Getting ready for that long ride to the beach? It's time for parents to take away their kids' iPads, iPhones and even those soon-to-be outdated iPods.

For an alternative, there's the 15th edition of the Maryland Bay Game.

The 2012-13 version of the Maryland Bay Game: Celebrating Children & Our Natural World will be available this week at area libraries, state parks, visitor and tourist centers as well as other locations throughout the state.

The free booklet, published by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, "is a fun and engaging guide that helps children learn about and appreciate all that our great state has to offer," DNR Secretary John Griffin said in a news release. "It is essential that we equip our children with the knowledge to make responsible, sustainable choices, for the future of our natural world and theirs."

The booklet also includes an interactive online quiz, with a chance to win prizes that include six passes to the Calvert Marine Museum, six passes to the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, a waterman's tour for up to six of either "The Day in the Life of a Waterman or "The War of 1812, a family four-pack of tickets to Six Flags America in Prince George's County or four Baltimore Harbor passes. (You will need a secret code from the booklet to have a chance to win one of the prizes.)

The activities are geared toward getting children and their families outdoors taking them "on a journey across Maryland using all five senses," as the news release states.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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