So many fun things happening in and around Charm City this weekend. For a more complete list, check out our calendar. Here are our top picks for family fun this weekend:

First Friday in Hampden
Just a little shout out for our hood… On the first Friday of every month, the charming Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden welcomes the community with late-night shopping, drink specials and cheap eats. Up and down The Avenue (36th St.) businesses are open late, so shoppers can sample the best Hampden has to offer.

20th Annual Concert for Children and Families
Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra is playing FREE for families this Saturday at 1:00 PM. Catch Igor Stravinsky: Petrouchka, conducted by Jed Gaylin. After the performance, the audience is invited onstage to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close. No reservations or tickets required!

Kids in the Kitchen at Wegmans in Bel Air
It may be a bit of a jaunt for downtown families, but we love that Wegmans in Bel Air is offering several kids in the kitchen classes this weekend! Your mini-me can take a fun “Fruit & Veggies Take a Dip” cooking class or “Gardening 101.” Offered several times Saturday and Sunday… but you have to register. Budget friendly at just $5 per child.

Nana Projects Shadow Puppet Workshop
Step right up to Nana Projects Circus themed Shadow Puppet workshop! Use simple paper cutouts and overhead projectors to cast shadows onto a screen that spring to life with depth and movement! Inspired by the world of the circus in Alonzo’s Lullaby;make your own tigers, trapeze artists and lion tamers. The high flying fun happens Saturday at 1:00 PM. The workshop is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for all ages. Space is limited to 20 people. Please call 410-752-8558 for more information and to register.

Maryland Home and Garden Show
The Maryland Home & Garden Show is blossoming with indoor and outdoor inspiration—including artful landscaping based on literature’s favorite settings. Local gardening pros will dust off their trowels and shovels to create gardens inspired by popular books and novels as part of this year’s “Books in Bloom” theme. Landscapers were challenged to interpret a well-known book while creating their gardens: including many children’s favorites: The Hobbit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, A Child’s Garden of Verses, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, and The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. Catch the blooms Saturday and Sunday at The Maryland Fairgrounds.

Healthy First Saturdays at Port Discovery
Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery’s community health fair featuring Cook and Tell with McCormick & Company, Inc., FIDOS for Freedom, The Baltimore Health Care Access Healthy Corner and more! Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Free with paid museum admission.

Maple Sugarin’ Festival
The annual Maple Sugarin’ Festival will take place on the grounds of Hashawha Environmental Center on Sunday, March 4th from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. A $4 pancake breakfast with real maple syrup will be available all day. The center will also be serving maple pit beef sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, chicken strips, and a variety of delicious desserts made with real maple syrup. Located off of Route 97, north of Westminster, the festival celebrates the American tradition of collecting maple sap and boiling it down to rich maple syrup. Activities and demonstrations will take place both indoors and out that include tree tapping, sap boiling, wagon rides, planetarium shows, and an indoor children’s activity area with crafts, games, and face painting. Costumed interpreters performing chores of the early 1800s will staff a living history area and feature a log cabin of that era located on the property.

Free Family Sundays: Prints with Pizzazz
Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Every Sunday, join BMA for activities the entire family can enjoy. Express your inner artist in a hands-on workshop or enjoy an interactive gallery tour. This weekend’s activity? Stencil-Patterned Prints.

Going Green for Groceries
Follow the life cycle of a typical grocery bag, then discover ways you can reduce your own use of plastic bags at the Irvine Nature Center on Sunday at 2:00 PM. You’ll also make your own reusable shopping bag using paint, sequins, stitching, stamps and buttons. Bag and other materials are supplied; just bring your creativity! Ages 6 & up.  Free for members. $10 for non-members.

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad, Day
One of my favorite children’s books comes to life on stage with Pumpkin Theatre! Nothing is going right for Alexander today, not school, not family, not his best friend, not anything. Sometimes it’s just hard being a kid and getting through the day. And we all have bad days… A fast moving musical, this show is geared toward elementary and middle school children. Shows take place Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Drop-in Art Activities: ¡Animales!
Look for ¡animales! at the the Walters Art Museum!  In March Drop-in-Art participants will make artistic animals, from the ferocious to the familiar! Choose your animal guide inspired by the folklore of the Ancient Americas, then experiment with clay, precious metals, yarn and more to create your own treasures! Every Saturday and Sunday. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you!