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Valentine's day weekend activities

Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, which makes it prime time for fun with the family. You can decorate cookies with the kids at certain Giant store on Friday. (Dining@Large has those details.) Build Baltimore landmarks out of sweets at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Saturday, attend a "pinkalicious" party at the East Columbia library, go to a Milkshake concert on Sunday, and more.

That's a model made from sweets that the museum sent over with its press release, on the right. Can you guess which Baltimore landmark it represents?

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Thursday, Feb. 12:

The Great Teen Media Swap: Middle- and high-schoolers can swap a CD, DVD or book with someone else from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Harford County Public Library's Joppa Branch. Free. Call 410-612-1660.

Friday, Feb. 13:

Totally Teens: A 'hoodie' tie-dyeing event for teens only takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Secrets on Main Street, Reisterstown. Ages 13 and up. $29.95 per person, Reservations required; 410-833-5235.

Get Your Game On: Participate in various video game tournaments, including Rock Band and Guitar Hero, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library. Prizes and snacks provided. Ages 11- 14. Free, Registration required. 410-386-4488.

Kohl & Company Show: See a comedic magic show at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Amoss Center, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Premier seating $11, Adults $9, Kids 17 and under $7.  443-412-2211.

Parents Night Out: Let your kids have a night filled with movies, games and pizza while you enjoy a Valentine's eve out, from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the North County Recreation Center, 196 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. Ages 5-12. $20. Reservations required by today at 410-222-0036.

Saturday, Feb. 14:

Candy building contest: Celebrate Valentine's Day Baltimore style with a candy-house-building contest Saturday at the  Take a picture of a well-known Baltimore building and make a model of it using local treats at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Building begins at 11 a.m.; judging begins at 1 p.m. Entry cost is $5 for a model made at home; $8 to create one at the museum. Winners receive museum merchandise and free memberships. Call 410-727-4808, ext. 146.

Valentine's Day stories: Enjoy various stories, songs and games as a part of this storytime series from 10 a.m.-noon at the Mount Airy branch at the Carroll County Public Library, 10 a.m.- noon. Ages 2- 3 with adult. Free. 410-386-4488.

Valentine's Day Crafts: Enjoy arts and crafts and stories with a special Valentine's theme at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Waverly Branch, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 3-12, Free. 410-396-6053.

Pinkalicious Party: Take part in a very pink party including pink food, crafts, and stories at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, starting at 2:30 p.m. Ages 4-7. Space is limited; free tickets will be available at the front desk 30 minutes before the event. 410-313-7730.

The Junior Naturalists present "I Love Eden Mill Park": Hiking, wildlife sightings and more from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville. Ages 6-9. $5 per member, $6 per non-member. Reservation required by 2/13, 410-836-3050, www.edenmill.org.

Sunday, Feb. 15:

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Milkshake Valentine's Special: Join the children's rock band Milkshake for a Valentines-themed dance party to celebrate their new DVD Screen Play, Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, 1-3 p.m. For ages 1+. $8; free for kids 1 or 2 and under free. Reservations highly recommended. 410-276-1651.

Maple Magic: See firsthand how maple syrup is made with a nature walk and maple syrup treats from 2-4 p.m. at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. $10 per adult, $8 per senior, $5 per child. Ages 4+. Reservations required by today. 410-557-9570.

Baltimore City Public School Dance Symposium: Watch a school-team dance competition in various categories at 3 p.m. at Western High School, 4600 Falls Road, Baltimore. Adults $5, Kids 7 and under, $3. Tickets available in advance or at the door. 410-396-8610.

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