Mother’s Day fun, Big Trucks, 7th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, RemFest, Preakness Balloons, and MORE! Looking for something to do with the kiddos this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Check out our favorite ideas below and find more options on our Community Calendar.

Be sure to join us on Saturday for our Annual Around the World Play Date at St. Paul’s Plus Preschool! We’ll have bubbles, belly dancing, henna art, lots of fun crafts, coffee, snacks, a petting zoo, and MORE! Just $5 for the whole family (includes everything!). Buy your pass online in advance so check-in is quicker!

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Weekend Fun! Baltimore Family Events, May 10-12

BALTIMORE CITY EVENTS

Market Day
Saturday, May 11 | 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Cylburn Arboretum

Join Cylburn Arboretum for Market Day, a beloved community gathering, plant, and craft sale that’s been a Baltimore tradition for more than 50 years! Just in time for Mother’s Day, Baltimore City’s beautiful 200-acre arboretum is the perfect place for families to learn about and enjoy the outdoors, and to purchase flowers and garden-related gifts. Family friendly food trucks, pollinator activities, live animals, face painting and more! MORE

Improv for Kids
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The BIG Theater

Do your kids love to make believe? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students ages 8-12 will learn the basics of improv, including creating solid scene work and fun characters. The students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures and games. MORE

7th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a fun-filled day focused on kids’ literature about African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. MORE

Strawberry Festival at Roland Park Presbyterian Church
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Roland Park Presbyterian Church

A community tradition since the early 1900s–Admission is free. There is non-stop fun for kids of all ages including carnival games and a moon bounce. Shopaholics can peruse the silent auction, jewelry, and flea market tables. Gardeners will love the fresh flowers and plants for sale. Fresh strawberries will be available in addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, and many other tasty treats. MORE

Un Día Especial Con Mamá
Saturday, May 11 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Creative Alliance

Artesanas Mexicanas, an award-winning and 2017 Best of Baltimore folkloric group of talented women, present A Special Day with Mamá! Artesanas Mexicanas have organized a family day with the indigenous tradition of flower-making using dried and dyed corn husks. Children and youth of Juventud Latina, Jóvenes en Acción and Artesanitos pay tribute to all mothers performing special dances and poetry. MORE

Superhero Science
Saturday, May 11 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Learn about the science behind some of the most exciting superpowers! Explore the special forces unique to superheroes and villains. Create your own alter-ego and fashion a disguise before completing challenges that will put your powers to the test. MORE

RemFest
Saturday, May 11 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Remington

Enjoy a free neighborhood street festival that features local makers, live music, and children’s activities, as well as food and drinks from many of the area’s favorite spots. MORE

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!
Saturday, May 11 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its fourth year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to your town with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FOR A DAY!, Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure. MORE

Big Truck Day
Saturday, May 11 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Rash Field

Bring the kids out to touch (sit in and blow the horn too!) of the big City trucks! Have fun at The Kids Corner with face painting, henna tattoos, fun wagon, game truck, and giveaways! MORE

Family Second Sundays: Maryland Mothers
Sunday, May 12 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Take a self-guided tour to learn about mothers who shaped Maryland history. Create a special Mother’s Day craft. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays and no advanced registration required. MORE

BALTIMORE COUNTY EVENTS

Around the World Play Date – A (cool) progeny Family Event
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | St. Paul’s Plus Preschool

Bellydancing, bubbles, and blossoms — it’s a morning of ‘around the world’ fun! Join (cool) progeny at St. Paul’s Plus Preschool for our annual Around the World Play Date. Families will “travel” with a playdate passport around the school while enjoying culture, crafts and cuisine from Peru, Sweden, Japan, Morocco, and the United States. Outside, enjoy a petting zoo, and the school’s fabulous playground. MORE

St. James Academy Children’s Dinner Theatre
Friday, May 10 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | St. James Academy

St. James Academy is opening their campus to the community for a magical family night — complete with an al fresco dining experience. Best part? It’s amazingly family-friendly. Join SJA for the last Children’s Dinner Theatre experience of the school year. Families will be treated to burgers and hot dogs on the grill before being mesmerized by magician Mike Rose. Festivities will take place at the school’s outdoor pavilion. The magic show isn’t just for kids. While the kids are caught up in the magic and off the wall interactive comedy, adults will be amused with inside jokes and situational humor. Get ready to laugh! MORE

WTMD Saturday Morning Tunes: The Baltimore Rock Opera Society Presents “Welcome To Shakesville”
Saturday, May 11 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | WTMD

“Welcome to Shakesville” is a puppet-filled romp through the magical world of 1960s psychedelia. The show centers on a rock band that whose lead singer has suddenly disappeared right as they are pioneering a new musical style and are at the peak of their greatest success. The songs are steeped in the popular musical styles of the time with a special focus on psychedelic rock and a dash of early ’60s surf rock. MORE

Kidstock
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

​Join Baltimore Magazine for a fun-filled morning at Irvine Nature Center as they celebrate all of Baltimore’s youngsters and bring their May Kids issue to life. Take a family hike, create whimsical crafts, meet animal friends, have your own cartoon created by a caricature artist, and groove to live music from Caleb Stine. MORE

Mud Painting
Saturday, May 11 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Do you like art AND nature? Then this program is for you! Join Irvine Nature Center for a short hike to collect different kinds of mud and natural materials. Make mud paint and natural paint brushes and create your own environmentally friendly art. All ages. MORE

Mother’s Day Story, Walk and Tea
Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Does your mother talk to trees? If she does (or if she doesn’t), bring her, or the mother in your life, to hear the delightful story, My Mother Talks to Trees. Follow up with an easy tree walk followed by an outdoor tea party in the Kidd’s Nature Pavilion, with tea made from native trees. All ages, Advance Registration Required. MORE

HARFORD COUNTY EVENTS

Artistic Girls Create Presents: Mother’s Day Handprint Canvas
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Caprichos Books

Create the perfect Handmade Mother’s Day Gift! $7 per child, Ages 2 and up. MORE

Festival at the Farm
Saturday, May 11 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Fawn View Farm

Mason-Dixon Country’s Festival on the Farm will have a little something for everyone! Enjoy shopping from 35+ local artisans and farmers market vendors, live music, face painting and craft area, wagon tours, food trucks, and local spirits. MORE

Mother’s Day Open House
Sunday, May 12 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Liriodendron Mansion

Take a relaxing stroll around the lovely grounds – a beautiful setting for family photos. Tour the historic mansion, enjoy music, light refreshments from Pairings Catering and a wonderful exhibition of paintings and fine crafts by local artists. MORE

Mother’s Day Tea Party Pontoon
Sunday, May 12 | 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Treat mom to afternoon tea on the Water Strider, while enjoying the natural beauty of the creek in spring. Ages 2 – adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

HOWARD COUNTY EVENTS

Preakness Balloon Festival
Friday, May 10 till Sunday, May 12 | Times Vary | Howard County Fairgrounds

WCBM and WQLL present the annual Preakness Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Bring the whole family to enjoy new attractions in 2019 including midway rides & games, ferris wheel, helicopter tours, Fastrax Skydiving Team*, and of course the best Hot Air Balloons* and tethered balloon rides* in Maryland. Also enjoy a beer and wine garden, Maryland’s finest vendors and Baltimore area’s best food, a balloon glow after dusk, and as always live music on the main stage throughout the day. MORE

Water Safety
Friday, May 10 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | The Dancel Y in Ellicott City
Get ready for summer with Water Safety at the Y! Learn basic water and boating safety, play Safety Around Water games, get a swim assessment, and enjoy crafts and snacks. This is a free event but space is limited. MORE

Lil’ Stars
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Robinson Nature Center

Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories, crafts or song. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day! Each month is a different theme – from colors of stars, to the stories behind a constellation, to the seasonal changes in the sky. Pre-register to secure your seats. MORE

Mother’s Day Special – Saturday Garden Walk
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Howard County Conservancy – Mt. Pleasant

Enjoy a beautiful and tasty morning with your mother, daughter, grandmother or friends on the Saturday of Mothers Day weekend. Stroll through the many niche gardens at the Conservancy and learn about their design and plantings. Extend your walk through the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden, and the “Sisters Garden” of herbs and perennials. Refresh yourself with “bottomless cups” of tea and freshly baked Scottish scones. MORE

Rails and Tales: Preschool Storytime
Saturday, May 11 | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Hop aboard the story train! Bring your little one out to a discovery storytime at some of the historic sites in Ellicott City. Read stories about how life was long (or not so long!) ago, play old-time games, and make a history craft you can take home. Ages 1.5-5 yrs. MORE

Paper Bag Puppets & Play Therapy 101
Saturday, May 11 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Howard County Public Library – Central Branch
Use paper bag puppets as a fun and engaging tool to communicate with your children. Learn about play therapy for children who struggle with a wide range of mental, social, and emotional issues. Registration is required. MORE

WORTH THE DRIVE

Dino-fy Yourself: Make Your Own Prehistoric Animal Costume
Saturday, May 11 | 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM | Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs, giant sloths and mastodons, oh my! During this program, participants will use art materials to create prehistoric animal costumes, wearable art and accessories informed and inspired by science and the animals that will be featured in the new Fossil Hall which opens in June. 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 advanced registration requirements, time changes, rain dates, and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.