Wizarding fun to camping science, musical instrument making to citizen bat science — here are our favorite fun events for kids this week! 

Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore This Week: July 31 – August 4, 2017


Bug Hunt
Mason Dixon Public Library | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Stewartstown, PA

For our Northern Baltimore County families — or those looking for  day trip! Join Mason-Dixon Public Library in hunting and exploring the mysteries of en’gross’ing critters and the amazing insects that help build a better world. Share stories and then go on a bug hunt! MORE

PreK Nature Drop-In: Water, Water, Everywhere!
Marshy Point Nature Center | 11 AM – 12 PM | Middle River

Introduce your little ones to nature’s wonders, enjoy stories, crafts, & outdoor activities together. Dress for the weather. Please arrive & sign-in before start time. MORE

Harry Potter’s Birthday: Wizarding Tournament
Baltimore County Public Library Parkville | 11 AM – 12 PM | Parkville

Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with a Horcrux scavenger hunt, trivia challenge and a race to Platform 9 3/4. Three points to your house if you dress as your favorite character. Program ideal for children ages 8 to 17 years old. Be sure to have your picture taken with the Prisoner of Azkaban-themed props during your visit! MORE

Let’s Science Summer: Camping
Maryland Science Center | 10 AM – 5 PM | Inner Harbor

Ah, the great outdoors! Make your own DIY flashlight, watch fire turn colors as different chemicals are added, navigate an orienteering course, explore tent engineering, and more in a week dedicated to one of summer’s most popular activities. Free with paid admission — all week long! MORE


Storytime, One Magical Day
Pic-n-Paint Pottery | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Pasadena

Book you seat and join Pic-n-Paint Pottery for a story, snacks, and painting a small pig bank. Recommended for ages 2-5. $14. MORE

Makernoon: Musical Instruments
Baltimore County Public Library, Catonsville | 3 PM – 4 PM | Catonsville

Librarian-guided DIY sessions to cultivate inspiration, creativity and problem-solving skills in your child. Explore with an open mind and imaginative hands. All supplies provided. Registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Register in advance. MORE

Artistic Children’s Theatre presents Lion King, Jr
St. James Academy | 7 PM | Monkton

Artistic Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. at St. James Academy on August 1, 2, and 3rd. Kids will delight in the magic of this classic tale as it comes to life on stage — with a cast comprised entirely of area youth! MORE

Rhythms and Reels: Inside Out


Preschool Program at Holt Center for the Arts
Holt Park | 11 AM – 12 PM | Overlea-Fullerton

Join them for a story, snack, and craft that explores nature. $5 for the first child (additional children are free). Designed for ages 0-6. MORE

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

Kiddos will enjoy playing with aMuse’s collection of award winning toys. We will have different play stations (Tegu, Brio, Smart Max & more). Get out of the house & come play in #theLab. Groups will be moderated by one of their fabulous Play Coaches.  Adults are invited to join in or hang out in the store. All ages welcomed. Must register in advance. MORE

ZOOmobile Presents: Who Runs the Zoo?
Enoch Pratt Library, Patterson Park Branch | 2 PM | Patterson Park

Try a zoo career on for size! Explore some different tools of the trade that help a zoo run smoothly. This event includes live animals. Presented by the ZOOmobile of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Groups of 5 or more must call 410-396-0983 to register. MORE

Rhythms & Reels: Mayo Family Bluegrass Band
Druid Hill Park | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Druid Hill

As part of Baltimore City Rec and Parks #RhythmsandReels series, please join them at Music at the Market, featuring Mayo Family Bluegrass Band! Rhythms & Reels inspires Baltimoreans to celebrate, community, culture and diversity through FREE, family-friendly programming in city parks. While you’re there, pick up some veggies from the Farmer’s Market.

Discover the Natural World of Art: Underwater Sea Collage
Holt Park | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Overlea-Fullerton

Discover the connection between art and nature! Create a dimensional snapshot of life below the water using a variety of materials — bring your own shells if you’d like! $2 per project. Please pre-register by emailing rmweber@baltimorecountymd.gov with your name and phone number. MORE


Tots @ 10: Under the Sea
THE AVENUE at White Marsh | 10 AM | White Marsh

THE AVENUE at White Marsh will host Tots@10:00 on Thursday, August 3rd. Learn all about amazing beach creatures, courtesy of the educational team at Under the Sea. Plus, families are encouraged to stick around for lunch and take advantage of special meal deals from participating eateries! Tots@10:00 will continue the first Thursday of each month through December. These fun-filled mornings are organized for children 5 and under… and the adults they bring with them. MORE

Shoots and Letters: Sensory Nature Exploration
Oregon Ridge Nature Center | 11 AM | 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! Drop-in Program. No registration required. Ages 3+, $2 per child. MORE

Early STEM and Literacy Classes for ages 2-5: Under the Sea
Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle | 10:30 AM – 12 PM | South Baltimore

This series of Mommy/Daddy/Caregiver and me classes are geared towards learners ages 2-5 and help prepare students to get ready for their educational career by building a strong foundation in STEM and Literacy. The classes are held at Francis Scott Key Elementary Middle School in Locust Point, Baltimore, MD, and all proceeds benefit the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms directly. Classes will be held every Thursday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm July 13 – August 17. The suggested donation is $12.00 per class. MORE


Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story
Irvine Nature Center | 10 AM – 10:45 AM | Owings Mills

Bat Count tells the tale of young Jojo, who takes part in a favorite family tradition of counting bats for scientists studying their dwindling population. It is a multicultural story of conservation and environmental stewardship, with beautifully rendered illustrations that breathe life into the narrative. Join Author Susan Detwiler at Irvine! MORE

Rainbow and Unicorn Drop-Off Event
The Creative Cow | 1 PM – 3 PM | Forest Hill

Join The Creative Cow for their very first RAINBOW & UNICORN DROP OFF EVENT! Each child will be painting a ceramic unicorn, making a special rainbow/unicorn snack to share, and creating their own unique rainbow and unicorn-themed art! Ages 4-12. Register in advance. MORE

Bookworm Story Time at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Oregon Ridge Nature Center | 11:00 AM | Cockeysville

Enjoy a nature story with the storyteller’s choice of an activity such as animal encounter, puppets or craft. FREE No reservation required. MORE


Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of Artistic Children’s Theatre Facebook Page