Kid-Friendly Events in Baltimore: October 11-13, 2013

It’s raining… it’s pouring… but that’s absolutely no excuse to stay home this weekend! With Free Fall Baltimore activities, a rain-contingency plan for PumpkinFest at Irvine Nature Center, and lots of opportunities to get your craft on, Baltimore has tons of family-friendly events happening. Here are our picks for kid fun in the city:

Children’s Dinner Theatre at St. James Academy
Looking for a fun night of fam-friendly fun that’s delicious, entertaining and budget-friendly? St. James Academy has you covered. Their Children’s Dinner Theatre series aims to provide quality local entertainment for children and parents {that ahem, entertains BOTH children and parents!} while raising money for The Ark, a daycare center for homeless children operated by the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland. Their Fall 2013 Season kicks off TONIGHT. You and the kiddos can enjoy dinner together and then head into St. James’ gorgeous theatre space for the hilarious musical stylings of Val Smalkin and Silly Goose. Lauded by Baltimore families (including this mom) as the funniest puppet-and-his-person duo in the Charm City area, Silly Goose and Val put on a show that will wow the kiddos — peppered with covert adult antics that will keep you laughing, too. MORE INFO

PumpkinFest at Irvine Nature Center
ayrides, alpacas, jugglers, face painting and more! Raining? No worries! They’ve got a great indoor plan for our favorite event of the year. Don a raincoat and boots, and come join us for fun! PumpkinFest is a fun event for families and communities to celebrate the delights of autumn. Each October, hundreds of families gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of music, food and fun. Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Music Box Concert: Cars, Trucks, Trains & Boats
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. 30 minutes prior to each concert, join in a range of activities for children and families, provided together with our partner Ready-at-Five. Activities will promote literacy, creative play, musical and listening skills through fun exploration. Two concerts on Saturday morning. MORE INFO

Drop In Art: Mummies and Myths
Spend the entire month of October exploring ancient Egypt with The Walters Art Museum! Discover how the pyramids were built and create one of your own. Decorate a mummy mask and visit our very own museum mummy, “Mery”! Try the same artistic tools and techniques that people used thousands of years ago. This weekend, make Mummy Masks! Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM. MORE INFO

KERPLUNK! At the Creative Alliance
Families are welcome! View the wonderful exhibitions at The Patterson and make artwork in response at the Creative Alliance’s free drop-in Saturday classes. No reservations or registration necessary. All ages. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Noon-3pm on Saturday. FREE! MORE INFO

Make a Mustache at Baltimore Threadquarters
Make your very own alpaca mustache at Baltimore Threadquarters, if you are ambitious try some eyebrows… All supplies included, choose black, browns, white alpaca and grey locally sourced fiber. Saturday from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. $15/participant. MORE INFO

“Poe”-pen House Weekends
The historic Poe House re-opens to the public with preview “Poe”-pen House weekends. Special events on Saturday, October 5. Meet the board of the newly formed Poe Baltimore nonprofit organization charged with preserving and interpreting Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond. Stories and snacks, hear lore and go explore the famous house of “The Master of Macabre.” No advance registration required. The house is small so tours will accommodate visitors on a first-come, first served basis. MORE INFO

Puppets in the Garden
Black Cherry Puppet Theater will host three events on three consecutive Sundays in October, showcasing performances from some of the finest puppeteers from Baltimore and the region. The events will feature puppet-making workshops, giving participants the opportunity to create their own puppets and become puppeteers themselves. Puppet shows at 1pm and 3:30pm, Puppet workshop at 1:30pm MORE INFO

Lantern Making Workshop
Families, friends, and neighbors: come out for lantern-making workshops and gear up to participate in The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival, COSMIC PARK directed by Laure Drogoul on Saturday, Oct 26! Workshop registration strongly encouraged. FREE! RSVP by phone at 410-276-1651 or email info@creativealliance.org. Three 2-hour sessions on Sunday (10 AM, 12:30 PM, 3 PM). MORE INFO

World Rhythm Drum Circus at Port Discovery
World Rhythm Drum Circus is a percussion exploratorium and learning playground where banging, clanging and drumming is the name of the game. Featuring “Green” percussion instruments made of barrels, bowls, tubes and things from all over the world and several junkyards, the World Rhythm Drum Circus exemplifies the motto: The world is a giant drum just waiting to be played. This event takes place outside of the museum entrance and does not include admission to the museum. Sunday from 12:30 PM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

OPEN HOUSE at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
The Eubie Blake Center will host an afternoon Open House on Sunday from noon to 5 PM. The event will feature tours of the facility, artist talks in the gallery, work shops and performances by the center’s residential artist. Workshops and performances will in the areas of music (vocal and instrumental), dance, theatre and the visual arts. MORE INFO