`Children's Game Day' Long before Nintendo, Pokemon and...

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May 10, 2001|By Lori Sears

`Children's Game Day'

Long before Nintendo, Pokemon and scooters, children were occupying themselves with simpler games and toys. Sunday, kids can learn about some truly old-fashioned toys at Hampton National Historic Site's "Children's Game Day." Playing with toys of the 19th century, kids can try to make a whimmy diddle spin and a Jacob's ladder flip. They can also learn about the game of Graces. While at the site, visitors can take a tour of the 19th-century Hampton mansion, which includes a look at the living spaces of the former owners and their enslaved work force.

"Children's Game Day" runs 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane. Free. Mansion tours are offered hourly between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. $5 fee for tours. Call 410-823-1309.

Crafts, games, food at Laurel festival

On Saturday, the Laurel Main Street Festival takes over the town of - you guessed it - Laurel, and offers an array of family activities. More than 350 booths of crafts, games and food will be set up. Continuous live entertainment will be offered on five stages, including music by Lesson Zero, Too Extreme, the David Wayne Band, Redhead and Frontline. A parade featuring high-school bands, marching bands, military groups and floats will kick off the day's events at 9 a.m. Events take place rain or shine.

The festival runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday along Laurel's Main Street, from 7th Street to U.S. 1. Free. Call 301-483-0838.

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