Live chalk art, FamFest, toilet bowl races, Trucks for Tots, bubble runs, and MORE! It’s festival season in Baltimore and there are lots of things happening for kids in and around the city this weekend! Here are our favorite ideas for keeping everyone busy.

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events, September 7-9

Madonnari Arts Festival
Thursday, September 7 – Sunday, September 10 | 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Little Italy

The streets of Little Italy neighborhood come alive with color, beauty and tradition. The theme for this year’s Madonnari Festival in Baltimore is “Respect.” Both professional and student artists will be creating breathtaking 2-D and 3-D chalk pastel art directly on the streets of Little Italy Streets. The four-day event will also feature Italian food, wine, music, theater and dance, with events taking place both outdoors and indoors. Festival highlights also include the PNC Children’s Chalk Center, where young artists can express their creativity alongside the masters; bocce lessons at the bocce court on Stiles Street; concerts and performances; the Baltimore Museum of Art Outpost’s onsite mobile museum; and more. MORE

Mt. Washington Kid’s Crabby Canvas
Friday, September 7 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Amazing Glaze – Mt. Washington

Drop your child off to paint an adorable crabby canvas!! Amazing Glaze will teach them all the steps to recreate a fun, crabby picture. Ages 6 & up. MORE

Hogwarts House Party
Friday, September 7 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM | The Pottery Stop

The Hogwarts Express leaves Platform 3/4 and we are ready! Head to The Pottery Stop for an evening of magical creative fun– wizarding snacks, Butterbeer, and fun trivia with prizes! Come dressed in your house colors for the chance to win a fun prize, too. Perfect for the whole family or a gang of PotterHead friends. Pottery/projects are separate– you can decide and pay for your project on the night of the event. MORE

Back To School Weekend Skating Celebration
Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9 | Times Vary | Hot Skates

Celebrate Back to School at Hot Skates with food and skating specials all weekend. MORE

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FamFest 2018
Saturday, September 8 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Lake Montebello

Join The Family Tree on Saturday, September 8, 2018 for their 9th Annual Brent A. Rosenberg FamFest, a free celebration for raising families up and building resilient communities. Start the morning off with a “Fam Walk” around the lake, with walkers creating their own fundraising teams to show their support for building strong families. Following the walk, enjoy a “Fam Fair” on the grounds of Lake Montebello Elementary School. A free festival with activities, music, crafts, food, raffles, games, and more, the fair will encourage families to spend quality time together while building a strong, connected community. Children’s activities include arts and crafts, hula hoops and jumprope, disc golf, giant bubbles, inflatable moon bounces and slides. MORE

The 32nd Annual Reisterstown Festival
Saturday, September 8, 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Sunday, September 9, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Hannah Moore Park

The weekend after Labor Day is coming and that always means so is the Reisterstown Festival, “Where Summer Lasts a Week Longer!” The Reisterstown Festival prides itself on being a family-friendly festival for the whole community to enjoy, and is happy to again offer the popular Family Fun Area with a variety of fun for children of all ages! Activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, BCPL mobile library, military equipment display, live musical and theater performances, pictures with The Turkey Hill Cow, and much more. MORE

Kids Cook: Breakfast Burritos
Saturday, September 8 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Emma’s Tea Spot

Chef Jane Parker will guide children into making breakfast burritos! Ages 7-12. MORE

Honoring Our Heroes Motor Muster
Saturday, September 8 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | The Fire Museum of Maryland

An annual salute to fire, police, EMS, and military personnel, with antique fire engine demonstrations and rides. Sponsored by area businesses and the citizens of Baltimore County, Honoring our Heroes is a great way to say “Thank You” to all of our community members in uniform. MORE

Double Bubble Fun Run
Saturday, September 8 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Crumland Farms

Run through more than thirteen stations which include bubbles, foam, colors and obstacles. Come early to make sure you won’t miss the Super Hero Race. The Super Heroes will start the first heat of each day and your child can cheer for their favorite Super Hero! Come out to see Batman, Spider-Man and many more. This fun family event is for ages 2 and up. MORE

Butterflies and Caterpillars
Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Ladew Topiary Gardens

The meadow and gardens are aflutter with butterflies everywhere. Visit the native Butterfly House, explore the meadow, and learn about these beautiful creatures – from egg to butterfly, and the plants that their lives depend on. MORE

Dinomite Dinosaur Weekend & The Closing of the Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ Exhibit
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Sunday, September 9, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Say goodbye to the Dinosaurs who have called Port Discovery home for the last few months and celebrate the closing of Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™ with a fabulous weekend of Dinomite Dinosaur Days! 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 exercise like a Dinosaur (and learn a LOT about Dinosaurs, too!) in the fun and active Dino-cize program! MORE

Clay Date: Witch/Wizard Hat
Saturday, September 8 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | The Pottery Stop

Join The Pottery Stop to play with clay! This is a step by step class to create a Clay Witch or Wizard Hat out of wet clay. Classes are approximately an hour, depending on the project. Projects will be ready to come back to paint in one week. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult. MORE

Hampdenfest 2018
Saturday, September 8 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM | The Avenue in Hampden

Hampdenfest is a neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors, as well as local residents, to enjoy the community of merchants on and around West 36th Street. HampdenFest features three stages of music and art performances, an activity area for kids, as well as four blocks of arts and crafts vendors and other wares from a wide range of merchants and artists. Activities include pie and wing eating contests, toilet races, and live musical performances. MORE

Locust Point Festival
Saturday. September 8 | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Latrobe Park

Live music, children’s activities, vendors, and more! Join the fun! MORE

Meadow Grass Weaving
Saturday, September 8 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center and learn about the adaptations and importance of grasses in the meadow. You will finish our exploration with an outdoor activity and a meadow branch weaving craft. Adults and children ages 5 and up. MORE

Science Sundays
Sunday, September 9 | 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. All ages. Drop-in, no registration required. MORE

Nature Quest Guided Hike
Sunday, September 9 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a naturalist and hike to the two Baltimore County Nature Quest Trail markers at Oregon Ridge. Moderately strenuous, 5 miles. Adults and children ages 7 and up. MORE

Trucks for Tots
Sunday, September 9 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Maryland Zoo

Honk, honk, toot, toot! Big trucks are coming to the zoo! Join The Maryland Zoo to explore a variety of big trucks and emergency vehicles. Kids of all ages are welcome to come visit the trucks, take pictures, touch, and even go inside some of these amazing vehicles! Vehicles will be “on exhibit” at the top of Buffalo Yard Road, inside the Zoo. MORE

Grandparents Day at Robinson Nature Center
Sunday, September 9 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Robinson Nature Center

In honor of National Grandparent’s Day, celebrate at the Robinson Nature Center. Enjoy full-dome movies in the planetarium, roving animal presentations, outdoor walks and educational activities throughout the exhibits. Complimentary admission for one grandchild per one paid admission for a grandparent. Activities are included with admission. No registration required. MORE

Baltimore Ravens Home Opener
Sunday, September 9 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | M & T Bank Stadium

Root for the home team as the Ravens kickoff their 2018 season against the Buffalo Bills. Grab your purple jerseys and cheer on fan favorites like Joe Flacco, Terrell Suggs, and Justin Tucker. Need to get the fam excited before the big game? Play the official Ravens “pump up” song on the way – ‘Seven Nation Army’! MORE

Rodent Rampage!
Sunday, September 9 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

Learn about rodents from around the world and those native to Lake Roland! Make a craft and see what you can find. Ages 5 and up. MORE


Superhero Social 2018

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! Tickets are just $8/person and include dessert and activities. Dinner will be available for purchase from Kooper’s Chowhound. Snag your tickets HERE!


DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers!). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.