Story fun in the garden, LakeFest, dinosaurs, Walter’s Art Museum Block Party and MORE! Check out our favorite things to do with kids this weekend in Baltimore!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events, June 15-17

Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Fun in the Garden
Saturday, June 16 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Garrison Forest School

Join (cool) progeny at Garrison Forest School for our first pop-up play date of the summer! Enjoy a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric-Carle themed-craft, butterfly fun, and more! We’ll have coffee (for the parents), snacks (for the kids), and lots of time to explore the mud kitchen, natural play spaces, and gardens in Garrison Forest’s wonderful outdoor classroom! Cost is $5 per family!! MORE

Family Fun Fridays at the Inner Harbor
Friday, June 15 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery for an opportunity to play and save! Enjoy a discount on general admission starting at 1PM on Fridays through June as part of the Inner Harbor Family Fun Friday series! Admission will be discounted to $13 per person from 1PM – Close. Participate in daily, educational drop-in programs, create take-home projects at art and science stations, and explore three-floors of interactive exhibits! MORE

LakeFest Weekend
Friday, June 15, 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Saturday, June 16, 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Sunday, June 17, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Columbia Lakefront

The LakeFest Weekend Festival presents nationally and internationally known artists and attracts visitors from throughout the Mid-Atlantic. LakeFest will feature an international spectacle performance, more than 50 visual artists from up and down the east coast, festive foods, and Clyde’s Howard on Tap Beer Festival featuring a Manor Hill summer ale brewed just for the Festival! KidzART will provide fun Children’s art-making activities in the Simon Decker Arts Tent and there will be participatory children’s music activities with the Olenka School of Music. MORE

Dinosaur Party
Friday, June 15 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Spend the evening on a dinosaur adventure with games, snacks, and art projects from the Mesozoic. This is a drop off program for ages 5-10 years old, must pre-register. MORE

School’s Out Carnival Family Event
Friday, June 15 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | The Orokawa Y in Towson

School’s out and summer is here! Bring your family to the Y to celebrate the start of summer with food, music, games, crafts and a bounce house! MORE

Generation Parkway Presents: Big Fish and Begonia
Friday, June 15 through Thursday, June 21 | Times Vary | The SNF Parkway Theatre

The family-friendly film series, Generation Parkway, presents a week-long run of new Chinese epic fantasy Big Fish and Begonia at the SNF Parkway Theatre. Twelve years in the making, BIG FISH & BEGONIA is a visually stunning cinematic adventure that captures the unique aesthetics, mystique, and rich cultural traditions of ancient China. Rated PG-13. MORE

Chrysalis Kids: Dance Party on the Chrysalis
Saturday, June 16 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Join Julia McCready, preschool music educator extraordinaire, for a dance party on the Chrysalis stage! Gates open at 9:00 a.m. for playtime with Imagination Playground and the tot-sized dance party gets started at 10:00 a.m. This event is free, however, all attendees need a ticket to attend. Suggested age 2-5, additional activities for older children. MORE

2nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby
Saturday, June 16 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Introduce your kids to the basics of fishing with assistance from experienced fishermen on ACLEC Pontoon Pier.
Participants may bring their own rods and reels and tackle, or a limited number are available to borrow from OPCA. Pre-registration required. Ages 6-13. MORE

Parent and Me: Pizza
Saturday, June 16 | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Baltimore Chef Shop

A class for young chefs and their parents to work together in the kitchen. During this class, explore the world of making the perfect pizza: the one that you make from scratch. For youth ages 8 – 17. MORE

Dinomite Dinosaur Day sponsored by M&T Bank
Saturday, June 16 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Enjoy a Paleo-Expedition as you are guided through a dino-themed story time; go through Tiny Dino-Mania with sensory activities designed for your tot, and grab a front seat in an interactive play, Waking Up T-Rex!, where little ones will witness science being used to wake up 9-foot T-Rex dinosaur! Practice your game show skills in Show What You Dino-Know! and tap into your inner creative as your make-and-take DinosART paper dinosaurs home! MORE

Wild about Giraffes!
Saturday, June 16 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

What do you get when two giraffes collide? … a giraffic jam! All joking aside, visit The Maryland Zoo on June 16th to learn all about these gentle giants. You will also have the chance to participate in giraffe themed activities, ask the keepers all of your questions, and watch training demos. This event is free with Zoo admission or membership! MORE

BioBlitz at Masonville Cove
Saturday, June 16 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Masonville Cove Environmental Center

Join the National Aquarium Conservation Team for their fifth annual BioBlitz! You’ll explore plants and wildlife in local ecosystems while learning more about simple things you can do to protect wildlife through hands-on conservation. BioBlitz is an all-day event during which scientists, naturalists, students, teachers, families and other volunteers work together to identify and record as many living organisms as they can find. Pre-registration is required for this event. MORE

Juggling Rocks with the Hoffmans
Saturday, June 16 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Enoch Pratt – Light Street Branch

The Juggling Hoffmans present a musical, magical show you won’t forget. Fun for all ages. MORE

1 West Mount Vernon Place Opening Celebration
Saturday, June 16 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Walters Art Museum

In celebration of the opening of 1 West Mount Vernon Place, the Walters is hosting a free block party featuring an opening ceremony and an array of special programs. Visitors of all ages are invited to tour the transformed space and enjoy art demonstrations and a variety of performances. MORE

Summer Solstice Campout
Saturday, June 16 at 6:00 pm to Sunday, June 17 at 9:00 am | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Celebrate the longest day of the year by camping out! Bring your tent, bagged dinner, and camping gear. Oregon Ridge will provide the night program, campfire, s’mores and light breakfast in the morning. A few rental tents are available. All Ages, Advance Registration Required. MORE

Twilight Hour
Saturday, June 16 | 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Search for the animals that emerge from their hiding spots in the cool of the evening. Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to get muddy. MORE

Donuts with Dad
Sunday, June 17 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | My Gym – Timonium

Join My Gym Timonium on Father’s Day for a morning of free play and sweets at My Gym! A great way to show off your skills and spend time with Dad! Coffee, donuts, and juice provided! Members and Non-Members are welcome, must register in advance! MORE

River Romp
Sunday, June 17 | 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Celebrate summer by cooling off at the nature center with activities down at the Middle Patuxent River! Bring your own non-perishable picnic, and join a Robinson Naturalist at the river for lunch and fun, family-friendly river games. Search the stream for big and small animals! Make boats and race them downstream! Come dressed to get wet! All ages. MORE

Sunday Funday at Jerusalem Mill
Sunday, June 17 | 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Historic Jerusalem Mill Village

Head to Historic Jerusalem Mill on Father’s Day for family-friendly games, wildlife adventures, and a Children’s Concert! Rest, relax and enjoy the park before Tracey Eldridge performs. Feel free to bring a blanket and food. MORE

Free Family Sunday – Spring into Summer
Sunday, June 17 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. In June, find inspiration in the natural world. This Sunday, fashion feathered caps, like those found in Beyond Flight: Birds in African Art. Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. Space is limited. MORE