Fun on tap this weekend includes story times, an early summer reading kickoff in Columbia, and children's theater (see the set for "Goodnight Moon," on the left) and ballet. Thanks to Ethan Goldberg for his compilations:

Thursday, May 28:


Nature Storytime: Listen to children's literature before creating nature crafts at Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Rd., Pylesville, 11 a.m.-noon. All ages. Free. Call 410-836-3050 to make a reservation, or visit edenmill.org.

Behind the Bees Knees: Through interactive games, learn how honey-bees create their honey with the help of flowers and other insects at the Abingdon branch of the Harford County Public Library, 2510 Tollgate Road, Abingdon. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Grades 2-6. Free. Call 410-638-3990 to make a reservation, or visit hcplonline.info.

The Life Beyond: What's Next After High School What happens after, "school's out for summer?" Is it really, "out forever?" Find out from guest speakers of the Aberdeen Youth Program in different workshops about college, work, and finances at the Aberdeen branch of the Harford County Public Library, 21 Franklin Street, Aberdeen, 21001, 2:30-6 p.m. Ages 13-18. Free. Call 410-808-2021 to make a reservation, or visit hcplonline.info.

Friday, May 29:

Bird Banding: Understand the movement, survival, and behavior of birds while occasionally walking to check the nets at the Joe Vangrin Memorial Pavilion of the Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Rd., Pylesville, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. All ages. Free. Call 410-836-3050, or visit edenmill.org.

Saturday, May 30:

Summer Reading Kickoff: Celebrate the start of summer reading with games at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradle Rock Way, Columbia. A 5K Fun Run to raise money for the library will start at 8 a.m.; other events 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All ages. Fun Run $30-$40; other events are free. Call 410-313-7730, or visit hclibrary.org.

Howard County Ballet's Production of Little Red Riding Hood: Watch director Kathi Ferguson's choreographed version of Little Red Riding Hood and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty Act III. Award-winning dancers include Jill May, John Stapleton, Leiland Charles, Noel Marsh, Marina Freydin, and Leigh Alexander at Reservoir High School, 1550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All ages. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children. Call 410-465-9414 or visit howardcountyballet.org.

Lazy River Duck Derby: Rent a $5 yellow rubber duck and send it down the new Lazy River. The three people with the fastest ducks will win prizes. A moon bounce, DJ, face painting, and food will be available for kids, and all money will be donated to the American Red Cross at the Valleybrook Country Club, 1810 Valleybrook Drive, Kingsville. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. All ages. Free. Call 410-803-2334, or visit valleybrookcc.net.

Maryland's Place in Space: Take part in hands-on science experiments and robotic demonstrations with real NASA astronauts and members of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Sid the Science Kid, Stormin’ Bob Swanson, and Wall-E will also be in attendance at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All ages. Free. Call 301-286-7646, or visit nasa.gov/goddard.

Morning Canoe/Kayak Escape Relax on the cool waters between the Hanover Street Bridge and the Gwynns Falls area for around two hours amidst the sights of the downtown Baltimore skyline at the Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Ave., 10 a.m. Ages 5 and up. Admission is $5. Call 410-396-0440 to make a reservation, or visit baltimorecity.gov/recnparks.

Sunday, May 31:

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny: These stories by Margaret Wise Brown will be portrayed by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Olney Theatre Center. Tickets are $16; a $6 lap seat is available for children under 3 who do not require a separate seat.  Call the Box Office at 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org for tickets.

(Photo courtesy of the Olney Theatre Center)