Exercise your body, mind and imagination at Maryland Day

WASHINGTON — Demonstrations, exhibitions and performances are all part of the fun planned for Saturday, when the University of Maryland hosts its 20th annual open house for Maryland Day.

Maryland Day “learning neighborhoods” are divided into six themes: There’s Science and Tech Way; Ag Day Avenue, Art and Design Place; Biz and Society Hill; Terp Town Center, and Sports and Rec Row.

There will be hundreds of activities, but you don’t have to wander around aimlessly to find something you’re interested in. You can plan your itinerary here.

“You can search by keyword,” said the university’s Cynthia Martinez. “If you’re interested in herbs, we have herbs. You can take ladybug home — a Terrapin ladybug that’ll eat up all the bad things in your garden to help [it] grow.”

Type “insect” in the search box, for example, and you’ll see on the event map where you can visit the Insect Petting Zoo. Martinez said a bunch of furry friends will be there, including Rosie the tarantula, Twiggy the walking stick and Dwayne the vinegarroon. “He looks like a scorpion, but he’s not. He’s very friendly,” Martinez said.

Sports and Rec Row will feature fitness demonstrations, gymnastics exhibitions and opportunities for kids and adults to get active and burn off some energy.

This robot was rolling around along Science and Tech Way at the 2017 Maryland Day. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
This robot was rolling around along Science and Tech Way at the 2017 Maryland Day. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Maryland Day 2017
You can find the Climbing Wall and Challenge Course at the Sports and Rec Row Adventure Complex. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
At the Dining Services Cooking Stage, chef demonstrations begin at 10:30 a.m. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
At the Dining Services Cooking Stage, chef demonstrations begin at 10:30 a.m. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You never know who you might run into at Maryland Day -- such as the school's mascot. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You never know who you might run into at Maryland Day — such as the school’s mascot. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Maryland Day 2017
Maryland Day features six “learning neighborhoods” — Science and Tech Way; Ag Day Avenue; Art and Design Place; Biz and Society Hill; Terp Town Center, and Sports and Rec Row. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
In the courtyard of the Animal Sciences Building you can learn about bee keeping and get up close and personal with some honey hives. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
In the courtyard of the Animal Sciences Building you can learn about bee keeping and get up close and personal with some honey hives. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You can learn how to program LEGO Mindstorm robots with middle school students in UMD's CompSciConnect program in Science & Tech Way. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You can learn how to program LEGO Mindstorm robots with middle school students in UMD’s CompSciConnect program in Science & Tech Way. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Virtual reality and Scratch games created by students will be on display on Science and Tech Way. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Virtual reality and Scratch games created by students will be on display on Science and Tech Way. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You can take home sand art of your own design at Sand Art In The Sun, in the Art and Design Place neighborhood. (Courtesy University of Maryland) (Courtesy University of Maryland)
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This robot was rolling around along Science and Tech Way at the 2017 Maryland Day. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Maryland Day 2017
At the Dining Services Cooking Stage, chef demonstrations begin at 10:30 a.m. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You never know who you might run into at Maryland Day -- such as the school's mascot. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Maryland Day 2017
In the courtyard of the Animal Sciences Building you can learn about bee keeping and get up close and personal with some honey hives. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
You can learn how to program LEGO Mindstorm robots with middle school students in UMD's CompSciConnect program in Science & Tech Way. (Courtesy University of Maryland)
Virtual reality and Scratch games created by students will be on display on Science and Tech Way. (Courtesy University of Maryland)

“You can participate in the obstacle course which includes jumping over things [and] under things, and even go up the rock climbing wall or bounce on small trampolines,” Martinez said.

Maryland Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There’s free admission and free parking anywhere on campus. There also are bicycle valet tents near Terp Town Center, Ag Day Avenue and Art and Design Place.


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