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Family Fun: Meet the “Kids” at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville

Pasadena residents Jen Palumbo and her five children love the farm at Kinder Park Farm in Millersville, and visit it nearly every day. Especially now that a lot of babies arrived the past couple weeks. The Palumbo kids -- Liam, 11; Emma, 10; Abigail, 6; Joshua, 4; and Micah, 2 – enjoy feeding and petting the farm's baby goats, piglets, calves, lambs and chicks.

Kinder Farm Park's Friends of Kinder Farm Park Livestock Committee is hosting "Meet the Kids Day" this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday.

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Kids of all ages can view and pet some of the baby animals – and there are great photo and selfie opportunities at the farm, nestled on the 288-acre park.

Come see meet the kids and enjoy a few hours exploring the barns and fields at the park, at 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville. The daily parking fee at the park is $6.

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The funds raised during the annual, freezing cold MSP Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park help support Special Olympics Maryland and the more than 7,500 athletes statewide who participate in the 21 sports offered by the organization and its sanctioned athletic events. The year-round sports training and athletic competition, in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

This weekend, the U.S. Naval Academy hosts the annual Maryland Special Olympics competition 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in MacDonough Hall's Scott Natatorium on Saturday and on Ingram Track on Sunday.

The event is a collaboration between the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG), established in 1992; the Maryland Special Olympics, and the Annapolis Jaycees.

This weekend is devoted to Special Olympians' swimming and track and field events. Those who earn qualifying times will go on to the next level of competition at other venues. Between 200 to 300 midshipmen will volunteer at this year's Special Olympics event, making it the largest MAG outreach project conducted in a single weekend by the Naval Academy.

"This two-day event is a prime example of the community coming together in support of what is now a time-honored tradition. This year's USNA-hosted Special Olympics promises to be an outstanding athletic event engaging Special Olympians, their families, their midshipmen hosts and Naval Academy leadership," said Naval Academy Community Relations Director Miriam Stanicic.

Midshipmen volunteers will facilitate the event by preparing the competition facilities, escorting and cheering on each athlete and handing out competition ribbons.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees may enter the academy by walking through Gate 1, on Randall Street (between Prince George and King George Streets); or Gate 3 ( at the east end of Maryland Ave.). Adult visitors will be required to show valid, government-issued picture identification. All bags are subject to search.

R2-D2 are you going? The 18th annual Robot Fest is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Electronics Museum, 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum.

For parents who want to expose their kids to STEM projects, this "Day of Playful Invention" might be perfect. This event is for people of any age who have the unquenchable urge to develop and create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics, fabrics and mechanical parts. Join the fun and excitement with hands-on exhibits, and workshops that expand into realms where Creativity and Technology meet. Attendees will see exhibits not normally considered "Robots" such as Wearable Technologies, Paper Circuits, CNC machining, micro-controller programming and other forms of Interactive Media all of which include electronic controls.

Admission is $8 adults, $4 middle and high school students, and free for youth elementary school age or younger. Bring a pair of sunglasses and save $1 off the admission price. For information, call 410-419-8247.

Earth Day celebrations around the world are focusing on reducing plastic pollution in local waterways. The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park (AMMP) presents Earth Day by the Bay, a family-centered celebration of the Chesapeake.

"Connecting children with nature and the Chesapeake Bay is the cornerstone of what we do," said Sarah Krizek, Education Director of the AMMP. "This program supports the Earth Day mission to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide."

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Families can enjoy the many Earth Day by the Bay activities including creating art out of recycled materials at the eco-craft station, exploring the cove in a kayak, and catching and investigating Bay critters. Special treats like snow cones and "dirt" (crushed cookies with pudding and gummy worms) will be offered, and Guava Jelly, a local band that brings the sounds of the islands to audiences of all ages, will perform on stage.

Earth Day by the Bay is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Museum's new Park campus located at 7300 Edgewood Road (Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park). The Park features 12 wooded acres bordering Back Creek, one mile of walking trails, a dingy dock and a historic Waterworks Building.

This is a free event presented by Whole Foods Market - Annapolis. Register via amaritime.org .

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