Tides & Tunes
If the backdrop to music is as important as the sound itself, another event to check out is the Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series in Annapolis on Thursday nights. Bands from folk to rock take a stage set against the Chesapeake Bay. Food and spirits are sold at the concerts.
June 14-Aug. 16 at Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park. Free, donations accepted.
Un Conte Petit
Mademoiselle Lisa will lead little ones in songs, rhymes and stories in French. Ages to 2.
Enoch Pratt Library, Canton Branch, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. prattlibrary.org
Challenge Island/Challenge Island Jr.
STEAM is headed to the library! Kids will work together in teams using both their creative minds and their critical thinking skills to design instruments to be used in a musical performance. Challenge Island is for elementary schoolers, and Challenge Island Jr. is for preschoolers. Registration required.
Anne Arundel County Library, Maryland City at Russett Branch, 9:30 a.m. (Challenge Island Jr.), 11 a.m. (Challenge Island). Free. aacpl.net
Guy Talk — Dad’s Support Group
Fathers of children with a developmental disability come together on the fourth Thursday of every month to encourage and share with one another. Registration required.
The Arc Baltimore Community Resource Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. thearcbaltimore.org
A pirate adventure is sailing into the library. Enjoy themed stories, activities, crafts and a water- balloon battle of epic proportions. Costumes are encouraged if you don’t mind them getting wet. Registration required. Ages 5 to 10.
Carroll County Public Library, Taneytown Branch, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Free. library.carr.org
Write Your John Hancock
Learn to sign your name like those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Use a quill pen and ink and develop your own unique signature. Tickets available 30 minutes before the program. Ages 8 to 12.
Baltimore County Public Library, Owings Mills Branch, 2-3 p.m. Free. bcpl.info
Friday Night Stargazing: Planet Part Prelude 2
Tour the night sky through the Science Center’s amazing 8-inch refracting telescope. This special planet survey will focus on Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.
The Maryland Science Center, 7-10:30 p.m. Free with admission. mdsci.org
Circus Science Day
The Big Top is coming to Port Discovery for a day of fun and learning. Try out circus circuit stations, make a sound sandwich for the circus parade, and take in the view from the backseat of the circus train.
Port Discovery, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15.95 for ages 2 and up. portdiscovery.org
Teens & Adults
Trace Your Roots
Master genealogist Angela Y. Walton-Raji leads participants in examining their families’ past through artifact, document and record exploration. You never know what you’ll uncover. Registration required.
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Members, $15; nonmembers, $18. facebook.com/BannekerMuseum
Stage Combat Workshop
Everyman Theatre’s teaching artists will take your theater skills to a new level and prepare you for a fight. A stage fight, that is. Registration required. Grades 9 to 12.
Everyman Theatre, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $100. everymantheatre.org
Red, White and Blue Crafternoon
The Fourth of July is almost here. Spend your afternoon making a special craft full of patriotic creativity. Ages 6 to 11.
Baltimore County Public Library, White Marsh Branch, 2-3 p.m. Free. bcpl.info
Sensory Sensitive Sunday at Chuck E. Cheese
The first Sunday of every month, select Chuck E. Cheese locations open two hours early to provide a sensory-friendly experience. Amenities include softer music, dimmed lights and smaller crowds.
First Sundays, 9-11 a.m., participating locations. chuckecheese.com
‘Nita’s First Signs’ Launch Party
Teaching your little one basic signs is a great way to improve communication between parent and child. Celebrate this new book by Kathy MacMillan that shares 10 key signs to get you started.
The Ivy Bookshop, 10-11 a.m. Free. theivybookshop.com
Free Family Sunday at the BMA
Every Sunday, the BMA offers hands-on workshops to get your creative juices flowing. This month, featured activities include quilting, soft sculptures and star pillows.
Sundays, 2-5 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Art. Free. artbma.org
Boy Scout Day at Cromwell Valley Park
If you’re a Tiger, Wolf or Bear, wear your uniform and head to the park for activities and a special Cromwell Valley Park patch.
Cromwell Valley Park, 1-3 p.m. $5. cromwellvalleypark.org
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