Rain, rain go away. We really want to GO OUT AND PLAY. Or, at the very least, get the kids out the door. Luckily there are lots of fun things happening in Charm City this weekend. Here are our best bets for kid-approved fun.

Baltimore Family Events

Friday, June 13, 2014

Urban Pirates Story Time
FREE and perfect for younger pirates!  Urban Pirates’ weekly adventure story times include songs, games, stories and more, all aboard the pirate ship Fearless. Discover your young one’s inner pirate by taking part in this outdoor activity in Historic Fells Point.  Join us all summer long! While docked, our ship holds a maximum capacity of 49 people. Make sure you arrive early as spots for story times are first come first served, no reservations are taken. MORE INFO

Waterfront Partnership’s June Summer Social
Bring a blanket and enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening at West Shore Park, featuring live music by Strykers Posse, a Waterfront kids play area, food trucks, beer, wine and mixed drinks, and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain. Summer Socials are always FREE to attendThe Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s June Summer Socialwill take place at West Shore Park on Friday, June 13 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. With live music performed by Strykers Posse, cold beverages, food trucks, a Waterfront Kids Zone, and MORE! MORE INFO

Hunt Valley Concerts – Steve Ports Band
The Friday Night Concert Series is back at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre! The concert series continues from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Friday, all summer long! Enjoy the outdoor concerts, have a snack, grab a lemonade and pull up a chair courtesy of Greetings & Readings. A rock/pop band comprised of some of the area’s premiere musicians. Playing songs from Steely Dan to Marvin Gaye and everything in between, you’ll love groovin’ to the sounds of the Steve Ports MORE INFO

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fathers Day Fishing
Looking for a Father’s day bonding experience? Get outside and catch bluegills and largemouth bass with Dad or your favorite adult at Oregon Ridge Nature Center! Pole and worms will be provided. No rods and reels are allowed. Ages 5+ NOTE: A fishing license required for those age 16+, and fishing is only allowed in the park when accompanied by a Park Naturalist. 8 AM – 10 AM. MORE INFO

Fishing Derby at Robert E. Lee Park
Ages 5 and up. Learn the fishing basics from the rangers, and compete for prizes. Other activities will include games, crafts, and making your own fishing pole. 9:30 AM -11:30 AM MORE INFO

Bugs Bugs Bugs at Port Discovery
Enjoy a special day of programs designed for children ages 5 and under as we celebrate bugs! Moonbounce: 10 am – 4 pm; Diffusion Butterflies: 10 am – 12 pm; Circle Time: 11 am, 12 pm; Central Maryland Beekeepers Association: 11 am – 2 pm; Bugs on a Stick: 1 pm – 3 pm. MORE INFO

Flag Day at Flag House
Special Flag Day program #TheFlagICarried, hosted by Retired First Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, one of the brave soldiers whose story inspired the book and film Black Hawk Down. #TheFlagICarried will honor veterans with a special ceremony recognizing their bravery and the symbolism of carrying the American flag into battle. Please share your story with us by posting a picture of yourself with a flag you’ve carried to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 10 AM – 4 PM MORE INFO

Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
Indoor & outdoor stages showcase a spectrum of performances, featuring Colombia Tropical (vallenato), Arty Hill &; The Long Gone Daddys, and Billy McComiskey (Irish traditional)! Crafts for sale and demos galore! Piñata making, Huichol Indian yarn painting, Ukrainian egg decorating, Baltimore screen painting, duck decoy carving, African-American storytelling, Chinese brush painting & more. 11 AM – 7 PM at the Creative Alliance. MORE INFO

Let’s Eat Charles Street
Let’s Eat! Charles Street will showcase a wide array of excellent food from the historic Charles Street corridor while you enjoy the beautiful architecture with the iconic Washington Monument as a backdrop. Shop unique retailers and local artists all in the 300 block of N Charles Street. Bring your kids and pets to enjoy family activities and listen to great live music. 12 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

Flag Day Celebration with a Caribbean Twist
On Saturday June 14, 2014, 12-4pm, celebrate Flag Day and Caribbean Heritage Month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with a Caribbean DJ, King Kabuki, a parade with Carnival dancers, and more. A steel drum band performs the national anthem at 4pm as part of the Smithsonian’s nationwide singing of our anthem to set a new world’s record. MORE INFO

Free Oriole Bird Plush Pillow!
On Saturday, June 14 the first 10,000 fans, ages 14 and under, who walk through the gates for the 4:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays, will receive an Oriole Bird Plush Pillow! Eutaw Street gates will open for the game at 2:05 p.m. with the remaining gates set to open at 2:35 p.m. Seats are still available for the game and begin as low as $15.00. MORE INFO

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Creek Snorkling
Creek snorkeling sounds like a strange idea. But the underwater world of rivers and streams is amazing! Snorkeling is one of the most powerful experiences we can have in our rivers and streams and it reveals the unexpectedly beautiful sights of our freshwater environments. Join underwater naturalist Keith Williams and explore the underwater world of Deer Creek. Expect to see a variety of fish and incredible underwater stream scapes. Snorkeling gear is provided. 10 & up. Pre-registration required! MORE INFO

Father’s Day Snack with the Animalsl
Looking for the perfect way to spend Father’s Day? Bring your dad to observe animal feeding time at Irvine. Find out what our resident animals like to munch on, see some critters enjoy a tasty meal and even share a delicious treat with dad! All ages. Register ahead of time. 1 PM – 2 PM. MORE INFO

Father’s Day Picnic at Boordy Vineyards
Make Dad feel special in wine country’s most beautiful setting. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Carl’s Catering and Prigel’s Creamery. Enjoy six wine samplings in an engraved Boordy wineglass, and music by Ellis Woodward’s. Please be aware that Father’s Day may sell out – you should purchase your tickets online in advance. No pets or alcohol other than Boordy wine allowed on the premises. 1 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

Ladew Gardens Annual Groovin’ in the Grass Summer Concert Series
Annual Groovin’ in the Grass Summer Concert Series Summer is just around the corner! …and that means the return of the ever-popular annual Groovin’ in the Grass concert series at Ladew Gardens. Concerts begin on Sunday, June 15th and continue each Sunday evening through August 3rd from 6 to 8 pm in the Great Bowl at Ladew — a glorious setting for a spectacular musical line-up the entire family will enjoy! MORE INFO

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All Weekend Long

HonFest 2014
At HonFest you too can get your own beehive in the Glamour Lounge, listen to talented local musicians, and check out the work of local artists, while you stroll down The Avenue. Hampden is a revered old-style Baltimore neighborhood, filled with quirky shops, quaint restaurants and endearing residents. HonFest gives local storeowners the opportunity to spill-out onto the sidewalk and showcase their wares. HonFest is a favorite destination for young and old, tourist and resident. Check website for times. MORE INFO

Colonial Market Fair
Mark your calendar and make arrangements to attend The Friends of Benjamin Banneker’s fifth annual Colonial Market Fair, a celebration of 18th century history and early American life. This year’s event promises to be the most spectacular in Oella’s history! Festivities will take place at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum located at 300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Drop-In Art Activities: Sculptural Forms
Stack your art-making skills HIGH this June and explore just what it takes to sculpt! Visit our the Walters Drop-in Art Activities each week to construct sculptures with different three dimensional materials. Mold and manipulate with a variety of tools to create stunning sculptures! Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM! No registration is required.MORE INFO


Image courtesy of the HonFest Facebook page.