Family Programs & Events

The Calvert Marine Museum is a family museum and every day is an opportunity to create family memories. To take full advantage of our offerings, we encourage you to consider membership in the museum. We offer special programming during all school holidays. Be sure to check out the Calendar of Events for details. 
OtterMania 2017

Spring Break Activities


All Spring Break activities are FREE with museum admission.

Meet the Lighthouse Keepers


Wednesday, April 12 - 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Step back in time and meet Mr. and Mrs. Goeshy, the keepers of Drum Point Lighthouse from 1930-1931. Live character interactions with the Goeshy's at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will highlight the aspects of life at Drum Point Lighthouse during the early 1930's. Appropriate for all ages.

Miocene Fossil Exploration


Thursday, April 13 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Spend a day exploring the amazing fossils in our collection! Throughout the day, interpreter-guided activities in the Treasures From the Cliffs exhibit will allow you to touch Miocene Era fossils and practice preparing a fossil specimen. Make your own fossil imprint in sessions at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to take home. Appropriate for all ages.

Birds of the Marsh


Friday, April 14 - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join one of our interpreters for a guided marsh walk at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to explore and observe the many birds that make their homes in our salt marsh. Learn how to identify birds by their tracks, and discover the meaning of bird feathers. Make your own flying bird mobile to capture the wonder of flight! Activities planned for ages 5 – 10.

Fossil Egg Hunt


Saturday, April 15 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Look for eggs with real fossils inside, hidden throughout the museum. New this year: participants will be given a container for egg collection; no baskets are needed! After finishing your hunt, docents will identify your fossil finds. A follow-up activity will allow you to “excavate” fossils from matrix, using the tools of a paleontologist. Activities planned for ages 3 – 10.

Predator/Prey Day


Monday, April 17 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come join in some fun activities as we learn about predator/prey relationships between the animals in our exhibits. Discover the many ways that animals avoid falling prey to a predator, and conversely, the adaptations that help predators catch their prey! Activities planned for ages 5 – 10.

All About Plants!


Tuesday, April 18 - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Take a tour of our upland marsh and rain garden to discover what plants grow best in these environments. Wander through our Children’s Maritime Garden and explore the different areas and treasures they hold. Bring home a milkweed plant and start your own “butterfly garden” at home! Activities planned for ages 5 – 10.

Spring Break Day Camp


Norse Exploration Day Camp


Thursday, April 13 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join us at the museum for a day camp to explore the culture of the Norse explorers. We will dive into topics such as navigation, ship building, runes, and shield symbology of these fearless seafarers. This camp is for 5th-6th Graders, and has a program fee of $25.00. Space is limited and preregistration is required; email Melissa McCormick to reserve your spot.

Public Programming

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 can also see the aquarists feeding the animals on the following schedule:

Monday at 10:15 a.m.: Skates and Rays Feeding
Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.: Aquarists Feed the Otter a Snack
Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.: Critter Feeding in the Discovery Room

Scheduled every fourth Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. we offer Toy Boat Building. See the calendar for details.

Summer Camp 2017