The American militia was soundly defeated at the 1814 Battle of Bladensburg, but that won’t stop the town from celebrating its new War of 1812 visitors’ center. A military encampment with musket and cannon demonstrations is the centerpiece of this day of family-friendly activities, including guided boat tours and period music and games.

The free event is from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Battle of Bladensburg Visitors Center, 4601 Annapolis Rd. in Bladensburg. For information call 301-779-0371.

For more on this and other fun things to do with the kids, visit our Going Out Guide’s kids page here.