August is definitely (cool) in Baltimore! From kindie concerts to Restaurant Week, imagineering fun to backyard science — there is something for ever everyone in your family. Check out our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this month!

45 Awesome Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this August

Artistic Children’s Theatre presents Mary Poppins
August 2-5 | Times Vary | St. James Academy

It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! See the beloved tale of Britain’s favorite magical nanny come to life on stage with Artistic Children’s Theatre. The Broadway-style musical features a cast comprised local kids, ages 3-18. MORE

Baltimore Restaurant Week
Through August 5 | Times Vary | Locations Vary

Grab the kids and try a new restaurant during Baltimore Restaurant Week! You’ll find two-course brunch and lunch menus ranging from $12-20 and three-course dinner menus ranging from $20-$35 at restaurants throughout the city. Family-friendly (and some of our favorite) restaurants include Birrotecca, Brewer’s Art, Cosima, Johnny’s, Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Petit Louis Bistro, The Food Market, Verde, and Wit & Wisdom. MORE

Christopher Robin at The Senator
Opens August 3 | Times Vary | The Senator

Inspired by the stories of A.A. Milne and the Winnie the Pooh animated films and shows based on them, the latest Disney live-action adaptation reunites a now grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) with his childhood friends. Now a working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. MORE

Hello, Dolly
August 3 – August 12 | Times Vary | GAP at Sacred Heart Parish

Watch the Glyndon Area Players bring this classic musical comedy to life! Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece’s intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way. MORE

Harford Dance Theatre presents Kinetic Canvas: Vincent Van Gogh
August 3, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | August 4, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Harford Community College – Chesapeake Center

The Kinetic Canvas series returns with an original dance theater production inspired by Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. This innovative performance takes the audience on a journey through the eyes of Van Gogh, with a heightened view of the natural world, exploring radiating light and powerful expressionism. MORE

Weekend Workers
August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. Participate in engaging activities that allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. Weekly themes include creating your own board game, staining glass, engineering, and shipbuilding. MORE

Antique Car Show
August 4 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | The Fire Museum of Maryland

Each year the Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) puts on an antique car show at the Fire Museum. Featuring both classic and custom vehicles, as well as trucks, motorcycles, police and military vehicles, it’s an event the whole family will enjoy. MORE

Puppy Days of Summer Block Party
August 4 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Creative Alliance at The Patterson

The Dog Days of Summer Block Party is back and this year, Creative Alliance is focused on the tiniest 4-legged friends – PUPPIES! Activities include a puppy pool party, making puppy tutus, costume contest, pet photos, and art activities for the whole family! MORE

Dolphin Sleepover
August 4 at 5:30 PM till August 5 at 9:00 AM | National Aquarium

Spend an unforgettable night with the Aquarium’s dolphins! Kick off the evening with a private talk from the marine mammal team where you’ll get to know the dolphins and discover how they learn and play. After a kid-friendly dinner, experience one of the 4D Immersion films and explore the Aquarium after they’ve closed to the public! Help say goodnight to the dolphins, and fall asleep in one of the underwater viewing areas. In the morning, after a continental breakfast, help the team wake up the dolphins with an exclusive enrichment session! MORE

Time to Read at the Farmers’ Market
August 5 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Baltimore Farmers’ Market and Bazaar

Join the National Aquarium and the Enoch Pratt Free Library at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar for our “Time to Read” event, all morning on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Dive into a book with a visit from the Enoch Pratt Library Book Buggy and enjoy family story time from readings by special guests from 9 to 10 am. Sign up for a library card and learn about the Read to Reef book club, a reading program that provides free admission to the National Aquarium for Baltimore children! MORE

Summer Concert – Milkshake Band
August 5 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Enjoy music from Milkshake Band in ornamental gardens overlooking the South River at Historic London Town and Gardens. Bring your family (and your dogs!) and spread out on the lawn for a relaxing time. MORE

Lily Silly Puppets at Black Cherry
August 5 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Black Cherry Puppet Theater

A puppet show for all ages, Aunt Irene’s show is filled with music and fantastic variety acts. See a singing sloth, the mysterious Linked Lizard, Rosita the flamenco dancer and Wanda the Wizard. Things seem to go awry as a needy witch casts spells to compete with acts and musical numbers. MORE

Summer in the Squares 2018 Presents: Nyame Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy, Inc. (N-CHAT)
August 8 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Mount Vernon Place

Join N-CHAT for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening where you will experience the healing power of the drum, learn African dance, and hear beautiful Drumetry™ performed by Drum Dr. Dot! Bring your family, your friends, and your dancing shoes and be ready to enjoy this powerful experience! Bring snacks and a blanket or folding chair to sit on the grass or sidewalk and enjoy this FREE evening of music in Mount Vernon Place’s west square. MORE

Shooting Stars Campfire at Lake Roland
August 10 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

Have you ever seen a shooting star? Try your luck on this near moon-less night and search the skies during a meteor shower! The Perseid meteor shower is so named because even though its “shooting stars” can appear anywhere in the night sky, their streaks can all be traced to the constellation Perseus. A campfire and s’mores under the stars will round out the evening. MORE

KIDZ BOP Live 2018
August 10 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | MECU Pavillion (Formally Pier Six Pavillion)

KIDZ BOP Live 2018 is coming to MECU Pavillion in Baltimore – the ultimate family concert experience, “sung by kids for kids.” The KIDZ BOP Kids – Billboard Magazine’s #1 Kids’ Artist for eight consecutive years (2010 – 2017) – will headline the new show, performing some of today’s biggest hit songs. MORE

4th Annual Peach Festival
August 11 and August 12 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Weber’s Cider Mill Farm’s fourth annual Peach Festival offers a wide selection of food and drink items featuring Weber’s Own fresh picked peaches. IN addition, there will be lots of activities, craft vendors, and food trucks! MORE

Chrysalis Kids: Barry Lou Polisar
August 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

A five-time Parents’ Choice Award winner, Barry is a pioneer in the world of music for children. He has recorded and shared his songs, poems, stories, and books with audiences throughout the world and has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Gates open at 9 a.m. so arrive early to play in the Park with Imagination Playground before the concert at 10 a.m. MORE

IvyKids Writing Workshop: The Power Of Objects: Using Stuff To Spotlight Your Characters With Children’s Author Erin Hagar
August 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | The Ivy Bookshop

Do you have a favorite toy? A magic rock? A secret notebook hidden away? Or maybe there’s a statue in your house that’s just a little bit creepy? Erin Hagar, author of Awesome Minds: The Inventors of LEGO® Toys, will show you how authors can use these powerful objects (and everyday stuff) to help develop their characters. MORE

Improv for Kids!
August 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Baltimore Improv Group

Do your kids love to make believe and perform? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students will learn the basics of improv, participating in exercises and games for better listening, agreement, and response. From there, kids will take to the stage to practice scene work and create fun characters. Through it all, the students will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity and how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious improv theater. MORE

Imagineering Center Plaza Play Date
August 11 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Center Plaza

A morning of pure imagineering! Join (cool) progeny and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for Saturday morning fun in Center Plaza! Check out STAGES Music Arts’ musical petting zoo, experiment with the experts from Little Medical School, build at our Lego station, create with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, have your face painted, design your own building out of pool noodles, make sand art ($5 fee but FREE with a Summer Adventure Passport. Purchase one here), and MORE! MORE

Tortoise and Hare Day
August 11 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Slow and steady always wins the race! Come to Port Discovery to celebrate the Tortoise and Hare and all of the great lessons that can be learned from classic children’s book! Enjoy dancing and singing with the Kindersinger: Tortoise and Hare program. Build early literacy skills in the Mother Goose on the Loose® program, and create tortoise and hare headbands to gear up for your own race! Plus, make-and-take fun art projects at Pop-Up Art and STEM Stations! MORE

Superhero Express
August 11 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Steam Into History

Come dressed up as your favorite Superhero as you could meet a real superhero along the way – Supergirl, Wonder Woman, American Dream and Green Arrow. Crafts and lots of hero-themed fun await you on this not to be missed experience. Suitable for all ages. South York Macaroni Kid will be hosting the event. There will superhero stories, shields to be made and an obstacle course. MORE

Glass Fusing for Kids and Adults w/ Viki Keating
August 11 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Creative Alliance

Design tiles with an assortment of colored glass scraps and learn how to glue the pieces in layers on the clear tile. Each child and each adult will be given a clear square glass tile 6” x 6”. This workshop is designed for children ages 7 – 14 with adult helpers. The tiles will be taken home by the artist and fired, then brought back to be picked up the following week. No prior experience necessary! MORE

Backyard Butterflies
August 11 and August 12 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Head to Oregon Ridge Nature Center and explore the life cycles of butterflies and get a close-up look at some caterpillars and chrysalides. Then grab a butterfly net and explore the meadow and gardens and test identification skills. Advance Registration Required. MORE

Revolutionary War Tea for Kids
August 11 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Mount Clare Museum House

Learn about what it was like to be a child during the American Revolution. Guest will enjoy lemonade, tea, and cookies and make a historic craft inspired by the 1700s. Bring your mom, dad, grandparent or your friend and have fun with your favorite doll or stuffed animal! Pre-paid reservations are required. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Bunny
August 11 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop! This week – Make a sparkly mosaic of a bunny using AVAM’s plethora of beads, sequins and other teeny bling! The Education staff will help you explore new creative territory, supplies & boundless inspiration provided! All ages welcome. MORE

Unicorn Magic Cupcakes
August 11 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Charm City Cakes

Calling all unicorn lovers!! Participants will each receive 4 cupcakes, and learn how to cut, and prepare fondant to create their own unicorn designs. All Ages! MORE

Beach Bound Rail Adventures
August 13 – August 17 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | B & O Railroad Museum

Celebrate summer at the B&O with Beach Bound Rail Adventures! Discover your end of summer adventure with fun hands-on activities to keep kids entertained and engaged. Activities include Grabby Grabby Crabs Game, sand fun, boat building, water garden (swimsuits & towels recommended!), bounce house, arcade games, and train rides. MORE

Outdoor Movies at Iron Rooster
August 17 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Iron Rooster – Canton

Head to Iron Rooster Baltimore for their monthly outdoor movie showing of Ice Age Collision Course! DJ’s Ice House will be serving up delicious treats and Jailbreak Brewing Company will be on-site with refreshing brews. Free popcorn for all kids, courtesy of Popsations Gourmet Popcorn! MORE

Beauty and the Beast (Family Film Series)
August 17 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

An arrogant prince is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. Strangely, his chance comes when he captures an unwary clockmaker, whose place is then taken by his bold and beautiful daughter Belle. Helped by the Beast’s similarly enchanted servants – including a clock, a teapot, and a candelabra – Belle begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade. MORE

5th Annual Arts in the Park Festival
August 18 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Chesapeake Arts Center

Bring your entire family to the Chesapeake Arts Center’s 5th Annual Arts in the Park Festival. Live music, activities for kids, chalk drawing, face painting, local art for sale, community vendors and more! Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the live entertainment! Live Music: Brent Schraffenberger, RÊVE, & Annapolis Junction Big Band! MORE

Watermelon Festival
August 18 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Hawks Hill Creamery

A fun day of celebrating watermelons with live music and food trucks! Watermelon sorbet, watermelon eating contests (age categories), watermelon games, plus Watermelon Saison from Falling Branch Brewery. MORE

Backyard Science Days
August 18 and August 19 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Science doesn’t always happen in a laboratory– it can happen right in your own backyard! Experience the wonder of science that happens around you every day during Backyard Science Days! Get up close and personal with the creatures and critters that live right outside your door, find creative uses for natural materials you see every day and learn how to give back to the environment around you. MORE

Going Batty
August 18 | 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Gather around the campfire to watch for bats and find out why they are so important to our environment. A sweet treat will be served, as well! MORE

Carnival Family Fun Day
August 19 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Power Plant Live!

Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum and POWER PLANT LIVE! for a Carnival-inspired Family Fun Day featuring hula hoops, pony rides, face painting, obstacle course, kid-friendly yoga, themed crafts and food. Entry is free but purchase an activities pass and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Civic Works. Civic Works – This Baltimore area nonprofit and an AmeriCorps organization focuses on strengthening local communities through education, skills development, and community service. MORE

Summer in the Squares 2018 Presents: Coco
August 22 | 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Mount Vernon Place

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. MORE

Maryland State Fair
August 23 – September 3 | Times Vary | Maryland State Fairgrounds

Celebrate the end of summer with livestock and horse exhibits, rides, games, concerts, live entertainment, thoroughbred horse racing, fair treats and farm fresh foods at the 137th State Fair! The annual fair is a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. MORE

(cool) progeny Dino Disco Birthday Bash at Port Discovery
August 24 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Did you know that (cool) progeny and Port Discovery have been providing Baltimore families with fun for YEARS? Port Discovery turns 20 years this year and (cool) progeny just turned 8 this summer. That means it’s time to CELEBRATE! Join us for a Dino Disco Birthday bash at Port Discovery on Friday, August 24th from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Enjoy exclusive access to the museum, special museum programming, and cupcakes! It’s a night out for the whole family. MORE

Stuffed Animal Sleepaway Summer Camp
August 25 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Owings Mills

Drop off your next-to-favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal at the branch. Then, follow its adventures through regular email updates over the course of the week. Pick up your furry friend the following Saturday, September 1, along with a special creation from arts and crafts day! MORE

Circus Science Saturday & Power Plant Live! and Port Discovery Family Fun Day
August 25 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Get ready for a day full of fun science while learning about your favorite circus tricks under Port Discovery’s Big Top! Clown around at interactive Circus Circuit Stations! Learn the tricks of the trade such as juggling, balancing feathers, and much more! Stop by art tables to make-and-take a sound sandwich that you will use during a fun Circus Parade. Plus, hop in the backseat of the Circus Train Ride before the day is over and enjoy the view! MORE

Galaxy Donuts with I’m the Chef, Too!
August 25 | 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Maryland Science Center

Grab your chef hat and join I’m The Chef Too! in the Maryland Science Center’s SciZone as they transform it into a STEAM tinkerlab kitchen! Learn the science behind making edible galaxy donuts from scratch. Children will create them from dough and then mix up a colorful galaxy-inspired glaze that is sure to be out of this world! MORE

Parent/Child Series – The Art of Making Pasta
August 25 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Schola

Spend some time with your very special ‘little chef’ at Schola cooking together in their kitchen. Making fresh pasta used to be commonplace but with the advent of easy to cook, dried pasta, fresh pasta has taken a back seat in the kitchen. Unfortunately, once you’ve tasted the fresh stuff, it is hard to go back! Use the pasta sheeter to create a few of the old favorites – fettuccine alfredo, pappardelle in Bolognaise and cheese raviolis in spinach pesto. Classes will last about two hours and culminate in a tasting of everything you’ve created. MORE

Science Sundays
August 26 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. Families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include hands-on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. MORE

Animal Craft Safari – Down by the Cool of the Pond, by Tony Mitton
August 26 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Head to the Penguin Education Center 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, hear an animal-themed story, make a wildlife-related craft, and learn about ecology and conservation of wild animals. Pre-registration is required. MORE

FutureMakers Presents: DIY Electronic Sound Machines
August 28 – August 30 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Enoch Pratt Free Library – Govans Branch

Stay busy and keep learning during the last two weeks of summer with FutureMakers! Join them for a different workshop each day. Workshops include creating sound & beat machines using programmable microchips, making spinning, glowing light machines, and using LEDs, batteries, and conductive materials to construct projects that glow. MORE

…Already thinking/dreaming about September?

Join us for some SUPER fun and a great cause! Grab your cape and zoom to Garrison Forest School for our 6th Annual Superhero Social to benefit Little Lion Challenge! Superhero sightings, face painting, arts, crafts, snacks, live music, HEROIC fun, and visits from your favorite superheroes. It’s the caped crusader celebration you don’t want to miss! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and have a BLAST with us! Early Bird tickets are $5 and are available until August 15. After August 15, the ticket price goes to $8/person. Snag your tickets HERE!