The last (unofficial) weekend of summer… you’re hanging around town instead of the down the shore, here are some fun ways to keep the kiddos busy!

Baltimore Family Events

Maryland State Fair
Bull riding, pig racing, chainsaw carving, not to mention rides, animal and farm exhibits, and festival food. It’s the best 10 days of summer! Unlimited (Ride all you can Ride!) wristband will be available on Friday, August 29. Price of the wristband is $23 per person. Wristbands will be sold from Noon until 6 PM ONLY, but will be valid until closing for day of purchase. Fair runs through Labor Day. MORE INFO

Star Spangled Friday Nights at the National Aquarium
Thanks to Francis Scott Key, you’ll have full access to the National Aquarium on Friday evenings for $18.12 per ticket beginning July 11. In honor of his poem and the Baltimore pride that inspired it, the Aquarium is offering this special admission every Friday between 5 pm and 7:30 pm through September 12. (You’re free to roam the exhibits until 9:30 pm.) Why $18.12, you ask? It’s a subtle nod to the War of 1812 and the role it played in our nation’s history. What better way to honor Baltimore’s inspirational past than spending the evening in the heart of the Inner Harbor where it all happened? Refreshments will be available for purchase, and admission includes a free scavenger hunt for the younger patriots. MORE INFO

Urban Bird Walk
200 bird species have visited Patterson Park! Stroll and search for summer residents and fall migrants with Audubon. Friday walks are led in partnership with Chesapeake Audubon Society. Saturday walks are led by Audubon staff and volunteers. All ages and abilities welcome. Free! No registration required. Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of the park · 8:00 – 9:30 am. They have binoculars to lend you – please request them in advance via e-mail. MORE INFO

Drop in Art: Treasures
Find inspiration in the many special objects that The Walters holds within its walls and explore a sparkling treasure trove of precious materials in our art studio! Come back each weekend to make a different treasure to wear, hold, or gift! Every Saturday and Sunday join museum educators as they help families create artful projects related to the collection, special exhibitions, and family programs. No registration is required. Drop in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! This weekend, make valuable vessels. MORE INFO

Gem Mining and Geode Cracking at Clark’s Elioak Farm
Clark’s Elioak Farm is open all Labor Day Weekend long! Petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, Cow Train, play areas, picnic area, and country store. Enchanted Forest attractions throughout farm. Also visit their exciting Enchanted Forest maze, a world of twists and turns in our pine tree maze filled with Enchanted Forest treasures. Gem mining and geode cracking, too! Saturday – Monday, 10 AM – 5 PM. $5 MORE INFO

Brookeville War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration
Tourists and Marylanders alike can relive that significant time when the town commemorates the War of 1812 Bicentennial with an exciting weekend-long event set to take place on Saturday, August 30 from 10 am- 6 pm, and on Sunday August 31 from 12 noon- 6 pm in and around the historic town of Brookeville. The entire weekend-long event is free, open to the public and will allow attendees to experience life in 1814, witness the arrival of President Madison, accompanied by the mounted Presidential Guard, and watch costumed living history demonstrations throughout the weekend, with a traditional Quaker supper on Saturday evening. In addition, there will be special tours, technology exhibits, children’s activities, a military encampment, craft demonstrations, period food and libations, shopping, and so much more! MORE INFO

Fairies and Dragons
Come learn about the mysterious forest-dwellers of myth and legend at Robert E. Lee Park on Saturday. Then search the park for signs of dragons and the fair folk, and use natural materials in the woods to create a fairy house or dragon’s lair. Ages 5+. $5 ($3 for members). Registration required. MORE INFO

The Miner’s Lost Treasure
Find the Miners lost treasure on this exciting scavenger hunt around the park while learning about the history of mining at Oregon Ridge. Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 4 PM. Ages 5+ ($5) MORE INFO

Free Family Sundays: Contemporary Art
Express your inner artist in a hands-on art-making workshop or come on the last Sunday of the month for informal chats with a gallery educator about a single work of art in the collection at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Family Workshops are held in the Temporary Education Classroom located on the second floor. This Sunday, explore David Smith’s Dida Gondola. 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

You Pick Apple Adventures
Starts this weekend at Milburn Orchards. Your family adventure begins with a free wagon ride into the orchards, and each family is given as many picking bags as you need. All of their apple trees are dwarf trees and grown so that the fruit is reachable from the ground. They have many varieties of apples throughout the season…check the chart on their website for the approximate dates that you favorites usually come in season. Be sure you bring your camera for some photo memories you will long treasure! You pick apple adventures begin Labor Day Weekend and run through October 26th. MORE INFO

Image courtesy of Cara Walen, Cara Walen Photography