Around the World fun, Balloon Festival, Baby Beats, Big Trucks, Lantern Fest, and MORE! There are lots of fun ways to get out and about with kid this weekend. Check out our list of family-friendly events in Baltimore. (And a very, very happy Mother’s Day to all of our (cool) moms!)

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events, May 11-13

Around the World Play Date!
Saturday, May 12 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | St. Paul’s Plus Preschool

Grab your ‘passport’ and join (cool) progeny for a morning of international fun at St. Paul’s Plus Preschool on Saturday, May 12th! We’ll be ‘traveling’ from Spain to Hungary to South Korea to Japan and back to the United States! Enjoy performances by Baltimore Taiko Drums, drum with Beatwell, get up close and personal with animal friends in a live petting zoo, create cultural crafts, taste dishes from several countries, and more! Don’t worry — we’ll have coffee. (Plus you’ll get to meet the awesome team at St. Paul’s Plus and learn why their school is a leader in early childhood education.) RAIN OR SHINE! And if it rains, we’ll be dry inside… Nab your $5 family pass. Includes all snacks and activities for everyone in your family! MORE

Preakness Balloon Festival
Friday, May 11 till Sunday, May 13 | 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM | Howard County Fairgrounds

WCBM and WQLL present the annual Preakness Balloon Festival with over 15 hot air balloons, tethered balloon rides, a large kid zone, a beer and wine garden, Maryland’s finest vendors, the Baltimore area’s best food, a balloon glow after dusk, live music on the main stage by Pressing Strings, Higher Education, Spencer Joyce, Rhett Repko, Shiftwork and many more! Please check the website for specific event times. MORE

Children’s Dinner Theatre: Baby Beats
Friday, May 11 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | St. James Academy

Looking for a family night out that’s affordable, delicious, and entertaining? St. James Academy’s Children’s Dinner Theatre series aims to provide quality local entertainment for children and parents. Join them on Friday, May 11th for Baby Beats with Max and Root! Join beatboxing dads, Jamaal “Mr. Root” Collier and Max Bent, for an interactive musical performance. MORE

Mother’s Day Arrangements at Nordstrom Towson Town Center
Friday, May 11 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Nordstrom at Towson Town Center

Hey Dad, grab the kids and head over to Nordstrom to create a beautiful handcrafted floral arrangement for Mom! What better gift than to help your children create a special arrangement specifically for the Mom in your life? This arrangement will mean more to her than any arrangement you can pick up at a store. Light refreshments will be served! MORE

Movie with Orchestra: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Friday, May 11, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Saturday, May 12, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Sunday, May 13, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Under the baton of Jack Everly, experience Raiders of the Lost Ark like never before as the BSO performs John Williams’ epic score alongside the classic Steven Spielberg film. MORE

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”
Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 | Times Vary | The Hippodrome

X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure”! It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. MORE

Market Day 50th Anniversary
Saturday, May 12 | 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Baltimore City’s beautiful 200-acre arboretum is the perfect place for families to learn about and enjoy the outdoors, and to purchase flowers and garden-related gifts. Hosted by the Cylburn Arboretum Association (CAA), Market Day brings the community surrounding Cylburn together at one of Baltimore City’s marquee parks. A beloved tradition for half a century, Market Day is a go-to event for professional and amateur gardeners alike. MORE

St. James Academy Foxhound 5K to Benefit Paul’s Place
Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 8:15 AM – 12 PM | St. James Academy 

Join St. James Academy for the 2nd St. James Academy Foxhound 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 12! Don’t miss the opportunity to run through Monkton’s beautiful countryside while supporting a wonderful cause. All proceeds from the race will be donated to Paul’s Place, which provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families in Southwest Baltimore communities. So lace up those shoes, take your mark, and register today! 5K is $30 ($35 on race day) and Family Fun Walk is $25. MORE

Big Truck Day
Saturday, May 12 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | The Baltimore Museum of Industry

Get a close look at work trucks, emergency vehicles, construction equipment, and other machines from the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. Outdoor event, rain or shine. MORE

Riding a Comet
Saturday, May 12 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium at CCBC-Catonsville

What are shooting stars? Comets? Asteroids? What do they look like if they land on Earth? Hear a story about what it would be like to travel through space on a comet. MORE

Improv for Kids
Saturday, May 12 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Baltimore Improv Group

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. The students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures and games. Through it all, the students will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity. MORE

Shore Party
Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Join living history sailors to try your hand at rope making and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation. Free costume rentals are available to children. MORE

Little’s Day
Saturday, May 12 | 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: Flower Power! program, and 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 an interactive theater workshop, Play Within a Play. Plus, make-and-take a fun art project! MORE

Manners Still Matter! Lessons in Modern Manners with the International School of Protocol
Saturday, May 12 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Join The International School of Protocol, the premier provider of etiquette training, for an interactive hour of modern manners that will empower your child or teen with some table manners and social graces. Learn the history of dining, behaviors at the table, introductions and handshakes and behavior in public places. Participate in this event and stay for our free Gentlemen & Ladies Family Day celebration where families will learn etiquette of the past from several of Maryland’s finest historical characters. MORE

Wild West Express Featuring The James Younger Gang
Saturday, May 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Steam Into History

This gang of American Outlaws was well-known in the 19th century. The group included the notorious Jesse James and the Younger brothers. Their infamous group will be robbing the train for trinkets and jewels (provided). Come out for a good time and a great cause! The train will ride to Seitzland, PA and return to New Freedom, PA. Caution: Riders will experience the sites and sounds of very loud, actual gunfire during the ride. MORE

Pumpkin Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Production of Little Red
Saturday, May 12 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Single Carrot Theatre

Pumpkin Theatre, Baltimore’s oldest operating children’s theatre is thrilled to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Join them this spring as we partner with Single Carrot Theatre in presenting the world premiere of Little Red! In this adaptation of the beloved fairytale, the Wolf is a young pup who forgets his mother’s warnings to stay off of the forest path. Meanwhile Little Red, on her way to Grandma’s house gets swept up in adventures with some fascinating characters. MORE

Dance & Bmore Presents: FazaFam Family Jam
Saturday, May 12 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Enoch Pratt – Pennsylvania Branch

Dance & Bmore’s FazaFam brings parents and kids together with music, dancing, and games to uplift and inspire good times for young and old. FazaFam’s original music takes you back to old-school grooves with new school moves from Pop to R&B, Salsa and Neo Soul. CJay and Team FazaFam create a playful interactive dance party that brings the whole family together! MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Mystery Rock
Saturday, May 12 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

Spread kindness & smiles! Paint a rock with a design or message, then leave it somewhere for a stranger to find, at AVAM’s next Weekend Walk-in Workshop on Saturday, May 12, 1-4pm. This is part of their monthly series of hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshops. Head to AVAM and their Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! MORE

Maker Workshop for Kids: Build Your Own Game Board
Saturday, May 12 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Rosedale

Make things together! Participate in cool STEM-related activities. This month, build your own game board and other fun activities. Supplies provided. MORE

The Lantern Fest
**Due to the impending weather – this event has been rescheduled for July 28th**
Saturday, May 12 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM | York Expo Center

At Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers empowered with lanterns join together for one unforgettable nighttime spectacle. Before sundown, friends and families can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, princesses, face painting, s’mores, balloon artists and more. Then, when the time is just right, the sky will light up! MORE

Animals Animals: Wildlife Games & Stories
Sunday, May 13 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Families, come explore nature in an engaging, play-to-learn platform with staff from Port Discovery Children’s museum. Programs integrate music, games, and nature exploration. Create rhythms, play with sound, use your imagination to be like an animal and discover the world around you. MORE

Choral Arts and Peabody Youth Orchestra: Beethoven’s Ninth
Sunday, May 13 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall

Baltimore Choral Arts partners with Peabody Youth Orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. MORE