What do mud, star gazing, Sons of Pirates and baseball cards have in common? They’re all our picks for weekend family fun in and around Baltimore this weekend! Throw in a tag sale, pint-sized olympic competition and an opossum… well, that’s the making of a great fam-friendly weekend. Check out our calendar for a more complete list.

Once Upon a Star Hike & Campfire at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Enjoy a night under the stars and hear some starry stories before ending the night with a campfire. $4 per person, $3 for members. Friday at 8:00 PM. MORE INFO

First Friday in Hampden
On the first Friday of every month, the charming Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden welcomes the community with late-night shopping, drink specials and cheap eats. Up and down The Avenue (36th St.) businesses are open late, so shoppers can sample the best Hampden has to offer. MORE INFO

Sons of Pirates, LIVE at Summer Sounds at Belvedere Square
the ever-popular Friday night outdoor concert series.  Enjoy gourmet food and drinks from the restaurants and market at Belvedere Square all while listening to the sounds of summer through some of Baltimore’s hottest bands!  This summer East Belvedere Ave. between the 500 and 600 blocks will be closed for this event from 6 PM to 9 PM.  Please use alternative entrance off Clear Spring from Northern Parkway. This Friday they are featuring the classic rock band, Sons of Pirates. MORE INFO 

National Sports Collectors Convention
Have a baseball card fanatic in your house? Head to the National Sports Collector’s Convention at the Convention Center all weekend. Be sure to check the line-up and bring your baseball cards — some of your fav athletes (many former O’s!) will be onsite autographing. Now through Sunday. MORE INFO 

The Wise Penny Tag Sale
Join The Junior League of Baltimore for the Wise Penny Tag Sale this Saturday. Great prices on small furnishings, outdoor furniture, kitchen items, home decor and more. All proceeds benefit The Junior League and their work in the Baltimore community. Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4 :00 PM. MORE INFO 

KERPLUNK at the Creative Alliance
Open to families and kids of all ages! Refresh yourself by creating art in a comfy environment.  Tour gallery exhibits and create artwork in response. Engaging art teachers lead projects and are there to assist. Whether you come for a quick visit or an entire afternoon stay, they’ll be ready with materials and encouragement.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.  Saturday from 12 noon – 3:00 PM. MORE INFO

Go for the GOLD at the National Children’s Museum
Up for a mini-road trip to DC this weekend? Head to the National Children’s Museum in National Harbor and join Olympic athlete and local resident Tiombé Hurd and GO FOR THE GOLD. This pint-sizer friendly Olympic-style program encourages children to put their athletic and academic abilities to the test with hurdles, long jumps, obstacle courses, geography challenges and more. Saturday from 1 PM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

Mud Day at Robert E. Lee Park
Learn the lost art of mud pie making, but also get down and dirty with mud painting, mud sculpture, mud games and more. Participants can clean off by running through the sprinklers or possibly getting hosed off by the fire department! Wear clothes to get wet and dirty in. All ages! Saturday from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFO 

O is for Opposum
Have you met one of the newest members of Irvine’s naturalist staff yet? Come meet her, learn what makes opossums unique, and play dead!  Sunday at 10:00 AM. Free for members, $10 for non-members. MORE INFO

Super Sundays at The BMI
Beat the heat and watch vintage cartoons and fun movies with free popcorn from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Included with museum admission. MORE INFO


Image courtesy of the Creative Alliance’s Website