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FREE Family Festival of Wonders

Saturday, October 23, 2010
10:00 AM–04:00 PM
FREE Family Festival of Wonders We spy illusions, tricks, and secrets galore! Tip toe around the museum in search of hidden objects, create inventive works of art, and celebrate the special exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic.  Performers will dazzle all ages with feats of fantasy, artist and author Walter Wick will stop by to sign his books and say hello, and a sense of wonder will be experienced by all! Be sure to check out student artwork from a Maryland Student Competition inspired by Walter Wick, author of Can You See What I See? books and co-creator of the I Spy book series. Come early to receive a special giveaway and enjoy free admission to the special exhibition on this day only.

Schedule of Events

Amazing Art Activities!

  • 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.:  Robot City Dioramas -Studio A
  • 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.:  Jolly Rodger Windows -Studio B
  • 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.:  3D Doodles & Secret Messages – Level 2 lobby


  • 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes with Walter Wick – Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m.: Variety Show of Wonders – Auditorium
  • Hosted by Entertainer Extraordinaire Crazy Karl! Featuring the Wonders of David London, Velocity and her magical hoops, and Phydeaux’s Flying Fleas!
  • 3:00 p.m. GRAND FINALE: Galumpha presents The Human Jungle Gym – Auditorium

Book signings by Walter Wick himself!

  • 10:00-10:45 a.m. & 2:00-3:00p.m. on the Sculpture Court


  • 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.: Walter Wick Student Competition and Awards - Sculpture Court Meet the students!
  • 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.: Charm City Circulator -  Level 2 lobby
  • 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet Stilt Walker Laura Lydia – Centre Street Entrance
  • 1:30 – 3:15 p.m.: Face Painting by A Face in the Crowd – Level 3 Lobby
  •  2:30-3:00 p.m.: Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus & Wahoo Medicine Show  - Sculpture Court

Plus, create fall food art at the Let’s Eat! Charles Street festival from 12:00-5:00p.m.

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Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

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