Youth Programs

The Calvert Marine Museum is very family friendly and we offer programs for all ages. Those noted here are public programs for children. 

School Holiday Programming


The museum offers public programming during school holidays, Christmas and Spring break. Highlights of our Christmas programming include the popular lighthouse gingerbread workshop, holiday ornament workshop, and toys of olde. In the spring, we take it outside with the otter breakfast, toy boat building, and our unique fossil egg hunt on the Saturday before Easter. For details, check our Calendar of Events.
Friday, October 19, 2018:  Dino Daze! 
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Celebrate National Fossil Day. Be a paleontologist for the day, dig for dinosaur bones in the Discovery Room sand box, and go on a scavenger hunt filled with fun dinosaur facts that ends with you cracking a dinosaur egg and making a dino hat. Scheduled activities at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. include excavating real fossils from matrix, singing special dinosaur songs and learning the dinosaur stomp dance. Learn all you can about dinosaurs while having fun and playing games - fossils have never been so exciting! All activities FREE with museum admission! Museum admission applies.

Winter Break Activities



Wednesday, December 26:  Winter Wildlife
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Discover the animals that make the wintry waters of the Chesapeake their home. Check the daily events schedule at the admissions desk for special program times. FREE with museum admission.

Thursday, December 27:  Blizzards and Bones
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. At the close of the Miocene Epoch, regional waters began to cool as the world entered a new Ice Age. Discover which animals adapted to these changes and which faced extinction as you explore our Treasures from the Cliffs exhibit. Practice excavating a fossil and make your own fossil mold to take home in sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Activities appropriate for ages 4 and older. FREE with museum admission.

Friday, December 28:  New Year's With the Lighthouse Keeper
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Take a step back in time and visit Mrs. Goeshy, the keeper's wife at the Drum Point Lighthouse. Play period games and help decorate the lighthouse for the New Year! Check the daily events schedule at the museum desk for special tour times. FREE with museum admission.

Monday, December 31:  Members Only NOON Year's Eve Party
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Make a party hat, New Year's Wish Ornament, and join the dance party with our otter mascot. Toast in the NOON Year with sparkling ginger ale and fishy snacks when the ball drops at high noon. Family program for ages 4 and older. The museum is closed to the public.