Family Fun Night, Young Playwrights Festival, Little Red, Glow Bugs, Fairy Gardens, and more. Here are ways to get out of the house (and out of the rain!) this weekend with kids!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events, May 18-20

Black-Eyed Susan Race
Friday, May 19 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Pimlico Race Course

Dedicate your Friday to the historic culture and relaxation of Black-Eyed Susan Day. Flaunt your style and creativity as one of Pimlico’s oldest stakes races unfolds in front of your eyes. From the vibrant Girls Galleria to a seminar featuring renowned female racing analysts, Black-Eyed Susan is truly the Ultimate Girls Day Out. MORE

Aquafina $2 Family Fun Night
Friday, May 18 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Head to Port Discovery Children’s Museum for Aquafina $2 Family Fun Night! Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs for just $2 per person from 4-8PM! Also, take part in drop-in programming including an interactive Circle Time featuring stories and songs, visit the SPCA and more! MORE

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Tribeca Film Festival Present: Black Panther
Friday, May 18 | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM | UA House at Fayette

Come dressed as your favorite character from Black Panther – there will be a contest and prize for best costume inspired by the film! Marvel Studios’ Black Panther (now available on Digital, Blu-ray & 4K UHD) follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolate, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. MORE

Adventure Sleepover
Friday, May 18, 5:30 PM till Saturday, May 19, 9:00 AM | National Aquarium

Join your friends, family, and a giant green sea turtle for a sleepover adventure you’ll never forget! Spend an unforgettable night exploring the National Aquarium in a way you never thought possible! Your adventure will take you throughout the Aquarium, including getting the chance to peek behind-the-scenes and see just how they care for some of the over 20,000 animals that call the Aquarium home. MORE

Water Safety
Friday, May 18 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | The Weinberg Y at Waverly

Get ready for summer with Water Safety at the Y! Learn basic water and boating safety, play Safety Around Water games, get a swim assessment, and enjoy crafts and snacks. This is a free event but space is limited. All attendees must register in advance at ymaryland.org/register (search Water Safety). MORE

Young Playwrights Festival
Friday, May 18 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Baltimore Center Stage

The Young Playwrights Festival, a Baltimore Center Stage tradition for over 31 years, welcomes 10-minute play submissions from across the state of Maryland around this year’s theme, “Ball of Confusion.” Six young playwrights have been chosen to have their plays workshopped with professionals and then fully produced at Baltimore Center Stage in their newly renovated Head Theater. MORE

Harford Dance Theatre presents Aladdin
Friday, May 18, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Saturday, May 19, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM and 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Sunday, May 20, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Harford Community College – Chesapeake Center

From the same company that brings you Harriet’s Happiest Halloween, join Aladdin and his friends on this action-packed adventure filled with magic, romance, and fun. After meeting an evil magician, Aladdin gets tricked and finds himself trapped in a cave with the magic lamp and the wacky genie who lives inside. Fasten your seatbelts and take a magic carpet ride that’s sure to grant all of your wishes in this adaption for all ages. MORE

Family Pottery Workshop
Saturday, May 19 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Chesapeake Arts Center

Clay has the transformative quality to bring people together through shared creative art-making. Experiment and explore in one of these three-hour sessions for adults and youth who are curious about clay. You will be guided through the basic principles of hand-building while having fun in a relaxed classroom environment. MORE

Glow Bugs and Build!
Saturday, May 19 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS)

It’s glow time! Learn about bioluminescence by working with a glowing bacteria. These brilliant “bugs” glow in response to oxygen or movement to create a mesmerizing glow effect. In this hands-on workshop, you will get a chance to build and create gadgets (e.g. a tube that pushes oxygen through the bacterial culture with a push of a button) to show off this incredible property! MORE

Year of the Market: Farmers’ Market Kick-Off
Saturday, May 19 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the BMI Farmers’ Market with free museum admission (starting at 10 AM), live music, kids’ activities, and the opening of a new exhibition, “Why We Work.” MORE

All About Pets
Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Meet some exotic pets and learn about how to care for their many different needs. For all ages. MORE

Davenport Open House
Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Davenport Preschool Sparks

Visit the beautiful new Davenport preschool in Sparks. Take a tour, test out the playground, and build your own stuffed animal! MORE

Ren Faire
Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Towson

Join the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library for a day of Renaissance fun with magicians, singers, jugglers and medieval reenactors. Games, crafts, face painting, story time, knighting ceremony and more are available! MORE

College Savings Day
Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Zoo

Head to the Maryland Zoo for a special discount offer. The first 529 children to visit will receive a special CHILD ADMISSION price of just $5.00* (that’s more than 50% off the regular price)! MORE

Fandomonium: A Library Comic Book Convention
Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Rosedale

A mini comic convention, or fan convention, to celebrate comics, science fiction and fantasy and the culture that surrounds these genres. MORE

Asian Pacific Heritage Day & PowerPlant Live! & Port Discovery Family Fun Day!
Saturday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate and learn about Asian Pacific traditions and culture as you create cherry blossom amulets, become an unstoppable thespian as you learn how to create, produce, and star in your own play during an interactive theater workshop Play within a Play!, make take-home panda art projects, have Phun with Physics with Mr. Greg, and much, much more! MORE

Pumpkin Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Production of Little Red
Saturday, May 19 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM and 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

Make Bath Bombs in #theLab- Spring Bombs
Saturday, May 19 | 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | aMuse Toys Quarry Lake

Bath bombs are still all the rage! They are also tons of fun to make! Avoid the mess at home and let the kids create their own custom bath bombs in #theLab. Each class will have a different theme, but the kids will still be able to explore their creativity and make the bombs their own. MORE

Aquarium Explorer
Sunday, May 20 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | National Aquarium

Calling all explorers! Grab your binoculars and join a National Aquarium naturalist on a journey to discover the sights and sounds of the animal world! Explore exhibits in search of animal tracks and seashells in the sand, listen for birdcalls and uncover other clues left behind by the animals that live all around us. Through hands-on activities and investigation, you’ll learn the stories of animal neighbors, but be sure to watch your step! You never know what you might find. MORE

Pollinator Fairy Garden Workshop
Sunday, May 20 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

Join Cylburn Arboretum for an informative, fun and whimsical pollinator workshop for kids. Kids will learn how bees and the flowers have made each other happy over the past one hundred thirty million years. They’ll learn why bees are not only friends with flowers, but also your friends as well. MORE