Varied venues cater to kids

October 21, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Taking advantage of its Colonial past, parks, recreation sites, community centers and location on the water, the Annapolis area is packed with children's activities, classes and events. They range from indoor and outdoor drop-in activities to scheduled classes that require registration. Among them:

Artful activities:

Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department offers dance lessons in ballet, tap, and jazz for ages 2 to 12 at Annapolis Recreation Center, 9 St. Mary's St., Annapolis, 410-263-7958, www. ci.annapolis.md.us.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra conducts Family Concerts, appropriate for children age 4 and older, twice a season. Concertgoers can meet the musicians before the day's first performance or after the last performance. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, 410-263-0907, www.annapolissymphony.org.

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks offers movement and dance classes for children, including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. Teens may enroll in country dance, hand dancing, and Salsa workshops. Locations include Rolling Knolls Elementary School, Magothy River Middle School, Severna Park High School and Annapolis Senior High School. Also offered are: basket making, at Severna Park Middle School, and More Crafts 'N Things at Central and Hillsmere elementary schools. 410-222-7300, web.aacpl.net/rp.

Chesapeake Children's Museum offers hands-on educational activities (its motto is "Children play to learn and adults learn to play"). While awaiting the completion of renovations at its permanent home in Spa Creek Conservatory, the museum continues to offer events and programs outdoors at the Conservatory and other locations in the Annapolis area. 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, 410-990-1993, www.theccm.org.

Chesapeake Music Hall, the Dinner Theatre of Annapolis, 339 Busch's Frontage Road, Annapolis, offers programs for young people. The Lost Caravan troupe presents Children's Theatre on Saturday afternoons. Most of the regular dinner-theater shows are family oriented. 410-626-7515 or 800-406-0306, www.cheasapeakemusichall.com.

Children's Theatre of Annapolis, a community theater group for children age 8 and older and their families, teaches creative dramatics, vocal skills, dance, acting techniques and production skills. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College, 410-757-2281, www. members.home.net/cta-home/index.html.

The Colonial Players presents plays appropriate for children and offers children's workshops in acting and directing. 108 East St., Annapolis, 410-268-7373, www.cplayers.com.

Make a craft during TGIF Art Night every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Children's Art Studio, 168 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park, 410-544-9171. Art lessons also are available.

Children can choose a ceramic piece at Clay-Z Daze, paint it and pick it up a week later after it's been glazed and fired. Festival at Riva, 2303-F Forest Drive, Annapolis, 410-266-5020, www.clay-zdaze.com.

Community Center at Woods, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park, presents arts programs for kids, including: Kindermusik for infants through age 5; Sticky Fingers art class for 2-and 3-year-olds; and Mary Carter School of Dance offers ballet, tap and jazz classes for those age 3 and older. 410-647-5843, www.ccatwoods.org.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts offers several arts programs for children, including: drawing and painting; ceramics; Artstart, a multi-arts experience for ages 2 to 5; Kindermusik for infants through age 6; instrumental music; movement and dance classes; and acting. 801 Chase St., Annapolis, 410-263-5544, www.mdhallarts.org.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland, 410-263-8289, www.btmballet.org. and Royal Academy of Dance also are here. Both offer ballet classes for children.

At the beginning of each new art exhibition, the Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College conducts a free Family Tour and Children's Workshop, an interactive art project related to the exhibition. 30 College Ave., Annapolis, 410-626-2556, wwwsjca.edu/events.

Naturally interesting

Preschoolers can experience the monthly changes in Water-works Park through the "Leaves, Bugs and Frogs!" program sponsored by Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department, 410-263-7958, www.ci.annapolis.md.us/recpark/youthenrich. htm.

Stroll the Java History Trail and the Discovery Trail, self-guided nature trails at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater. Watch for events such as the Open House for Nature, a spring family activity with hands-on learning experiences, a visit to the scientific labs, and crafts projects. 443-482-2200, www.serc.si.edu.

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