May I just say....sooo glad to be writing March in the headline.
Here's the short list of family fun stuff, compiled by intern Shruti Rastogi. (As always, more family events can be found on our events database):
Thursday, March 4:
Arithmetickles: Arts on Stage is presenting "Arithmetickles," an interactive hour-long show that teaches viewers about math, at 10:15 a.m. and noon in the Chesapeake Arts Center of Brooklyn Park. It's for kids in kindergarten through third grade. They'll get to go on stage and play games and activities that use adding, subtracting, counting, shapes and patterns. Tickets cost $7 a person and can be bought at the door with cash (exact preferred) or check. To ensure a seat, make a reservation at (410) 252-8717.
Jump rope show: David Fisher, otherwise known as "The Rope Warrior," will be at the Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County Public Library for a jump rope show at 7 p.m. His Web site says he is the current Guinness World Record holder for the most "Rump Jumps," which is "jumping rope while reclining on his bottom." Fisher will power jump, do a light show with glow-in-the-dark ropes, and "Rump Jump." Kids 6 and under need to be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, March 5:
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying": Atholton High School presents the musical. On March 5 and 6 it will start at 7:30 p.m. and on March 7 it will start at 3 p.m. The play is intended for ages 9 and up. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be bought at the door with cash or check, or online with a credit card up to three hours before each show.
"Seussical the Musical:" The John Carroll School presents the Broadway musical that weaves together Dr. Seuss' most popular books and characters. On March 5 it will start at 7 p.m.; on March 6 it will start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and on Sunday it will start at 2 p.m. The play is appropriate for all ages and costs $12 a ticket. They can be purchased at the door or at (410) 879-5053 with a credit card by 3 p.m. on Friday.
Financial Friday at Port Discovery: The Money Game at Port Discovery will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The game is a part of Financial Fridays and lasts about an hour. It teaches kids about financial literacy by letting them play to earn dollar bill balls and then lets them decide to "Spend it!, Bank it!, Invest it! or Share it!" It for kids ages 2 to 10 and is free with regular admission, which is $12.95 for everyone 2 and up.
Saturday, March 6:
BSO family concert: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Enchantment Theatre Company will be performing the tales of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, based on Arabian Nights, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at 11 a.m. This is a BSO Family Concert and doors will open at 10 a.m. for the BSO Family Fun Zone, which will feature Port Discovery's interactive World Rhythm Drum Circus and Maryland Zoo's ZOOmobile, and an instrument petting zoo. The show lasts about an hour and is for kids 4+. Tickets cost $12-20.
The Maryland Home and Garden Show will take place this and next Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. There will be more than 400 exhibitors and families can enjoy walking through the 19 live garden showcasings. Joey Green, known for his quirky uses of common products like polishing jewelry with Alka-Seltzer, will be the featured speaker for March 6 and 7. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 6, 12, and 13; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 7 and 14. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $3 for kids 6-12 or $6 per person just for the Maryland Spring Craft Show; kids under 6 are free.
Teacher in space: Astronaut Ricky Arnold, who launched on space shuttle Discovery for a 13-day mission in March 2009, will be giving a free talk at Towson University in Smith Hall, room 326, at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. The talk is a part of the Saturday Morning Science Series done by the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science and is intended for all ages. There will be a question and answer session.
UPDATE: The following event is on March 6. An earlier version of this post had the incorrect date, which was my fault. Kate.
Health fair: Howard County General Hospital is sponsoring the sixth Latino Health Fair at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia from noon to 4 p.m. Doctors will be performing HIV testing and screenings for: blood pressure, colorectal cancer, skin analysis, glucose and cholesterol. There will be discussions in Spanish by John Hopkins doctors about child health at 12:30 p.m., diabetes at 1:30 p.m., and strokes at 2:30 p.m. Additional health information will available in Spanish as well as refreshments and giveaways. Most, if not all, doctors present will speak Spanish.
Sunday, March 7:
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is having an all you can eat breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The menu include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, baked apples, toast, chipped beef, sausage gravy, fruit salad, cold cereal, coffee, hot tea, milk, and juice. Cash or check is requested and it costs $6 for 55+, $7 for 13-55 years, $5 for 5-12 years, and kids under 5 are free. Money benefits the fire department.
The Elkridge branch of the Howard County Library is hosting a Madden '10 Wii Tournament from 1 to 4 p.m. The winner gets a $25 gift card to Best Buy. Participants are requested to register online or at any branch, but walk-ins are welcome.