Story Pirates, AlienCon, fairy walks, Harvest Festival, Baltimore Boogie, Irish Festival, and MORE! Check out these fun ideas for getting out and about with the kids this weekend.

Don’t miss our 55 Things to Do with Kids this November (if you’re looking for next weekend’s plans and beyond…)!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, November 9-11

AlienCon 2018
Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 11 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Convention Center

AlienCon 2018 brings together all those seeking the truth about extraterrestrial existence throughout history.
AlienCon will feature thought-provoking original programming, celebrity appearances, exhibits, exclusive merchandise, fan competitions, and much more. Take part in celebrity autograph and photo sessions with some of the biggest names in alien exploration and pop culture. Suggested age is 10 and up! MORE

Super Science Sleepover: Stranded
Friday, November 9, 5:30 PM till Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM | Maryland Science Center

Get stranded at the Maryland Science Center! Look to the stars and learn to navigate, design your own duct tape gear, and use your science skills to overcome the obstacles. See if you have what it takes to survive the night. All exhibits will be open for exploration, there will be an IMAX and Planetarium show, and special activities will be located throughout the building. And when it’s time to say lights out, sleep in the exhibit halls. MORE

The Maryland Irish Festival
Friday, November 9, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Saturday, November 10, 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Sunday, November 11, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Maryland Irish Festival is presented annually by Irish Charities of Maryland. This annual celebration of Irish culture features local, regional and international Irish music, Irish Dancers, traditional cuisine; cultural exhibits and workshops, and a wide variety of quality vendors of Irish goods. The festival features Cultural and Historical displays and performances, the well attended “Speaker Series”, and a large dedicated kids play area with bouncy castles, activities, and games. MORE

Family Fort Night
Friday, November 9 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Catonsville

Build forts in the branch after hours and read some of your favorite stories together. Feel free to bring a pillow and blanket. Fort building supplies provided. One registration required per family. MORE

Backyard Bird Feeder
Saturday, November 10 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Help out the winter birds by creating a bird feeder out of recycled materials. All ages, under 7 years old must work with an adult. MORE

Scales & Tall Tales
Saturday, November 10 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Irvine Nature Center

Join a naturalist at the Native American site for tribal tales of local wildlife with a spooky twist! Meet some of Irvine’s animal ambassadors that are mentioned in the tales! Fun for all ages. MORE

Littles’ Day
Saturday, November 10 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join in a day of play designed especially for little learners! Sing, dance and get active during The Kindersinger’s Kinderfit program. Put your imagination to work as you get your face painted. Try out yoga poses – and see how they can help your little one balance, focus and stretch – during Magical Mats. Plus try out interactive circus tricks that help you learn about science, build early literacy skills in the Mother Goose on the Loose® program, and make-and-take fun art projects at Pop-Up Art Stations! MORE

Make it Move
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, November 11, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Race cars, sail ships and launch rockets! It’s all about the things that move this November. Explore different modes of transportation and learn the science of how we get from one place to another. MORE

Nature Play Date
Saturday, November 10 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Carrie Murray Nature Center

Meet up with other families to explore the park! Meet at the gazebo at CMNC and go on a trail wander from there. Wear clothes that can get messy, bring a water bottle, and feel free to bring a snack. 0 – 5 years with caregiver. MORE

Storytime and Activities Featuring Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes
Saturday, November 10 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Barnes & Noble – White Marsh

Juno embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons like Frida Kahlo and Serena Williams. Join Barnes & Noble for a Storytime that’s both a fashion fairy tale and guide to girl power. MORE

Family Arts Day
Saturday, November 10 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Center for the Arts at Towson University

Drop-in for an afternoon of hands-on art activities, interactive gallery tours, story time, and more inspired by the current exhibitions in the Center for the Arts galleries and Asian Arts and Culture Center. The day’s activities are designed and guided by Towson University students, faculty and staff. Visitors of all ages welcome! MORE

Harvest Festival!
Saturday, November 10 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | R. House

R. House Harvest Festival returns! Free activities for children including pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and face painting. For the adults – live music by Rattlewood, succulent pumpkin planting by B. Willow, 25+ vintage and craft vendors in the garage, and more! MORE

Baltimore Boogie
Saturday, November 10 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | John’s Hopkins Children’s Center

Come boogie with the kids at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center! Baltimore Boogie is the second annual community Dance Marathon event. You and your family are welcomed to dance, play and stand for kids who can’t. Registration is $25 and will include food, games, and activities to keep you entertained for six hours while raising much-needed funds for patients and families. MORE

In search of P.R. Mantis
Saturday, November 10, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Sunday, November 11, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wander through the meadows of Oregon Ridge Nature Center searching for Praying Mantis and Mantis egg cases. Learn about the life cycle and stalking personality of this insect of prey. Adults and children 4 and up, advanced registration required. MORE

Play Within a Play: Rosha and the Sun at Robinson Nature Center
Saturday, November 10 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Become the performers, set designers, and the lighting and sound technicians of your own show—a Mayan folktale about a little boy who steals his sister’s hair to capture the Sun. The little girl tries to get the help of the animals in the forest to free the Sun, but it is the littlest of creatures that saves the day. While experiencing animals and nature in folklore, Robinson’s guests will learn how theatrical productions are crafted, rehearsed, and performed. Ages 3-10 with an adult. MORE

Fall Discovery Hike
Sunday, November 11 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Fall is one of the best times of year to enjoy the great outdoors; the colors of the leaves are beautiful, the air is cool, and the insects are reduced. Hike the trails to observe seasonal changes as the natural world slows down and prepares for winter. All ages, under 13 with adult. MORE

Family Second Sundays: Meow! The Baltimore Hon
Sunday, November 11 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Historical Society

View 1970s vintage objects from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection and decorate your own cat-eye glasses! Make a local vintage Hon accessory during the free drop-in. No advance registration required. MORE

Plants and People Sunday – “Exploration Station”
Sunday, November 11 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

Elementary-aged children and youth experience fun and educational hands-on horticulture activities. Free, though a $5 per person donation is encouraged. MORE

Fall Fairy and Gnome Walk and Craft
Sunday, November 11 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

Walk through fall leaves in the enchanted forest to find hidden fairy and gnome friends. Find and keep any treasures that you find along the trails. Enjoy story time, hands-on activities and crafts making Fall Flower Fairies and gnomes. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their best magical garb. Ages 5-10. MORE

Story Pirates
Sunday, November 11 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land; they’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kid’s wildest, most imaginative stories. Stories by children from Baltimore and beyond will be brought to life and staged by the Story Pirates’ professional improvisational and comedic actors – replete with music, costumes, and sets. 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, and 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.