Word has it that winter might take a break this weekend. Though it may not be beach weather (don’t ya miss that?) it certainly sounds like we might all be able to finally get out and have some fun. Here are a few fun ways to make the most of your weekend.

baltimore & beyond, weekend events for families

Penguin Random House Book Fair
The FREE Penguin Random House Book Fair is devoted to literacy and education, and helps raise much needed funding for Carroll Community College students.  Takes place on Saturday from 9 AM – 4 PM at Carroll Community College. Food, fun and entertainment for all ages. Free to the public. Discounted new book sales + free children’s books while they last, too.  MORE INFO

The 29th Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Oregon Ridge Lodge
Enjoy a stack of hot cakes drizzled with maple syrup and served with grilled sausage, orange juice, milk, or coffee this Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM – 12 PM! There will be raffles, music, flowers and gift shop sales, face painting and more! Presented by the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council. Tickets sold at the door, no reservations needed. $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-8. MORE INFO

Prenatal through Preschool Baby Expo
The Expo is designed for individuals and families looking for information about programs and services for ages prenatal through preschool. Admission is FREE.There will be exhibitors with a variety of information. Anything from local mom’s groups to baby clothing stores, and infant health to readiness for preschool. Speakers will be giving short informational sessions about cloth diapering, breast feeding, car seat safety and other important topics. Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia. MORE INFO

Drop-in Art Activities: Watercolor Fun
The Walters family collected art from around the world, from medieval stained glass to 19th-century marble statues. Create your own collection with watercolor paintings, silks, and more this month at The Walters as part of their drop in art! By the end of the month, you’ll have the beginnings of your very own gallery. FREE! Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR.
In Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR., the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz, tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.” Presented by The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland. Performances on Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM, CCBC Essex. MORE INFO

Charm City Players presents Shrek, The Musical
Opening this weekend! Everyone’s favorite Ogre is back in this hilarious show based on the Oscar-winning film. Charm City Players was awarded “Best Family Theatre for 2014″. Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and an opportunity to meet the cast. Performances Saturday and Sunday, St. Timothy’s School. MORE INFO

The Lorax Movie Night
To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, wear something comfy and join us for a viewing of “The Lorax” at the Anita D. Leight Estuary Center. Birthday treats will be provided. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows. $4/person. 5:30 PM. MORE INFO

Flying in the Great Hall
Worth the drive to DC! Witness death-defying feats of acrobatic aeronautics—or, at least, model aeronautics. The D.C. Maxecuters are back, baby, and are ready to take flight in the Great Hall! The D.C. Maxecuters have been sharing their love of model aviation with District of Columbia for over sixty years. Once again, the Maxecuters take-off in the Museum’s Great Hall, sending both rubber band- and electric-powered model planes soaring overhead. This is one aviation demonstration you won’t want to miss! FREE. Sunday form 11 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Annapolis St. Paddy’s Parade
The Annapolis St. Paddy’s Parade is in its third year. In three years it has grown to be the largest parade in the city of Annapolis in terms of entrants and spectators. This year’s parade will take place on March 8th at 1:00. MORE INFO

Family Sundays at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Express your inner artist in a hands-on art-making workshop or come on the last Sunday of the month for informal chats with a gallery educator about a single work of art in the collection. This Sunday, look at Serpent Tales. Sunday, 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

23rd Annual Hopkins Symphony Family Concert
Enjoy selections from Steinberg’s Cosmic Dust and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite in a family-friendly setting! After the performance, the audience is invited onstage to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close. Free concert, no tickets or reservations needed. Sunday at 3 PM. MORE INFO

Peter and the Wolf with the Columbia Orchestra and Kinetics Dance Theater
This production of Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf is a perfect way to introduce your children to the beauty and wonder of live orchestral music and dance. The Columbia Orchestra and Kinetics Dance Theater collaborate for a special performance of this classic musical tale about a young boy and his grandfather. The audience will also hear The Thrill of the Orchestra which introduces the various instruments of the orchestra. Perfect for all ages. Sunday at 3 PM, Gordon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. MORE INFO

looking ahead to next week…

A Night Out @ the Library with Cal Ripken Jr.
Join Hall of Fame baseball player Cal Ripken Jr., at a book discussion and signing on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Abingdon Library, 2510 Tollgate Road in Abingdon. He will discuss and sign copies of “Out At Home,” his latest children’s book. Joining Ripken will be the book’s co-author, Kevin Cowherd. Ripken will sign copies of “Out at Home” and be available for photos with guests. Please note that the signing will include just the book, “Out At Home.” The March 9 event will be Ripken’s only appearance and book signing for “Out At Home” in Harford County. Single tickets to the event cost $50 per person and include a copy of the book and a voucher for a ticket to a 2015 Aberdeen IronBirds game. A Double Play ticket for $90 includes two tickets to the March 9 event, two copies of the book and two vouchers to an IronBirds game in 2015. Only a limited number of tickets are available, so purchase your tickets now at www.hcplonline.org. MORE INFO

Dog Loves Books
Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. Once the store opens for business, no customers come. Dog is alone in his store. But, he soon realizes that when he is surrounded by books, he is never alone. Dog begins to read the books in his store and discovers that when customers finally come in to his store, he knows exactly which books to recommend. ArtsPower’s delightful new musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others. Shows at 10:15 AM and 12 PM at Goucher College. MORE INFO