she would lose one, much less both, to addiction. Ryan was a star athlete in high school and according to her, “He put Northeast on the map for his outstanding running ability.” His twin brother, Matthew,

was a talented musician. Typical teenagers, they experimented with alcohol at parties, but there were no major indicators of the nightmare that would follow. After college, failed relationships and financial situations drove Ryan to seek an escape from his problems. His brother, who was already dabbling in drugs to deal with his own mental health issues, introduced him to heroin as a coping mechanism. After a three-year battle with addiction, Ryan died at the age of 29. “Matthew lived three more years after Ryan, but I Upcoming Community Listening Sessions think that though he was physically facebook.com/facingaddictionannearundel here, he died the same day as his brother. He couldn’t live with the March 7 March 26 depression and guilt. He couldn’t The Church at Severn Run, Community United Methodist live with the drugs and he couldn’t NARCAN training, Church, NARCAN training, live without them.” 6–6:30 p.m.; open 6:30–7 p.m.; open discussion, 6:30–8 p.m. discussion, 7–8:30 p.m. Tweens, teenagers, artists and athletes. Sons, daughters, parents March 21 April 4 and grandparents. Black, white, West Arundel Creative Arts, Arundel Christian Church, Hispanic. Public school students, NARCAN training, NARCAN training, 6–6:30 private school students. These are 6–6:30 p.m.; open p.m.; open discussion, discussion, 6:30–8 p.m. 6:30–8 p.m. the lives cut short by addiction. In 2018 there were 1,077 total In addition to the Community Listening Sessions, Facing overdoses in Anne Arundel Addiction Anne Arundel holds a monthly meeting the County—166 of which were fatal. second Tuesday of every month at the Panera Bread The first month of 2019 has shown located at 8125 Ritchie Highway in Pasadena at little improvement, with 76 total 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. overdoses, 13 of which were fatal.

Recent headlines often highlight an opioid crisis. But Debi Keane says that the tragedy of addiction in our community is nothing new. Keane is chair of Facing Addiction Anne Arundel, the local chapter of the national nonprofit committed to bringing together resources to reduce the human and social costs of addiction. “Addiction has had a strong hold on Anne Arundel County for a long time,” she says, “manifesting as alcoholism, cocaine/crack addiction, and prescription abuse/addiction. The current opioid crisis has spotlighted the crisis due to the fatal overdoses from fentanyl opioids.” Although addiction is nothing new, Keane notes that “the age of the user has progressively gotten younger. The potency of the drugs has gotten much stronger, i.e. the introduction of fentanyl has changed the game of addiction.” That game changer extends to treatment as well. “Where in the past addicts would hit ‘bottom’ and seek treatment,” Keane says, “the fentanyl is actually killing people before they have a chance to hit that bottom. However, I believe that the tide may start to change with the new awareness that people are dying and that addiction knows no boundaries.” Addiction does not limit its destruction to the user. Keane describes it as a “generational trauma” due to the record number of children impacted by it. “Those with fatal overdoses are leaving children behind in record numbers. Some of those children are lucky enough to have extended family take them in, the rest are going into the foster system and taxing an already overburdened Child Protective Services division of the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services.” Another organization, Recovery Anne Arundel, was established in 2008 as a small group of stakeholders in the community interested in becoming change agents for individuals in or seeking recovery. Today the organization has grown to over 40 active

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members and over 100 supporters working together to educate and empower others on the experience and process of recovery, through advocacy and special events. Facing Addiction is under the umbrella of Recovery Anne Arundel. Both focus on the Community by advocating and engaging family and loved ones impacted by addiction. Our power is in our experience,” says Keane. “We had to navigate the labyrinth of seeking help for a loved one and are trying to ease that path for others similarly affected. We want to streamline the process.” Recovery Anne Arundel is also affiliated with Serenity Sistas, an Annapolis nonprofit that offers supportive housing to individuals in recovery from substance misuse. Angel Traynor, director of Serenity Sistas and coordinator of Recovery Anne Arundel, saw an opportunity in late 2016 to partner with the national arm of Facing Addiction on its new initiative concerning community engagement. Anne Arundel County was chosen as one of the first 15 communities nationwide to start the pilot “Community Project.” The Community Project will bring together resources to combat the addiction crisis, including securing increased localized funding, training advocates, working with elected officials, providing media guidance to highlight solutions, and working with those in the community directly affected by addiction. As part of this outreach, they are inviting community members to attend open meetings to learn more. “The sessions are designed to provide an opportunity for people who have loved ones in active addiction or in recovery to share what obstacles they’ve encountered, what supports they most need, and what has worked well for them,” according to Keane. The meetings will include information about local resources that can be helpful, but organizers are also hoping attendees will contribute information that might be helpful to others. Keane says based on what is shared at the meetings, organizers will then develop

resource guides and seek new ways to get the best information available to the people who need it. By informing public officials the specific needs of the communities, Keane hopes that programs can be tailored to meet them head on. In addition to the open forum, each session will begin with a free NARCAN training class, which will teach the use of intranasal naloxone, a prescription medicine that when used properly, can reverse an opioid overdose and prevent death. The training is recommended for at-risk individuals, family members, friends and the associates of any individual who is using and at risk of overdosing not just on heroin, but prescription opioid pain medications as well. After completing the training, participants will receive a free naloxone kit to administer to victims of an opioid overdose. No one likes to think addiction can strike their family. Today, Denise Williams is an active member of Recovery Anne Arundel. She urges parents, families and friends to attend the Community Listening Sessions. “Knowing what I know today, addiction is not something that is chosen. The only way for it to stop is for there to be no new users,“ says Keane. “Come to the meetings to learn what you can do now. Even if your child is in elementary school, you have to start the discussion. Most middle schoolers are already testing the waters—they have tried alcohol, pot, Juuls. [With my kids] I thought, ‘It’s just a phase.’ No one told me drugs today are more potent, more addictive. This is real. Come to the meetings to get educated and understand how addiction works. You have the power to stop the epidemic.” For more information about Recovery Anne Arundel visit recoveryannearundel.org. Questions on Recovery Anne Arundel can be directed to Angel Traynor, Executive Director of Serenity Sistas Inc., at serenitysista1@ gmail.com. For more information about Facing Addiction Anne Arundel visit recoveryannearundel.org/facing-addiction.


People overdosed in Anne Arundel County in 2018


People in Anne Arundel County who died from overdosing in 2018

170,000 People tried heroin for the first time nationally

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Maryland offers virtually limitless spring sporting events for families to enjoy. By Steve Adams


rowing up in Annapolis as a sports-loving kid, it was always a treat to make the trip to D.C. or Baltimore to watch a major league sports game. There aren’t many areas of the country with so many professional teams within an hour’s drive, and I undoubtedly took it for granted when I got to watch one play. Once I was old enough to start buying my own tickets and figuring out my own transportation, however, I quickly discovered that there aren’t many areas in the country with so many high-quality yet budget-friendly options on the semi-pro and collegiate level to choose from as well. In fact, Maryland’s virtual embarrassment of sports riches means that there’s not only a good chance that you can find an upcoming game to attend in whatever sport strikes your fancy, but also that you can avoid spending an arm and leg on it. Plus, there’s more going on in the local sports world in the spring than at any other time of year!




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BASEBALL You’re surely familiar with the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles, whose home openers are on March 28 and April 4, respectively, and whose many promotions include: • Impressive kids’ membership clubs. The $20 Jr. Nationals Kids Club offers a bunch of swag to its 4- to 12-yearold members, while the $25 Junior Orioles Dugout Club includes swag and tickets to 6 pre-selected home games. • Discounted pricing on package, group, and kids’ tickets, hopefully including a repeat of the O’s Kids Cheer Free program, an initiative that allowed adults in the Upper Deck to bring up to two children 9 and under with them for free. • Giveaways, theme nights and Friday night fireworks. And you’ve probably heard of, or maybe even seen, at least one of the many minor league teams that offer affordable, family-friendly entertainment, including giveaways and

theme nights that most definitely rival the pros, at unique ballparks scattered throughout the state: • The Aberdeen IronBirds, who play 38 homes games beginning June 14. • The Delmarva Shorebirds, Frederick Keys, and Hagerstown Suns, each open on April 4, which we may safely deem “the biggest day in Maryland AA baseball.” • The Bowie Baysox, whose first of 12 home stands begins on April 11. There are also many great under-theradar non-professional options as well, including: • Navy Men’s Baseball, which began its season in mid-February but will play a whopping 25 home games—all of which have mid-afternoon start times and offer free sit-wherever-youwant admission—at beautiful Max Bishop Stadium in March and April. • University of Maryland Baseball, which hosted its first homestand in late February and has 21 total home games left to play at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.



• Navy Women’s Club Softball, which won the National Club Softball Association National Championship last year and will play eight more home games (also free!) at its just-offthe-yard field. Looking at this list, it’s clear that you could easily consume a nearly infinite amount of “the national pastime” this spring. But if you’re more into what many consider Maryland’s national pastime, you're covered there, too. LACROSSE You likely know about the Chesapeake Bayhawks, the most successful team in the 15-year history of Major League Lacrosse. They first played in Baltimore (2001–2005), then Washington (2007– 2009), and now call Annapolis home. They play eight home games at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium each season, and feature a family-friendly and lively environment. Plus there’s never a lack of goals and they end each game with fireworks! If you don’t want to wait until June 29 when the Bayhawks host their first home faceoff, you can catch some high-quality lacrosse with some of the best college lacrosse teams, both men’s and women’s, in the country. • University of Maryland—The Terps men’s and women’s teams regularly rank among the nation’s top ten, and have 5 and 6 remaining home games, respectively, at Capital One Field. Tickets range from $5 to $20. Baltimore also happens to be hosting the women’s Big Ten Tournament in May. • U.S. Naval Academy—Admission to men’s and women’s home games, played at Navy Stadium, is $10 and $0, respectively. The men have 6 games remaining; the women, 8. • Johns Hopkins—The men’s and women’s teams have 6 and 8 home games left, respectively, at Homewood Field. Women’s games are free, men’s are $10–$15. • Loyola—Admission to the 5 remaining men’s games and 7

women’s games, played at Ridgely Athletic Complex, ranges $7 to $15. Finally, if you’re hoping to watch some sports that are a bit less historic—at least in the U.S.—our region won’t leave you wanting. HOCKEY Not much compares to the start-tofinish excitement and energy of a Washington Capitals home game, and there are just 8 remaining in March and early April—plus, hopefully, some playoff games. Maryland is also the home to the North American Hockey League’s newest team, the Black Bears, who have 6 remaining home games at Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton. The Bears offer a military discount on all tickets, which range from $8 to $15. BASKETBALL The Washington Wizards haven’t had the greatest season, but an NBA game is a high-energy experience, regardless of who’s playing, and ticket prices to the Wiz’s 12 remaining home games should be nice and cheap. Plus the Washington Mystics host their first home tipoff, on June 1. Of course there are other options:

• The Capital City Go Go, of the NBA G League, will play 4 more games this season. Tickets range from $6 to $60, at Entertainment and Sports Arena. • The Baltimore Shuckers, of the Central Basketball Association, will play the first of 4 home games at Annapolis Area Christian School on March 16. SOCCER D.C. United, founded as one of Major League Soccer’s ten charter clubs, began playing at its brand-new stadium, Audi Field, last July and will host 14 home games there this spring and summer. The first is on March 3 and tickets start at $49. Another great option is our local indoor soccer team, the Baltimore Blast, who have three home games remaining at SECU Arena at Towson University this season. The Washington Spirit, of the National Women's Soccer League will play 12 home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds starting in late spring. Preseason games start March 30. With so many options and so little time, picking and choosing from this list is a task that any sports lover should both love and hate. Good luck!

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It’s time to sign up for camp . . . what type of camper do you have? B Y L I S A S N O W D E N - M C C R AY I L L U S T R AT E D B Y K E E G A N C A R D O Z A


arenting sometimes feels like

Before you start panicking and filling our

an endless array of choices:

registration forms willy-nilly, think about

will you breast feed or bottle

what type of kid you’ve got and what kind

feed? Will the kids attend public

of things they’d like to do. Whether they

school or private school? How

love soccer, spend their time immersed in

much screen time should they get? Which

the world of video games, or are the class

pediatrician should you use? Is high fructose

math whiz—it’s best for the both of you if

corn syrup going to kill us all?

you match them up with a camp that they

Then summer rolls around and things get more intense.

will enjoy. We’ve done some of the work for you.

In a perfect world, we parents would

We assessed some kid personalities, then

get a summer break right along with the

waded into the sea of camp listings out

kids. We’d spend the summer reading and

there and suggested camps for some of

swimming and hiking and definitely not

each type of camper kid: Mini Monets,

thinking about adult responsibilities. The

Glampers (also known as Glam-campers),

reality for most of us, though, is that we

the All-Star, Techie Tweens, the Sleep-Away

have to work and the kids need places that

Super Camper, the Trendsetter, and the Star

will keep them safe, busy and happy.

in the Making.

With hundreds of camps all over

Once you figure out what kind of camper

Maryland, and kids who have a wide array

you’ve got, you can check out our Camp

of interests, it can be intimidating to figure

Directory on page 20. Plus, you can find

out where your kids will want to spend their

even more camps, and information about

summer and where you want to spend your

the camp experience, at Chesapeake Family

hard-earned money.

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Star in the Making


hese are the

songs with power and

teach tap, jazz, ballet,

kids who turn

finesse! Grades 6–12.

hip hop and modern

microphone and every mirror into an adoring

Rising Stars, Columbia

crowd. There was never


Ukelele and Singing Camp, Annapolis

any doubt—in their

Campers will rotate


minds at least—that they

between acting, music,

Students will take group

are destined to be the

dance and art classes,

ukulele and singing

next Beyoncé. Let your

culminating in a final

lessons, then use their

little stars shine as they

production. Grades 1–8.

skills in an awesome

every hairbrush into a

dance. Ages 5–12.

learn to put on a play

sing and play along.

or belt out a tune. Or let

Rock 101, Baltimore

them learn to take their


talents online to become

Beginners ages 7–12

YouTube stars.

will explore instruments

YouTube Stars, Crofton

through musical games


and activities.

Kids will learn video

Belt it Like Broadway, Baltimore

Ages 7–13.

production skills,


Star Makers, Bowie

including how to story-

Learn to sing your


board, script, record

favorite Broadway

Experienced instructors

and edit videos.

The Glamper


uture Project Runway contestants gotta start

somewhere. Send your kid to one of these camps if they can’t leave for the bus stop with a *look* for each day of school. These camps are for your future designers who want to learn to sew, develop an eye for beauty, and create outfits for their dolls.

Accessorize Your Room, Annapolis keyschool.org Create fun accessories and accent pieces to jazz up bedroom décor. Campers grades 3–6 will craft decorative table lamps, picture frames, and wall art.

American Girl Doll Design Time, Severna Park stmartinsmd.org Learn to make unicorn squishies, trendy tote bags

Sleep-Away Super Camper


ome children are born

sleep-away camp. Features

for the great outdoors.

bunk beds, pow wow fire

These are the kids whittling

pit, and dining facility.

sticks all winter long,

Ages 7–9.

insisting on s’mores for dragging you along on

Camp Wabanna, Edgewater

design. Ages 6–8.

nature hikes whatever the


weather. These camps let

Residential campers

Bedazzled by Beads, Columbia howardcc.edu

kids like yours stretch their

take part in Bible study,

wings at a sleepaway

kayaking, swimming, and

camp where they can

all the fun of traditional

commune with, uh, similar-

summer camp.

and other accessories for your American Girl doll

Kids ages 8–10 can create with beads, metal and string, turning the ordinary into stunning, wearable art.

Camp Divalicious Girls, Capitol Heights camp.mygirlfriendshouse.org Learn to sew, sketch, and show off your designs in a fashion show. Ages 10–16.

dessert every night, and

minded children and make friendship bracelets to their heart’s content.

Grandparents Camp, Churchton bwccampsandretreats.com

Arrowhead Woods Overnight Camp, Manchester

Multi-generaltional week brings together campers and grandparents with


sailing, swimming, and arts

The perfect introduction to

and crafts.

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The All Star



our kid: has a closet

of sports as part of this

full of sports gear, a

comprehensive program.

variety of sports teams, and

These camps: ready and

Annapolis Junior Rowing Association Learn to Row Camp, Annapolis

willing to push your kid to


the max. There are camps

Learn boat handling, rowing

for kids looking to be the

technique, and more at this

next Serena Williams or Tom


Brady, of course, but also

camp. For students entering

camps for kids just looking

grades 8–12.

wide range of friends from a


an intense need to watch obscure games on ESPN.

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to have fun. Either way, be prepared to pick your kid up tired but very happy.

All Sports Camp, Annapolis



learn about riding horses, as well as horse care, tack

5–8 can learn a variety

care, and showmanship.


hese trendsetting, pop

while learning about Muggle

culture kids have every

STEM concepts.

they’ve seen the movies, too. You know the type. They are

Hogwarts Experience, Columbia

the ones who seem to speak


another language, can’t stop

Participants ages 11–17

talking about Hogwarts, or

will enroll in the Hogwarts

Percy Jackson, Star Wars, or

School of Witchcraft and

whatever else has captured

Wizardry. They will learn

their attention. Give them

potion making, quidditch

the chance to geek out with

and magical crafts.

book of every series . . . and

www.learn2sailwrsc.com Sea Urchins - Ages 5-7 Sailing School - Ages 8-18 Racing Team - Ages 8-18 Adult Sessions on weekends! MARCH 9TH OPEN HOUSE




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some kids of their own age with the following camps.

Harry Potter Magical Engineering, Arnold

Campers ages 5–18 will

Boys and girls in grades


Safe, low traffic river to learn on! Full day classes 8:30am - 3pm REGISTRATION IS OPEN




Supporting our youth & the future of sailing since 1953...

En-tice-ment Stables Equestrian Camp, Harwood

Hogwarts School of Culinary Magic, Severna Park stmartinsmd.org


Relive the excitement of

Explore the magic of Harry

Harry Potter’s adventures

Potter using LEGOs. Travel

with magical magical treats,

to a world of wizardry and

snacks and potions.

hone your magical skills

Ages 9–12.

Techie Tweens


t’s obvious pretty early if your kid is a STEM

kid. These are kids who

How Girls Code, Baltimore umbcretrievers.com

are masters at whipping

Empowers girls to explore

up slime. They are always

the worlds of computer

happy to get tech toys for

science and robotics.

Christmas because they

Grades 3–9.

Severn Sailing Association

can’t wait to take them apart and then put them back together. And, of course, towering LEGO creations go without question.

App Attack! Columbia howardcc.edu Campers can design and customize their own game app, learn the basics of mobile app design and game development. No prior experience necessary. Ages 6–17.

Terrapin STEM Camp, Laurel terrapinstem.com Learn about all aspects of STEM—from discovering how magnets work to creating rockets. Grades 6–8.

Classes from learn-to-sail to high level competition!

Jr. Chemist, Severna Park stmartinsmd.org

▶ June 17th through August 16th ▶ Programs available for ages 5-18

Campers will create wacky concoctions, blob

severnsailing.org 410.268.8744

explosions, funny putty, and more. Ages 3.5–5.

Mini Monets


ot all kids fit into a neat little box, and

sometimes kids with a

Summer Art Camp, Towson towson.edu

predisposition for the arts

Kids of all abilities can

can struggle in school,

create art, including 2D,

where time constraints can

3D, and digital experience

mean there isn’t much room

workshops. Program

for creativity. However,

sessions end with an

summer can be the perfect

exhibition. Ages 6–14.

Summer Camps Join the Fun!

time to engage your aspiring artist, who is always doodling, sculpting, painting or drawing.

Art-Ability, Severna Park severnschool.com Campers will learn calligraphy, drawing and design, how to make prints and get to enjoy the outdoors while painting landscapes. Grades 5–9.

Architecture Summer Camp, Baltimore thewalters.org Learn about ancient aqueducts, elaborate columns and flying buttresses. Campers will observe the way buildings are depicted in the museum’s collection and create their own structures. Grades 1–5.

June 17th - August 23rd THE Destination for Camps & Programs for ALL AGES!

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directory | day camp

day camp Directory I t’s time to start looking for that perfect summer camp!

Our day camp directory will help you find all types of fun places for your kids’ summer adventures. From arts and

crafts to academics, dance and drama to sports and fitness, we’ve listed summer programs in our area that focus on just

about any specialized interest your child might have. Plus we’ve got plenty of camps with various themes or that provide general interest programs. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find a summer camp to keep your kids happy. Those with descriptions are advertisers. For additional day camp details, overnight camps and other resources, check out ChesapeakeFamily.com/camp.


Pongos Learning Lab & Coder Kids Club

Bricks 4 Kidz

mathnasium.com/annapolis 2nd grade-12th grade

Crofton, 301-789-1815 ext 4

We make math make sense! Offering year-

Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City


round programs to help students catch up,

410-927-5455, bricks4kidz.com

Kindergarten-8th grade, Before & after care

keep up, and get ahead.

Join the Pongos Learning Lab for a

See our ad on page 4

Club SciKidz MD

summer of STEAM adventures. Kids can

Annapolis, Gambrills, Odenton

enjoy camps on topics such as coding,

Smart Fit Kids Academy


animation, video production, robotics,

Severna Park, 443-597-7173

4 years–15 years, Before & after care

escape rooms, game design, game



development, gaming, and more.

4 years–14 years, Before & after care

Club SciKidz MD offers hands-on science

See our ad on page 23

Smart Fit Kids STEM Based Summer

and technology summer camp programs.

Camp fosters creativity, builds and

Our campers explore and investigate the

Engineering For Kids

“how” and “why” of science and technology

Annapolis, 410-575-3353

leadership skills. We offer exciting daily field

concepts. They will not only have a fun


trips, 40-minutes of fun academics, 1 hour of

summer but also develop a life-long love for


stem class, and daily sports.

encourages problem solving skills and

See our ad on page 27


Mathnasium – The Math Learning Center

See our ad on page 19

Annapolis, 410-266-6200

Summer at Summit Edgewater, 410-798-0005 thesummitschool.org

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directory | day camp 6 years–8th grade, After care Summer at Summit offers academic enrichment programs to help students prevent

Studio 180 Summer Camps Annapolis, 410-268-5299 studio180dance.com

summer slide and prepare for back-to-school success, while having fun and making new friends! See our ad on page 6

ARTS, CRAFTS & PHOTOGRAPHY ArtFarm Annapolis Annapolis, 443-360-5278 artfarmannapolis.com

Artworks Studio

ENVIRONMENTAL/OUTDOOR ADVENTURE Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park Summer Camp Annapolis, 443-214-5872 amaritime.org

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Summer Camp Grasonville, 410-827-6694

Annapolis, Arnold, Edgewater


410-271-3343, artworksstudio.info

4 years-8th grade, Before & after care

5 years-5th grade

Kids will spend the summer in the sun

Artworks offers a variety of week long

exploring the Bay, hiking on trails, and

fun and creative camps to choose from

meeting friends new and old, all while

throughout the summer! Students explore

learning about the environment through a

a wide range of media including collage,

“hands-on, feet-wet” approach that makes

painting, drawing, sculpture and more.

learning seem more like playing.

Discover the power of family music making. Annapolis - Crofton - Severna Park musictogetherchesapeake.com (301)262-9538

Annapolis · Gambrills Odenton · Severna Park

Also partnering with Thrive/ SP Gymnastics partner to offer art education, physical education and fun in one camp. See our ad on page 27

Walters Art Museum Summer Camps Baltimore, 410-547-9000, thewalters.org

DANCE Ballet Theatre of Maryland Annapolis, 410-263-8289 balletmaryland.org

Design in Motion Dance Camp

Colonial Adventures at Historic London Town & Gardens Edgewater, 410-222-1919 historiclondontown.org

Echoes of Nature


Eco Adventures Millersville, 410-987-1300 ecoadventures.org, 3 years-11 years Each camp is themed to get kids excited about our natural world. Campers experience nature hikes, outdoor classrooms, animal


speakers and learning about careers in

4–10 years

animal training and animal care. Walk on

Summer dance camps are designed to offer

the wild side at Eco Adventures this summer

students the opportunity to experience many

and “Experience the Extraordinary!”

th Celebrating our 15 year

Teacher Run Summer Fun Ages 4-12 Small ratio of staff to campers STEM, swimming, sports, field trips, arts and crafts & more!

will enjoy arts and crafts, movies and special dance topics. See our ad on page 23

Ages 4-15 9am-4pm Pre-camp & Post-camp hours available


interactions, crafts, games, field trips, guest

creative theme will be presented. Students

Summer Camp

Camps & Registration info at

Brooklyn Park, 301-860-1306

Gambrills, 410-923-9925

different styles of dance. Every week a new

Hands-on programs where campers explore & investigate the "HOW" & "WHY" of science and technology concepts.



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directory | day camp River’s Edge Forest Play West River, 410-703-6157 riversedgeforestplay.com

GYMNASTICS Docksiders Gymnastics Millersville, 410-987-8780 docksidersgymnastics.com

Rolly Pollies Summer Camp


Edgewater, 410-798-9696

Baywood Farms Summer Camps

South River Martial Arts

Harwood, 410-867-7923

Edgewater, West River, 410-956-7700



En-Tice-Ment Stables Equestrian Camps

Team Randori Young Dragons Summer Program

Harwood, 410-798-4980

Annapolis, 443-569-7070



Severna Park, Crofton, 410-544-9002

5 years–12th grade


We teach people how to become equestrians

Severna Park Gymnastics and Thrive Gymnastics

in a fun, family-oriented facility. Our horses are well schooled and love children.

Severna Park, 410-709-8130

Marlboro Ridge Equestrian Center


Upper Marlboro, 301-574-2041

thrivegymnastics.com, 3 years–8th grade


Annapolis, 410-995-8130

SPG and Thrive offer half- and full-day camp


MULTIPLE THEMES/GENERAL CAMP PROGRAMS AACC—Kids in College Arnold, 410-777-2325 aacc.edu/kic

AACS Summer Programs Annapolis, Severn, 410-519-5300 x3150



expend a ton of energy.

East Coast Martial Arts

Annapolis Area Christian School is proud

See our ad on page 27

Annapolis, 410-268-1508

options to fit your needs. Children learn new gymnastics skills, make new friends and

3 years–12th grade, Before & after care to launch our 13th year of fully integrated



50+ Programs Academic Camps

410.519.5300 x3150



Sports Camps Creative Arts Camps

Camps held in Severn and Annapolis. We welcome campers of all families and faiths. Tours available by appointment!

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directory | day camp and comprehensive summer programs. AACS Summer Programs are innovative and provide children valuable growth opportunities in a fun, safe and creative environment. We offer full day, half day, and evening programs. See our ad on page 20

Adventures in Camp Columbia, 240-997-1700 adventuresincamp.com 4 years-12 years Adventures in Camp is a Teacher Made and Teacher Run summer day camp with a variety of daily activities including sports and games, arts and crafts, nature walks, talent show practice, weekly swimming and field trips. We also have lessons that incorporate writing, math, science, and reaching enrichment into the summer fun. See our ad on page 19

Annapolis Recreation and Parks Summer Camps Annapolis, 410-263-7958 annapolis.gov/354/Camp-Information

Camps for Children 3.5 years — Grade 12 Register www.keyschool.org/summer KEY SCHOOL • 534 HILLSMERE DR. • ANNAPOLIS, MD • 21403 • 443.321.2575

4–15 years Annapolis Recreation and Parks is excited to introduce new camps for summer 2019! Activities will include traditional day camps

Chesapeake Family Life Summer at Key February 2019

with field trips while special interest camps will include sports, STEAM, stand up paddleboarding and much more! See our ad on page 16

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks 410-222-7300 aacounty.org/recparks 3 years–12th grade, Before & after care We are the destination for camps and programs with day camps, teens camps, and adaptive inclusive camps, plus specialty camps for the arts, sports, dance, enrichment, aquatics, science and much more. This year introducing Camp Anne Arundel (CAA) with two-week sessions around the county. See our ad on page 17

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directory | day camp Archbishop Spalding High School

camp located on the Chesapeake Bay. Day

programs continue to grow each and every

camp and overnight programs available.

year as we introduce new programming,

Severn, 410-969-9105

Activities include sailing, rock climbing wall,

weekly themes and a variety of technology,


high ropes course, tubing/banana boating,

sports, arts, innovation and most of all fun.

Offering academic writing, engineering,

kayaking, Archery Tag, 50’ giant swing,

baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, dance

dual zip-line, archery, swimming, and arts

and cheer, field hockey, football, softball,

& crafts.  

Indian Creek School Summer Camp Programs

girls volleyball, cross country, ice hockey

See our ad on page 40

Crownsville, 410-923-3660

and wrestling summer camps.   

Edinboro Early School Summer Program

See our ad on page 32

Bayside Summer Adventure Camp

indiancreekschool.org Before & after care, 3 years–12th grade Our summer program offers the fun and

Severna Park, 410-544-2476

exciting adventures. From STEM to music

2 years–2nd grade

to art, swimming, and outdoor adventures,

Sandy Point State Park, 410-266-6132


performing arts, and sports, ICS will be


Running for nine weeks, we feature a single,

sure to provide a well-rounded and exciting

4 years–9th grade, Before & after care

multifaceted topic and culminate with a

experience for all!

We are a unique summer program that

luncheon program. Weekly “water days”

See our ad on page 35

allows children to create the camp that is

and two weeks of optional swim lessons.

best for them. For 23 years, we have made

See our ad on page 37

summer memorable with activity choices

Summer at KEY - Key School Annapolis, 443-321-2575

canoeing/paddle boarding, crabbing/

Grannie Annie’s Summer Program

fishing and more. We also offer an overnight

Pasadena, 410-255-0478

Extended Care available

option and specialty focused camps.

granniecare.com, 5 years–5th grade

Key creates a safe, stimulating and engaging

Full-day summer camp for school-agers

environment for all campers. Spend the

with daily outside activities. Local field trips

summer learning, creating, and having fun

Annapolis, 410-757-0552

include swimming, bowling, Jazzercise,

with friends. With over 120 camps, this is


yoga, movies and park. Other field trips

your child’s key to summer fun. Both half-

have included Bricks 4 Kids, Eco Adventures,

and full-day options available. Camps run

Pirate Adventures, Annapolis Maritime

June 17 - August 9.

Museum, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and

See our ad on page 21

that includes sports, science, art, nature,

Beth Shalom Camp

Bright Beginning Children’s Learning Center Crownsville (license# 130684),

National Aquarium.


See our ad on page 39

Glen Burnie (license#160256),

keyschool.org/summer 3.5 years–12th grade

Saint Andrew’s Day School Edgewater, 410-266-0952

bright-beginning.com, 2–5 years

Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School Summer Camp

Each themed week offers indoor and outdoor

Bowie, 301-464-3215, htrinity.org

Continue the joy of learning, playing and

activities. Utilizing the large playground,

4 years–9th grade, Before & after care

discovering this summer at Saint Andrew’s.

community and special visitors, these

Be part of the excitement. Celebrate the

Our summer programs offer campers of all

activities help young children discover

summer with thematic and specialty camps.

ages opportunities to explore and grow in a

science and explore nature and introduce

Before and after care and swim lessons

fun and exciting environment. Your camper is

preschoolers to new activities and skills. We

available for all campers. Register online!

in for an unforgettable summer of fun.

offer full and part time care.

See our ad on page 23

See our ad on page 24

IDEAS Summer Camp Annapolis, 844-516-2267 Ext. 1

Severn School—Summer at Severn

Edgewater, 410-798-0455


Severna Park, 410-647-7700 x2344

4–16 years, Before & after care

Before & after care, 3 years-12 years



At IDEAS Camp, we offer arts and crafts

3.5 years–5th grade, Before & after care

A fun-filled, action-packed, Christ-centered

to multi-sport camps and our summer camp

Severn Day Camp provides a safe and


See our ad on page 37

Camp Wabanna

summer.standrewsum.org 3.5–14 years, Before & after care

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directory | day camp stimulating environment for students as young as age 3.5 through those entering fifth grade. Our weeklong sessions are made up of fun and educational activities centered on

Come be a part of

Holy Trinity Hawks Summer Camp 2019

a different weekly theme. See our ad on page 26

St. Margaret’s Day School Summer Camp Annapolis, 410-757-2333 stmargaretsdayschool.org 2 years–10 years, Before & after care

e excitement!

11902 Daisy Lane Glenn Dale, MD 301-464-3215 www.htrinity.org

Celebrate the summer with thematic and specialty camps. Before & after care and swim lessons available for all campers. Register online!

Field Trips • Cooking • Lego Robotics Basketball • Water Days • Science Swimming • Arts & Crafts • Stop Motion

Join us from June to August at our fun-filled day camp! Every two weeks we will have a new exciting camp theme with crafts, projects, games, science explorations, and more. See our ad on page 36

Musical Theatre Summer Camp Ages 6-15 • Full Day • 2 Weeks • Low Cost

St. Paul’s Lutheran Summer Camp Glen Burnie, 410-766-0591 stpaulsgb.org

Summer Fun in-the-Field at St. Martin’s Severna Park, 410-647-7055

Towson 6/24-7/5


Glen Burnie 7/15-26

Annapolis 7/29-8/9

Find us on Facebook www.MusicalArtistsTheatre.com


Woods Child Development Center Severna Park, 410-647-9168 woodscdc.org

Y Camp, The Y in Central Maryland
 Three locations, 410-544-2525 ymarylandcamp.org 5 years-17 years, Before & after care Y Camp summer fun is full of active kids, exciting themes, endless variety, new friends,

Learn. Have fun. Repeat. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Programs for pre-school, K-8, teens, and adults Camps, classes, clubs, birthday parties, after school programs, scout badge workshops 2141 Priest Bridge Drive, Suite 8 | Crofton, MD 21114 info@pongoslearninglab.com | 301-789-1815 ext. 4 pongoslearninglab.com

Summer Camp info: http://bit.ly/summercamps2019

new skills, and new adventures. Choose from three locations in Anne Arundel County. Transportation available. Free morning and afternoon extended hours, sibling discounts and financial assistance available. See our ad on page 26

YMCA Camp Letts Edgewater, 410-919-1410, campletts.org

*All Camps Have Theme Related Arts & Crafts, Movies and Games.

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directory | day camp MUSIC Music Together Chesapeake
 Annapolis, Crofton, Severna Park 301-262-9538

School of Rock Summer Camps

West River Sailing Club

Arnold, Gambrills, 410-366-7625

westriversc.org, 6 years and up


Since 1953, WRSC has a long and

Galesville, 410-867-WRSC (9772)

successful history with young sailors. Our


musictogetherchesapeake.com Infants–Kindergarten

instructors instill a respect for the water, but also teach the techniques and skills required

Engage your child in music-making this

KidShip Sailing School

summer in a Music Together mixed-age

Annapolis, 800-638-9192

while always keeping at the forefront the

family class. Select a 6-week session or beat


most important element of teaching children

the end of summer blues in a 4-week August mini session. Older siblings are welcome!   See our ad on page 19

to sustain a life-long passion for the sport

Severn Sailing Association Junior Sailing Annapolis, 410-263-0071

Naptown Sings!

– fun! See our ad on page 16


severnsailing.org, 5 years-12th grade

Camp Accomplish

Annapolis, 410-279-3208

SSA has been a leader in junior sailing

Nanjemoy, 301-870-3226


nationally and internationally for more


than 50 years. We provide a safe and fun

5 years–18 years

learning environment for young sailors,

Camp Accomplish offers options for day

teach young people safe boat handling,

and overnight camps, as well as several

Millersville, 443-988-3970

seamanship, and sportsmanship, help young

new specialty camp options. Campers enjoy


people learn to sail and promote youth

a variety of different activities including

sailing competition. See our ad on page 17

swimming, wall climbing, ropes course,

Priddy Music Academy Summer Band Camps

Best kept secret...


Motivating Minds

• Young 3s class • Young 4s class • PK class • 1/2 day kindergarten • STEAM class • Wednesdays at Weems • Summer Camp www.weemscreeknurseryschool.com

I can t wait to tell you what I learned today! You’ll be amazed to learn what they learn. Discover our innovative approach to education, challenging academics and small classes today.

Join Us Open House March 8th 9 - 11 am

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Day School 4B Wallace Manor Road | Edgewater, MD standrewsum.org PRESCHOOL – 8TH GRADE

Schedule a tour by calling 410.266.5522

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directory | day camp archery, creative arts, canoeing, horseback riding, campfires, talent shows and much more. See our ad on page 26

Camp Attaway

Benfield Sportscenter Millersville, 410-987-5100, benfieldsc.com

Navy Athletics Summer Camps

Benfield Sportscenter offers a full variety of

Annapolis, navysports.com

sport activities for all ages: instruction and

7 years–18 years

leagues in futsal, soccer, baseball, lacrosse,

For a complete list of camps and clinics that

Columbia, 410-730-2633

field hockey, basketball and volleyball.

run June through August, visit navysports.


Schools out camps and summer camp

com and click on the sports camp icon.

programs offered! See our ad on page 27

See our ad on page 21

Camp SPRFC Millersville, 410-987-0980

Weber’s Bulldog Basketball Camp


Annapolis, 410-360-4451

5 years–12 years, Before & after care


Keep your children busy and active with an

6 years-14 years

action packed day of swimming, outside

Weber’s Bulldog Basketball Camp is open

Gambrills, 410-923-2100

games, team sports, indoor fitness games,

to boys and girls ages 6 to 14 years


team building activities, and arts & crafts.

old with players’ skill levels range from

2019 themes include Adventures in Art, The

beginners to avid players. Weekly focus

Amazing Race, and Animal Planet.

is on enjoying the game while developing

Verbal Beginnings Columbia, Bel Air, 888-344-5977 verbalbeginnings.com


Annapolis Area Tennis School Camps Annapolis, Cape St. Claire, Edgewater 410-212-5253, aatstennis.org

Camp Sport Fit

skills. Campers are taught basic basketball fundamentals during structured, competitive

Bowie, 301-262-4553

settings in week-long sessions.


See our ad on page 25

Make Friends ■Have Fun■ Improve SKills Learn Drills ■Play■ AWESOME INSTRUCTION


Come & Join the Fun!

Early-bird registration until March 31st

Annapolis Area Christian School

We offer Sibling & Multi (week) discounts.

All skill levels welcomed One week sessions ⋅ Ages 6-15 Middle School Campus

9 am- 3 pm: July 8-12 ⋅ July 15-19 ⋅ July 22-26

LEarn More & Register now at


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directory | day camp THEATER & PERFORMANCE ARTS Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre Annapolis, 410-268-9212 summergarden.com

Compass Rose Theater Severn School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool through grade 12, located in Severna Park, MD.

www.severnschool.com • 410.647.7700

Annapolis, 410-980-5857 compassrosetheater.org 8 years-17 years Before & after care Ready to take your acting talent to the next level? Every day, we’ll build on our acting abilities through monologues, scene study, audition techniques, devised theater, directing, musical theater, character creation, movement, and more. Each week ends with a performance for family and friends.  See our ad on page 27

Drama Learning Center Columbia, 410-997-9352 dramalearningcenter.com

Musical Artists Theatre Camp Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pikesville 410-837-0971 6 years–10th grade Before & after care musicalartiststheatre.com

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directory | day camp Broadway-style musical theater workshop. Students learn and practice scenes, songs and dances leading to a fully staged

Ninja � Dance � Gymnastics Tumbling � Art � Music & More!

performance. Activities include singing, dancing, acting, costumes and stagecraft. See our ad on page 23

Superior Instruction & Personal Growth Through Innovative Classes

Peabody Preparatory Summer Programs
 Annapolis, Baltimore, Towson 667-208-6640 peabody.jhu.edu/prep

Talent Machine—Camp Gonna Be! Millersville, 410-956-0512 talentmachine.com The Talent Machine Company is dedicated to the growth of creativity in all of the students. Camp Gonna Be was founded to continue and pursue the dynamics of advancing the

Reserve Your Child’s Space Today!

Arnold SevernaParkGymnastics.com 410-709-8130

Camp Barrett Summer Camp 2019

A Traditional Weekly Overnight Camp

challenge the students through committed contagiously enthusiastic and energized about their profession. See our ad on page 34

Leagues, Camps and Sports for Kids and Adults of all Ages! Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Baseball and More!

total performer. We will encourage and and professional teachers who are

Annapolis ThriveGymnastics.com 410-995-8130

Boys & Girls | Ages 9-13 Outdoor Adventure, Creative Activities and more!

We also host birthday parties, child developm ent classes, schools out camps. Sign up for Summer Camp and Schools Out Camp! Exit 10 Off I-97, in Millersville

For the complete camp directory and listings

For more info:

visit us online at ChesapeakeFamily.com/



MD-DE-DC Elks Association

SMART FIT KIDS SUMMER CAMPS Adventure Camp Camp Invention STEM Camp

DAILY Field Trips, Sports, Crafts, Games & Fun! Ages 4 -14 June 17- Aug. 30 6:30am - 6:30pm


Come dream with us this summer! Half day and full day Summer Camps, ages 3 to 17. www.compassrosetheater.org June 24--August 31

www.benfieldsc.com 410-987-5100

Artworks Studio After School · Summer Camps Homeschool Classes Birthday pARTies Art “on the Gogh” Parent Child Art

Annapolis, Arnold & Severna Park




780 Ritchie Hwy, Ste 26-28,Severna Park, MD


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family fun

Building Birding Kids Getting your kids into birding can create a lifelong passion, an interest in science, and a great chance to get outside together. by Melanie Lynch


t’s spring and the birds are on their way back to our yards, parks and skies. Birding can be a very spontaneous pastime, requiring very little financial investment, and it’s a great hobby to share with your children. A field guide, some binoculars, a notebook (if you don’t want to mark up a field guide like I do), and a little patience are all you need. GETTING STARTED For beginning birders, there is one book in particular that I highly recommend, “Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Birds: Eastern Region” by Donald and Lillian Stokes. National Geographic also has a good field guide, along with the well-known Roger Tory Petersen guides, but if you really want to go for the gold, “Sibley’s Guide to Birds” has become the birders bible. As for binoculars, finding some that fit your kids is key. For the toddler set, any sturdy set from a toy store will do. As children get older, weight is an important factor to consider, as kids won’t enjoy lugging around heavy binoculars. Have kids try out the binoculars to make sure they’re comfortable.




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FEED THE BIRDS The easiest way to see birds up close is to bring them to you. Choose a bird feeder that’s small and, most importantly, squirrel-proof. Squirrels will not only eat all the seed but will not allow the birds to come to the feeder. Birds in our neck of the woods all love sunflower and safflower seeds. You can buy hulled sunflower seed if you are concerned about having to sweep up discarded sunflower hulls or live in an apartment where being a good neighbor is important. Woodpeckers and blue jays love peanuts, goldfinches love thistle seed. Bluebirds find mealworms a real treat. Another small and inexpensive feeder option is a suet cake. The suet snaps into a small hanging cage (preferably hung from a post rather than a tree) and attracts birds like nuthatches and woodpeckers. Suet is an important energy source for birds in the winter. It may take a few days for the birds to discover your feeder, but once they do you will find the most activity will be in the mornings or late afternoons or in bad weather.

family fun WHO IS WHO? Now that you are armed with birds, book and binoculars, it’s time to figure out who is visiting you. CRITERIA USED TO ID BIRDS What time of year is it? Many birds are migratory which means they move in large flocks in search of food and refuge from winter cold. During the winter, not only do the Canada geese winter over in the company of millions of tundra swans and snow geese, but we will see a large number of bald eagles come down from the Northeast and Canada. Sometimes there is a large invasion (or irruption) of a specific breed of bird. Most notably we have seen very marked irruptions of snowy owls (think Harry Potter’s Hedwig) although scientists haven’t quite figured out why this happens. Smaller common winter birds include Carolina chickadees and dark eyed juncos. Most well known and anticipated in this area is the return of the osprey, who spend their winter months in South/Central America and start moving back through the Bay in late February to reunite with their mates and raise a new batch of two to four youngsters. How big are they? Use common birds like sparrows, cardinals, robins and crows as a reference when trying to identify a bird you’re unfamiliar with. How do they fly? Some birds fly in swooping patterns (chickadees), some wobble as they soar in circles (vultures). Some birds are champion soarers, while some seem to flap furiously to stay aloft. What do they sound like? If you are keeping score, (and some birders do) identifying a bird by its call counts just as much as ID’ing it visually. Sometimes you simply won’t see them, especially if they are foraging in ground cover. Especially in spring when they are locating a mate, many birds will often do a call and response, meaning they will call out and if you listen carefully, you will hear another one answer in the distance.

Owls are very doing this right now—listen for the low, soft hooting of a great horned owl or the ‘who-cooks-for-you’ call from a barred owl in the early evening as they pair off and establish their territories. Some birdsongs are very distinctive, like the titmouse that sings ‘peter-peter-peter,’ or the Carolina wren’s ‘wichity-witchitywitchety.’ White-throated sparrows sing ‘Oh-sweet-Canada-Canada,’ and robins sing ‘cheerio-cheerio. What do they look like? Observe their overall color. Are there markings on the wings and heads? Do they have eye-stripes, cheek patches or throat patches? The size, shape, and color of their beaks are all helpful identifying marks. You should also notice that the males are generally more brightly and distinctively marked while the females are more subdued. Cardinals, goldfinches and house finches are classic examples of this. Male cardinals are scarlet red while the females are more of an olive drab color. The same applies to the bright yellow male goldfinches whose mates are also an olive drab. Male house finches have a lovely reddish-purple wash on their heads while their mates are unremarkably blah and brown. Trying to ID a female bird can often be challenging, but keep an eye for the male, who will probably not be far away, and it’s likely you will be able to identify the pair. As your kids’ birding skills progress, they are becoming citizen-scientists. These amateur birders can help scientists keep track of trends in bird counts and movements. Cornell Lab of Ornithology (allaboutbirds.org) holds bird counts several times a year that allows backyard birders to report their findings. Birding has also reached the cyber world with the Merlin App (available for free at merlin.allaboutbirds.org). Simply answer a few questions about a bird you’re attempting to identify, and the app will tell you what bird you see. It is eerily accurate. Regardless of how many birds you see, hear or identify, the most important thing is that you can your kids can have fun and enjoy being outside together.



ll birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This was passed at a time when birds were being indiscriminately slaughtered by the millions to elaborately decorate women’s hats. Not only is it illegal to kill them, but it also means nests are protected when they are “active” (meaning eggs or chicks are present), nor may you collect their eggs. They do not live in their nests. Nests have one purpose and one purpose only—the nest is the equivalent of a crib; it is not a home. The only time you will see a bird on the nest is if there are eggs or chicks waiting to fledge. Once the chicks fly, they may stay in the vicinity of the nest but they do not return to it. If you find a baby bird and touch it, its parents will NOT reject it. With the exception of vultures, most birds have a very poor sense of smell. It is not unusual for a young chick to wander too close to the edge of the nest and gets caught by a gust of wind. If you find a baby bird on the ground and can safely restore it to its nest, do so. If you can’t see the nest or it is too high to reach, try to get the bird to shelter where it is out of the way of predators. The parents will keep an eye on it, keeping it fed until it is strong enough to make its first flight. Do not feed bread to birds of any kind. Birds do not digest bread well, and if you feed it to ducks, the bread fouls the water and can deform their wing feathers. M ARCH 2019




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love to read? so do... Deborah & James Fallows Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

Michael Isikoff Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

DeRay Mckesson On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Ken Starr Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation

Evan Thomas First: Sandra Day O’Connor

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vents are subject to change; check websites before heading out. For even more events visit chesapeakefamily.com/calendar.


Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History month at the B&O. Come and learn about the contributions women made to the B&O and the modern history of women in the railroading industry. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org

Weekend Workers

Saturdays. Discover how things work during these engaging activities that allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. March’s workshops include DIY motors, paper rockets, and craft cars. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Baltimore Museum of Industry. thebmi.org

Dickens’s David Copperfield

Through March 31. Follow Davy Copperfield on his childhood adventures in 19th-century England. Davy shows his resilience and determination to find a loving home. $17–$35. Imagination Stage, Bethesda. imaginationstage.org

Big Apple Circus

Through March 24. Join the Big Apple Circus, where each performance promises an actionpacked show, filled with thrills, laughs, and a lifetime of memories. Various dates and times. $15–$50. National Harbor. nationalharbor.com

Gamer Club

Friday nights. An evening of games for kids in K-8 using several consoles and computers, with games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, Roblox, Fortnite, Minecraft, and more. $25–$30. 6–9 p.m. Pongos Learning Lab, Crofton. pongoslearninglab.com

Tales & Tails

Fridays weekly. Join Irvine Nature Center for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet. Free. 10–11 a.m. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. explorenature.org

Free Family Sundays

American Girl Live March 3rd

This new, original, 90-minute musical celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship. Audiences will join five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods. Performances at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30–$76. VIP experience tickets include access to the exclusive pre-show party and photo opps. Strathmore Music Center, North Bethesda. strathmore.org

Sundays. Drop-in for hands-on fun the entire family can enjoy. No registration required. All materials are provided. Free. 2–5 p.m. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. artbma.org

1 Friday

Mother/Son Dance

Moms and sons can come out for a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, light refreshments and a professional photo opportunity. Dress attire is Semi-Formal. $35. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Pip Moyer Recreation Center, Annapolis. annapolis.gov/ recreation

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calendar | march Monster Jam

1–3. This adrenaline-charged family event features some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger, Max-DTM and more. $26–$86. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 1 and 7 p.m. Sun. 1 p.m. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore. royalfarmsarena.com

Ongoing Events (incld. with $5 admission) Creek Critters: Nature Walk, All Ages Thursdays, 10:30 am Art and Story Time: Ages 2-5, Fridays, 10:30 am

March Events: Pajama Story Time - Read Across America Saturday, March 2, 7-8:30 pm, $5 ages 2+ Lead On, Harriet! Underground Railroad Saturday, March 9, 7-9 pm, $12, ages 9+ Girl Scout Juniors Sign Language Badge Sunday, March 10, 1-2:30 pm, $12

Maryland Day Weekend: $1 admission March 30th & 31st, 10 am-4 pm Make your own geochache stamp!

Saturday March 30th Events: Building Better People Improv's: 10:30 am Fantasy Players (tweens) Band: 7 pm Hou - Lights Out!: 8:30-9:30 pm Earth Hour theccm.org | 410.990.1993 25 Silopanna Road | Annapolis,MD 21403 info@theccm.org | Open daily 10 am to 4 pm

2 Saturday

Chesapeake Family LIFE Camp Fair

Visit with 50 camp representatives to find the perfect summer camp for your kids. Lots of fun activities and discounts available from some camps when you register that day. Free. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Annapolis Area Christian School, Annapolis. ChesapeakeFamily.com/campfair

Pajama Story Time

It’s Read-Across-America Day! The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority shares Seuss favorites, African folk tales, and books about African-Americans in history. Includes snacks and take-home books. $5 ages 2 and up. 7–8:30 p.m. The Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. theccm.org

Peter and the Wolf

The BSO musicians must outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians become the characters as Prokofiev’s exhilarating musical tale springs to life, putting kids on the edge of their seats. $15–$20. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. bsomusic.org

Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Beast

Make a beaded mosaic of your pet at this series of monthly hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshops in the AVAM. 1–4 p.m. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. avam.org

Home and Garden Show

March 2–3 and 8–10. Meet contractors, garden experts, demonstrations, living classroom with projects for children, petting zoo and more. $12; $3 ages 6–12; free, ages 5 and under. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. mdhomeandgarden.com

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Discovery Stage Series featuring Silly Goose & Val

2, 31. Children and adults alike will get in on the fun and learning in this humorous, fast-paced musical adventure featuring puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, and singing! $5. 1:30–2 p.m. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. Portdiscovery.org

Once On This Island, Jr.

2–3, 9–10, 16–17. With its poignant story and catchy Caribbean-flavored score, “Once On This Island, Jr.” is a highly original theatrical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale,

“The Little Mermaid. $10. 1 p.m. (Mar. 9, 16 4:30 p.m.) Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, Baltimore. cpmarts.org

3 Sunday

A Home For Warm, Fuzzy & Prickly

Investigate where animals go in the winter and share in your child’s delight as we re-enact a winter classic, “The Mitten,” through an engaging puppet show. $10 child, $5 adult. 3 p.m. Preregistration required. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. howardcountymd.gov/rnc

5 Tuesday

Mr. Pacas Backyard Program

After reading Owl Moon, the group will take a winter adventure to explore the wildlife that lives in the garden and learn interesting facts about native birds. $10. 10–11:15 a.m. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. annapolis.org

7 Thursday

Free First Thursdays

Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum. Free. 10 a.m. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. mdhs.org

9 Saturday

Lead On, Harriet!

Hands-on activities about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad for ages 9 and up. $12. 7–9 p.m. The Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis. theccm.org

Kids Maker’s Space: Storytelling through Design

9–10. Kids will learn about the important role of innovative technology as they work to design “engraving cylinders” like those used by the B&O’s first female civil engineer, Olive Dennis, who patented the famous B&O Railroad’s centenary china pattern. Students will design their own pattern and transfer to create a unique take-home plaque. Grades 1–5. Space is limited. $5 with paid admission. Sat. 11–11:45 a.m.; 1–1:45 p.m. Sun. 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.; 1:30–2:15 p.m. borail.org

Mamma Mia! presented by Charm City Players

9–10. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. $15. 2–4:30 p.m. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School, Baltimore. Brownpapertickets.com

Green Beer Races

Family and pet-friendly event featuring kool aid races, food, music, keg toss, and more. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Eastport Democratic Club, Annapolis. greenbeerraces.com

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Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Wear your green, get some beads, and have a ton of fun at Annapolis’s big parade, which features lots of lively Irish bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers and a whole lot more. Annapolis. Free. 1 p.m. Amos Garrett Boulevard to City Dock. Annapolis. naptownevents.com/irish-week

Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebration of Irish culture, music, song and dance. Free. 2 p.m. Washington Monument, Baltimore. Irishparade.net

Stravinsky & Liszt for All Ages

This annual free family concert features selections from Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture. Following a program sure to delight, the audience is invited onstage to meet musicians and try instruments. 3–4:30 p.m. Free. Baltimore. studentaffairs.jhu.edu/hso

14 Thursday Pie for Pi Day

Tell us what you know about the mathematical constant “pi” and receive a free slice of pie. While supplies last. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Eastport-Annapolis Neck branch, Annapolis. aacpl.net

15 Friday

Scope out the Night Sky

Enjoy a planetarium program, build your very own Galileoscope (a functional telescope for night sky viewing), hold a meteorite, observe the surface of the moon and other space objects on a “Magic Planet,” and view celestial objects in the sky using various telescopes. $30 per family. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. howardcountymd.gov/rnc

Friday Night Stargazing

See the stars at the Maryland Science Center through the museum’s historic and computer controlled refracting telescope. 7–10:30 p.m. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. mdsci.org

16 Saturday

Columbia Orchestra: Pirates and Princesses

Dancers from Dance Connections and narrator Greg Jukes join the Orchestra for Pirates & Princesses, with music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Scheherazade, and more! Plus, try your favorite instruments at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from 11:30-1:00. Performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free for kids 11 and under; $15 for 12 and up. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia. columbiaorchestra.org

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It’s time to escape hibernation and head to the Maryland Zoo for special activities and treats for you and the animals, as well as learning about the animals that live on farms. See sheep shearing, a puppet show, goat training and pig bowling. Free with admission. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. marylandzoo.org

Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Marching units, floats and local festivities. Festival at 11, Parade at noon. 60th–44th St., Coastal Highway, Ocean City. ococean.com

Puppet Theatre

Nature-themed puppet theater presentation and craft to follow. $5. 10 and 11 a.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. howardcountymd.gov/rnc/ programs

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Find the leprechauns hidden in the library and receive a prize. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. EastportAnnapolis Neck. aacpl.net

Magic School Bus

16–17. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. $20. Noon–1 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, Olney. olneytheatre.org

17 Sunday

Fairy & Gnome Tea Party

Kids can learn about the plants and animals in the woodland fairies’ kingdom, plus kids will don a pair of fairy wings or a gnome hat and embark on a search for fairies and gnomes through the nature center. Afterwards, sit and savor a full tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea tea room, which includes tea, lemonade and treats just right for little fingers. $27. Preregistration required. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–4 p.m. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. howardcountymd.gov/rnc

Backyard Birding

Bring your binoculars and join a naturalist for a beginner’s bird walk around Irvine. Learn how to identify native MD birds by both color and sound. Fun for all ages. $5. 9–10:30 a.m. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. Explorenature.org

Celebrating the Irish Workers of the B&O Railroad

Irish immigrants helped build the B&O Railroad. Celebrate the Irish and their contributions to the B&O Railroad on St. Patrick’s Day. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org

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X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium

Spark your student’s curiosity at the X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium. $20. 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington. usasciencefestival.org


20 Wednesday

National Cherry Blossom Festival March 20–April 14. Opening ceremony, kite festival, parade, fireworks festival and more. Check website for full schedule and prices. Various venues, Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

21 Thursday

Annapolis Film Festival

March 21–24. Four days of films, panel discussions, tech talks, parties and more. $10– $115. See website for events and hours. Various venues, Annapolis. annapolisfilmfestival.com

22 Friday

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert

22–24. Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in this performance, complete with Thestrals and prophecies and Umbridge, oh my! Fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen. $45–$85. Fri. Meyerhoff, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 3 p.m. Strathmore; Sun. 3 p.m. Meyerhoff, Baltimore. bsomusic.org

Dance & Play

Dance and Play Days are seasonal celebrations that include dancing, crafts, story time and tumbling. Preregistration required. $5. 9:30– 10:30 a.m. Severna Park Community Center, Severna Park. spcommunitycenter.org

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23 Saturday

Chesapeake Family LIFE Camp Fair, Brooklyn Park

Meet with camp representatives to find the perfect summer camp for your kids. Lots of fun activities and discounts available from some camps when you register that day. Free. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. ChesapeakeFamily.com/campfair

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

Welcome spring with this annual ritual: A bonfire on the beach stoked by socks and an oyster roast. Admission includes unlimited oysters, live music, admission to the Museum’s exhibits and a chance to enter the oyster shucking competition. $25; ages 12 and under, free. Noon–4 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum. amaritime.org


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Music Box: Alphabet Soup

23; 30. These half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of musicians of the BSO performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. March 23, 10 and 11:30 a.m., Strathmore. March 30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. bsomusic.org

24 Sunday

Festival of Children’s Choirs

Strathmore Children’s Chorus will collaborate with and host the Children’s Chorus of Washington, Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, and Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir for a concert. $20. 4 p.m. The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda. strathmore.org

28 Thursday

Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space

Spark your child’s imagination as you play and learn together at Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space! features fun and educational drop-in programs for infants and toddlers, messy art (think paint!), and fun, hands-on building activities. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson. portdiscovery.org

29 Friday

Maryland Day Celebration

Sponsored in part by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, the 12th Annual Maryland Day Celebration is produced in partnership with a variety of participating museums, heritage sites and local businesses. Annapolis. fourriversheritage.org

30 Saturday

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

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WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. with no appointment necessary!

The Blossom Kite Festival showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from around the world through competitions and demonstrations, Rokkaku Battles and the Hot Tricks Showdown. Bring your own kites or children can make a kite at an activity station, or purchase onsite. Free. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Washington Monument grounds.Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball Game

The Torrey Smith Celebrity Basketball Game comes back to Baltimore this March! Proceeds benefit the Torrey Smith Foundation. $21–$106. 3:30 p.m. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore. royalfarmsarena.com

Maryland Day: Experience It! Twos – Eighth Grade

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30–31. Celebrate all things Maryland by visiting the William Paca House and Garden. Free. Noon–4 p.m. William Paca House and Gardens, Annapolis. annapolis.org

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Events worth hiring a babysitter spirit and wear your beads and dress festive. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Market Space, Annapolis. downtownannapolispartnership.org

9 Saturday Viva Brasil!

The dance floor is open! Come ready to dance to forró, samba, choro and enjoy costumed carnival dancers, food and drink specials. $18. 8 p.m. Creative Alliance, Baltimore. creativealliance.org

10 Sunday ChiliFest

This charity chili cook-off will feature local chefs, caterers and amateur cooks from Annapolis and the surrounding metropolitan areas to benefit Friends of the Light House. There will also be prizes awarded, a raffle and live music. $25. 1–4 p.m. Doubletree Hotel, Annapolis. friendslhs.org

16 Saturday Drag Brunch

Hosted by Baltimore’s Queen of Comedy, Shawnna Alexander and Southern Maryland’s Own Insult Queen, Victoria Bohmore. $20. 12:30 p.m. Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis. ramsheadonstage.com

17 Sunday

Blue Miracle’s St. Paddy’s Day Bash! Blue Miracle’s live shows are incredibly diverse, exploring funk, rock, jazz, and country—winning over fans of Santana, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, The Band, and others. $20. 7 p.m. Rams

MARCH 9 | Viva Brasil

Head On Stage, Annapolis. ramsheadonstage.com

21 Thursday Monthlong


The Legend of Don Quixote. Whether he is

dying and burlesque was born, GYPSY explores

Man of La Mancha

2, 9, 16. Set in the 1920s, when vaudeville was

battling real giants or tilting at windmills, his search for the right keeps us dreaming of conquering evil forever. $25–$41. Compass Rose

the world of show business with brass, humor and heart. $63. 6 p.m. Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Columbia. tobysdinnertheatre.com

Annapolis Film Festival March 21–24. Four days of films, panel discussions, tech talks, parties and more. $10– $115. See website for events and hours. Various venues, Annapolis. annapolisfilmfestival.com

23 Saturday

3 Sunday

Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning

Enjoy an afternoon of festivities in the street

on the beach stoked by socks and an oyster roast.

March 2–10. Over 40 participating restaurants

with live music that by Priddy Music Academy,

Admission includes unlimited oysters, live music,

featuring specials and unique dishes for lunch

Naptown Brass Band and more. Plus sample

admission to the Museum’s exhibits and a chance

and dinner. Various Locations, Annapolis.

a wide range of food six of our downtown

to enter the oyster shucking competition. $25;


restaurants, a wide range of beers, hurricanes

ages 12 and under, free. Noon–4 p.m. Annapolis


and orange crushes. Be sure to get in the

Maritime Museum. amaritime.org

Theatre, Annapolis. compassrosetheatre.com

2 Saturday

Annapolis Restaurant Week




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Mardi Gras on Market Space

Welcome spring with this annual ritual: A bonfire

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Chesapeake Family Life March 2019