Family stuff to do - February's last weekend

This weekend brings maple sugaring at Oregon Ridge, a free African-American festival at the Walters, and, notably, two free family concerts by musicians from the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. (A story by BSO violinist Ellen Pendleton, pictured at right, will be featured in the BSO concert.) It's also time for those Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations...

Thursday, Feb. 26:


Fun with Dr. Seuss Kids ages 6-12 can enjoy Seuss stories and activities at 3:30 p.m. at the Orleans Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Public Library. 410-396-0970.

Friday, Feb. 27:

Teen Book Club - Talk about the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer at 7 p.m. at the Broadneck branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library. 410-222-1905.

Things kick into high gear on Saturday...

Saturday, Feb. 28:

African-American festival: The Walters Art Museum will hold a free African-American family festival from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with music, theater, and dance performances, and a collaborative art project called "Build a Brownstone." Call 410-547-9000.

Maple sugaring at Oregon Ridge: Take a hike to tap for sap, then make maple syrup at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Activities are free (though sugar will be sold in the gift shop).

I Love You Day: It's "I Love You Day" at the Maryland Science Center to create awareness of heart health. From noon-4 p.m., there will be health cooking demonstrations, rope jumping to observe heart rate increases, team-building activities and self esteem exercises. Free with admission.

Family concert: The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra with perform compaoser Nkeiru Okoye's "Songs of Harriet Tubman" and Niolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Symphony No. 2 "Antar" in excerpted form in its annual family concert, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Shriver Hall on the Hopkins campus. After the performance, the audience will be invited onstage to meet the musicians and take a look at their instruments.

Summer camp expo: Find out about local camps and meet their representatives in the food court at Arundel Mills Mall, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kerplunk drop-in art activities continue from noon-3 p.m. today at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson (for details, see last week's post).

Sunday, March 1:

Musical Mystery Tour with BSO musicians: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians hold a free family concert geared toward kids 4-12 at 3:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church in Guilford. The musicians will demonstrate how music tells a story.

(Photo by Baltimore Sun photographer Andre Chung, 2001)