Playing around at Hampton
Get a hands-on history lesson with a visit to the Hampton National Historic Site. The 18th-century site holds events for the family on the second Sunday of every month. They include storytelling and music and dance performances. This Sunday, families will have the chance to play with reproductions of historic toys. The toys, most of which are wooden, are said to have been designed to help the development of children's coordination.
Sunday's free event will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tours of the Hampton Mansion are also available. They are free for children ages 16 and under and $5 for adults. The Hampton National Historic Site is at 535 Hampton Lane in Towson. Call 410-823-1309.
Fun for art's sake
Brush up on your brush strokes every Saturday at the Walters Art Gallery's ArtWard Bound program. With the help of an ArtPack, which serves as an educational aid and tour guide, participants can go on a self-guided journey through the art gallery. Afterward, they are invited to head to the gallery's activity tables, where they can create art work of their own. The ArtPack changes each month. Beginning this Saturday, it will relate to everyday life as depicted by artists from ancient Egypt to Asia and 19th century France.
ArtWard Bound, which is free with regular admission to the Walters, takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or visit the Web site at www.TheWalters.org.