From chicken soup to pumpkin bowling to puppet making, there are so many fun things to do with kids in Baltimore this October! Here are 25 of our favorite ideas.

25 things to do with kids in baltimore this october

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Honey Harvest Festival
Celebrate all things honey at the 36th annual Honey Harvest Festival! Activities include: open honey bee hive demonstrations, honey extraction, mead, honey ice cream making, hayrides, food trucks, local honey product sales, childrens crafts and much, much more! Admission is FREE, but some activities have a fee. October 1st and 2nd at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center. MORE

Visit the Maryland Zoo for FREE
Head to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 5 to help kick off Free Fall Baltimore! The Zoo is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Free admission offered at The Zoo’s Main Gate, no ticket needed. MORE

Catch a Puppet Show at the Village of Cross Keys
Friday morning puppet shows are back at the Village of Cross Keys. These free shows take place every Friday in October at 10 AM. MORE

Get Your Hands “Messy” with Baltimore Clayworks
Join Baltimore Clayworks for one of their ‘Cup-A-Thons’ in October (part of Free Fall Baltimore)! These free events allow anyone to come by and make a ceramic cup in their Clayworks’ facilities. Led by their community arts department, a cup-a-thon allows them to make a significant quantity of cups with the community and then sell the finished products throughout the year in their community arts gallery, along with fairs and festivals. Proceeds from the sold cups directly support Clayworks’ community arts programming that provides clay programming to youth, teens, families, senior adults and adults in recovery throughout the year. Cup-a-Thons are being held on Friday, October 7th and Friday, October 21st, 7 PM – 9 PM. (Yes, if you join the Cup-A-Thon you can buy your cup back after a Clayworks volunteer glazes and fires in our newly rebuilt wood kiln!  The final product will be ready a few weeks later. MORE

Dance to Love Bug with Silly Goose and Val
(cool) progeny fav Val Smalkin presents a fast-paced, humorous 40-minute musical treat with puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing, and 100% audience participation on October 8th at aMuse Toys. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning songs and her Maryland State Arts Council award-winning solo performance are guaranteed to delight tots, tweens, and teens…and the timeworn, as well!  FREE but you have to RSVP in advance. (2 shows!) MORE

Taste the Best Chicken Soup in Maryland
Inspired by their current exhibit Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America, the Jewish Museum of Maryland couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage their first ever Great Chicken Soup Cook Off! They’re inviting Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this statewide search. Even if you choose not to compete, head to the museum on October 9th for a day dedicated to Chicken Soup with tastings, activities for the whole family, tips from professionals and the announcement of Maryland’s greatest chicken soup. MORE

Make Puppets with Black Cherry Puppet Theatre
Head to Black Cherry to celebrate FREE FALL! Three Sundays of FREE performances and puppet making in the garden! October 9, 16 & 23. Puppet shows will be at 1pm and 3pm. Drop by the garden to make your own puppet to take home anytime between 1:30pm-3pm. MORE

25 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this October - (cool) progeny

Experience Eric Carle
Arts On Stage brings Eric Carle’s stories to life at Goucher College on October 11th. A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar and A Moon: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, will bring together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects, and innovative puppetry, this triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, “Papa Please Get the Moon for Me“, completes an hour-long performance, which both entertains and educates. MORE

See the Pig Races at the 15th Annual Pigtown Festival
The Pigtown Festival returns to Washington Boulevard on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8th, from 12-7PM, along the 700-900 blocks of Washington Blvd off MLK (across from the stadiums). Celebrating its 15th year on Pigtown Main Street, the annual Pigtown Festival is free to attend and features food trucks, arts & crafts vendors, and an awesome music lineup featuring All Mighty Senators, Kelly Bell Band and Footwerk…and of course, our popular pie-eating contests and live pig races, Squeakness!  MORE

Soar to New Heights with the Blue Angels
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor takes center stage this October 10-17 when the city hosts the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, a grand celebration of Maryland’s rich naval traditions. The weeklong event will feature a variety of family-friendly activities for all to enjoy, on-board public ship tours, educational opportunities, entertainment, a festival featuring Chesapeake-inspired food and drink and most notably, the return of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. What’s more, all Fleet Week events are free and open to the public! MORE

Go on a Scavenger Hunt at our (cool) Downtown Family Date Night at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Join (cool) progeny for a unique VIP Experience at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum — and discover why history is (cool)! Attendees will be treated to a royal performance by Culture Queen and embark on a scavenger hunt that will bring them face-to-face with the rich history of African American Marylanders. A family scavenger hunt, dessert snack, and more. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-service basis. This event is a part of our series of family date nights with Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Working on your family tree? Their resource center will be open during the event! Kids can even start their own family trees. MORE

Explore the Natural World of Winnie the Pooh
Join Cylburn Arboretum on October 16th for a family program and “walk in the woods” on Cylburn’s trails with Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood. MORE

Go Pumpkin Bowling at Irvine Nature Center
PumpkinFest is a fun event for families and communities to celebrate the delights of autumn. Each October, hundreds of families gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of music, food and fun! Haybale slides, campfire s’mores, pumpkin bowling, hayrides and more. MORE

Wander through an Urban Pumpkin Patch
Join Waterfront Partnership for their 9th Annual Harbor Harvest at West Shore Park on Saturday, October 22nd 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, food trucks and live entertainment! Kids pass includes: 1 pumpkin, pumpkin decorating, 2 fall crafts and 1 bag to decorate. Kids passes can be purchased online for $5 and for $7 at the door MORE

Immerse Your Family in Medieval Culture
Go on a multi-sensory journey while celebrating the arts and cultures of medieval Europe on October 22. Enjoy activities connected to the special exhibition, A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe, as well as the permanent collection of medieval art. Visitors of all ages will be immersed in the medieval culture through hands-on art-making, cultural performances, storytelling, artist demonstrations, gallery scavenger hunts, and special appearances by the Walters Art Museum’s adored mascot, Waltee. FREE Family Festival! MORE

Go Trunk or Treating with ACAC
Join ACAC for an afternoon of tailgate style trick-or-treating with activities for the whole family! What is a Trunk or Treat? Children show off their costumes and go trick-or-treating from car to car. After trick-or-treating, enjoy a variety of fun activities including Bobbing for Apples, Pumpkin Sand Art, “Haunted” Bounce House, Face Painting, Pumpkin Ring Toss / Cornhole / Lawn Games, Holiday snacks and drinks + hamburgers / hotdogs, and more! October 22nd from 3:30 – 5 at ACAC Timonium.Registration required; space is limited to first 50 families. All cars should be parked by 3:00pm. ACAC Family members are FREE. Non-Members are $15. MORE

Learn to Love Bugs
Learn about the important role bugs play in our world at the Maryland Zoo on October 23. From pollinating plants to feeding animals, bugs may be small, but they play a huge role in a healthy planet. Visit the Zoo and you’ll be wild about bugs in no time! Love Legos? They’re offering a wild about bugs LEGO workshop that day, too! MORE

Play Quidditch
Wizardry and wonder fills the air each October when Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival. The annual blockbuster festival takes over the charming town on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, for two days of spellbinding events that magically morph the neighborhood into the much-loved fictional world created by author J.K. Rowling. Potter fans of all ages can enjoy an enchanting weekend of film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and more. Worth the trek to Philly! MORE

Tailgate with a Purpose
“Tailgate” with your friends, family, and/or children at a home, watch party, or at M & T — all while adding a service element to that. Contact the Jewish Volunteer Connection for a Tailgate with a Purpose Bag! Some of the activities that offered in their “tailgate bags” (and help guide the activity!) including supporting first responders, collecting school supplies, or making cards for people that could use support. Cheer on the Ravens AND give back! MORE

Make “Lumin-Eeries” with The American Visionary Art Museum
Monsters & their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern at the American Visionary Art Museum on October 27th from 5 PM – 7 PM. BYO Glass Jar (any size w/ label removed). All materials: glue, paper, googly eyes & bling provided. ALL AGES family workshop in their Sculpture Barn & Face Painting too! (Stay to watch Young Frankenstein on the Hill at 7!) MORE

Enjoy Apple Cider Donuts at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
It’s not fall without a pilgrimage to Weber’s Cider Mill Farm for apple cider donuts! Find the perfect pumpkin and explore their barnyard, too! Admission fee includes: 1 hayride per person, visit with farm animals, hillside slide, mini-tractor rides, tire mountain, hay maze, mini-maze (for the little ones), and rubber duck races. MORE

Have a BOOtastic Afternoon at our (cool) Halloween Family Fest
Join St. James Academy and (cool) progeny for a BOOtastic afternoon on October 29th! Crafts, music, face painting, trick-or-treating, snacks, and MORE! Come in costume and have a kid-friendly ghoulishly good time! $10 for the whole family to attend (All snacks and activities are included in the pass!). MORE

Listen to (Woodwind) Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Goblins
Celebrate a very spooky Halloween with ghosts, goblins, magic and the BSO! Sparks will fly in Mussorgsky’s spellbinding Night on Bald Mountain and John Williams’ whimsical music from Harry Potter.  October 29th at 11 AM. MORE

March in the Lantern Parade
The community that creates together is GREAT together! During the day a family festival in Patterson Park includes lantern building, kids costume contests, sugar skull making, live music and performers, craft vendors, hayrides, family activities, and more! Everyone is welcome to dress in costume and carry a lantern in the parade! The parade theme is organized under the direction of Artesanas Mexicanas who have provided the inspiration for our NEW floats, marching bands, stilt-walkers, dancers, and over 1500 community-made lanterns!  October 29. MORE

See Charlie Brown Live
Coppin Repertory Theatre presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN! Free performance on October 31st at 7:30 PM. Charles Schulz’s immortal Peanuts gang come to life in Clark Gesner’s Broadway musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Spend a day in the life of the famous comic strip hero, Charlie Brown, as he searches for what it means to be a good person, finding unexpected answers from his friends, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Schroeder and Sally. Whether as a comic strip, TV show, or musical, Charlie Brown remains a crowd-pleasing classic. MORE