If you are searching for a free event that will interest members of your family from toddler through senior citizen, look no further than Maryland Day at the University of Maryland at College Park. The annual free event will be held for the 13th year on April 30 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Now one of the top annual events in the state of Maryland, the university welcomes the entire state and Washington,D.C. region to have fun, learn and explore. All over Maryland’s 1250 acre campus, visitors can “Explore Our World” with tours, exhibits and demonstrations. The university is broken up into six specific areas of exploration, learning and fun: Science and Tech Way, Ag Day Avenue, Arts Alley, Sports and Rec Row, Biz and Society Hill, Terp Town Center.
“I’m very excited about attending my first Maryland Day here at the University of Maryland,”
said University President Wallace Loh. “One of the things that attracted me to UMD is the
breadth of fascinating programs here. I understand that there will be more than 400 events across
campus this year, all of them offering learning and fun for all ages. I am especially proud that we
have 8,000 faculty, staff and student volunteers who come out to make it a wonderful day for all
of our visitors. Maryland Day has become a model for other schools and one of the premier
annual events in the State.”
Some of the highlights are:
- Hornbake Plaza – part of Terp Town Center – will focus on health and wellness.
- Don’t miss theCooking Stage.
- This year’s hostess is Alumna Joy Bauer – who is best known as The Today Show’s nutrition and health expert.
- Dining Services will be cooking up some of her best recipes and samples are free! She’ll also be providing health talks and book signings.
- Two popular children’s book authors will also be part of Maryland Day – on the Big Top stage.
- Alumnus Jeff Kinney, author of the popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid will speak and then do a book signing.
- He’ll be followed by Laura Duksta. She will share her applauded school program “Self-Esteem through Love: Empowering Our Children to Shine!”
- Maryland sports fans can head over to Comcast Center for autographs with their favorite Terp men and women’s basketball players.
- Terp gear will also be on sale.
- The men’s football team –including new coach Randy Edsall – will be signing autographs at Byrd Stadium before suiting up for the annual Red and White Football Scrimmage at 3:30 p.m.
- The National Archives, NASA, NIST and Smithsonian Institution will all be at Maryland Day with exhibits, information and fun.
- Visitors can pet animals at the campus farm, instruments at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and insects in the Plant Sciences Building.
- Explore majors and college financing, talk to our deans, be part of an archeological dig or get blown away in our famous wind tunnel. Alumni find Maryland Day is a great way to reconnect with campus.
For the children there will be a variety of free events and workshops, such as the following 30 scheduled events:
- A Model Excavation The Department of Anthropology uses archaeology to increase understanding of the City of Annapolis’ past. The project – Archaeology in Annapolis – has an interactive exhibit to show young visitors how to use archaeological methods to learn about the history of the world we live in.
- A Taste of Maryland Ice Cream Enjoy free samples of UMD ice cream dished up by AGNR students.
- Beanbag Throw for Children Booth includes a beanbag throw for children with prizes. Dietetic interns have food models with handouts to show healthy portion sizes for children and adults.
- Bookmark Bonanza Visit the Student Educators of Young Children. Sing a song, listen to a story and make your own bookmark.
- Bubbles! Meet student members of Kappa Delta Pi and hear them explain how bubbles are formed and why they float. While there, have a little fun and blow some bubbles of your own.
- C is for Crayon Kids color their favorite “Sesame Street” characters at the National Public Broadcasting Archives booth.
- Chemistry Fun for Kids of All Ages Have fun learning about chemistry from the American Chemical Society students. Learn the science of silly putty, see a trash can rocket into the air and much more.
- Climb the Beast Like climbing trees? Try our 60-foot-high climbing wall. Never climbed? Don’t worry – this is a safe environment with experienced staff on hand to help. Participants must be at least 48 inches tall. Participant sign-up ends at 3:00 p.m. to allow time to complete the activities.
- Come Dig It! Come dig for shark teeth from the Chesapeake Bay.
- Early Childhood Festival at the Center for Young Children Welcome all Center for Young Children families and guests. Join us for “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Nursery Rhymes and Rhythm” presented by Kaydee Puppets at 10:30. A sing-along with CYC’s own “Mr. M,” Eric Maring, follows at about 11:15 a.m.
- Flatwater Kyaking Ever been kayaking? Try out a kayak in a shallow, nonthreatening environment. Skilled users are on site to help.
- Football Clinic Minnesota Viking Madieu Williams ’03 will offer a football clinic for children ages 8-13. Pre-registration is required and there is a 300 participant limit. Register at http://tinyurl.com/madieucamp.
- Fun at the Fountain! Children are invited to fish for terrapins in the ODK Fountain. Win prizes!
- Get Your Cotton Candy Here, Folks! Come eat some cotton candy with the Natural Resources Management Society on Maryland Day. We are making cotton candy all day to represent the Department of Environmental Science and Technology.
- Heather Henson Kite and Puppet Performance Celebration of Flight Join Heather Henson, daughter of UMD alumnus and puppet master Jim Henson, in a kite and puppet extravaganza celebrating flight. Bring your handcrafted kite from the workshop in the Kogod Theatre to be a part of this celebration. Performances at 12:15PM, 1:30PM, and 2:45PM.
- Instrument Petting Zoo Ever wanted to fiddle on a fiddle or toot your horn? The student chapter of the Music Educators National Conference offers an interactive, hands-on “zoo” chock full of musical instruments.
- Jeff Kinney “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Book Signing Get up to two “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books signed by Jeff Kinney. To accommodate as many people as possible, Jeff will be signing his name only.
- Kids Carnival Join the UMD student organization to win prizes at carnival games, have your face painted, make arts and crafts and more.
- Kids’ Tent Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream You’ve had 31 flavors, but we bet you haven’t had ice cream like this! MRSEC’s homemade specialty tastes great and is safe for children of all ages – come try it (while supplies last).
- Make and Take Mini Physics Demos Make physics magic. Use common household ingredients to make slime and much more.
- Photos with Kermit Leave Maryland Day with a souvenir photo of you with Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson. The Office of Information Technology is taking photos at the Jim Henson commemorative statue throughout the day.
- President’s Fitness Challenge Come participate in a series of fitness events in the first ever University of Maryland President’s Fitness Challenge. Our unique take on the President’s Challenge where we have replaced pull-ups, the sit and reach, and the endurance run with events such as football target toss, basketball shot challenge and a soccer obstacle course. Participants who complete all of the challenges will receive a Certificate of Completion from President Loh.
- Put Your Face on Testudo! Maryland Wishes will take a picture of your face in a life-size cutout of this infamous reptile. We are a student organization that helps raise funds to grant the wishes of children living with life-threatening medical conditions.(http://www.midatlantic.wish.org)
- Quidditch for Muggles Join the UMD Quidditch team for a fun match of Quidditch, Muggle-style. This sport is based on the Harry Potter series, and although members don’t fly, they still have quaffles, bludgers and even a snitch.
- R2D2 Meets Buzz Lightyear Check out the Advanced Robotics Development Laboratory, and see robots for space exploration, undersea science and medical rehabilitation. Find out how space suits are made and tested.
- Shake It Up! Use legos and other supplies to build your own buildings, bridges or other structures, which will then be subject to simulated earthquakes on a shake table. See how long your design will last before crashing into pieces.
- Take a Terrapin Home Create your own diamondback terrapin craft.
- Take a Walk to the Moon Wonder what it’s like to explore the moon? Visit our Moonyard with lunar habitat and rover mockups. Drive simulated rovers, and watch space suit and robotic demonstrations.
- The Science of Gummy Worms Learn the science of gummy worms with a hands-on experiment for any age. Also, support the UMD Food Science Club by having an ice cold slushy, fresh frozen fruit or gourmet cookies.
- Transportation-Rama Come take a walk on the fun side with DOTS. Win prizes, candy, raffles and other great giveaways. Lots of family fun with games, arts and crafts and other activities.
Maryland Day runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 30 rain or shine. Everything is family friendly. Don’t miss a scoop of Maryland ice cream at the Dairy – the express line means quicker service! Admission and parking are free, and there will be free shuttle buses to and from the College Park Metro and on campus. Visitors are encouraged to take Metro. Navigation is easy with the help of complementary activity maps that include descriptions of all events. Plan your day online at http://www.marylandday.umd.edu/ or email questions to: [email protected]