Kid-run farmer’s market, party for the planet, BSO Music Box fun, be a shipwreck detective… there are so many fun things happening in and around Charm City this weekend! Here are our best bets for kid-approved (and mom-and-dad-approved) fun!

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Moo, Baa, Neigh
A clarinet quintet celebrates the barnyard noises of sheep, pigs, horses, cows with some sprightly music by Mozart; hosted by acclaimed actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom. The Music Box Series is a unique music program for young children ages 6 months to three years old and their families. Each performance features pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show by the BSO and partner organization Ready-at-Five. Saturday.

Party For the Planet
During Earth Week, The Maryland Zoo on-grounds Education programming will be themed as a “Party for the Planet.” Visit during the week and celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make the world a greener place. Seedling Giveaway: Take conservation home with our seedling giveaway. From 11:00am to 1:00pm, while supplies last, we will be giving away Bur Oak seedlings (Quercus macrocarpa) at the front gate. Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Be sure to read this special advisory before going.

BUGS Farmer’s Market (run by kids!)
This one-day, kid-run event offers hundreds of organically grown heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seedlings, student-made artwork, homemade dressings and granola. Throughout the course of the day, visitors will enjoy a dance performance, pony rides, samples and music. At Living Classroom, from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Dia del Nino at Patterson Park
Come celebrate the Day of the Child, based on the Mexican holiday. Say Ole with pinata bashing, face painting, and a book exchange! Dress up your bike at a Bikeadelic Workshop. At noon, a special artist will perform with audience participation from the children. 11 AM – 2 PM.

Green Works EcoFest
From scavenger hunts to tree plantings and main stage presentations EcoFest has something to keep every family member entertained. Join us in lovely Druid Hill Park to celebrate Earth Day! 11 AM – 5 PM.

Be a Shipwreck Detective at the Maryland Science Center
Come explore the ocean floor and uncover the history of sunken ships. Be a maritime archaeologist for the day: try on dive gear, learn about using sound to locate shipwrecks, and solve maritime mysteries. Part of the Get to Know NOAA —the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration— series that shows kids ages 5+ how NOAA takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources.

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Sunday, April 27th

ROAR for Autism 2014
A bike ride, run, and family fun festival to raise awareness and money for Autism. Enjoy the spring weather on bike or foot and grab some healthy snacks from the Wegman’s wellness village! 6:30 AM – 12 PM.

March for the Animals
The March for the Animals is the Maryland SPCA’s largest annual fundraiser, raising over $365,000 for the animals. This 1.5 mile walkathon is a great way for animal-lovers to support the MD SPCA’s mission of helping pets and people. The day is full of great activities including: pet contests, an agility course, training classes, pet demonstrations and entertainment. All of the money raised goes toward our adoption center, pet owner education, and the care of lost and homeless animals. 9 AM – 2 PM.

Baltimore Folk Music Society Spring Faire
Many of the performers welcome and encourage audience participation, so join right in! Dance the maypole, sing, and tell stories! Peruse the handcrafted items available for sale, bring a picnic, or buy food from vendors! On the front lawn of the Sherwood House. 12 PM – 5 PM at Cromwell Valley Park.

Beyond Dreidel: The Games We’ve Played
The die is cast.  In preparing to host Project Mah Jongg, museum director and board game enthusiast, Marvin Pinkert has been investigating the bigger picture of Jewish involvement with games across at least four millennia.  See some of the surprising facts he has discovered about the Jews who played chess, bridge, and other table games.  Learn how Jewish promoters, packagers and salesmen created some of the most popular game trends of the last century. 1 PM. Free with paid admission.

Something to Croak About
Frogs will be singing and tadpoles will be swimming in the park’s lake and streams. Hike the trails to the vernal pools to look for our amphibian friends. Ages 5+ at Robert E. Lee Park. Sunday from 2 PM – 4 PM.

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Happening All Weekend Long

JHU Spring Fair 2014
Friends and neighbors, celebrate spring at America’s largest student-run festival, organized by a passionate team of 45 undergraduates and two faculty advisors at Johns Hopkins University. Enjoy a fun weekend of funnel cakes, corn hole, carnival rides, and a cappella concerts at our Homewood Campus!  This year the Kids Section will feature face painting, a petting zoo, ponies, inflatable rides, magicians, and many other attractions! Friday-Sunday.

Day Out with Thomas at the B & O Railroad Museum
Thomas the Tank Engine returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun! Saturday and Sunday.

USA Science & Engineering Festival
he USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 3000 fun, hands-on activities for all ages (create your personal list of exhibits here) and over 150 stage shows, including music, magic, comedy and more (create your personal Stage Show Schedule here), a Career and College Fair for high-school students and a Book Fair with over 25 Featured Authors. Worth the drive to DC! Saturday and Sunday.

Pumpkin Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk
A mysterious man gives Jack magic beans that take him on a musical journey filled with gold and adventures! How will Jack and outsmart the Giant? Courage, luck, and hide-and-seek make all the difference in this Pumpkin Theatre performance! Shows at 1 PM and 3 PM, Saturday and Sunday.