Hot air balloons, pasta tower building, astro adventures, pirate teas, “Klutz” opening, and MORE! Here are the best bets for kid-friendly fun in and around Charm City this weekend!

baltimore family fun this weekend

Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
Friday, May 19 – Saturday, May 20 | Times Vary | Howard County Fairgrounds

The Long Running Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival is one of many events planned during the week-long series of special events celebrating the annual running of the Preakness Stakes, Baltimore’s “Super Bowl” and the 2nd jewel in thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. The Hot Air Balloon Festival has a long and colorful tradition going back 40 years. MORE

Wee Chic Birthday Sale
Thru Saturday, May 20 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Green Spring Station, Lutherville

The Birthday Sale is ON at Wee Chic Boutique! Pick a Pinwheel for 20% to 50% off your entire purchase including clearance. Great time to grab swimwear and summer essentials just before the weather breaks. Shop early for the best selection. Sale runs through Saturday. (Tell your friends!!!) MORE

KLUTZ ® Amazingly Immature Exhibit Opening at Port Discovery
Saturday, May 20 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Inner Harbor

Stop acting silly? Not in this exhibit! Learn about science through laughter, play, physical comedy, and fun in the new KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit, based on the KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2! Family fun and laughter combine with science and math in this can’t miss exhibit! Pull a tablecloth off a table without dropping dishes, turn spoons into catapults, create photo illusions, engineer fast-moving paper airplanes, learn how to juggle, transform money into wearable rings, and MORE! MORE

Sensory Morning at The Walters
Saturday, May 20 | 9 AM – 11 AM | Mt. Vernon

Join The Walters for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their entire family. They welcome program participants an hour before the museum opens, allowing families to enjoy activities during a quiet, less stimulating time. Educators from the Walters Art Museum and therapists from Kennedy Krieger Institute will be present for the event. **MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE** MORE

Pasta Towers at Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, May 20 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Key Highway

Kids of all ages create freestanding towers from pasta and marshmallows in the Weekend Workers program at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Free with paid admission. MORE

Bubala Indoor Playground Grand Opening
Saturday, May 20 | 10 AM | Pikesville

Bubala Indoor Playground can’t wait to see all of your little bubalas at their Grand Opening event! They are opening their doors on May 20th at 10 am and will continue on Sunday Way 21st (also at 10 am) with snacks and drinks. Special visits by Buba the kangaroo and a lot more!!! MORE

Wild West Express featuring the James Younger Gang
Saturday, May 20 | Times Vary | Steam Into History, New Freedom, PA

This gang of American Outlaws was well-known in the 19th century. The group included the notorious Jesse James and the Younger brothers. Their infamous group will be robbing the train for trinkets and jewels (provided). They will also be robbing for actual donations that will go to a local charity. Come out for a good time and a great cause. MORE

City Neighbors Spring Fling
Saturday, May 20 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Hamilton

This year, the annual Spring Fling will be a City Neighbors-wide event! All three schools are working together to create a day of fun, food, games, and more! MORE

Live Baltimore Family-Friendly Happy Hour
Saturday, May 20 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Oliver Brewing Company

Celebrate your love of city life with Live Baltimore! Join them in a featured neighborhood hot spot for this special happy hour. Ticket price includes a commemorative pint glass and one free beer. Proceeds benefit their mission to grow Baltimore City’s population! May’s event is family-friendly—with indoor and outdoor play space for kids of all ages. It also features a live concert with Bad Neighbors (Classic Rock You Like). MORE

Happy 50th Birthday Pumpkin Theatre
Saturday, May 20 | 12 PM – 5 PM | Owings Mills

Parents! Children! Lovers of live theater! Baltimore’s premiere children’s theatre company is turning 50 years strong and wants to commemorate this achievement with you! Pumpkin Theatre has been delighting generations of audiences young and young at heart with enchanting plays that instill confidence and compassion in our children. Whether a long-time Pumpkin patron or new to the scene, Pumpkin invites you to enjoy our big bash for games, laughter and, of course—birthday cake! (NOTE: Party is FREE! Regular ticket prices apply for Robin Hood performances May 20 and 21: $14 in advance and $16 at the door)MORE

Astro Adventures at the Maryland Science Center
Saturday, May 20 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Inner Harbor

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on because on Saturday, May 20, the Science Center is blasting off on an Astro Adventure! From noon to 4pm, be an honorary astronaut for a day and experience all the wonders space has to offer. Head over to their Interplanetary Space Agency to check out the logistics for traveling to different moons and planets. Put on your trusty pair of moonboots, and see if you’ve got what it takes to make it to the moon and back in Astronaut Training Camp. Create and name your own constellations to hang in the sky (or your wall) at home. Channel your Ground Control skills and launch rockets of your own design. Even build lunar landers capable of landing safely on the surfaces of different planets. MORE

Princess and Pirate Tea Party at the William Paca House
Saturday, May 20 | 1 PM | Annapolis

Join The William Paca House and Garden for a royal swashbuckling adventure at the historic James Brice House. The afternoon will entertain young princesses and pirates with crafts, games, music, and–of course–a tea party! You never know who just might stop by. Princess or pirate, which will you be? Come dressed as your favorite to our tea party. Reservations required. MORE

ACAC Princess Ball
Saturday, May 20 | 3:30 PM – 5 PM | Timonium

A delightfully Disney good time! Bring your little princes and princesses to enjoy princess wand making, nail painting stations, Disney princess music and cupcakes / cotton candy fit for royalty! Prince charming will also make an appearance to hand out carnations to little princesses. Free with a family membership to acac. $15 for non-members. MORE

Nature Fairy Exploration at Irvine Nature Center
Sunday, May 21 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Owings Mills

Participants will dive into the world of nature fairies with a story reading, a hike through Irvine’s trails to gather materials for fairy house making and then have some fairy snacks while decorating and designing fairy houses. Ages 3 & up (with adult). Advanced registration required. MORE

Pokemon at the Park
Sunday, May 21 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Lake Roland

Join your fellow trainers for 2 hours of catching Pokemon and visiting the 6 Pokestops along the paved loop. Charging stations and refreshments will be available in the Nature Center. Staff will activate Lure Modules during the event. Free admission and no registration required. MORE

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Jr. at Gordon Center for the Arts
Sunday, May 21 | 4:30 PM | Owings Mills

The “scrumdidilyumptious” adventures of Charlie Bucket at Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a musical guaranteed to delight your child’s sweet tooth. MORE

looking ahead to next week…

Michael Buckley Book Signing at The Children’s Bookstore
Monday, May 22 | 4 PM | Roland Park

The Children’s Bookstore is excited to celebrate the tenth anniversary release of acclaimed author Michael Buckley’s series, The Sisters Grimm. Nine books comprise the series, which has been translated into 22 languages. Each book is completely redesigned, with new cover art, and a completely new edit, making each story feel fresh and alive. The first three editions arrived May 2nd, followed by the next three in the coming months, and finally the last three early next year. Stop in to meet Michael and pick up signed copies of his many great books! MORE