Temps might be heating up this month but the Baltimore family scene is definitely (cool). From visionary pets to math exploration to 76 trombones, here are our 13 top baltimore family events in Charm City in July.

the (cool) list: 13 don't miss baltimore family events in july - (cool) progeny

Visionary Pets on Parade
July 4th  10 AM ⎟ American Visionary Art Museum
Dress your pet & strut your stuff. Animal fun! Animal prizes! Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best dog-gone parade in town! Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! And Sit, Stay for a rousing game of pet musical chairs! MORE

Teddy Bear Picnic
July 11th ⎟  10 AM – 5 PM ⎟ Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Join Port Discovery for a special Littles’ Day dedicated to children 5 and under! Have your mini-me bring their favorite furry friend to the annual Teddy Bear picnic and enjoy special “bear” activities. MORE

Annapolis Irish Festival
July 11th ⎟  All Day ⎟ Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
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 and  benefit the Hospice of the Chesapeake and other area non-profits. MORE

After Hours with the Animals
July 11th ⎟  4 PM – 7 PM ⎟ Maryland Zoo
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. MORE

Family Nature Explorers: Caterpillars
July 18th ⎟  10:30 AM – 12 PM ⎟ Ladew Topiary Gardens
The gardens and Butterfly House are aflutter with butterflies everywhere. Head to Ladew and explore the life cycle of a butterfly, from hungry caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. MORE

July 17 th- 19th ⎟  All Day   Bolton Hill/Station North/Charles Street
Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 400,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site. MORE

The Music Man
Weekends in July⎟  2 pm ⎟  St. Timothy’s School
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. MORE

Patio Party with Rocknoceros
July 17th ⎟  5 pm – 8 pm   Maryland Science Center
Join the Maryland Science Center for a Patio PartyBring the family, neighbors, and your friends for adult beverages, family-friendly live bands, activities for the kids, and light fare outside on the Science Center’s waterfront patio. On July 17th, catch Rocknocerus. An award-winning children’s band who continues to find its way into the hearts and homes of music-lovers of all ages. Rocknoceros is three guys: Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie. MORE

Bubble Days
July 18th – 19th ⎟  12 pm – 4 pm   Maryland Science Center
See the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the Maryland Science Center’s 10th annual Bubble Days. The fun will be bubbling up all over the building—and outside too!Craft your own bubble solution and wand, create bubble art to take home, experiment with homemade bubble wands, and compete in our bubble blowing contest. Plus run, slip, and slide though our ultra-sudsy slopstacle course (weather permitting). MORE

The Sound of Music: Family Morning at The Senator
July 25th ⎟  10 am   The Senator Theatre
Head to the Senator on this Saturday morning to see the a classic family movies on the Big Screen: The Sound of Music! A great experience for the whole family! Admission is just $5 and doors open at 9:30 AM. MORE

Mud Days
July 25th – 26th ⎟  1 pm – 3 pm   Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Get down and dirty in some muddy fun! Make mud pies, mud sculptures, mud paintings, and more! Then let the mud monsters slide down a mud slide and run through hoses and sprinklers to become human kids again. MORE

Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure!
July 31st – August 2nd ⎟  10 AM – 4 PM   B & O Railroad Museum
Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure! brings the television show to life at the B & O Railroad Musuem. Young Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, complete several challenges, and earn rewards for their participation. Each challenge is scenario-based and represents Chuggington’s main themes and characters – Koko, Brewster, and Wilson.  The challenges allow Trainees to practice important life skills such as teamwork, safety, and leadership as they work hard to become the best Trainee they can be. MORE

Bridges Baltimore Family Day
July 31st ⎟  2 PM – 8 PM   University of Baltimore
As part of Bridges Baltimore—a global gathering of denizens from math, art and science that constitutes the largest mathematics and art interdisciplinary conference in the world, this year taking place at the University of Baltimore—the public is invited for Bridges Baltimore Family Day onFriday, July 31, in UB’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center. During this half-day event, children and their families are invited to participate in an immersive, participatory experience that links the worlds of mathematics (specifically, geometry and algebra), science (physics and engineering), and art (drawing, sculpture, etc.). Through workshops, games, interactive demonstrations and more, families can explore the links between artistic expression and the language of science and technology. MORE