Ah, springtime in Maryland where the forecast looks something like this; Monday rain, Tuesday heatwave, Wednesday blizzard, Thursday dragons, Friday flying saucers with a chance of afternoon unicorns. Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend when we’re at least guaranteed that there is plenty of fun to be had. This weekend’s fun forecast includes birdie melodies, an ultimate toy sale, pint-sized baseball fun, a romp in the 100 acre woods, and a glimpse of summer, too. 

baltimore family events this weekend

St. James Academy Children’s Dinner Theatre featuring Mandy Dalton
April 8, 2016 | 5:30 PM – 7 PM 

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. Tonight’s show features Mandy Dalton! Mandy Dalton trained at Ringling Brothers, the Moscow Art Theatre School, and Cirque du Soleil, and has worked internationally as a variety performer, circus artist, and clown. Her skills include juggling, magic performance, stilt walking, uni-cycling, and custom character creation. Her high-energy rag-doll character and real circus skills mesmerize audiences of all ages with pure crazy fun! MORE

Shananigans Toy Store Sidewalk Sale
April 7th – 10th, 2016 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Our favorite Roland Park toy store is having a sidewalk sale! Everything in the sale tent is 50% off the original price! Playmobil sets, art kits, games, dolls, ride-ons, sports, science kits, and a whole bunch more too! MORE

Smith College Club Used Book Sale
April 8th – April 10th | Times vary by day

30,000 books in many categories including art & antiques, biography, history, food & drink, nature & gardening, Marylandia, mystery, children, self-help, science fiction, religion, travel, business, and much more. Collectors can find rare and unusual books. Also sheet music, LPs, CDs, DVDs, and various ephemera. Half-price Sunday 12-5; all-you-can-carry Sunday 6-8 PM. “All You Can Carry” means carry in your arms- no bags, or boxes allowed until after checkout.  Subsequent loads $5.00 each. Proceeds from the book sale support an endowed scholarship fund for Baltimore area women to attend Smith College in Northampton, MA. MORE

Birdie Melodies with the BSO
April 9, 2016 | Performances at 10 AM and 11:30 AM

BSO musicians create a musical aviary filled with the Birdie Melodies of robins and cuckoos. Dance, sing and play to the delightful notes of our feathered friends. Hosted by Shannan E. Johnson. 30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families.  Shows at 10 & 11:30 a.m. Created for babies ages 6 months through 3 years old.  Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Tickets are $10 each. MORE

St Francis de Sales Touch A Truck Family Fun Day
April 9, 2016 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Local businesses participate by bringing a vehicle to share with the event goers, children & their families. The children can touch, climb on and learn about the vehicle and its job. This event has crafts, games, food, entertainment, bounce house with slide and much more fun for families. 50% of profits will be donated in honor of Deputy Dailey & Deputy Logsdon. $5/child. Adults are free. MORE

Winnie the Pooh at Pumpkin Theatre
April 9th and 10th, 2016 | Performances at 1 PM and 3 PM

Winnie-the-Pooh, the famous bear of Very Little Brain, is singing happily that “Isn’t it funny how a bear likes honey,” when the “terrible” trouble begins. Kanga comes to the forest with soap for baths and spoonsful of Strengthening Medicine! Something must be done! From the stories of A.A. Milne. Performances at 1 PM and 3 PM. Tickets are $16-$18. MORE

Frog Watch USA
April 9th and 10th, 2016 | 3 PM – 5 PM

Where are the frogs? Learn their calls and help Oregon Ridge Nature count and keep track of these fast-hopping friends. Then, gather around the campfire for s’mores! $6/pp. MORE

Make Wire Sculptures at the BMA
April 10, 2016 | 2 PM – 5 PM

Create wire sculptures as you look to Matisse for inspiration at the Baltimore Museum of Art for Free Family Sunday. Join us 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. FREE! 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE

Kids Opening Day at Camden Yards
April 10, 2016 | Game Starts at 1:35 PM

The second annual Kids’ Opening Day will be held Sunday, April 10, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:35 p.m. The celebration will welcome children and their families to a new season of Orioles Baseball with many fun activities and unique gameday opportunities for several lucky kids throughout the day. MORE

Summer Camps & Programs Open House at The Park School
April 10, 2016 | 10:00 am12:00 pm

Meet the counselors, directors, and lifeguards of The Park School’s summer camps and programs at their open house event. Tour the Park School campus, check out the challenge course, jam with some of their music counselors, and make a craft with their art specialist. Top it off by joining them for a puppet show featuring their resident puppeteers from Beale Street Puppets!  MORE


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