Hootenanies, art walks, family fun for a cause, and MORE! There are lots of fun things to do with kids in and around Charm City this weekend! Check out our favorite Baltimore family events below and find more options on our Community Calendar.

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BALTIMORE CITY EVENTS

MICA Art Walk
Friday, May 17 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | MICA

Don’t miss ArtWalk, the kick-off event for the annual Commencement Exhibition and celebration of MICA’s undergraduate class of 2019. This event is free and open to the public. Bring family and friends to explore the campus-wide showcase of student art, featuring painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, graphic design, film and animation screenings and much more. MORE

BMI Community Day
Saturday, May 18 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Industry

Kick off the 11th season of the BMI Farmers Market with a full day of happenings and FREE museum admission! Enjoy hands-on activities for kids as well as local produce, breads, meat & eggs, ready-to-eat goods, artisan items and more. MORE

Sensory Friendly Days
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | B & O Railroad Museum

The B&O is proud to offer the first in a series of Sensory Friendly Days for children and guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. The museum will be opening one hour early at 10am to accommodate guests and their families. This more accessible museum experience features added signage and modified lighting & sounds, as well as the presence of additional volunteers and staff to support visitors throughout their stay. MORE

Diapers and Doughnuts
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | ShareBaby Warehouse

ShareBaby’s annual Diapers and Doughnuts event brings together supporters- old and new- to learn about and engage in their important work to get diapers and essential items to Baltimore’s most vulnerable young children! This year, for the first time, it is a family-friendly event! Enjoy live music, diaper wrapping, mimosas, and mini doughnuts! MORE

Baltimore Birth Festival
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Patterson Park

Maryland Families for Safe Birth is thrilled to announce the first annual Baltimore Birth Festival! Join over 80 local vendors, care providers, businesses, birth workers, and more for a day of family fun including face painting, food trucks, a kid-friendly DJ. MORE

Paperweight Mini-Workshop
Sunday, May 19 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Corradetti Glassblowing Studio

Learn how to transform molten glass into a colorful, swirled solid 3.5 ” paperweight with the help of studio staff. Paperweights make great Father’s Day gifts! Corradetti Studio will handle the skilled part and you do the fun part. For ages 8 to adult. MORE

BALTIMORE COUNTY EVENTS

Water Safety
Friday, May 17 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | The Orokawa Y in Towson

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. MORE

All About Birds!
Saturday, May 18 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Learn about the various adaptations that birds have that help them survive. Follow that up with a bird hike through Oregon Ridge. All ages, Advance Registration Required. MORE

Towson Branch Ren Faire
Saturday, May 18, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Sunday, May 19, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Towson

Enjoy a medieval-themed puppet show, a knighting ceremony, jousting tournament, a magician and madrigal singers straight from the Middle Ages. We have games, crafts, face painting and more! Please check the schedule for daily activities. MORE

Kid Friendly Series: Cake Jars
Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Cake by Jason Hisley

Students will learn to make and layer the inside of a cake jar to take home! Two flavors/designs will be taught and made during the class! MORE

Hoot-Enanny
Sunday, May 19 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Join Hoot the Owl and celebrate the season of spring at Irvine. Get a sneak preview of the Irvine Butterfly House, go on a spring scavenger hunt, and even enjoy some spring treats. Fun for all ages! MORE

HARFORD COUNTY EVENTS

Harford Dance Theatre presents Snow White
Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19 | Times Vary | Harford Community College – Chesapeake Theater

Come along on a magical journey with beautiful Snow White, her handsome prince, and the lovable dwarfs as they battle the jealous queen. Overflowing with enchantment, this energetic adaptation from the company that brings you Harriet’s Happiest Halloween offers plenty of dancing and laughs galore. Snow White is guaranteed to reawaken any child’s creativity with its valuable lessons about vanity and growing up. MORE

Cupcake Decorating Class Unicorn & Candyland
Friday, May 17 | 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | The Playroom Harford

Decorate your own unique set of cupcakes! An instructor will teach you the steps of filling a piping bag, adding a tip, and how to pipe frosting! Each participant will learn how to create with fondant to make a unicorn horn and ears for one cupcake and decorate with candy on the other. Pre-registration required, all ages! MORE

Child & Adult Paint Afternoon: Butterfly
Friday, May 17 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Eden Mill Nature Center

Create a butterfly painting on canvas to learn how to use tools such as acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, as well as painting techniques. Child and adult will each complete a 14”x 18” acrylic painting on canvas with instruction provided throughout the event. Pre-registration is required! MORE

Kids Night In at My Gym
Friday, May 17 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | My Gym – Bel Air

Need an evening without the kids? My Gym’s Kids’ Night In gives parents the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives with their favorite My Gym teachers. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides, and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! MORE

The Jungle Book (Children’s Film Series)
Saturday, May 18 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Havre de Grace Arts Collective Presents: After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and the free-spirited bear Baloo. MORE

HOWARD COUNTY EVENTS

Amazing Adaptations Challenge
Saturday, May 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Howard County Library System – Glenwood Branch

Discover some of the amazing adaptations animals have for life in the wild and meet some animals with their own unique ways to survive. Contact with an animal may occur. Presented by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in partnership with the Howard County Arts Council. Ages 6 & up; Ticket required. MORE

Earth We’re All on this Together: Reduce, Reuse, Re-Circus
Saturday, May 18 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Juggling, rolling globe walking, lasso spinning, plate spinning, and much more, learn how we can re-use everyday objects. Audience members will help former Ringling Circus performer, Gregory May, throughout this high energy circus arts experience. MORE

Dapper Duck Tea Party
Sunday, May 19 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Are you feeling “ducky”? Join RNC to learn all about the spring transformations of animals and plants, and follow the story of an ugly duckling that becomes a very dapper duck! Then, meet, sing and play with a very “quacktastic” duck and his friend from Drama Learning Center! Afterward, sit and savor a full tea service by Sweet Simplicitea tea room. MORE

History Alive! With the Friends of PFI
Sunday, May 19 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

Enjoy a fun afternoon for the whole family and get into the spirit of the Victorian Era at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park! Bring a picnic, try on costumes, play old-time lawn games, and look up your family history to see if you may be a descendant of a former student! Tours of the ruins will also be available. MORE

OTHER EVENTS

Shore Party
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Join mariners as they recruit troops and abandon ship in the Colonial World! Explore the maritime history of the South River with reenactors in costume, boats, and activities for the whole family. Join living history sailors to try your hand at rope making and seamanship, learn how sailors lived day to day, and experience the art and science of navigation. MORE

MakerSpace Family Workshop: Kindness Rocks
Saturday, May 18 | 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Chesapeake Arts Center

Bring the whole family to the MakerSpace family workshop to paint rocks for treasure hunting adventures.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.