Beatles family fun, BUGGED!, summer solstice fun, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for getting out and about with kids this weekend…

Baltimore Family Events this Weekend, June 22-24

Puppet Pop-Up Play Date
Friday, June 22 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | The Village of Cross Keys

Join (cool) progeny for a WONDERful morning with Blue Sky Puppet Theatre at The Village of Cross Keys! There will be donuts and juice courtesy of Pied Piper Children’s Wear, Baltimore, Md, puppet making with (cool) progeny, and a performance of “The Jester’s Box” at 10 AM. FREE and no RSVP required! Sand Art Craft will be available for $5/craft (those participating in (cool) progeny’s Summer Passport program will receive a Sand Art craft free of charge for each child!). Purchase a $25 Summer Passport here. #CoolSummerFun MORE

Tot Shabbat at the Pool 2018
Friday, June 22 | 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Join PJ Library and the JCC Parenting Department for their annual Tot Shabbat at the Pool. Enjoy free swim, tot shabbat services, dinner and more! Kosher dairy dinner will be served. All food provided is kosher and nut free. JCC membership not required. Ages: Birth-6 years, older siblings are welcome. MORE

Food Truck Rally
Friday, June 22 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

Food trucks are back at the BMI! Join Maryland Best Food Trucks for an exclusive free Food Truck Rally on the waterfront featuring 16 amazing food trucks, local vendors, family-friendly activities, a bar and Grayson Moon Music live! Tips and a portion of bar sales will be donated to BARCS Animal Shelter. MORE

Beach Party Bash Parent’s Night Out
Friday, June 22 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | My Gym – Timonium

Let the kids celebrate their first Beach Party of the Summer while you celebrate in some peace and quiet at your house! A three-hour drop-off featuring themed games, relays, songs, dances, puppet shows, and a pizza dinner! Ages 18 months- 9 years old. MORE

Friday Nite Rox
Friday, June 22 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | EarthTreks Timonium

Kids get a fun night of climbing adventure and parents enjoy a night out on the town- what could be more perfect! Activities include vertical games, age-appropriate basic skills instruction, and tons of climbing, all under the supervision of qualified instructors. No experience is necessary. Climbing shoes, as well as a harness and necessary hardware, are included. Please wear comfortable clothing that will not restrict movement. Athletic wear or sweatpants/shorts and a t-shirt are fine. Ages 6-12. MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes Beatles Family Festival
Saturday, June 23 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | WTMD

Celebrate the music of the best kids rock band ever (and best overall rock band ever) at this indoor/outdoor mini-festival at WTMD! Yellow Dubmarine, an incredible reggae and ska Beatles tribute band, is headlining the indoor stage and there will be acoustic Beatles songs on the outdoor stage. MORE

PrattCon 2018: PrattCon Rocks!
Saturday, June 23 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library – Southeast Anchor Branch

PrattCon is here again! Join Enoch Pratt Free LIbrary for their comic book convention. Activities include a full schedule of panelists, local performers, workshops and others celebrating this year’s theme of “PrattCon Rocks!”. MORE

MSC’s Greatest Hits
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, June 24, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Now that’s what I call Science! This June, Maryland Science Center jam-packed every weekend with some of MSC’s greatest scientific hits! Experience such favorites as Zipline Challenge, Banana Games, Water Drop Art, and more. MORE

Wild About Enrichment Day
Saturday, June 23 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

See some of your favorite animals get special treats and toys and learn all about the Zoo’s animal enrichment program. Enrichment activities help to enhance the care that keepers provide for Zoo animals by adding variety and stimulation to the animals’ daily routines. Every enrichment item is specifically developed for each animal to help elicit species-specific wild behaviors. MORE

Storytime featuring Jurassic Park Little Golden Book
Saturday, June 23 | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Barnes & Noble – White Marsh

Introduce little ones to the world of Jurassic Park. This action-packed (and age-appropriate) title is great for dinosaur lovers, both new and old. Activities to follow. MORE

Baltimore’s World Refugee Day Festival
Saturday, June 23 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Creative Alliance

Baltimore’s World Refugee Day features talented youth and adult performers that are new American artists resettled in Baltimore. This free, family-friendly festival is inside Creative Alliance! Have fun making art, support craft market, bring the kids for kite making, face painting, and henna and learn about the work of refugee service providers. MORE

“I Spy” Slime
Saturday, June 23 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Join Maryland Science Center in the Learning Lab for some slime play. Check out various colors and textures of slime, and ‘see’ if you can find the surprises inside. Can you get to the red star? Square button? Plastic magnet? Test your seeking skills as you dive into the icky-sticky slimy fun. MORE

38th Annual EBLO’s LatinoFestival
Saturday, June 23, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Sunday, June 24, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Patterson Park

Baltimore’s Premiere Celebration of Hispanic Culture, Music and Art! This music-filled weekend features live Latin music, dancers in colorful costumes from their native lands, bomba and plena performances, salsa dancing and the hottest Latino DJs, Arts and Crafts displays, Latino cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean, community support information booths and family fun activities such as rock climbing walls, clowns, face-painting, two stages, and much more. MORE

Family Fun Day at Power Plant Live!
Saturday, June 23 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Power Plant Live!

Join Power Plant Live! at their Luau Family Fun Day! The day will include themed games and activities, pony rides, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, and food. Admission is free for access to the area, crafts, vendors, games, and activities. A $5 all-access pass is available to enjoy an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, and face painting, All proceeds from all-access wristbands will be donated to Art With A Heart. MORE

The Wizard of Oz presented by Charm City Players
Saturday, June 23, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Sunday, June 24, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

The classic MGM film comes alive on-stage in this musical spectacular. The Wizard of Oz has been entertaining audiences for generations and is one of the most beloved movie classics of all time. Your ticket includes a full Broadway-Style musical, face painting, pre-show activities, a live orchestra and a meet and greet with the cast after every show. MORE

Summer Solstice Sunset 5K & Family Festival
Saturday, June 23 | 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine Nature Center for an afternoon of family fun as they celebrate the grand opening of Irvine’s brand new Bauer Preserve! They will be hosting their first-ever Family Fun Festival with games, food trucks, and local brews! After the festival, you can run the 1K Family Fun Run or the Sunset 5K Trail Run through the newest trails. MORE

Sunday, June 24 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Join an ensemble of professional dancers as they creep, crawl, weave, fly, spin, sting, and hatch a captivating cast of creatures to life! BUGGED! will transport viewers into the hungry bullfrog’s fly-filled bog, a busy, buzzing beehive, the chrysalis of the contemplative caterpillar, and the web of the bella Tarantella, just to name a few. Gates open at 9 a.m. for playtime in the Park and the performance starts at 10 a.m.. MORE

Animal Craft Safari – Pardon? Said the Giraffe
Sunday, June 24 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Head to the Penguin Coast Learning Lab where children ages 4 and up are invited on a wild learning adventure with Zoo educator. On a craft safari, little explorers will meet a real creature from the Zoo’s animal embassy (weather and staff dependent), hear an animal-themed story, make a wildlife-related craft, and learn about ecology and conservation of wild animals. Pre-registration is required. MORE

The Magic of Jonestown Festival
Sunday, June 24 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Jewish Museum of Maryland

Celebrate Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood with the third annual Jonestown festival. The community’s cultural institutions and businesses come together again to celebrate their shared heritage with an afternoon of magic and delightful experiences, from stilt-walkers to arts-and-crafts, face painters to animal encounters. MORE

Winged Things
Sunday, June 24 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Use recycled materials to create adorable butterflies and birds. This program is for all ages. MORE

Summer Concert Series: Tall in the Saddle
Sunday, June 24 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Ladew Gardens

Giddy-up and gallop on over to Ladew to enjoy a premier classic rock band, playing popular tunes from your favorite artists. Bring your picnic or enjoy grilled-to-order fare from the Ladew Concert Café. Concerts are held in the Great Bowl from 6 – 8 pm, admission includes the gardens. MORE

And if you’re in need of a little break from the kiddos ….

6th Annual FIT+ Fitness Festival 2018
Saturday, June 23 | 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Harbor East Baltimore

The 6th Annual Fit+ Outdoor Fitness Festival takes your workout to the streets of Harbor East! Enjoy FREE fitness classes hosted by The MAC, Under Armour Brand House, lululemon, and Charm City Run! From yoga to boot camp and beyond – these perfectly timed sessions allow you to sample multiple classes throughout the morning. Beyond sweat, FIT+ brings your workout to the next level with a live DJ, nourishing food & drink offerings, giveaways, raffle prizes & more. MORE


Image courtesy of Power Plant Live’s website.