Wild Things

We round up six ways for adults and kids to get in touch with their animal side.

Sleepover with the Sharks
7/1. National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. 5:30 p.m.-9 a.m. $120. 410-659-4230. Discover the incredible nature of sharks with a kid-friendly dinner, 4-D film, behind-the-scenes tour, and sleepover.

Owl Prowl & Campfire
7/15. Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Rd. 8-9:30 p.m. $2-4. 410-887-2503. In the heat of summer, trek through the woods, build a campfire, and learn how to hoot for owls.

Where the Wild Things Art
7/20. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Dr. 5:30-8 p.m. $45. 443-552-5276. For one night, sip wine, enjoy a drink, and meet the animals at the zoo.

Wine & Wag
7/21. Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Rd. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10.410-245-8826. At this summertime happy hour, sip orange crushes, listen to live music, and bring your pets to benefit the animals at Maryland SPCA.

Water, Water, Everywhere!
7/23. Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills. 9:30-11 a.m. $20-40. 443-738-9200. Spend a morning exploring local streams and discovering water life like turtles, crayfish, and frogs.

Yappy Hour
7/21. Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118 Shawan Rd., Cockeysville. 6 p.m.-dark. Free. 410-833-8848. This happy hour features fun for dog lovers and dogs, with drinks and mingling to benefit the Baltimore Humane Society.