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Deanna Staffo
Deanna Staffo

Brandywine Zoo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, Del., (302) 571-7747,, $4, seniors and children $2, kids under age 2 free. Celebrating their 100th birthday this year, the Brandywine Zoo covers 13 acres and is home to 150 animals including African pygmy goats, cotton top tamarins, cinnamon teals, and the red-eared slider, plus animals with recognizable names too.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-3180,, $12.95, seniors and military $11.95, ages 2-11 $8.95, kids under age 2 free. You’ve prolly heard little about this 35-acre animal wonderland in the Frederick area but that doesn’t mean it’s small beans. Featuring rare white tigers, an “Australian Walkabout,” the Amazon parrot aviary, and the super-fun Malagasy lemur’s leap, plus a rare animal petting zoo.

Leesburg Animal Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, Va.,(703) 433-0002,, $8.95, kids and seniors $6.95, kids ages 2 and under free. Go visit Libby the miniature donkey and Neil the nilgai, an Indian antelope, plus pot-bellied pigs and ponies at their home in scenic Loudoun County.

Lilliput Lane Petting Farm and Sanctuary, 14160 Forsythe Road, Sykesville, (410) 489-7291, $4. Kids are encouraged to pet and feed the animals. That travel size antibacterial gel will come in handy. Open to the public only on Wednesdays.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Druid Hill Park, (410) 366-5466,, $15, seniors $12, ages 2-11 $10, children under age 2 free. Forget feeling zoos are sad animal prisons—the truth is children love zoos and that makes every visit special. With playful polar bears, hyperactive praire dogs, sleek kitty cheetahs and pumas, crazy big birds, and comedienne monkeys, along with an interactive children’s zoo and a boardwalk through an African Journey. C’mon, do it for the kids.

National Aviary, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh, Pa., (412) 323-7235,, $6, seniors $5, ages 2-12 $4.50, kids under age 2 free. Northern Pittsburgh boasts a world class aviary with over 600 exotic and endangered birds of 200 species from every corner of the planet. Don’t miss the owl encounter shows at 11:30 a.m. and premiere penguin shows at 1 p.m. every day.

National Zoo, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, (202) 673-4800,, free. Next time you’re in Washington take the kiddies to the zoo and wear ‘em out, for free. Of course a coupla trips to the gift shop and snack bar will put a dent in your wallet, but sleeping children on the way back home is worth it, right?

Philadelphia Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, corner of 34th Street and Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 243-1100,, $26.95, ages 2-11 $23.95, ages under 2 free (prices include Zooballoon). America’s first zoo is located in the beautiful and historic Fairmount Park, the world’s largest landscaped city park. Plus cheesesteaks? Philly rocks.

Salisbury Zoological Park, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily, 755 S. Park Drive, Salisbury, (410) 548-3188,, free. This pretty zoo/park right on the water in Wicomico County boasts all the animals zoos usually have plus lots of water fowl.

Virginia Safari Park, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 229 Safari Lane, Natural Bridge, Va., (540) 291-3205,, $9, seniors $8, children $7, kids age under 3 free. Their unique approach promises you can get up close and personal to the animals, and even feed them special grain (they sell buckets of the stuff so don’t try and bring your own), as they freely roam the grounds.

Virginia Zoological Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 3500 Granby St., Norfolk, Va., (757) 441-2706,, $6, seniors $5, kids ages 2-11 $4. Check out the eastern bongos, white rhinos, rock hyraxes, mandrills, African elephants, pancake tortoises, and other animals that live and breed near Virginia’s Lafayette River.

Set the Date

African Village Summer Arts Camp, June 28-Aug. 5, Sankofa Dance Theater, 2901 Druid Park Drive, Baltimore, (410) 669-3786, This camp invites children to take a trip into the Motherland through song, dance, stories, crafts, and games. Each week features a new African theme and activities to celebrate it. For ages 3-11.

College for Kids, July 25-29, Towson University, Towson, (410) 704-5437, As you attempt to pay your college loan off, give your child a jump-start on intellectual achievement in this program for ages 4 to kids entering sixth grade. Teachers from grade school and college lead kids in hands-on learning experiences that are supposed to be fun too.

Kinderfest, Aug. 6, German Village, Hoyes Run Road, McHenry, (301) 387-5635. Treat your kids to pony rides, a petting zoo, treasure hunt, puppet shows, food, and entertainment.

USNA Model Sailboat Regatta, Aug. 20, U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis, (410) 263-6933, $30. Bring out the inner master crafter in your kid. There are two sessions for ages 8-12.

Sizzlin Summer 2005

Hot Topic City Paper’s 2005 Sizzlin’ Summer Guide

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CyberCamps, University of Baltimore and University of Maryland campus locations, (888) 904-2267, Bill Gates probably didn’t spend his summers wasting away by the pool. Let your pint-sized programmers learn how to create video games, produce digital movies, design web pages, and dabble in robotics. After they follows in Gates’ footsteps they’ll have plenty of adult summers free to spend by the pool.

DayJams Rock Music Day Camp, the Park School, 2425 Old Court Road, Brooklandville, (800) 295-5956, Beginner and experienced rock stars in training can jam away at this camp for kids ages 9-15. Instructors give lessons for bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, and vocals.

Family Fun Days at Whole Foods, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through summer, Whole Foods, 1330 Smith Ave., (410) 532-6700. Keep your kids entertained while you shop for wholesome whole foods for their growing bones. There’s story time in the café area, a rubber duck pond to pick a duck from, goody gift bags, and balloons.

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, various sites in Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Cecil, and Washington counties, (410) 260-8721,, free. Don’t let the catchy title fool you. These three- to four-day clinics throughout the summer are about fishing, not some Just Say No crusade by the DNR. They supply the fishing gear, you supply a nutritious snack and non-alcoholic beverage for your children ages 8-15.

Modeling Camp, Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, (888) 757-5575,, for ages 5-17. This camp promises an empowering experience for girls of all ages, featuring fitness, fashion, and lessons in social graces. Just promise us the second she starts wearing more makeup than Jon Benet, you’ll drop her off at nature camp.

“The Navy Way” Boot Camp, U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis, (410) 263-6933,, $26. Show your 6-12 year olds what it’s like to be a swabbie in this Saturday activity. “Recruits” get Dixie cup caps, learn Navy terms, and presumably make a mess in a simulated mess hall.

Open Minds, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, (410) 396-5430. Pratt Library has teamed up with the Creative Alliance in this free book-based art program. Groups of kids ages 8-12 and 13-16 listen to a story then create art in response. Locations vary depend on age group. Register at your local Enoch Pratt Free Library branch.

Silver Penny Summer Theatre, Towson and Forest Hill locations, (410) 704-3503, It’s okay to be a drama queen (or king) in this summer experience. Kids ages 8-14 will learn how to express themselves artistically from the professionals. Finally those temper tantrums are put to creative use.

Summer Nature Adventure Camps, Discovery Creek, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, (202) 337-5111, Sign your kid up for some hands-on, minds-on activities that put them up close with Mother Nature. Day camp includes field trips, hiking, rock climbing, arts and crafts, and educational stuff. For ages 4-11.


Downtown Sailing Center, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1425 Key Highway, Baltimore, (410) 727-2884, Sailors ages 10-16 learn teamwork and seafaring skills on board the 43-foot Pintita cruising yacht in the Youth Cruising Program.

Frontier Town, Route 611, Ocean City, (410) 641-0880, Dust off that tent and treat the kids (aka cowpokes) to a Western-style vacation. This camping resort features hundreds of campsites and a theme park celebrating the Old West. If for some reason the Wild West Show doesn’t meet expectations, the beach is only five minutes away.

Funland Family Fun Center, 24450 Garrett Highway, McHenry, (301) 387-6168, free. Your kids will surely fall asleep on the ride home after hitting the go-karts, bumper cars, carousel, mini golf, carousel, and climbing wall.

Irvine Nature Center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson, (410) 484-2413, For 30 years now, the center has been helping children get close to nature. There are tons of events throughout the summer from hikes to stream explorations and even a summer camp.

Kings Dominion, 1600 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Va., (804) 876-5000, Treat your kids to a day of interactive overstimulation featuring their favorite cartoon stars. There’s Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Mansion, Kidzville and its Hanna-Barbera characters, more of their TV favorites in Nickelodeon Central, kid-sized cars they can drive along the Rugrats Toonpike, and Kidz Construction Co.

Little Picasso School of Visual Arts,1331 Rockville Pike, Rockville, (301) 294.3600, Does your preschooler excel at finger painting? Maybe your teen is more than just a doodler. Give them all that extra edge in this camp focusing on drawing, painting, clay work, and paper sculpture. For ages 3-17.

Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake, 311 Third St., Annapolis, (410) 263-0002. $8.50-$17.Treat your little pirates to a swashbuckling experience on board the mighty Sea Gypsy. They can dress the part with the help of tattoos, face paint, and pirate fashions while they learn how to read a treasure map and defend the ship with water cannons.

Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, Toddlers to pre-teens are welcome to expand their imagination in this museum of interactive, educational exhibits.

Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Mitchelsville, (301) 249-1500, If that annoying Elmer Fudd lookalike from the commercials hasn’t brought you here recently, maybe the new Tornado ride at Hurricane Harbor will do the trick. For the kids who don’t want to get wet, let them fly high on the BatWing or try to hold onto lunch as the Mind Eraser takes them for a twist, dive, loop, double spin, roll, and, of course, “intense corkscrew.”

Velocity Sports Performance,1427 Clarkview Road, Suite 300, Baltimore, (410) 583-9235, for ages 11-18. Help your athletic kid take his or her skills to the next level. Field hockey, football, soccer, weightlifting and speed and agility camps promises to make your kid a faster, more powerful athlete. Suddenly Division I scholarship seems like less of a fantasy.

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