It’s October! That means the return of Free Fall Baltimore. Free Fall Baltimore is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), the city’s non-profit special event and arts agency. BOPA champions the important role of creativity in building a vibrant, exciting and livable city, energizing not just the arts scene, but Baltimore as a whole.

BOPA developed the Free Fall Baltimore program to increase access, interest and attendance in the city’s many cultural organizations, especially for families and young adults, who are the creative community’s future patrons. Free Fall Baltimore is made possible by presenting sponsor Susquehanna Bank and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

For a full listing of FREE events associated with this program, check out the Free Fall Baltimore website. We combed through all of the fabulous programs and pulled the descriptions for the family friendly ones. You’ll also find all of these events on our calendar.


ONGOING ALL MONTH LONG

Free Family Sundays at The Baltimore Museum of Art
Bring your family for fun drop-in art activities every Sunday in October.  Hone your art-making skills as you learn from the masterworks in the Museum’s collection. From 2 PM – 5 PM each Sunday, there is a special family art activity. 

FREE Dance Classes with Charm City Dance
Grace Presbyterian Church
Every Sunday in October, 2-5 PM
Explore varied dance styles with the Charm City Dance Theatre.  Each class features a different style from hip hop to world dance. Advance reservations are not required.  Ages 10 to adult. Classes: 2pm – Hip Hop; 3pm – Modern; 4pm – Capoeira (2nd & 9th) or Yoga (16th & 30th). 

Free Admission on Sundays to Baltimore Museum of Industry
Sundays in October, 10 AM – 4 PM
From food canning to broadcasting, visitors can interact with the technologies which forged the Industrial Revolution and brought us to the 21st century. Step into vividly-recreated workshops on machining, printing, garment-making and metalworking.  Visitors can borrow iPods for self-guided tours of the exhibits and touchboxes throughout the museum give kids more information about Baltimore’s printing, shipping, canning, transportation and garment industries. No advance reservations required  

Free Admission to the Phoenix Shot Tower
Take advantage of free admission to the Phoenix Shot Tower every Saturday and Sunday in October.  The famous Phoenix Shot Tower was built in 1828 and until 1846 it was the tallest building in the United States.  Learn more about this important Baltimore landmark by visiting it this October.  

Family Dance by Dance & BMore
St. John’s Church
Tues Oct 4, 11, 18, & 25, 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
Moms, Dads and kids!  Dance together in a family class for all levels and all ages taught by Dance & Bmore.  Learn a variety of moves and styles each week from salsa to disco to Motown and hip-hop.  Parents get moving along with your kids to Bmore fit, Bmore fun, Bmore creative, Bmore connected and Bmore Free! No advance reservations are required.

Free Wednesday Night Lecture Series and Tours with Historic Ships
From fighting the Transatlantic slave trade to daring rescues on the Chesapeake; from riding out hurricanes to providing humanitarian aid and defending the freedoms we hold dear, Historic Ships in Baltimore provides “hands-on encounters with history.” Tours and activities, live cannon firings, educational programs and more! 

Puppets in the Garden
Black Cherry Puppet Theater
Sunday October  9, 16 & 23 ;1 PM & 3:30 PM -puppet show; 2 PM-workshop
Watch the finest puppeteers from Baltimore and beyond perform in Black Cherry’s performance garden and make your own puppets to take home throughout the afternoon.   In case of rain, performances will be held inside the Black Cherry Theater. Admission is free with seating first come first serve, so come early and save your seats. Please call 410.752.7272 or email info@blackcherry.org for more information. 

Vagabond Clown Clinic
Vagabond Theatre
Saturday, October 15, 22 & 29 –  2 PM
For the young and young at heart!  Enjoy learning some of the basic clowning sills – makeup, movement, mime, magic and more!  See a live performance in our theatre!  Learn about juggling and puppetry!  Wear comfortable clothes and join us for an afternoon of FUN! Call Shirley Bell at 410-488-2404 to reserve your space.  Class size is limited. 

World Rhythm Drum Circus at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Sunday, October 9, 16 & 30 – 12 PM– 1:30 PM
Join the drumming circle which will feature drums, shakers, scrapers and boom whackers.  No musical experience necessary!  The World Rhythm Drum Circus will take place directly outside of the Museum.  Museum admission is not included.  

Baltimore Hoop Love Street Circus
Lake Montebello
Mondays in October, 4PM – 6 PM
Get over to the free hula hoop jams every Monday on the north side of Lake Montebello.  Hula hooping and juggling are the focus, with free instruction shared all around.

SPECIAL EVENTS 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Morgan State University Murphy Fine Arts Center: Gilliam Concert Hall
Thursday, October 6, 11AMThe classic tale by Washington Irving is brought to life by Arts on Stage. Experience thrills ( and maybe some chills) with this masterful musical retelling of this lively legend. Call 410-252-8717 or email Jamie@artsonstage.org to reserve tickets.   

Learn about the Art of Ballet
The Baltimore Ballet at Baltimore Museum of Art
Saturday, October 8 – 6 -7:30 PM
This lecture/demonstration will introduce ballet basics and performances of several famous ballet pieces.  A Q&A; session will be followed by an invitation for audience members to learn some basic dance steps. Reserve tickets at www.baltimoreballet.org or by calling 410-667-7974  

MouthPower Family Day
National Museum of Dentistry
Saturday, October 8 10 AM – 4 PM
Sink your teeth into fun for all ages! Find out how to have a sparkling smile and take care of your body during a FREE day-long festival spotlighting how to get moving, eat healthy, and
take care of your teeth.   

Family Day Trunk Show at Mount Clare Museum House
Sunday, October 9 – 11 AM – 3 PM
The exhibition at the Mount Clare Museum House brings to life the personal side of the Civil War through objects and stories of the people who witnessed and participated in the war.  Several special Free Fall Baltimore programs will take place in October, including a living history reenactment, a family day and a series of three lectures. 

The War Came by Train
B&O; Railroad Museum
Tuesday October 11 & 25, 10AM – 4 PM
Discover the role the railroads played in the Civil War during the two free admission days offered by the B&O; Railroad Museum.  Costumed living historians will provide information to visitors on various aspects of railroading, travel, and military life during the Civil War period.  Guided tours of the exhibit in the Roundhouse will also be available. Advance reservations are not required. 

Kids Painting and Drawing Workshops at The Painting Workshop
Saturday, October 15 – 3 PM – 4:30 PM
The Painting Workshop believes, as Picasso says, “Everyone is an artist.”  Young or old, the art of creating is a joyous, exciting process.  We encourage students to try new things, to be inspired by other artists and to find their voice.  We invite children to two workshops – one for crafts and the other for painting and drawing. Please RSVP on-line at classes@thepaintingworkshop.com.  Class size is limited. 

Free Fall Museum Day at the Maryland Historical Society
October 16 – 12 PM – 5 PM
Earlier this year, the Maryland Historical Society opened the largest Civil War exhibit in the museum’s 167-year history.  The exhibit tells the story of the Civil War in Maryland in three acts; the romantic war, the real war and the long reunion. The Maryland Historical Society Players will present living history performances that highlight important events and fascinating individuals who played an important role in the Civil War in Maryland.  Talented actors in period costumes will act as guides through the exhibition and perform in living history vignettes.  In addition, the permanent collection and other galleries are open for visitors. 

FREE Admission to the National Aquarium
Wednesday, October 19, Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, 2011
Wed/Thurs – 9 AM – 4 PM; Fri – 9 AM – 8 PM
The National Aquarium invites you to visit our watery world and explore….explore the tropical Rain Forest and its’ inhabitants; explore Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes and all of our other exhibits featuring thousands of animals.  Now, in honor of Free Fall Baltimore, explore it for free!   Obtain free passes through our partner, the Enoch Pratt Free Library starting Wednesday, October 5th.  Participate in any family/children’s event (Mother Goose, Preschool Leaps, etc.) at any of the 22 Enoch Pratt free Libraries and receive a family 4-pack of aquarium passes.  A limited number of admission passes are available for distribution and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Passes will not be replaced if lost or unused.    

Gazillion Bubble Show
Hippodrome
Thurs October 20 4 PM and 7:30 PM
Hippodrome Foundation, Inc. (HFI), the non-profit partner of the Hippodrome Theatre is pleased to help Baltimore celebrate FreeFall by offering a limited number of free tickets to the upcoming show “Gazillion Bubble Show”. Free tickets will be available first-come first-serve through email only and will be limited to two tickets per person. Please email your name and address to mailto:Freefall@hippodromefoundation.org and indicate which show time you prefer. (If either show will work, indicate both in order of preference.)  

Free Family Festival of Discovery
Walters Art Museum
Saturday, October 22 – 10am – 4pm
What happens when you combine curiosity with creativity? The festival celebrates the connections between art, science, math and play. Learn about inventions created by artists, discover how scientists and artists have used art to answer questions and solve puzzles, and explore how creativity in one field can influence discoveries or breakthroughs in another. Create your own inventions, make experimental art projects, play with light and much more! 

Backstage@CENTERSTAGE
CENTERSTAGE
Saturday, October 22 – 10 AM – 1 PM
Our Open House will feature a backstage tours, performances, workshops, and activities that are FREE and fun for the whole family. For reservations please email the CENTERSTAGE Box Office at rsvp@centerstage.org. For more information please call 410/986-4050 or email education@centerstage.org. 

Making a Community Mosaic- Free Fall Clay Workshop with Baltimore Clayworks
Sunday, October 23, 12 PM – 5 PM
All hands welcome. Learn about the elements of mosaic construction while you work on a group project. Adults and children, Advance registration is not required. 

Friday After 5 — For FREE
Maryland Science Center
Friday, October 28 – 5 PM – 8 PM
Take part in the Maryland Science Center’s popular Fridays After Five program for free.
Get tickets on-site only beginning at 5pm day of event.  No advance sales  

Jazz for Kids by the Baltimore Jazz Alliance
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
Saturday, October 29 – 2PM
A fun introduction to jazz for elementary school children featuring jazz versions of well-known children’s songs played by BJA’s five piece band and encouraging audience participation.   Families will have the opportunity to try several musical instruments. For reservations email bobboj@aol.com or call 410-225-3130.  

Halloween of Light & Luminaria Parade
Patterson Park
Saturday, October 29 – 7PM
Lantern making, hayrides, food and more. Join the parade at 6:30 on Eastern and Linwood, step off at 7 p.m. and follow through to Pulaski Monument. Free to kids and adults. Visit www.creativealliance.com for more info.