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July 07, 2005|By Erica Kritt

Summer Fun Day

Race a lawnmower or a turtle at the Steppingstone Farm Museum's Summer Fun Day for adults and children. Kids can enjoy contests including frog-jumping and watermelon-seed-spitting, while the adults can compete in the lawnmower races, ride in a monster truck and view antique cars. The museum's buildings will be open for touring, and food will be available.

The Steppingstone Museum is at 461 Quaker Bottom Road in Havre de Grace. Summer Fun Day is Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $3, free for children 12 and under. For information or to register for the lawnmower races, call 410-939-2299.

Children's museum

Blowing bubbles has come far since the bottle and ring. Now children have six-pack rings, giant rings and many more techniques to fulfill their bubble wishes. The Chesapeake Children's Museum in Annapolis is presenting this new technology today with a bubble festival. The festival will let kids play with and make inventive bubble blowers and "bubble windows."

Also at the museum this week is the Doll and Bear Salon. The rough and tumble life of being a child's companion gets a perk Saturday when the salon will provide children ages 1 to 6 with brushes, shampoo, hairspray, cotton balls and nail polish to pamper their toys.

Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Road in Annapolis, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays in the summer. Admission is $3 for visitors ages 1 and up. The Bubble Festival is today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free with admission. The Doll and Bear Salon is Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-990-1993.

John Paul Jones Day

The United States Naval Academy will open its gates Saturday for John Paul Jones Day. Jones, a founding father of the U.S. Navy, was born in Scotland. The annual event commemorates the return of Jones' body to America from France, where he had died in 1792. Jones is buried in the Naval Academy chapel. With walking tours every half-hour and a large schedule of events including a procession with fifes and drums, a cake-cutting with Jones' sword and a lecture on "The Life of John Paul Jones," the day is packed with historical fun.

Children can also celebrate with knot-tying, linoleum-rubbing and paper-hat-making from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors can also see the exhibits throughout the day.

The day begins at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center at the Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Everyone 16 or older will need a picture ID to enter the academy. Free. Tours are $7.50; $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for students in 1st through 12th grades and free to all children younger. Call 410-293-3363.

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