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Family: events, activities

October 23, 2003|By Meredith James

`Monsters' on ice

Join Sulley and Mike Wazowski as they lace up their skates and take the ice for Disney on Ice Presents Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc. True to the movie, this comedic show takes the audience through the adventures of Sulley, Mike and their child buddy, Boo. The 1st Mariner Arena ice rink is transformed into Monstropolis through extensive costumes and scenery and acrobatic skaters who bring the cartoon characters to life.

Monsters, Inc. runs Wednesday through Nov. 2 at 1st Mariner Arena. Show times vary. Tickets are $12-$35 and are available by calling 410-481-7328 or 410-347-2006 for group sales. For more information, visit www.disneyon ice.com.

Walters' family day

Walk like an Egyptian, and dance, paint and dress like one, too, at the Walters Art Museum free family day on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will be holding a variety of Egypt-themed events. Aspiring archaeologists should check out expeditions in the Sculpture Court, where kids can mimic the professionals by using tools to dig, clean and label their findings. There will also be a lesson from Dr. Dig of dig magazine (a partner of Archaeology), and from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., there is a reading of the new book Mrs. Frizzle's Adventures in Ancient Egypt by the creators of the Magic School Bus series. They will sign copies of the book for sale in the museum gift shop. Throughout the day, kids can create their own headbands, ankhs and sistrums and carve hieroglyphics of a temple wall as part of studio activities.

Admission is free but does not include admission to the exhibit "Eternal Egypt." For more information, call 410-547-9000, Ext. 300, or visit www.thewalters.org. The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St.

Tunes for children

The popular children's singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner makes an appearance at the Gordon Center Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The subject of her songs will delight both children and their parents, with such themes as sitting under a shady tree and finding chocolate in your back pocket.

Berkner has performed on NBC's Today Show and at the White House, and her CD Under a Shady Tree received commendation from the Parent's Choice Foundation and the National Parenting Publications Awards. Her show is recommended for children ages 3-8.

Tickets are $6 for children and $8 for adults (or $6 if purchased in advance). For more information, call 410-356-7469, Ext. 5. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills.

HALLOWEEN

Lantern Parade

Old and new traditions collide at Patterson Park's annual Lantern Parade Saturday. The parade winds through the park, ending at Pagoda Hill for the grand finale. This spectacular includes not only extensive light projections but also other special effects and music. Mombo Combo will perform percussive Brazilian parade music. The Aqua String Band, an authentic Mummer string band, also is on hand. The highlight of the parade is the handmade lanterns crafted by community members.

The parade starts at 7:30 p.m., leaving from the Pulaski Monument, going by Boat Lake and ending at Pagoda Hill. The event is free. For more information, call 410-342-0600. Pagoda Hill is at South Patterson Park Avenue at Lombard Street.

Harford Halloween

Harriet is back for Harriet's Happiest Halloween, the latest installment of Harford Community College's annual holiday shows. Today through Sunday, audiences are taken on a magical journey as Harriet searches for the perfect costume. While looking for inspiration at the public library, Harriet meets favorite storybook characters, such as the Cat in the Hat, Peter Pan and Harry Potter. Attendees are invited to wear costumes to the event.

"Harriet's Happiest Halloween" is being held in Harford Community College's Chesapeake Theatre at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 17. Tickets are available by calling 410-836-4211. Harford Community College is at Route 22 and Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

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