Scarebaby making, Girls in Aviation, Halloween fun, and more! There are lots of fun things to do in Charm City this weekend. 

Join (cool) progeny on Saturday afternoon at our first-ever Kindness Carnival at St. Paul’s School (don’t worry about the rain — it’s inside!) and on Sunday at Harbor Harvest! Get a sneak peek at the crafts we’ll be making at Harbor Harvest on Friday morning. Just tune into Fox 45 at 7:10 AM for the Hometown Hotspot!

From hayrides to glowing gardens to Halloween pajama brunch — it’s officially “fall” in Charm City! Grab your favorite cuppa and your planner. See our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this October here!

Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, October 12-14

Kindness Carnival
Saturday, October 13 | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | St. Paul’s School

Kind is COOL! Join (cool) progeny at St. Paul’s Lower School for our first-ever Kindness Carnival! Families will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of service learning and volunteer activities designed for kids. Make dog toys and treats for a local shelter, decorate lunch bags for Manna House, paint kindness rocks, and more. It’s an afternoon of doing good and choosing kind. (Yes! There will be carnival snacks, juggling, hula hooping, yoga, and other fun, too! Help us celebrate KIND!) $5 per family. MORE

Wilde Halloween with Magic by Drew Blue Shoes
Friday, October 12 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Slayton House Theatre

Join Wilde Lake Community Association for a magic show with Drew Blue Shoes and wear your costume and trick or treat in the Village Center after the show! MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes – Vered
Saturday, October 13 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | WTMD

Welcome to Saturday Morning Tunes, an award-winning, family-friendly concert series featuring stars of the children’s music scene, hosted at the WTMD performance studio in Towson! Vered is an award-winning musician, psychotherapist, and mother of three, who just released “Songs for Sisters and Brothers,” her third album. Both of her first two albums won Parents Choice Gold Awards, and the new record is a family album to help siblings stick together, no matter how hard it may be. MORE

Girls in Aviation Day
Saturday, October 13 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | College Park Aviation Museum

Girls in Aviation Day is an annual event held nationwide by chapters of Women in Aviation International to introduce young ladies to the aviation community. This year, come to the College Park Aviation museum to meet pilots, mechanics, flight nurses, weather scientists from NASA and NOAA, a Delta rocket program scientist, parachute expert, Civil Air Patrol, see planes and helicopters, and learn aviation history at the museum itself! MORE

Autumn Leaves
Saturday, October 13 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Find out why leaves change color and then examine the leaves in Holt Park. Participants will create art pieces with the help of the leaves. For children of all ages. MORE

October 13 and October 14 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Once built to scare birds away from crops, they are a great addition to any garden and have come to represent the fall season. Learn about the history of the scarecrow, hear a story about them and take a hike to find natural decorations. After the hike, build your own pint-sized scarecrow to take home. MORE

Wild about Animals: Penguins
Saturday, October 13 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Zoo

Did you know that The Maryland Zoo’s penguins are actually from South Africa and enjoy the warm weather? Visit the zoo to hear about their conservation efforts and the incredible penguin colony at the new Penguin Coast exhibit! Participate in keeper chats, penguin-themed activities, and more! MORE

Tube Racing
Saturday, October 13, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, October 14, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Explore what makes a racer travel down a winding tube race track the fastest by building and rebuilding your racer with a variety of materials and tools. MORE

Fells Point Fun Festival
October 13 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Fells Point

Head down to Fells Point and celebrate the festival’s 51st year! Enjoy live music, craft vendors, and local food and drink. Merchants will offer sidewalk sales and restaurants will feature grab-and-go type eats that visitors can snack on while perusing handmade wares from the likes of Art by Barton, Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique, and Beltway Merch. MORE

Festival on the Hill in Bolton Hill
Saturday, October 13 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Bolton Hill

Enjoy a beautiful fall day in the city at one of Bolton Hill’s best and most longstanding traditions: Festival on the Hill. Food, drinks, artists, photo booth, vendors plus the one and only KIDS’ ZONE filled with fun for kids of all ages, including two kinds of bounce houses, nearly new kids’ clothing and toys sale… and so much more! Proceeds from the Festival support many organizations doing good work in Bolton Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods. MORE

Cupcake Decorating at Charm City Cakes
Saturday, October 13 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Charm City Cakes

Young decorators will learn the basics during this fun cupcake class. Students will each receive 4 cupcakes, and learn how to cut, and prepare fondant to create their creations! Ages 6-17 (A parent or guardian must remain on the premises.) The theme this week is Star Wars Cupcakes. MORE

Kerplunk! Día de los Muertos with Artesanas Mexicanas
Saturday, October 13 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Creative Alliance

Celebrate life and new beginnings with Creative Alliance’s Artesanas Mexicanas! Learn the traditions and art techniques of Día de los Muertos and altar making. Make papel picado, sugar skulls, tissue paper flowers, and sculptures out of corn husk. Bring a portrait of a loved one to place and honor on any of the four community altars. Don’t miss the Day of the Dead Festival and Parade on Saturday, November 3rd from 11am to 3pm. Activities vary by week, please check the website for specifics. MORE

Who Dunnit Day
Saturday, October 13 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

There’s a mystery that needs solving at the Maryland Science Center and they need the best detectives on the case…you! Learn all about forensics as you investigate a spooky crime scene and search for hidden clues that will have you hot on the trail of a sneaky candy thief. Compare suspect alibis, analyze fingerprints, inspect blood types, and examine fibers. Then when you’ve put two and two together, let them know who you think has “dunnit.” MORE

2018 Park n’ Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, October 13 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

Alongside the Friends of Druid Hill Park, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP) is excited to host a new fall tradition with the inaugural, Park n’ Pumpkin Festival. Attendees are in for a treat as they enjoy fall-themed activities like face and pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and other arts and crafts, hayrides throughout the park, park yoga, pumpkin bowling and much more. MORE

Reptilian Talk
Saturday, October 13 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Carrie Murray Nature Center

Reptiles are fascinating and fun to see up close! Carrie Murray will be sharing interesting facts about the reptile friends and you will have the opportunity to meet live animals from the collection. All ages, Free to attend. MORE

Butterfly Suncatchers at Robinson Nature Center
Saturday, October 13 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

From reading some of her favorite butterfly children’s books, to creating beautiful butterfly art pieces, Port Discovery’s Visual Arts Specialist, Janet Turner, will take Robinson’s guests not just into the world of butterflies, but into the world of the very, very small—the nanoscale—a place that allows diffusion, iridescence and many of the other things we see in the big world to happen. Ages 3-10 with adult. MORE

Family Camp out in the Park
Saturday, October 13 at 6:00 PM to Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 AM | Marshy Point Nature Center

Enjoy an evening under the stars at Marshy Point. Bring a tent and camping gear. Campfire, s’mores and a nighttime hike is included. Limited space, a parent must attend. Registration required. MORE

EEEK! Lantern Workshops
Sunday, October 14 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Creative Alliance

In the spirit of all things spooky and screechy, this year’s Great Halloween Lantern Parade workshops are giant eyeballs! Make your own lantern in Creative Alliance’s community and youth education workshops. Don’t forget to bring your lantern back to the 19th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival on October 27th! Suggested donation $5-$10. MORE

Harbor Harvest
Sunday, October 14 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Rash Field

Entry to the festival is FREE! The Harbor Harvest all-inclusive Kid’s Pass includes a pumpkin, pumpkin decorating, two crafts, a pony ride and a train ride and is $9 in advance ONLY. The Kid’s Pass without a train or pony ride is $5 in advance and $7 at the event. Individual train and pony ride tickets can be purchased at the event for $3 each. Kid’s Passes are limited. Join (cool) progeny at Harbor Harvest for kids art and craft fun! MORE

The Craft: A Halloween Themed Vintage & Handmade Market
Sunday, October 14 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | R. House

R. House is creepin’ it local with all Baltimore area made ghoulish goods and wicked wares! This is a Halloween themed fundraiser to support Women’s Advocacy Coalition: Baltimore! Try not to have tomb much fun! MORE


DON’T MISS (cool) progeny’s & Miss Shirley’s Cafe’s Halloween Spooktacular Breakfast
October 20 | 7:30 AM – 9 AM | Miss Shirley’s Cafe – Roland Park

It’s going to be a SPOOKtacular morning! Put on your favorite Halloween PJs (or hey, roll out of bed!) and join us for a “Boo”licious two-course breakfast with other families at Miss Shirley’s Cafe in Roland Park. Tickets include two courses, juice, coffee, tea, tax, and gratuity — plus crafts and all of our (cool) Halloween surprises! Professor Mike will be performing a Spooky Science and Magic Show at 8:30 AM as a special treat for our guests. MORE


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