Countdown to Kindergarten, Earth Day Fun, Family Magic Day, Privateer Festival, fee-free at Fort McHenry, and MORE! Here are our favorite ways to get out of the house with the kiddos this weekend.

We can’t wait to see everyone at our Earth Day Play Date at Waldorf School on Saturday! We’ll have hot coffee, snacks, live music, seed planting, arts and crafts, hula hooping, and more! Just $5/family (all activities and food included!). Buy your pass in advance.

Baltimore Family Events this Weekend, April 20-22

Celebrate Earth Day! A (cool) progeny Play Date at the Waldorf School of Baltimore
Saturday, 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, drum circles, and MORE. Enjoy snacks, learn about CSAs, explore beekeeping, and learn how Waldorf is leading the way on green school initiatives. (Don’t worry — we’ll still have fun if we need to be inside!) MORE

Friends of the Towson Library Book Sale
Friday, April 20, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Saturday, April 21, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Sunday, April 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Towson

Book lovers can access thousands of new and gently-used books of all genres at bargain prices. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser are used to pay for Towson Branch Library programs and events, branch updates and furniture. MORE

Arts Every Day Student Art Exhibition
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum is pleased to host over 100 works of art from Arts Every Day, created by students grades Pre-K through 12 in Baltimore City Public Schools. The annual exhibit showcases how teachers integrate visual arts, music, dance, theater, and media across grade levels and subject matter such as Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Student Art Shows at the Walters bring together teachers, families, and friends to celebrate the imagination and talent of students. MORE

Fee-Free Day
Saturday, April 21 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Fort McHenry

Join Fort McHenry for the second fee-free day of the year as the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation kick off the first day of National Park Week! Kids of all ages are invited to learn, explore, and earn their very own Junior Ranger badge as they become the next generation of stewards of America’s national park on National Junior Ranger Day! MORE

Saturday, 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

Space Bunny
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium at CCBC-Catonsville

Journey with a rabbit named Boynton and his friend Jocelyn as they take a trip into space. Open to the public. No reservations needed. MORE

Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Davenport Preschool

Join Davenport Preschool for their 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck, hosted by Davenport Towson and Alperstein & Diener P.A.! Kids of all ages are invited to come climb aboard construction trucks, emergency vehicles, and more! MORE

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

Join Port Discovery on National Kindergarten Day as they 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

Y Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | The Orakoawa Y in Towson

Visit The Y to celebrate Healthy Kids Day, their national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids. Bounce house, petting zoo, games, crafts and healthy vendors for kids. This event is free and open to the public! MORE

Annual MDIS Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Maryland International School

Join MDIS for their annual Earth Day Festival! This event will feature hands-on STEM activities for families with children in grades PreK-12th, a special Earth Day presentation by students, a live animal show from Leesburg Animal Park, bounce houses and inflatable games, food trucks, tours of our school, and more! This event is free and open to the community but registration is required. MORE

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, 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

Party For The Planet
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Zoo

We all know the mantra, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but how does going green help the animals at the zoo? Explore how simple actions can make big changes! During Earth Week, on-grounds Education programming will be themed as a “Party for the Planet.” Come celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can make the world a greener place. All activities are free with Zoo admission. MORE

Becket Hitch’s 4th Birthday Party
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Becket Hitch

Becket Hitch is celebrating their 4th birthday! Join them for a day of raffles, gifts with purchase and sweet treats! MORE

Fell’s Point Privateer Festival
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, 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

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

Celebrate Earth Day in Old Ellicott City at their 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

Light Night Canton 2018
Saturday, April 21 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | O’Donnell Square Park

Visit O’Donnell Square Park for the 2nd Annual Light Night Canton, a free interactive night of light, music, and family fun in conjunction with Light City Baltimore. Neighbors of all ages are invited to come play, eat, drink, dance and create under the lights on O’Donnell Square. Kids Activities include face-painting, games, and a costume contest! MORE

Charm City Roller Girls Spring Smash Up
Saturday, April 21 | 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM | Skateland North Point

Watch Roller Derby; Save the Planet!! Celebrate Earth Day by supporting local derby, and its modern day rolling Eco Warriors. Charm City Roller Girls is proud to be represented by women from all over the Baltimore/DC area, each of whom is as unique as the city itself. While we pride ourselves on being athletes, we are also activists, mothers, teachers, artists, writers and much, much more. MORE

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 22 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | National Aquarium

Join the National Aquarium for a day full of interactive activities, games, and educational opportunities all designed to teach about how plastics can impact our backyards, our ocean, and our lives. This Earth Day, celebrate our planet by taking action to end plastic pollution! MORE

Earth Day Miniature Garden Workshops
Sunday, April 22 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Celebrate Earth Day by creating a miniature fairy, dino, or beach garden using natural materials from the gardens at London Town! Staff and volunteers will demonstrate how to build the miniature gardens and help participants gather natural materials from our gardens. Then spend the rest of the time creating your miniature world to take home. Fee includes pot, soil, pebbles, sand, moss, figurines, choice of plants, and other decorative materials. MORE

ESF Camps Open House and Tours
Sunday, April 22 | 1 PM – 4 PM | Gilman School

Learn more about ESF’s 60+ cutting-edge activities for every age and interest at their Open House & Tour event. During your visit, you’ll meet Camp Directors, take a campus tour in order to experience the premier facilities, and see exactly what makes them the gold standard of camps. MORE

Family Magic Day
Sunday, April 22 | 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Illusions Bar & Theater

Illusions Magic Bar and Theater presents A Magical Matinee Sunday Family Show! Featuring special guest Peter Wood (with appearances by Spencer Horsman). This show is meant for the entire family (ages 5 on up) but both adults & kids will leave the show entertained & scratching their heads equally. MORE

Family Coding: Fun with Algorithms
Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Lansdowne

Family coding adventure! Learn to program Cubettos and Bee-Bots to move, turn and complete a series of adventure challenges. Creating instructional sequences helps develop computational thinking skills! For grades K to 5 and their family. MORE

Family Day – Green Butterfly
Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | The Painted Palette

Bring your little one to Family Day! Stay and paint with them, or drop them off and stay to watch or pick them up after class. This week’s theme is Green Butterly. Price includes all materials and instruction. MORE