Astonishing acrobatics to zesty insect pizza, there is everything from A to Z happening in Charm City this weekend! Here are our picks for fam-friendly fun.

Baltimore Family Events

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world – a world where something else is possible. A world called Vareukai. From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekaibegins. Your kids will be mesmerized by Cirque du Soleil — in town this weekend at Royal Farms Arena! Performances Friday – Sunday. MORE INFO

Bookworm Story Time at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Nature stories with fun activities such as animal encounters, puppets, or crafts. Friday at 11 AM. FREE! MORE INFO

Harford Community College Summer Movies: PLANES: Fire and Rescue
Fun starts at 12:15 on Friday! Explore a fire truck with Bel Air Fire Department, and at 1 p.m., enjoy “Planes: Fire & Rescue”. Ice cream treat after the movie included in the ticket price. Tickets are $5. MORE INFO

Annapolis Irish Festival
The Annapolis Irish Festival has become an Annapolis tradition and a regional attraction thanks to the support of the community and people who share a passion for the Emerald Isle and the magical Celtic traditions and music. The 2015 Festival will host over 70 vendors, a famous (FREE!) Little Leprechaun Land (from 11 am – 4 pm) and benefit the Hospice of the Chesapeake and other area non-profits. Saturday. MORE INFO

Superhero Training Academy
Aspiring superheroes have a chance to strengthen their abilities and test their skills in a multifaceted obstacle course at Enoch Pratt’s Central Library! Saturday at 2 PM. MORE INFO

FREE Yoga for Girls at Ivviva
Head to Ivviva (Quarry Lake) on Saturday for a FREE yoga class with Stacy! 10 AM – 10:50 AM. MORE INFO

Free Group Guitar Lesson
Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Head to Bill’s Music with your guitar for a free 1 hour beginner’s guitar lesson offered every Saturday. You’ll learn to tune your guitar, to care for and maintain your instrument, plus beginning notes, and chords. 10 AM. MORE INFO

Little’s Day Teddy Bear Picnic
Join Port Discovery for a special Littles’ Day dedicated to children 5 and under! Bring your favorite furry friend to our annual Teddy Bear picnic and enjoy these special activities: Moonbounce: 10am – 5pm Make Your Own Teddy Bear Ears: 10am – 12pm Teddy Bear Picnic with The Kindersinger: 11am & 11:30pm Summer Roly Poly Bears: 1pm – 3pm FIDOS for Freedom: 2pm – 3:30pm. Free with paid admission. MORE INFO

Airbrush Artist Kaliq @ Wee Chic
oin Airbrush Artist, Kaliq at Wee Chic for on the spot personalization. Add a sports team, a name, bunk #, camp name, school name or nickname by airbrush** to one of our items or something you bring. Perfect for Visiting Day gifts! Please note that airbrushing is by appointment only. MORE INFO

Charm City Players presents The Music Man
Meredith Willson’s Broadway Classic comes to life with Charm City Players. Con man Harold Hill promises a boys’ band to counteract the possibility of a pool table coming to River City. His persuasive patter fools everyone except the town librarian, Marian Paroo. Meredith Willson’s score includes the timeless, “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” and “Till There Was You.” Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. MORE INFO

After Hours with the Animals
It’s your chance to get wild after hours! Take a cool summer stroll among the animals and explore more the second Saturday evening May – September. You’ll see more and SAVE more, because all ticket prices will drop to $10 from 4pm-7pm. Admission for Zoo members is free. Saturday. MORE INFO

Murder Mystery with an Adventure Twist
A fun-filled evening of adventure while solving a murder mystery! The catch? You will have to zip, swing, and climb to find the answers that will help solve this clue-based mystery! Your night includes zany characters, yummy appetizers, delicious drinks, and prizes are awarded to the winners! Ages 8 and up. Terrapin Adventures. $65pp. MORE INFO

Parent + Kid Dish at Let’s Dish!
Let’s Dish!’s next Parent Kid Session is this Sunday, July 12th. Kids 8+ are welcome to join you in our stores for a fun inside activity! Dish their Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Herb Cheese and Egg Noodles. MORE INFO

Insect Extravaganza
Summer hums with the excitement of insect symphonies. Join Robinson Nature Center an afternoon of fun-filled activities that highlight our six-legged friends. Meet your nature center guide who leads you on an exploration of the forest and gardens, get your face painted and create crafts. All ages. Bring your family out for an incredible afternoon of activities including a guided walk through nature center trails and gardens, face-painting, crafts, games and more. Sunday. Preregistration required. MORE INFO

Edible Insects and the Pizza Pie
Insects are consumed throughout the world. Join Marshy Point Nature Center as they prepare an earth oven pizza topped with six legged treats! $3 per person, $2 for members. Sunday at 3 PM. {Yeah, we categorized this one as ‘foodie fun,’ but we’re not so sure!!} MORE INFO

Looking ahead…

Monday Morning Mumbles with Mr. Danny
Join the Play Café Baltimore every Monday morning in July at 10AM for Monday Morning Mumbles with Mr. Danny. This hands‐on minds‐on program is geared towards 3 to 5 year‐olds and their parents and caregivers. Using simple hand puppets and everyday materials, Mr. Danny performs stories from well‐known children’s books, which children and adults can later recreate at home. A corresponding open‐ended art and/or dramatic play activity will be available following each program. This free drop‐in program is offered exclusively at Play Café. $5 food and beverage minimum applies. MORE INFO


Image courtesy of the Cirque du Soleil Facebook Page