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There's lots to do this weekend, including an opportunity to chat with former Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner at the Sports Legends Museum on Saturday.

Here's more from intern Shruti Rastogi. If you don't see what you want here, check our events database for more family fun:

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Thursday, Feb. 25:

The 34th Annual American Craft Council Retail Show: The craft show begins at 10 a.m. inside the Baltimore Convention Center. The show has a new 4-day format: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 700 artists will display their one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor items in categories like CRAFT4KIDS and the newly-created LAWN & GARDEN. There will also be live demonstrations. Online tickets cost less -- $13 for 1-day entry, $20 for 2-day entry, or $25 for 3-day entry -- and allow patrons to skip the entrance line. Tickets bought at the door cost $15 for 1-day entry, $ 25 for 2-day entry, and $30 for 3-day entry. A special $6 ticket can be bought at the door on Friday starting at 6 p.m. Children 12 or younger are free.

C.S.I. Harford: A detective from Harford County's Crime Scene Unit will be separating reality from Hollywood glitz at the Jarrettsville Branch of the Harford County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. He will be discussing and answering questions about what a real day in crime scene investigation is like. The program runs about 90 minutes and is intended for middle school aged students and older. Registration is required; call 410-692-7887.

Friday, Feb. 26:

Puppet shows: The Wilde Lake Community Association is hosting a performance of the "Little Red Hen" and "The 3 Pigs" by Kaydee Puppets at their Slayton House Theatre at 10 a.m. The show should run for about 30 minutes and is a part of Rainbow Theatre, a monthly performance geared towards kids in kindergarten or younger. Tickets are required and can be bought in advance at the theatre for $5 or the day of for $6. Group rates are available.

Mondawmin Song and Story Hour: In an effort to promote song and story hours in the Greater Baltimore area, Coppin State University worked with Mondawmin Mall to create the free Mondawmin Song and Story Hour, which is held on the fourth Friday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. This Friday, the Coppin Male Initiative has chosen six stories to read in honor of Black History Month. Books will be given away, as well as balloons and prizes for games.

Winter Owl Prowl: The Carrie Murray Nature Center is holding a Winter Owl Prowl from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. First patrons will get to go outside and wait to see what happens when the center uses their "owl calling machine." Afterwards, patrons will get drink hot chocolate, see injured live birds of prey that live at the center permanently, and maybe get to dissect owl pellets. It costs $7 a person and registration is required by Feb. 25 by calling 410-396-0808.

Moon of the Roaming Fox: The Marshy Point Nature Center is leading a free winter night hike from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parents and children can explore the park in the dark together during the red fox's mating season. Hikers will hopefully get to see one of their bushy-tailed forest friends! This activity requires walking and is recommended for children 6 and older. Hikers are advised to dress for the cold and wear boots. Registration is required; call 410-887-2817.

Saturday, Feb. 27:

Chat with skater Kimmie Meissner: The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is hosting Olympic Experience with Kimmie Meissner at 1 p.m. Meissner grew up locally in Bel Air and was the youngest American athlete to compete in 2006 Olympic Games, among her other accomplishments. The hour-long program will feature the Olympic athlete discussing what it was like to compete in the 2006 Olympics and what's she's doing to prepare for the next Games. The program is free with museum admission.

Beauty Pageant: Sunburst Pageants and International Star Search are holding two preliminaries that will eventually lead to the Sunburst Eastern Tri-State Finals. There will be one at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie at 1 p.m. and another at Harford Mall in Bel Air at 6 p.m. The Baby Contest is made up of 4 categories based on gender and age from 0 to 3 years old. The Pageant is for females and is divided into 5 age divisons from 4 to 27 years old. The mandatory entry fee is $45; the optional photogenic entry (requires photo brought to pageant) is $15; the optional "best attire," "prettiest smile," "best personality," "prettiest hair," and "prettiest eyes" cost $10 (will be judged during the line-up); or $100 to enter all categories. All participants will win something.

Rhythm and Rhymes for Wise Young Minds: The Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County Public Library has invited Jali-D, for Rhythm and Rhymes for Wise Young Minds from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jali-D is a drummer, rapper, and a member of D.C. band, PS24. He has also performed with Maria Broom of "The Wire." Jali-D will drum and work with audience members to perform a call and response chant. Afterwards, kids will be encourages to write up their own raps.

African-American Family Festival: The Walters Art Museum is holding a free African American Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is celebrating African heritage with special performances by Ssuuna, Lesole's Dance Project, Bunjo Butler, and a special grand finale by The Pulse of Africa—dancers and musicians from D.C.-based Baile's African Drum Works.

Children's concert: Hopkins Symphony Orchestra holds its 18th Annual Concert for Children and Families from 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m at Shriver Hall. The orchestra will perform Stravinsky's "Fireworks" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5." Symphony No. 5 will be played twice -- the first time as it is traditionally played and the second time with (Beethoven's fictional son) P.D.Q. Bach's play-by-play sports commentary, narrated by WBJC-FM's classical music program director, Jonathan Palevsky, and a WYPR-FM's sports commentator, Milton Kent. Afterwards, everyone is invited on stage to meet the musicians and see the instruments up close.

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Sunday, Feb. 28:

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Jungle Book: CityDance Ensemble will be reenacting the Jungle Book at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 3 p.m. The program runs for about an hour and features dancers in full costume on a fully decorated set. Tickets cost $15 for kids and $23 for adults. They can be bought online or by calling 410-280-5640.

Camp fair: The County Parents Magazine & Education Fair will be held at the John Carroll High School in Bel Air from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free fair that gives parents the opportunity to speak one-on-one with more than 55 different camp and school representatives to decide which summer program will be the best for their children. There will also be performances, demonstrations, activities, and a raffle.

(Photo of Kimmie Meissner by Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis)

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