Gingerbread Lane opens at the Maryland Science Center, superheroes take flight at the B&O, Annie comes to life on stage, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for getting out and about with the kids this weekend.

Don’t forget — join us for a puppy pawty with Mirabelle on Saturday morning! Meet Mirabelle, the beloved Baltimore Boston Terrier, and hear a live reading of her newest adventure by author Michael Muller. Participate in puppy crafts provided by The Walters Art Museum. Have a snack (or java if you’re an adult!). And explore all of the wonderful activities at the Weinberg Early Childhood Center. 

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, November 10-12

Maryland Irish Festival
Friday, November 10 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Saturday, November 11 @ 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Sunday, November 12 @ 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Maryland Irish Festival is an annual celebration of Irish culture features local, regional and international Irish music, Irish Dancers, traditional cuisine; cultural exhibits and workshops, and a wide variety of quality vendors of Irish goods. There will be a large dedicated kids play area with bouncy castles, activities, and games. MORE

Gingerbread Lane
From November 11 to January 7 | Maryland Science Center

Take a stroll around a Baltimore-themed gingerbread village hand crafted by chef Jon Lovitch. When complete, the art installation will be considered for a world record for largest installation of its kind.

Superhero Days
Saturday, November 11 @ 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM |Sunday, November 12 @ 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM | B & O Railroad Museum

Super Hero Days unite past and present super heroes while bringing railroading safety to life. Ten Super Heroes provide one-on-one interactions, history, and fun. Along with the Super Hero Train Ride, young super heroes will see, touch, and hear about history, while engaging in various activities. MORE

BSO Music Box: Farm Animals at The Meyerhoff
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Sing and dance along to a brass quintet of BSO musicians as you learn about your favorite farm animals! Give your budding music lover (Children ages 6 months-3 years) the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. MORE

Veteran’s Day Celebration
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Bring the little ones to Port Discovery for a special day celebrating our veterans! Create a Shrinky Dink Dog Tag and learn about the service of our Country’s great veterans during our interactive community art project Thumb-body Thanks You Map. Make Remembrance Poppies and learn about the tradition of using poppies to commemorate military personnel who have died in war. MORE

Art Kids: Foods & Feasts
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Learning is fun at the Walters for children 3–5 years old and their favorite adults. You and your child will use all of your senses during this hands-on experience that combines a story, gallery tour, and art making activity. MORE

Jelly and Jam Play Date: A Preschool Puppy Pawty with Mirabelle!
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Childhood Center

Join (cool) progeny for our last preschool Saturday morning play date with the Weinberg Early Childhood Center this year! We’re having a PUPPY PAWTY with Mirabelle and Mr. Muller! Meet Mirabelle, the beloved Baltimore Boston Terrier, and hear a live reading of her newest adventure by author Michael Muller. Participate in puppy crafts provided by The Walters Art Museum. Have a snack (or java if you’re an adult!). And explore all of the wonderful activities at the Weinberg Early Childhood Center. MORE

The Forest of S.T. Shrew
Saturday, November 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Hear the story “In the Forest of S.T. Shrew” and get a shrew’s eye view of the forest. A nature hike completes this fanciful program. This is a free program for ages 6 and up. MORE

Cookie Cutter Workshop
Saturday, November 11 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Maryland Science Center

Ever desperately hunted for a specific cookie cutter shape you just had to have but couldn’t find? Now, you’re in luck! Learn how to make cutters of your own design in the Maryland Science Centers Cookie Cutter workshop! The Shed staff will teach you how to bend metal to create food-safe cookie cutters just in time for the holiday season. MORE

Mousetrap Racer Challenge
Saturday, November 11 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Ready? Set. Go! Discover the power of kinetic energy as you design, build, and test a racer using the power of a mousetrap. The Maryland Science Center will provide a free kit containing a mousetrap, rubber mouse, assorted racer-building materials, instructions, and tips on the race day. You take care of the rest! MORE

Spirited Away Harvest Festival
Saturday, November 11 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM | R. House

Head to R. House for a celebration of all things FALL! Activities include a live petting zoo, pumpkin and face painting, live music, hog roast, plus a movie screening! MORE

Bacon Jam at Power Plant Live
Saturday, November 11 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Power Plant Live!

Bacon lovers unite! Power Plant Live! is celebrating the greatness of BACON! Quench your thirst with bacon inspired cocktails including Jalapeno Bacon Margaritas and Ginger Bacon Mules. Groove out to local jam bands including Joey Harkum Band, Bond & Bentley and Trolley Trail while walking around in a bacon-lover’s nirvana brought to you by FARM FRESH Home Food Service. MORE

Ellicott City Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 11 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Main Street – Old Ellicott City

Celebrate America’s heroes along Main Street at the 3rd annual Old Ellicott City Veterans Day Parade. The parade launches from St. Peters Episcopal Church around 1pm then will travel down Main St to the train bridge and local dignitaries will make brief comments at the B&O Museum plaza immediately following. Join the Old Ellicott City community for some old fashioned family fun! MORE

Annie the Musical
Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12 |  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray about an orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity, who charms everyone’s heart. Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon making it the perfect family-friendly musical. MORE

Zoo Snooze Family Overnight
Saturday, November 11 @ 6:00 pm – Sunday, November 12 @ 9:30 am | The Maryland Zoo

Join other zoo-loving families for an educational family sleepover inside Penguin Coast. You and your children will explore Zoo exhibits to learn about African penguins, polar bears, African reptiles and mammals and some of our local nocturnal animals. This event is for families with children aged 6 and up. MORE

Druid Hill Haunt: A Chiller Thriller Roller Show
Saturday, November 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Saturday, November 11 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Druid Hill Park

Deep in Druid Hill Park, two friends unleash the spirits of Halloween in the hopes of keeping the horror in the hearts of Baltimore forever. This family-friendly performance combines roller skating to spooky tunes from your third-grade Halloween party, semi-successful conjuring, local history, and seasonal nostalgia to create a humorous mashup of supernatural proportions. MORE

Zoo Zoom 8K And Family Fun Run
Sunday, November 12 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | The Maryland Zoo

Whether you have the speed of a cheetah or pace of a tortoise, join the pack for this wildly popular Zoo fund’racer’ – with an updated course! Choose from either the 8K race or 1 Mile Family Walk/ Fun Run. Both courses run right through the center of the Zoo alongside the animals! Plus, registration also includes all-day admission to the Zoo, prizes, post-race refreshments and more! The Maryland Zoo is a non-profit organization. MORE

Thankful for Turkeys!
Sunday, November 12 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

Drop in any time between 10am and 1pm at the Lake Roland Nature Center to learn about the bird that almost became our nation’s symbol: The Wild Turkey! Participants will have the opportunity to make a turkey-themed craft, investigate turkey artifacts, and much more! Story times are at 10:30am and 12:30 pm. MORE

Meet Erin and Philip Stead
Sunday, November 12 | 12 PM | Friends School of Baltimore

The Ivy Bookshop and Friends School of Baltimore are thrilled to host the Steads at noon on Sunday, November 12, in Friends’ Lower School Multi-Purpose Room. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call 410-377-2966.

Animals, Animals, Animals: Brown Bear, Polar Bear
Sunday, November 12 | 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Come explore nature in an engaging, play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. The program is drawn from the literary genius of Bill Martin, Jr., this is a basic introduction to theater play. Centered-around two of Mr. Martin’s classics: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”, where participants will learn how the use flashlights to tell stories, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?, where the voices and movement of the animal kingdom come to life. Ages 3-10 years. MORE


Photo courtesy of The B&O Railroad Museum