ROAR for Kids, Independent Bookstore Day, fairy tale balls, bluegrass fun, solar-powered cars, tween yoga, and MORE! Check out all of the (cool) stuff for families happening in and around Baltimore this weekend!

Baltimore Family Events this Weekend, April 27-29

Day Out With Thomas
Friday, April 27, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Saturday, April 28, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, April 29, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM | 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, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Friday, April 17, 8 PM | Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2 PM

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. Go with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to a day-glo Wonderland of absurd riddles, amazing creatures, and dazzling costumes and puppets that are both contemporary and inspired by the classic illustrations of Sir John Tenneil.  Bring your kids! Bring your parents! Alice will entertain your whole family. MORE

Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Friday, April 27, 4:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Saturday, 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

Friday Night Stargazing: Venus & The Pleiades
Friday, April 27 | 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM | Maryland Science Center

See the Moon, planets, and stars through the historic and computer controlled Alvan Clark & Sons 8″ refracting telescope. Venus appears near the Pleiades star cluster. Beautiful bright Venus stands alone as it attracts your eye while the surprising glow of the Pleiades is sure to reward your effort of seeing them through telescopes. MORE

ROAR For Kids at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Saturday, 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! Let your imagination run wild! MORE

Independent Bookstore Day at Red Canoe
Saturday, April 28 | All Day

In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, Red Canoe is giving away large cups of coffee (hot or iced) with every book purchase on Saturday April 28th! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss MORE

Spring Showcase
Saturday, April 28 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Great Kids Farm

Join Great Kids Farm on their beautiful 33-acre property in Catonsville as they show you a little bit about what they do. You will be able to rotate through stations just like the students do when they visit. You will learn about the Healthy Eating Healthy Living initiative, go on a tour of the farm, learn about what’s growing, visit goats and much more! MORE

Scutes, Scales & Skins
Saturday, April 28 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Join a Naturalist to discover the wonderful world of Herpetology (the study of Reptiles and Amphibians). After a brief introduction to the plethora of herps that live on Irvine’s property, venture onto the trails to see what you can find. Learn the technique of “flipping,” how to properly handle different herps, and benefits of the different animals! Be prepared to get a little wet and muddy! MORE

Spring Wildflower Walk at Lake Roland
Saturday, April 28 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are only in bloom for a few short weeks! Head to Lake Roland for a guided hike to see these fleeting beauties. Ages 8 and up. MORE

Spring Fling at MHES
Saturday, April 28 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Medfield Heights Elementary School

Welcome Spring with an amazing fun-filled community event at Medfield Heights Elementary School. Spring Fling activities include carnival games, prizes, bounce houses, food, silent auction, Live music featuring MILKSHAKE Duo, and a special appearance by the Oriole Bird. MORE

Leakin Park BioBlitz
Saturday, April 28 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Leakin Park

Explore, learn, and find fun animals and plants in Leakin Park! Meet biologists, see live animals, and go searching for critters! This event is FREE and will have a lot of activities for all ages! Binoculars, magnifying glasses, nets, and more will be available to go out and explore with. MORE

Sounds like Science
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, April 29, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Come on feel the noise at Maryland Science Center and explore the world through sound! See sound waves, explore unique instruments, move objects with sound, and so much more. MORE

Weekend Workers – Solar Powered Cars
Saturday, April 28 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. Participate in engaging activities that allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. This week’s theme is solar powered cars. MORE

Dia del Nino/Kids’ Day
Saturday, 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 a free, annual outdoor event and has become a community staple. MORE

Pirates of the Zooabbean
Saturday, April 28 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Plumpton Park Zoo

Meet the Valhallas Pirates – they will be performing pirate shows, mutiny shows and even teach the little ones how to use swords. Enjoy a treasure hunt and all day fun at the zoo. MORE

Wild Animal Tales
Saturday, April 28 | 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Perry Hall

Explore exciting wild stories with live animals. The stories literally come alive as animals guide us on a fantastical adventure through storytelling – of why stories are told and who writes them. The audience will have a chance to interact with the animals and the stories! All Ages are welcome. MORE

Preschool Fairy Tale Ball
Saturday, April 28 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Enoch Pratt Govans Branch

Calling all heroes, tricksters, dreamers, helpers and other folktale and fairytale friends – the Fairy Tale Ball will have stories, crafts, music, and dancing! Dressing up in your favorite fairy tale or festive outfit is encouraged. MORE

Tween Yoga
Saturday, April 28 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Lynne Brick’s Belvedere Square

Tweens will enjoy a 60-minute yoga class with a craft or activity geared towards yoga/mindfulness. Ages 9-12. MORE

Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic’s 2018 Walk For Wishes®
Sunday, April 29 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Rash Field

Superheroes of all ages are invited to join Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic at 2018 Walk For Wishes® Baltimore. Use your superpowers to join local wish families, community supporters, and volunteers and help change the lives of local children battling critical illnesses. In addition to the family-friendly walk itself, attendees will enjoy music, carnival games, delicious food, face painting and the chance to hear firsthand from wish kids about the power of a wish experience. MORE

Color Fest 2018
Sunday, April 29 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Head to Merriweather Park for an exciting Color Fest to celebrate the Indian Festival Holi. Colors and Food available for purchase on site. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Natural Wonder
Sunday, April 29 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This week, build a mixed-media sculpture. MORE

 

… and just for moms!

FashionEASTa – The Fashion Show at Harbor East
Saturday, April 28 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Harbor East Baltimore

All eyes on Harbor East! Get your strut and style on at FashionEASTa, the only fashion show in the city with all the looks you need to #MakeYourMark this season. Join Harbor East on Aliceanna Street in the heart of Baltimore’s most happening fashion district for a day filled with fashion, music, food and good vibes. MORE