Halloween celebrations, family festivals, movie nights, art exhibits, science fun, and MORE! Here are our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this October. 

45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this October

Whole Kids Day
September 30 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Whole Foods Market, Mt. Washington

Join Whole Foods Market in a Day of Fun to Celebrate Kids and Benefit the Whole Kids Foundation!  All proceeds from the Giving Grill will benefit the foundation, free snacks for kids, Oriole Bird visits and autographs (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM) and kids craft activity (1 PM – 2 PM!).  MORE

Royal Adventure Days at The B&O
September 30 – October 1 | 10 AM – 3:30 PM | The B&O Railroad Museum

Spend the day with some of your favorite princesses and fairy tale characters. Explore 5 royal kingdoms where you interact or make crafts with royalty. Crafts include mining gemstones, making snow, creating mice friends, developing flying inventions, and building your own lanterns. MORE

Going Wild Weekend at Port Discovery
September 30 – October 1 | 10 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery

It’s time to “Go Wild” at Port Discovery! Get up close and interact with live animals, learn about wildlife, create animal-themed art projects you can take home, enjoy their signature Circle Time, and take part in fun wildlife programs! MORE

Opening Celebration: Tomás Saraceno
October 1 | 12 PM – 4 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Art

Join the Baltimore Museum of Art for a fun-filled day of activities for all ages in celebration of Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits! Take in a breathtaking aerial performance by In the Dark Circus Arts (1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.). Make giant geometric bubbles with Future Makers. Explore how an orb weaving spider spins its web with entomologist Dr. Sarah Stellwagen. Build an enormous tensile structure with a team from Morgan State University’s School of Architecture & Planning while learning some of the principles at play in Saraceno’s work. MORE

Family Movie Night: Trolls
October 6 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Calvert School

Join Calvert School for an outdoor movie showing of Trolls! Welcoming all prospective families and encourage current Calvert families to invite some new friends! This event is free. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs. There will be raffles, giveaways, and lots of family fun! MORE

Jelly and Jam: A Preschool Play Date Featuring Zoo In My Room
October 7 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center at Henderson-Hopkins School

Celebrate fall with a fun morning designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! (cool) progeny’s Jelly + Jam Play Date series brings Saturday morning fun to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center at Henderson Hopkins in East Baltimore. Join us for java (for the adults. of course!), pint-sized friendly snacks, crafts, musical fun, and play! This October, we’ll be joined by Maryland’s favorite barnyard pupped show — Zoo in My Room by Big Barn Puppets! MORE

Play Fit-Stay Fit: Fall Into Fitness
October 7 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Govans Elementary School

Play Fit-Stay Fit: Fall Into Fitness will take place October 7, 2017, at Govans Elementary School from 11am-3pm. The day will allow families to engage in fitness activities together, structured into rounds of fun competition, games, exercising, and workshops on healthy meals. Most importantly, this event will show the community that healthy living can be fun. MORE

BUGSS Birthday Bash! Come celebrate your community science lab!
October 7 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Baltimore Under Ground Science Space

The Baltimore community science lab is turning 5 years young! Join them Saturday October 7th to celebrate! Activities: Tours of the lab, hands-on pipette demonstrations, hands-on microscope activities, member projects, wax worms eating plastic, descriptions of future classes and seminars, a raffle for a free class, cake and ice cream, and featuring a presentation of the work accomplished by Baltimore’s high school iGEM (international genetic engineered machine) team “Baltimore BioCrew”. MORE

Thomas Johnson Elementary Middle’s Fall Festival
October 7 | 12 PM – 4 PM |Thomas Johnson Elementary Middle

TJEMS 9th Annual Fall Festival offers something for everyone. Fabulous Silent Auction, Games, Dunk Tank, Photo Booth, Moon Bounce, Pumpkin Decorating, Food and Drink, Music, and much more! The Fall Festival is FREE, open to the public. Held Rain or Shine. MORE

Jacob Lawrence Family Day
October 7 | 12 AM – 4 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Enjoy family fun exploring the art prints of renowned storyteller painter Jacob Lawrence. Create a carpentry project with Little Builders and then make your own inspired Jacob Lawrence art involving printmaking and collage with Towson State art students. Explore the art gallery with an interactive scavenger hunt and storytelling performances on Play by griot Dianne Macklin. See dance and theatrical interpretations on Lawrence’s works involving black heroes and community by Dance Baltimore and Theatre Morgan. Admission is FREE for children and youth! MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Imagination Portraits
October 7 | 1 AM – 4 PM | American Visionary Arts Museum

A classic AVAM workshop! Create a face on a paintbrush inspired by the one and only Mr. Imagination! Join AVAM for a for their hands-on, drop-in, art-making August workshop in the AVAM classroom! Their Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of their visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! $5/participant. No advance registration necessary. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. *Price does not include admission. MORE

Fall Festival at Cross Keys
October 7 | 11 AM – 5 PM | The Village of Cross Keys

Join The Village at Cross Keys for some fun in the square to welcome the fall! They will have family activities; Party Animalz Petting Zoo, Pumpkin Decorating, Puppet shows, food trucks and more! MORE

Littlebits Inventor Class
October 7 | 1 PM – 2 PM | aMuse Toys

aMuse Toys & littleBits to offer STEM workshops in #theLab at Quarry Lake! littleBits makes technology kits that are fun, easy-to-use, and infinitely creative. The kits are composed of electronic building blocks that are color-coded, magnetic, and make complex technology simple and fun. Together they’re interchangeable in millions of different ways to empower kids to invent anything – from a sibling alarm, to a wireless robot, to a digital instrument. Unleash your inner inventor! Registration required. MORE

45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This October

51st Fells Point Fun Festival
October 7 and 8 | 11 AM – 8 PM | Fells Point

Over the years, the Fell’s Point Fun Festival has attracted and entertained hundreds of thousands of attendees from all over the region, while remaining a local favorite and one of Baltimore’s defining neighborhood events. The 2017 Fun Fest will be a fresh take on this classic event, bringing a renewed focus back on the local artists, restaurants, and businesses that make Fell’s Point one-of-a-kind…a true celebration of all things Fell’s Point! MORE

Haunted Heritage: Costumes & Stories & Ghosts (Oh My!)
October 8 | 1  PM – 4 PM | Maryland Historical Society

An afternoon of art-making, costumes, a scavenger hunt and story telling. Learn about Maryland’s haunted history on this Halloween themed event. Families will examine Edgar Allen Poe’s relationship with Maryland & read his works as well as explore period clothing styles that may inspire their own creativity! Museum admission is FREE for Family Day. Pre-registration encouraged. MORE

The Great Food Truck And Treat Festival
October 8 | 10 AM – 3 PM | Howard County Fairgrounds

Fall is in the air….and so is the excitement of Halloween costumes and “Truck or Treating!” With that said…we are bringing our “Food Truck & Treat” Food Truck Festival to the amazingly spacious Howard County Fairgrounds! Families of all ages will enjoy delicious cuisine from the DMV’s BEST food trucks! Children ages 10 and under will enjoy dressing up and “truck or treating” with our vendors in the “Truck & Treat Alley!” MORE

The Great Kugel Cookoff!
October 8 | 1 PM – 3:15 PM |  Jewish Museum of Maryland

Inspired by the success of our Great Chicken Soup Cook Off the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage another culinary championship! This year’s star is everyone’s favorite Jewish side dish – Kugel! Once again we invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search: The Great Kugel Cook Off of 2017! Even if you choose not to compete we encourage you to join us at the JMM for a day dedicated to kugel with tastings, activities for the whole family, tips from professionals and the announcement of Maryland’s greatest kugel. MORE

St. James Academy Children’s Dinner Theatre: Zoo In My Room
October 13 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | St. James Academy

Looking for a family night out that’s affordable, delicious, and entertaining? St. James Academy’s Children’s Dinner Theatre series aims to provide quality local entertainment for children and parents. Join us on Friday, October 13 for “Zoo In My Room: Puppets and Music”. A casual dinner is served at 5:30 P.M. followed by the evening’s performance at 6:15 PM. Dinner is $6 per person and the show is $6 per person. $48 max cost per family. MORE

Zombies Zoooom $5 5K
October 14 | 8 AM – 10 AM | Gwynns Falls Trail

Grab your family, friends, co-workers and fellow park enthusiasts to enjoy one of our 9 city-wide 5k events taking place in Baltimore Parks April – December. Runners and walkers alike will enjoy the fresh air, community engagement, fitness and fun. ALL proceeds for the $5 5k series goes towards city-wide park programming. October’s race is a Zombies ZOOOOM and races through the Gwynns Falls Trail. Please note that this race is the only one in the series that’s not stroller friendly. Check out our tips for running with kids before you go! MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes: Michael & the Rockness Monsters
October 14 | 9 AM – 11 AM | WTMD, Towson

From Preschool of Rock founder Michael Napolitano comes Michael & The Rockness Monsters, an interactive, super galactic funk inspired, rock-n-roll experience for families. The music is both silly and serious — filled with catchy melodies and thick instrumentation. These records, masterly produced by Grammy winner Dean Jones, are a voyage into the child’s subconscious. During his 10-year tenure as founder of Preschool of Rock, Michael wrote, produced, performed and recorded 5 albums, so he’s tuned into the landscape of children’s music. His 10 years as a member of the Blue Man Group Creative Team is evident in the slamming drum beats and eclectic instrumentation. The music is intelligent, fun and full of humorous hooks and catchy quirks. Michael & the Rockness Monsters’ self-titled debut record was released in February 2016, and their second release, “Funny Faces,” came out in April 2017. They’ve been featured in the New York Times, New York Family, Sirius XM and more. MORE

Baltimore BrainFest
October 14 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Liberty Elementary School

​The Baltimore BrainFest is a yearly event for people of all ages to learn more about that mysterious, squishy, pink organ housed in your cranium and to get excited about science through activities, games, exhibitions and more! Come unravel the mysteries of your brain October 14! And in the meantime, check out our video, photo gallery, visit Neuroscience for Kids for fun brain games and activities, or check out Project Bridge for more fun science events. MORE

Festival on the Hill 2017
October 14 | 11 AM – 5 PM | Bolton Hill

2017 Festival on the Hill is Bolton Hill’s 64th Annual event filled with great food, drinks, crafts, vendors and a fabulous kids area. MORE

The Family Tree’s FamFest
October 14 | 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM | The Weinberg Y in Waverly

FamFest is designed to bring more joy into your home and our community. How? By helping you eat, play and read more as a family – scientifically proven ways to foster healthy and successful children! At The Family Tree’s FamFest, your family will find a utopia of active play, kid-friendly meal prep, reading adventures, freebies, and more. Best of all — it’s FREE! MORE

Fall Fiesta
October 14 | 12:00 PM – 4 PM | Prigel Family Creamery

Come enjoy a fun fall day at the Creamery! Hayrides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, live music, Weber’s apple cider, hot chocolates, pumpkin and apple strudel flavored ice cream!! Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00 per child – this includes a hayride and a pumpkin to decorate! Nothing is better than a fall day at the Creamery! MORE

Fall Harvest Festival at Cromwell Valley Park
October 14 | 12:00 PM – 4 PM | Cromwell Valley Park

Cromwell Valley Park’s annual Fall Harvest Festival, is a gathering of artisans and things for children and families to do and enjoy. This festival is held on Saturday the 14th, with the 15th as a rain date. There will be animals and demonstrations related to the harvest, games, crafts, music, pony and hay rides, etc. MORE

Interested Mother-Daughter Retreat: Teens/Tweens
October 14 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Yoga on York

Join Yoga on York for a two-hour retreat, designed to foster communication and respect between daughter and mother (or any adult female role model). Activities include yoga, partner poses, games, breathwork and more. Each retreat will also include an arts n’ crafts activity or project and a healthy snack. No yoga experience is necessary. Cost: $40 per mother/daughter pair. Includes snack and all materials. MORE

Free Fall Baltimore at the BMI
October 15 | 10 AM – 4 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

Join the Baltimore Museum of Industry as they host the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair (1pm-4pm), showcasing the entrepreneurial genius of kids ages 6-14, during an open house as part of Free Fall Baltimore—the citywide celebration of arts and culture. Check out the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair from 1pm-4pm, or stop by the open house any time between 10am and 4pm to enjoy free admission to the museum! MORE

10th Annual Harbor Harvest
October 15 | 10 AM – 2 PM | Rash Field

Join Waterfront Partnership for their 10th Annual Harbor Harvest on Sunday, October 15th from 10am to 2pm! Rash Field comes alive with an urban pumpkin patch, pony rides, a hay maze, petting zoo, trackless train, fall crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and more! The festival is free to attend but pony rides, the trackless train, and Kid’s Pass including pumpkin patch, are additional fees. NEW this year is the kid’s costume parade and contest! MORE

Fall Family Festival at Redeemer Parish Day School
October 21 | 10:30 AM – 1 PM | Redeemer Parish Day School

A fun day for the entire family! There will be pony rides, petting zoo, cupcake decorating, crafts for children 2-7, live children’s music, food & beverages and amazing vendors! Everyone welcome! MORE

October 21 | 12 PM – 7 PM | Irvine Nature Center

PumpkinFest is a fun event for families and communities to celebrate the delights of autumn. Each October, hundreds of families gather at Irvine to enjoy a wholesome day of music, food and fun. Take a hay ride on our wagon Live music Check out a magic show Jugglers Pumpkin painting Face painting Cooking Demonstrations Pumpkin bowling and sack races Delicious food Haybale slides and much more! $15 per child, $5 per adult. All activities are included. Free for children under 2 years. MORE

NatureQuest Fest
October 22 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Lake Roland

You are invited to this family-friendly festival at Lake Roland celebrating the 2017 Nature Quest. Activities will include live animals, canoeing, dam tours, live music, food, and more. The event is $5 per person, or free with a Nature Quest Passport booklet with 5 completed trails. MORE

Spooky Story Time Tea
October 25 | 3 PM and 4:30 PM | The Corner Pantry

Looking for something fun to do with your little? We’re thrilled to announce a Halloween STORY TIME TEA with The Corner Pantry — a spooky story tea! Join us for a full afternoon tea service for parent and child, Halloween-themed story, craft, and trick-or-treating. Be sure to come in costume! If you haven’t experienced tea at The Corner Pantry, you’re in for a real treat!

Toddler Time Halloween
October 26 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | The B&O Railroad Museum

Join The B & O Railroad Museum for a Halloween celebration and costume parade! Choo Choo Blue, the museum’s mascot, will lead the parade! Children listen to a Halloween story, create a craft, enjoy a train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville, and parade in costume around the Museum to collect special treats – all included with paid admission. It’s a spooktacular event and a train load of fun, you don’t want to miss! MORE

AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
October 26 | 4 PM – 7 PM | American Visionary Arts Museum

Join the American Visionary Arts Museum for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM! Make “Lumin-Eeries” Lanterns! Monsters & their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, BYO glass jar (any size w/ label removed), all materials: glue, paper, googly eyes & bling provided; ALL AGES family workshop on the third floor of AVAM’s Jim Rouse Visionary Center (the third building of our Wonderland campus on Key Highway) & face painting, too! Enjoy free museum admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, & tour the rest of our wonderland campus. MORE

October 27 – 29 | 10 AM – 4 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at the Maryland Zoo! Get your costume ready and join us for free trick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, bounce houses, live entertainment, yummy food and more! It’s bound to be a frightfully fun & wild time. *Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring goodie bags and wear costumes! MORE

Greek Food Wine Culture Festival
October 27 – 29 | Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation

Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation’s Greek Food, Wine, and Culture Festival will be held October 27-29. The three day festival includes family-friendly activities such as cathedral tours, Greek jewelry shopping, silent auctions, cultural exhibits, live Greek dance performances, Greek dance lessons, and of course the finest homemade Greek cuisine! MORE

October 27 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

Back by popular demand, ArBOOretum! Bring the family for a spooky night at Cylburn Mansion on Friday, October 27 from 6-8 p.m. Children will learn about bats, moths, and owls while they decorate pumpkins, make lanterns and trick or treat bags, play games, craft, and have their palms read by “Madame Cylburnia.” Costumes encouraged! Snack on seasonal pies, treats and pumpkin spice lattes from Pie Time! $10/child. Adults free if accompanying a child. MORE

The Witches & Wizards Express
October 28 – 29 | 10 AM – 3:30 PM | The B&O Railroad Museum

Featuring the Wizards Express Train Ride! NEW THIS YEAR! Come and enjoy some edible treats at the Magic Batter Bakery, sponsored by The Happy Chicken, and learn all about Magical Money at the Wizarding Bank, sponsored by First National Bank! Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch for a day of magical fun! Train Ride on the Wizards Express, Sword Demonstration,Edible Potions Class, Wand Making, and Wizard Show! MORE

Center City Plaza Playdates: Pumpkins in the Park
October 28 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Center Plaza

Downtown Partnership’s final Play Date of the season is Pumpkins in the Park! Downtown Partnership’s annual fall festival takes place Saturday, October 28, 10am-12pm. Bring the kiddos and enjoy the fall festivities. MORE

Spooky Science
October 28 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Science Center

Celebrate the chills and thrills of Halloween at the Maryland Science Center for Spooky Science Day! Creepy chemistry and mysterious science combine to provide a hauntingly good time. Spend the afternoon with us and make gooey, glowing slime, launch creepy catapults, see our mad scientists in a creepy interactive demonstration, and even watch us chuck pumpkins off of the roof! All activities are free with paid admission and completely free for members. MORE

Annual Halloween Spooktacular! Pumpkin Patch
October 28 | 2 PM – 4 PM | Mt. Vernon Place

Join Mt. Vernon Place in the East Square of Mount Vernon Place on Saturday October 28 for spooky Halloween fun – a Pumpkin Patch! Come by between 2 and 4pm to decorate your own pumpkin and enjoy pizza, hot dogs, and yummy Halloween munchies. Mount Vernon Place will be decorated for Halloween!  Following the Pumpkin Patch, there will be a Trick-or-Treating parade leaving at 4pm. MORE

Halloween Family Fest: A (cool) progeny event!
October 28 | 3 PM – 5 PM | St. James Academy

Join St. James Academy and (cool) progeny for a BOOtastic afternoon! Crafts, music, spooky science, face painting, trick-or-treating, snacks, and MORE! Come in costume and have a kid-friendly ghoulishly good time! $10 for the whole family to attend (All snacks and activities are included in the pass!). MORE

Día de los Muertos Celebration at The Walters
October 29 | 12 PM – 4 PM | The Walters Art Museum

Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with traditional dance performances and art-making activities. Visitors will be able to contribute to a community altar, enjoy special food and drink, and take tours of the collection in English and Spanish. MORE

Trick-or-Treat Through the Square
October 29 | 1 PM – 4 PM | Belvedere Square

Belvedere Square’s Sixth Annual “Trick or Treat at the Square” on Sunday, October 29th offers a fun-filled Halloween celebration for the young and young at heart. Among the treats for families: music by DJ Chris, a Thriller dance lesson and performance by The White Marsh Ballet Academy, surprises from Square merchants, food and drink specials, a costume contest (18 and under), pumpkin decorating (free while supply lasts), new trunk-or-treating from community members, including Govan’s Presbyterian Church, The Church of Nativity, and more! MORE

Hampden HalloweenFest 2017
October 31 | 5 PM – 8 PM | The Avenue, Hampden

Dress up in your favorite scary, funny or crazy DIY costume and head on over to the Annual Hampden HalloweenFest taking place from 5-8 pm on Tuesday, October 31 on “The Avenue” (36th Street). The event, sponsored by the merchants of historic Hampden, was created to encourage handmade artistry and creativity in Halloween costume design across all ages. Costumed children and adults are encouraged to go shop-to-shop for Trick-or-Treating from 5-6 p.m. with participating merchants along 36th Street. MORE


Image Courtesy of The Walters Art Museum