More than 70 works depicting or inspired by the human figure will be on display tomorrow through Aug. 8 at the Maryland Federation of Art. The national open juried exhibition includes contemporary sculptures by Matthew Mitros and more traditional works including oils, acrylics, etchings, portraiture and photography by artists John Chinn, Summer Conover and Donna Rhody. Artist reception, 6-8 p.m. July 15. Exhibit hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Cir., Annapolis. Free. 410-268-4566 or www.mdfedart.org.
Children will learn how to make bubble blowers using everyday objects like straws, yarn and potato mashers during the Chesapeake Children's Museum's first festival dedicated to the bouncy subject. Museum director Debbie Wood and director of programs Renee Spears will lead children ages 2 and older in lessons on "bubbleology," the science that explains how bubbles work. When they blow bubbles, Wood said, they'll have fun and learn elements of science, including the fact that hydrogen and oxygen combine to make bubbles round and the fact that bubbles are a prism for sunlight. "There's so much to learn in the world, and learning can and should be fun," Wood said. "Here children get the true experience of joyful learning." 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis. $3. 410-990-1993 or www.theccm.org.
John Paul Jones Day
The Naval Academy's annual celebration of the life of naval war hero John Paul Jones takes place Saturday. The event will include exhibits, children's activities, a wreath laying ceremony, slide lectures, demonstrations and walking tours. Activities begin at 9:15 a.m. with John Wilson, a historian and actor costumed as John Paul Jones, leading a march to Jones's crypt, beneath the Naval Academy Chapel. John Paul Jones walking tours will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. and will include museum exhibits and a chronology of Jones's life. Children's activities will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include knot tying and macrame activities, linoleum rubbing, paper hat making and a scavenger hunt. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Naval Academy, 121 Blake Rd., Annapolis. Walking tours, $7; seniors, $6; students, $5. 410-263-6933 or www.usna.edu.