Campouts, fabric design, Italian food, gamer festivals, backyard science, and more. Just another jam-packed weekend for families in Charm City! Here are our best bets for kid-friendly fun.

baltimore family events this weekend

Beach Party Bash at the B&O!
Celebrate the end of summer at the B&O with a Beach Party Bash! Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities to keep kids entertained and engaged. Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE

Animal Super Powers
EcoAdventures will be introducing children to the most amazing Super heroes in the animal Kingdom!! Which animal has the strongest bite?…can climb walls, or virtually disappear, or even can stretch like a rubber band? Spectators beware: are you brave enough to volunteer and let a tarantula crawl up your belly, wrestle a giant snake or a gator? Get all the answers! Friday, 6:30 PM. MORE

Really Rosie
Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar-winning movie. Based on Maurice Sendak’s “The Sign on Rosie’s Door” and Nutshell Library series, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults. Shows at 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Presented by Heritage Players. MORE

Feast of Saint Gabriele
Little Italy Tradition! For a mere $1 admission donation, expect traditional Italian food such as fried dough, sausage, broccoli rabe, calzone, pizza and more … Italian cookies such as pizzelle … games of chance … kids area … vendors … vino & beer … bocce tournament and the traditional procession through the neighborhood of the St. Gabriele statue after the 9:30 am Sunday Mass. Festivities happen Saturday and Sunday. MORE

Drop In Art: Fashion
Design your own fabric at the Walters this weekend as part of their weekly drop-in-art activities. No registration required. FREE! Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM. MORE

Close Encounters/Back to School Drive at the Senator
Head to the Senator Theatre as their Summer Classic Movie Series continues with Steven Spielberg’s 1977 extra-terrestrial sci-fi blockbuster, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (PG) on the big screen in their spectacular main auditorium — and help support neighborhood schools at the special $5 Family Matinee showing on Saturday August 15th at 10am — or the encore matinee presentation on Sunday August 16th at 10am — by bringing a donation of school supplies and enjoy a free space treat from our La Cakerie. Donations will support Govans Elementary and OrchKids. MORE

Mommy and Me Storybook Drama with Everyman Theatre
Dramatic play is key in early learning. Each Saturday, Everyman Theatre will explore a different story book with you and your child. Class will start with reading the story together. Little ones will engage the story through dramatic play activities that involve movement, music and dance (with fun costumes and props, of course!). Take one class or join us for all three! Designed for ages 1-3. Saturday, 10 AM – 10:45 AM. $15 (or $30 for all three weekends!). MORE

Gamer Family Festival
Imagine a whole day inspired by the video games in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection! Play the game “Flower,” create pixel art and other crafts, catch up with our partners at MAGFest, and enjoy live music by Mega Ran and performances. FREE admission {Worth the drive!} Saturday, 11:30 AM – 3 PM. MORE

Backyard Science Days at the Maryland Science Center
Science can happen in a lab, science can happen in space and science can happen in your own backyard! Come to the Maryland Science Center’s 10th annual Backyard Science Days for a day of animal encounters and hands-on activities. Race vegetables, build a beetle habitat, plant seeds, and much more. Explore all the science that lives right outside your back door! Saturday and Sunday, 12 PM – 4 PM. Free with Paid Admission. MORE

End of Summer Camp Out at Oregon Ridge Park
School is starting soon! Camp out at Oregon Ridge before the hustle and bustle of fall catches up with you. Bring your own tent and camping gear. Night hike, campfire, s’mores, and light breakfast will be provided. Be on time to set up your tent and bring you own bag dinner. $6/pp. Starts at 6 PM on Saturday evening. MORE

An American Tail at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
econd movie in JMM’s FREE movie series JMM Features is An American Tail. This classic animation follows the story of Fievel a young Russian mouse, who while emigrating to the United States, gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country. Movie starts at 5:30, but join them at 3 PM for Fievel-inspired drawing! MORE

Looking Ahead…

Exhibit Reception for Changing Baltimore: Share Your Voice at The Baltimore Museum of Industry
Photographer J.M. Giordano will be at The Baltimore Museum of Industry to discuss his photos featured in the the museum’s latest exhibition exploring the link between the loss of manufacturing jobs and the unrest this spring in Baltimore. Light refreshments, free parking. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome. Thursday at 5:30 PM. Please RSVP to kedelmann@thebmi.org. MORE