Make and take art at AVAM, FutureMakers fun, Camp Artscape, live music, Moana, and more! Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the kiddos busy this week.

(Don’t forget to register for Saturday’s Jelly and Jam Play Date with Baby Beats or next week’s Dr. Seuss Story Time Tea!)

things to do with kids in baltimore this week: july 17-21


Well, we were late putting this post up. So guess we’ll skip Monday.


Tattered Hatters at Lauraville Farmer’s Market
4 PM – 7 PM | Farmer’s Market | Hamilton-Lauraville

Free hat making – something for all ages. Decorate visors for the little ones. Adventurous, make a fez, Bishop’s Miter or a princess crown. Fully fanatical, make a top hat or mad hatter hat. MORE

Rhythms & Reels: Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols
6:30 PM | Patterson Park

As part of Baltimore Rec and Parks’ #RhythmsandReels series, please join us at the Friends of Patterson Park Concerts, featuring Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols! Rhythms & Reels inspires Baltimoreans to celebrate, community, culture and diversity through FREE, family-friendly programming in city parks. MORE


Blackberry Picking at Hybrodima Farm
8 AM – 12 PM | Baldwin

Hybrodima Berry Farm in Baldwin is an organic berry farm that’s open for Pick-Your-Own fun on Wednesdays and Saturdays  (8AM to 3PM).  Berries are $5 per pound and organic lavender is $7 per bunch. Go in the morning and then spend the afternoon baking or making jam! MORE

Destination Doug at Play Cafe
10 AM – 10:30 AM | Play Cafe | Hampden

Join Play Cafe every Wednesday at 10am for a reading adventure through some perfect picture books. Using music, movement and fingerplays and fun, this play-based program is designed for our youngest audience birth to 4 year-olds. This is a free drop‐in program, however normal Play Cafe $5 food and beverage minimum applies. MORE

Summer Break Make & Take: Big Burger Collage

2 PM – 4 PM | American Visionary Art Museum 

Create the biggest burger ever using layers of paper, magazines, tape and more! AVAM’s Education staff is opening their classroom doors this July for a special session of hands-on, drop-in art making FOOD themed workshops! Drop by our classroom (2nd floor, JRVC) between 2 and 4 PM each afternoon to MAKE your own original artwork and TAKE it with you! All materials & inspiration provided! Recommended for ages 7 & up. $5 per participant (museum admission not included). No advanced registration required. MORE

Free Demo! KinderMusik Class!
5:30 PM | Kid Kinetics

Kid Kinetics is super excited to be joining with Miss Debbie from KinderMusik!  Join them for a free demo class with Miss Debbie from KinderMusik. Ages 0-7 with parent involvement. Multiple siblings can join! A fun 45 minute class of bonding, development, singing, and exploration of the music world! Please RSVP through the Facebook Event. MORE 

Rhythms & Reels: Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Druid Hill Park

As part of Baltimore City Rec and Parks#RhythmsandReels series, please join them at Music at the Market, featuring Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra! The Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra was formed in 1971 by a few Trinidadians who resided in Baltimore, Maryland. Richard Semper and Paul Gervais, who are still with group today, are two of the original members. The group now has musicians performing in it representing three generations of the Semper family. MORE

Family Movie Night – Moana Movie at Power Plant Live
6 PM | Power Plant Live | Downtown Baltimore

FREE to attend! Bring your blanket, chairs and family to settle in for a relaxing night of fun flicks! RSVP to receive a free bag of popcorn! MORE


Shoots and Letters: All About Fish
10 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center | Cockeysville

Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Stories, crafts and adventures are all a part of the fun!  Ages 3+, $2 per child. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required! MORE

Chill Out at the Ice Arena
12 PM – 2 PM | Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena

Nothing beats a little time on the ice when the day is really hot! Head to the Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena for their public skate sessions Mondays – Thursdays from 12 PM – 2 PM. Admission to public skating sessions is $4.00 and skate rental costs $2.00. MORE

Futuremakers Presents Instant 3D Prints

1:00 PM | Enoch Pratt Library | Light Street Branch

Become a product designer and rapid prototype a robot face. Explore the process of vacuum forming — heating thermoplastic and forming it over a shape with vacuum pressure — to create squishy foam 3-dimensional designs to take home. Workshop size is limited, and registration is required. Please call 410-396-1096 to sign up. MORE

Pajama Story Time
7 PM – 7:30 PM | Cockeysville Library

Put on your PJs and bring your bedtime pal for stories and songs! Designed for ages 2-5 with caregiver. MORE


Toddler StoryPlay at The Playroom
9 AM and 10 AM | The Playroom | Forest Hill

This one of a kind, action packed 50-minute class is filled with hands-on activities geared for toddlers and preschoolers along with an accompanying adult.  Toddlers use thematic pictures to guide them through play and movement activities.  Preschoolers follow a weekly theme where storybooks come to life as we act them out. Both classes use music, puppets, creative movement, props, balls, books, parachute play, and much more! MORE

Open Play in #TheLab
10:30 AM | aMuse Toys | Quarry Lake

Open Play Sessions are back in #theLab at Quarry Lake.  Kiddos will enjoy playing with aMuse’s collection of award winning toys. They will have different play stations (Tegu, Brio, Smart Max & more). Get out of the house & come play in #theLabs. Groups will be moderated by one of their Play Coaches.  Adults are invited to join in or hang out in the store. All ages welcomed. MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE. MORE

Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ Sights and Sounds for Preschoolers
2: 00 PM – 2:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | White Marsh Branch

Meet a few favorite Baltimore Symphony Musicians and see and hear their musical instruments come to life! Baltimore Symphony Musicians also show young concertgoers how their musical instruments transform sound into song. Registration required. MORE

Camp Artscape
11 AM – 9 PM | Pearlstone Park

Camp Artscape — aka Kidscape — invites school-age children to use their creative spirits to make camp-themed arts and crafts, participate in demonstrations and enjoy family-friendly entertainment. Instrument petting zoo, STEM activities, train like an astronaut with NASA, and MORE! Artscape takes place July 21st-23rd. Be sure to download their app before you go! MORE