Happy Spring! Need a reason to get out of the house this weekend? Check out Farm Day and Sheep Shearing at the Zoo, Empty Bowls at fairgrounds, QuestFest Community Showcase at the Creative Alliance, Seussical the Musical with Reisterstown Theatre Company, American Girl Tea, Family Days at the Cherry Blossom Festivalm and more! Here are our picks for (cool) Baltimore family events this weekend.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tales and Tails Story Time at Irvine Nature Center
Join Irvine Nature Center for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet! They have this award-winning program every Friday at 10 AM. Get an up-close and hands-on experience with Irvine’s animals. All ages. No need to register–just show up! Get here early to get the best seats, since this program often has quite a crowd. Named Best Story Time in Maryland!

$2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery
Head to Port Discovery on the third Friday of every month for a $2 Family Fun Night! General admission is only two dollars per person from 4 pm – 8 pm at the door.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Farm Day and Sheep Shearing at The Maryland Zoo
Come have a barn good time!  Join us for the Zoo’s annual Farm Awareness Day Saturday, March 22nd from 10am-4pm.  It’s your chance to learn all about life on the farm and take part in special educational activities and keeper chats.  Plus, don’t miss sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations.  We’ll even have special live entertainment in the Zoo’s train plaza. Go wild with the goats, the sheep, the donkeys and more!  Hope to see you down on the farm!

Green Prix Car Competition at The Maryland Science Center
Design, build and test your car in our Green Prix race! We provide the free car kit, instructions, tips, and race day – you take care of the rest. But there’s a catch – it’s a Green Prix – cars must be powered by an alternate energy source like solar, wind, electric, hydro, etc. Saturday at 12:00 PM.

Empty Bowls Baltimore 2014
Empty Bowls is St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore’s signature event that raises funds, friends and awareness of our work to serve those who are hungry and homeless in our community. Taste soups from Baltimore’s finest restaurants. Select from hundreds of handcrafted ceramic bowls. Browse an array of silent auction items. Experience entertainment and fun for the entire family, including face painting, crafts, and a soup competition. Enjoy our famous ‘Wine and Dine’ and other exciting raffles. Two seatings: lunch and dinner.

Visionary Environments Workshop
Inclusive workshop for students with disabilities & their families at the American Visionary Art Museum. Come experience the museum on a deeper level at this FREE, one-day workshop for students with disabilities and their families. We will begin with a guided tour through the museum as participants learn about the lives and work of our visionary artists, then proceed to the classroom for a hands-on experience as you explore new materials and develop visionary creations of your own! All participants must be age 6 or older. Saturday at 1 PM.

Tea with American Girl Felicity
Head to the Mount Clare Stable on Sunday, March 22, 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!

QuestFest Community Showcase
QuestFest visual storytelling performances featuring our own Open Minds, Communities for All Ages, and Baltimore Medical System community members with Creative Alliance teachers Joseph Faura and Lisa Krause. Stories told through movement and gesture by students from Friendship Academy, Gwynn’s Falls Elementary, and Maryland School for the Deaf. Reception to follow. 3pm. FREE!

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Free Family Sundays at the BMA
The BMA is the place to be for free family fun! Every Sunday at 2 p.m., enjoy different activities—sketching tours, hands-on workshops, gallery tours, and more—designed just for families. Look for Henri Matisse’s dog Raoudi (pronounced “rowdy”), the BMA’s guide for family art adventures. This perky schnauzer from the much-loved painting Interior with Dog will be popping up all over the Museum. Wherever you find him, you’ll know that fun for the whole family will soon follow! This Sunday, create Sea God and Goddesses Puppets.

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All Weekend Long

National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days
Join the National Building Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival® for two days of hands-on activities and dynamic performances, all part of the 9th annual celebration honoring the gift of trees. Compete in a friendly Dance, Dance Revolution competition Grow a balloon-flower garden Decorate a Cha-shitsu tea house Design your own Japanese garden Produce a cherry blossom tree from popcorn Enjoy performances led by Nen Daiko taiko drummers, Capitol Movement dancers, Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, and youth arts groups from across the country. Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM – 4 PM.

Drop in Art: Read and Grow
Open a book and spread your leaves! Discover new ways of folding paper and writing poetry! Create artwork that celebrates literary growth!  Take inspiration from our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, as we create floral arrangements that help us tell our own stories! Every Saturday and Sunday! No registration is required. Drop-in, make and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! This weekend, make Character Seals.

“Seussical” the musical
The Cat is Coming to Reisterstown!!! RTP announces “Seussical” the musical at Franklin Middle School at 10 Cockeys Mill Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136 from March 21-April 5. Fri & Sat. shows at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. SUNDAY 3/30 – MEET & GREET THE CAST & TAKE PICTURES! Come hear the timeless stories of Dr. Seuss and hear the fabulous music from a full orchestra! Prices: $14 Gen adm/ $12 for Students/Seniors, $10 for group of 10+. Showtimes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.