Low 80s and sunny. Sounds like a perfect weekend to be out and about in Charm City! Luckily, there are tons of family-friendly things going on. Check out Dam Jam at Cromwell Valley Park, nosh at the Inaugural Seafood Festival, refresh your bookshelf at the Midtown Children’s Book Exchange, cheer for your favorite ‘athlete’ in the Hampdenfest Toilet Bowl races, ride your bike in the Abell Community Fair parade, be whisked away on a magic carpet at Pumpkin Theatre’s Aladdin, meet Tony Hale and MORE! Here are our picks for kid-approved fun this weekend.

Baltimore Family Events

Dam Jam 2014
Head to Cromwell Valley Park for the fourth annual Dam Jam, a celebration of the region’s shared drinking water. Dam Jam features visual artists and craft artisans, live music, native wildlife presentations, organized hikes, giveaways and more. Admission is FREE, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and experience the entire day’s events. Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Hampdenfest 2014
The organizers of Hampdenfest are extremely pleased to announce that the festival will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 11AM -7PM. There will once again be three stages of acclaimed local bands, with an extra special guest band to be announced the week before the festival. The Toilet Races will once again be rolling. There will be a Kids Area for the young’uns. Beer will be provided by local brewers Brewer’s Art and Union Craft. MORE INFO

Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival
The Baltimore Seafood Festival will debut on Saturday, September 20 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at the Canton Waterfront Park. Experience Baltimore’s best seafood at the Baltimore Seafood Festival with offerings from: Aggio, Bond Street Social, Barcocina, Langermanns, Café Gia, Farmstead Grill, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Ryleigh’s Oyster, Captain James Landing, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Blue Agave, Stuggy’s, Lebanese Taverna, Roy’s, Atwater’s, The Nickel Taphouse, Dooby’s, Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, Pitango, and Flavor Cupcakery. Baltimore Seafood Festival guests will enjoy live music by Strykers’ Posse and Super Bueno, Smirnoff Crush Bar, Peligroso Tequila Bar, Wine Bar, the Groupon Cooking Tent featuring cooking demos by Baltimore’s top chefs, oyster and crab cake eating contests, local artists, and a family zone with kid-friendly attractions. MORE INFO

Perry Hall Apple Festival
Hosted by Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery and Perry Hall Improvement Association—Experience Perry Hall’s “Spirit of Community” in a weekend of fall fun with craft vendors, Great Food, and tons of Family Activities! Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

Pumpkin Theatre presents Aladdin
What would you do with three wishes? This is the question that haunts the humble tailor Aladdin as he stumbles across a magic lamp and falls head first into adventure. This Arabian tale features blazing deserts, fierce villains, a beautiful princess and one really, really valuable lamp. Showtimes: 1 PM and 3 PM, Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFO

Tony Hale Presents “Archibald’s Next Big Thing”
oin Archibald and a cast of colorful characters as they come to life in this illustrated children’s book by Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) and 1991 Idaho State Pantomime Champion, Tony Biaggne. Meet Tony Hale this Sunday at aMuse Toys, Quarry Lake! Several book signing options and your family ticket includes the book! Space is limited. Registration is required. MORE INFO

Midtown Children’s Book Exchange + Potluck
Feel like you’ve read the same 3 books 3,000 times? Refresh your bookshelf at Midtown’s third annual Children’s Book Exchange and Potluck at Mt. Vernon Children’s Park on Sunday morning! Bring gently used children’s books (and parenting books) to share and pick up new-to-you books from your friends and neighbors. They’ll also celebrate with a potluck brunch. Please share in the comments on their Facebook page what you are able to bring. Sunday, 9 AM – 11 AM. MORE INFO

Elephant Awareness Day
The Earth’s largest land mammals are some of the most fascinating animals in the Zoo. Join the Maryland Zoo for Elephant Awareness Day and learn about challenges facing elephants in the wild and what you can do to help them! Bring all your elephant questions and talk to our Zoo experts about the daily care they provide for the elephants here at the Zoo. {Puppet shows, enrichment activities and even ‘elphies!’}. Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Baltimore Family Bike Party September Ride
Gather at the Midtown Children’s Book Exchange + Potluck and then around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and then ride up to the Abell Open Space to prep for and participate in the parade that starts the Abell Community Street Fair. This year’s parade theme is Greek mythology, so you can decorate your bike accordingly in advance or at the Open Space. After the parade you can stay and enjoy the Street Fair! MORE INFO

Family Farm Day
Kick off the fall in style at the region’s largest and most diverse farm festival. This multi-faceted event celebrates all things agriculture in Maryland. Festivities will include live music; a farmers market with delicious food from local purveyors; farm rides around the 149 acre farm; kids zone; live animals, demonstrations including alpacas, fox hounds, sheep dogs, sheep shearing, butter making, barrel racing and more! At the Baltimore Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park in Cockeysville. Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Tickets required. MORE INFO

2014 Abell Community Street Fair
The Street Fair is a wonderful, grassroots event featuring live music, a crab feast, a variety of exhibitors, children’s activities, and our fabulous Silent Auction. Year after year, festival goers and exhibitors say the Abell Community Street Fair is one of their favorite events because it allows everyone to truly connect with each other in a fun, laid-back environment. Sunday, 12 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House
Celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s third birthday through this special open house event! Come out and experience complimentary admission, live animal presentations, face-painting, nature crafts and movies in our planetarium. Walk the trails with our naturalists, explore the exhibits, take a geology walk and play in the Discovery Room. Sunday, 12 PM – 5PM. MORE INFO

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Grand Opening Family Festival
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company welcomes its young patrons and their parents with festival-style fun and a matinee performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Pre-show dress-up and activities for all ages. Meet the actors following the performance. Tickets: $75 adults, $25 children under 18, with all proceeds to benefit artistic and educational initiatives of the nonprofit Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Sunday at 1 PM. MORE INFO

 

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