From Mess Fest to Peter Pan, there are lots of kid-friendly things to do this weekend! Here are our favorite ideas for family fun in and around Baltimore.

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Baltimore City

St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival
Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9 | Times Vary | St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Celebrate the best of Greek culture: food, music, dance, faith and legendary hospitality. Attendees will enjoy free admission and parking, food/drink vendors, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, live music. MORE

Baltimore Rock Opera’s Welcome to Shakesville
Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9 | Times Vary | Zion Church of the City of Baltimore

A groovy love letter to the 60s filled with puppets, magic, and rock n’ roll! Grab your board, blare your tunes and boogie down to the Baltimore Rock Opera’s Society furriest, feltiest, full-length rock opera yet! Welcome to Shakesville will teleport you back to 1965 and the dawn of psychedelia. Join our unsung heroine, Betty, as she falls down a rabbit hole in search of answers to rock and roll history’s greatest mystery: the disappearance of Jimmy Graves! MORE

Fun on the Waterfront: The Vegabonds
Friday, June 7 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Harbor Point

Join Waterfront Partnership at their new outdoor concert series! Enjoy live music, local food trucks, bar service, family-friendly lawn games, photo booth, face painters, and more. Grab a beer or a cocktail, put out a blanket, and enjoy an incredible line up of Baltimore’s best bands on the waterfront. MORE

World Oceans Day at the National Aquarium
Saturday, June 8 | All Day | National Aquarium

Each year, around 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean. This year, on World Oceans Day, people around the world are working together to protect our ocean and end plastic pollution. Join the National Aquarium on Saturday, June 8, 2019, for a day full of interactive activities, games and educational opportunities throughout the building. Each activity is designed to teach how plastics can impact backyards, the ocean and lives. MORE

Mess Fest
Saturday, June 8 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Maryland Science Center

Get ready to get messy! MSC’s annual Mess Fest is sure to be ooey-er, gooey-er, gloppy-er, and sloppy-er than EVER before. Grab your paint clothes and dirty sneakers for all kinds of oozy explosions and slimy art creations. Leave your messy mark on MSC’s windows, watch as they launch all manner of mess from the roof, and see the classic Coke & Mentos blast bigger and better than ever. It’s sure to be fun; it’s sure to be a mess! MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes: Phish for Kids
Saturday, June 8 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Power Plant Live!

If you’re a Phish fan with young kids, you’ve probably wanted to bring them with you to share your love of this incredible band. Now you can — at Power Plant Live’s covered outdoor plaza, with Phoam, Baltimore’s best Phish tribute band. Phoam features members of Psycho Killers, ELM and Weekapaug Orchestra, who, together, have seen more than 300 Phish shows and pay close attention to Phish’s delicate and challenging compositions. Plus, they know how to groove. MORE

HONfest 2019
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 | Times Vary | Hampden

Grab your boas and tease that beehive! It is time for the 26th Annual HONfest. HONfest symbolizes all the charm and goodwill that lies within the hearts of those who live, work and play in Bawlmer. “Hon” the Bawlmer term of endearment short for “Honey”, embodies the warmth and affection bestowed upon our neighbors and visitors alike by the historic working women of Baltimore. HONfest is an annual celebration in honor of these women. MORE

Drop In Art: Five Senses
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | The Walters Art Museum

Drop-in, explore materials, and create a work of art to take home at The Walters Art Museum! Each weekend features a new project, so check back to discover what they have in store. MORE

17th Annual Tour Dem Parks, Hon!
Sunday, June 9 | 7:30 am – 2:30 pm | Druid Hill Park

Tour Dem Parks, Hon is Baltimore’s premier annual recreational bike ride! Choose from 4 routes (between 5 and 35 miles) for a close-up view of Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods. Each ride is different, and the longest includes Druid Hill, Gwynns Falls, Carroll, Patterson, Clifton, Herring Run, and some quietly tucked away gems. MORE

Second Sundays Family Fun Day
Sunday, June 9 | 11 am – 3:00 pm | Leakin Park

Hosted by the Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, this monthly, family-friendly event, includes free rides on a miniature steam train, a guided hike featuring natural and historic points of interest, Nature in the Park (an art show featuring sculpture made from natural materials), art making workshops, visits in the historic Orianda House and family chapel of the Winans family, walks along a traditional Hopi Labyrinth and maps available for exploration on many walking trails within the park. MORE

Baltimore County

MidAtlantic Youth Ballet presents “Peter Pan”
Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 | Times Vary | Stephens Hall, Towson University

Celebrate ‘never growing up’ with Mid Atlantic Youth Ballet as they present Peter Pan. Gather the family and enjoy the journey to Neverland, soaring with pixie dust, swimming with mermaids, and fighting with pirates. MORE

Towson Healthy Hearts 5K
Saturday, June 8 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am | Knollwood

The Knollwood community in Towson is sponsoring the Towson Healthy Hearts 5K, and post-race farmer’s market, as part of its efforts to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles. All net proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Heart Association. There will be cash prizes for the top three overall winners, both male and female, for the 5K run/walk. In addition there will be a Kids’ Fun Run geared at ages 5 and under immediately following 5K start. MORE

Family Nature Explorers: Pond Search
Saturday, June 8 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Ladew Gardens

Spring has sprung and the ponds are jumping with lots of activity. We’ll have fun as we scoop the ponds in search of frogs, tadpoles, dragonfly babies, and more. Join Ladew Gardens as they investigate fascinating nature-based themes on selected weekends this season! Programs will start with an indoor introduction before participants venture out into the Gardens or the Nature Walk. Whether searching for wildlife, conducting experiments, or making a craft, you’ll have a ton of fun! MORE

Jam and Bread
Saturday, June 8 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

It’s strawberry season! Make this easy jam and taste your creation on fresh bread. Participants will take home their own jar of jam. ALL AGES! $5 per project ($4 for ORNCC Members) Maximum of 2 people per project/jar of jam. MORE

Outdoor Adventures at Irvine Nature Center
Sunday, June 9 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Irvine Nature Center

Does your child love being outside? Join the Outdoor Adventurers! Each session will be an exciting blend of outdoor skills, science projects, and spring discoveries. We will work as a team to explore, respect, and protect nature! Ages 7-12. MORE

Fairies & Dragons
Sunday, June 9 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Lake Roland

Come learn about the mysterious forest-dwellers of myth and legend said to visit the human world at the Summer Solstice. Kids will search the park for signs of dragons and their fair folk. Then use natural materials to create a fairy house or dragon’s lair. Registration required. Ages 5 and up. To register, please email [email protected] *Please include each participants name, age of children and contact phone number. MORE

Hunt Valley Wind Ensemble Children’s Concert
Sunday, June 9 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Dulaney High School

A concert especially for our younger concert goers! Bring kids of all ages. (Adults welcome, too.) Musical instrument petting zoo will be on site, provided by Music and Arts! Admission is always free. MORE

Harford County

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9 | Times Vary | Harford Community College

Discover all the grandeur, mystery, and excitement of “The Arabian Nights” favorite in this delightful family-theater dramatization of the saga about the boy who found a magic lamp, and was befriended by a powerful genie. MORE

Summer Movie Night: | Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, June 7 | 7:15 pm – 9:30 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

Harford County Children’s Business Fair
Saturday, June 8 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Freedom Church

The Harford County Children’s Business Fair sparks children’s entrepreneurial spirit. Harford County Children’s Business Fair is part of the Acton Children’s Business Fair and is the largest entrepreneurship event for children in North America. This fair gives children the opportunity to showcase their very own businesses. MORE

Observatory Open House
Saturday, June 8 | 9:00 pm | Harford Community College

Kid friendly! Observatory Open House at the Harford Community College. Highlights will include the Moon, Jupiter, a few bright globular clusters, and a some planetary nebulas. Besides their amazing 14in schmidt cassegrain telescope, there will be various telescopes setup in the parking lot for guests to view the cosmos. MORE

10th Anniversary of Dork Diaries!
Sunday, June 9 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Caprichos Books

It’s the 10th Anniversary of Dork Diaries — and Caprichos Books is celebrating! They’ll have cake and giveaways. MORE

Howard County

PIP-PIP THE DRAGON: A Story of Wishes
Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9 | Times Vary | Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College

Journey into Pip-Pip the Dragon’s wondrous tale as told by enchanted creatures great and small! All dragons possess four magical gifts, but once upon a time, there was a very young dragon, named Pip-Pip, who was born with a fifth. Find out about how Pip-Pip discovers and shares her gifts! Journey into Pip-Pip’s tale of true friendship, spirited courage, magical wonder, and wishes-come-true, as told by enchanted creatures great and small. MORE

Family Fridays Under the Dome: Astronauts
Friday, June 7 | 3:45 pm & 6:30 pm | Robinson Nature Center

Treat your family to unique shows at Robinson Nature Center’s NatureSphere planetarium. Each program features a full-dome movie preceded by a family-friendly planetarium presentation. MORE

Horse Discovery Center Triple Crown Stick Horse Weekend
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 | 10 am – 5 pm | Clark’s Elioak Farm 

To celebrate the horses racing in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and this weekend’s Belmont Stakes, Clark’s Elioak Farm will offer the opportunity to make stick horses on Saturday and Sunday. They will provide all the materials, you just bring the creativity. Each child will make a stick horse to take home. MORE

Kids Day 2019
Saturday, June 8 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | Columbia SportsPark

KidsDay, the fun, annual welcome-to-summer event for kids hosted by Columbia Association, returns on Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 2pm at Columbia SportsPark. MORE

Print & Play with Sarah Matthews
Saturday, June 8 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Root Gallery

Want to fuel your passion for all things handmade? Sarah Matthews will show you how to take found objects to experiment in relief, monoprint, and collagraph printmaking methods. The goal is to jump right into printmaking and play. All participants will leave the workshop with a minimum of (5) finished art prints ready for framing. Ages 8+. MORE

River Romp!
Sunday, June 9 | 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. You’ll wade in the river and recommend closed-toed water shoes.  MORE

Worth the Drive….

Dinosaurs: The Smithsonian’s Hall of Fossils Exhibit Opening Day
Saturday, June 8 | All Day | Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Opening June 8, 2019,The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s 31,000-square-foot fossil hall invites you to explore the epic story of how Earth’s distant past is connected to the present and informs our future. Travel through ancient ecosystems, witness the evolution of life, and get up close to some 700 fossil specimens. MORE