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Feeling a little cooped up from all the snow? Get ready for a weekend of family fun, Celtic celebrations, creative workshops, animal explorations, and more! Usher in the spring time with The Lion King, Jr. or a ‘practically perfect’ production of Mary Poppins, explore the rails with Thomas, dish up some tacos — so many (cool) things to do!

Don’t forget to register for our family play date at The Waldorf School of Baltimore on March 25th! Baby Beats, Eco Adventures, Real Food Farm, and others will be there!

baltimore family fun this weekend

Target $2 Family Fun Night
Friday, March 17 | 4 PM – 8 PM | $2

Here’s a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Bring your whole family to Port Discovery from 4PM to 8PM on Friday, March 17 and get in for just $2 per person during Target $2 Family Fun Night. Come play and learn while exploring Port Discovery’s three floors of interactive exhibits – including the new, limited-time only Thomas & Friends(TM): Explore the Rails! exhibit, and the always popular KidWorks, Kick It Up, Tiny’s Diner, Miss Perception’s Mystery House exhibits! Also visit with the Maryland SPCA, learn about asthma with The Johns Hopkins University, and more. This event is generously sponsored by Target, allowing visitors to get in for just $2 each (that’s a discount of more than $12 a person off of Port Discovery’s normal admission!). MORE

Celtic Celebration
Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19 | Times Vary | $33- $73

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Celtic style with step dancing, bagpipes and lively, haunting melodies from the Emerald Isle. Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops join with a host of guests to commemorate the wearin’ of the green! Featuring music from the films Braveheart andTitanic, Broadway standards from Brigadoon and Finian’s Rainbow, “Danny Boy” and so much more. MORE

Way to Stay: Waitlist Coffee Event
Saturday March 18| 9:00AM-11:00AM| Free

Join Live Baltimore for coffee and conversation. Meet with school representatives, parents of enrolled children (from across the city), and other waitlisted families to learn about your remaining options for the 2017/2018 school year.FREE, but you must pre-register. MORE

B’more Healthy Expo
Saturday, March 18 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Free

The B’more healthy Expo offers something for every age and every interest and engages, entertains, educates and empowers families to take actions and make choices to be more healthy. Best of all, the B’more healthy Expo will connect you with community resources to help you reach your health and wellness goals! MORE

Zoo Bloom
Saturday, March 18 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Free with Paid Admission

Spring is almost here! It’s time to escape hibernation and head to the Maryland Zoo for our first big event of the new zoo season. Join them Saturday, March 18th from 10am-4pm for the Zoom Bloom and Farm Day. They’ll be welcoming spring (and warmer weather) with special activities and treats for you and the animals. As well as learning about the animals that live on farms. MORE

Luck o’ the Ridge
Saturday, March 18 or Sunday, March 19 | 10 AM – 12 PM| $5

Are you feeling lucky? Join Oregon Ridge’s naturalist on a “green” scavenger hunt and find your pot of gold! ($3 for members) MORE

Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails
Saturday, March 18 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Free with museum entry

Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine won’t want to miss Port Discovery’s special Thomas and Friends Day in celebration of Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails exhibit. Make Thomas the Train magnets, abstract art, train whistles and totes. Have fun with pop-up science projects that explore the science behind trains, interactive demonstrations and experiments. Enjoy live music from their roaming musician Mr. Norman and a limited time interactive production of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. MORE

African American Cultural Celebration at The Walters
Saturday, March 18 | 11 AM – 4 PM| Free

Learn how the next generation of Baltimore’s artists and leaders are harnessing the power of art to tell their own unique stories, hear presentations by local performers and enjoy family friendly art-making activities. This event is FREE and open to all! MORE

Disney’s The Lion King Jr
Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19| Times Vary| $10

The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring coming-of-age tale. The 1 PM performance on March 18th will be sign language interpreted. MORE

Disney’s Mary Poppins
Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 | 2 PM – 4 PM| $15

Charm City Players presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins! One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. MORE

Chef Egg Live: Family Cook Off!
Saturday, March 18 | 4:30PM – 6:30PM | $35

Chef Egg is breaking ground with a new series of cooking events for the whole family- The Family Cook Off! For the first lesson at Blue Moon Cafe, guests will learn how to make healthy homemade and authentic taco recipes. Everyone will learn how marinate, slice and dice as the family learns together. You’ll make tacos, quesadillas, rice bowls and several dips that will make your mouth water! MORE

Superhero Pajama Night
Saturday March 18| 6 PM – 8:30 PM| $25

Kids 3-9 years old (must be potty trained) are invited to join us for Superhero night to celebrate the Spring Equinox! Pajamas, costumes, and capes are welcome! They will practice superhero yoga, create a super craft, and enjoy a snack and story time. Children will learn how superheroes stay calm, practice strength and flexibility poses, as well as mindfulness. Parents, enjoy your evening. There will be a 15% off coupon to Maggie’s Farm available for you to use the evening of the event. Register early as space is limited. MORE

Belvedere Square Reads with MD Book Bank
Sunday, March 19 | 9 AM – 12 PM | Free

Children of all ages are welcome to board the book mobile at Belvedere Square and take a book home for free! MORE

Lantern Workshops with the Creative Alliance
Sunday March 19 | 10 AM – 1 PM| Free

The Creative Alliance will host two free lantern making workshops on Sunday, March 19th at 10:00 am and 12:30pm. Join them to learn how to make paper lanterns in time for the Light City Lantern Parade! MORE

The Dark Crystal at The Senator
Sunday, March 19| 10 AM – 11:30 AM| $7

The story involves a world where an evil race of sybaritic bird-monsters called Skekis rule over a magical purple crystal in a decaying castle. When a little elfin creature named Jen learns that he’s meant to fulfill a prophecy and end Skeksis rule, he begins a long, incident-filled hero’s journey toward their castle.” (Tasha Robinson A.V. Club) MORE

Super Sunday
Sunday March 19| 12:00PM – 5:00PM| Free with museum admission

Join Port Discovery for a family fun day filled with trains, music, art and more! Enjoy Choo-Choo Circle Time, pop-up art projects, Jingle Jangle Music Time, the Percussion Garden and Kamishibai Story Time that will make your imagination go wild! Admission is free with museum entry, which is $14.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children younger than two are admitted for free. MORE

Shadows and Sundials at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Sunday, March 19| 2:00PM – 3:30PM| $3

What did we do before watches? Tap into the ancient skill of using the sun and shadows to tell time by making a sundial! Registration required. MORE


Image courtesy of The Walters Art Museum