Cirque du Soleil preview at the Summer Social (bonus? sand art and water color painting with (cool) progeny!), author appearances, our favorite peach festival, free bowling, backyard science fun, and MORE! There is something for everyone this weekend in Baltimore. Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the kids busy.

Don’t forget about the Perseid Meteor Shower happening on Friday and Saturday night (we’ve got the best places to see stars in Baltimore) or our Rainbow Fish Story Time Tea next Wednesday (a few spots left!)

Need more options for getting out and about this weekend? Check out our Community Calendar

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, August 11 – 13

Summer Social Featuring The New Romance & Cirque du Soleil OVO
Friday, August 11 | 5 PM – 8 PM | West Shore Park
**(cool) progeny will be there with sand art and watercolor crafts!

Bring a blanket and enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening at West Shore Park for our last Summer Social of the season on Friday, August 11! We partnered with Cirque du Soleil OVO to offer a unique event unlike any other! Cirque du Soleil OVO is taking over our August Summer Social with character standees, face painting, and ticket giveaways to one of their Baltimore shows! The Summer Social will also feature live music by The New Romance, popsicles courtesy of Rooster + Hen Store, photobooth fun by Pixilated, a kids play area, food trucks, bar service, and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain for the kids to splash around in. Summer Socials are always free to attend! MORE

Campfire and Owl Prowl
Friday, August 11 | 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM | Marshy Point Nature Center

Whooo goes there? The Great Horned Owl is king of the forest. Join us for s’mores then help us call in Mr. Hooty. $3 per person, $2 for members. Reservations required. MORE

Weber Farm Peach Festival
Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 | All Day | Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Pancake breakfasts, barnyard fun, arts and crafts, live music, peach treats, and more — a juicy fun celebration for the whole fam at Weber’s! MORE

BOGO Games for National Bowling Day at AMF Lanes
Saturday, August 12 | All Day | Timonium

Celebrate with AMF on National Bowling Day and get a FREE Game of bowling when you download their new BowlMojis sticker pack to your iPhone! BowlMojis are bowling emojis that add a ton of fun to every message you send—and they’re available now on the App Store. Download them today to bowl a Free Game on National Bowling Day, Saturday, August 12th, and get ready to roll! MORE

Aviation Open Cockpit Day
Saturday, August 12 | 9 AM – 12 PM | Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Visitors to the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum on Saturday, August 12 in the morning 9am to 1pm can imagine being a pilot as they climb into the pilot seats of the Museum’s aircraft, from fighter jets to trainers to a Huey helicopter. Climb aboard a 1952 passenger airliner built by the Glenn L. Martin Company. Enjoy a fun and exciting morning with airplanes and explore the Museum’s indoor exhibits. $5 for adults and $1 for children. MORE

Weekend Workers: Build an Air-Powered Paper Rocket
Saturday, August 12 | 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. This weekend, build an air-powered paper rocket. FREE with paid admission. MORE

Littles’ Day – Tortoise & the Hare!
Saturday, August 12 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Don’t miss a special Littles’ Day celebrating the Tortoise & the Hare! Enjoy an exciting Tortoise & the Hare themed performance from the Kindersinger, join an interactive cooking class with McCormick, Inc., and take part in more hands-on Tortoise & the Hare activities! MORE

Story Time with Author-Illustrator Mike Malbrough
Saturday, August 12 | 10 AM – 11 AM | The Ivy Bookshop

Well-dressed Marigold loves Mondays, for that is when he bakes cakes! With his favorite recipe in front of him, he rolls up his sleeves and gets down to it. He whips up egg whites…Easy. He adds a cup of milk…Peasy. Then he sprinkles in just a pinch of…of finch?! That’s not right at all! Neither are the smidgeons of pigeons or the spoonfuls of loons. Clearly a chase is in order! Yet all that leads to is a spectacularly messy kitchen. And no cake. With a recipe comprised of equal parts humor and charm, author-illustrator Mike Malbrough has cooked up a scrumptious laugh-out-loud addition to the great tradition of interruption books. Ages 3-7. MORE

PAWS and THINK Book Launch Party
Saturday, August 12 | 11 AM – 1:30 PM | Greetings & Readings, Hunt Valley

PAWS and THINK! Books are ready to launch! Join Author Miranda Mittleman on August 12th at Greetings & Readings as she shares her books for the first time! 11:00AM Kids story time and book signings from 11:30AM-1:00PM. A portion of the proceeds from each book sold this quarter will go to the Baltimore Humane Society! MORE

Backyard Science Days
Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Science Center

Science doesn’t always happen in a laboratory—it can happen in your own backyard! Get up close and personal with some backyard science at the Maryland Science Center on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 during their Backyard Science Days! Get ready for a day of animal encounters and science activities! Explore your wild side with Wildlife Adventures’ animals. Build a custom driver (complete with googly eyes) for our nature racers. Assemble your own HandiGarden. AND MORE! Free with paid admission. MORE

Backyard Butterflies
Saturday, August 12 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Explore the live cycles of butterflies and get a close-up look at some caterpillars and chrysalis’. Then head out to the meadow and gardens with butterfly nets to test identification skills. Adults and children 8+ $4 per person ($2 for members). Register in advance. MORE

Night at the Creamery Art Exhibit
Saturday, August 12 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Prigel Family Creamery

Open invite to all! Prigel Creamery will have all kinds of artists and musicians displaying their work, face painting, and sidewalk chalk for the kiddos! Enjoy giveaways of grass fed beef, ice cream, and merchandise every hour! Bring a blanket and a picnic and stay awhile! No ticket purchase necessary. MORE

Sensory Morning at The Walters
Sunday, August 13 | 9 AM – 11 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Join The Walters for a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their entire family. They welcome program participants an hour before the museum opens, allowing families to enjoy activities during a quiet, less stimulating time. Educators from the Walters Art Museum and therapists from Kennedy Krieger Institute will be present for the event. MORE

Stroller Strides August Center City Play Date
Sunday, August 13 | 9 AM – 10 AM | Center Plaza

Join Stroller Strides Fit4Mom Baltimore City and DPOB at our FREE fitness class in Center Plaza on Sunday, August 13 at 9am. Stroller Strides is a fitness class designed for parents with stroller-aged kids. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs, and activities. Bring an exercise mat for ground exercises & a bottle of water. MORE

High Ropes Challenge Course & Zip Line – Second Sundays
Sunday, August 13 | 10 AM – 2:30 PM | Leakin Park

Bring your friends and family to Leakin Park this summer and enjoy a chance to try out part of our new high ropes challenge course. Two groups of 8 (2 groups per time block allowed) will be able to go up for a two-hour block to tackle all of our 8 team elements on the Aerial Teams Course (ATC). Individuals will exit the course via a 100′ zip line! (Minimum age is 16). MORE

Wild About Golden Frogs
Sunday, August 13 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Beautiful, mysterious, and rare, Panamanian golden frogs have been revered as good-luck tokens in their native country of Panama since pre-Columbian times. Now, they are critically endangered, and quite possibly extinct in the wild. Join the Zoo on August 13th to learn about the threats Panamanian Golden Frogs face in the wild and how they are thriving under the care of zoos and aquariums in the United States. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Construct See-Through Structures
Sunday, August 13 | 2 PM – 5 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This Sunday, construct see-through structures. MORE

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Build a Better World
Sunday, August 13 | 2 PM – 3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Reisterstown Branch

Turtle Dance Music presents this fun program designed to engage with children through songs, comedy, robots, technology and more. Play instruments, try out interactive music technology and dance along through the whole show. MORE

Family Day: Dragonflies
Sunday, August 13 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM | The Painted Palette

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