Light shows, parent-and-me cooking classes, learn to sail (for FREE), and MORE. Find out why this weekend is cool as koi … here are our favorite ideas for family fun in and around Baltimore this weekend!

(PS – Don’t forget to get your tickets to our July 24th play date with Baby Beats!)

where to play: baltimore family fun, july 14-16

Evolution Engine at the B&O Railroad Museum
Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16 | 10 AM – 3 PM | B & O Railroad Museum

Evolution Engine, the B&O’s summertime STEM series, highlights the technological evolution of locomotives and the environmental evolutionary changes which impacted the lives of dinosaurs. Kids and adults, alike, can roam the evolution maze, discovering facts and truths about the extinction of dinosaurs and shift from steam engines to diesel engines. Sensory challenges include an excavation and rail design station, egg hunt races, face painting, waterworks zone, and more at the B&O’s backyard Pavilion. MORE

Rhythms & Reels: The Lego Batman Movie
Friday, July 14 | 5:30 PM – 10 PM | Morrell Park

As part of Baltimore City Rec and Parks’ #RhythmsandReels series, please join them at Movie in the Park, featuring The Lego Batman Movie! Pre-Movie Entertainment beginning 5:30 p.m.; Movie Starts at Dusk. PLEASE NOTE: It must be dark outside for the projector to show the movie. Please arrive no later than 8 p.m. to ensure you don’t miss the movie! MORE

Shabbat Laser Light Show with Wondergy
Friday, July 14 | 6:30 PM – 8 PM | Gordon Center for the Arts

Imagine a single point of light that quickly develops into a fully animated professional laser show. During this luminous Shabbat program, Wondergy will introduce children to the science of how laser lights works. Children will learn how one point of light transforms into the dazzling spectacle in front of them. MORE

Parent and Me Cooking Class: Pasta
Saturday, July 15 | 9:30 AM | Baltimore Chef Shop

A class for kids and their grown up to learn together in the kitchen. In this all-time class favorite, we start with mixing the dough then rolling and cutting it, making a range of noodle types. Recommended for kids ages 8 – 12. Registration is $40 per student. MORE

Teddy Bear Picnic at Port Discovery
Saturday, July 15 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore

Join Port Discovery for a special Littles’ Day dedicated to children 5 and under! Bring your favorite furry friend to their annual Teddy Bear picnic and enjoy an exciting day of hands-on activities! Create a teddy bear mask, enjoy a special teddy bear themed performance from the Kindersinger, make teddy bear finger puppets, transform into a teddy bear with face painting fun, and more fun-filled programs you don’t want to miss! MORE

Downtown Baltimore Sailing Center Open House
Saturday, July 15 | 10 AM – 1 PM | Downtown Sailing Center

The Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore has fun sailing classes and camps for all ages all summer long. Never been on the water and thinking about trying? Join them for their FREE public open house on July 15th to try sailing. They’ll assign 4 attendees plus a skipper to each boat. Anyone can explore the facilities but they ask all sailors to be at least 7 years old. MORE

Old School Child’s Play at Hampton Historic Site
Saturday July 15 and Sunday, July 16 | 10 AM – 1 PM | Towson

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! The entire family can play: marbles, jax, Game of Graces, Tabletop Nine Pins, Jacobs Ladder, cup and ball, hoop and stick, partake in sack races and more. All the fun will take place on the Hampton NHS’s farm. MORE

Family Nature Explorers: Cool as a Koi
Saturday, July 15 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM | Ladew Gardens

Just drop in! Join Ladew Topiary Gardens at a different learning station in the Gardens or on the Nature Walk each month. Whether they’re searching for wildlife, conducting experiments, or making a craft, they’ll have a ton of fun as we discover the wonders of nature. MORE

Chemistry in the Library: Solving Mysteries with Chemistry
Saturday, July 15 | 11 AM | Enoch Pratt Library – Hampden Branch

Join a chemist from the Army Research Laboratory and the American Chemical Society for hands-on experiments exploring some of the chemistry of forensics. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Please call 410-396-6043 to register. Ages 7-12. MORE

Citronella Candle Making Sale at Yankee Doodle Art Studio
Saturday, July 15 | 12 PM – 6 PM | Yankee Doodle Art Studio, Cockeysville

Keep the bugs away AND keep the kiddos entertained for a bit! Head to Yankee Doodle Art Studio and make citronella candles — they’re $5 off on Saturday, July 15th! Open Studio from 12 PM – 6 PM. No reservations needed, just drop by. MORE

Bubble Days at the Maryland Science Center

Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor

The sudsiest spectacle of the summer, Bubble Days, returns for its 12th year at the Maryland Science Center! Get ready for two days that’re going to be bursting with fun. Make your own bubble wands and solution at our bubble factory, swim through a sea of bubbles, blow the biggest bubblegum bubble (winner takes home a prize!), and more fun that’s sure to bubble up as the day goes on. MORE

Charm City Players presents Peter Pan (last weekend!)
Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 | 2 PM | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Theatre at Mercy High School

Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter Pan is a high-flying Tony award-winning musical that has delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime, the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates and, of course, the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs, “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up” and “Never Never Land,” this rousing tale is full of magic, warmth and adventure. Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us… who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. MORE

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.
Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15 | Times Vary | CCBC Essex

Join Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre’s Court Jesters Young Peoples’ Theatre for “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.” based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture. Performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. – July 11, 12, and 13; 1 p.m. – July 8, 9, and 15; 4 p.m. – July 15, and 7 p.m. – July 7, 14 in the Administration Building Lecture Hall, CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. Tickets are $10 and available from the CCBC Box. MORE

Drum Circle Beats
Saturday, July 15 | 3 PM | Enoch Pratt Library – Light Street Branch

Join in a drum circle led by professional musician and therapist Jordan Goodman. MORE

Rhythms and Reels: Trolls
Saturday, July 15 | 5:30 PM – 10 AM | Solo Gibbs Park

As part of Baltimore City Rec and Park’s  #RhythmsandReels series, please join them at Movie in the Park, featuring Trolls! Pre-Movie Entertainment beginning 5:30 p.m. Movie Starts at Dusk. MORE

Family Playground Cleanup and Social!
Sunday, July 16 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Patterson Park

Join Friends of Patterson Park for a family-friendly playground cleanup at the Castle Playground – located just north of Eastern Avenue near Montford Ave. They’ll have supplies and snacks for cleaners of all ages. Kids will get a Friends of Patterson Park Volunteer shirt for their efforts. MORE

Mixed by Me Thinking Putty Lab
Sunday, July 16 | 11:30 AM | aMuse Toys

What could be more fun than playing with Crazy Aaron’s thinking putty? MAKING IT, that’s what! Kids ages 4 to 99 are invited to discover some basic science with color mixing & putty making. Participants will be mixing their very own colors of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty and will take home 2 small tins they made themselves. Space is limited and must register in advance. Need a break to run some errands? Drop the kids off at #theLab at aMuse Toys. MORE

Apollo 11 Model Rocket Contest
Sunday, July 16 | 12:30 PM | NASA Goddard Visitor’s Center

Celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing at the Goddard Visitor Center during the annual Apollo Contest on Sunday, July 16, 2017, starting at 12:30 p.m. Attempt to land your model rocket on a “moon” target on the ground. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult finishers. The contest promotes interest in space sciences among area students. This event also includes a narrated demonstration launch of historic space vehicle models. MORE

The Tempest | Shakespeare Family Fun Days
Sunday, July 16 | 4:30 PM – 8 PM | Patapsco Female Institute Park

It’s the mission of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to introduce young people to Shakespeare in a setting that is fun, casual and friendly. Kids are welcome (and get in free) to all of our summer performances at the Patapsco Female Institute Park, but they really roll out the red carpet for them on Sunday afternoons in July! Sundays are Family Fun Days, welcoming everyone from babes in arms to grandparents. Gates open at 4:30pm. Child-friendly activities are provided before the play! MORE

Your Story Begins: A Writing Workshop for Kids
Sunday, July 16 | 5 PM – 6:30 PM | The Ivy Bookshop

Your story is beginning. Where will it go? In this workshop, kids will explore that question with Elissa through a number of creative writing and drawing prompts inspired by the stories in the book. Participants will get feedback on their work from each other and Elissa, and they’ll share their creations with parents at the end of the workshop. Perfect for kids in 3rd through 6th grade. $25 fee includes a writer’s kit with a signed copy of Our Story Begins and a journal. RSVP by 7/10 to 410-377-2966 or [email protected] MORE


Image courtesy of Downtown Sailing Center’s website.