Play dates, fun runs, big trucks, mom and me fitness, and MORE! Here are our favorite kid-friendly events in and around Baltimore this May.

30 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this May - (cool) progeny

30 things to do with kids in baltimore this may

Education Connection: Pom Pom Popper Physics at the B&O Railroad Museum
Tuesdays – Fridays in May | 10 AM – 12 PM | B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum offers children ages 2 and up a chance to use their imaginations and learn something new each month in the educational journey, Education Connection, Tuesdays – Fridays from 10am to 12 Noon at the Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone in the B&O Roundhouse. In May, discover the math behind the rails in Pom Pom Poppers, a positively powerful approach to physics. MORE

Flower Mart Festival
Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 | 11 AM – 9 PM | Mt. Vernon

FlowerMart – a time-honored rite of Spring- kicks off on Friday May 5th, 2017 11 a.m. and through Saturday May 6th 9 p.m. with everyone’s favorite traditions—lemon peppermint sticks, fantastic food, grand hats, original arts and crafts (mosaics, glasswork, jewelry, photography and more), a children’s camp and flowers, flowers and more beautiful flowers. This year, the event blooms with more fun and frivolity than ever before! MORE

Momma Move
Saturday, May 6 | 8:30 AM – 12 PM | Eager Park

What is Momma Move? Dubbed by founder and East Baltimore mom Erin Galloway as the ‘ultimate mommy meet-up,’ it’s a morning of fun, fitness, and celebration the whole family will love. Momma Move is completely free to the community. Activities include a one-mile fun run with Girls on the Run (stroller friendly!), stretching with XPF Dance2Fitness, mini sessions with Baltimore Yoga, crossfit with Seya Crossfit, total body toning session, and yoga with Core Power Yoga. Chef Bryce Taylor will be demonstrating healthy snack ideas, Pixalated will have a photobooth, there will be Knockerball and lawn games — a long with a host of mother’s day crafting stations kids will love. MORE

BSO’s Music Box: Our Maryland
Saturday, May 6 | 10 AM and 11:30 AM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Celebrate our home state of Maryland through music, dance and song.  30 minutes prior to the concert, the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. Created for babies ages 6 months through 3 years old. Please note: Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Concerts take place in the lobby and seating is unreserved. MORE

Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6 | All Day | Baltimore County Public Library Branches

Visit any Baltimore County Public Library branch and get a free comic book! While you’re there, check out their wide selection of graphic novels and comics. One free comic per school age customer, while supplies last. Sponsored by Collectors Corner. MORE

5th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Saturday, May 6 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on May 6th for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Doors will open at 10:00am and from 11:00am to 4:00pm you can enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. Callaloo Puppets and Maria Broom delight with entertainment. Purchase hard-to-find titles in the Book Village. Readers include Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and a surprise celebrity Hollywood actor for a special reading. MORE

Chef Egg Live – Baltimore Farmers’ Market Family Cook Off
Sunday, May 7 | 9:30 AM – 11 AM | Baltimore Farmer’s Market

Join Baltimore’s own Chef Egg at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar the first Sunday of every month for a unique cooking “eggsperience.” The chef will take you on a quick tour of the market to visit local producers and makers. Then you will prepare easy recipes made with farm fresh ingredients from the market. MORE

Drop in Art: Art and Design
Saturdays and Sundays in May | 11 AM – 4 PM | The Walters Art Museum

Every weekend join The Walters Art Museum in their studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions.  No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. May is all about Art and Design! MORE

Summer Camp Adventure Play Date
Saturday, May 6 | 3 PM  5 PM | McDonogh School

Kick-off May with a “camp” adventure for the whole family! Join (cool) progeny and McDonogh Summer Programs for an afternoon of summer camp experiences including arts and crafts, cooking fun, t-shirt decorating, snow cones, and MORE! We’re wrapping an entire summer of camp fun into one epic family play date. Guaranteed to have something for everyone! RSVP for your FREE Family Pass. MORE

19th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
Saturday, May 6 | 10 AM – 3 PM | American Visionary Arts Museum

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?) MORE

Mom and Me Yoga at Core Cycle Studio
Sunday, May 7 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Timonium

Toddler time with Mommy and Me Yoga (Age 3-5) led by Tina Crandell from 1:15 PM – 2 PM. Children will participate, practice, and pose with Mommy. Have older kids? Join Core Cycle for Mom and Me Yoga led by Beth MacMullan from 12 PM – 12:45 PM. Mom and child spend time flowing on the mat next to each other. MORE

Big Truck Day at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, May 13 | 9 AM – 1 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

Big trucks are just plain (cool) no matter how old you are. Kids and their grownup sidekicks will dig this event at the BMI. Climb aboard fire engines, police cars, work trucks, and more cool rides that come from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. It all takes place in the museum’s parking lot.  MORE

Josh Funk at The Ivy Bookshop
Saturday, May 13 | 9 AM – 10:30 AM | The Ivy Bookshop

Join the author of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast as he reads from the latest installment in the adventure, The Case of the Stinky Stench. Josh’s books follow the adventures of Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast and their foodie friends in the fridge! In the first tale, they’re informed by Miss Brie that there’s only ONE drop of maple syrup left. What are two desperate breakfast foods to do?! An epic race to the last drop ensues! In the second installment, a foul odor plagues the fridge – can Inspector Croissant help Lady Pancake and Sir French find out the source of the stink?Afterwards, visit The Corner Pantry and enjoy a free half-stack of pancakes or a waffle, with the purchase of another breakfast. Valid only 5/13. Limit one coupon per family. MORE

Around the World Play Date
Saturday, May 13 | 10 AM – 12 PM | St. Paul’s Plus Preschool

Grab your ‘passport’ and join (cool) progeny for a morning of around the world fun at St. Paul’s Plus Preschool on Saturday, May 13th! Enjoy the caribbean beats of Guava Jelly, get up close and personal with animal friends in a live petting zoo, create cultural crafts, taste dishes from several countries, learn new steps with The Dance Conservatory at St. Paul’s School, let the kids run the wiggles out on the playground, and more! MORE

Milkshake Celebrates Mom
Saturday, May 13 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Creative Alliance

Milkshake and Creative Alliance host a pre- Mother’s Day Concert and mini-fair with organizations that are pro-mom and pro family. Oh, and every mom gets a flower and some chocolates! Baltimore’s own Milkshake has been getting kids and families to dance and sing together for over 15 years. The band has released five award-winning CDs for kids, including a Grammy nomination for 2010’s Great Day, along with a DVD and comic book. MORE

Pumpkin Theatre presents Robin Hood
Weekends, Saturday, May 13 – Sunday, May 21 | 1 PM and 3 PM | Har Sinai Congregation

Sir Robin of Locksley has given up his titles to help the peasants of Nottingham. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor, he and his merry band are hunted by the Sheriff of Nottingham. In order to flush him out of Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff hatches a plan to capture Robin by staging an archery contest. Can the clever Maid Marion help him escape? Produced by special arrangement with I.E. Clark Publications. MORE

Mother’s Day Tea at Cromwell Valley
Sunday, May 14 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Cromwell Valley Park

Celebrate the mom in your life by sharing Mother Earth’s tea at Cromwell Valley Park. Learn the health benefits of natural tea, gather local plants, and then enjoy a hot cup! $2 members /$4 non-members. All ages 8+. Registration required. MORE

Lexington Market Crab Derby
Thursday, May 18 | 5 PM – 8 PM | Lexington Market

Lexington Market will host its first-ever Crab Race Festival outdoors adjacent to the Lexington Market Arcade (between Eutaw and North Paca Streets.) The happy hour event pays tribute to the historic Crab Derby, held annually at the Market in advance of The Preakness. Food from Faidley’s Seafood and Market vendors available along with craft brews. Live music by The Kelly Bell Band, a Kids Zone and, of course, the Crab Derby provide fun for the entire family. Free for children 16 and under. MORE

Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
Thursday, May 18 – Saturday, May 20 | Times Vary | Howard County Fairgrounds

The Long Running Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival is one of many events planned during the week-long series of special events celebrating the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore’s “Super Bowl” and the 2nd jewel in thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. The Hot Air Balloon Festival has a long and colorful tradition going back 40 years.  The Howard County Fairgrounds in Howard County, Maryland will brighten the skies this year as the Centerpiece Venue for the long running balloon festival. Spectators will enjoy the wonder of hot air balloons, specialty crafts, entertainment, and good food during this family-friendly festival. MORE

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.
Thursday, May 18 + Sunday, May 21 | Times Vary | Gordon Center for the Arts

The “scrumdidilyumptious” adventures of Charlie Bucket at Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a musical guaranteed to delight your child’s sweet tooth. MORE

Campfire Songs and Games
Friday, May 19 | 7:30 PM – 9 PM | Lake Roland

Hike with Lake Roland team members to their campfire ring to play outdoor games, sing campfire songs, and eat s’mores! Kosher s’mores available upon request. All ages, $5 per person ($3 members). Registration required. MORE

KLUTZ ® Amazingly Immature Exhibit Opening
Saturday, May 20 | 9 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Stop acting silly? Not in this exhibit! Learn about science through laughter, play, physical comedy, and fun in the new KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit, based on the KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2! Family fun and laughter combine with science and math in this can’t miss exhibit! Pull a tablecloth off a table without dropping dishes, turn spoons into catapults, create photo illusions, engineer fast-moving paper airplanes, learn how to juggle, transform money into wearable rings, create amazing inventions and take part in over 18 fun activities that will teach you about aerodynamics, inertia, Newton’s Third Law of Motion, and more exciting scientific concepts through fun and silliness!  MORE

Astro Adventure at the Maryland Science Center
Saturday, May 20 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Science Center

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on because on Saturday, May 20, the Science Center is blasting off on an Astro Adventure! From noon to 4pm, be an honorary astronaut for a day and experience all the wonders space has to offer. Head over to their Interplanetary Space Agency to check out the logistics for traveling to different moons and planets. Put on your trusty pair of moonboots, and see if you’ve got what it takes to make it to the moon and back in Astronaut Training Camp. Create and name your own constellations to hang in the sky (or your wall) at home. Channel your Ground Control skills and launch rockets of your own design. Even build lunar landers capable of landing safely on the surfaces of different planets. Free with paid admission. Free for members. MORE

Wild West Express featuring the James Younger Gang
Saturday, May 20 | 10 AM, 11:30 AM and 1 PM | Steam Into History, New Freedom

This gang of American Outlaws was well-known in the 19th century. The group included the notorious Jesse James and the Younger brothers. Their infamous group will be robbing the train for trinkets and jewels (provided) aboard the Steam Into History Train. They will also be robbing for actual donations that will go to a local charity. Come out for a good time and a great cause. MORE

Princess and Pirate Tea Party at the William Paca House
Saturday, May 20 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Annapolis

Join The William Paca House and Garden for a royal swashbuckling adventure at the historic James Brice House. The afternoon will entertain young princesses and pirates with crafts, games, music, and–of course–a tea party! You never know who just might stop by. Princess or pirate, which will you be? Come dressed as your favorite to our tea party. Reservations required. MORE

acac Princess Ball
Saturday, May 20 | 3:30 PM – 5 PM | acac Timonium

A delightfully Disney good time! Bring your little princes and princesses to enjoy princess wand making, nail painting stations, Disney princess music and cupcakes / cotton candy fit for royalty! Prince charming will also make an appearance to hand out carnations to little princesses. Free with a family membership to acac. $15 for non-members. RSVP by emailing Caron Jackson (caronj@acac.com) MORE
 
Spring Campout
Saturday, May 20 at 6 PM to Sunday, May 21 at 9 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center
 
Pack your bags for a relaxing campout in the comfort of Oregon Ridge Park. Bring your own tent and camping gear, we’ll provide the night hike, campfire, s’mores and a light breakfast. Be on time to set up your tent and bring your own bag dinner. A limited number of tents are available to rent for a $10 fee. Call early to reserve. All Ages $6 ($4 for ORNCC Members) Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE
 
Nature Fairy Exploration
Sunday, May 21 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Irvine Nature Center
 
Participants will dive into the world of nature fairies with a story reading, a hike through Irvine’s trails to gather materials for fairy house making and then have some fairy snacks while decorating and designing fairy houses. Ages 3 & up (with adult). Advanced registration required. MORE

Memorial Day Weekend at Port Discovery
Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29 | Times Vary | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Spend your Memorial Day Weekend at Port Discovery! On Saturday, celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Day with exciting programs where you can learn about pandas, cherry blossoms, star in the interactive Play within a Play: Tiger Tales, and more! On Sunday, May 28, join Port Discovery at 12PM and enjoy our signature story time, learn about sound techniques in the Percussion Garden, and dance along to Jingle Jangle Music Time! On Memorial Day, create a shrinky dink dog tag in honor of those who’ve served, learn about music in the Percussion Garden, and many more exciting programs to celebrate the holiday! MORE

Pics in the Park: Moana
Saturday, May 27 | 8 PM – 9:30 PM | Center Plaza

Bring a blanket to this outdoor movie in Center Plaza – sponsored by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Picnic baskets for sale from Gundalow Gourmet. We know it’s a little late for some kids, but children of all ages love this movie. MORE

 

Lead image from Visit Howard County.