Baltimore Family Friendly Events: August 30 - September 1, 2013 - (cool) progeny
The (un)official last weekend of summer. Can you believe? Squeeze every last ounce of family fun out of it with one of these Baltimore kid-friendly events!

The Maryland State Fair
The best 11 days of summer wraps up over the holiday weekend. Animals, rides, exhibits, fun food — the annual fair runs August 23rd through September 2nd at the Timonium Fairgrounds. According to our readers, the funnel cakes are not-to-be-missed. Know before you go and download the FREE official Maryland State Fair App. Navigate the Fair – and get even more bang for your buck – with this complete guide to all the food, fun, entertainment and exhibitions the Fair has to offer. Nab the iOS version or the Android version. MORE INFORMATION

Grand Prix Weekend
Baltimore’s speed-crazy weekend zooms through town this weekend. Prix management is pulling out all the stops to make the whole race experience more family-friendly. With purchase of a regular adult admission ticket, a junior general admission ticket for kids 12-years-old or younger is FREE. Groove to the rhythms of Radio Disney, show your skills at Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s SNUG Obstacle Course, and take the racing challenge at the KIDRACERS go-karts and Pinewood Derby races. Plus, enjoy traditional favorites including a bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, a spider web climb, music, face painting and a variety of displays that range from Army Hummer vehicles to Indy race cars ideal for photo opportunities. Plus there are TWO Radio Disney performances on Saturday. The Celebration of Acceleration takes place August 30th through September 1st. MORE INFORMATION

Free (and discounted) Family Fun at Downtown Baltimore Attractions this Weekend
Yes, that’s right. Downtown DOESN’T shut down when the Prix comes to town! With so many attractions close to the race course (or a quick Circulator ride away), it’s easy to keep the adventure going all weekend long without breaking the bank. Check out discounts and deals from the The Walters Art Museum, National Aquarium, Port Discovery, B&O Railroad Museum, Lexington Market and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. MORE INFORMATION

Summer Sounds at Belvedere Square
Last Friday to catch Summer Sounds at Belvedere Square! With a festive style atmosphere featuring live music from the region’s top bands and with special offerings from the retail shops, restaurants and market merchants of Belvedere Square, “Summer Sounds at the Square” has become the place to be on Friday nights in Baltimore. This Friday from 6 PM – 9 PM, catch the Kelly Bell Band. MORE INFORMATION

Fairies and Dragons at Robert E. Lee Park
Head to Robert E. Lee Park on Saturday at 2 PM to learn about the mysterious forest-dwellers of myth and legend. Then search the park for signs of dragons and the fair folk, and use natural materials in the woods to create a fairy house or dragon’s lair. Ages 5 and up. $5 per person, ($3 members). Registration required. MORE INFORMATION

Wildlife Rescue at the Maryland Science Center
Last weekend to catch Wildlife Rescue at the Maryland Science Center! The kiddos can crawl through a turtle culvert or learn to milk a sturgeon. Step into the rescue efforts with people who dedicate their lives to wildlife rescue. Explore the innovative ways used to capture, raise and release endangered species back to the wild. Experiment with puppets, costumes and other techniques used to teach young animals essential survival skills. MORE INFORMATION

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Where else can you nosh on a turkey leg and let your little princess run wild in her favorite dress? RennFest officially kicked off last weekend and runs through October 20th. 10 stages, 5,000-seat jousting arena, 140 food and craft shops. Child’s ticket purchased online is just $8! MORE INFORMATION

Go Into the Woods with the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s familiar but fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). It’s the last weekend to catch Into the Woods on the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre outdoor stage. $20/ticket. MORE INFORMATION