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July 14, 2005|By Kate Campbell

Winterthur Tuesdays

Working stiffs and schoolchildren alike regard Tuesdays as the height of blah -- the day after the dreaded Monday and before Hump Day. Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Winterthur, Del., hopes to change that for kids and their parents with its Terrific Tuesdays.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday through Aug. 30, guests can learn a new set of crafting skills in the Enchanted Woods among the Faerie Cottage, giant bird's nest and the Fairy Flower Labyrinth. Children can decode "fairy messages" written throughout the area with a key distributed at the entrance.

This week, make herbal teas and potpourri; try stenciling textiles on July 26; calligraphy on Aug. 2; pottery on Aug. 9, learn about local animals Aug. 16; make bird-related crafts Aug. 23 and create a pine cone frame Aug. 30. The activities are designed for kids ages 4-11.

The estate also offers tours of the house and grounds as well as art exhibits.

Winterthur Museum and Country Estate is in Winterthur, Del., on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, five miles south of U.S. Route 1. Closed on Mondays, except for holidays. Tuesday activities cost $5 for children ages 2-11, $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. One adult accompanying a child receives free admission. Tours of the estate are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for kids 2-11. Tours of the art exhibits are $5 with the purchase of an estate tour. In-depth, two-hour tours are an additional $10. Passes to the gardens and galleries are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $5 for kids 2-11. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 800-448-3883. Visit www.winterthur.org.

Ocean City bonfires

Ocean City will bring back its weekly summer bonfires beginning tonight at 9. Each Thursday until Aug. 25 will feature a new theme and guest speaker: tonight is Ocean City Beach Patrol; July 21 is the Ocean City Police Department's K-9, bike patrol and mounted units; July 28 is representatives from the National Aquarium in Baltimore; Aug. 4 is Buzzy Bayles and the Ocean City Emergency Services speaking about hurricanes and coastal storms; Aug. 11 is representatives Donna Abbott and Norma Dobrowlski from Ocean City Public Relations speaking about the history and lore of the town; Aug. 18 is the Ocean City Beach Patrol and Aug. 25 is the Ocean City Police.

Bonfires on the beach, 9 p.m., every Thursday tonight through Aug. 25, North Division Street. Free admission. Call 410-289-2800 or visit www.ococean.com.

Huge flea market

The DC Big Flea Market on Saturday and Sunday in Chantilly, Va., promises more than 200,000 square feet of merchandise and more than 1,100 booths displaying vintage and antique clothing and accessories, books, sports paraphernalia, jewelry, toys and furniture.

DC Big Flea Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Dulles Exposition and Convention Center, 43320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Va. Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids younger than 12. Visit www.damorepromotions.com/chantilly_va.htm. Call 757-430-4735.

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