Get your summer bucket lists out! In addition to outdoor movies and concerts, there are lots of fun arts-for-kids events happening around town!

Summer Arts for Kids 2018

Beatles Family Festival
WTMD | June 23 | 9 AM – 11 AM

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. Not to mention the Beatles-themed photobooth from Baltimore Photo Social, coffee from Garrison Forest School, bicycle rides from Race Pace Bicycles and the usual assortment of delicious organic snacks from Eddie’s of Roland Park. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the festival goes until 11:30 a.m. inside and outside the WTMD studios. MORE

Callaloo Puppets at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Reginald F. Lewis Museum | July 14 | 12 PM – 1 PM

Callaloo Kids is embarking on a multi-city book summer tour to bring their 3rd book release which celebrates Gullah / African-American folklore to communities in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Callalloo Kids  Summer Book Tour includes a live reading of their new book with an award winning puppetry performance. Included with Museum Admission. MORE
Chrysalis Kids
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods | Dates and Times Vary
The Inner Arbor Trust presents Chrysalis Kids, a series of free family arts events running from April to September 2018.  All events are FREE, however, all attendees need a ticket to attend.  Food and beverage available for purchase.  Picnics also welcome (no glass or alcohol).  
June 24 | 10 AM
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. Suggested age 4+
Jedi Academy
June 24 | 3 PM
A long time ago and not so very far away….Learn the ways of the Jedi with Panniken Moonjumper, a true Master of Intergalactic fun and adventure. During this engaging program by veteran family entertainer David Engel your little Jedi Warriors, Princesses and Darth Vaders will be delighted by comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons and a visit from his furry alien sidekick.  Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.   
grandsons, Jr.
July 7 | 10 AM
The grandsons, Jr., is the kids band version of DC-area roots rock superstars, The Grandsons. Kids and their parents will dig the upbeat mix of rock, swing, New Orleans R&B, country, and Latin music we call Americana. Over the past 25 years performing as The Grandsons, the band has noticed that many of their songs resonate with the younger crowd. As the grandsons, Jr., they combine new material learned especially for the younger set, with Grandsons tunes that have always been popular with the kids.
Cirque du Soliel
Royal Farms Arena | July 5-8 | Times Vary 
Crystal is not just an ice show, it’s the very first experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics.  MORE
Drop-In Ukulele and Drum Lessons
Stages Music Arts | Tuesdays and Thursdays | Times Vary
Don’t be square, join the circle! Stages Drop-In Drum Circle class will introduce basic hand-drumming techniques and rhythms. Students will also practice free-style drumming with other percussion instruments. No experience required. Ages 5+. Have a kiddo who wants to learn to strum? It’s easy to play the ukulele! Their $5 Drop-in Ukulele class is a fun and welcoming group class is for beginners ages 8+! (Parents, you can join the fun!) No experience needed. Don’t have a Ukulele? Use one of theirs. (Summer Adventure Passport holders get one class FREE!) MORE 
Family Magic Day at Illusions
Illusions Magic Bar and Theater | June 24 | 1:30 PM – 5 PM
Illusions Magic Bar and Theater presents A Magical Matinee Sunday Family Show! Featuring special guest Peter Wood (with appearances by Spencer Horsman).  Where as their weekly Friday & Saturday shows are late & a bit more adult focused, this show is meant for the entire family (ages 5 on up) or those that simply wish to experience our venue earlier in the day! Both adults & kids will leave the show entertained & scratching their heads equally. MORE
Free Family Sundays at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art | Sundays | 2 PM – 5 PM
Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. MORE
Inescapable! Exhibit Opening
Jewish Museum of Maryland | June 24 | 10 AM
Harry Houdini wasn’t born. He was invented. Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini reveals the creation of Houdini by the poor Jewish immigrant Ehrich Weiss. Come investigate the technologies, marketing prowess, and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar. This exhibit is hands-on and perfect for all ages, so be sure to bring the whole family! MORE
July 20 – 22, 2018 | Times Vary
The family-friendly mini-festival at Artscape has a new location this year: Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets. Everyone can use their creative spirits to make camp-themed arts and crafts, participate in demonstrations and enjoy family-friendly entertainment. Enjoy an instrument petting zoo, “Stem Camp,” make nature inspired camp badges, participate in a STEAM “Extreme Egg Drop Challenge, and more. Be sure to check out the Mess Hall schedule for kid-friendly entertainment! Demos by Chef Egg, Baltimore Hoop Love, Turkish shadow puppets, and MORE! MORE
Mess Fest
Maryland Science Center | June 23 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Get ready to get messy! MSC’s fifth annual Mess Fest is sure to be ooey-er, gooey-er, gloppy-er, and sloppy-er than EVER before. Grab your paint clothes and dirty sneakers for all kinds of oozy explosions and slimy art creations. Leave your messy mark on MSC’s windows, watch as we launch all manner of mess from our roof, and see the classic Coke & Mentos blast bigger and better than ever. It’s sure to be fun; it’s sure to be a mess! MORE
Nature Art in The Park
Gwynns Falls Park | Dates and Times Vary
Explore the woodland trails at Gynns Falls Park and see the Nature Art in the Park outdoor exhibit. Every second Sunday during the summer is Family Fun Day! Enjoy mini steam train rides, nature art making, guided walks, and more. MORE
Puppet Shows at Cross Keys
Village of Cross Keys | Last Two Fridays in June | Times Vary
Head to the Village Square in Cross Keys on Fridays in June for a FREE puppet show! We’ll be there on Friday, June 23 having a pop-up play dateMORE

Shakespeare in the Park
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park | Sundays in June and July | 6 PM

Believe it or not, Shakespeare IS for kids! At least, it is when presented by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company! Performed outside at PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, Chesapeake Shakespeare will bring to life the story of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  When the worlds of mortals and fairies cross paths, mischief and mayhem follow – along with maybe the funniest scene Shakespeare ever wrote. Bring a picnic and enjoy an enchanting evening! The Sunday performances are designed with families in mind. Gates open at 4:30 PM for picnicking and pre-show entertainment including interactions with the actors. Plus, children’s tickets are FREE. Advance reservations are recommended, as these performances are expected to sell out.  MORE

Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge
Oregon Ridge Park | July 3 | 8 PM

Enjoy an extraordinary fireworks finale after the Orchestra performs an evening of patriotic scores and family favorites. Gates open at 5 pm. Food trucks on site serving up great local eats. All tickets are general admission, lawn seating. Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. MORE

Tinkerbell at Adventure Theatre
Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo | Dates and Times Vary

Definitely worth the drive! Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC), recent recipient of three 2017 Helen Hayes Award Nominations, brings to the stage the world premiere play, Tinker Bell, written by Washington, D.C. playwright Patrick Flynn and directed by Adventure Theatre MTC favorite, Nick Olcott (Three Little Birds, Knuffle Bunny). Based on the works of Sir J. M. Barrie, this exciting retelling of the classic Peter Pan story is recommended for all ages and opens June 24, 2018. Tickets are $19.50 each and can be purchased online at or by calling 301-634-2270. MORE

Weekend Walk-In Art at the AVAM
American Visionary Art Museum | June 9, July 14, August 11 | 1 PM – 4 PM

Head to AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies & boundless inspiration provided. $5/per person. All ages. MORE

Wizard of Oz presented by Charm City Players
Mercy High School | Dates and Times Vary

Follow the yellow brick road… to Charm City Players’ production of The Wizard of Oz! Family-friendly performances take place at 2 PM and include interactions with the cast, free face painting, pre-show activities, and more! If you really want your kids to be ‘over the rainbow,’ book a pre-theatre tea party! MORE


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