Fairy tale fun, 5ks that give back, Light City, good deeds, and MORE! Here are our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this April.

30 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this April - (cool) progeny

30 things to do with kids in baltimore this April

Light City Baltimore
Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 8th | 7 AM – 11:30 PM | Free

Light City transforms the city with world class light displays and sculptures, video projections of buildings and inter-active technologies to create once-in-a lifetime experiences for families, residents, and visitors.  Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large scale installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE light walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors, and a children’s area.  MORE

Fairy Tale Extravaganza at the Maryland Historical Society
Saturday, April 1 | 10 AM – 3 PM | Free

Join Enoch Pratt Street Library and Maryland Historical Society for the kick off of the 15th Annual Fairy Tale Festival: crafts, magic, face painting, and lots of fairy tale fun for the whole family. Dress up like a prince or princess and get your photo taken on their royal throne. At 12:00 p.m. join them for interactive music with Mr. Jon! (And it’s just the beginning of a month of enchanted events at library branches across the city!) MORE

St. James Academy Foxhound 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, April 1 | 8:30 AM – 10 AM | $25 – 30

St. James Academy and Charm City Run are teaming together with The Growth Coach to present the first annual Foxhound 5K & Fun Run on April 1 at 8:30 AM! Mark your calendar and lace up those running shoes. All proceeds from the race will benefit Paul’s Place. MORE

Weekend Workers Light City at The Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, April 1| 10 AM – 4 PM | Free with Museum Admission

Baltimore can shine by day and night. The Weekend Workers program allows kids of all ages to bring LED lights to life, and is presented in partnership with FutureMakers. Cost is included with Museum Admission. MORE

Garden Figure Skating Club presents Shrek on Ice 
Saturday, April 1, Sunday, April 2| 1 PM – 3:30 PM | $12-$13

The GFSC is proud to announce its annual on-ice production on April 1st & 2nd, 2017. Showtimes are 1:00 PM and 3:30PM on both days. Join them as the Patrick Rink is transformed into a tropical swamp where fairytale characters are exiled there by order of the fairytale-hating Lord Farquaad. Tickets can be purchased online for $13.00 in advance or at the door for $12.00. MORE

The Emporiyum
Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 2| Times Vary | $15

It’s back! Baltimore’s favorite foodie weekend — The Emporiyum!  A two-day market featuring artisanal foods and drinks from Baltimore and beyond. This spring, the market coincides with Light City. It will take place on April 1st and 2nd at the former Best Buy space in the Inner Harbor. Kids 12 and under are free; so those with littles will just need passes for the adults in their life! The generous team at The Emporiyum are offering (cool) progeny readers 15% off. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $40. Just use code COOLPROGENY. MORE

Pumpkin Theatre presents Stuart Little 
Weekends, Saturday, April 1 – Sunday, April 9 | 1 PM and 3 PM | $14-$16

Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm and 3pm from April 1st through the 9th. The classic tale of a mouse, living with his human family in New York. As a small creature in a much larger world, he has no short supply of adventures! Some lead him to trouble, some bring him great friends, but all are great fun in this funny and touching story of a fearless little mouse in the big city! MORE

Author Laura Amy Schlitz at The Children’s Bookstore
Saturday, April 1 | 2 PM-3PM | Free

Join Laura Amy Schlitz at The Children’s Bookstore to celebrate the release of her newest book, Princess Cora and the crocodile. Laura will share a reading from Princess Cora and sign copies of all her books. Please call 410-5532-2000 to reserve your spot. MORE

Good Deeds Day
Sunday, April 2 | All Day | Free

Join Jewish Volunteer Connection, along with 930,000 volunteers from around the world, in a day of service! JVC has organized projects that families can sign up for all around Baltimore, including clean-up with Living Classrooms, a Knit-In, and decorating cookies at the Joseph Richey Hospice Center. Tight schedule but still want to do something Good? Register for “Good Deeds Day to Go”! They will give you service project ideas, instructions, and places to give. Plan your own small project for your next gathering, sports event, or celebration. MORE

Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes
Sunday, April 2 |  7:30 AM – 11 AM | $15

Be a superhero for local children at Make-A Wish,® Mid-Atlantic’s 2017 Walk for Wishes® Baltimore. Join this community-wide celebration and use your superpowers to grant the wishes of local kids battling life-threatening medical conditions. Registration Advised. MORE

Uncle Pete at St. James Academy Children’s Dinner Theatre
Friday, April 7 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | $12

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. MORE

Family Campfire and Night Hike at Irvine Nature Center
Friday, April 7 | 6:30 PM – 8:30PM | $10-$20

Take a night hike to watch for bats, listen for owls and test your senses in the dark. Finish the hike with a campfire and s’mores. Suggested for ages 5 and up. $10/family membership, $20 non-members. Registration Required. MORE

Pete the Cat, The Musical
Friday, April 7 | 7 PM – 8 PM | $10-$16

Pete the Cat never loses his cool. Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. That is, until the groovy blue cat moves in with The Biddles for the summer. Can cat and boy ever be friends? When Jimmy draws a blank in art class, Pete’s the perfect pal to lead the mission to help Jimmy find his inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on a new adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in a VW Bus. Registration Required. MORE

Recycled Bot Shop at AVAM
Saturday, April 8 | 1 PM – 4 PM | $5

Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! In April, bring new life to recycled and found objects and create a reclaimed robot. Their Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by a beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! $5/person. MORE

STEM in Spring at Port Discovery
Saturday, April 8 | 9:30 AM – 5 PM| Free with Museum Admission

School may be out for spring break, but your kids can still learn while they have FUN at Port Discovery! Immerse yourself into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) activities that challenge your visual perception during Light City Baltimore! As part of weekend festivities on April 8th, make glow-in-the-dark art, create bracelets that change color in UV light, and make a holographic projector that will have you seeing in 3D! Also take part in Eric Energy’s famous, interactive energy show “Spark Attack!”. From experiments with circuits, sound waves and different kinds of light to a real laser show, you’ll be all aglow with fun and learning about light! Free with Museum Admission. MORE

Royal Adventure Day at the B & O Railroad
Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9| Times Vary | $12-$18

Iron your best princess dress or break out your space suit as you journey to the royal kingdoms to test your rocket building skills in Provence with Belle and her dad, Maurice, the inventor. Learn how to make snow with Elsa and Anna in Arrendale and race frogs with Tiana in Maldonia. MORE

Flashlight Egg Hunt at Lake Roland
Saturday, April 8 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM | $3-$5

Want more challenge to your traditional egg hunt? Search for holiday goodies at dark-using our night vision and flashlights.Registration Required.Ages 5-12,7:30pm-8:30pm. Rain date Sunday April 9th, 2017. MORE

Wild West Day at the B & O Railroad Museum
Monday, April 10 – Thursday, April 13 | 10 AM – 3 PM | $12-$18

Put on your cowboy hats and boots and join us at the B&O Ranch for a wild wonderful time! There’s bulls that need ropin’, bandits that need catchin’, ponies that need racin’, and much more. So saddle up, cowboys and cowgirls, and meet them at the B&O for a day of fun on the western frontier! MORE

Craft Safari at the Maryland Zoo 
Thursday, April 13 | 11 AM – 12 PM | $5 with Zoo Admission

Children ages 4 and up are invited on a wild learning adventure with Zoo educator. MORE

Easter Bunny Breakfast at the B&O Railroad Museum
Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 | 8:30 AM – 9:30AM | $26-$40

Join The B & O Railroad Museum for our annual Easter Bunny breakfast buffet in the Roundhouse. Enjoy story time with Choo Choo Blue, the museum’s mascot, take an indoor carousel ride, and have your photos taken with their guest of honor! Then “All Aboard” for an exclusive 20 minute round-trip train ride with the B&O Bunny! MORE

Mary Sue Candies Bunny BonanZoo
Friday, April 14  – Sunday, April 16 | 10 AM – 2 PM | Free with Paid Admission

It’s one of the most egg-citing events of the year! Join us this Easter weekend for Mary Sue Candies Bunny BonanZoo. This annual family tradition features games, activities, crafts, live entertainment, and non-stop egg hunts! Plus, don’t miss a full schedule of animal enrichment where our animals will get some sweet Easter treats of their own! It’s a fun (and wild) way to celebrate the spring season. Bunny BonanZoo is a rain or shine event and is free with Zoo admission. MORE

Fun with Food by Celebree
Saturday, April 15| 10:30 AM – 12 PM | Free

Enjoy story time, songs, and food creations at the Baltimore County Public Library of Perry Hall. Paint using food as your brush and make a silly face using food items! Ages 3-10. Hosted by a certified teacher from Celebree of Perry Hall. Registration required. MORE

Kids Fest at Meadowbrook Park
Saturday, April 15 | 11AM-2PM | $5

Have a blast with the entire family at the 4th annual Kids Fest. Sports instruction, games, activities, arts and crafts, food, and much more await. Preregistration encouraged but not required. MORE

Countdown to Kindergarten
Sunday, April 16| 10 AM – 5 PM | Free with Museum Admission

Help prepare young children for their first school experience by experiencing fun early literacy activities at the Museum. Countdown to Kindergarten is an annual community-wide event that encourages school readiness skills in children about to enter kindergarten while providing parents with information and resources, including health care screenings and free books. Free with Museum Admission. MORE

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World
Thursday, April 20  – Sunday, April 30 | Times Vary | $15-$60

Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space age family fun as the ultimate circus experience launches into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. This is the Circus’s last run so come wish them a final farewell! MORE

Let’s Rock Earth Day! (cool) progeny Play Date
Saturday, April 22 | 3PM-5PM | $5

Join (cool) progeny at St. James Academy on April 22nd to ROCK Earth Day! From 3 PM – 5 PM, we’ll have fun for the whole fam… with an Earth Day spin! Make balloon racers, go on a scavenger hunt, create mosaic seed art, meet animals from Irvine Nature Center, fly kites, enjoy Hawaiian Ice from Hula Honeys, and more. It’s sure to be a rocking good time. $5 Family Pass includes all activities and snacks! MORE

Children’s Gardening at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Saturday, April 22| 2PM-3PM | $5

Have fun growing food and flowers. Enjoy crafts, games, and science disguised as messy fun. Learn about seeds, life cycles, bugs, and cooking the food you grow at the Anita C. Estuary Center! Event Fee: $5 a class or $12 a series. Registration required. MORE

Earth Oven Pizza at Cromwell Valley Park
Sunday, April 23 | 1PM- 3PM | $4-$6

Join a Naturalist to collect spring cress to put on your very own personal pizza at Cromwell Valley Park! For ages 3+. MORE

ROAR for Kids at Oregon Ridge Park
Saturday, April 29 | 8 AM – 11:30 AM

Join Kennedy Krieger on Saturday, April 29, 2017, as we ROAR for Kids! Make your voice heard by joining them for a 5k run or low-mileage walk for individuals of all ages. When you’re finished running or walking, be sure to take a break and check out the wide variety of fun activities and entertainment at our family festival! If you can’t drag yourself out of bed that early on Saturday morning, go ahead and sleep-in! Just don’t forget to register to Snore for ROAR. MORE

Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, April 29 | 10AM-10PM | $55-$60

The 5th Annual Charm City Bluegrass Festival returns to its home in Druid Hill Park. This year will be bigger and better than ever. Local food and craft vendors will be on hand to provide a variety of affordable options. They’ve got some tasty eats, drinks, fine goods, and other amazing companies for you this year! Children under 10 admitted free of charge. MORE

Everybody Needs a Rock at Irvine Nature Center
Sunday, April 30 | 11AM-12PM | $0-$10

Have you been looking for a special rock your whole life…the one that will feel just right in your hand, the shape and colors you’ve been dreaming of? Join Irvine for a rockin’ adventure to find just the right rock! they’ll read Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor, hike the trails to find the perfect rock and then learn how to wet felt it inside a wool covering to keep it safe. Ages 4 & up (with adult).Free for members, $10 non-members. Registration Required. MORE