Movie nights, art fun, touch-a-truck, family days, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for family fun in Charm City this weekend.

Can’t wait to see all of you at our Jelly and Jam Play Date with Big Barn Puppets on Saturday morning!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, October 6-8

Family Movie Night with The Nightmare Before Christmas
Friday, October 6 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Play Cafe

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

Dragons Love Tacos
Friday, October 6 | 7 PM | Harford Community College

The newest musical collection of favorite children’s books: Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, The Dot by Peter Reynolds, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman. Recommended for grades K-5. This show is part of the BGE Family Series. MORE

Great Scale Model Train and Railroad Collectors Show
Saturday, October 7, 9 AM  – 5 PM | Sunday, October 8, 10 AM – 4 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds

Take a magical excursion into miniature worlds which show life as it was, as it is, or as it could be. Fantastical, exquisite layouts built by skilled modelers will transport you to times and places you’ll enjoy and remember. An ideal outing for families, individuals or couples looking for a unique and memorable diversion. Youngsters will enjoy the supervised Thomas-themed play area while adults tour thousands of square feet of captivating vignettes in the mid-Atlantic’s largest scale train show. MORE

Jelly and Jam: A Preschool Play Date Featuring Zoo In My Room
Saturday, October 7 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM |  Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center

Celebrate fall 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 at Henderson Hopkins in East Baltimore. Join us for java (for the adults. of course!), pint-sized friendly snacks, crafts, musical fun, and play! This October, we’ll be joined by Maryland’s favorite barnyard pupped show — Zoo in My Room by Big Barn Puppets!  MORE

Art Kids: Faces & Feelings
Saturday, October 7 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Learning is fun at the Walters for children 3–5 years old and their favorite adults. You and your child will use all of your senses during this hands-on experience that combines a story, gallery tour, and art making activity. Members are Free, Non-Members $5 MORE

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Saturday, October 7  – Sunday, October 8 | 10 AM – 7 PM | Crownsville Fairgrounds

Embark on some olde time fun at the fictional 16th-century village of Revel Grove with royal court events, theatrical performances and street acts, jousting matches, and food fit for a king. Tickets $10-40. Children 6 and under free. MORE

Maryland Sunrise Farm Curious George Maze
Saturday, October 7, 10 AM – 6:30 PM | Sunday, October 8, 11 AM – 6:30 PM | Gambrills

Get lost in 8+ acres of a former Naval Academy Farm! Take the long version or the short one then stay & play on the farm all day! There’s pedal carts, farm bowling, a corn box, a hay bale jump, a hay maze, a tire/sand area, sling shots, food trucks, kettle corn, giant log house building, a play house, a petting zoo, a cow train, pony rides, live animal shows, a puppet show, princess visits, face painting, rage cage soccer, pumpkins, a hayride, horse drawn carriage rides & more! MORE

Pride of Baltimore II Deck Tours
Saturday, October 7 | 10 AM – 2 PM, 3 PM – 5 PM | Constellation Pier

Come aboard Pride of Baltimore II! Explore the deck, speak with the captain and crew, and learn about the history of Baltimore Clippers. Pride II is not accessible to those with disabilities. Please contact Pride staff before the event if you have any mobility restrictions. Dates and times for day sails are subject to change with short notice. MORE

Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This Weekend - (cool) progeny

Touch-A-Truck
Saturday, October 7 | 11 AM – 12 PM |  Covenant of Grace Church

Join Covenant of Grace Church for a free family event! An opportunity to see trucks and other vehicles up close! Dump truck, tractor trailer, emergency equipment, moving van, tow truck, and many more! There is no admittance fee, but they ask you consider a donation of non-perishable food for our local community crisis center. MORE

Woodlawn Birthday Celebration
Saturday, October 7 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Woodlawn

Celebrate the Woodlawn Branch’s 40 years of library service in the community (1977-2017). Children are invited to Professor Mike’s Magic and Science Show, where they will enjoy a fun combination of science demonstrations with magic, juggling and comedy. Directly following Professor Mike’s show, branch staff will kick off a party with face painting, crafts, birthday cake and an appearance by mascot Sneaks the Cat. MORE

Honey Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 | 11 AM –  4 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Bee lovers and beekeepers are headed to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center for the celebration of the Honey Harvest Festival. Members of the Central Maryland Beekeepers Association will kick off the festivities on Saturday with hive demonstrations, beeswax candle dipping, and mead (honey wine) making. Children’s activities include face painting, puppet shows, and animal encounters. Food and drink will be sold. MORE

51st Fell’s Point Fun Festival
Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 | 11 AM –  8 PM | Fells Point Main Street

Over the years, the Fell’s Point Fun Festival has attracted and entertained hundreds of thousands of attendees from all over the region, while remaining a local favorite and one of Baltimore’s defining neighborhood events. The 2017 Fun Fest will be a fresh take on this classic event, bringing a renewed focus back on the local artists, restaurants, and businesses that make Fell’s Point one-of-a-kind…a true celebration of all things Fell’s Point! MORE

Jacob Lawrence Family Day
Saturday, October 7 | 12 PM – 4 PM |  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Enjoy family fun exploring the art prints of renowned storyteller painter Jacob Lawrence. Create a carpentry project with Little Builders and then make your own inspired Jacob Lawrence art involving printmaking and collage with Towson State art students. Explore the art gallery with an interactive scavenger hunt and storytelling performances on Play by griot Dianne Macklin. See dance and theatrical interpretations on Lawrence’s works involving black heroes and community by Dance Baltimore and Theatre Morgan. Admission is FREE for children and youth! MORE

Parent Child Series – Cooking Classic Kid’s Favorites
Saturday, October 7 | 12 PM – 3 PM |  Schola

There are some iconic dishes that define childhood cuisine…the chicken finger, the tater tot and mac & cheese. Unfortunately, in the busy lives we live today, these dishes are often prepared from frozen versions, cooked in a microwave. Join Schola as they make those classics from scratch, using only fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. And, to make this lunch complete, they’ll bake a few cookies and spin some fresh ice cream for ice cream cookie sandwiches. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Imagination Portraits
Saturday, October 7 | 1 PM – 4 PM |  American Visionary Art Museum

A classic AVAM workshop! Create a face on a paintbrush inspired by the one and only Mr. Imagination! 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

The Great Food Truck And Treat Festival
Sunday, October 8 | 10 AM – 3 PM |  Howard County Fairgrounds

Fall is in the air….and so is the excitement of Halloween costumes and “Truck or Treating!” With that said…we are bringing our “Food Truck & Treat” Food Truck Festival to the amazingly spacious Howard County Fairgrounds! Families of all ages will enjoy delicious cuisine from the DMV’s BEST food trucks! Children ages 10 and under will enjoy dressing up and “truck or treating” with our vendors in the “Truck & Treat Alley!” **Food Truck & Treat is a private VIP… MORE

MD SPCA Local Love
Sunday, October 8 | 11 AM – 4 PM | White Marsh Mall

Join the Maryland SPCA for a Humane Education event outside of White Marsh Mall. Local Love is all about inspiring compassion for animals and is packed full with activities for people of all ages. Get ready to indulge in the opportunity to meet our special guests, Miranda Mittleman, a local children’s author, as well as our Humane Educator Doggie ambassador, Lucy. Our meet and greets are from 12–1 p.m inside of Project Adopt. This is a family-friendly event and admission… MORE

Signs of the Season
Sunday, October 8 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Hike the trails at Irvine Nature Center and pick up some basic sign language too. Using signs for things, parents and children will take a nature walk and learn about the beautiful season. Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members MORE

Haunted Heritage: Costumes & Stories & Ghosts (Oh My!)
Sunday, October 8 | 1 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Historical Society

An afternoon of art-making, costumes, a scavenger hunt and story telling. Learn about Maryland’s haunted history on this Halloween themed event. Families will examine Edgar Allen Poe’s relationship with Maryland & read his works as well as explore period clothing styles that may inspire their own creativity! Museum admission is FREE for Family Day. Pre-registration encouraged. For more information on this program & our other NEW Youth & Family Programs, call 410.685.3750 x343 or visit: www.mdhs.org/education/family-programs MORE

Family Day at the Farm
Sunday, October 8 | 2 PM – 5 PM | Clark’s Elioak Farm

Join Northwestern Mutual for a day of fun at the farm benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research! Tickets include admission to the farm and a hayride, plus a pony ride and a pumpkin for each child in your party! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. In addition to what is included with your ticket,they will have raffles and a silent auction. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. MORE