Dance at ZooBop kids music fest, read a story LIVE with Curious George, experience Christmas in July, buy books for a cause, make paper circuits, meet a Ravens player, and MORE! Here’s what’s (cool) for kids in and around Baltimore this weekend! Don’t forget about Baltimore Restaurant Week, too. Kicks off today and our pint-sized foodies had this to say about some of the menu options…

Note: The weather forecast is not looking fabulous this weekend and events are subject to change. Be sure to check the host location’s website or Facebook page before venturing out.

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, July 28-30

Summer TotSwap Timonium
Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 20 | Times Vary | State Fairgrounds, Timonium

00+ local families selling their new and gently used infant to teen items at up to 90% off retail. Books, games, infant gear, strollers, pretend play, educational materials, fall/winter clothing, sports equipment and gear, bikes, kids furniture, shoes, electronics and more! THOUSANDS of items for sale! Located in the Exhibition Hall at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. MORE

Baltimore City Rec & Parks Run $5 5k
Saturday, July 29 | 7:30 AM | Carroll Park

Join Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for their next $5 5k in honor of Rec & Parks Month on Saturday, July 29 at Carroll Park. All are welcome. On-site registration is available day of at 7 a.m. and the race begins promptly at 7:30 am. Registrants will be Fueled by Zeke’s Coffee! Stroller-friendly! MORE

Make Paper Circuits with FutureMakers
Saturday, July 29 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. Join The Baltimore Museum of Industry for their Weekend Workers Program on Saturday. This weekend, FutureMakers will be there making Paper Circuits with LED Lights. FREE with paid admission. MORE

Play & Learn Information Session & Play Date – POSTPONED, DATE TBD
Saturday, July 29 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Join Watershed Public Charter School for a fun, educational morning with Banneker themed activities at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Catonsville. There will be snacks for the kids and lots of opportunities for the grown-ups to get more information & ask questions about WPCS! All are welcome and FREE to attend! MORE

Storytime Live! – Hang Out with Curious George
Saturday, July 29 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Kiddie Academy, Abingdon

Come meet Curious George on Saturday, July 29 at 10 am at Kiddie Academy of Abingdon. This free community event invites children and their parents to Kiddie Academy to enjoy a story together – with a special in-person visit from the beloved Curious George. RSVP. MORE

Old School Child’s Play at Hampton Historic Site
Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 | 10 AM – 1:00 PM | Hampton

Before there were video games in the arcade, on the television screen and even in the palm of your hand, children spent more time outside, running around and using their imaginations while playing games! Come to Hampton National Historic Site every weekend during the months of July and August and step back in time when “gaming” meant interacting with others while enjoying fresh air and working all your muscles including your brain! MORE

Kids’ Yoga (ages 5-8)
Saturday, July 29 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Yoga Tree, Hampden

This playful class encourages self-expression as well as building social skills. Children will strengthen their bodies as they learn how to focus through breathing and relaxation techniques.They will also learn self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun and challenging poses. Try one of their regular offerings while we do yoga with your kids! $12 per kid (no guardian needed) $29 for one kids class & one drop-in Vinyasa 60 with Katrina. MORE

Book Fair to Support Pumpkin Theatre
Saturday, July 29 | 11 AM – 7 PM | Barnes and Noble, Pikesville

Pumpkin Theatre’s 50th Anniversary continues with their annual Book Fair at Barnes and Noble! Stock up on your summer reading and help support Pumpkin Theatre. When you purchase anything on the day of the Book Fair and show their voucher at the register, Pumpkin receives 20% of all sales. On Saturday, July 29 Pumpkin Theatre company members (some in costume!) will be on hand at the Pikesville Barnes and Noble from 11am to 7pm. MORE

Sing and Play with the American Kodaly Children’s Chorus
Saturday, July 29 | 11 AM – 12 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, Towson

Join students from the American Kodaly Children’s Chorus (AKCC) for an hour of learning new songs and playing games. Dr. Alyson Shirk brings lessons from Kodaly based methodology to life in an engaging environment which teaches students the foundations of musical concepts but feels like fun and games to students who love to sing. MORE

Trifecta Food Truck Festival
Saturday, July 29 | 11 AM – 9 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

Head to Baltimore County’s largest food truck event, where 25 of Maryland’s best gourmet food trucks will converge for a feeding frenzy! The event will offer craft beer, dining tents and amazing, live, local music at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Racetrack Infield. The event will be a family-friendly day with plenty of activities for children. General admission is $15 and children under 12 will be admitted free. MORE

Saturday, July 29 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Kids, get your dancing shoes on and singing voice ready! Zoo Bop is the new children’s outdoor music festival at the Zoo. Families will enjoy two live performances from kid-approved rockstars – Baltimore’s own Baby Beats (featuring Max and Root) and 2016 Latin Grammy Winner 123 Andrés. Plus, bop around to kids vendors, food trucks, and fun activity tables. You won’t want to forget to explore the Zoo, too – all day admission is included! MORE

Catonsville Christmas in July
Saturday, July 29 | 1 PM – 4 PM | Catonsville Historical Society

The Catonsville Historical Society invites you to enjoy Christmas in July on Saturday, July 29 from 1-4 p.m. Our train garden will be open and running at full speed! You can also tour the house and see the fabulous Homewood doll house, then step outside for holiday crafts, music, and games. Free parking is available across the street at Witzke Candlelight Funeral Home. MORE

Magician at Work: Mike Rose
Saturday, July 29 | 2 PM – 2:45 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, Cockeysville

Magician Mike Rose performs impossible magic tricks and off-the-wall comedy featuring construction, building and architecture! MORE

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert
Saturday, July 29 | 3 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. CineConcerts brings the beloved film to life with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score. Immerse yourself in the magic as you watch a house elf make trouble, a car fly, a giant talking spider, a mysterious diary and much more set to the music you know and love. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! MORE

Fluid Movement Presents: Sharkespeare
Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 | Times Vary | Druid Park Pool

This summer, Shakespeare meets synchronized swimming in Fluid Movement’s annual water ballet “SHARKESPEARE.” July 29-30 at Druid Hill Park pool and August 4-6, at Patterson Park pool. Sharkespeare and his trusty assistant Shakesbear will herd their unruly crew of actors, swimmers, and ne’er-do- wells on- and off-stage at the Globe Theater Water Park and Renaissance Festival while trying to do justice to the great Bard’s work. From a Tempest/Gilligan’s Island mash-up to a Hamlet soliloquy set to a jaunty ukulele tune, there is something for everyone to enjoy. MORE

Community Picnic at Prigel Creamery
Saturday, July 29 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Prigel Creamery

Come enjoy live music, Dangerously Delicious Pies, face painting, and specialty ice cream flavors! Everyone is invited to bring a lawn game and picnic for a fun family night! MORE

Pics in the Park: X-mas in July with ELF
Saturday, July 29 | 8 PM – 11 PM | Center Plaza

Pics in the Park is a free outdoor movie series on the lawn in Center Plaza. There is enough lawn space to seat hundreds, so tell your friends. Bring your own picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chairs and cozy up for a fun evening. Sponsored by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. MORE

Parent and Me: Baking Basics

Sunday, July 30 | 10 AM – 1 PM | Baltimore Chef Shop, Hampden

A class for kids and their grown up to learn together in the kitchen. This is a ‘kid-sized’ version of our very popular Scones, Muffins, and Coffee Cake class. We will start with basic kitchen safety and cover the essentials of measuring, weighing, mixing, and of course, cracking those eggs. Best part is you get to enjoy some tasty treats at the end! Recommended for ages 8-12. Registration is $90 for a parent and child. MORE

Fireworks Night & Ravens Open Practice
Sunday, July 30 | 6 PM – 9 PM | M&T Bank Stadium

FREE ADMISSION! Enjoy a Fireworks/Laser Show, interactive fan experience (including inflatables and activities), and post-practice autographs for kids. Gates open at 5 PM. Parking is $10 and available in lots A,B, C, F, G, H, J, N and O. MORE

Moths in the Moonlight
Sunday, July 30 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Come learn about these fabulous creatures of the night. After an indoor presentation about the impressive saturniid moths, you’ll head outside to see what you can attract with bait and lights.
Adults and children 8+. $2 (FREE for ORNCC Members). Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or [email protected] MORE


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