It’s supposed to be a beautiful fall week in Baltimore (needed after this especially rainy weekend!). Firetrucks, pumpkin picking, Rosie Revere, FREE admission at the Maryland Zoo, and more! Here are our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this week.

things to do with kids in baltimore this week: october 3-7, 2016


Firefighter Safety Day at acac Timonium 
Bring your children to acac Kids Zone for a day of show-and-tell featuring the Baltimore County Fire Department. Kids will learn basic fire safety tips, meet the BCFD firefighters, and get to play in the fire trucks! Open to public, free for all. 10 AM – 11 AM. RSVP Required to Caron: MORE

Pumpkin Fest at Hawk’s Hill Creamery
Pumpkin Fest is open on Monday, October 3 since schools are closed! Falling Branch Brewery will also be open! Pick a pumpkin, make a scarecrow , go in a hayride and visit our animals. Make some great memories with fall fun on the farm! 12 PM – 5 PM. Admission is free. MORE


Mr. Paca’s Backyard Preschool Program
Spend the day in Annapolis!  Using famous children’s stories, the youngsters explore the 18th century garden of William Paca during the winter, spring and summer. During this week’s session, kids will read Rosie Revere Engineer and learn that our ideas and dreams can come true with encouragement and perseverance! Rosie tries and tries again with her inventions and never quits. William Paca was a worldly man; he always wanted to know more about the different cultures and was amazed at the natural world. These are great attributes to encourage in children! Mr. Paca’s Backyard is a fun, engaging, and educational program from Historic Annapolis geared to preschoolers, age 3-5. Each program includes exploration in the garden, story time, and art project, movement activity (dance, games, etc) and of course snack time! $7/child. MORE

Teacher and PTO Appreciation Day at Skyzone
Sky Zone Timonium is honoring Teachers, PTO members and their immediate family with a FREE 60 minutes jump on Tuesday night. 4 PM – 8 PM. MORE

Pokémon GO at Cylburn Arboretum
IT’S BACK! Head to Cylburn Arboretum for Pokémon adventure. The arboretum has five gyms, over a dozen Poké-stops, and TONS of Pokémon.
They’ll have lures set up throughout the arboretum, so be ready to explore. All teams are welcome and admission to Cylburn Arboretum is always free!
Keep your eyes open, stay on the trails, and be respectful of other visitors. Plus, you can also join a guided walk on the grounds starting at 5pm. MORE


Visit the Maryland Zoo for FREE
Head to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 5 to help kick off Free Fall Baltimore! The Zoo is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Free admission offered at The Zoo’s Main Gate, no ticket needed. MORE

Tales and Tots at the National Aquarium
Tots and Tales returns to the National Aquarium on Wednesday mornings in September and October. Visitors can bring their tots to the Aquarium to learn about the aquatic world through story time, songs, games and activities all designed to develop early learning skills like fine and gross motor skills and language skills. Learn about Aquarium animals through encounters and field trips to their Aquarium habitats. Each week is a brand new journey! 10:30 AM. Free with paid admission or membership. MORE


Meet author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley at The Ivy Bookshop
Meet Kimberly Brubaker Bradley at The Ivy Bookshop at 4 PM. Kimberly lives on a 42-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee. She is the author of several books for children, including Leap of Faith and Jefferson’s Sons. Her newest book, The War That Saved My Life, is a 2016 Newbery Honor book. The book introduces nine-year-old Ada, who has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute – she sneaks out to join him. The War That Saved My Life is recommended for ages 9-12. RSVP to info@TheIvyBookshop@gmail. com or call 410-377-2966. MORE

Creative Coloring for Families
Did you know coloring is a wonderful stress reliever? Join us in the mezzanine area for a relaxing night of coloring! We provide all the materials. All you have to do is show up ready to be creative and color! At the Towson Public Library. 6 PM – 8 PM. MORE


First Friday Tot Story and Sing a Long at Play Cafe
Join Play Cafe the first Friday of each month for story time and sing along with Aunt Whiz geared to toddlers aged 2-4. Older and younger children would also definitely enjoy!  *This is a free drop‐in program, however normal Play Cafe $5 food and beverage minimum applies. MORE

Bookworm Story Time at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Nature stories with fun activities such as animal encounters, puppets or crafts. First Fridays. FREE! 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM. MORE

Catch a Puppet Show at the Village of Cross Keys
Friday morning puppet shows are back at the Village of Cross Keys. These free shows take place every Friday in October at 10 AM. MORE


Photo Credit: Melanie DeFazio