Family hikes, Willy Wonka onstage, Kids Art in the Park, and MORE! There are lots of fun things happening for families in and around Baltimore this weekend. Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the kiddos busy… Need more ideas? Check out our Community Calendar.

Do you have your (cool) progeny Summer Adventure Passport yet? We have LOTS of fun events scheduled for next week — and the rest of the summer! $10/Child Play at Kiddie Crusoe, Magic Morning at St. James Academy, Family Fitness Rodeo at acac, and Mud Day at Carrie Murray Nature Center! Purchase a $35 Passport for your family here.

Weekend Fun! Baltimore Family Events, June 21-23

Baltimore City Events

Family Hike at Cylburn
Saturday, June 22 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am | Cylburn Arboretum

School’s Out, time to get outside and play! Explore the gardens and trails of Cylburn Arboretum. Walk the bamboo maze. Decorate the fairy home doorway in the Dawn Redwood tree and help your children get more involved in nature. Hike begins at 8:30AM in front of the Vollmer Center. MORE

African Journey Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

It’s almost time to celebrate lions, giraffes, and elephants! On June 22 & 23 be one of the first guests to experience three totally new habitats at the African Journey Celebration. Take in sweeping new views of expanded habitats and get up close with some of Africa’s biggest wildlife like never before. This event is free with Zoo admission or membership. MORE

Fabric Craft Workshop: Nine Patch Quilt Block
Saturday, June 22 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm | The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Dabble with quilt making by creating your own hand sewn nine-patch quilt block facilitated by the African American Quilters of Baltimore. Adults and youth 8 and older are welcome to attend. To register please contact In conjunction with Linda Day Clark: The Gee’s Bend Photographs. MORE

K9Kds by Operation Paws for Homes
Saturday, June 22 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Enoch Pratt Library – Roland Park Branch

7000 Miles Home: Street Dogs in India Film screening and family activity! Meet a friendly former street dog AND make a dog toy to send to street dogs recovering from injuries and illness. Plus Learn how you can adopt, foster, or support these dogs! This program for adults and families will introduce you to the amazing street dogs in India who have come to the U.S. to find forever homes. MORE

Charm City Players Presents Willy Wonka, The Musical
Saturdays and Sundays, June 22 – July 14 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Mercy High School

The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Your ticket includes a full Broadway-Style musical, face painting, pre-show activities, a live orchestra and a meet and greet with the cast after every show. MORE

Jonestown Festival 2019
June 23 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Jewish Museum of Maryland

The fourth annual Jonestown Festival brings a celebration of revolutionary roots to the neighborhood. The day will feature crafts, performances and activities suitable for the whole family, plus of course many wonderful Jonestown neighbors. MORE

Baltimore County Events

Make Music Night at Holt Park
Friday, June 21 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Baltimore County Public Library and Holt Park and Center for the Arts co-host Make Music Day with a concert by the bluegrass duo Ken and Brad Kolodner. Participate in summer solstice crafts and nature walks, visit the library bookmobile, and learn about the new Traveling Book Club. Refreshments available for purchase. Folding chair or blanket and bug spray recommended. Have a Summer Adventure Passport? Show your Passport AND that you’re registered for summer reading at the (cool) progeny tent to get a special prize! MORE

Summer Solstice Faerie Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Marshy Point Nature Center

Spoutwood Farm Center jubilantly invites you to share in our first Summer Solstice Faerie Festival celebrated at Marshy Point Nature Center. This June 22nd and 23rd, come play in the marsh with The Greenman, Lady Lucy, and our family of fae. Celebrate the spirit of Spoutwood and 27 years of magic and wonder. MORE

Kids Art in the Park: a (cool) progeny Event!
Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Hampton National Historic Site

Join us for a morning of creativity at Hampton National Historic Site! We’ll have art activities and crafts from our partners plus entertainment and LOTS of opportunities to explore this National Park site! Hampton will offer special kids’ tours of the mansion at 10:30 AM and old-fashioned games on the farm, as well as fun junior ranger activities for kids. FREE! Many thanks to our partners: Hampton National Historic Site, Baltimore County Public Library, STAGES Music and Arts, Thinkery, Fresh Cut Crafts, Frolic the Fox, and Baltimore Clayworks! MORE

Along the Bluebird Trail
Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a naturalist to learn about bluebirds and ways to attract and protect this beautiful feathery friend! Walk the bluebird trail at Oregon Ridge Park to observe the birds in action. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Adults and children 6+ . Please call to register! Some programs will fill, in which case, walk-in guests cannot be accommodated. 410-887-1815 or MORE

Harford County Events

Summer Movie Night: Wonder
Friday, June 21 | 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm | Shamrock Park

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance’s Summer Movies Nights are a great time and place to bring the whole family for a fun movie night at Shamrock Park with pre-movie entertainment provided by the Bel Air Cultural Arts Commission. Movies are not only free and family friendly but also come with popcorn and face painting. MORE

Kids in Canoes
Saturday, June 22 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Introduce young children to the pleasure of family paddling outings! Paddling safety and basic stroke instruction is covered before venturing further afield to explore the watery world of Otter Point Creek. This program is for ages 5 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Maryland Foodie Fest
Saturday, June 22 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm | Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium

Maryland Foodie Fest is a family-friendly food festival brought to you by the Restaurant Association of Maryland. Bringing together the best parts of being a foodie, Maryland Foodie Fest includes: Food pairings and samplings from restaurants throughout Maryland; Three Sanctioned Food Competitions; Local Craft Beer & Wine Sampling; Festival Foods; Live Music; Artisans and vendors in the Arts & Crafts Village; Kids Zone with inflatables, batting cages, face painting, food, and more! MORE

Gravity Youth Festival
Saturday, June 22 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | The Locke House Museum

The Havre De Grace Youth Commission will be hosting the inaugural Gravity Youth Festival on June 22 from 1- 5 pm at the Lock House Museum in Havre de Grace. This is a fun-filled event geared toward the youth in our community. There will be an entertainment stage with performances by bands Middle of No Where, Tony Hancock Trio, Restore Church, and other local artists. Onsite activities include corn hole, dunking booth, jousting, and more. Event is free to attend. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite if you would like to purchase food or local merchandise. MORE

Kids Animal Yoga
Saturday, June 22 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Lunar Bay Studio

Yoga, meditation and Animal therapy for kids! Smiles, Laughter, and play. Animal therapy has swept the nation spreading Joy to all! Kids ages 5 and up (younger then 5 allowed with an accompanying adult). They will have goats and alpaca. 20 spots available. Email with any questions. $10/child. MORE

Howard County Events

Summer Fest at Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 | 9 am – 4 pm | Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum

Visit the Living Farm Heritage Museum as they put our Antique Construction Equipment through their paces. Members will be operating shovels, cranes, track loaders, crawlers and graders from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Petting Zoo for all ages, Blackingsmith Presentations, Museum Tours, Live Bands throughout the Weekend and many other Presentations and Demonstrations. Don’t miss out on the FUN!!! MORE

Book Signing, Reading, and Sing-a-Long with Connie Bowman
June 22 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Howard County Library System – Elkridge Branch

Connie Bowman will be reading, signing, and singing along with her beloved children’s book, “There’s an Elephant in My Room”! Join her at the Elkridge Branch of Howard County Public Library on June 22, at 1pm. MORE

Chrysalis Kids: Uncle Devin Show
Sunday, June 23 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

The critically acclaimed Uncle Devin Duo comes to the Chrysalis with their special brand of percussion based foot stomping children’s music. The Uncle Devin Show is an interactive musical experience for children that use percussion instruments to cultivate their minds – a dynamic cross between DC’s Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse. MORE

River Romp!
Sunday, June 23 | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Robinson Nature Center

Celebrate summer by cooling off at the nature center with activities down at the Middle Patuxent River! By popular demand, they’ve added weekday sessions in addition to our weekend offerings. Bring your own non-perishable picnic, and join a Robinson Naturalist at the river for lunch and fun, family-friendly river games. Search the stream for big and small animals! Make boats and race them downstream! Come dressed to get wet. Register in advance. 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.