Baltimore Family-Friendly Events - June 14-16, 2013

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend — so get outside! There are lots of opportunities to keep the kiddos busy and to celebrate Dad in the process! After hours with the animals, bike rides through Highlandtown, free festivals, pint-sizer friendly rock concerts, celebrate super man and MORE! Lots of fun reasons to leave the house. Here are our picks for family-friendly fun in Baltimore this weekend:

After Hours at the Zoo
TONIGHT! It’s back again, so don’t miss out! Take a cool summer evening stroll among the animals and explore more along the way, Friday, June 14th from 4pm to 7pm. Not only is this an exciting event, it is also HALF OFF ALL REGULAR ADMISSION. Guests will be able to enter from 4pm until 7pm with a discounted rate at the gate. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to start your weekend out right. Time to kick off work early and bring the family, or someone special, for an awesome rare chance to visit our animals and see the exhibits after closing time. Roam near the elephants, roar with the lions, stretch out near the giraffes, hang out with the chimpanzees, or simply enjoy a more laid back Zoo experience. MORE INFORMATION

Highlandtown Family Bike Ride
Join Baltimore Family Bike Party for fam-friendly from Canton to Highlandtown through Patterson Park and ending at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival – a free, day long celebration of Maryland’s traditional arts at the Creative Alliance on Eastern Avenue. MORE INFORMATION

BSO Music Box Series: Life in the Water
The Music Box Series is a new concert series for the very young, aimed at babies and toddlers six months to three years, and their families. Concerts will be highly interactive and engaging, creating a musical and movement experience and encouraging musical, motor and language development. Each concert will be 30 minutes long featuring Maria Broom, presenter, and a small ensemble of BSO musicians. Clap, bounce and sing about frogs and fish as you swim around the musical selections of BSO string players and pianist. Music will include Saint-Saens and Schubert. Saturday morning. MORE INFORMATION

Maryland Traditions Folk Festival
Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, presents “Baltimore’s Best Arts Showcase” (Baltimore Magazine, 2011). This is a day-long, indoor-outdoor, multi-cultural, interactive, family-friendly festival! A spectrum of MD-based performers include Baltimore’s preeminent young jazz artist Lafayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes, Baltimore-based & legendary doo-wop band The Swallows; bluegrass band The Carroll County Ramblers; Sam Ouen-Tes & Cambodian Buddhist Ensemble w/ Khmer classical musicians and dancers; Marimba Linda Xelaju of Guatemala; and Native American dance troupe Uhwachi-Reh returns! Workshops, crafts for sale, and demos galore! Piñata making, Mexican yarn painting, Ukrainian egg decorating, Baltimore screen painting, duck decoy carving & much more. A blacksmith will have his forge fired up in front of The Patterson! To eat, have a taste of Smith Island 7-Layer Cake, tons of wonderful, distinctive Maryland food, and locally brewed beer served! FREE parking & shuttles. 11am-7pm, rain or shine. FREE! MORE INFORMATION

Rockin’ Concert for Kids
Free Rockin’ Concert for Kids of all ages and their families. The perfect way for some fun in the sun on a Saturday morning… Come soak up the sounds of local rock musicians who have created a performance just for kids and fun for families. At Drool of Rock in Cockeysville. MORE INFORMATION

Family Nature Explorers: Pond Search
Spring has sprung and the ponds are jumping with lots of activity. Join us as we scoop the ponds in the water lily garden for frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly babies and more. Head to Ladew Topiary Gardens to create a fun, frog life cycle craft to take home. For all ages with and adult. Advance registration requested. Saturday morning. MORE INFORMATION

Celebrate Community Pride at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Show off your cultural and community pride with Culture Kingdom Kids. Participants will become “mayors” of their own communities and design their own towns, holidays and line dances during this special event on Saturday at 1 PM! Ages 6-12. Part of the Saturday’s Child series. MORE INFORMATION

Baltimore Pride Festival
The Pride festival will be held in beautiful Druid Hill Park. The festival will feature many regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, a Family Zone, the WeDo Baltimore mass wedding, and plenty of fun for the whole community to enjoy. An estimated 5,000 celebrants are expected to come out on Sunday for the fun and festivities. Sunday from Noon to 5:00 PM. FREE! MORE INFORMATION

Father’s Day Picnic at Boordy Vineyards
Treat Dad to an afternoon in wine country’s most beautiful setting: Boordy Vineyard. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Carl’s Catering, and enjoy six wine samplings and Ellis Woodward’s music. MORE INFORMATION

Father’s Day Snack with the Animals
Looking for the perfect way to spend Father’s Day? Bring your dad to observe animal feeding time at Irvine Nature Center. Find out what our resident animals like to munch on, see some critters enjoy a tasty meal and even share a delicious treat with dad! All ages. MORE INFORMATION

Clark Kent’s Bar Mitzvah
Superboy becomes Superman! Celebrate the opening of the new Man of Steel movie with a coming of age party of heroic proportions. Enjoy music, food, games, prizes, and crafts to reminisce about Clark Kent’s childhood and help him have a day no one will soon forget. Sunday from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. MORE INFORMATION

Antony and Cleopatra Family-Friendly Performance and Calypso Festival
A festival for ticket-holders featuring family fun, activities, and entertainment, before the evening’s performance of “Antony and Cleopatra” by Chesapeake Shakespeare Festival. Children enjoy face painting, games, maypole dance & more. Sunday at 4:30 PM. MORE INFORMATION