Friday March 12
Tye Dye Contest
Ages 8-14 create a one-of-a-kind T-shirt design and enter it into the contest. Supplies are provided, but bring your own plain white T-shirt. 7-8pm @ Southern Community Center, Appeal Ln. (off Rt. 765), Lusby. free: 410/586-1101.
Saturday, March 13
National Wildlife Refuge Birthday Party
Billy B, the Natural Science Song and Dance Man, celebrates the 101st birthday of the Patuxent Research Refuge with natural hikes, exhibits, lives animals and much more. 10am-3pm @ Refuge North Tract, Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 32, Laurel. free: 301/497-5887 www.patuxent.fws.gov.
Kids ages 4-6 learn about sharks, fossils, lighthouses and creatures in our salty neighbor, Chesapeake Bay. 10am-noon @ Calvert Marine Museum, off Rt. 2, Solomons. $10 w/member discount; rsvp: 410/326-2042 x 45 www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Travel with Dr. Peter Kranz, an expert on dinosaur history in Maryland, to a nearby dig site and go on a fossil hunt. 10am @ Chesapeake Childrens Museum, 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis. $10w/member discount; parents free; rsvp: 410-990-1993 www.theccm.com.
Children 6-12 play detective at Calvert Librarys Super Sleuth Mystery Adventure. You can dress up as your favorite mystery character or create a disguise and unravel clues in mystery games.
10-11am @ Southern Branch Library Southern Community Center, Appeal Ln. (off Rt. 765), Lusby: 410/326-5289.
2-3pm @ Calvert Library, Duke St. off Rt. 2., Prince Frederick: 410-535-0291.
Ranger Rick takes all ages out at dusk to witness the death-defying acrobatics of the American woodcock, a migratory bird that passes through Kinder Park Farm in late winter. 6:30pm @ Kinder Farm Park, Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. free; rsvp: 410/222-6115 www.kinderfarmpark.org.
Tuesday, March 16
Ages 3-5 enjoy St. Patricks Day with games, activities and green refreshments. 10:30am @ Northeast Community Center, 4075 Rt. 261., Chesapeake Beach. $3: 410-257-2554.
Wednesday, March 17
Ages 2 to 6 listen to stories and explore the magic of books. 9:30am & 10:30am @ Broadneck Library, 1275 Green Holly Dr., off College Pkwy., Arnold. free: 410-222-1905 www.aacpl.net.