Cirque du Soleil, the 10 best days of summer, $5 Fam-Friendly 5K,  Mud Day, FREE admission for kids to the Renaissance Festival, Hello Kitty Food Truck, and MORE! There are lots of fun kid-approved events happening around Charm City this weekend!

Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, August 25 – 27

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO
Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27 | Royal Farms Arena | Times Vary

For the first time ever, Cirque Du Soleil’s award-winning OVO is coming to Baltimore. The internationally touring show is coming to the Royal Farms Arena from August 23 to August 27. OVO is the quintessential Cirque performance, filled with the acrobatic stunts, spectacular costumes, sets and theatrics audiences have come to love.  Please check ticket website for showtimes. MORE

Glow Kids Night Out
Friday, August 25 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Kiddie Crusoe

Join Kiddie Crusoe 2 for non-stop fun! Your child will enjoy supervised open play, tons of fun, and ice cream sundae- ALL for $15.99 from 6-8pm. EXTEND the fun for an additional hour with Laser Tag, Glow Accessories, and Face Painting for only $5 from 8-9pm. Drop-off for kiddies 3-12 years only. Bring your own packed dinner or add-on a pizza dinner for $5. MORE

136th unFAIRgettable MY MD State Fair
Friday, August 25 – Sunday, August 27 | Maryland State Fairgrounds | Times Vary

The 10 best days of summer are here! The annual Maryland State fair features rides, games, live entertainment, food, home arts exhibits, farm and garden exhibits, livestock and horse exhibits and more. MORE

Maryland Renaissance Festival – Opening/Children’s Weekend
Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27 | All Day  | Crownsville

Opening weekend of the Maryland Renaissance Festival is also Children’s Weekend! Kids 15 and under, with an accompanying adult ticket purchased, are admitted free. Every one of the nine weekends of the Maryland Renaissance Festival is filled with more than 200 performers entertaining on ten stages, joust tournament field and streets of the 16th century English village. (Children under 6 are always free!) MORE

DAM JAM 2017
Saturday, August 26 | 9 AM – 3 PM | Cromwell Valley Park

Join the Baltimore City Department of Public Works and regional partners on Saturday, August 26, 2017, for a fun-filled day of nature, art, music, food, hikes and history! This is your opportunity to learn about our water system while touring the Loch Raven Dam. At the neighboring Cromwell Valley Park, live entertainment, artists, wildlife and food will be available throughout the day. A shuttle bus will be available at the park to take visitors on tours of the Loch Raven Dam. MORE

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at THE AVENUE at White Marsh
Saturday, August 26 | 10 AM – 8 PM | THE AVENUE at White Marsh

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is returning to The Avenue at White Marsh on Saturday 8/26! Come say hello to them near the Barnes and Noble between 10am-8pm and pick up some super cute treats, while supplies last! MORE

Splash Craft: Wet Felting with Baby Beats!
Saturday, August 26 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Waldorf School of Baltimore

Join members of the Waldorf School of Baltimore’s community and Baby Beats With Max & Root for a fun-filled morning of crafts! Help your child bring their imagination to life by creating magical shapes and objects with wool, soap, and water. A perfect summer activity for toddler and children of all ages. Reservation required. MORE

Weekend Workers: Measure Wind Using Anemometers
Saturday, August 26 | 10 AM – 4 PM | The 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, measure wind using anemometers. FREE with paid admission. MORE

Summertime Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, August 26 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Take a list and head out to the meadow to see what you can find! It’s sure to be an adventure and the most interesting things you find might not even be on the list. Families with children 3+ $2 per child (FREE for members). MORE

4th Annual Arts in the Park
Saturday, August 26 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Chesapeake Arts Center

Bring your entire family to the Chesapeake Arts Center’s 4th Annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 11:00am-3:00pm. Live music, activities for kids, chalk drawing, face painting, local art for sale, and more! Rain or shine, bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the live entertainment! MORE

BCPS Back to School Festival
Saturday, August 26 | 11 AM – 1 PM | Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall

Join Baltimore County Public Schools at a free outdoor festival to celebrate the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Come to see our exciting Mobile Innovation Lab. “Get Your Head in the Game” by making a creative paper hat sculpture. Climb up on a working fire engine. Get up close and personal with an antique fire engine – a 1949 Mack Engine. Learn more about supporting student success on the BCPS Parentmobile. See how good you are with hula hoops and jump ropes. Make cool paper rockets. Buy a delicious lunch from Flat Chance, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies, or Pablo’s Toc O’s food trucks. Find a great book to read on the county library’s Bookmobile. Discover BCPS and community programs and services. Mingle with Doc the Tiger from Towson University. And enjoy the psychedelic funk of special musical guest The Groove Machine – a band comprised of seven Grade 10 students at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. This event is sponsored by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. Backpacks filled with school supplies, donated by Patient First, will be awarded as door prizes every 15 minutes. MORE

Sand Art at Yankee Doodle Art Studio
Saturday, August 26 | 12 PM – 6 PM | Cockeysville

Join Yankee Doodle for sand art crafts during open studio! MORE

Pre-Season Party at The Little Gym
Saturday, August 26 | 1 PM | The Little Gym, Hunt Valley

Touch your toes! The Little Gym is stretching and getting ready for a super fun 2017-2018 Season filled with grins! This event if free for Members and $5/child for Non-Members.  Enroll in any Season class during the Pre-Season Party and they’ll take $20 off your tuition and give you 2 extra FREE classes to jump start the fun!  Enroll in any Season class between August 27th and September 2nd and they’ll take $15 off your tuition and give you 2 extra FREE classes to jump start the fun!  To learn more and enroll call 410-771-3000. MORE

Dragons Love Tacos Party
Saturday, August 26 | 2 PM | Annapolis Book Store

Story telling and fun with the great children’s book: Dragons Love Tacos. Art projects, dragon-drawing with a local dragon artist, and delicious tacos. Event is free, but please RSVP: 410-280-2339. MORE

Singing Insects at Night
Saturday, August 26 | 7 PM – 9 PM | Lake Roland

The soundscape of Summer evenings includes the trills, chirps, and beeps of insects calling for mates. We’ll learn how they make their music and take a walk through the park to see how many we can identify by listening for them. Participants will help collect data for the “Cricket Crawl” citizen science project. Then end the evening with s’mores at our campfire. Register in advance. Ages 8 and up. MORE

Family Fun Field Day 5K at Rash Field Inner Harbor
Sunday, August 27 | 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Rash Field

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) wants you — and your kids — to get moving! They’ve launched a $5 5K series (yes, $5) that will take you and your adventurous family members around some of Charm City’s favorite parks. The next fam-friendly $5 5K doubles as a family fun field day at Rash Field! MORE

St. Elizabeth’s Summer Carnival
Sunday, August 27 | 1 PM – 7 PM | Patterson Park

St. Elizabeth’s Carnival will be on Sunday August 27th from 1pm-7pm in Patterson Park right across from church! A fun day for all ages! Zipline through the park, win some awesome prizes, enjoy classic carnival food including eats from Richardson Farms and Jurassic Pork and beer from Monument City Brewing Company while being entertained by The Readys!  Kids can play games in their Kids Zone and have fun with organized events by Coppermine Fieldhouse. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Sketch Charcoal Figures
Sunday, August 27 | 2 PM – 5 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Industry

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This Sunday, sketch charcoal figures. MORE

Mud Day
Sunday, August 27 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Lake Roland

Get down and dirty exploring the world of mud! Lake Roland will have mud painting, mud sculptures, mud games, a muddy obstacle course, and of course – the very popular mud pit! Clean off by running through their sprinklers or get hosed off by the fire department. Wear clothes that can get wet/muddy! Parents: Please bring towels, and a change of clothes for your muddy participants! All ages, $5 per person ($3 members). MORE

The Hive and The Honeybee
Sunday, August 27 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM | Marshy Point Nature Center

Join Marshy Point Nature Center as they enter the honeybee world and taste their honey. Free! MORE


Image courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.