The first weekend of spring has finally arrived! Time to shake off the winter blues and go green. This weekend there are plenty of chances to get outside and explore with playdates, nature walks, wild life, children’s festivals, and sweet treats.

where to play: baltimore family fun, march 24-26

Nature Explorers Play Date
Saturday March 25| 10 AM – 12:00 PM| $5

Spring has sprung — so let’s celebrate! Join (cool) progeny for a morning of family-friendly fun at The Waldorf School of Baltimore. Our pint-sized attendees will take on the role of nature explorers and adventure through Waldorf’s amazing Children’s Garden, groove with Baby Beats, learn how things grow alongside the fabulous education team at Waldorf, and even ‘shop’ at a mini farmers market. It’s a full sensory morning — touch, hear, feel, taste, and smell spring! Can’t wait to see you! Just $5/family and all proceeds benefit Waldorf’s Beekeeping program. MORE

Green is Great!
Friday March 24| 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM| $15

Learn all about spring and all things green at Ladew Gardens. Includes nature walks, stores, songs, and crafts. Ages 2-6 Registration required. $15 per adult child pair. MORE

What Does the Fox Say? Kids Paint Nite
Friday March 24| 6 PM – 7:30 PM| $25

Come, paint your very own one-of-a-kind fox masterpiece with Kiddie Crusoe! Kids paint, accompanied adults can watch or purchase their own canvas and join in on the fun! Light refreshments provided. Limited availability- Registration recommended. MORE

PJ Day at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Saturday, March 25 | All Day | Free

Free Ice Cream! Wear your PAJAMAS to Bruster’s Ice Cream in Glen Burnie on Saturday, March 25th and get a FREE small waffle cone! MORE

Wockenfuss Candies 5th Annual Factory Tour
Saturday March 25| 9 AM – 4 PM| Free

Wockenfuss will be giving away samples and raffling off candy. Tours will run continually throughout the day. Bring the entire family! MORE

Family Fun Day at the Forest
Saturday March 25 | 10 AM – 12 PM| Free

Join Irvine Nature Center and Garrison Forest School for Family Fun Day at the Forest! Explore, dig and splash in Garrison Forest’s new Outdoor Classroom garden and mud and water stations. Free but Registration Required. MORE

Africa Now: Children’s Festival at Baltimore School for the Arts
Saturday March 25| 10 AM – 12 PM| Free

Join Baltimore School for the Arts for a variety of workshops celebrating African culture, including coloring, storytelling, and an African souvenir petting zoo. At 1:30 pm, join us for a short performance from the TWIGS and high school acting program at the Baltimore School for the Arts. FREE. MORE

Lunch with Dr Seuss at Charles Village Pub
Saturday, March 25 | 11 AM – 12 PM| $6.95-$14.95

Charles Village Pub is proud to partner up with Baltimore County Public Library to present Lunch with Dr Seuss. Dress up as your favorite Dr Seuss character, visit with the Cat in the Hat, crafts, photo station and more! Space is limited, purchase your tickets in advance. MORE

Harford Mall Kids Fest with Mix 106.5
Saturday, March 25| 11 AM – 4 PM | Free

Join Mix 106.5 for Kids Fest on Saturday, March 25 in Center Court from 11am-4pm. Kids can enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and an appearance by the Aberdeen Iron Birds mascot. As an added bonus,the Easter Bunny will make his arrival as well, and will be ready for visit and photos with the children. MORE

Empty Bowls 2017
Saturday, March 25 | 1 PM – 5 PM | $25

Be a part of an event making a difference in the lives of people struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty. The 11th Annual Empty Bowls event is a fun, family-friendly, feel-good event to benefit the work and clients of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Enjoy a wonderful selection of soups supplied by local restaurants, bid on items in a silent auction, and choose a hand-crafted ceramic bowl made by local artists, students, and volunteers. MORE

Meet the Author: Middleton Evans
Saturday, March 25 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Free

The Miracle Pond, Middleton Evans’ most recent book, celebrates abundant wildlife discovered in Baltimore’s Patterson Park over a 15 year period. Come and meet him at the Perry Hall Public Library on March 25! MORE

Celebration of Spring Craft and Walk
Saturday, March 25 | 2 PM – 3 PM | $5

Celebrate the beginning of spring on this trail walk at Cylburn Arboretum. Identify interesting plants and birds. At the end of the walk, make and take home a bird’s nest from materials observed on the trail. Families welcome: Ages 4+ Free event with a suggested donation of $5.  Space is limited, please RSVP. Meet on the Cylburn Mansion porch! More

Professor Mike’s Magic and Science Show
Saturday,  March 25 | 2 PM  – 3 PM | Free

Enjoy a fun combination of science demonstrations with magic, juggling and comedy at the White Marsh Public Library. MORE

Fun with Animal Folktales
Saturday, March 25 | 2 PM  – 3 PM | Free

Accomplished storyteller, Janice the Griot shares interactive tales from the African American experience, featuring fun instruments, puppets, and songs at the Reisterstown branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. For pre-k to 2nd grade. MORE

Charm City Players’ presents Disney’s Mary Poppins
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 | 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

Children’s Gardening at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Saturday, March 25 | 3 PM – 4 PM | $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!  Registration required. Event Fee: $5 a class or $12 a series. MORE

Harlem Globetrotters
Saturday, March 25 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM| $45

For over 80 years, the unique brand of entertainment provided by the Harlem Globetrotters has dazzled audiences all over the world thanks to the squads talent for trick shots, ball handling skills, and rare defeats. MORE

Frog Frenzy Hunt and Campfire at Lake Roland
Saturday, March 25 | 7 PM – 9 PM| $5

The chorus of frogs calling for mates is a sound of spring evenings. Join Lake Roland for a hike at dusk to the wetlands area of the park to see how many frogs you can hear and find. The evening will end with a campfire and s’mores. This program meets at the Nature Center at Lake Roland. Registration is required. Ages 6 and older. $5 per person ($3 members). MORE

Maryland Day Celebration
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26| All Day | $1

Come experience life in Annapolis just as William Paca experienced during the year 1772. Meet the women and men who worked in town and listen to all the latest gossip going around town! Hands-on activities at every location, so be sure to visit the William Paca House (186 Prince Georges Street), Hogshead (43 Pinkney Street), Brice House (42 East Street) and Freedom Bound Exhibit and Museum Store (99 Main Street). MORE

Going Wild Weekend at Port Discovery
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26| Times Vary | Free with Museum Admission

Spring is finally here – and it’s time to “Go Wild” at Port Discovery! Join them for Wildlife Adventures and programs all about wildlife! Interact with live animals, learn about wildlife with fun programs like Living WILD, Wild Tales and UnWrap, UnRoll and UnWind, and enjoy animal-themed art projects where you can create Fire Breathing Dragons and Going Wild Masks! Plus, take part in interactive plays and theater performances, yoga for kids, and enjoy roaming music throughout the day! Admission is free with museum entry. MORE

Frog Watch USA
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26| 2 PM – 4 PM| $6

Where are the frogs? Learn their calls and help Oregon Ridge Nature Center count and keep track of our fast-hopping friends. Then, gather around the camp fire for s’mores! $6 ($4 for members). MORE

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Series: Bugs!
Sunday, March 26| 10 AM and 11:30 AM | $11

Bees, Lady Bugs, Spiders and Butterflies! Your favorite insects come together in this captivating musical and educational experience. Recommended for children ages 6 months through 3 years and their families. This popular BSO Music Box program at Gordon Center for the Arts gives your budding music lover the chance to explore music through highly engaging and interactive performances. Each half-hour concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. MORE

Little Italy Lantern Making Workshop
Sunday, March 26| 12 PM – 3 PM | Free

Little Italy’s Resident Light City artist Laure Drogoul along with Valeska Populoh present an afternoon of Parade Making! Come and make vibrant, Glowing lanterns and/or spectacular headdresses out of recycled materials in preparation for a Climate Change Pageant (The Sweetness of Doing Nothing) on High Street in Little Italy during Light City. While all materials will be provided,  you are welcome to bring clean plastic bottles or other recyclable materials to transform. MORE

Sunday Funday FazaFam
Sunday, March 26| 4:3o PM – 5:20 PM | $10-$18

Beat the March madness and get March MOVING with FazaFam! Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, ANYONE can hop, skip, jump, or scoot to Sunday Funday FazaFam! MORE


Image courtesy of Gordon Center for the Arts website.

Editor’s Note: This listing has been updated to remove the Urban Pirates Story Time. It was inaccurately included in this weekend’s picks but happened in February.