Dinosaurs, acro cats, big trucks, book fun, farm fests and MORE! There are so many kid-friendly things happening in Charm City this weekend. Here are this weekend’s ‘don’t miss’ Baltimore family events.

As always, events are subject to change. Check the host organization’s website before you go!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, September 22-24

Baltimore Book Festival
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24 | 11 AM – 7 PM | Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine. September 22-24, 2017, 11AM-7PM. Admission is FREE and open to the public! MORE

St. Demetrios Greek Festival 2017
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24 | Times Vary | Parkville

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Baltimore, MD presents their 44th Annual Greek Festival from September 21st through September 24, 2017. Come join us in a celebration of culture, music and delicious food! The festival has something to offer everyone young and old. Taste the wonderful flavors of Greece, enjoy folk dancing entertainment, listen to traditional Greek music, visit the many shops and explore the rich culture that only Greece has to offer. MORE

The Amazing Acro-Cats
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24 | Times Vary | Creative Alliance, Patterson Park

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for over 200 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method) Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road! MORE

Phoenix Festival Theater presents DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID
Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24 | Times Vary | Harford Community College

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to pursue Prince Eric and leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Come join Flounder the Fish, Scuttle the Seagull and Sebastian the Crab “Under the Sea” for this magical love story for all ages. MORE

Fall into Fitness 5k at Jones Falls Trail
Saturday, September 23 | 7:30 AM | Cylburn Arboretum

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 run/walk is September 23rd on the Jones Falls Trail, beginning at Cylburn. Check out our tips for running with kids before you go! MORE

Cars, Trucks, and Things That GO!
Saturday, September 23 | 9 AM – 10:30 AM | Gilman School, Roland Park

Join Gilman School for some exploration and fun! Climb big trucks, explore emergency vehicles, and meet local heroes who build, protect, and serve our community. All are welcome to attend this free event. Current Gilman Lower School families are encouraged to attend and bring a friend (or two!). MORE

Johnny Appleseed Festival
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Weber Farm, Parkville

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm kicks off their fall events with the fantastic fun of the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival! Live Music, hayrides, straw maze, hillslide slide, boo barn, farm animals, duck races, and MORE! MORE

Drop-in Art Activities: Cultures of the World
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Walters Art Museum, Mt. Vernon

Every weekend join The Walters in their studios and create artful projects related to the collection and special exhibitions. Check out our monthly themes and 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! This month’s theme: cultures of the world. MORE

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events this Weekend - (cool) progeny

Charm City Fly-In: Remote Control Airplane Festival
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Southwest Area Park

Dozens of aviators from the Southwest Area Park (SWAP) Modelers will teach you how to taxi, take off and soar the skies as you guide model planes – some up to 10 feet long – hundreds of feet in the air. When you’re not piloting a plane, witness the aerial maneuvers of the skilled pilots as they dip, flip and bank their planes high overhead in a “Fun Fly Competition.” The Fly-In will include delicious grilled foods, cold beverages and more! MORE

Dino Day
Saturday, September 23 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor

Roar with the dinosaurs when they take over MSC on Saturday, September 23 for Dino Day! Channel your inner paleontologist as you uncover fossils and learn about the dinosaurs who roamed the earth millions of years ago. Scour Dino Hall and use your reasoning skills to piece together clues to solve a dinosaur mystery. You might even get a chance to meet a “real” dinosaur! MORE

Family Farm Day
Sunday, September 24 | 10 AM – 6 PM | Maryland Farm Park, Cockeysville

Family Farm Day is a one-day festival celebrating all things agriculture. Drawing over 5,000 visitors from throughout central Maryland, the festival has something to offer attendees of all ages including great food, music, exhibitions, tractor rides, art and craft vendors and educational programs. At Family Farm Day visitors can listen to the sounds of live music, browse the offerings of a sugar maple lined alee featuring locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, meats, and cheeses. Learn about gardening and beekeeping and MORE! MORE

Working Animals at The BMI
Sunday, September 24 | 12 PM – 3 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry, Key Highway

Meet animals (and their handlers) who work to bring comfort and protect public safety at hospitals, airports, courthouses, and on the streets. MORE

Bugs in Your Garden
Sunday, September 24 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

Many children do not like bugs. Many are inappropriately afraid of bees. Why is this and what can we do about it? This one hour PowerPoint presentation with multiple short videos included gives children the two things they need to become friends with the insects in their garden: a sense of control over and a sense of wonder for the amazing community of garden insects. After the talk, Master Naturalist Beverly Davis will lead the group on a short walk. MORE

Make Your Own Bouncing Ball

Sunday, September 24 | 2 PM – 2:45 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, White Marsh

Play with polymers, explore chemical reactions and create balls that actually bounce by using simple kitchen ingredients. Registration required. Children under 8 with adult. MORE


Image courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts