Get the planner ready… Foodie festivals, backyard science, mud games, story time with the softies, and more. We have the MEGA FUN LIST of things to do with kids in Baltimore this August. 

45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore This August

Makernoon: Musical Instruments
August 1 | 3 PM – 4 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, Catonsville

Librarian-guided DIY sessions to cultivate inspiration, creativity and problem-solving skills in your child. Explore with an open mind and imaginative hands. All supplies provided. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Register in advance. MORE

Artistic Children’s Theatre Presents Lion King
August 1 – 3 | 7 PM | St. James Academy, Monkton

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

Tots @ 10: Under the Sea
August 3 | 10 AM | THE AVENUE at White Marsh

Learn all about amazing beach creatures, courtesy of the educational team at Under the Sea. Plus, families are encouraged to stick around for lunch and take advantage of special meal deals from participating eateries! Tots@10:00 will continue the first Thursday of each month through December. These fun-filled mornings are organized for children 5 and under… and the adults they bring with them. MORE

Chesapeake Bay Balloon and Wine Festival
August 4 and 5 | 12 PM – 9 PM | Triple Creek Winery, Cordova

A fun family mini-trip! Head to Triple Creek Winery for their annual Chesapeake Bay Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival! This year the Festival is expanding into a two day festival on Friday& Saturday August 4th and 5th. All activities will be aimed toward young children and those young at heart. Activities include handmade crafts, kids zone with activities and petting zoo, retail, food vendors and a selection of wonderful wines. MORE

Rainbow and Unicorn Drop-Off Event at The Creative Cow
August 4 | 1 PM – 3 PM | The Creative Cow, Forest Hill

Join The Creative Cow for their very first RAINBOW & UNICORN DROP OFF EVENT! Each child will be painting a ceramic unicorn, making a special rainbow/unicorn snack to share, and creating their own unique rainbow and unicorn-themed art! Ages 4-12. Register in advance. MORE

Monthly Family Dinner and a Movie Night at Play Cafe: Sing
August 4 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Play Cafe, Hampden

Join Play Cafe for their monthly family dinner and a movie night and social with Sing! Full menu available. BYOB. Normal $5 minimum applies. MORE

Fluid Movement Presents: Sharkespeare
August 4 – 6 | Times Vary | Patterson Park Pool

This summer, Shakespeare meets synchronized swimming in Fluid Movement’s annual water ballet “SHARKESPEARE,” August 4-6, at Patterson Park pool. Sharkespeare and his trusty assistant Shakesbear will herd their unruly crew of actors, swimmers, and ne’er-do- wells on- and off-stage at the Globe Theater Water Park and Renaissance Festival while trying to do justice to the great Bard’s work. MORE

Baltimore Orioles 5k Run/Walk for Casey Cares
August 5 | 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Camden Yards

Lace up your running shoes and join Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and Jill Davis for an incredible cause! The Casey Cares Foundation 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk takes place on Saturday, August 5th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in partnership with OriolesREACH. Proceeds of the event benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, which provides uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families. The chip-timed 3.1 mile run/walk begins and ends at Oriole Park. MORE

Baltimore Kids Catch!
August 5 | 9 AM – 1 PM | Canton Waterfront

Spend a day at Baltimore’s Canton Water Front Park. The day is a free fishing day for Baltimore’s youth. (Again, FREE KID FUN!) MORE

72nd Annual Hereford Jr. Farm Fair
August 5 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Maryland Farm Park, Cockeysville

The Hereford Junior Farm Fair is a free event featuring Indoor and Outdoor Agricultural and Home exhibitions by Baltimore County Youth. Come see alpacas move through an obstacle course, rabbits compete in a jumping contest, and other exciting agricultural displays and demonstrations. MORE

Drop In Art: Strike a Pose
Saturdays and Sundays in August | 10 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. This month’s theme is “STRIKE A POSE.” Be sure to visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. MORE

Family Fun Day at Power Plant LIVE
August 5 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Power Plant

Join Power Plant for a family-friendly afternoon! Kid Friendly Yoga Session, Pony Rides, Baltimore Hoop Love, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Kid Friendly Games and Crafts, Face Painting, Bubbles, hula hoops and MORE! Admission to event area is FREE! All- Day All Access Wristband is ONLY $5 (100% of the proceeds is donated to Volunteering Untapped) Tickets available at ticketfly.com or at the door. Wristband gives you unlimited access to Inflatable Obstacle Course, Pony Rides, and Face Painting. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Bean and Seed Painting
August 5 | 1 PM – 4 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

Inspired by “YUMMM” artist Jim Buhler, create a colorful collage using beans and seeds! Join AVAM for a for their hands-on, drop-in, art-making August workshop in the AVAM classroom! Their Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of their visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! $5/participant. No advance registration necessary. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. *Price does not include admission. MORE

Time to Read at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market
August 6 | 7:30 AM – 12 PM | Baltimore Farmers Market

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar will host a special event on the first Sunday of every month known as “First Sundays.” From April until the Market closes in December, market-goers can celebrate the first Sunday of the month with special guests, performances, cooking classes and giveaways. Join the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the National Aquarium at the “Time to Read” market on August 6th. MORE

Baltimore Plays: School House Rock
August 6 | 3 PM and 6:30 PM | Creative Alliance

A generation of American kids grew up singing the catchy tunes from “Schoolhouse Rock,” the smart animated series that taught us about government, history, science, multiplication tables and basic grammar through music. Led by Black Root and his exceptional backing band Black Root Underground, Baltimore artists will gather to sing their favorite Schoolhouse Rocks classic with their own B’more spin. Fun for the whole family! Two shows. MORE

Alpaca Encounters
August 8 | 4 PM – 6 PM | Maryland Farm Park

Come learn about these fascinating animals. During the program, participants will learn: The origins of Alpacas, Care for Alpacas, and Use of Alpacas. In addition, each participant will have an up-close and personal experience with an Alpaca, and create a craft to take home! MORE

Where the Wild Things Art – FOR KIDS!
August 9 | 5:30 PM – 8 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Join the Zoo for a wildly entertaining night of painting for kids with animal ambassador friends! Hosted by Painted Palette Baltimore, kids will get in touch with their creative (and wild) side as an artist guides them through re-creating the night’s featured painting step by step. By the end of the evening, they’ll be amazed at the animal artwork they have created! Registration: $35 per child (One adult is required to accompany each child, but the painting activity is for children only). MORE

Summer Social Featuring The New Romance & Cirque du Soleil OVO

August 11 | 5 PM – 8 PM | West Shore Park

Bring a blanket and enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening at West Shore Park for  Waterfront Partnership’s last Summer Social of the season on Friday, August 11! We partnered with Cirque du Soleil OVO to offer a unique event unlike any other! Cirque du Soleil OVO is taking over our August Summer Social with character standees, face painting, and ticket giveaways to one of their Baltimore shows! (cool) progeny will be there with Sand Art and Bracelet Making fun! MORE

Weekend Workers: Build an Air-Powered Paper Rocket
August 12 | 10 AM – 4 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. This weekend, build an air-powered paper rocket. FREE with paid admission. MORE

Littles’ Day – Tortoise & the Hare!
August 12 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Don’t miss a special Littles’ Day celebrating the Tortoise & the Hare! Enjoy an exciting Tortoise & the Hare themed performance from the Kindersinger, join an interactive cooking class with McCormick, Inc., and take part in more hands-on Tortoise & the Hare activities! MORE

45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore This August - (cool) progeny

Backyard Science Days
August 12 and 13 | 12 PM – 4 PM | The Maryland Science Center

Science doesn’t always happen in a laboratory—it can happen in your own backyard! Get up close and personal with some backyard science at the Maryland Science Center on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 during their Backyard Science Days! Get ready for a day of animal encounters and science activities! MORE

Weber’s Farm Peach Festival
August 12 and 13 | All Day | Weber’s Farm, Parkville

Pancake breakfasts, barnyard fun, arts and crafts, live music, peach treats, and more — a juicy fun celebration for the whole fam at Weber’s! MORE

Night at the Creamery Art Exhibit
August 12 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Prigel Family Creamery

Open invite to all! Prigel Creamery will have all kinds of artists and musicians displaying their work, face painting, and sidewalk chalk for the kiddos! Enjoy giveaways of grass fed beef, ice cream, and merchandise every hour! Bring a blanket and a picnic and stay awhile! No ticket purchase necessary! — Intersted in showcasing your work? Contact jen@prigelfamilycreamery.com to sign up! MORE

Sensory Morning at The Walters
August 13 | 9 AM – 11 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Join The Walters for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their entire family. They welcome program participants an hour before the museum opens, allowing families to enjoy activities during a quiet, less stimulating time. Educators from the Walters Art Museum and therapists from Kennedy Krieger Institute will be present for the event. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Construct See-Through Structures
August 13 | 2 PM – 5 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This Sunday, construct see-through structures. MORE

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build a Better World
August 13 | 2 PM – 3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, Reisterstown Branch

Turtle Dance Music presents this fun program designed to engage with children through songs, comedy, robots, technology and more. Play instruments, try out interactive music technology and dance along through the whole show. MORE

Family Day at The Painted Palette: Dragonflies
August 13 | 2 PM | The Painted Palette, Mt. Washington

Have a little Picasso in the making? Bring your little one to one of The Painted Palette’s Family Days held on specific Saturdays and Sundays each month! Family Days are special, family friendly sessions geared toward children age 8 and up! Parents are encouraged to paint alongside their child and share in the creative process. Smaller canvases sizes are available ($20) for the little ones. MORE

Beach Bound Rail Adventures at The B & O
August 14 – August 18 | 10 AM – 2 PM | B&O Railroad Museum

Celebrate summer at the B&O with Beach Bound Rail Adventures! Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities to keep kids entertained and engaged. Activities include story time, boat building, sand fun, Kinetic Run-through Water Garden, and MORE! MORE

Center Plaza Play Date: Sip & Play
August 15 | 5 PM – 6:30 PM | Center Plaza

DPOB’s August Center Plaza Play Date combines two seemingly disparate entities (alcohol and reptiles) but think you’ll agree they go together swimmingly while you’re sipping an apres-work cocktail and your child is gleefully holding something with scales courtesy of the capable folks at Fangs, Frogs & More. (They’ll also have other toys and games set up if your kid is a little more “indoorsy.”) MORE

Rainbow Fish Story Time Tea – a (cool) progeny event
August 16 | 3 PM & 4:30 PM | The Corner Pantry

Join us for our last summer Story Time with The Corner Pantry – – a Rainbow Fish Tea! Wear your favorite color and come for an hour of whimsical fun and afternoon tea. Imaginations will soar as we’re joined by Storybook Shari, who will be our special reader for this tea. Event includes full tea service for caregiver + child (it’s delicious!), story read-a-loud, reader meet-and-greet, and rainbow fish craft. MORE

Hot August Music Festival
August 19 | All Day | Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville

Think Hot August Music Festival is just for adults? Think again! Bring your own games, balls, freebie, bubbles, hula hoop, and beach balls to keep the kids entertained. And definitely stop by their Kids Corner — Tattered Hatters, Face Painting, drumming circles, harmonica making, yoga, percussion workshops, and more! Kids 12 and under admitted FREE with general admission. MORE

Hungry, Hungry Caterpillars
August 19 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville

Munch, munch, munch! Hear the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then, explore the park to find real live caterpillars! Families with children 2+ $2 per child (FREE for members) MORE

Storytime with The Softies
August 19 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Wee Chic, Lutherville

Wee Chic Boutique and Soft Side are teaming up for a Saturday afternoon that no sports fanatic, animal lover or kid will want to miss. There will be adoptable dogs from Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF), poster giveaways, activities for the little ones, photo ops and selfie stations, and all of it topped off by Storytime with Big Softies like Ryan Jensen of the Baltimore Ravens,William Vanzela of the Champion Baltimore Blast and 2x World Series Winning and shutout legend, AJ Burnett. You’ve seen them on the field, but you’ve never seen them like this as they bring Don’t Lick My Dog, Catawampus Cat and This Book Just Ate My Dog to life. Admission is free, but we do ask that you bring something from our wish list for Baltimore’s homeless cats and dogs. MORE

Family Nature Explorers at Ladew: Butterflies and Caterpillars
August 19 and 20 | Times Vary | Ladew Gardens

NEW FORMAT! No reservations required. Just drop in! Join Ladew at a different learning station in the Gardens or on the Nature Walk each month. The meadow and gardens are aflutter with butterflies everywhere. Come visit our native Butterfly House, explore the meadow, and learn about these beautiful creatures – from egg to butterfly – and the plants that their lives depend on. MORE

Feast of St. Gabriele
August 19 and 20 | All Day | Little Italy

Two-day street festival includes delicious Italian food, vino and Italian/domestic beer, booths packed with game wheels, souvenirs, books, and vendors, plus a Kids Area offering face painting, activities and games. Enjoy watching the annual Roma Sausage-eating contest onstage and take a selfie with the handsome Roman gladiators! There’s an indoor sit-down pasta dinner, indoor Bingo, and an exciting bocce tournament! MORE

Nature Fairy Exploration and House Design
August 20 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills

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). Register in advance. $25 members, $30 non-members. MORE

Sun Fun: Solar Eclipse
August 21 | 12 PM – 4 PM | The Maryland Science Center

The long awaited solar eclipse is here. With a narrow path of totality sweeping across the US on August 21, Baltimore observers have a chance to enjoy a partial solar eclipse. Join MSC staff on the rooftop to safely observe the Moon blocking as much as 80% of the Sun. The Science Center have a variety of safe solar views and sun themed activities to share, enjoy and take away. MORE

Wonderland Tea Party at Kiddie Crusoe
August 23 | 1 PM – 3 PM | Kiddie Crusoe, Timonium

Drop-off Tea Party for ages 4-12 to craft a one-of-a-kind hat, while mixing up some yummy party foods. No wonderland tea party would be complete without games, riddles, & hijinks. MORE

Cirque du Soleil OVO
August 23 –  24 | Times Vary | Royal Farms Arena

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.  Please check ticket website for showtimes. MORE

Stroller Safari: Mammals and Reptiles and Birds, Oh my

August 24 | 11 AM – 11:45 AM | The Maryland Zoo

Children ages 18 to 36 months are invited to the wildest story time in town. On a Stroller Safari, toddlers will: Hear animal-themed stories and/or songs Take a guided stroll in the Zoo Learn about the animal world. $5.00 per child, Pre-registration suggested. Fee does not include Zoo admission Note: Caregivers are expected to assist their registered child/children with program activities. In order to best serve participants, only registered children may participate in the programs. MORE

Crabby Canoe Trip at Marshy Point Nature Center
August 26 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Marshy Point Nature Center, Middle River

Male blue crabs travel to the Northern Bay. Join a Naturalist as you travel Marshy Point’s trap-line to unveil their secret lives. $7 per person. Advanced registration required. MORE

Family Fun Field Day 5K at Rash Field Inner Harbor
August 27 | 7:30 AM | Rash Field

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) wants you — and your kids — to get moving! They’ve launched a $5 5K series (yes, $5) that will take you and your adventurous family members around some of Charm City’s favorite parks. The next fam-friendly $5 5K doubles as a family fun field day at Rash Field! MORE

Mud Day
August 27 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Lake Roland

Get down and dirty exploring the world of mud! Lake Roland will have mud painting, mud sculptures, mud games, a muddy obstacle course, and of course – the very popular mud pit! Clean off by running through their sprinklers or get hosed off by the fire department. Wear clothes that can get wet/muddy! Parents: Please bring towels, and a change of clothes for your muddy participants! All ages, $5 per person ($3 members). MORE

DIY Slime Workshop
August 28 | 11 AM – 12 PM | Kiddie Crusoe

Learn about the chemistry of slime, while crafting your very own slime to take home. A variety of add-in options available to customize your slime. All ages! MORE

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom StoryPlay
August 29 | 9 AM – 11 AM | The Playroom, Harford

Friends ages 3-6 years can join Ms. Keri for this 2 hour Drop-Off musical adventure! Snack is included. Must pre-register. MORE