Kidz Bop Live, Chrysalis Kids, family sailing triathlon, antigravity adventures, unicorn cupcakes, shooting stars, and MORE! Check out our favorite family events in Baltimore this weekend.

Fun Family Events in Baltimore this Weekend, August 10-12

Howard County Fair
Through until August 11 | Times Vary | Howard County Fairgrounds

Head to the 73rd Annual Howard County Fair for livestock shows, commercial exhibits, petting farm, rides, horse shows, entertainment, home arts, and of course – all that delicious fair food! Visit the website for specific times and event activities. MORE

Summer Challenge 2018 – Libraries Rock
Through August 15 | Times Vary | Enoch Pratt Libraries (check the website for specific locations)

Activities, reading challenges, and prizes for all ages! The Summer Challenge is a fun way to prevent “summer slide,” the loss of academic skills that students may experience during summer break. Activities this weekend include making your own drum, Jack Russell Terriers performing in an entertaining show and a construction challenge to explore science. MORE

August Family Fun Friday
Friday, August 10 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

On Family Fun Fridays, all exhibit halls, planetarium shows, and an IMAX are just $10 per person from 5pm until 8pm. Second Fridays coincide with other family fun events throughout the Inner Harbor. No advance sales are necessary and members can attend free of charge, including IMAX! MORE

Shooting Stars Campfire at Lake Roland
Friday, 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
Friday, 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! “KIDZ BOP Live 2018” is 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

Barry Lou Polisar
Saturday, 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. Barry’s songs are featured in television shows, feature films, and dozens of TV ads throughout the world. His books and poems have been translated into other languages and his songs have been recorded and performed by singers and musicians internationally. 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

Art Kids: Strike a Pose
Saturday, August 11 | 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. MORE

Wild About Panamanian Golden Frogs
Saturday, August 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Beautiful, mysterious, and rare, Panamanian golden frogs have been revered as good-luck tokens in their native country of Panama since pre-Columbian times. Now, they are critically endangered, and quite possibly extinct in the wild. Head to the zoo to learn about the threats Panamanian Golden Frogs face in the wild and how they are thriving under the care of zoos and aquariums in the United States. MORE

Tortoise and Hare Day
Saturday, 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 our 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

Let’s Science Summer: Carnival
Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Step right up and experience the wonders of carnival science. Try your luck at the carnival endurance course. Build catapults to launch toy frogs through the air. Practice your scarf juggling skills, and those brave enough can even spin the wheel of mystery science. MORE

A·MAZE·D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips
Saturday, August 11, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Sunday, August 12, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Put on your thinking caps as you explore giant indoor mazes inside Port Discovery Children’s Museum! A·MAZE·D will challenge kids and adults alike with mazes by Dave Phillips. This puzzling exhibit gets you moving as you weave, turn and use logic, math and problem-solving skills to become a maze master! Jump from dot to dot in Hop Dots, confound yourself as you walk the puzzle mazes, and get lost in a giant walk-through cardboard box maze. Learn about the history of mazes and labyrinths, see original maze art, and much more. MORE

Family Nature Explorers – Nature’s Crayons
Saturday, August 11 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Ladew Topiary Gardens

Imagine if you had no crayons, markers or other art materials. What would you use for drawing or painting? Get creative and make masterpieces from materials that you can gather from nature — berries, flowers, seeds and more. MORE

Weekend Workers
Saturday, August 11 | 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. This week the theme is Kids Stained Glass. MORE

Superhero Express
Saturday, 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. The coaches are pushed and pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. MORE

Glass Fusing for Kids and Adults w/ Viki Keating
Saturday, 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

AFRAM 2018
Saturday, August 11, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Sunday, August 12, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Druid Hill Park

The AFRAM Festival is a celebration of African American life, music and culture. This family-oriented event is filled with entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, financial literacy, employment & job training, health & wellness and more. The Baltimore AFRAM Festival is presented by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the City of Baltimore with the support of the advisory board and steering committee. MORE

Backyard Butterflies
Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, 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. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Bunny
Saturday, 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

Firefly Family Hike at MPEA
Saturday, August 11 | 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM | Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

Wind down summer with your family on an evening hike through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) guided by a Robinson Nature Center naturalist. Navigate nature trails during the golden hour of sunset while searching for fireflies and stretching your legs. If you’ve never known the beauty of the MPEA, the county’s largest environmental area of over 1,000 acres, discover the wonders of this hidden gem in the middle of Columbia with your family. MORE

Ya’ Gotta Tri: DSC’s 3rd annual sailing triathlon!
Sunday, August 12 | 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Downtown Sailing Center

Forget the swim. Let’s sail, bike and run! Come on out to participate in the DSC’s 3rd annual triathlon! We’re seeking people of all ages and abilities to join in on the fun. You don’t need to be an experienced sailor, cyclist, or runner. You don’t need to be a member of the DSC either. This is a family-friendly event! MORE

Mom and Me Antigravity Adventure
Sunday, August 12 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Movement Lab

You and your child can Flip and Fly together! In this one hour playshop, you can learn how to put on a performance for yourself in the Antigravity hammock. Class includes instruction in the arts of inversion and free play time to create together. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Dog Days of Summer
Sunday, August 12 | 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 August, explore the summertime motifs found throughout the collection. This weeks theme is designing a beach chair that would fit within the Intersections: Tables and Chairs installation. MORE

Magic Night at Columbia SportsPark
Sunday, August 12 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Columbia Sportspark

Abracadabra! For one night only, Columbia SportsPark will bring you magical feats of amazement! The magic show runs from 5:30-6pm, followed by balloon animals until 7:30pm. Families can also take a swing at mini-golf and batting cages. MORE

American Idol: Live! 2018
Sunday, August 12 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

American Idol: Live! 2018 is coming to Baltimore featuring your Top 7 LIVE on stage, including your 2018 American Idol Winner! Cade, Caleb, Catie, Gabby, Jurnee, Maddie and Michael plus special guest, Season 8 American Idol Winner, Kris Allen bringing your favorite television competition directly to you in performances you cannot miss! MORE

…TRYING TO SQUEEZE IN AS MUCH FUN AS YOU CAN BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS?

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