A weekend fix for summer-weary kids

August 06, 1993|By Robyn L. Davis | Robyn L. Davis,Staff Writer

Don't tell your kids, but they might learn something while they're having fun at the Maryland Kids' Convention Saturday and Sunday.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Towson State University's Towson Center, 40 groups and businesses including the Baltimore County Fire Department, Blockbuster Video and WBAL-TV will showcase their smart cures for summertime blues.

Kids can make an arts-and-crafts project, listen to a story by the Maryland State Department of Education and get free snacks, participate in a mini-jousting game and chat with the Orioles mascot and Yogi Bear, among other cartoon guests. There's also a science exhibit.

"Part of our job is to reach out and spread the fun side of science and dispel the stereotype that science is about a test tube and white lab coat and pocket protector," says Bob Finton of the Maryland Science Center, which is taking a portable planetarium and a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator.

"I would recommend for anybody who hasn't gone to go," says Sheila Gill of Crofton, who went last year with her two children, ages 5 and 2. "The main thing I remember is the science show by the Maryland Science Center. That was really exciting for my 4-year-old."

Eight thousand kids and parents attended last year, and convention officials expect 10,000 this year. The convention is sponsored by five private companies and the state of Maryland, which pitched in $15,000 of the $50,000 budget.

Admission is $2.50 per person or $7 for families (which includes up to four children). Call (410) 225-1117 for more information.

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