Karma dogs, imagination, pumpkin carving, and play days. Here are our favorite ideas for getting out with the kids this week!

Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this Week: October 16-20


Karma Dogs
6 PM – 8 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Pikesville Branch

Register your shy or reluctant reader to read with a Karma Dog from the H.E.A.R.T.S. Program. These dogs are friendly, nonjudgmental and good listeners. For ages 6 to 12 years old – children under 8 with adult. Contact branch to register. MORE


Wee Workers: Shoes and Footwear
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | The Baltimore Museum of Industry | Key Highway

Preschoolers will love this program just for them. Explore the museum’s galleries through stories, songs, crafts, and pint-size tours with a different theme each week. Kids are free. Adults are $5. Advance registration suggested, contact kedelmann@thebmi.org or 410.727.4808 x132. MORE

A Bucketfull of Imagination
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library | Hampden Branch

Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?  Yes, with Tom Miller’s artistic eye.  Renowned Baltimore artist Tom Miller illustrates his life story, and a bird he made out of a coal bucket, in this book written by Camay Calloway Murphy. A treasure from “trash” craft follows. Part of Enoch Pratt Library’s Imagination Celebration series. MORE


Family & Friends Pumpkin Carving Night
4 PM – 7 PM | Das Bier Haus | Federal Hill

Halloween is just around the corner, and we know that most Witches and Warlocks are pretty busy this time of year! Put aside the worry of grabbing quality pumpkins and supplies for your little gnomes, kick back with a stein of ale, and let the team at Das Bier Haus do the work for you! Das Bier Haus will be hosting its Second annual Family & Friends Pumpkin Carving Night! For $15, Kids will receive any meal from our children’s menu, along with a complimentary pumpkin, and first hand lessons from one of our pumpkin carving certified staff members. Kids carving will take place from 4pm – 7pm. All area families are encouraged to join in neighborly fun! Along with pumpkin carving, Das Bier Haus will feature bobbing for Apples, Candy Apple Fondue Bar, and Candy Corn-Hole/Bean Bag Toss. For $30 adults will be supplied with a pumpkin, and have a meal/drink option. MORE

Pumpkin Drawing at Holt Center for the Arts
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Discover the connection between art and nature at Holt Center for the Arts on Wednesday evenings! Classes are designed to bring out the artist in all ages. This Wednesday, participate in a guided drawing to create a pumpkin patch. Preregistration requested. MORE


Preschool Story Time: Meet and Greet a Firefighter
10 AM – 10:30 AM | Baltimore County Public Library | Pikesville Branch

Learn about a firefighter’s gear and tour a fire truck. Presented by the Baltimore County Fire Department. MORE

Animal Craft Safari
11 AM – 11:45 AM | Penguin Coast at The Maryland Zoo | Druid Hill Park

Craft & Learn! 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/child. Pre-registration suggested. Fee does not include zoo admission. MORE

Harriet’s Happiest Halloween
7 PM | Harford Community College | Bel Air

Harford Dance Theatre presents HARRIET’S HAPPIEST HALLOWEEN For over 30 years, Harford Dance Theatre has been thrilling audiences with this spooky, kooky production that follows Harriet on her quest to find the perfect Halloween costume. Slip into your favorite costume and join Harriet for tons of Halloween fun in this energetic show guaranteed to have you dancing in your seat. MORE


Spooktacular Party at Kiddie Crusoe
11 AM, 2 PM, 6 PM | Kiddie Crusoe | Cockeysville

Enter Kiddie Crusoe Mad Science Lab if you dare! Come create Glow in the Dark Slime, color a mask and treat bag and learn the science behind Frankenstein’s toothpaste. Take pictures gallore, go ghost bowling and more during this 45 minute party at Kiddie Crusoe that ends with a Costume Parade and a special treat table for the children! They will have 3 time slots (11-11:45am, 2-2:45pm, and 6-6:45pm) for the Spooktacular Party with limited spots available. MORE

Fall Festival No School Play Day at Homestead Gardens
11 AM – 6 PM | Homestead Gardens | Davidsonville

Head to Davidsonville and celebrate Autumn at Homestead Gardens’ Annual Fall Festival – the largest in the area! With a wide array of attractions and entertainment for kids of all ages, your experience is sure to be an unforgettable one. From their store, to the barnyard, corn maze and pumpkin patch, Homestead Gardens is alive with the colors of fall. Hay Rides, Pony Rudes, Corn Maze, Jumping Pillow, Pipe Slide, Pumpkin Express, Pollinator Express, Corn Box, Moon Bounce, Play All Day Games, Live Entertainment …and more! Kids under 3 are FREE. $12. MORE

Costume Makerspace
2 PM – 4 PM | Harford County Public Library | Joppa Branch

Have an idea for your Halloween costume but do not have the craft supplies to create? Come to HCPL’s Costume Makerspace and use basic items from their craft closet. You can even use our sewing machines! Supported by the Joppa Friends of Harford County Public Library. Registration required. MORE

… and just for grown-ups

Character Matters: Raising Your Child for the Ultimate Success
Wednesday, October 18 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | St. James Academy | Monkton

Come and explore how to prepare your child for the ultimate success by crafting a family mission statement that will guide your family’s journey towards character development. A character is not born; character is cultivated by carefully tending to your child’s wellbeing. Read our (cool) preview here. MORE

Keeping Our Kids Safe
Thursday, October 19 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Wee Chic | Lutherville

Join educators from the Baltimore Child Abuse Center at Wee Chic Boutique for an informative evening for parents and teachers. Child abuse doesn’t just happen somewhere else, it happens in our community, too. One in four girls and one in six boys experience some form of sexual abuse or exploitation before the age of 18. These numbers are frightening, but an educated community is a safer community for all children. MORE


Photo courtesy of Homestead Gardens Facebook Page