Baltimore Family Events - March 16-18, 2013

It may be the last “official” weekend of winter 2013, but there are plenty of ways to get rid of that spring fever your kids (ok, and you, too) may be feeling! Break out the bikes, head to the zoo for cake and seedlings, pick up a new-to-the-kids book, nosh on fab marshmallow bars and cocoa, celebrate Harriet Tubman and MORE! Here are our picks for kid-friendly events in Baltimore this weekend:

Bike Maryland Bike Rodeo at Port Discovery
Join Port Discovery today for the Bike Maryland Bike Rodeo where kids can learn how and why they need to wear a helmet; learn how to conduct an ABC spin check (air, brakes, chain, and spin the tire to make sure it’s on properly); and ride a bike through a short safety obstacle course. Sessions take place at 4:15 pm, 5:15 pm, and 6:15 pm. Bike Maryland will be giving away free helmets to participants while supplies last. All participants must be able to ride a bike and wear a helmet. Children who cannot ride a bike may still participate in the safety learning portion of the rodeo. Ages 5-15. MORE INFORMATION

Smith College Used Book Sale
There are over 40,000 used books for sale at the 55th Annual Smith College Used Book Sale — as well as CDs, DVDs, LPs, sheet music, and ephemera. The sale takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland Fairgrounds. Sunday is HALF PRICE from 12 to 5 p.m.; closed 5-6 p.m.; All-You-Can-Carry 6-8 p.m. ($5 per armload/$2 additional armloads). MORE INFORMATION

Exclusive Book Signing at The Mallow Bar
Kathy Patterson will be signing her book “The Food Lover’s Guide to Baltimore” from 6-8pm at The Mallow Bar (Baltimore’s only Rice Crispy Treat cafe!) tonight. Stop by the event and receive FREE hot chocolate shots during the signing plus 10% OFF any cafe purchase including the book pre-order. MORE INFORMATION

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Head to the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Saturday morning for Egg-stra special Easter fun! Participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, enjoy continental breakfast, a holiday movie and take a picture with the Easter Bunny! (be sure to bring your own camera) Thereafter, tour the museum! MORE INFORMATION

Zoo Bloom Festival
The Zoo is celebrating the return of spring with a Zoo Bloom Festival on Saturday. Think spring and join us for a yummy piece of cake provided by Charm City Cakes*, free face painting for the kids, free Maryland native tree seedlings*, and photo opportunities with Animal Ambassadors and the Zoo’s favorite penguin mascot, Sphen! (*Cake and seedlings are available while supplies last.) Roam the Zoo where the animals will receive Spring-themed treats as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities. Animal enrichment activities will take place from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm. MORE INFORMATION

Inner Harbor Family Bike Party
The Baltimore Family Bike Party is a safe and fun bike ride for kids and families inspired by Kidical Mass and the Baltimore Bike Party. Rides are short and comfortable for young children on two-wheeled bikes (sorry, no training wheels on this ride) or adults with children in trailers or bike seats. Join them on Saturday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM for an Inner Harbor bike adventure! It’s s their best ride yet for novice riders of all ages with no hills and a separated bike path. MORE INFORMATION

Celebrate Harriet Tubman at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Celebrate Harriet Tubman’s life and learn of her courageous acts through storytelling, music and art with Culture Kingdom Kids at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Children will learn how Tubman communicated secret messages on the Underground Railroad, and will also create a quilt block to honor this Maryland hero. Saturday at 1:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Pumpkin Theatre Presents Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
This Saturday and Sunday, Follow the yellow brick road to Pumpkin Theatre for this classic tale of Dorothy and her adventures in the land of Oz with her new friends the Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man. Shows are at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Downtown Baltimore JCC Grand Opening! Bagels and Babies
Come visit the DBJCC in Federal Hill for the start of GRAND OPENING week on Sunday! Meagan Klipstein, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, will be answering your questions during breakfast from 9:30am – 11:00am. Open Play continues until 12:30pm. The Parenting Center at the DBJCC features playrooms and classes for children 5 and under. Indoor stroller parking is available. MORE INFORMATION

A Baby Affair
If you’re up for a little drive.. Imagine a collection of Washington D.Cs best resources for new moms and moms-to-be, brought together through a carefully curated collection, in an intimate setting, with the modern, discerning and savvy mom in mind. A collection uniting national luxury brands with local gems – top celebrity experts with trend-setting vendors for a day full of solutions, surprises and a celebration of Mommyhood … That is A Baby Affair. From the producers of A Chic Affair, the hugely successful luxury consumer event for the bridal markets in Washington, D.C, San Francisco, CA and Charleston, SC comes a very special delivery –, the contouring of this hit concept for the D.C Parents-to-be! Sunday from 11 AM – 3 PM. MORE INFORMATION


Image Credit: Maryland Zoo