Family Fun: Puppy Plunge, nature exploration and more things to do with the kids

For The Capital

Got a puppy? Take the plunge!

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County will hold its seventh annual Puppy Plunge at Camp Letts on Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m.

This fundraiser is fast becoming a family favorite, with music, food trucks, vendors, a dog bikini contest, a dog pie-eating contest and the plunge of puppies into the Rhode River. There are two beaches for the actual plunge, one for big dogs (Muscle Beach) and one for small dogs (Petite Beach).

And there is a squad of volunteers to give your dog a bath after in exchange for a donation to the SPCA.

Tickets are $10 for adults, but children 12 and under – and the dogs – are free. Early bird tickets are $8 and can be purchased on line at aacspca.org/puppy-plunge-aug-19. Camp Letts is located at 4003 Camp Letts Road in Edgewater.

Get your reggae on with the kids at Quiet Waters Park with Guava Jelly. The band sets children’s songs to an island beat Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food trucks from Caliente Grill and Kona Ice will be there, too.

The concert is free and so is entrance to the park, but get there early for close-in parking at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road. Bring blankets and chairs, too.

You can take a guided kayak tour of the Chesapeake Bay marshlands on Sunday at 1 p.m. from the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, 600 Discovery Lane in Grasonville.

An experienced and certified guide will provide basic kayak instruction and then lead you on a paddle tour of the watershed of Marshy Creek.

On your way through the gently swaying marsh grass, you may encounter wading birds, waterfowl and migratory raptors hunting the marshlands. Or you might see otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and water snakes.

No experience required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. Visit bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours.

As the start of the school year approaches, you can restart the education engines in the kids with a number of fun activities this week.

Using nets and bug jars, kids will get a close look at dragonflies and damselflies at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop in Laurel, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Explore the natural world and discover its textures during Tot Time at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road in Edgewater, on Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to noon.

Learn about the vital role of the honeybee during a special “Kids and Bees” program at Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Road in Shady Side, on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be fixings for ice cream sundaes and art supplies for painting.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, learn what critters live in our woodlands and creeks at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Road in Annapolis, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Learn to make your own English muffin pizza in the Kids Club kitchen at Whole Foods, 200 Harker Place #100, in Annapolis on Tuesdayfrom 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

And finally, Bowie is hosting its 15th annual Back to School Bash at the City of Bowie Gymnasium on Northview Drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be lots of information for parents and face painting and a moon bounce for kids. A donation of a nonperishable food item is the cost of admission, and the first 300 kids ages 4 to 10 to bring a donation for the Bowie Food Pantry will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

Need to escape the heat? Bowie Ice Arena in Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, offers free ice skating from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. Don’t forget to wear long pants, sweatshirts, socks and gloves.

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