Princesses, knights, pint-sized vaudeville, favorite children’s authors, disco partying and MORE! There is something for every kid (and parent) this weekend in Charm City. Here are our best bets for kid-approved fun.

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

This Weekend’s Baltimore Family Events

Friday, April 4, 2014

St. James Academy Dinner Theatre – Mark Lohr
On Friday, April 4, head to St. James Academy as they present Mark Lohr and More Lohrs. Mark Lohr has been wowing global audiences for more than 2 decades with his unique blend of slapstick vaudeville baggy pants comedy and circus arts! Spaghetti + Meatballs before the show. YUM! Dinner starts at 5:30.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Annapolis Book Festival
Now in its twelfth year, the Annapolis Book Festival has become one of the premier community events in the region. Last year more than 3,000 people attended this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. The Annapolis Book Festival brings nationally renowned authors to The Key School in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss their books and the craft of writing. The Festival also features Annapolis Town Crier Squire Frederick, children’s activities, live music, refreshments, and new and used book sales. Saturday from 10 AM – 4:30 PM. FREE!

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. Saturday from 12 PM – 3 PM. FREE!

Baby Loves Disco Baltimore Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, is the best time you will have with your little ones. Come shake those booties to celebrate our return to Baltimore on 4/5, 1-330p. Get out those snazzy outfits, shake those booties, get your face painted, make a sock puppet, grab a tattoo + more. Real Music for real parents, freeze dance, simon says and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! So much fun in one place, the little one (s) will be zonked upon leaving (but don’t call us to babysit if that’s not the case!). Our new (old) home- Rams Head Live in the Harbor is the place to be. Forget the mall, museum or movie, Come play with us at Baby Loves Disco Baltimore!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

OPENING DAY! Baltimore Famer’s Market
Maryland’s largest producers-only market is back! The 37th annual Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar reopens on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 7am to sell out, approximately noon. On opening day, shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the Baltimore Islanders Steel Band from 9am to 12pm. Local food personality Chef Egg presents cooking demonstrations with fresh ingredients from the market at 10am near the Saratoga Street entrance, and market-goers are invited to pick up helpful cooking tips, recipes and delicious samples.

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, depict your favorite words!

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Happening All Weekend Long

Fairy Tale Extravaganza
Join Enoch Pratt Central Library for the two-day kick off of the 12th Annual Fairy Tale Festival: crafts, magic, face painting, and lots of fairy tale fun for the whole family. Dress up like a prince or princess and get your photo taken on our royal throne. Saturday and Sunday at Enoch Pratt Central Library. See Saturday Events and See Sunday Events.

Drop-in Art Activities: Flowers & Vessels
Travel to Japan with the Walters and explore the colors and smells of Japanese flowers! Squish clay into a vase, create new species of flowers with a needle and thread, and design a garden using printmaking! Take inspiration from our special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, as you explore the simple beauty of Asian art! Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM! No registration is required. This weekend, make paper gardens. This weekend, make Ceramic Containers.

Animal Fools Day
Discover the tricky creatures that reside in Oregon Ridge Park, but don’t be fooled by their disguises and deceptions! Ages 5+ This event takes place at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center. Reservations are required; please call the center at 410-887-1815 to register. Saturday and Sunday, 1 PM – 3 PM.


Photo courtesy of Enoch Pratt Library’s Flickr