Baltimore Family Events - April 20-21, 2013

Some of our favorite spring Baltimore events are happening this weekend! Fells Point Privateer Festival, one of the best semi-annual toy sales in Baltimore, an ah-mazing Earth Day Celebration at Irvine, a chance to check out the tulips in full bloom at Sherwood Gardens, toppling {yes, you read that right} at the Science Center and MORE! Here are our picks for family friendly events around Baltimore this weekend (and check out our calendar for all the kid-friendly events happening!):

9th Annual Fells Point Privateer Festival
Come honor the maritime history of Fell’s Point and the patriotic privateer fleet and celebrate the ‘pirate’ fantasy of sailing lore with a weekend full of family-friendly activities from Thames Street Park and Ann Street Pier to Broadway Square & Broadway Pier! Entry is FREE! Visit organizations from across the Maryland region offering a glimpse into the history of the War of 1812, board and tour tall ships including the Pride of Baltimore II, witness a live “battle at sea” demonstration, stroll the craft & food market, participate in family activities and more throughout the weekend! MORE INFORMATION

Sherwood Gardens Family Bike Party
The tulips (all 80,000 of them) are blooming this spring at Sherwood Gardens – a favorite spring destination for many Baltimore families. Starting with a loop around this beloved neighborhood garden, join the Baltimore Family Bike Party for a ride along quiet curving streets past parks and playgrounds in Guilford, Homeland and nearby neighborhoods. What is the Baltimore Family Bike Party? The Baltimore Family Bike Party is a safe and fun bike ride for kids and families inspired by Kidical Mass and the Baltimore Bike Party. Rides are short and comfortable for young children on two-wheeled bikes (sorry, no training wheels on this ride) or adults with children in trailers or bike seats. Saturday at 9:30 AM. MORE INFORMATION

Domino Day at the Maryland Science Center
Visitors will watch world-renowned domino topple expert Scott Suko, along with a team of local engineering volunteers, create a massive domino tumble throughout the Maryland Science Center’s Legg Mason Gallery – 12,000 dominoes in all — this Saturday! Guests will see the set-up and stack dominos at “do it yourself” tables around the Maryland Science Center, testing designs of their own and getting advice from experts – including Scott. The topple starts at 2:00pm, with multi-colored dominos of various sizes zig-zagging, spiraling, climbing stairs, crossing tables and collapsing into pyramids. MORE INFORMATION

Celebrate Earth Day at the National Aquarium
Join the National Aquarium Baltimore from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday in a celebration of the planet and our earth friendly actions. Talk to the team about ways you can help save the planet and take part in other fun activities. Repurpose recyclable materials into cool crafts, check out the eco-fair, watch performances of the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra (Sunday only) and enjoy fun activities happening all weekend! Let them e-cycle for you- this weekend, bring in your old cell phones, CDs and DVDs, and any other small electronics you’d like to dispose of and get a gift in return. Activities are included with Aquarium admission. MORE INFORMATION

Compost Critters at Ladew Topiary Gardens
It’s Earth Day weekend, a time when we celebrate all that the Earth provides us and we remember what we can do to take care of it. Search for critters in Ladew’s compost piles and learn about recycling from some of the best decomposers around – worms, various insects and other living recyclers. Create and take home your own mini composter. For all ages with an adult. Saturday. MORE INFORMATION

Lights Out on Bunny Brothers Performance
Lights Out On Bunny Brothers performance is dedicated to the writing and performing of original scripts and music for children’s and family audiences.The performance is a fast pacing, unusual and creative design, a sense of humor and social consciousness. The performance talks about fitness, exercise, nutrition, self-esteem,goal-setting, peaceful conflict resolution and lots more. Saturday at 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

aMuse Toys Spring Sidewalk Sale
One of our FAVORITE sales of the year! Head to aMuse Toys’ Quarry Lake location on Sunday to score some amazing deals on your pint sizer’s favorite toys. Up to 75% off! Hydrate, leave the kids at home, arrive early & bring your own bag. {Our friends at Petit Feet Footwear next door will be having some great deals on shoes and sandals, too!} MORE INFORMATION

DBFA Playground Crawl at Druid Hill Park
Looking for new spots for family fun? Join the DBFA playground crawl! Every Sunday from April 7 through Memorial Day weekend, we’ll travel around town to some of our favorite parks. Parents can gather to drink coffee, soak up the morning sunshine, meet other parents, and compare notes on the best summer activities-all while the kids explore a new playground. Catch the fun this Sunday from 9 AM – 10:30 AM at Druid Hill Park. MORE INFORMATION

Kids Unplugged
Kids Unplugged, Irvine’s “get outside” initiative, encourages children and their families to literally “unplug” from video games, television and other forms of electronics to participate in activities focused on Mother Earth and the great outdoors. Rain or Shine! Create recycled crafts and instruments; Shake, rattle and roll with Tracey Eldridge’s sing a longs; Sack races, bingo, and miniature golf; Toy Swap!; Be a contestant in the “Are you smarter than a naturalist” game show; Rock Climbing Wall (Members Only); Zumbatomic®; Children’s Yoga; Animal Hopscotch; Food by Goatocado;; Live music by Aunt Melly’s Band; Family Pedometer Contest and so much more! It’s a great way for families to celebrate Earth Day together. Food available for purchase, or bring a picnic lunch a make a day of it! Sunday from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Create a Pastel Portrait at The Walters Art Museum
Roll up your sleeves and put on your smocks to explore paint at The Walters! Drop in for their FREE weekend art program (Saturday and Sunday between 10 AM and 3 PM) to take a close look at paintings from the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, and learn how to use paint in brand new ways to tell our own stories. This weekend, kids will paint their own pastel portraits! MORE INFORMATION

Image Credit: Fells Point Privateer Festival Facebook Page