Imagineering in the park, concerts, dance parties, watermelon festival, and MORE! Check out our favorite things to do with kids this weekend in Baltimore!

Family Events in Baltimore this Weekend, August 17=19

Imagineering Center Plaza Play Date
Saturday, August 18 | 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 Baltimore School of Music’s musical petting zoo, experiment with the experts from Little Medical School, build at our Lego station, create with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum,design your own building out of pool noodles, make sand art ($5 fee), and MORE! The first 75 children who RSVP through Eventbrite AND arrive will receive a special surprise! (Summer Passport Holders get a FREE sand art craft for every child in their family. Want to purchase a Summer Passport? Purchase one here. Convenient parking is located under Center Plaza. We can’t wait to see you! MORE

Fountains at West Shore Park
Friday, August 17, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM | West Shore Park

West Shore Park is located in the “heart” of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, perched along the water’s edge between the Maryland Science Center and the new Baltimore Visitor’s Center. The Walter Sondheim Fountain (the big splash pad at West Shore Park) adds an element of delight for kids on the waterfront. Over three acres in size, West Shore Park serves as the City’s front door to the waterfront. The park contains a large flexible lawn for concerts and events, park pavilions, horticultural gardens, and sitting areas. MORE

Half-Price Friday Nights
Friday, August 17 | 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM | National Aquarium

Friday is your night! Get access to award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm with 20,000-plus animal residents. MORE

Musical Program: Peabody Composition and Improvisation Summer Camp Concert
Friday, August 17 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Enjoy a summer concert rocking to the creative musical tones of Baltimore City Youth from the Peabody Preparatory Improvisation and Creative Composition Ensemble. Their repertoire will include new improvisational works created during a one-week summer intensive workshop with Baltimore City youth and the Peabody Institute ensemble members. Free Program, registration required. MORE

Beauty and the Beast (Family Film Series)
Friday, 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. But as time runs out, it soon becomes obvious that Belle’s cocky suitor Gaston is the real beast of the piece. (Rated PG). Free admission for all children under the age of 13 when accompanied by an adult, general seating. 6pm – picnic in front of the opera house, 7pm – film begins. MORE

Sunflower Fest 2018 at Maple Lawn Farms
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Sunday, August 19, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maple Lawn Farms

Maple Lawn Farms is planting sunshine again with 28 variety of Sunflowers in 10 acres of Festival space. Enjoy music, food trucks, wine and all the sunshine and happiness that Sunflowers bring! Each ticket includes a wagon ride to the field of sunflowers plus one ‘stem’ or LIVE cut sunflower.. Guests spend as much time taking pictures, exploring the fields, and reading informational signs as they like. MORE

Dance Party on the Chrysalis
Saturday, August 18 | 10:00 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. Food and beverage available for purchase. Picnics also welcome. Suggested age 2-5, additional activities for older children. MORE

Celestial Show – The Perseid Meteor Shower (Children’s show)
Saturday, August 18 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium at CCBC-Catonsville

Learn about why meteor showers happen, what they are made of, and how to view one of the best meteor showers of the year. FREE. Open to the public. No reservations needed. MORE

Tot Time
Saturday, August 18 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Have you ever stood with your child under a majestic tree and admired its beauty? Have you and your child shared the fun of hunting for leaf shapes or going on a nature treasure hunt? Research shows that experiences like these help children build lasting connections to the natural world and to the adults with whom they share these adventures. Join the fun of outdoor adventures with Tot Time monthly family program! Activities are ongoing, so come when you can and leave when you must. Included with general admission. Free for members. The theme this week is Discovering Textures in Nature. MORE

Let’s Science Summer: Great Outdoors
Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Ah, the great outdoors! Discover the natural world and the science it takes to survive and have fun in it. Construct a fort to provide shelter, and watch a fire vortex whirl to life. Play giant patio games in front of the harbor, and mix up your own sidewalk chalk. Make garden-starting seed balls, and get down and dirty with owl pellet dissection. MORE

The Music, Bubble and Comedy Show: Born to Read
Saturday, August 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Baltimore County Public LIbrary – Arbutus

Join Turtle Dance Music for engaging songs, comedy, bubbles and original stories about why libraries rock. MORE

5th Annual Arts in the Park Festival
Saturday, 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! Free admission. Rain or shine, bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the live entertainment! Live Music: Brent Schraffenberger, RÊVE, & Annapolis Junction Big Band! MORE

Watermelon Festival
Saturday, 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

Miniature Golf in the Branch
Saturday, August 18 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Owings Mills

An afternoon of miniature golf fun for the entire family! Space is limited. Tickets available 30 minutes before program. MORE

Going Batty
Saturday, 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

Family Yoga with Yogaworks
Sunday, August 19 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | West Shore Park

Yoga is fun for the whole family! Kids of all ages are welcome in this beginner class that promotes relaxation & mindfulness, strengthens family bonds, and makes exercise fun! MORE

Carnival Family Fun Day
Sunday, 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

Aviation Day
Sunday, August 19 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Explore the 4 forces that impact flight – Lift, Gravity, Thrust, and Drag. Learn about some famous figures in the history of flight and make some flying objects to take home! Ages 4 and up. MORE

Plants and People Sunday – “Sprouts”
Sunday, August 19 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

Introduce your pre-k and early elementary-aged children to the world of plants with a craft activity. Plants and People Sunday is interactive, informal and experiential opportunities for visitors to learn about plants, Baltimore gardening, and the conservatory environment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free, though a $5 per person donation is encouraged. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Dog Days of Summer
Sunday, August 19 | 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 creating wonderful waterfalls inspired by the work of Felix Gonzales-Torres. MORE

…NEED A FUN DAY TRIP IDEA?

Visit DC’s hottest, family-friendly summer installation. Designed by Snarkitecture, Fun House is the latest in the National Building Museum’s imaginative Summer Block Party series of temporary structures inside its historic Great Hall. Fun House includes a sequence of interactive rooms featuring well-known Snarkitecture environments and objects, as well as new concepts developed for the Museum. As visitors walk through the house, the rooms convey the ten-year story of Snarkitecture while underlining the studio’s peculiar, yet accessible way of reinterpreting the built environment.

In the Museum’s west court, or “front yard,” a custom recreation of A Memorial Bowing (2012), welcomes visitors into the space. Visitors exit the house towards the east court, or “backyard,” greeted by Playhouse (2017) and a kidney-shaped pool filled with hundreds of thousands of recyclable plastic balls, reminiscent of The BEACH (2015-17). MORE