It’s a weekend of arts, innovation, tinkering, trains and good causes in Charm City! Be sure to join us for our free family playdate at St James Academy, and then plan to check out one or more of these great local events!

baltimore weekend events for families

Johns Hopkins Spring Fair
Johns Hopkins Spring Fair is all about having fun. As America’s largest student-run three day festival, Spring Fair strives to bring the greater Baltimore area the best of the best each and every year. Carnival rides, games and contests, an ever-expanding food court, beer garden, and more! Friday – Sunday. MORE INFO

Day Out with Thomas
Little Engineers won’t believe their eyes–or their ears! Thomas the Tank Engine™ will be able to talk to his fans when he returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Take a 25 minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun! Tickets are $21 each for ages 2 and up. Friday – Sunday. MORE INFO

ShareBaby Spring Collection PlayDate
Donate your no-longer needed kid and baby gear to ShareBaby. Head to their spring collection playdate at Meadowood Regional Park for a FREE FIT4MOM stroller strides class + playground fun! Saturday at Meadowood Regional Park. MORE INFO

Innovation Saturday: a (cool) progeny play date
Get your imagination geared up for a morning of FREE creative fun for the whole family! Make crazy shape collages, race a balloon car, build a marshmallow sculpture, and more. Get your whole group together and take our family cardboard box challenge (what can YOU make?) for a chance to win a design thinking prize pack full of books, games, and toys to keep the maker inspiration going at home! Face painting, snacks, live music + more! Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM, St. James Academy. MORE INFO

Countdown to Kindergarten
Join Port Discovery for a day of fun and educational activities at our annual celebration that prepares parents and caregivers to successfully transition their emerging kindergartners into school! Free with paid admission. Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

Party for the Planet
During Earth Week, the Maryland Zoo’s on-grounds Education programming will be themed as a “Party for the Planet.” Celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make the world a greener place. From 11:00am to 1:00pm, while supplies last, they will be giving away Bur Oak seedlings (Quercus macrocarpa) at the front gate. Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Annapolis Book Festival
Now in its thirteenth 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 more. Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM at The Key School. MORE INFO

Robot Fest is an annual event for anyone interested in the creative use of technology. All roboticists, hackers, artists, hobbyists and makers of any age who have the unquenchable urge to develop and create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics, fabrics and mechanical parts are invited. Join the fun and excitement with hands-on exhibits, and workshops! $8 for adults, $4 for middle and high-school students. Elementary school children and younger are still FREE! 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

3rd Annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival
The 3rd Annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival returns to its home in Druid Hill Park. This year will be bigger and better than ever, featuring music by: The Travelin’ McCourys, Seldom Scene, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Grand Ole’ Ditch, Bumper Jacksons, Letitia VanSant (leh-tih-sha) plus many more to be announced. Union Craft Brewing returns as the beer of choice for the festival, with additional libations provided by MillStone Cellars. Saturday, Druid Hill Park, 10 AM – 11 PM. MORE INFO

2nd Annual FREE Arts in the Park Festival
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, artist and musicians will join forces at the second annual FREE “Arts in the Park Festival” at the Chesapeake Arts Center! Local Maryland artists will exhibit and offer their work for sale, while a festival of live music is presented from 11AM-3PM. The free outdoor festival will include a live performance by Thapasya School of Dance, An Instrument Petting Zoo with the Baltimore Gamers Symphony Orchestra, Face painting, Live animals and bio facts with Echoes of Nature, Art activities and games. Local artist will be selling Jewelry, Pottery, Prints and Photography. MORE INFO

Harbor East FashionEASTa
This fourth annual celebration of style features live music, shopping sales & events, cocktails & bites served street side and a runway show featuring fashions from some of Harbor East’s most fabulous retailers (Sassanova, lululemon athletica, Free People, this list goes on), with special guest model Justin Tucker! The event is free but a Guest List” ticket package gets you valet parking, reserved runway seating (standing room only otherwise), plus food/drink tickets and more. MORE INFO

Sylvan’s Free Family Fun Day
Enjoy fun, hands-on activities (robot creation & video game design), refreshments, prizes, and more! Plus sign up for a FREE STEM class! RSVP: call your local Sylvan Learning Center #FindYourEdge Saturday, 1 PM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Family Dance Day at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Bring your dancing shoes and participate in a full day of fun dancing and exercise at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Families are invited to learn popular dance moves by attending “mini” dance classes (30 – 45 minutes each) throughout the day. Classes are held in the theater. Saturday, 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

St. Paul’s Plus’ 25th Anniversary Celebration
A petting zoo, moon bounces, pony rides, face painting, music, arts & crafts, Poe, and the Orioles Bird! Please join us at St. Paul‘s Plus’ 25th Anniversary Celebration–an event with food, fun, and festivities! Saturday, April 25, 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Ober Field next to St. Paul‘s Plus. Tickets are $15 for children ages 1-12 at. $20 at the door. No ticket charge for adults. A food truck will be selling burgers, beer, and more! MORE INFO

Family Camp Out
Irvine’s family campout is back and better than ever for Earth Week! Start the evening off with hot dogs, bannock and other campfire treats. As the sun sets, head out on a night hike and return to the campfire for s’mores and songs. An Irvine naturalist leads all activities and stays overnight. Includes light breakfast. Sign-up with your meal preference when registering. All ages. Price per family of 4: $75 members, $95 non-members Need a tent? Rent one of theirs! Saturday at 4 PM. MORE INFO

ROAR for Autism
For Autism Awareness Month in April, Kennedy Krieger Institute will once again bring the community together for its annual fundraiser, ROAR for Autism, on Sunday, April 26 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD. Families and supporters will come together to run, walk and gather with a united “ROAR” to raise awareness and funds for research into this puzzling disorder that so often silences the voices of those affected. Sunday, 6 AM – 11:30 AM. MORE INFO

African Art Celebration
A festive day-long event celebrating the Baltimore Museum of Art’s new presentation of African art collections in beautifully renovated and expanded galleries! Performances, dye workshops, master storytelling, bead demonstrations, hands-on-art and MORE! FREE! 11 AM – 5 PM MORE INFO

Miss Rose Free Tennis Day
Green Spring Tennis and Educational Foundation (GSTEF) is hosting a FREE day of tennis clinics for the Baltimore area. The event will be held at the new Johns Hopkins University tennis courts at the Homewood campus on Sunday April 26th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Miss Rose Tennis Day is in memory of Rose Wieczorek, the deceased mother of GSTEF founder Janet Paulsen. GSTEF is very proud of the young women who have come together to create this event! MORE INFO