Well, we’ve gone from snow to rain. But hey, at least it’s warmer out! Here are some fun ideas that’ll keep the kiddos entertained and dry this weekend. Orchestra fun, morning movie at the Senator, Hansel and Gretel, Nano Science + more. Here are our top picks for kid-approved family fun this weekend!

Don’t forget, check out our calendar for a full listing of area events!

This Weekend’s Baltimore Family Events

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box: Bugs!
The music of Debussy and Mendelssohn will soar like the bees, butterflies and ladybugs when performed by a piano trio; hosted by acclaimed actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom. The Music Box Series is a unique music program for young children ages 6 months to three years old and their families. Each performance features pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show by the BSO and partner organization Ready-at-Five. Saturday at 10:00 AM.

BIG Morning Movie
Take the kids to the Senator Theatre for their Family Morning Matinee! This weekend, they’re showing BIG. When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight. Movie starts at 10 AM, admission is just $5.

Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS performs Hansel and Gretel Join BSA’s youngest dancers for a joyous and lively performance! Once again the TWIGS, an after school group for Baltimore City students grades 2-8, are buzzing about Hansel and Gretel. We are pleased to offer the experience, with all that entails, of putting on a full production using all the TWIGS students. Tickets available at the door.  Show times at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

KERPLUNK! Family Drop-In Art
Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour the galleries at The Creative Alliance and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials and let your creativity soar. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. 12 PM – 3 PM.

Nano Day at The Maryland Science CenterExplore the miniscule world of atoms and molecules and find out why the next big thing is super small! Discover how nanotechnologies are used in modern electronics and cutting edge cancer treatments. Get hands on with materials that change shape and color in unexpected ways. The Maryland Science Center’s NanoDay is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering, sponsored by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. All activities are free with admission, while supplies last. Noon – 4 PM.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cookies at Canvas at Irvine Nature Center
Is there a better way to spend a wintery weekend morning than eating cookies and painting nature? Cookies and Canvas is hosting a step-by-step painting class with instructions for your child to come home with a masterpiece. The children paint on gallery wrapped canvas, which is ready to hang with no framing required. Each session offers a new season to paint as part of the four seasons series specially created for Irvine! Ages 5 & up. Children under 5 permitted with parental guidance. Cookies provided – feel free to bring your own snack as well. $30/child

Learn about Rodin’s The Thinker 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, enjoy an object lesson on Rodin’s The Thinker.

CandleKids Family Celebration: Music Around the World
Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project will take kids of all ages on a musical voyage around the globe. Using American jazz as a foundation, the band will offer a world tour of music, exploring improvisation and the creativity and fun that bring musical genres together. Sing along in English, French, Portuguese and German and dance the Brazilian bossa nova, Celtic jig and beyond. No passports required! 2:30 PM at the Horowitz Performing Arts Center.

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Happening All Weekend Long

Drop in Art: Read and Grow at The Walters Art Museum
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 from 10 AM – 3 PM! No registration is required. This weekend, make paper gardens.

Green Eggs and Amphibians at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Do you think frogs are cool? Will you step in a vernal pool? Will you find them if you’re still? Will you hear their chirping trill? FREE but reservations are required. Saturday and Sunday, 1 PM – 3 PM. Please call 410-887-1815 to register.