Beach fun on the railroad, OrchKids in the park, story time fun, rock climbing, and MORE! Here are our favorite kid-friendly events in and around Charm City this week.

Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore: August 14 – 18, 2017


Beach Bound Rail Adventures
All Week Long | 10 AM – 3 PM | B&O Railroad Museum | Downtown Baltimore

Celebrate summer at the B&O with Beach Bound Rail Adventures! Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities to keep kids entertained and engaged. Activities include: Story Time (begins promptly at 10:30 am), Grabby Grabby Crabs Game, Sand Fun, Boat Building, Kinetic Run-through Water Garden (swim suits & towels recommended), Thomas Power Wheels, Bounce House, Red Light, Green Light Games, Arcade Games, and more! MORE

Nano 101
2 PM – 3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Catonsville

In this introduction to nanoscience, students are exposed to the tiny world of nano, where objects are measured in nanometers, or one billionth of a meter! Children participate in experiments, learn what happens on the nanoscale, and create a “nano-gold” sun catcher to take home. Presented by Port Discovery. Registration required. MORE

Kids Learn Chess
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Cockeysville

Basic instruction for beginners and more advanced instruction for those who already know how to play. Everyone will also have time to play chess. Registration required. MORE


Bug Life at The Maryland Science Center
11 AM & 2 PM | Maryland Science Center | Inner Harbor

Get an ‘up close and personal’ look (and maybe touch) of some of the special bugs that live in the Kids Room. This event starts at 11am and 2pm and lasts approximately 30 minutes.  Free with paid admission. MORE

Papel Picado: Artesanas Mexicanas
1 PM – 3 PM | Enoch Pratt Library | Patterson Park 

Join the Creative Alliance to learn about and try papel picado, a type of Mexican folk art. Cut detailed shapes in paper to make a picture or design. Kids ages 5-12. MORE

Center Plaza Play Date: Sip & Play
5 PM – 6:30 PM | Center Plaza | Downtown Baltimore

DPOB’s August Center Plaza Play Date combines two seemingly disparate entities (alcohol and reptiles) but think you’ll agree they go together swimmingly while you’re sipping an apres-work cocktail and your child is gleefully holding something with scales courtesy of the capable folks at Fangs, Frogs & More. (They’ll also have other toys and games set up if your kid is a little more “indoorsy.”) MORE

Audition for the Children’s Chorus of Maryland
August 15, 16, and 17 | 10 AM – 12 PM, 1 PM – 6 PM | Towson

For children who love to sing! Auditions for children as young as 5 ½ will be held in Towson on August 15th,16th, & 17th for the 2017-2018 season of this comprehensive music education & choral performance program. The audition is a kid-friendly series of games, imitative exercises, and physical activities. No previous training is required. Visit for more information and to sign up for an audition today. Audition fee is $25 per child. Other dates available upon request. MORE


Preserving the Harvest: Salsa
10 AM – 12 PM | Cromwell Valley Park | Towson

Learn to can salsa using fresh ingredients from the Children’s Garden. Participants will take home a jar of salsa! $3 members /$5 non-members. Register in advance. Ages 5+. MORE

Destination Doug
10 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 their 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

Rainbow Fish Story Time Tea – A (cool) progeny event
3 PM – and 4:30 PM | The Corner Pantry | Lake Falls

Join us for our last summer Story Time with The Corner Pantry – – a Rainbow Fish Tea! Wear your favorite color and come for an hour of whimsical fun and afternoon tea. Imaginations will soar as we’re joined by Storybook Shari, who will be our special reader for this tea. Event includes full tea service for caregiver + child (it’s delicious!), story read-a-loud, reader meet-and-greet, and rainbow fish craft. MORE

Rhythms and Reels: The Secret Life of Pets
5:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Baltimore City Rec and Parks | Druid Hill Park

As part of Baltimore Rec and Parks’ #RhythmsandReels series, please join them at Movies at the Market. Wednesday evening features The Secret Life Of Pets! Movie begins at dusk. Complimentary popcorn! MORE


Animal Craft Safari: “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”
11 AM – 11:45 AM | The Maryland Zoo | Druid Hill Park

Children ages 4 and up are invited on a wild learning adventure with Zoo educator. On a craft safari, little explorers will: Meet a real creature from the Zoo’s animal embassy (weather and staff dependent) Hear an animal-themed story Make a wildlife-related craft Learn about ecology and conservation of wild animals $5.00 per child*, Pre-registration suggested. *Materials fee does not include Zoo admission. MORE

Summertime ROX at Earth Treks
1 PM – 3 PM | Earth Treks Climbing Center | Timonium

Beat the heat this summer with a fun afternoon of climbing at Earth Treks in Timonium! Qualified instructors will supervise activities in a fun and social atmosphere, including tons of climbing, summertime games and basic skills instruction. Ages 6-12. MORE

Make It, Take It: Snowman in Summer
1 PM | The Playroom Harford | Forest Hill

Create your own hanging snowball for your winter enjoyment. Snowball will be sponge painted over three vinyl snowflakes. Peel off the snowflakes for a pretty effect! Add a face and an overall glitter for a gleaming ornament. Adorn the snowball with a top hat and glass bird (optional). Showcase your creation on your included stand. MORE

Crafternoon: Seashell Mobile
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Parkville

Make a colorful seashell mobile from shells, beads and twine. Space is limited. Tickets available 30 minutes before program. MORE

ivivva VIP Party – a (cool) progeny event
6 PM – 9 PM | ivivva Towson | Towson Towne Centre

We’re inviting (cool) progeny readers and their daughters (ages 6-14) to join us on August 17th from 6 PM – 9 PM for a VIP Thank You Party! Guests will be treated to gift bags, hair braiding, sips and bites, have a chance to model in the store window AND be the first to snag their amazing last weekend closing deals. Perfect chance to stock up for back to school! MORE

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Owings Mills

Learn basic yoga poses and make origami animals that go with them! For ages 7 to 11 – children under 8 with adult. Space is limited. Tickets available 30 minutes before program on the third floor. MORE

Rhythms & Reels: BSO Orch Kids & Moana
8:30 PM – 11 PM | Baltimore City Rec and Parks | Carroll Park

As part of Baltimore City Rec and Parks #RhythmsandReels series, please join them for Music & Movies at the Market, featuring ‘Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Kids’ & ‘Moana!’ Events begin at dusk. MORE


Tails and Tales
10 AM – 10:45 AM | Irvine Nature Center | Owings Mills

Join Irvine for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet! They have this award-winning program every Friday. Get an up-close and hands-on experience with Irvine’s animals. All ages. No need to register–just show up! The program often has quite a crowd, so definitely go early. MORE

Chesapeake Children’s Museum Art and Story Time
10:30 – 11:30 AM | Chesapeake Children’s Museum | Annapolis

Share the museum’s passion for great children’s literature and creative visual expression with our youngest visitors. Children ages two to five-years-old and their accompanying adults can share books, flannel board stories, puppets, and acting out stories along with related art and craft activities.
Free with admission. MORE