It’s raining. It’s pouring. The French Fair and Honey Harvest Festival were canceled. Fells Point Fun Fest has been postponed. But there are still fun things to do if you want to get out and about this weekend with the kiddos! Here are our picks for family fun.

baltimore family events this weekend

Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival
“The World is Round: Renaissance in Little Italy.” The street will come alive as it is transformed into fine works of art as artists create chalk paintings on Little Italy’s South High Street! Professional and student artists will become i madonnari for the celebration. From 11:30 a.m. until 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday, the PNC Children’s Chalk Center, a family Madonnari arts area, will be staffed by art students on the Da Mimmo parking lot between Albemarle and South High Streets along Stiles Street and free chalk will be provided to young artists who will be able to draw on the street within the confines of the parking lot. Trinity Street will be the location for children’s street theater and face painting. Children are also welcomed on the bocce court on Stiles Street, where bocce lessons will be provided. FREE. Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFO

Weekend Workers at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. From building a roller coaster using simple household materials to learning how locks work by picking one, the Weekend Workers programs offer engaging activities for kids of all ages. Included with museum admission. This weekend, make a roller coaster! Saturday. 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Backstage at Center Stage
Center Stage’s annual FREE, family open house features backstage tours, workshops, and demonstrations throughout the theater, plus your last chance to explore backstage before the building closes for renovations (Dec 2015). Experience stage combat and stage makeup workshops, light and sound demos, and presentations from visiting theaters. Meet Pride and Prejudice actors, visit the costume photo booth, and share your memories of our building in our coatroom confessional. Plus—join them all weekend for the Tag Sale. Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM. MORE INFO

Drop-In Art Activities: Up the Nile
Travel up the Nile and explore Egyptian art and artifacts at the Walters this month. Decode hieroglyphs, learn about Egypt’s famed blue-green ceramics, and check out mummies and masks! Every weekend join us in our studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations needed. 10 AM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

Civil War Steam Days at the B&O Railroad Museum
Visitors may take a train ride behind the historic steam engine, the #4 St. Elizabeth to the Whistle Stop Gateway located west of the B&O Museum to visit the Museum’s Restoration Facility and Mount Clare Museum House. On the Museum’s west end, visitors may watch a demonstration of early American steam power as the museum operates the historic steam locomotive, Lafayette. You may also observe a Civil War encampment on the museum’s west end, near the site of Camp Carroll, Baltimore’s largest Union encampment during the American Civil War by the 20th Maine Co. E. The B&O Restoration Shop will also be open for self-guided tours. At the B&O Roundhouse the Maine Ladies Hospital Association will provide a Civil War tea. Saturday and Sunday. 10 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

Thomas Johnson Elementary Fall Festival and Auction
The 7th Annual Fall Festival at TJES is sure to please everyone. Fabulous Silent Auction, Games, Dunk Tank, Photo Booth, Pumpkin Decorating, Food and Drink, Music, and much more! The Fall Festival is FREE, open to the public and held Rain or Shine. Saturday 12 PM – 4 PM. FREE

Children’s Playhouse of Maryland: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, in residence at Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, kicks off its 2015-2016 season with a bang — Ian Fleming’s “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” to be exact! The production runs this Saturday and Sunday with shows at 1 PM. Sunday’s show will be sign-language interpreted by students in the American Sign Language Certificate Program at CCBC Catonsville. $10. MORE INFO

Free Family Sunday: African Artists
Pattern your own dance costume as we explore African artists in the collection. Join the Baltimore Museum of Art every Sunday for activities the entire family can enjoy. Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Sunday, 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO

Imagination Celebration Storytelling Kickoff
Enoch Pratt is kicking off the 2015 Imagination Celebration’s weeklong storytelling event honoring the co-founder of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Mother Mary Carter Smith: “Remember me as I am…heart to heart.” Join the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, Inc., and the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. for an afternoon of live stories, music, and fun. Recommended for ages 5 and older. Sunday, 2:30 PM. FREE MORE INFO


looking ahead to next week…

Family Creative Arts Workshop at Everyman Theatre
Story time takes a dramatic twist in this fun session with Everyman Theatre. You and your little ones will engage in a seasonal story book through dramatic play, music, movement, and a take home craft activity. Happens the first Wednesday of every month. October’s story is Room on the Broom! $15 MORE INFO

St. James Academy Children’s Dinner Theatre: Piccolo’s Trunk
Looking for a family night out that’s affordable, delicious, and entertaining? St. James Academy’s Children’s Dinner Theatre series aims to provide quality local entertainment for children and parents. Piccolo’s Trunk is the signature show of the region’s pre-eminent mime artist. But put aside what you think mime is and prepare to enjoy a great entertainer who employs playful interaction, brilliantly articulate gesture, inclusive humor, witty musical surprises and seasoned experience with a vast range of audiences. This “Mime” makes music on a saw! (cool) progeny is thrilled to be a media partner for this fantastic series. MORE INFO



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