Crisp, cool temperatures and beautiful sunshine — it’s definitely going to be a fabulous fall weekend around Charm City! Dogs, pints, campfires, an urban pumpkin patch, dinosaurs and more. Here are best bets for fam-friendly fun this weekend.

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Redeemer Parish Day School Fall Family Festival
Games & Crafts for children 2-7 years old! Pumpkin Decorating, Haunted Hallway, Nail Polish/Tattoos, Cupcake Decorating……and many more! Pony Rides, Live Children’s Musician Ellis Woodward, Kid’s yoga class, Food & beverages and more! Enjoy vendors including Pursepectives, Stella and Dot, Arbonne, Thirty-One Bags & Girlie Glitz and Glam. Saturday from 10:30 AM – 1 PM. MORE

OktoBEARfest at the Maryland Zoo
Dust off your lederhosen! Fall-flavored beer sampling is coming back to the Zoo. Join the Zoo for OktoBEARfest 2015 featuring unlimited sampling of 30+ seasonal brews. Plus, enjoy live music with polka tunes and German inspired food & fare from local vendors and artisans. It’s your chance to be part of this wildly popular fall festival! Don’t miss out. Saturday, 12 PM – 4 PM. MORE

OWL-oween at Valley View
athy Woods from Phoenix Wildlife Center heads to Valley View Farms to teach some things about owls, hawks and other birds of prey. She will have a couple of these beautiful birds for us to see “up close and personal”. Kathy’s center is responsible for rehabilitating wildlife after they may have been injured. Saturday at 1 PM. MORE

Go, Dog, Go!
Pumpkin Theatre’s newest show debuts this weekend — a classic children’s book comes to life on stage! Watch this group of highly motivated dogs as they drive their cars to various locations in their pursuit of work and play! They snorkle. They howl at the moon. They ride a ferris wheel. They sing and dance and climb trees! This rollicking free-for-all of a musical is sure to entertain kids of all ages. Shows at 1 PM and 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. $16/ticket at the door. MORE

Halloween Hike and Campfire
pend a spooky evening at the park hiking through the woods to discover the creatures of Halloween at Anita D. Leight Estuary Center. Meet these real “scary” critters up close and listen to their tales spun by Halloween characters. After the hike, enjoy music and roasted marshmallows down by our cozy campfire. Any age able to handle a somewhat spooky hike! Saturday at 6 PM. MORE

ShareBaby’s Baltimore Gear + Diaper Drop Off
ave Baby Gear you no longer need? Maternity Clothes you’re looking to give away? Unopened boxes of diapers? Head to Meadowood Regional Park on Sunday and donate them to ShareBaby. Click on “MORE” to see what donations they’re accepting! Sunday, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM. MORE

Harbor Harvest
Join Waterfront Partnership for our 8th Annual Harbor Harvest at West Shore Park on Sunday, October 18th from 10am – 2pm. The event, which is FREE to attend, will feature the IKEA pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment! MORE

Make Your Own Fairy or Gnome House
Join Yankee Doodle Art Studio on Sunday from 1 PM – 4 PM to make your own fairy or gnome house! {Costumes are encouraged!} MORE

Dinosaurs: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box @ Gordon Center for the Arts
What did those silly dinosaurs really sound like?! Your little ones will have the opportunity to hear the stomps, roars and ruckus of those giant reptiles in this interactive BSO program. Celebrate the Jurassic world of eons past and the fantastic world of modern classical music as we bounce, clap, listen and sing along. For children ages 6 months to 3 years and their families. Join the team at the Gordon as they welcome a talented ensemble of BSO musicians for engaging interactive performances designed to make classical music fun and accessible for our little ones. Shows at 10 AM and 11:30 AM. $10/pp MORE

and looking ahead to next week…

Mothers at Mother’s
The FSK PTO is hosting a Ladies Night Out at Mother’s Grille in Federal Hill. All proceeds will support FSK’s Outdoor Classroom Space. They are looking for 100 moms* for a night out! Join them for a rousing good time with unlimited beer, wine and an assortment of appetizers (boneless wings, spinach dip, meatballs and more!) Door prizes to be announced! * While the Mothers @ Mother’s event targets moms that would love a night out, it is definitely open to all ladies! Tuesday, October 20th. MORE

An ENORMOUS Dinosaur Adventure
Why go to the museum and stare at bones WE BRING DINOSAURS TO LIFE! This illustrious troupe of dinosaurs will storm the stage in this wildly popular and thoroughly educational production. Mammoth Follies explores the wonders of evolution in an old-fashioned revue of original songs witty jokes and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets. This show dramatizes historic and scientific facts (as well as some myths) about the great age of the dinosaur. Enormous puppets populate the stage including your host Willie Mammoth Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger Bessie the lovable 27-foot long Apatosaurus Tony and Trixie Triceratops Terry the Pterodactyl and the 11-foot tall T. Rex in a musical trip through pre-history. Thursday, October 22nd at Goucher College. Shows at 10:15 and 12. MORE


Photograph by David McIntosh. Republished with permission.