Trucks at the Zoo, street art in Little Italy, get your groove on at Movement Lab, ‘rock out’ with Saturday Morning Tunes at WTMD, family brunch fun, neighborhood festivals and more. There are TONS of ways to keep the kiddos entertained this weekend in and around Charm City! (Plus, the aMuse Toys GIANT sidewalk sale is Sunday– but we recommend leaving littles at home if you’re planning on stocking up for holidays or refilling the birthday/boredom boxes!).

Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, September 8-10, 2017

Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival
Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 | All Day | Little Italy

The streets of Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood come alive with color, beauty and tradition at the Madonnari Arts Festival. MORE

PotterVerse Harry Potter Convention
Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 | All Day | Downtown Baltimore

PotterVerse is the Mid-Atlantic’s Major Harry Potter Fan Convention! PotterVerse is a three day event taking place on September 8-10, 2017, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD. The inaugural convention will celebrate all things Harry Potter — so get your wands ready! MORE

Groovement Lab
Friday, September 8 | 7 PM – 9 PM | Movement Lab, Hampden

Every 2nd Friday of the month #TheBIGLittleBand joins Movement Lab for a night of live music, dancing, and *FUNdraising for local community non-profits in Remington. Take off your shoes, step inside, be a part of the groovement as The Big Little Band hosts a monthly guest act and open mic for ALL (singing, poetry, dancing, story telling, etc.) MORE

Maryland Seafood Festival
Saturday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10 | All Day | Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis

Mark your calendars on September 9th & 10th for the 50th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival! We’re celebrating 50 years of food and fun at Sandy Point State Park with a weekend full of delicious seafood dishes, interactive cooking demonstrations, exciting competitions, kids activities and fireworks! General admission is $15 and kids are FREE! MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes: Schoolhouse Rock Tribute feat. Black Root & Max (from Baby Beats) and more
Saturday, September 9 | 9 AM – 11 AM | WTMD, Towson

Black Root (one half of Baby Beats) leads an incredible band of Baltimore musicians in this tribute to “Schoolhouse Rock,” an animated musical series which helped teach a generation of children about math, grammar, government and more. (If you grew up in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, you can probably still sing along with “I’m Just A Bill”). For this show, Black Root will be joined by Max (also of Baby Beats), soul musician Marc Evans and more! MORE

Story Time: Ribbit
Saturday, September 9 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | The Pottery Stop, Ellicott City

Introducing: Story Time! The Pottery Stop will be reading a story and painting a project to go along with the book. Appropriate for ages 2 and up. This is designed as a parent/child activity and will last for about one hour. Up to one adult per attendee, please! Cost is $15+tax pp. Projects will be ready to pick up in one week. Space is very limited so reserve your spot today! MORE

Honoring Our Heroes: Motor Muster
Saturday, September 9 | 10 AM – 2 PM | The Fire Museum of Maryland, Cockeysville

Join The Fire Museum of Maryland for their annual salute to Fire, Police, EMS & Military Personnel. See their antique engines too! The Muster takes place in our parking lot and is free. This is also a great time to come inside the Museum for more exhibits, and to see their one-day-only custom fire engine model show. Regular admission applies for entry to the Museum. MORE

Drop-in Art Activities: Cultures of the World
Saturday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10 | 10 AM – 4 PM | The 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

Touch A Tractor
Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 | 11 AM – 6 PM | Gaver Farm, Mt. Airy

Touch A Tractor provides an opportunity for kids to see and touch their favorite farm machinery- tractors, combine, grain trucks, antique tractors and other farm machines! Meet our family farmers and equipment operators. Learn about the machinery and technology used on farms. This family friendly activity is a perfect event for all ages! MORE

6th Annual Stem Day Extravaganza
Saturday, September 9 | 10 AM – 3 PM | Baltimore MUREP Aerospace Academy

The objective of Baltimore MUREP Aerospace Academy STEM Day is to encourage youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the post-secondary level and provide parents with educational techniques to keep their children interested in academics, specifically the STEM field. We expect 300-500 guests to have a fun-filled day of hands-on, minds-on STEM activities for K-12 students in Maryland. MORE

Family Nature Explorers: Tracks and Trails
Saturday, September 9, 10:30 AM – 12 PM | Sunday, September 10, 1:00 – 2:30 PM | Ladew Gardens, Monkton

Explore the forest habitat in search of animal clues left behind by red foxes, white-tailed deer, raccoons, crayfish and more. NEW FORMAT this year for Ladew’s Family Nature Explorers! No reservations required. Just drop in! Join them at a different learning station in the Gardens or on the Nature Walk each month. Whether you’re searching for wildlife, conducting experiments, or making a craft, you’ll have a ton of fun as you discover the wonders of nature. MORE

WHERE TO PLAY Baltimore Family Events this Weekend - (cool) progeny

Locust Point Festival
Saturday, September 9 | 11 AM – 6 PM | Locust Point

Come out and enjoy food, family, fun and community at this annual festival that showcases Locust Point and all there is to love about it. MORE

Itsy Bitsy Spiders
Saturday, September 9 – Sunday, September 10 | 11 AM – 12 PM PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville

In the garden, down the tree and up the waterspout, spiders are out and about. Learn about these fascinating 8-legged creatures and search for their different webs. Dress for the weather. Children ages 3+. $2 (FREE for ORNCC Members). Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or [email protected] MORE

Saturday, September 9 | 11 AM | The Avenue, Hampden

HampdenFest began as a local community event organized by the Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council, but in recent years has evolved into a neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors, as well as local residents, to enjoy the community of merchants on and around West 36th Street. HampdenFest features three stages of music and art performances, an activity area for kids, as well as four blocks of arts and crafts vendors and other wares. MORE

The 31st Annual Reisterstown Festival
Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 | All Day | Hannah Moore Park

The 31st Annual Reisterstown Festival is being held on September 9‑10. The parade kicks things off on Saturday at 9 am on Main Street — and the festival begins at Hannah Moore School after the parade. Craft and food vendors, beer garden, Live musical entertainment, kids fun, and MORE! MORE

Kid’s Airplant Workshop with Counting Out Loud
Saturday, September 9 | 11 AM – 2 PM | B. Willow

Join Counting Out Loud for a kid friendly airplant workshop! Counting Out Loud’s new object collection features a minimal zen garden that allows kids to use sand art and 3D printed objects, made from plant based materials, to design a playful zen garden of their own. Grab your mini urban gardener and join us at the workbench! Urban gardeners age 5+. One ticket for $15, 2 for $25! MORE

Little Red and the Hoods
Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 | Times Vary | Carroll Community College

With plenty of audience participation, this modern twist on Little Red Riding Hood is both fun and educational! This production is intended for children grades K – 4, but can be enjoyed by everyone. Saturday, Sept. 9 | 4 p.m. & 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 | 2 p.m. Theater in the Scott Center $5 | Tickets sold at the door Produced by special arrangement with PIONEER DRAMA SERVICE, INC., Englewood, CO. MORE

Ravens Rally – Football, Family & Fun
Saturday, September 9 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Angel Park, Perry Hall

Join friends at Angel Park as they cheer The Baltimore Ravens on to the start of another season! Football-themed children’s activities provided by The Y in Perry Hall Visit with Official Raven’s Mascots Rise & Conquer from The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Ravens Roost Super Fans Music and more! A series of Family Entertainment to be held at Angel Park. Free of charge Events are weather permitting Lawn chairs and blankets welcome Pets and alcohol are NOT permitted. MORE

FREE Outdoor Movie – Finding Dory
Saturday, September 9 | 8 PM – 11 PM | Millard Cooper Park, Sykesville

Sykesville Cinema summer series continues with a 12’ inflatable movie screen and a powerful audio and video system with quality-run movie performances under the stars. The 2017 Summer Series will once again be held at Millard Cooper Park. Each show begins around dusk – so come early to get a good seat and bring your lawn chair. General parking is available at nearby Sykesville Middle School. Millard Cooper Park includes easy access handicapped parking. MORE

aMuse Toys Sidewalk Sale
Sunday, September 10 | 8 AM – 2 PM | aMuse Toys, Quarry Lake

Score some serious deals on aMuse’s award winning inventory! Bring your own bag, leave the kids behind (trust us, you’ll want to focus). Deals for 20-90% OFF of toys, books, gifts & Zutano. Teachers stock up. Home daycares – you’ll never see these deals any other time of the year. Arrive early for the best selection! MORE

Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday, September 10 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Catonsville

A landmark event for over 40 years, the Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival draws artisans from Maine to Florida showcasing the finest one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, fabric creations and more. On the Sunday after Labor Day each year, the main street of town is closed to traffic and opened to shoppers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free! MORE

Trucks for Tots
Sunday, September 10 | 10 AM – 1 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Honk, honk, toot, toot- big trucks are coming to the Zoo! On September 10th, a variety of big trucks and emergency vehicles will be “on exhibit” at the top of Buffalo Yard Road, inside the Zoo, from 10am – 1pm. Kids of all ages are welcome to come visit the trucks, take pictures, touch, and even go inside some of these amazing vehicles! Trucks for Tots is FREE with Zoo admission or Zoo membership. MORE

Play and Learn
Sunday, September 10 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Maryland Farm Park

Join Watershed Public Charter School in conjuction with the Baltimore County Master Gardeners of University of Maryland for a fun, educational morning with gardening themed activities in the Master Gardener Demo Garden at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park (Ag Center) in Hunt Valley. There will be snacks for the kids and lots of opportunities for the grown-ups to get more information & ask questions about WPCS! All are welcome and FREE to attend! MORE

Coffee & Doughnuts for Bella’s
Sunday, September 10 | 11 AM – 1 PM | Mutt Mart

Join Mutt Mart for Baltimore’s BEST dog-friendly brunch! Bring a suggested donation of $5 for Bella’s Bully Buddies, and Mutt Mart will serve you a Batch Bake Shop doughnut and a bottomless cup of Grounds & Hounds coffee. MORE

Second Sunday Family Day
Sunday, September 10 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Leakin Park

Fun activities for all ages during Second Sundays Fun Days (11AM-3PM) in Leakin Park! FREE Miniature steam train rides for all ages with Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers, open House at the picturesque Chapel on Crimea Estate, tour the woodland trails to see the Nature Art in the Park (NatureArtBaltimore) outdoor exhibit. MORE

DBFA Family Brunch
Sunday, September 10 | 11 AM – 1 PM | Point South Latin Kitchen, Fells Point

In their efforts to connect communities and empower families, DBFA believes there’s no better way to do so than over a meal. So they’ve teamed up with Points South Latin Kitchen to throw a monthly family brunch! Every 2nd Saturday of the month, families will take over the giant downstairs dining room. Enjoy a $8 kids buffet, some fun activities to keep the kids attention, and get to eat a meal without the judgey looks from other diners… MORE

Monarch Madness Festival
Sunday, September 10 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Bear Branch Nature Center

Celebrate the arrival of fall by learning about the amazing annual migration of Monarch butterflies! Say goodbye to the butterflies as they begin their long journey south to Mexico; participate in monarch-themed game, crafts, and face painting for kids; purchase native plants that support butterfly population; and view a live butterfly exhibit! Food and beverage will be available. MORE

Model Railroad Open House

Sunday, September 10 | 1 PM – 5 PM | Baltimore Society of Model Engineers

Come check out the interior detail on the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers’ O-scale lounge and sleeper passenger cars on our 12×65 foot 2-rail layout this Sunday. In addition, see their HO scale 12×65 floor layout with 6 scale miles of track! MORE

Bees & Flowers: Best Friends Forever
Sunday, September 10 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

This one hour interactive presentation, aimed at ages 5 to 10, outlines the amazing co-evolution of bees and flowering plants over the past one hundred thirty million years. It emphasizes how their mutual adaptations has created a symbiotic relationship necessary to our life on this planet. Threats to this relationship and what we can do about it are also discussed. RSVP. $5 per child. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are free of charge. Designed for ages 5-10. MORE

Poe & Poets Poetry Reading Series: Back To School Event
Sunday, September 10 | 2 PM – 3 PM | Edgar Alan Poe House

September means Back to School for Maryland students, so this month’s Poe & Poets event is just for kids! This Sunday starting at 2PM, students 10 and older are invited to participate in a special reading and poetry-writing activity at Poe House. Activity and discussion will be led by Poe House Director, Enrica Jang. Students will participate in a group reading of two Poe poems, “To Helen” and “The Bells”. The reading will be followed by a writing activity. MORE

Kids XC Series: Gilman School
Sunday, September 10 | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Gilman School

The Charm City Run Kids X-Country Series consists of seven races for girls and boys 12 and under. While top runners in each group win medals, the series is intended to be a fun, non-competitive, family-friendly introduction to running and all runners will “win” ribbons. Parents are welcome to run with their kids to encourage them and perhaps get a little exercise themselves! Each race is $6 ($8 on race day) or $35 for the entire series. MORE

Rhythms & Reels: Soul Island Rebels
Sunday, September 10 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Riverside Park

As part of their #RhythmsandReels series, please join Baltimore City Rec and Parks at the Riverside Concert Series, featuring Soul Island Rebels. MORE


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