It’s our annual MEGA list! All of our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this summer in one handy place. The best of Charm City for tots, preschoolers, kids and tweens.  Cheers to making it a cool awesome summer for your whole family.  

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Hands-On Creative Fun

Splatter Paint at The Creative Cow
One of our favorite ways to beat the heat! Head to The Creative Cow during their open studio hours to build with imagination playground, splatter paint, craft, and more! $10/child. Activities are designed for ages 2-10. MORE

Paint Together
Sure, you know Painted Palette offers sip + paint classes for adults, but you should also know about their (cool) workshops for families! Offered once per month times throughout the month, these classes are designed for kids and feature kid-friendly canvases. Stay and paint with them (or just watch!) or drop and pick them up after class. MORE

DIY Books and Crafts at Yankee Doodle
Head to Yankee Doodle Art Studio in Hunt Valley to make your own book (even comic books!)! They have all the materials and can bind your book on site. Not into book making? They have lots of other arts and crafts options to keep little fingers busy! (You can even pick up a book to go package, make the book at home, and return for binding!) MORE

Family Sundays at The BMA
Join the Baltimore Museum of Art every Sunday for activities the entire family can enjoy. Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Take extra time for a stroll in the sculpture garden and a stop for brunch at Gertrude’s. MORE

Creative Fun at the Walters
With a host of kid-friendly activities, The Walters Art Museum is definitely NOT a look-but-don’t-touch space! We love their kid-friendly play/art space and their family programming is outstanding (everything from their art carts, to preschool art classes, to drop-in weekend art projects). Best part? The Walters is 100% free and open Wednesday thru Sunday. MORE

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Stroller Safaris at the Zoo
Stroller Safaris occur on the fourth Thursday of every month throughout the year (except January, February, and November) from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Families with children 18 – 36 months will explore the animal world through animal stories and/or songs and a stroller walk in the Zoo. Cost is $5/child (does not include admission) and advanced registration is highly recommended! MORE

FREE Pirate Story Times — on a ship!
FREE and perfect for younger pirates!  Urban Pirates’ weekly adventure story times include songs, games, stories and more, all aboard the pirate ship Fearless. Discover your young one’s inner pirate by taking part in this outdoor activity in Historic Fells Point.  Join us all summer long!  Arrive early because there is limited space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. MORE

Destination Doug at Play Cafe
Join Play Cafe every Wednesday at 10am for a reading adventure through some perfect picture books. Using music, movement and fingerplays and fun, this play-based program is designed for our youngest audience birth to 4 year-olds. This is a free drop‐in program, however normal Play Cafe $5 food and beverage minimum applies. MORE

KERPLUNK! Family Drop-in Art
Families and kids of all ages are invited to tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions Saturdays from 12 PM – 3 PM all summer long. Participants stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required! FREE! MORE

Storyville
A true gem! Storyville (located at the Baltimore County Public Library Rosedale and Woodlawn branches) is a child-sized village that includes developmentally appropriate books and activities. It gets busy on weekday mornings so go early or plan to go after lunch. MORE

Take a Class with Mommy and Me in Charm City
Pop-up arts and crafts classes for babies, toddlers, and their moms! Check out their calendar and join one! MORE

Writing Workshop with author Elissa Brent Weissman at The Ivy Bookshop 
Your story is beginning. Where will it go? In this workshop, kids will explore that question with Elissa through a number of creative writing and drawing prompts inspired by the stories in the book. Participants will get feedback on their work from each other and Elissa, and they’ll share their creations with parents at the end of the workshop. Perfect for kids in 3rd through 6th grade. $25 fee includes a writer’s kit with a signed copy of Our Story Begins and a journal. RSVP by 7/10 to 410-377-2966 or MarthaAtTheIvy@gmail.com. Sunday, July 16. MORE

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading Program at The Children’s Bookstore
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, go to The Children’s Bookstore in Roland Park and pick up a summer reading card with your next purchase. Buy 9 books and receive a 10th paperback free! MORE

Summer Reading at The B&O
A magical experience for children that takes them on a trip and teaches them new things about people and places! The magic of reading and the railroad takes your child on a special journey. Children who participate in the Summer Reading Program at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore or at Ellicott City Station earn a free book and a chance to win an engineer’s outfit when they read 10 railroad-related books and complete the reading journal. Pick up your child’s reading journal at either museum location, browse the children’s railroad books and start them on their reading journey. Completed journals must be returned to either museum location by August 21, 2017 for children to receive a free book and a chance to win an engineer’s outfit. MORE

Build a Better World Summer Challenge at Enoch Pratt
Enoch Pratt’s Summer Reading program is now the Summer Challenge. This year’s theme: Build a Better World. Lots of activities and events happening all summer long! MORE

Summer @ Your Library: Baltimore County Public Library
Summer @ Your Library (formerly Summer Reading Club) is a free program developed to encourage children and teens to read over their school break in order to prevent the “summer slide.” The program focuses on keeping keep students’ minds active and engaged during their summer break, with incentives for reading and a wide array of programs focusing on science, technology, arts and math (STEAM), making and more. Though geared toward school-age children on summer break, people of all ages can participate in the Summer @ Your Library reading challenge. Registration for the pre-school, elementary, teen and adult challenges can be completed on online or at all BCPL branches*. Once registered, participants will receive game boards, a Summer @ Your Library bag (must be picked up from a branch) and be on their way to winning prizes. MORE

Culture & History Explorations

Become a Junior Ranger at Ft. McHenry
Head to Ft. McHenry and request an activity booklet for your child to complete to become a junior ranger! Comes with a pretty (cool) badge! Just turn your packet in at the Visitor’s Center for badge. MORE

Ride a Street Car
Open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum offers unlimited rides on their classic street cars with paid admission. Have little littles? Kids under 4 are FREE. MORE

Attend a Cultural Festival
Baltimore has some of the best (BEST) cultural festivals during the summer. Some of our favorites? The Feast of St. Anthony Italian Festival, St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, 35th Annual Latino Fest, Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival, African American Festival, and Polish Festival. MORE

Ride a Fire Engine
The Discovery Room at the Fire Museum of Maryland is a place where children of all ages are encouraged to be hands-on! A 1938 Mack fire engine is available to be explored, while child-­size turnout gear is provided as well, including coats, helmets, and boots. You’ll find fire­ related books, toys, and videos, too. Open Wednesday – Saturday during the summer months. MORE

Step into “Stars and Stripes” History
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House allows you to step into living history and immerse yourself in one of the most riveting stories in our nation’s history – the creation of the American flag. Featured exhibits located in the museum building include a discovery gallery for children, where kids can design a flag and fly it on the gallery’s flagpole, cook at a replica of the Flag House kitchen and more. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Children under 6 are FREE. MORE

Learn Wicked History
Join Baltimore Wicked History Tours to plumb the depths of Baltimore’s Fells Point or Mt. Vernon neighborhoods. Travel back to when Fells Point was a colorful, dangerous place to visit, crawling with sailors, privateers, ladies of the night, and immigrants looking for a better life.  Or experience the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age– and all of the scandalous (but hey, not too scandalous) history  (It was in Mt Vernon that Francis Scott Key died, and his second cousin, F Scott Fitzgerald drank himself nearly to death). It’s is a Baltimore history tour like no other. Some might call it wicked. During the all-ages tours, they tell the same stories as in their Pub Tours, but omit the less child-friendly stories, and do not go inside any buildings. MORE

Visit the National Museum of Dentistry
Have a kid who races through their “2 minutes 2 Times a Day” in 30 seconds or less? Maybe a visit to the National Museum of Dentistry is in order! The museum’s extensive 40,000 object collection of dental instruments, furniture, and artwork is one of the most important and oldest in the world, tracing its roots to the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the world’s first college of dentistry, founded in Baltimore, MD in 1840. MORE

Old School Child’s Play at Hampton Historic Site
Before there were video games in the arcade, on the television screen and even in the palm of your hand, children spent more time outside, running around and using their imaginations while playing games! Come to Hampton National Historic Site every weekend during the months of July and August and step back in time when “gaming” meant interacting with others while enjoying fresh air and working all your muscles including your brain! The entire family can play: marbles, jax, Game of Graces, Tabletop Nine Pins, Jacobs Ladder, cup and ball, hoop and stick, partake in sack races and more. All the fun will take place on the Hampton NHS’s farm. Every Saturday and Sunday through August 20th. MORE

Steam Into History Train Rides
Worth the drive to New Freedom, PA. Experience history as you ride in their custom built coaches, pulled by a 1860s replica steam locomotive. Lunch packages and themed train ride offered weekly. MORE

Nature Adventures

Take the Nature Quest Challenge
Nature Quest provides a great opportunity to experience the outdoors and be active with friends and family while discovering some of the best parks and trails in Baltimore County. You can bike, hike, or canoe on designated trails to complete the Nature Quest and earn fun prizes. The Nature Quest is ongoing but questers that complete at least 5 trails each year receive free admission to that year’s Quest Fest and are entered into raffles for great prizes. MORE

Tales and Tails at Irvine Nature Center
Named Maryland’s Best Story Time, Tales and Tails at Irvine Nature Center is fun for everyone! Join them Friday mornings for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet and greet! Get an up-close and hands-on experience with Irvine’s animals. All ages. No need to register–just show up! Get there early to get the best seats, since this program often has quite a crowd. MORE

Explore Butterflies, Gardens, and Stories at Ladew
With programs for big kids, littles, and families, Ladew Topiary Gardens is a perfect summer destination! Make sure to register for story time in advance (they fill up quickly!), or just drop by to wander through the 15 thematic ‘garden rooms.’ Our favorite spot? The Butterfly Garden! A quaint on-site cafe operates 7 days a well from 11 AM – 3 PM in the former stables. MORE

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Meet the Animals at Maryland Farm Park
Farm tours will help inspire the inner farmer in all of us. They will introduce youth to key topics within agriculture, and provide a fun filled activity for parent and child. Head to Maryland Farm Park to see Goats, Sheep, and Chickens! Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and please come early or late. Have lunch or dinner on the farm at one of their picnic tables and enjoy! $5/per child. Parents welcome to join. MORE

Preschool Program at Holt Center for the Arts
Join the staff at Holt Center for the Arts every Wednesday for a preschool program at 11 AM! Discover a new topic in nature every week. Each session includes a story, snack, and craft. Be sure to dress for the weather! $5 for the first child, no cost for additional children! Designed for ages birth-6. MORE

PreK Nature Drop-In at Marshy Point
One Monday per month! Introduce your little ones to nature’s wonders while enjoying stories, crafts, games, songs, and outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. Please arrive & sign-in before start time. 11 AM. MORE

Snooze at the Zoo
A trip to the Maryland Zoo should already be on your summer bucket list, but if you have older kiddos consider signing up for an overnight adventure? After all, the zoo is where the wild things snore, right? Overnight adventures are for families with children aged 6 and up. Fair warning: it’s BYOT (bring your own tent). MORE

Explore Kilgore Falls
Get an up-close look at the waterfall made famous in the Disney movie “Tuck Everlasting” at Kilgore Falls in Rocks State Park. MORE

Go for a Hike
Get the kiddos moving their DNA! Some of our favorite places to go exploring are Irvine Nature Center, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Gwynns Falls Trail, Lake Roland, Patapsco State Park, Oregon Ridge Park, and Rachel Carson Park.

Be a Backyard Explorer at the National Aquarium
Grab your binoculars and join a National Aquarium naturalist on a journey to discover the sights and sounds of the animal world! Explore our exhibits in search of animal tracks and seashells in the sand, listen for birdcalls and uncover other clues left behind by the animals that live all around us. Through hands-on activities and investigation, you’ll learn the stories of our animal neighbors, but be sure to watch your step! You never know what you might find on this interactive adventure for junior explorers. Designed for kids ages 5-10. MORE

Get Muddy at Oregon Ridge
Mud Days return to Oregon Ridge Nature Center on July 1st and 2nd. Make mud pies, mud sculptures, mud paintings, and more! MORE

Explore Rawlings Conservatory
The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in Druid Hill Park has distinct environments that allow the display of plants from all over the world. Visit them on Sundays from 1:30-3:30pm for Plants and People Sundays or late afternoons on Wednesdays during the Druid Hill Farmers Market! MORE

Arts Experiences

Peter Pan with Charm City Players
Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” this rousing tale is full of magic, warmth and adventure. Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. Lots of fun family-friendly activities before the show in a kid friendly atmosphere. Show runs weekends through July 16. MORE

See Harry Potter with the BSO
Potter Fanatics: this is a don’t-miss! Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. July 27-29. MORE

Catch an Outdoor Movie
Baltimore has it’s share of cinematic fun every summer —- especially for the kid crowds! AVAM’s Flicks on the Hill, Downtown Partnership’s Pics in the Park, and so many more! VIEW OUR LIST

Water Ballet and Sharkespeare
This summer, Shakespeare meets synchronized swimming in Fluid Movement’s annual water ballet “SHARKESPEARE.” July 29-30 at Druid Hill Park pool and August 4-6, at Patterson Park pool. From a Tempest/Gilligan’s Island mash-up to a Hamlet soliloquy set to a jaunty ukulele tune, there is something for everyone to enjoy. MORE

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AVAM’s Make and Take Workshops
AVAM’s Education staff is opening their classroom doors this July for a special session of hands-on, drop-in art making FOOD themed workshops! Drop by their classroom (2nd floor, JRVC) between 2 and 4PM each afternoon to MAKE your own original artwork and TAKE it with you! All materials & inspiration provided! Recommended for ages 7 & up. No advanced registration required. July 18 – 21. $5 per participant (does not include admission). MORE

Get a Dose of Pop Culture at Geppi’s
Take a journey through 250 years of American pop culture at Geppi’s museum, located in historic Camden Station at Camden Yards. A fun way to introduce the kids to your childhood. You know. That era before Minecraft. MORE

KIDSCAPE
Kidscape, the children’s world of Artscape, invites school-age children to use their creative spirits to make camp-themed arts and crafts, participate in demonstrations and enjoy family-friendly entertainment. Instrument petting zoo, STEM activities, train like an astronaut with NASA, and MORE! Artscape takes place July 21st-23rd. Be sure to download their app before you go! MORE

A Night at the Drive-In
Bengies Drive-In Theatre features the BIGGEST movie theatre screen in the USA. They feature current triple features on almost every Friday and Saturday night, classic cartoons, vintage trailers and intermissions clips, in-car heaters and Dusk till Dawn shows! Please note that a radio is required to listen to the movies. Put the kiddos in their pjs and go! You may not bring outside food and beverages unless you purchase an outside food and beverage permit for $10. Children under four watch for free! MORE

See an Outdoor Concert
It’s Summer Concert season! Grab your favorite picnic blanket, fill the wagon with kids, and make an evening or afternoon of it! Some of our favorite places for free family-friendly music events are Patterson Park, Belvedere Square, Ladew Topiary Gardens, and Hunt Valley Towne Center. Many will have food and other activities on site so be sure to check before you go!

The Tempest & Shakespeare Family Fun Days
It’s the mission of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to introduce young people to Shakespeare in a setting that is fun, casual and friendly.  Kids are welcome (and get in free) to all of our summer performances at the Patapsco Female Institute Park, but they really roll out the red carpet for them on Sunday afternoons in July! Sundays are Family Fun Days, welcoming  everyone from babes in arms to grandparents.  Gates open at 4:30pm. Child-friendly activities are provided before the play including costume dress-up, storytelling, games and more. The performance of The Tempest will begin at 6pm. Bring a picnic and come make memories. MORE

Laser Light Show at Gordon Center for the Arts
Imagine a single point of light that quickly develops into a fully animated professional laser show. During this luminous Shabbat program, Wondergy will introduce children to the science of how laser lights works. Children will learn how one point of light transforms into the dazzling spectacle in front of them. July 14. MORE

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO
For the first time ever, Cirque Du Soleil’s award-winning OVO is coming to Baltimore. The internationally touring show is coming to the Royal Farms Arena from August 23 to August 27. OVO is the quintessential Cirque performance, filled with the acrobatic stunts, spectacular costumes, sets and theatrics audiences have come to love. MORE

ROAR with Lion King, Jr.
Artistic Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. at St. James Academy on August 1, 2, and 3rd. Kids will delight in the magic of this classic tale as it comes to life on stage — with a cast comprised entirely of area youth! MORE

Jelly and Jam Saturday Morning Play Dates
Beat the heat with a fun morning designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! (cool) progeny’s Jelly + Jam Play Date series brings Saturday morning fun to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center in East Baltimore. Join us for java courtesy of Red Canoe (for the adults. of course!), pint-sized friendly snacks, crafts, musical fun, and play! This July, we’ll be joined by Baltimore’s favorite beatboxing dads — Baby Beats! MORE

Catch a Weekday $1 Movie
Beat the heat — and keep the kiddos entertained –with these weekday summer movie deals around Baltimore this summer! (Many are just $1!). Offered Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. SEE OUR LIST

Finding Neverland at the Hippodrome
Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. June 27 – July 2. MORE

Active Fun

Kids Bowl Free at Stoneleigh Lanes
All summer long, your kiddo can bowl for 30 minutes FREE at Stoneleigh Lanes Mondays thru Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 AM to 4 PM (must have bowling shoes or rent them). MORE

Splash in the Sondheim Fountain
Located in West Shore Park (near the Maryland Science Center), the Walter Sondheim Foundation incorporates water jets shooting up from the ground, timed. LOTS of fun. And free. Just bring an extra pair of clothes and shoes! MORE

Run a $5 5K
Grab your family, friends, co-workers and fellow park enthusiasts to enjoy one of Baltimore City Rec and Park’s 9 city-wide 5k events taking place in Baltimore Parks through December. Runners and walkers alike will enjoy the fresh air, community engagement, fitness and fun. ALL proceeds for the $5 5k series goes towards city-wide park programming. MORE

Bike the BMX Skills Park
MORE, Howard County Recreation and Parks, and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) created a FREE mountain biking skills area at Rockburn Branch Park. The park includes a pump track and three downhill lines: one for beginners, one for intermediate riders, and one for more advanced riders. Designed with families in mind. Helmets are required at all times. A fun adventure! MORE

DIY Playground Tour
Make it the summer of play! Check out our list of fun-fabulous playgrounds and start plotting your next play adventure. Don’t miss Our Playground at Stadium Place, the scrap tire playground at Patapsco, or Annie’s Playground. All worth the drives! MORE

Antigravity Fun for Kids
The Movement Lab is hosting  5-week AntiGravity® Just Kids classe! This class is a safe place to explore and tap into the inner adventurer within each child. With the support of the hammock (which holds up to 1,000 pounds), Just Kids is a dedicated series where kids can build skills over the course of time: strength, confidence, presence of mind, coordination, and a beautiful connection to and joy within their own bodies, all while experiencing the sensation of flight. Instructor Kirsten says she is in search of her very own super heroes to create the Justice League of Baltimore! Are you ready to join? $80 for the whole series of $20 for drop-in (call in advance for space availability). MORE

Rockin’ Jump
Towson’s newest trampoline park has something for the whole family. Toddler programs (Rockin Tots — just $10 per child/parent duo), fitness classes, a rock wall, slam dunk zone, dodge ball — it’s all there. Plus massage chairs (just saying).

Picnic, Swim, and Kayak
As Gunpowder’s featured day-use park, Hammerman features a swimming beach, food concessions, four picnic pavilions, picnicking, playgrounds, canoe/kayak and sailboat rentals, fishing, short hiking trails and two short water trails. $3/person, $5/person on the weekends. Rent a kayak with Ultimate Watersports — for an hour or the day! MORE

Kayak The Inner Harbor
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore & Baltimore City Recreation & Parks are offering Inner Harbor Kayaking Tours where participants will explore the Inner Harbor by kayak, getting a one-of-a-kind view of the City’s skyline, historic ships and restoration projects like Mr. Trash Wheel and the floating wetlands. Tours will be offered every Sunday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. through October. (For older kids). MORE

Bike + Tube the NCR Trail
The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface — perfect for strollers and bikes! Note: Children under 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Be sure to stop for ice cream at Monkton Station! Older kids will love a biking/tubing adventure. Monkton Bike can give your bike a tune-up if needed, too. MORE

Try the High Ropes Course
Designed for ages 5-9, the tree-level ropes course at Terrapin Aventures has 22 different fun elements that kids can walk, balance, swing, zip, and crawl through. The explorer’s rope course is right next to the Terrapin Towers, so the big kids (aka parents) can ‘play’ and always be in sight of their little ones. High flying fun! MORE

Chill Out at the Ice Arena
Nothing beats a little time on the ice when the day is really hot! Head to the Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena for their public skate sessions Mondays – Thursdays from 12 PM – 2 PM. Admission to public skating sessions is $4.00 and skate rental costs $2.00. MORE

Take a Swing at Golf
Pine Ridge Golf Course offers $10 Saturday clinics for kids ages 7-11 — intended for those new to the game! Weekly clinics are limited to the first twenty students who sign up for that time period. They’ll even provide clubs! MORE

Take a Dip
No pool membership? No worries! Baltimore City operates six large Park pools, 12 neighborhood pools, three indoor pools (limited Summer availability), and two splash pads. Admission is just $2 for Park pools and $1 at walk-to pools per two-hour session (you can get a summer pass for $30). Roosevelt Park, Patterson Park and Riverside Park pools all have wading pools, too! If you’re up for a bit of a drive, head to Chesapeake Beach Water Park (it’s about an hour). MORE

Pint-Sized Ninja Training
Take your mini to Urban Evolution for tiny ninja training! Preschoolers can get a feel for Parkour in a play- and story-based environment. Older kids (you know, those who are using your living room as their personal obstacle course) will love nano parkour. Serious ninjas? Well, they have a training program for them, too. MORE

Take a FloYo Class
B’More SUP offers an amazing stand-up paddle board yoga class that’s perfect for tweens and teens. FloYo Girl classes include a combination of land based yoga, SUP skills and FloYo. All classes begin with an introduction to paddling on the land followed by a group paddle to help everyone learn the foundations of SUP. Then be ready to challenge your core while putting your mind at ease with a 60-minute workout.  The focus of the classes is having FUN while using core stability to improve the overall functioning of the body and build a stronger more balanced physique. All paddling and fitness levels are welcome.  The first thing the Bug asked after we finished her class? “When can we come back?!” MORE

Scale New Heights with Earth Trex in Timonium
Kids ages 6-12 can participate in Earth Trex’s  Friday Nite Rox program (activities include vertical games, age appropriate basic skills instruction, and tons of climbing, all under the supervision of our qualified instructors. No experience is necessary). You could also book a family intro session or head to an open climb session and scale together! MORE

Roll Old School
Roller skating. It’s definitely (cool). Head to Sportsmans Hall, Hot Skates, or the new Liberty Skating Center for some four-wheel action. If you have a real skating enthusiast on your hands (or a tween who’s recently been binge watching Disney’s new Adventures in Babysitting), check out the Charm City Roller Girls during one of their home matches. 

Play Laser Tag
Take on your kids in a laser tag challenge (or get a group of their friends together and let them go at it!). Red Zone Adventure’s 6,000 square-foot multi-level futuristic haze-filled industrial cityscape is the perfect mini adventure. Zap your opponents with bright green lasers, protect your base and score points for you and your team.  But keep moving and find cover behind crates, walls and construction obstacles or else you’ll get zapped. Heart-pounding thrills for kids and adults alike! MORE

Sail the Harbor
The Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore has fun sailing classes and camps for all ages all summer long. Never been on the water and thinking about trying? Join them for their FREE public open house on July 15th to try sailing. They’ll assign 4 attendees plus a skipper to each boat. Anyone can explore the facilities but they ask all sailors to be at least 7 years old. If you have a child with special needs, take a look at their adaptive sailing optionsMORE

Try a Round of Foot Golf
Just like golf but kicking a soccer ball, the object is to kick the ball into a 21-inch diameter cup in the fewest number of kicks. Players tee off (or in this case KICK OFF) from a set of markers and play holes ranging from 50 to 200 yards. Like golf, there will be Par 3’s, Par 4’s and Par 5’s with scores kept on a scorecard. Head to McDaniel College and try out their 9 hole course! MORE

Get Social

Playdate Together with the JVC
Looking for a fun and gratifying family activity? Want to make a difference in the life of a senior? Geared towards families with young children (3 months – preschool), Playdate Together is a multi-generational interactive program that includes sing-alongs, books, and more at a senior facility. Playdate Together brightens the senior residents day. MORE

Family Fun Days at Power Plant Live
Kids will bounce, stretch and hula hoop into summer at Power Plant Live!’s FREE Family Fun Days. Bring the whole family and enjoy kid-friendly yoga, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, and plenty of crafts and games! Select Saturdays from 12 PM – 4 PM all summer long. MORE

Kick Back at a Summer Social
Summer Socials at West Shore Park are hands down the best way to kick off a summer weekend in the city! Family-friendly music (not kid music, but you won’t have to worry about anything NSFP — not safe for preschool). Great food. Kid fun. Amazing views at West Shore Park. Libations from Dooby’s. Super casual and laid back. After all, it’s summer, hon. Offered select Fridays. MORE

Center Plaza Play Dates
As residents and employees continue to pour into Baltimore, Downtown Partnership is working to make sure they have plenty of things to do outside. This play date series is for some of our youngest residents – because Downtown should be their playground. too Play dates are FREE and are located in Center Plaza, 110 W. Fayette Street in Charles Center. MORE

Hike with a Group
Connect with Hike it Baby and find a group of nature-loving parents and kids to hike with! Hike It Baby is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting families to nature with birth to school age children. There are currently groups in Baltimore, Bel Air, DC, Eastern Shore, and Prince Frederick. MORE

Foodie Fun for the Pint-Sized Crowd

Race Matchbox Cars at Play Cafe
Head to Play Cafe for snacks (they have a TV tray option for kids where they can fill each spot with kid-friendly foods!), a fabulous latte, and play in their super fun play space. Don’t miss Friday family dinner and movie nights. Or their SNOWBALLS! MORE

Maryland Ice Cream Trail
Maryland has nine dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream. Together, they make up the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Visit each creamery and get your trail passport stamped before September 23rd. MORE

Try at Lavender Snowball at Walthar Gardens
Visit the OLDEST snowball stand in Baltimore at Walthar Gardens! They have a large selection of flavors including many natural and seasonal offerings (yes — you heard us — LAVENDER!). Open daily 1-9 thru LaborDay. MORE

Explore the Baltimore Farmer’s Market with Chef Egg
The first Sunday of every month at the Baltimore Famers’ Market is Chef Egg Live: Farmers’ Market Family Classes from 9:30 to11am! Chef Egg will lead a group on a tour of the Market to talk to the farmers about what’s in season, bringing back a basket of fresh produce and a protein to the demo area. This will commence with a hands-on cooking class supported by Mission Thrive Summer graduates and students. Developed in 2013 as a collaboration between The Institute for Integrative Health and Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, Mission Thrive Summer provides hands-on experiences in farming, cooking, nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, job skills training, and leadership. Classes are $10 per person. MORE

Pick Your Own Organic Berries
Hybrodima Berry Farm in Baldwin is an organic berry farm that’s open for Pick-Your-Own fun on Wednesdays and Saturdays  (8AM to 3PM).  Berries are $5 per pound and organic lavender is $7 per bunch. Go in the morning and then spend the afternoon baking or making jam! MORE

Skee Ball and Pizza
Delicious pizza plus skee ball. SCORE! Johnny Rad’s has a a pizza to please everyone. From the naked (just cheese) to the Caprese (finished with a balsamic reduction) to the Vegan Templeton (no cheese at all!), your whole family will be splendidly satiated. Have a Skee Ball tournament while you wait for the pie — dramatically decreases your tantrum odds. MORE

4th Anniversary Party at The Charmery
Any day you get to swing by for a scoop at The Charmery is a good day. But their annual Anniversary party?  That’s an AMAZING day! The Charmery celebrates it’s 4th birthday on July 23rd with themed-based ice cream and fun activities! 12 PM – 10 PM. MORE

Snowballs at Summer Shack
It’s not a sno-cone, it’s a snowball! Stop by Summer Shack Snowballs in Lutherville for your favorite flavor (with marshmallow if you’re a true-blue Baltimorean!). The (cool)est thing about Summer Shack? It’s entirely run by kids. Draw on the fence, blow bubbles, and jump rope while you wait! MORE

Story Time Teas
Join (cool) progeny and The Corner Pantry for our Story Time Teas! Full tea service, craft, story time and surprises! MORE

Story Time Tea at The Corner Pantry - (cool) progeny

STEM Play + Exploration

Check Out The Lab
All summer long, The Lab at aMuse Toys offers fun for kids of all ages! Join them for open play, STEM opportunities, slime labs, play fun, and more. They even offer classes for adults. Because class is way more fun in a toy store (right?!?). Just be sure the kids bring their allowance to pick up a little something. You won’t get in and out of the store without it. MORE

Be a KLUTZ at Port Discovery
Stop acting silly? Not in this exhibit at Port Discovery! 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! MORE

Bubble Days at the Maryland Science Center
The sudsiest spectacle of the summer, Bubble Days, returns for its 12th year at the Maryland Science Center! Get ready for two days that are going to be bursting with fun. Make your own bubble wands and solution at their bubble factory, swim through a sea of bubbles, blow the biggest bubblegum bubble (winner takes home a prize!), and more fun that’s sure to bubble up as the day goes on. MORE

Evolution Engine at the B & O Railroad Museum
Evolution Engine, the B&O’s summertime STEM series, highlights the technological evolution of locomotives and the environmental evolutionary changes which impacted the lives of dinosaurs. Kids and adults, alike, can roam the evolution maze, discovering facts and truths about the extinction of dinosaurs and shift from steam engines to diesel engines. Sensory challenges include an excavation and rail design station, egg hunt races, face painting, waterworks zone, and more at the B&O’s backyard Pavilion. July 13 -16. MORE

Weekend Workers at The Baltimore Museum of Industry
It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. From building a roller coaster using simple household materials to learning how locks work by picking one, the Weekend Workers programs offer engaging activities for kids of all ages. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except as noted. Free with paid admission. MORE

Model Rockets, Space… the Maryland Frontier at NASA Goddard
Head to NASA Goddard Visitor’s Center to explore space in your own backyard! On July 16th, they’re celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing during the annual Apollo Contest. Attempt to land your model rocket on a “moon” target on the ground. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. The contest promotes interest in space sciences among area students. This event also includes a narrated demonstration launch of historic space vehicle models. MORE

Go Geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are currently 917 geocaches around Baltimore. You and the kids can create your own treasure hunt (and leave treasures for others to find, too)! MORE

Quintessential Charm City Fun

Join the Junior Orioles Dugout Club
For just $25, the Junior O’s Dugout Club offers 2 separate 6-game packages with discounted tickets for specific games and lots of O’s swag (sunglasses, hat, magazine subscription, and more) tucked in an Oriole’s messenger bag. Game day perks include discounted food, bounce houses, face painting, and more. An added benefit of the Dugout Club is that you can purchase tickets for other family members or friends to join for as little as $6 a ticket. MORE

Take a Circulator Adventure
For whatever reason, kids love riding the bus. Go on a free Charm City Circulator adventure and explore the city! MORE

Pets on Parade at AVAM
Dress your pet & strut your stuff. Animal fun at the American Visionary Art Museum on the 4th of July! (Or just take your kids to see this super fun event!). Animal prizes! Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best dog-gone parade in town! Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! MORE

Paddle the Inner Harbor
Scotland may have it’s ‘Nessie’ but only at the Inner Harbor will you spot a Chesapeake Bay ‘Chessie’ Monster. So often we forget to play tourist in our own city! Head to the Inner Harbor and rent a Chessie paddle boat for half an hour. Each boat holds four and a half hour rental costs $20. Proceeds benefit Living Classrooms (just an added bonus!). MORE

Ride Mini Trains at Leakin Park
The Chesapeake and Allegheny Steam Preservation Society has operated working model miniature trains in Leakin Park since 1983. The organization offers free rides for children and adults from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on the second Sunday of the months from April through November (weather permitting). Parking is available near the Eagle Drive entrance to the park, off of Windsor Mill Road. MORE

Explore the Odditorium
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is a unique and fun family attraction featuring more than 500 mind-boggling displays of rare, unusual and extraordinary oddities. Even if you’re been to one in another city, the artifacts in the Baltimore location are unique to that attraction! Explore more than 12,500 square-feet of  galleries like Weird Art, Toothpick City, Ripley’s Vault and an Egyptian Gallery, a new generation Mirror Maze, and a 4D Moving Theater.  MORE