Family Activities

The Calvert Marine Museum is a family museum and every day is an opportunity to create family memories. There is something scheduled almost every day at the museum. There are trained docents in the Discovery Room at the touch tank, in the Skates and Rays exhibit, and in the Paleontology Prep Lab. The Drum Point Lighthouse is open, frequently with guided tours. You may also see an aquarist feeding the animals - check with the admissions desk for details.

Winter Break Programs


Wednesday, December 28 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
While winter air temperatures throughout the Chesapeake region are relatively mild, the water temperatures are downright icy! Discover how different species cope with the arrival of winter at the museum. Activities appropriate for ages 4-10. Included with museum admission.

Chesapeake Horseshoe Crabs

Thursday, December 29  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Called living fossils by some, horseshoe crabs are a truly ancient species that we are fortunate to have as part of today’s Chesapeake ecosystem. Identify the amazing adaptions that have helped horseshoe crabs to survive for millennia and see live Atlantic horseshoe crabs in the museum’s animal collection. Activities appropriate for ages 4-10. Included with museum admission.

Evolution and Extinction: Megalodon

Friday, December 30  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Today is all about the top predator of the Miocene seas – Megalodon! Discover how this massive shark evolved and how it ultimately met its extinction during the Pliocene Epoch. Activities appropriate for ages 4-10. Included with museum admission.

NOON Year’s Eve Party for CMM Members only!

Saturday, December 31 10 a.m. – noon
We are excited to bring back this year’s Noon Year’s Eve party for museum members. Make a party mask, confetti popper, marvel at the juggler’s skills, and join the dance party with Bubbles the otter mascot. Toast in the new year with sparkling ginger ale, fish cracker snacks, and a giant confetti blast at high noon. FREE for CMM members of all ages!