Family Fun: Piracy reigns onstage at Children's Theatre of Annapolis

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with lots of fun activities. Read on.

These "winter" days, without snow or much sun, can be long for families. They do, however, make for a perfect time to enjoy some indoor entertainment, and even the occasional outdoor foray. There is plenty of both this weekend and the coming week.

Shake off those winter blues and have fun!

The Children's Theatre of Annapolis',1661 Bay Head Road, production of Treasure Island opens Friday and continues through February 5. A stunning yarn of piracy on the High Seas, this will be a show the whole family will enjoy. Admission is $15, with discounts for youth, senior, military and groups. Purchase your tickets at http://childrenstheatreofannapolis.com .

Sleeping Beauty: An Opera for Children is an exciting new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, set to the music of Mozart. It's the perfect way to share the experience of opera with the children in your life. It takes place 11 a.m. Saturday, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Tickets are $10 to $15. They are available at https://www.marylandhall.org/sleeping-beauty-new-opera-children or by calling 410-280-5640. It is presented by the Annapolis Opera in partnership with Towson University's Opera in a Can.

Also on Saturday is the MSP Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. While most think of this as an adult affair, it is actually a family fun affair. They even have a separate section of the beach roped off just for families.

Pee-Wee Plungers will take a quick dip in the bay beginning at 11a.m.

If the bay is a little too frigid for you, dip your toes in the baby pools along the shore. And there is plenty to do inside the Ice Lodge as well. It is a huge heated tent that includes vendor booths, live entertainment, zoo animals, food court, carnival amusements, sandcastle building, a "kids' zone" and more.

Pee-Wee and Family Plunge is a family event for ages 13 and under and their parents. Fundraise or pay the minimum $50 and you will be freezin' for a reason. The plunge event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can register in advance at www.plungemd.com or onsite. Admission is free for spectators. Call 410-242-1515 with any questions.

A Chinese Spring Festival featuring traditional music, acrobatics, and the Peking Opera to celebrate the Chinese New Year will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St. Timed to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the festival will feature crafts demonstrations and performers from China. The festival is free and suitable for all ages. Craft demonstrations will begin at 6 p.m. Chinese craftsmen will demonstrate sugar sculpting, paper cutting, embroidery, bottle paining, doll making, and others.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m.

The musical portion will feature classic Chinese songs mixed with western style music played by the Beijing Traditional Music Orchestra and the Peking Opera by the Beijing Opera Art's College. Also performing will be the Beijing Acrobats, a professional acrobatic troupe with distinctive artistic styles and innovation.

The Spring Festival is presented by World Artists Experiences, a non-profit organization that bridges international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy, in partnership with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. For additional information, check the Web page at www.worldartists.org.

The Bowie Baysox have a great way to impress the special baseball fan in your life this February.

The team has announced the return of three Valentine's Day ticket packages that are great for all ages and will help get everyone in the mood for baseball in April. The packages range in price from $12 to $65. Fans can have the gifts hand-delivered by the Baysox lovable mascot Louie. The Louie's Hugs & Kisses Pack is $24 and is one of two packages designed for kids. It includes two undated general admission seat tickets, a ticket book for free rides and games in Louie's Kids Park, a Baysox drawstring bag, a Louie cereal bowl and a personalized valentine featuring Louie and Rocko.

The "I Heart the Baysox" Pack is $12, and features two general admission seat tickets, a Baysox draw string bag and a personalized valentine featuring Louie and Rocko.

Orders for all Valentine's Day packages must be placed by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Contact Brandan Kaiser at (301) 464-4882 or bkaiser@baysox.com with any questions. All Baysox Valentine's Day packages can be ordered online at www.baysoxshop.com.

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