Nebulas, kitchen math, Bob the Builder, dinosaurs, firefly walks and MORE. Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the kiddos busy this week!

things to do with kids in baltimore this week: july 10-15

Monday

Make a Nebula in a Jar
3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Owings Mills 

Head to the Owings Mills Branch of Baltimore County Public Library to make a Nebula in a Jar using jars, cotton balls, glitter and food coloring. Space is limited. Tickets available 30 minutes before program on the third floor. Children under 8 with an adult. MORE

Summer STEM: Fruit Volcanoes
3 PM | Enoch Pratt Library | Waverly

Learn about volcanoes and chemical reactions by making your own out of apples and lemons.  MORE

Tuesday

National Aquarium’s Student Play and Animal Encounter
11 AM – 12 PM | Enoch Pratt Library | Canton Branch

The National Aquarium’s Aquarium on Wheels program (AOW) is proud to present this year’s student play, “Justice for the Chesapeake Bay.” Learn about our local ecosystem through a performance, an animal encounter, and interactive games and activities. The AOW Summer Play Series is proudly supported by T. Rowe Price. Ages 3- 9+. MORE

Math in the Kitchen
11 AM – 1 PM  | Chesapeake Children’s Museum | Annapolis

Discover the wonders of math and how it works in each meal we cook! Learn how to follow and calculate a healthy recipe. Open to ages 7-9 from 11 am to 1 pm. $10 per child. MORE

Broadway Live
6 PM – 7 PM | The Motor House | Baltimore

Act 1 of Broadway Live is an after-school open mic for Baltimore youth and families to be creative, make new friends, and learn about Broadway from Pros. Enjoy the Open mic or take the stage to perform songs, dance numbers, and scenes from their favorite Broadway shows. Parents and youth will gain valuable feedback from industry professionals to build confidence. Broadway veteran CJay Philip brings lots of laughs and light hearted fun to this monthly musical theater meet up! MORE

Bob the Builder Party
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Parkville

Can we build it? Yes we can! Grab your tool belt and hardhat as we celebrate Bob, Wendy, Leo and their team of machines at a family-friendly Bob the Builder party with stories, songs and a craft. Dress-up encouraged. MORE

Wednesday

Preschool Program at Holt Center for the Arts
11 AM | Holt Center for the Arts | Baltimore

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

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.
11 AM | Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre’s Court Jesters Young Peoples’ Theatre | CCBC – Essex

Join Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre’s Court Jesters Young Peoples’ Theatre for “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.” based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture. Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. – July 11, 12, and 13; 1 p.m. – July 8, 9, and 15; 4 p.m. – July 15, and 7 p.m. – July 7, 14 in the Administration Building Lecture Hall, CCBC Essex. MORE

Rhythms and Reels: SING! at Rawlings Conservatory
5:30 PM | Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens | Druid Hill Park

As part of BCPS’s #RhythmsandReels series, please join them at Movies at the Market, featuring Sing! Movie Starts at Dusk. PLEASE NOTE: It must be dark outside for the projector to show the movie. Please arrive no later than 8 p.m. to ensure you don’t miss the movie! MORE

Firefly Walk
7 PM – 8:30 PM | Cylburn Arboretum | Baltimore

Cylburn Arboretum is very lucky to be joined again by Dr. Abner Lall for an educational talk and walk through Cylburn’s grounds to explore the magic of fireflies. For the last five years Dr. Lall has been leading firefly walks at Cylburn. Meet at the Vollmer Center for a brief talk before the walk. Free with suggested donation of $5. Please RSVP. Families Welcome. MORE

Thursday

Shoots and Letters: Chesapeake Bay
10 AM – 11 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center | Cockeysville

Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots at Oregon Ridge.  This week’s theme is Chesapeake Bay. Stories, crafts and adventures are all a part of the fun! $2/child, ages 3+. Drop in program. No registration required. MORE

Fairy Tale Engineering: The Three Little Pigs
1 PM – 2:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Towson

Become a fairytale engineer! Using STEM principles, you’ll be challenged to create a happily ever after for a character. Sponsored by the Friends of the Towson Library. Register in advance. MORE

Nature Weaving at Walther Gardens
6:30 PM | Walther Gardens | Waltherson

Take a mindful stroll around Walther Gardens and use the senses to take in your surroundings. Feel free to collect some items from the landscape and then head back to the classroom to create weavings on handmade tree branch looms. A variety of natural and manmade materials will be provided. Combine them with your found items to create artistic weavings based on your landscape. For adults and children 9 and up. Purchase tickets in advance. MORE

Friday

Pirate Story Time
9 AM | Urban Pirates | Fells Point

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 them all summer long!  Arrive early because there is limited space available on a first-come, first-serve basis. MORE

Evolution Engine at the B & O Railroad Museum
10 AM – 3 PM | B & O Railroad Museum | Baltimore

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. MORE

Slime Time at aMuse Toys
1 PM | aMuse Toys | Quarry Lake

Not really keen on the idea of making slime at YOUR house? Drop the kids off for this 35 minute class in #theLab. The kids will get to make their version of either Unicorn Poop or Monster Snot, and take it home in a glass jar of their own design. Ages 6 and up. Make sure they war clothes they can get messy! MORE