There’s a lot happening this weekend in preparation for holiday festivities this month. And some just plain family fun options too! (Including our SECOND PLAY DATE at Mt. Washington Tavern’s Grilled Cheese Cook-Off!)

Our Second Play Date! Grilled Cheese Cook-Off at Mt. Washington Tavern: This Sunday from 2 pm – 4 pm, join (cool) progeny, aMuse Toys and duopress as we bring the kid-spiration to Mt. Washington Tavern’s Grilled Cheese Cook-Off! In addition to arts & crafts, grilled cheese sampling and de-lish cocktail (or kiddie mocktail), the first 30 families will take home a bag full of goodies from some of our fav local family friendly businesses! Check out our calendar for even more events!

Loyola Greyhounds Movie Night: Come watch the Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team (8-0) take on Big East rival Louisville Friday night!. After the game, get autographs from the Greyhounds then enjoy watching Disney’s Tangled on the video board. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on the field! Tickets are FREE for everyone to both the game and the movie!

Frog FRENZY at Fair Hill Nature Center
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Bring your family (and a flashlight!) on a hike to locate the singing frogs on Friday night from 6:30 – 8 PM! Everyone will meet at the Nature Center and finish up with a bonfire, hot chocolate (please bring your own travel cup), roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.

Breakfast with the Bunny at The Maryland Zoo: Hippity hoppity! The Easter Bunny is stopping at the Zoo for an early morning visit on Saturday from 8 – 10 AM! Enjoy a buffet breakfast on the Mansion House Porch, create unique crafts, and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Animal Ambassadors will be making a special appearance, so don’t forget your camera! Mansion House Porch at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. (We hear there are a FEW tickets left!

Pysanky Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshop: Saturday from 2:30 – 3:30 PM at the Creative Alliance! Families are invited to learn the ancient art of wax and dye egg decorating from Halyna Mudryj, who learned Pysanky techniques from her Ukrainian grandmother. Materials are provided; additional supplies to take home are on sale. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Advance registration is requested.

A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Narrated by students from the Baltimore School for the Arts. Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is one of the most influential pieces created for children and families and has delighted audiences for decades. Watch as your miniature virtuoso learns about the instruments at the Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall. They take the stage at 11 AM on Saturday!

Beauty and the Beasts: If you kiss a frog, will it turn into a Prince? Come dressed as a princess or a prince, rock star, or a pirate and meet a variety of slithery, slimy, scaly “beasts” and learn the “softer” side of these creatures at Chelonia Eco-Adventures! Then have your face painted/make-up and hair done to be transformed into a real princess/prince. Take home a hand-made frame for a picture of you and your beast.

The 4th Annual PEEPS Show:
Enjoy more than 200 marshmallow masterpieces created by local artists, families, businesses and community groups at the Carroll County Arts Center. Mosaics, dioramas, sculpture and even stop-action Peep films! Admission is free. Purchase vote chips to help your favorite win one of the Audience Favorite Trophies or prizes courtesy of Just Born, Inc. Peep themed souvenirs and treats are available for sale. Catch the chirping Friday and Saturday from 10 pm – 8 pm, or Sunday from Noon – 5 pm.

Signs of Spring: This Sunday from 1-2:30 PM, hit the trails with Irvine Nature Center! Using signs for spring things, we’ll take a nature walk and learn about this beautiful season. For all ages!

Exploration Station at the Botanical Gardens: Exploration Station provides a fun, educational, hands-on learning experience for elementary-aged students, this Sunday from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Check out the flora and fauna of the season too — and scope out hiding places for next weekend’s Druid Hill Park Easter Egg Hunt!

TotSwap:
TotSwap provides an excellent way for you to sell your new and gently used children’s and maternity items while shopping from the best in name brand and specialty shop items at great prices!! Join over 300 families at each sale who are consigning their like new items and shopping for the best at great prices! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Kids Clothing Exchange at Pine Valley Swim Club: Opening day of this annual event is SATURDAY! The Sale runs through April 17, 2011. You can buy or consign quality spring and summer previously owned children’s clothing (infant through preteen), swimwear, shoes, baby gear, children’s furniture, outdoor play equipment, toys, games, bicycles, books, and dvds as well as Maternity Wear. Many thanks to an anonymous CP reader who tipped us off to this event!