It’s starting to feel like summer this weekend — so get out and enjoy! FlowerMart, festivals, WTMD’s Mini Masquerade Ball, 6th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, AVAM’s Kinetic Sculpture Race, and MORE. Here are favorite family-friendly events this weekend.

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, May 4-6

May the 4th Be With You
Friday, May 4 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Main Street at Ellicott City

Old Ellicott City will transform into a rebel base where the entire family will enjoy the May the 4th Be With You Star Wars event to benefit Make A Wish Foundation and Voices for Children! Events include a costume contest, Traverse the Galaxy scavenger hunt in the shops, raffles, Saber Legion battle and more. MORE

May The Fourth Party
Friday, May 4 | 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM | The Pottery Stop

May The Fourth Be With You! Celebrate Star Wars day with an awesome party! Make a project, munch on some Jedi approved snacks, and play some Star Wars trivia. Wear your favorite Star Wars gear for a chance to win a prize, too! MORE

FlowerMart
May 4 and May 5 | 11 AM – 8 PM | Mt. Vernon Washington Monument

FlowerMart, the time-honored rite of Spring kicks off with everyone’s favorite traditions — lemon peppermint sticks, fantastic food, grand hats, original arts and crafts, kids activities, and flowers, flowers and more beautiful flowers. Children’s activities include puppet shows, games, balloons, face painting, glitter, tattoos, henna, body art, make-your-own arts and crafts including flower picture boards. MORE

Pokemon Go!
Friday, May 4 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Get special access to the Estuary Center and Leight Park after the sun sets to search for Pokemon! We have 15 pokestops and 3 gyms throughout our trails. Bring a fully charged phone, a flashlight, and a few friends to see how many Pokemon you can catch! Refreshments will be provided. Ages 6 – adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Fells Point Farmer’s Market
Saturday, May 5 till Saturday, November 17 | 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Broadway Square at Fell’s Point

The popular Fell’s Point Farmer’s Market kicks off Saturday with your favorite local farmers and vendors including Bottoms Up Bagels, Ekiben, Gundalow Juices, and Sweet Dukes Vegan Bakery. MORE

Kids Workshop – Windmill Planter
Saturday, May 5 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | The Home Depot – Timonium

Discuss the benefits of non-polluting sustainable energy in a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model windmill that holds a beautiful seasonal flower or low maintenance herb just in time for Mother’s Day. MORE

Art Kids: Animals
Saturday, May 5 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Learning is fun at the Walters for children 3–5 years old and their favorite adults. You and your child will use all of your senses during this hands-on experience that combines a story, gallery tour, and art-making activity. Pre-registration is required. MORE

Mini Masquerade Ball
Saturday, May 5 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

Masks, hoopla, music, and more! Dress up the kids (because, really, who doesn’t love cute kids all dressed up?) and bring them dancing to WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes Mini Masquerade Ball! The minis (and their families) will be taking over the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric on Saturday, May 5th from 10 AM – 12 PM. They are packing a TON of fun into those two hours: catch a performing by one of Baltimore’s best party bands, Bachelor Boys Band (playing all of WTMD’s favorite kid-approved songs), hula hooping stilt walkers, juggling uni-cyclists, interactive hula hooping, face painting, arts, crafts, a masquerade-themed photo booth, Lohr Family Follies, pint-sized fancy finger foods, sparkling cider toast at 11, and more. MORE

Annual Steam Show
Saturday, May 5 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | The Fire Museum of Maryland

Hose wagon rides, demonstrations with hand- and horse-drawn apparatus, working steam engines, antique models, kids’ contests, working draft horses, Dalmatians, and food vendors! Fun for the whole family! MORE

20th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race: Mysteries and Tall Tales
Saturday, May 5 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race through Baltimore of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART – The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. MORE

Towsontown Spring Festival - Courtesy of Towsonstown Spring Festival Facebook Page

51st Annual Towsontown Spring Festival
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Sunday, May 6, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Downtown Towson

If you are a thrill-seeker, foodie, music lover, or just a Baltimore explorer, this is your kind of festival. Visit 400+ vendors that offer unique crafts, jewelry, art, food, and more! Two stages of live music will feature some of the best music in Baltimore. Located on Chesapeake, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Baltimore Avenues in Towson (400 Washington Avenue). MORE

6th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Saturday, May 5 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. MORE

Rock On! Painted Rocks
Saturday, May 5 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Painting and hiding rocks as a play it forward game is the hottest new social media movement. Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Painted Rocks of Maryland for an introduction to the game and create a few rock masterpieces to leave in the park or take with you to enjoy until you find the perfect spot to leave it. MORE

Science Happens Here! IMET Open House
Saturday, May 5 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Have you ever wondered what happens in that unusual building with the tent-like roof at the Inner Harbor? Science happens! The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology opens its doors for a free Open House to share exciting discoveries happening at the harbor’s edge. Enjoy hands-on science activities for kids all ages, meet scientists, and discover important environmental research being done at the Inner Harbor. MORE

White Marsh’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, May 5 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – White Marsh

Celebrate White Marsh’s 30th anniversary with a family-friendly, fun-filled night. Activities include hula hooping with Baltimore Hoop Love, musical performance by Joppa View Elementary Bucket Band, balloon animals with Tom Lilly and acoustic ’80s music by Chris Montcalmo. MORE

Chef Egg Live: Farmers Market Family Cook Off
Sunday, May 6 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar

Join Baltimore’s own Chef Egg at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar the first Sunday of every month for a unique cooking “eggsperience.” The chef will take you on a quick tour of the market to visit local producers and makers. Then you will prepare easy recipes made with farm fresh ingredients from the market. MORE

Junior Photo Safari
Sunday, May 6 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Maryland Zoo

Join Maryland Zoo for a 90-minute photo safari: kids only! Aspiring wildlife photographers ages 8-14 will receive an educational Zoo tour, learning the basic skills and special tricks needed to capture stunning shots of animals. All experience levels are welcome as we explore the biodiversity of the animal kingdom through the lens of a camera. MORE

Open Matinee Skate/POPPY from TROLLS
Sunday, May 6 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Sportsman’s Hall Roller Skating Center

Visit Sportsman’s Hall for an open skate plus meet Poppy from the Troll Movie! Enjoy games, prizes, and Troll treats! MORE

Bank of America Discount Day
Sunday, May 6 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Enjoy a fun day of play and learning for less, thanks to Bank of America! Save $2 off each general admission tickets – explore three-floors of interactive exhibits, enjoy daily, drop-in programs, and create take-home projects at art and science stations! The discount applies to the first 1,000 guests so make sure you arrive early! MORE

Family Coding: Squishy Circuitry
Sunday, May 6 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Towson

Family coding adventure! Learn about “physical computing” by using Play-Doh and LEDs to create circuits of all shapes, sizes, and complexities. Circuitry models the logic and flow needed to code effectively. For grades K to 5 and their family. MORE

42nd Annual Spring Concert: Awaken
Sunday, May 6 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

Children’s Chorus of Maryland invites everyone to join them in welcoming the spring with Awaken! Three individual children’s choirs will perform selections celebrating the coming alive of all that is missed during the long, cold winter. Awaken includes works by Fauré, Duruflé, Morley, Handel, Humperdinck, Kallman, and Goetze. The concert culminates with all young voices between the ages of 6 and 16 coming together to create the setting of the joyful English May Day Carol, arranged by our founder, Betty Bertaux. MORE