Baltimore Family Friendly Events - April 12 - 14, 2013Rain, rain go away — there are so many reasons to get out this weekend and play! Milkshake’s hometown concert at Rams Head Live, Birdie Melodies with the BSO, mini train rides at Leakin Park, Tea with Felicity and MORE. There is absolutely no reason to stay home! Here are our picks for kid-friendly Baltimore events this weekend:

Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair
The Johns Hopkins University is proud to present the 42nd annual SPRING FAIR! This year, they are striving to create and put on the most outstanding event in the Fair’s illustrious history. Enjoy over 30 food vendors, a critically-acclaimed children’s play area, community marketplace, weekend-long music festival, beer garden and MORE. Friday through Sunday. MORE INFORMATION

Birdie Melodies with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Dance, sing, listen and play with birdie melodies played by flute, violin, viola and cello players from the BSO. Throughout the thirty-minutes, children and their families will engage with cuckoo, robin, and duck sounds along with music by Haydn, Mozart and more in this interactive concert. Showtimes are Saturday April 13 at 10:00am and 11:30am. MORE INFORMATION

(cool) progeny Earth Day Play Date at Gilman School
Join (cool) progeny at Gilman School for a morning of FREE Earth Day fun on Saturday, April 13th! Make your own earth, listen to stories and sing “earth-y” songs, make an earth-friendly snack, create a mosaic from seeds, design a bouquet of flowers, play a game of I SPY and more! There will be plenty of time to play and explore Gilman’s indoor and outdoor play spaces, too. Plus, everyone will leave with a little earth day goodie bag. It’s an art, music, literacy, math and science edventure all wrapped up into one fam-friendly morning! MORE INFORMATION

Appalachian Spring Festival Family Day at Baltimore School of the Arts
Join Baltimore School for the Arts this week for one or more of our premiere events centered on the iconic ballet Appalachian Spring by Martha Graham, Aaron Copland & Isamu Noguchi, and the children’s book, Ballet for Martha. Musicians, dancers, stage designers, actors and visual artists are preparing an exciting program with something for everyone including the first-ever production of Appalachian Spring by a high school! Professionals from the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance are working with dancers and musicians to prepare for the ballet. On Saturday, enjoy the ballet preceded by activities for children including: creative movement and modern dance; learning to play or sing Simple Gifts; storytelling; book-making; and a scavenger hunt. A coloring book created by BSA students will be a gift for all guests! The Ivy Bookshop will join us with copies of Ballet for Martha for sale. Showtimes are at 11 AM and 3 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Victorian Family Festival at the Walters
Stroll through Baltimore’s cobblestone streets as we experience life in the 19th century. Sit on a stoop and have a conversation with your Victorian neighbors and open the newspaper to read all about riding the rails and sailing on steamships. Share your stories using a printing press and send a secret message using morse code. Create and play 19th century parlor games from the past, hop into our early childhood area to meet Peter Rabbit and enjoy captivating performances all day long. Strap on your suspenders as we create Victorian art together! High School students who participated in New Eyes on America: Student Response will be honored. Visit the special exhibition, New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville, for FREE on Saturday! 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Art and Story Hour at the REGGIE
Featuring Uptown by Bryan Collier. Enjoy a story about a young boy who lives in Harlem and loves his neighborhood. Following the story, children will create collages that illustrate their own stories about the places where they live. In conjunction with Defining Moments. Ages 6-10. Saturday at 1 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Fairy Tale Festival at Roland Park Library
Act out a favorite fairy tale, make regal crafts and practice royal manners at the Roland Park Library on Saturday at 1 PM! Part of the MONTH LONG fairy tale festivities at Enoch Pratt Library branches. MORE INFORMATION

YELP Culture Club at Geppi’s Museum and the Babe Ruth Museum
YELP is sponsoring two great fam-friendly opportunities on Saturday afternoon: a private pop culture tour at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and fam-friendly tour at the Babe Ruth Museum.

DBFA Playground Crawl
Looking for new spots for family fun? Join the DBFA playground crawl! Every Sunday from April 7 through Memorial Day weekend, they’ll travel around town to some of our favorite parks. Parents can gather to drink coffee, soak up the morning sunshine, meet other parents, and compare notes on the best summer activities-all while the kids explore a new playground. This weekend the crawl stops at Pierce’s Park. Meet from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. MORE INFORMATION

American Girl Tea Time at Mount Clare House
Have tea with Felicity! Head to the Mount Clare Stable on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2pm for tea time with American Girl Felicity Merriman. During 1774 Felicity is learning to become a proper gentlewoman while maintaining her independent spirit. Learn about her life in Williamsburg, Virginia on the eve of the American Revolution. Guest will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and also make a historic craft inspired by the adventures of Felicity. Bring your mom, dad, grandparent or your friend and have fun with your favorite doll. MORE INFORMATION

Mini Train Rides at Leakin Park
First train ride of 2013! All ages can take a free ride on our one-eighth scale steam and diesel-powered trains on a 3500 foot loop around the park on the Second Sunday of the month from April thru November. Parking lot is available and there are other activities in the park. Ride the trains from 11 AM – 3:30 PM. MORE INFORMATION

MILKSHAKE at Rams Head Live
Baltimore’s beloved kindie band Milkshake will celebrate the release of their fifth studio CD, Got a Minute?, with an all-ages show at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Rams Head Live! They’re planning an old-fashioned, down-home, good-times party for the whole family. In addition to plenty of great music, before the concert we’ll have a big screen on stage to show cartoons and Milkshake videos, and there’ll be a face painter, a balloon artist, and crafts for the kids, along with treats for everyone! Head to Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden (in Power Plant!) for family-friendly lunch specials that day ($6 for kids’ meals, $3 Leinenkugels and 15% off food for adults!). Best place to park? There’s $3 all day parking at the garage on Bank and Central – a quick walk or you can jump on the Charm City Circulator orange line which will take you to Power Plant Live. MORE INFORMATION

And then on Monday…

Scary Mommy’s Family-Friendly Book Launch Party
You’re invited to her fam-friendly FREE book launch party at Charm City Kids Club on April 15th from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Face painting, Milkshake, fun in the play town, breakfast from Quaker Perfect Portions… plus prizes and fab company! So head to CCKC to let the kids play while you catch up with other local scary mommies. Stash some of that tax refund and nab a copy of Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies) while you’re there. The first 50 people who purchase the book will nab a fab Scary Mommy swag bag featuring fav local Baltimore businesses. {Don’t worry- if you pre-purchased your book or grabbed it off Amazon, you can still bring that with you to have it signed!} FIND OUT MORE