There is just one moon and a golden sun, and a smile means friendship to everyone. Celebrate the small world we share this weekend with fun family outings, Earth Day events, and more in and around Smalltimore this weekend!

Kick off the fun with our (cool) progeny play date at St. Paul’s Plus that will take you around the world without a single checked bag or passport stamp. Follow that up with planting your own container garden and top it all off with Arts in the Park or a fam-friendly tailgate!

baltimore family events this weekend

Around the World (cool) progeny Play Date
April 23 , 2016 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Grab your ‘passport’ and join (cool) progeny for a morning of around the world fun at St. Paul’s Plus Preschool on Saturday! Enjoy the musical stylings of Mr. Root (of Baby Beats With Max & Root fame), live petting zoo, pint-sized henna “tattoos,” cultural crafts, tastings, complimentary coffee, yoga story time with Everyman Theatre, playground fun, and more! The event is designed for kids ages 3-5 and their families. Don’t worry — there will be something for everyone! Plus you’ll get to meet the awesome team at St. Paul’s Plus and learn why their school is a leader in early childhood education.

In celebration of Passover, we will have a matzo snack and craft, too! MORE

National Aquarium Earth Day Celebration
April 23 – 24, 2016 | 9 AM – 6 PM & 9 AM – 5PM

The National Aquarium is honoring Earth Day with a whole host of activities that promote Earth-friendly living. Their experts will teach you how to celebrate Earth Day every day by adopting green practices in your daily routines. They’ll also demonstrate how each individual’s actions can positively or negatively impact the environment and the animals that depend on it. MORE

Party for the Planet
April 23 , 2016 | 10 AM – 3 PM

During Earth Week at The Maryland Zoo, their on-grounds Education programming will be themed as a “Party for the Planet.” Come celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make the world a greener place. All activities are free with Zoo admission. MORE

IKEA Family Sustainable Weekend Event
April 23-24, 2016 | 10 AM – 4 PM

This weekend event is a great chance to come out with the family for some fun activities. There will be a scavenger hunt for kids along with some fun children’s workshops. There will also been tasty food samplings and sustainability information sessions. MORE

Arts in the Park Festival
April 23, 2016 | 11 AM – 1 PM

Bring your entire family to the Chesapeake Arts Center’s 3rd Annual Arts in the Park Festival. Live music, Moon Bounce and activities for kids, chalk drawing, face painting, local art for sale, and a special performance by Fast As Lighting, Brooklyn Park Middle School PVA students , U.S.Navy Country Current band and more! MORE

Wood Carving & Whittlin’ at Marshy Point Nature Center
April 23, 2016 | 2 PM – 4 PM

Make-and-take fun goes green. Join a naturalist to carve up some handy, decorative wood crafts at the Marshy Point Nature Center. All materials provided. MORE

Laura Shovan Book Launch at The Ivy Bookstore
April 23, 2016 | 6 PM

Local author Laura Shovan, formerly an editor of the Little Patuxent Review, launches her debut middle reader novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, a time capsule of one class’ poems during a transformative school year. MORE

Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar
April 24, 2016 | 7 AM – Noon

Maryland’s largest producers-only market offers an assortment of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts on Sundays between April 17, 2016 and December 18, 2016 from 7am to sell out (typically noon).  Many Sundays also feature live music performances and cooking demonstrations.  The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets. MORE

Day Out with Thomas
April 23 – 24, 2016 | 9 AM – 5 PM

Little Engineers won’t believe their eyes–or their ears! For the first time ever at Day Out With Thomas™, 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! MORE

National Parks Rx
April 24, 2016 | 9 AM – 5 PM

National Park Rx Day will be held on Sunday, April 24th. National Park Rx Day will take place on the last day of National Park Week, which runs from April 16th to April 24th. All national park units will have free admission during this week, and people are encouraged to find their parks no matter where they are, whether they are local, regional, state, or national parks. MORE

March for the Animals
April 24, 2016 | 10 AM – 1 PM

Maryland SPCA’s 21st annual March for the Animals will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Animal lovers and their four-legged friends are invited to participate in the 1.5 mile walk-a-thon and family fun festival to help raise funds to provide care, shelter, food, spay/neuter procedures and medication for the homeless pets who come to the MD SPCA this year. MORE

Tour the Cuauhtémoc
April 24, 2016 | 10 AM – 8 PM

Come see the Cuauhtémoc before she leaves our shores next week.  Named after the last Aztec emperor, Cuauhtémoc has served as a training vessel for the Mexican Navy for more than twenty years. MORE

Build a Container Garden
April 24, 2016 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Holt Park continues it’s Family Fun series with make-and-take container gardens. Design a beautiful miniature herb garden together then take it home, watch it grow and enjoy the flavor. MORE

SeekingSitters Tailgate
April 24, 2016 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Everyone could use some time with the family, so why not take everyone to the SeekingSitters Family Fun Tailgate? The SeekingSitters National RV Tour will stop in the Baltimore area to promote finding a work/life balance. Families are invited to join local mom and owner Heather Stoll Vereecken and SeekingSitters CEO Adrienne Kallweit for a Family Fun Tailgate on Sunday. MORE

and looking toward next week….

Roland Park Country School Open House
April 28, 2016 | 8:30 AM – 10 AM

One of the values of a girls-only education? That the girls enrolled in the school see themselves — and their peers — as leaders. And they graduate with the expectation that women will be leaders. Roland Park Country School, a leading girls-only independent school in Baltimore, is opening their doors to prospective families next week. The K-12 school is dedicated to the intellectual and moral development of its students, offering “An Education Above.”  MORE