Looks like the quiet of late August has given way to the deluge of fun September opportunities. There are lots of great events (including one of our fav sales of the year!) happening this weekend that will keep you and kiddos busy. Pint-sized favorites Elmo and Jack Hanna are also making Charm City appearances!

Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing
When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air – and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out! Performances kick-off at the Lyric on Friday and run through Sunday. MORE INFO

Jack Hanna LIVE at Goucher
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to host one of wildlife’s biggest fans and supporters, “Jungle Jack” Hanna, director emeritus of The Columbus Zoo and host of “Into The Wild” and “Wild Countdown,” nationally syndicated television shows. Jack will be appearing on Friday, September 7, 2012, at 7:00 pm in the Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. Hanna’s “Into the Wild – LIVE” show, presented nationally by Nationwide Insurance, features many of his favorite animal friends, along with stories and footage from his wildlife adventure travels around the world. MORE INFO

Green Spring Racquet Club Open House
Interested in learning more about tennis for your mini-me or yourself? Head to GSRC’s Fall Open House on September 8th (9 AM – 3 PM) and 9th (10 AM – 2 PM). Tour the club, meet the instructors, meet Quicko (the GSRC mascot — maybe even play a round against him!), and meet the pint-sized pros of GSRC’s 14 and under advanced and intermediate USTA Junior Team Tennis teams. Both teams won sectionals and will play in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships in South Carolina this October. A small donation to their trip will earn you a bit of court time with the champs, too. Did we mention snacks? A GREAT family outing! MORE INFO

Silhouette Artist Erik Johnson at Wee Chic
Erik Johnson’s stunning silhouettes are cut, free-hand by looking at the child for an exact likeness. He is one of only a handful of artists in the country who still create silhouettes. Call 410.878.7400 to book your appointment. {It only takes 5 minutes!} MORE INFO

Middle Branch Waterfront Festival
Baltimore’s biggest waterfront festival brings awareness to the Healthy Harbor initiative with music, food and exciting land and water activities while raising funds for Reach High Baltimore rowing program.The festival will include A full day of fun, entertainment, land and water-based activities such as: kayaking, canoeing, learn-to-row opportunities, eco-tours in the Patapsco River, a 3K Fun Run/Walk, hands-on environmental activities, demonstrations, contests, games, kids’ fun zone and more! Saturday from 10AM – 6PM. MORE INFO

Grandparents Day Tea Party
Children and their grandparents are invited to spend the afternoon at THE REGGIE for an old fashioned tea party and create memorable paper dolls of each other while listening to the story Tanya’s Reunion by Valerie Flournoy. Tea and cookies will be served. This creative doll-making workshop is presented by Sherrie Robert Lumpkins of Ragbaby Dolls, Inc. Ages 6-10. Takes place on Saturday at 1:00 PM. MORE INFO

aMuse Toys Pre-Holiday Clearance Sale
Amazing deals on fantastic toys at Baltimore’s Best Toy Store! Up to 75% off! Hydrate, arrive early & bring your own bag. Don’t miss out. Last chance before the holidays to stock up! Quarry Lake location ONLY. Sunday from 9:0 AM – 2:00 PM. MORE INFO

FREE Mini-Train Rides at Leakin Park
The second Sunday of each month from April to November, the Chesapeake & Allegheny Steam Preservation Society provides mini train rides from 11:00am to 3:30pm. The rides are free and there are picnic tables nearby for those who wish to make a day of it. MORE INFO

Fossil Fun at Irvine
How do we know dinosaurs roamed the Earth? Fossilized bones buried in the earth’s crust! Dig for dinosaur bones, meet Irvine’s living dinosaur relatives and even make a “fossil” to take home! Ages 4 & up. Sunday from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. MORE INFO

Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival
The 39th Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival has hundreds of vendors, a Kid’s Corner, entertainment and great food. Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. MORE INFO


Image Credit: Jack Hanna, Into the Wild