Trains, School House Rock, 5K Fun, Water Ballets, Pets on Wheels, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the whole family busy this weekend!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, August 4-6

Art with a Heart’s “Shop and Bop”
August 4 | 5 PM = 9 PM | HeartWares, Hampden

Art with a Heart –a non-profit arts organization based in Hampden, will host its annual Shop & Bop, Friday, August 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at its social enterprise/retail store, HeARTwares (623 W. 34th St., 21211) in Hampden. This free event will feature live music from Patrick & the Swayzees; food from a number of food trucks, beer & wine, and community art projects. MORE

Monthly Family Dinner and a Movie Night at Play Cafe: Sing
August 4 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Play Cafe, Hampden

Join Play Cafe for their monthly family dinner and a movie night and social with Sing! Full menu available. BYOB. Normal $5 minimum applies. MORE

Fluid Movement Presents: Sharkespeare
August 4 – 6 | Times Vary | Patterson Park Pool

This summer, Shakespeare meets synchronized swimming in Fluid Movement’s annual water ballet “SHARKESPEARE,” 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. MORE

Summer Outdoor Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
August 4 | 7 PM – 10 PM | The Shops at Kenilworth, Towson

Join The Shops at Kenilworth for some outdoor family fun! Catch a FREE showing of The Secret Life of Pets! Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket. Concessions available. MORE

Baltimore Orioles 5k Run/Walk for Casey Cares
August 5 | 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Camden Yards

Lace up your running shoes and join Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and Jill Davis for an incredible cause! The Casey Cares Foundation 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk takes place on Saturday, August 5th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in partnership with OriolesREACH. Proceeds of the event benefit the Casey Cares Foundation, which provides uplifting and ongoing programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families. The chip-timed 3.1 mile run/walk begins and ends at Oriole Park. MORE

Baltimore Kids Catch!
August 5 | 9 AM – 1 PM | Canton Waterfront

Spend a day at Baltimore’s Canton Water Front Park. The day is a free fishing day for Baltimore’s youth. (Again, FREE KID FUN!) MORE

72nd Annual Hereford Jr. Farm Fair
August 5 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Maryland Farm Park, Cockeysville

The Hereford Junior Farm Fair is a free event featuring Indoor and Outdoor Agricultural and Home exhibitions by Baltimore County Youth. Come see alpacas move through an obstacle course, rabbits compete in a jumping contest, and other exciting agricultural displays and demonstrations. MORE

Ford Family Fun Day
August 5 | 8 AM – 6 PM | Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg

The Gettysburg Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a day of free educational programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center Saturday, August 5. The event is a collaboration of Ford, Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. The public is welcome to come and enjoy an activity-filled day for adults and children alike, with free admission to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum, along with other special events. MORE

Nature Drop-In at Acorn Hill
August 5 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Lake Roland

Each Saturday, Lake Roland will have nature crafts, live animals, water fun, bamboo teepees, or other fun activities in the Acorn Hill play area. Ages 5 and up. (Children must be accompanied by an adult), FREE. MORE

Weekend Workers: Create and Test a Roller Coaster
August 5 | 10 AM – 4 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Industry, Key Highway

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. This weekend, create and test a roller coaster. FREE with paid admission. MORE

Drop In Art: Strike a Pose
August 5 and 6 | 10 AM – 4 PM | The Walters Art Museum, Mt. Vernon

Every weekend join The Walters Art Museum in their studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. This month’s theme is “STRIKE A POSE.” Be sure to visit often to participate in a different project each weekend. No registration required—drop in, make, and take a fantastic work of art home with you. MORE

August 5 and 6 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville

Investigate insects in the gardens, ponds and forests. Big and small, long or rolled up like a ball, insects and bugs are everywhere! Catch and release them with a naturalist while exploring different habitats. Families with children 3+ $2 per child (FREE for members) MORE

Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show
August 5 and 6 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium

Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show is the largest and longest-running model train and collectible toy show in the country. The show is geared towards the general public and towards modelers and hobbyists, featuring hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. Use coupon code W11 for $1-off online tickets! Kids 11 & under are free and do NOT need a ticket. MORE

KERPLUNK! Free Family Drop-In Art
August 5 | 12 PM – 3 PM | Creative Alliance

Families and children of all ages can also tour Creative Alliance’s galleries and create unique art projects that are linked to their exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for an entire afternoon to explore art materials and make new friends. MORE

Family Fun Day at Power Plant LIVE
August 5 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Power Plant

Join Power Plant for a family-friendly afternoon! Kid Friendly Yoga Session, Pony Rides, Baltimore Hoop Love, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Kid Friendly Games and Crafts, Face Painting, Bubbles, hula hoops and MORE! Admission to event area is FREE! All- Day All Access Wristband is ONLY $5 (100% of the proceeds is donated to Volunteering Untapped) Tickets available at or at the door. Wristband gives you unlimited access to Inflatable Obstacle Course, Pony Rides, and Face Painting. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Bean and Seed Painting
August 5 | 1 PM – 4 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

Inspired by “YUMMM” artist Jim Buhler, create a colorful collage using beans and seeds! Join AVAM for a for their hands-on, drop-in, art-making August workshop in the AVAM classroom! Their Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of their visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! $5/participant. No advance registration necessary. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. *Price does not include admission. MORE

Baby Beats with Max and Root
August 5 | 2 PM – 3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, Parkville

A live music and movement program hosted by musicians and Young Audience’s teaching artists Jamaal “Black Root” Collier and Max Bent. MORE

Reading Tails: Pets on Wheels
August 5 | 2 PM – 3 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library, Light Street Branch

Come read to a dog from Pets on Wheels. Choose any book, and make a new furry friend. Registration is suggested, but drop-ins are welcome. Book featured: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills. MORE

Leaping Lizards at Marshy Point Nature Center
August 5 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM | Marshy Point Nature Center

Yes, Maryland native lizards can actually leap! The hotter it is outside, the quicker they can move. Learn which lizards inhabit the Park on this hike. MORE

Time to Read at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market
August 6 | 7:30 AM – 12 PM | Baltimore Farmers Market

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar will host a special event on the first Sunday of every month known as “First Sundays.” From April until the Market closes in December, market-goers can celebrate the first Sunday of the month with special guests, performances, cooking classes and giveaways. Join the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the National Aquarium at the “Time to Read” market on August 6th. MORE

Stream Searchin’
August 6 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills

Enjoy a fun hike to our stream and immerse in some aquatic exploration to find critters like crayfish, caddisflies and salamanders. Ages 5 & up. Free for members, $10 non-members. MORE

Kid’s Terrarium Building Workshop
August 6 | 11 AM – 2 PM | B. Willow

Drop in any time between 11-2 at our workshop table for a kid friendly afternoon of terrarium building! Choose from a variety of repurposed/vintage glassware, and learn everything necessary to create a healthy moss terrarium in an enclosed glass vessel. Workshop attendees will also receive 15% off plants before or after the class. No experience necessary. Sorry, no discount given if you bring your own container. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Make Black and White Prints
August 6 | 2 PM – 5 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This Sunday, make bold black and white prints. MORE

Family Day at The Painted Palette: Swirls
August 6 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM | The Painted Palette, Mt. Washington

Have a little Picasso in the making? Bring your little one to one of The Painted Palette’s Family Days held on specific Saturdays and Sundays each month! Family Days are special, family friendly sessions geared toward children age 8 and up! Parents are encouraged to paint alongside their child and share in the creative process. MORE

Baltimore Plays: School House Rock
August 6 | 3 PM and 6:30 PM | Creative Alliance

A generation of American kids grew up singing the catchy tunes from “Schoolhouse Rock,” the smart animated series that taught us about government, history, science, multiplication tables and basic grammar through music. Led by Black Root and his exceptional backing band Black Root Underground, Baltimore artists will gather to sing their favorite Schoolhouse Rocks classic with their own B’more spin. Fun for the whole family! Two shows. MORE


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