Weekend Fun! Baltimore Family Events, July 12 – July 14

Weekend Fun - July 12-14 | (cool) progeny

Bubble Days, Voices of History Street Fair, Ice Cream Fun, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the kiddos busy in and around Charm City this weekend!

Looking for something to do on Tuesday morning with your kids? Join us for Tot Rock at Hard Rock Cafe! Just $10/family for this Guava Jelly concert. Doors open at 10 AM and the music starts at 10:15 AM. (Are you a Summer Adventure Passport family? You get in FREE! Tickets must be purchased in advance).

Baltimore City

Charm City Games
Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14

Charm City Games are Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ first annual Olympic-style games! A variety of sports will be played from track and field, tennis, basketball, and soccer. These games will be held across Baltimore City from July 13-20, 2019. By working with the Mayor’s Office and City Council each district will form teams and compete for the coveted Charm City Cup. Let’s get out and play Baltimore! For youth athletes ages 12-24! MORE

5th Annual Voices of History Street Fair
Saturday, July 13 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Join The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc. and the Growing Griots Literacy Program as we showcase our history and culture through the African oral tradition of drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, spoken word, art and first person oral history presentations of museum wax figures. Vendors will offer a variety of cultural merchandise. MORE

Bubble Days!
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Pop into the Maryland Science Center for the sudsiest spectacle of the summer! Join us for the biggest and best bubble party MSC has ever seen. Hop into our foamy fun pool party, bounce special bubbles in your hand, experiment with bubbling beakers, and more! See the world-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle in his suds-tacular show, BubbleMania. Get ready for two days that’re going to be bursting with fun. MORE

Second Sunday Family Fun Day in the Park
Sunday, July 14 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Leakin Park

Fun activities for all ages 11AM-3PM during Second Sundays in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park! Enjoy miniature steam train rides for all ages with Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers (the trains are 1/8 real size and travel a 3/5 mile double track around the park off Windsor Mill Road. Rides are FREE, but donations are appreciated); head to the Open House at the picturesque Historic Chapel & magnificent historic villa Orianda House of the developer of the Russian railroad; make nature art and take a self-guided walk on woodland trails to see the Nature Art in the Park outdoor exhibit. Let staff know your interest at the reception table for the Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. MORE

Latin American Folklore Fest
Sunday, July 14 | 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Patterson Park

A family-friendly event where you can enjoy the culture and flavors of Latin American food, music and traditional dance! Musical groups will come from Maryland, DC and Virginia. Come and join us with your friends and family! MORE

Film Screening: United Skates
Sunday, July 14 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

As America’s roller rinks are threatened with closure, United SKATES spotlights communities who fight to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating. Following the showing, participate in a conversation with the film’s cinematographer and see a roller skate performance from Baltimore Rec & Park’s Shake and Bake Family Fun Center. Free admission. MORE

Baltimore County

Owl Prowl and Campfire
Friday, July 12 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lake Roland

There are three species of owls found in Lake Roland. Learn about these nocturnal birds of prey and join a ranger for a hike through the forest to listen for the curious birds. The night ends with a campfire and s’mores. Registration required. MORE

Music and Pie Night
Friday, July 12 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Prigel Family Creamery

Enjoy the music of Henry Cyr while enjoying a slice of home made pie from PieDough Bakery (topped with ice cream, of course!) PieDough Bakery uses berries grown right here in the Long Green Valley to make the most delicious treats! The Prigel food truck will serving up savory dishes from 12pm – 7:30pm! Come enjoy a fun night for the whole family! MORE

Artistic Children’s Theatre Presents Frozen, Jr!
Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14 | Times Vary
St. James Academy

Join the cast of Artistic Children’s Theatre for a magical journey to Arendelle! Frozen, Jr. is based on the most popular Disney movie of all time and the Tony award winning Broadway musical that opened on March 22, 2018, at the St. James Theatre in NYC. Our ACT production of Frozen, Jr. at St. James Academy in Monkton, MD, will delight our audiences with the adventures of two princesses. Tickets are just $10/person for this family-friendly show! Be sure to grab pictures with the cast after the show. MORE

Family Nature Explorers: Playing with Plankton
Saturday, July 13 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ladew Gardens

Take a close look at interesting animals so tiny you need a microscope to see them. Then wander the Nature Walk trail to explore the water features for microscopic aquatic life. 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 as you discover the wonders of nature. Registration Required. Ages 3 and up with an adult. MORE

2019 Maryland German Festival
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 | 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Maryland State Fairgrounds

A celebration of our German heritage featuring traditional foods, music and dance. Kick up your heels and raise a stein in the spirit of gemütlichkeit. Prost! MORE

Popsicles Fruit Pops Truck Tour
Saturday, July 13 | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Giant Food, York Road

Come by the Popsicle Fruit Pops truck at Giant Food for a FREE sample and get a taste of #RealFruitRealSummer! Snap a picture at our photo booth and share it with your friends and family by tagging @Popsicle and #RealFruitRealSummer. Plus, get cash back when you buy a full size box of Fruit Pops by downloading the free Ibotta app! MORE

18th and 19th Century Children’s Games
Sunday, July 14 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hampton National Historic Site

Before there were video games in the arcade, on the television screen and even in the palm of your hand, children spent more time outside, running around and using their imaginations while playing games! Come to Hampton National Historic Site every weekend during the months of July and August and step back in time when “gaming” meant interacting with others while enjoying fresh air and working all your muscles including your brain! MORE

Harford County

Drop in Play at The Playroom Harford
Saturday, July 13 | 9:0 am – 3:30 pm
The Playroom Harford

Explore the indoor playset, build with our giant foam blocks, design on the magnetic maze wall, and frolic in Toddler Territory at The Playroom. Youngsters can enjoy speeding race cars down ramps or driving Thomas the Tank Engine around the giant train table. The focus at The Playroom is for children to participate in open ended activities that allow them to create their very own masterpieces. MORE

Summer Science Craft Event
Saturday, July 13 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Painted Daisy Consignment & Marketplace

Beat the heat with The Crafty Mama’s Girl and make some awesome science crafts! $5-$6/per project. Come any time between 10 AM and 12 PM. Register in advance. MORE

Deer Creek Blueberry Festival
Saturday, July 13 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Deer Creek Friends Meeting (Quakers)

Enjoy the BEST homemade blueberry pies available! Food, music, auction, white elephant table, and more. Bring your lawnchair, visit awhile, and enjoy ice cream with blueberry topping – yum! MORE

6th annual Catch a Pig 5K and 1K Bacon Stroll
Sunday, July 14 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am
MA & PA Heritage Trail

Support The Boys & Girls Club of Harford County during the 6th annual Catch a Pig 5K! The race is an out-and-back along the MA & PA Trail.  1K Bacon Stroll walkers are invited to join in the fun! The kicker: THIS IS A CHASE!  They’ll have young runners dressed in pink pig shirts (a.k.a. “the piglets”).  They will have a few minutes head start on the pack.  Those who pass at least one of the piglets before crossing the finish line get their name into a special drawing for prizes.  BUT LOOK OUT!  There are also a few BIG, BAD WOLVES who will get a late jump on you.  If they all pass you, you’ll lose the opportunity for the special drawing. MORE

Howard County

Building Woodland Fairy Houses
Saturday, July 13 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Howard County Conservancy – Mt. Pleasant

In the spirit of “Build It and They Will Come,” bring your children and join other families to build beautiful dwellings for the fairies in the Conservancy’s woodlands and stream edges with Conservancy naturalists. They will have bark, twigs, cones and nuts as “natural construction materials.” Before you come, please grab a basket and take a walk with your children to hunt for other natural building materials near your home – and bringing them with you (no artificial decor, please). The magic of the woods will surely bring the fairies to appreciate your constructions! RSVP. MORE

Chrysalis Kids: Barry Polisar
Saturday, July 13 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

A five time Parents’ Choice Award winner, Barry is a pioneer in the world of music for children. He has recorded and shared his songs, poems, stories, and books with audiences throughout the world and has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He gives concerts and author visits in schools and performing art centers from Washington DC to Fairbanks, Alaska and was given a Special Library Recognition Award for his “ability to communicate with and excite children to read.” Barry’s songs are featured in television shows, feature films, and dozens of TV ads throughout the world. His books and poems have been translated into other languages and his songs have been recorded and performed by singers and musicians internationally. He has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader and starred in a television show for children that won two Emmy awards. FREE. Register in advance. MORE

2019 Solar Fest
Saturday, July 13 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Alpha Ridge Park

Howard County Recreation & Parks is teaming up with the Howard Astronomical League for a fun evening of science, engineering, arts, crafts, games, astronomy and much more. Enjoy the many vendors providing interactive and dynamic STEAM activities for all to enjoy. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun for all ages. MORE

Family Fun Day and Free Shakespeare for Kids!
Sunday, July 14 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

Bring the kids to see Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost — al fresco in the ruins! Every Sunday is Family Fun Day with preshow activities for kids. Gates open 90 minutes before the performance for their outdoor plays. Perfect opportunity to picnic! Even better? Kids see the show for FREE! Thanks to the generosity of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s underwriters, free tickets for children ages 18 and under will be available for Love’s Labour’s Lost. Limit two free kids’ tickets per paid Adult ticket, by reservation. MORE

Worth the Drive…

Ice Cream Sundae Sunday
Sunday, July 14 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Milburn Orchard

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Milburn Orchards on the Orchard View Deck. Enjoy free toppings with the purchase of your sundae from noon-5pm. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, free face paint is also available from noon-3pm! MORE

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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.

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