Fairy tales, superheroes, concerts, Light City, Earth Day celebrations, and more — here are 45 (cool) things to do with kids in Baltimore this April!

45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this April

Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek
April 1 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this walk-thru exhibit. Kids become junior paleontologists as they dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. Visit the Kid’s Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts and more. It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions! MORE

Walk-in Tour: Tricky Art for April Fool’s Day
April 1 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | The Walters Art Museum

In honor of April Fool’s Day, The Walters Art Museum is examining artworks that trick the eye, confuse the viewer, or just aren’t what they might seem at first. Look carefully to spot hidden details and hear fascinating stories about what conservators have discovered lurking beneath the surface of your favorite works of art. MORE

Bunny BonanZOO
April 1 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Hop hop hop on over to the Zoo this Easter weekend for one of the most egg-citing events of the year! Non-stop egg hunts, games, activities, bounce houses, crafts, live entertainment, and more are included FREE with Zoo admission or membership. Plus, don’t miss a full schedule of animal enrichment where the animals will get some Easter treats of their own! It’s a fun (and wild) way to celebrate the spring season. MORE

Kids’ Opening Day
April 1 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Camden Yards

The fourth annual Kids’ Opening Day will be held Sunday, April 1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins. The celebration will welcome children and their families to a new season of Orioles Baseball with many fun activities and unique gameday opportunities for several lucky kids throughout the day. MORE

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes
April 5 – April 8 | Times Vary | Royal Farms Arena

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes brings together the Avengers, Spider-Man and new fan favorites, the Guardians of the Galaxy, to stop Loki in his quest to rule the universe. MORE

Sweaty Eyeballs Presents “The Breadwinner”
April 5 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | The SNF Parkway Theatre

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature The Breadwinner, based on Deborah Ellis’ best-selling novel. The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. MORE

Light City Baltimore
April 6 – April 21 | Times Vary | Baltimore, MD

Light City is the nation’s first free large-scale light, music and innovation festival powering social change. The theme for 2018 is “More Love, More Lights!” as Light City expands to three weekends with Neighborhood Lights April 6-8, the Light City art and music festival April 14-21 and the Labs@LightCity social innovation conference April 18-21. Twenty-one light art installations will be on display around the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s waterfront, and more can be found in 14 neighborhoods throughout Baltimore during Neighborhood Lights. MORE

The Velveteen Rabbit
April 7 – April 22 | Times Vary | Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre

The Baltimore Actors’ Theatre will present THE VELVETEEN RABBIT at the Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre. This timeless story of a toy rabbit that becomes real through the love of a child is portrayed in this charming original musical adaptation, based on the award-winning children’s classic written in 1922 by Margery Williams. MORE

WTMD Presents Saturday Morning Tunes – Falu’s Bazaar
April 7 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | WTMD

A native of Bombay, India, Falu is a world music star. After having her own son, Falu set out to create “Falu’s Bazaar,” a musical journey through South Asian culture and beyond. Her live performances celebrate the instruments, languages, sights and humanities of a diverse world. Through Falu’s Bazaar, children can learn about introducing themselves in Hindi, obeying traffic signals, counting, spices, cooking and more. MORE

Family Day Celebration: Enoch Pratt’s 16th Annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza
April 7 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Enjoy a special day of celebration & discovery for the whole family during Family Day Celebrations at the Maryland Historical Society! Inspired by museum-wide events and exhibits at the MdHS, Family Days feature several art-making projects, special guests, scavenger hunts, and many more family fun activities! Admission to the Maryland Historical Society on a Family Day Celebration is FREE! Come celebrate! MORE

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Live!
April 7 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Amoss Center at Harford Community College

The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, your favorite characters are hopping on board trolley and coming back to HCC with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FOR A DAY! It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day… a royally great time! MORE

Baltimore Faerie Faire
April 7 | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Church of the Guardian Angel

The Baltimore Faerie Faire celebrates the wonders of the natural world, and all the beings that inhabit it, real and imaginary. We seek to heal, inspire, nurture, entertain and serve our Baltimore community by creating Wonder in an urban Faerie Festival. We strive to find balance between the concrete and the dirt, the practical and the fantastic. MORE

Bubble Guppies Live! : Ready to Rock
April 7 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | The Hippodrome

What time is it? It’s time for Bubble Guppies! Jump into a bubbly world of learning and laughter with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies Live! “Ready to Rock”. Put on your water-wings and dive into a swimsational musical underwater adventure! MORE

Agar Art Workshop
April 7 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS)

BUGSS is extremely excited to partner with American Society of Microbiology (ASM) to host Agar Art workshops in 2018! What is Agar Art you ask? It is a perfect marriage of biology and art that everyone and anyone can get into. Come to the BUGSS lab to learn about some special microbes that produce an array of beautiful and striking colors. MORE

Disney in Concert: Tale As Old As Time
April 7, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | April 8, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Join Maryland Symphony Orchestra for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life by the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers and featuring high resolution Animated Feature Film sequences*, Disney In Concert Tale as Old as Time explores iconic moments, plot twists and feats of daring heroics from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King and many more. MORE

Opening Day of Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar
April 8 – December 23 | Times Vary | Holliday & Saratoga Streets

The 41st season of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar returns. To celebrate opening day, the band Ebb & Nova will perform their acoustic stylings live at the market starting at 10am. For the 2018 season, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar features new and returning farmers, concessionaires, and bazaar vendors, and continues its “First Sunday” program, in which there is a special theme on the first Sunday of every month. “First Sundays” was started in 2017 to honor the 40th anniversary. MORE

45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This April

Preparatory Young People’s String Program Spring Concert
April 8 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

The Young People’s String Program (YPSP) is a creative blend of Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland’s approach to movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy embraces the idea that all children are born with musical ability that can be nurtured at an early age through their environment, listening, imitation, and by working closely with a parent at home. MORE

Are You My Mother?
April 10 | 10:15 am – 11:15 am, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Kraushaaur Auditorium – Goucher College

At long last Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn’t she home? With the help of Dog, Cat and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book. MORE

Preschool Fairy Tale Balls
April 11 – April 28 | Times Vary | Enoch Pratt Library – varying locations

Dress up in your favorite fairy tale outfit and stay for stories, crafts, music, and dancing, plus a special performance. For ages 3-5. MORE

Dolphin Sleepover
April 13 – April 14 | 5:30 PM – 9:00 AM | National Aquarium

Have a Slumber Party With Your New Best Friends – Spend an unforgettable night with the Aquarium’s dolphins! Kick off the evening with a private talk from the marine mammal team where you’ll get to know the dolphins and discover how they learn and play. MORE

Wockenfuss Candies 6th Annual Factory Tour
April 14 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Wockenfuss Factory

Join in the fun and tour the Wockenfuss Candy Factory! The tour is free. They will be giving away samples and raffling off candy. Tours will run continually throughout the day. Bring the entire family! MORE

Improv for Kids
April 14 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The BIG Theater

Do your kids love to make believe? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students ages 7-12 will learn the basics of improv, including creating solid scene work and fun characters. MORE

Littles’ Day
April 14 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Have a child age six or under? Visit Port Discovery for a day filled with activities designed just for them! Enjoy dancing and singing with the Kindersinger: Silly Songs! program. Join in on yoga for little ones during Magical Mats. Build early literacy skills in the Mother Goose on the Loose® program. Learn about – and become part of – a theater production during their interactive theater workshop, Play Within a Play. MORE

Ballet to Flamenco
April 14 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Journey from the grace and power of ballet to the color and flair of flamenco in this program of iconic dance repertoire. This concert is highlighted by performances by Nicole Kelsch from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and professional flamenco dancer Anna Menendez. Join BSO in the lobby at 9:45 am and enjoy interactive activities for families! MORE

Earth Day Extravaganza
April 14 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | EcoAdventures

Come on in and celebrate Mother Earth with Ecoadventures! The Earth Day Extravaganza will have a variety of fun activities for everyone in the family! Live animal interactions, pony rides, animal green screen photos, face painting, moon bounce, Earth Day themed crafts, carnival games, vendors and more! MORE

Sunday Fun – Art Project: My Blues Guitar
April 14 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Become a blues musician like B.B. King by making your own musical instrument. Visitors will decorate their own guitar with various art materials. Afterward, check out B. B. King’s guitar and other guitarists in the photo exhibition, Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans. In conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month. MORE

Science Aglow
April 14 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Let science shine! Kick off Light City 2018 at Science Aglow with the Maryland Science Center. Spend the day learning about the science of illumination with hands-on activities and demonstrations that are sure to sparkle. Paint with light, experiment with long-exposure photography, use diffraction to break light into a dazzling display, and play with even more scintillating science. MORE

Family Night At The Museum: A (cool) progeny play date!
April 14 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | St. Paul’s School

Dinosaurs, inventions, art, and MORE! Join (cool) progeny at St. Paul’s School for a family play date where the classrooms come to life! The talented team at St. Paul’s will be setting up five “museums” throughout the school that families can explore as part of this hands-on evening play date. Start your evening with complimentary pizza and end it with a performance by Baltimore’s favorite beat-boxing dads, Baby Beats. It’s a fun-filled family date night! But shh…. don’t tell the kids they’re learning. $5 family pass includes all food and activities. MORE

Symphonic Pops
April 14, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | April 15, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Jim Rouse Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Choose from two performances of our popular, family-friendly Symphonic Pops Concert! Sola Fadiran, winner of the Howard County Arts Council’s 2017 Rising All-Star Competition, and Julie Kurzava join the Orchestra for timeless classics from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Company, and Into the Woods. The whole family will love selections from Candide and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as blockbuster films such as E.T. and Superman. MORE

Good Deeds Day
April 15 | Times Vary | Baltimore Area

Let’s Do Good Together! Join Jewish Volunteer Connection in a global movement of Doing Good! Choose a project and register today! MORE

Junie B. Jones
April 15 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Baltimore Center Stage

This continuation of our Family Series, introduced last season, will feature the precocious and lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” MORE

Teddy Bear Picnic Tea Party
April 15 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Spend a fantastic afternoon with your little one at Robinson Nature Center’s teddy bear picnic tea party. Enjoy learning about nature’s “spring awakening” when bears come out of hibernation, flowers bloom, and birds sing. Together, we take a short hike, witness spring beauty, and decorate a charming mug to take home. Savor an impeccably catered tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea. MORE

Wild Kratts LIVE!
April 15 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again. MORE

Master Chefs Class II
April 21 | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM | Schola

Schola’s Juniors Masters Class II is a one day class in which kids will learn recipes & measuring, kitchen safety & knife skills, the cooking techniques of roasting & sautéing, baking, sauces and making ice cream. MORE

Celebrate Earth Day! A (cool) progeny play date at the Waldorf School of Baltimore
April 21 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Waldorf School of Baltimore

It’s Earth Day (almost!)! Celebrate with us at The Waldorf School of Baltimore on Saturday, April 21 from 10 AM – 12 PM! Weather permitting, we’ll be outside in their wonderful children’s garden with live music, hula hooping, gardening activities, crafts, face painting and MORE. Enjoy snacks, learn about CSAs and farming from One Straw Farm, explore bee keeping, and learn how Waldorf is leading the way on green school initiatives. MORE

April 21 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Join the Inner Arbor Trust at the Chrysalis at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods to kick off Chrysalis Kids, their spring, summer, and fall series of outdoor, free performances and other arts events. Milkshake is a band on a mission: to create great rock music for kids. MORE

Music Box: In the Treetops
April 21 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The cacophony of the rainforest comes to life through the sounds of exotic birds and playful monkeys, featuring BSO flute and strings musicians! Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. MORE

Countdown to Kindergarten Presented by Maryland 529
April 21 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery on National Kindergarten Day as we join with a variety of partners from around Baltimore to prepare young children for their first school or pre-school experience! Countdown to Kindergarten is an annual community-wide event that encourages school readiness skills in children about to enter kindergarten while providing parents with information and resources, including health care screenings and free books. MORE

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
April 21, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | April 22, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Follow the clues and the map on this self-guided hike around the park to learn about how to care for the Earth. You’ll love this self-guided, moderately-difficulty hike that may take 60-90 minutes to complete. Return to the Nature Center to check your answers and receive a prize. MORE

Fell’s Point Privateer Festival
April 21, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | April 22, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Fells Point Main Street

Join Fell’s Point Main Street for the 14th Annual Privateer Festival at Broadway Square, Fell’s Point. Celebrate Baltimore’s maritime prowess and enjoy a land invasion of living history with live music by the Brigands Band, Pirates for Sail, and Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, tour historic ships, play with parrots, gaze at living mermaids, shop at maritime merchant booths, sip grog, taste grub, join the rum punch stroll and more! MORE

April 21 | 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Ellicott City Partnership

Celebrate Earth Day in Old Ellicott City at our annual SpringFest celebration. This free and family-friendly event offers 3 outdoor stages featuring music from 25+ bands. Each stage area offers free family crafts, local food, wines and locally brewed craft beer from either JailBreak Brewing Co. or Manor Hill Brewing. Sidewalk sales, outdoor dining, museums throughout town offer something for everyone. MORE

Day Out With Thomas
April 27 – May 6 | Times Vary | B & O Railroad Museum

Thomas the Tank Engine™ returns to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore! Little Engineers and families take a 25-minute train ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a full day of live entertainment, activities, and family fun! MORE

Alice in Wonderland
April 27 – May 27 | Times Vary | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater

This fantastical tale, full of clever wordplay and timeless characters, is as beloved by adults as by children. “Curiouser and curiouser,” Alice’s adventures reveal her pluck, innocence, resourcefulness, and imagination. Our adaptation will borrow inspiration from the classic illustrations of Sir John Tenneil. Bring your kids! Bring your parents! Alice will entertain your whole family. MORE

Charm City Bluegrass Festival
April 27, 4:00 PM – 9:30 PM | April 28, 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM | Druid Hill Park

The Baltimore Magazine and IBMA award-winning Charm City Bluegrass Festival is back in Baltimore for its 6th year! Featuring the best in national and regional talent along with a day full of world-class music, food, and drinks. MORE

ROAR For Kids at Kennedy Krieger Institute
April 28 | 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Lions ROAR, elephants ROAR, tigers ROAR… and you, too, can ROAR for Kids with Kennedy Krieger! Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center & Kennedy Krieger for a 5K run and low-mileage walk for individuals of all ages. New this year – embrace the lush natural surroundings at Oregon Ridge Park with a jungle theme. Dress up like your favorite wild animal to win prizes and join in the fun! MORE

Dia del Nino/Kids’ Day
April 28 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Patterson Park

Día del Niño (or Kids’ Day) is celebrated throughout Latin America and the world as a day in which we honor the contributions of children and youth to our communities. The Friends of Patterson Park’s Día del Niño Celebration is an annual outdoor event and has become a community staple. MORE