Make the most of your weekends — or hey! play hookie for a day and explore Charm City on a weekday.  Here are 25 things to do with kids in Baltimore now that the temps are warming up.

26 things to do with kids in Baltimore this Spring

1. Wave Your Magic Wand at the Fairy Tale Festival: Head to Enoch Pratt Library in April for a month-long celebration of fairy tales! It kicks off on April 11th with a two-day fairy tale celebration at Central Library and continues throughout the month with crafts, teas, pajama parties, fairy tale galas, and more at branches throughout the city. MORE INFO

2. Hop on a Miniature Train Ride: All ages can take free rides on one-eighth scale steam and diesel-powered trains on a 3500 foot double-track loop around Leakin Park on the second Sunday of the month, April through November. The rides are free and there are picnic tables nearby for those who wish to make a day of it (and you should!). MORE INFO

3. Wander through the Farmer’s Market: There is no better way to spend a weekend morning strolling through one of Baltimore’s farmer’s markets. A great opportunity to have your kiddos explore new tastes and buy local. {Not to mention, farmer’s market coffee and fresh pastries are the best.} Check out the 32nd Street Market or Baltimore Farmer’s Market under the JFX on Sunday. Additional city farmer’s markets start in May.

4. Take a Yoga Storytelling Class: Best-kept secret in Baltimore. On select Saturday mornings this spring, Everyman Theatre opens its doors to kids and their families for yoga storytelling. Story Warriors learn to combine yoga poses, breath, and relaxation with the art of storytelling as they recount and rework beloved childrens’ tales while learning to embody and release the emotions of their characters! {You can get in on the emotive sun salutations with your pint sizer if you’re game to play!) MORE INFO

5. Snack at The Emporiyum: With vendors like Fatty Sundays (yes! Artisan chocolate covered pretzels!), Little Baby’s Ice Cream, King of Pops, SnoCream, SkyCandy and more, the two-day foodie fest is perfect for palates of all ages. April 18th and 19th in Harbor East. Added bonus? Mom and Dad can score a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster without making the trek to DC. MORE INFO

6. Hang Out with Shrek + Fiona: Everyone’s favorite Ogre is back in this hilarious show based on the Oscar-winning film. Catch Shrek at St. Timothy’s School with Charm City Players (they were awarded “Best Family Theatre for 2014!″) Features free face painting and parking, a live orchestra, and an opportunity to meet the cast. Weekends through May 3rd. 2 PM shows. MORE INFO

7. Explore Imagined Worlds with the Baltimore School for the Arts: Imagination comes to life on stage as Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) presents the world premiere of an interdisciplinary work, “Codex,” on April 17 and 18, 2015, as part of “Imagined Worlds”. The program, featuring 3-D video mapping, dance and live music, will also include student-created performances. MORE INFO

8. Go to Story Time on the Farm: Head to the Maryland Agricultural Farm Park for their new Farm Sprouts program. Offered every other Friday. Each session includes experiential investigation and learning, movement, stories, and arts and crafts. Pack a picnic, stay for lunch and explore the farm! MORE INFO

9. Talk Like a Pirate at the Privateer Festival: Ahoy, matey! Head to Fells Point the weekend of April 18th for the 11th Annual Privateer Festival. It’s a full scale land invasion of living history, music, dance, kid’s activities, arts, crafts, food and libations. There is a free inflatable pirate ship slide. Yeah. We had the kids at ‘inflatable.’ MORE INFO

10. Join the Baltimore Oriole’s Dugout Club: For just $30 per child ($25 for returning fans), your child will receive tickets for 10 specific games, a subscription to the Orioles Kids’ magazine, and an Orioles bag filled with goodies including an O’s baseball hat, lanyard, fan club card and water bottle. Adults can purchase special tickets as a special low rate to join their pint-sized attendees. Tickets are for a combination of weekend and evening games and are spread throughout the season. And because it comes down to about $3 a game, there’s no guilt if you miss one. MORE INFO

11. Party for the Planet at the Maryland Zoo: During Earth Week, the Maryland Zoo’s on-grounds Education programming will be themed as a “Party for the Planet.” Celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make the world a greener place. From 11:00am to 1:00pm, while supplies last, they will be giving away Bur Oak seedlings (Quercus macrocarpa) at the front gate. April 25th from 10 AM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

12. Check out African Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art: Head to the Baltimore Museum of Art on April 26th for a festive day-long event celebrating the BMA’s new presentation of African art collection in beautifully renovated and expanded galleries!  Hands-on art-making masks and musical instruments, storytelling with Maria Broom, dance performances and more. FREE! 11 AM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

13. Have Family Photo Session in Sherwood Gardens: Blooming tulips make a gorgeous background for a family photo session. Grab your camera, bring a picnic + say cheese! Don’t forget to spend a little time at the climbing tree. MORE INFO

14. Camp Out in the Park: Experience the great outdoors at a family camp out! Irvine Nature Center is hosting a family campout on April 25th and Robert E. Lee Park is hosting one on May 15th. Includes night hikes, s’mores and breakfast.

15. Explore the Science of Art at The Walters: Spend a day immersed in the wonders of science and art! This spring festival will bring science to life in new, exciting ways for all ages. Engage your scientific brain, experience the fun of exploration, and look at art from a whole new perspective. The museum will be bubbling over with mind-provoking demonstrations, performances, and experiments. April 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM. FREE! MORE INFO

16. Catch a Family Flick at The Senator Theatre: Select Saturday mornings are uber family-friendly at The Senator Theatre! $5 movies and some of your favorite classics (Little Rascals) and new favs (The Lego Movie). MORE INFO

17. Remarkable Farkle McBride with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: This BSO Family concert celebrates youth in music with a concert all about young performers, composers and young audiences.  With selections from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol performed by fifth grader Brandon Du, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee and more, the audience will dazzle in the delights of youth at its best and learn about the instrument families along the way.  Then, experience the orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book where the fickle, yet lovable Remarkable Farkle McBride brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life, dramatized by actors from the Baltimore School for the Arts. May 2nd. MORE INFO

18. See Steam at the Fire Museum: Hose wagon rides and demos with hand and horse-drawn apparatus, working steam engines, antique models, kids’ contests and more at the 38th Annual Fire Museum of Maryland Steam Show. May 2nd from 10 AM – 2 PM. MORE INFO

19. Sing Over The Rainbow at the Hippodrome: Families & fans of all ages will want to follow the Yellow Brick Road to The Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long. You won’t want to miss this fun, affordable benefit for Caroline Center. The Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long is the American classic 1939 musical fantasy film starring Judy Garland in beautiful Technicolor on the big screen with sing-a-long lyrics so everyone can join in. For a truly memorable evening, come dressed as your favorite movie character for the costume parade and contest. May 8th at the Hippodrome. MORE INFO

20. Ride the Rails with Thomas the Train: Little Engineers won’t believe their eyes–or their ears!  Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans when he 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! Weekends, April 24th – May 3rd. MORE INFO

21. Donate Your Used Books: Books for Kids Day  is a day when The Maryland Book Bank collects a massive assortment of new and gently-used books from individuals and groups in our community. Their goal is to collect 25,000 new and gently used books to benefit children in need, but they can’t reach that goal without you! Drop your books off at Western High School between 9 AM and 2 PM at Poly Western High School. MORE INFO

22. Stop to Smell the Flowers at the Flower Mart: Nothing says springtime in Baltimore like flowers, big hats and lemon sticks. Shop at plant and other vendor displays, take part in a hat contest and check out lots of family entertainment options in Mt. Vernon Square on May 1st and 2nd. MORE INFO

23. Create at Art Outside: Join (cool) progeny in the kids’ area at Art Outside for a day of creativity in Druid Hill Park! Sunday, May 17th from 11 AM – 5 PM. FREE! MORE INFO

24. Go on a Family Bike Ride: Take a family bike ride with the Baltimore Family Bike party! They organize monthly, family-friendly bike rides through Baltimore neighborhoods. All types of bikes, trailers, longtails, bakfiets, Long Johns, tandems, folders, trikes, or whatever rolls are welcome! MORE INFO

25. Soar to New Heights at Terrapin Adventures: Take your mini-adventurer on the kid-friendly high ropes course at Terrapin Adventures. MORE INFO

26. Learn a little, Walk a little: Your favorite pub crawls just went kid-friendly! Beginning this spring, Baltimore Wicked History Tours is offering all-ages walking tour. Go back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, crawling with sailors, privateers, crimps, and immigrants looking for a better life. Tempers ran hot with people who had nothing to lose and those looking to exploit them. But Fells Point had its bright spots with luminaries like Billie Holiday and Edgar Allan Poe roaming these historic streets. This is a Baltimore history tour like no other. Some might call it wicked. MORE INFO