Be a junior scientist
Check out the Be a Junior Scientist event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the National Aquarium. Children can study shark behaviors in the galleries with aquarium staff and handle live animals, going behind the scenes to learn how these fearsome underwater predators are cared for. A tour of the Rain Forest exhibit will complete the morning. The program is suitable for children ages 8-10 and does not include admission.
The aquarium is at 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. Event cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Call 410-727-FISH for more information.
This Saturday, the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is sponsoring a program called Chemistry Craze from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for children ages 9-12. Participants will join park naturalists as they examine the effects of chemical pollutants on the estuary's waters and practice water-cleaning techniques.
The estuary center is in Leight Park, on Otter Point Road off U.S. Route 40 just east of Edgewood. Cost is $6. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 410-879-2000.
An unlikely combination of magic and history will be featured Sunday at the Hampton National Historic Site in two half-hour presentations. Beginning at 2 p.m., a magician will examine and perform popular magic presentations from the 19th century. The event is free and open to the public, first-come, first-served.
Located at 535 Hampton Lane, the Hampton NHS hosts a series of free family events on the second Sunday of every month. Visit www.nps.gov/hamp or call 410-823-1309 for more information and a list of future programs.
Tom Sawyer revisited
Relive The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in a new musical version of Mark Twain's enduring tale at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, on the campus of Montgomery College. Featuring Tony Award nominee Ken Ludwig and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Don Schlitz, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer follows the escapades of the 14-year-old miscreant as he sallies off to make mischief with Huckleberry Finn, matches wits with his strict Aunt Polly and falls for the lovely Becky Thatcher.
The theater is at 51 Mannakee St. in Rockville, on the campus of Montgomery College. For more information or to order tickets, call the box office at 301-279-5301. Group rates are available and tickets can be ordered at www.montgomerycollege.edu/PAC/.