Well, it’s that time of year again folks. ARTSCAPE time! The largest FREE showcase of visual, performing and musical arts in the country. The city is anticipating more than 350,000 attendees at this year’s event, which kicks off today. We’ve got our ARTSCAPE picks below. Not feeling the crowd? Don’t worry. We’ve got a few other choices for you as well — including the Maryland Science Center’s annual Bubble Days (one of our fav events of the year).

ARTSCAPE 2012

There are LOTS of kid-friendly activities happening as part of KidScape this weekend — which operates all Festival long!  KIDscape offers hands-on activities for children and their families. Try your hand at creating fun arts and crafts activities, storytelling and more! Here are some of our picks for fam-friendly performances at ArtScape:

  • Friday Picks: Mike Rosman’s Family Circus  (11:00 AM), Baltimore City Public Schools Showcase (12 PM), Magician Michael Cantor (2:45 PM), Ascension Aerial Arts Troupe (5:15 PM)
  • Saturday Picks: Art Car Parade (11:00 AM), OrchKids (11:00 AM), Arte Flamenco, The Passion of Dance (12:00 PM)
  • Sunday Picks: Winnie”s Wacky Wild West Stunt Show (1:00 PM), David London, The Adventure to the Imagi Nation (2:00 PM),

Just for moms: don’t miss Indie-Mom of Comedy, Meshelle, Diary of a M.I.L.F. (Mom I’d Love to Follow) — Friday at 4:00 PM! MORE ARTSCAPE INFO

And your other non-ArtScape options…

Bubble Days
Join the Maryland Science Center’s 7th Annual Bubble Days this Saturday and Sunday. The fun will be bubbling up all over the building—and outside too as we celebrate the art and science of bubbles. Throughout the day, you’ll learn the secret science behind how bubbles are made and have the chance to take home some of your very own bubble solution. Participate in games and contests for a chance to win great prizes and join our workshops for some bubbling experiments. Bubbles come in all shapes and sizes, and there will be something bubbling for all of our visitors—everybody loves bubbles! MORE INFO

See Hugo at Enoch Pratt
This Saturday at 2:00 PM you can catch a free viewing of the critically acclaimed film Hugo at Enoch Pratt’s Central branch. MORE INFO

Opening Weekend for Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
They’ve been closed since Christmas, but your favorite local farm opens this weekend for Peach Season! {Yes, that means their peach cakes are BACK!} Hooray! MORE INFO

Hitchhiking Bugs at Irvine Nature Center
This program offers a hands-on exploration into the Travel Bug and GeoCoin aspects of Geocaching. Learn about Travel Bugs and GeoCoins then create an Irvine Travel Bug to send on a hitchhiking journey this Saturday at 1:00 PM. Participants will be able to follow the Travel Bug created in this program as it travels around the world! Ages 5 & up (with adult). MORE INFO

Bugalicious
Chocolate crickets, candied superworms, fried waxworms, oh my! Learn how to prepare a buggy brunch. Bring your enthusiasm and sense of adventure. At the Oregon Ridge Nature Center this Sunday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFO

Making Ice Cream Social at The Jewish Museum of Maryland
I SCREAM, you SCREAM, we all SCREAM for MAKING ICE CREAM!!! Celebrate the delicious treats of summer with an afternoon ice cream social for the whole family. Discover the history of Hendler?s Creamery, the Baltimore-based ice cream factory, while learning how to make your own (and eat the results!) Get the scoop (in more ways than one!) this Sunday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFO

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