Chalk art, wizard sleepovers, Star Wars in concert, Trucks for Tots, and MORE! Check out our favorite 55 things to do with kids in Baltimore this September!

Workin’ on the Railroad: Labor Day Weekend at the B&O
September 1-2 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
B&O Railroad Museum

There’s no better place to celebrate the legacy of American labor than the Birthplace of American Railroading! B&O workers laid the very rails which sparked the spread of industry across the United States, and the nation would have never been the same without them. To honor these railroaders and the many working-class heroes on which we all depend today, the Museum is hosting turntable and track-laying demonstrations, bringing out their speeder cars for young guests to play on and explore, allowing visitors for the first time ever to bring their own food and refreshments for a picnic in their backyard, and offering $1 admission on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. MORE

Kids Eat FREE on the First Day of School
September 3 | 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Greene Turtle Bel Air

Don’t stress about planning dinner on the First Day of School! The Turtle has you covered with Kids Eat Free-All Day on Tuesday, September 3rd! One Free Kids Meal/Adult Meal Purchased. MORE

Harford LIVE presents Into the Woods
September 6-15 | Times Vary
Harford Community College

One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated, dark comedy featuring everyone’s favorite Brothers’ Grimm characters. With a Tony Award-winning book and score, this modern classic is tied together by a plot involving a childless baker, his wife, and their quest to begin a family. On their journey, they meet up with a witch who places a curse on them and interacts several iconic storybook characters. MORE

Pokemon GO Night September 2019
September 6 | 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Marshy Point Nature Center

Head to Marshy Point Nature Center on Friday, September 6th from 8-11:00PM for their first Pokemon GO Event of 2019. There are two gyms and six Pokestops all in a short walk around our parking lot. They will set lures at all of the stops (including some of the new Glacial, Mossy, and Magnetic lures). $10 per carload donation gets you in the gate. They will have food and drinks available and their very first Marshy Point Cup! MORE

Fifth Annual Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival
September 6- 8 | Times Vary
Little Italy

Be a part of the creative process at the Fifth Annual Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival as artists give vision and voice to this year’s theme, Courage. Bring your emerging artists to the Children’s Chalk Center, enjoy street performers and al fresco dining. and meet the artists as they create their street paintings.  MORE

Kids Cook: Back to School Faves
September 6-8 | Times Vary
Emma’s Tea Spot

Chef Jane Parker will guide children in making kid food favorites: My Own Salad (kids select their own raw ingredients for a salad ), Mac and Cheese, Fruit and Yogurt, and special cupcakes (a secret ingredient make these cupcakes healthy!). Register in advance. $20/chef. MORE

Tortoise vs. Hare 2: This Time it’s Personal!
September 7-13 | Times Vary
Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College

Everyone knows that the slow-and-steady Tortoise beat the bragging Hare in the famous race, but when their great-grandkids Ro-Shell the tortoise and Jack Rabbit are talked into a rematch, anything could happen. The race will be on live TV, and their friends have a lot of ideas about how Ro-Shell and Jack can beat one another, but only good sportsmanship can win the day in this zany, lighthearted retelling of the classic fable. MORE

Story Time: How Do Dinosaurs Go To School
September 7 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Pottery Stop

Read a story and painting a project to go along with the book. Appropriate for ages 2 and up. This is designed as a parent/child activity and will last for about one hour. Ticket includes a project for one child– up to one adult chaperone per ticket may also attend. The adult does not need to purchase a ticket unless they would like to paint. Projects are ready to pick up in about a week. MORE

Locust Point Festival 2019
September 7 | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Latrobe Park

Enjoy the Locust Point community in Latrobe Park with bands, food and drinks, kids zone and plenty of vendors! MORE

Babes in Backpacks at Robinson Nature Center
September 7 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Enjoy spending time with your baby and meeting other nature-loving parents as you explore the trails at the Robinson Nature Center on a guided walk. Delight in experiencing new sights, sounds, smells and textures together with your baby. They’ll provide engaging objects and activities to safely encourage your child’s sensory exploration of nature. Please bring a baby backpack or carrier. Trails are not stroller accessible. Register in advance. MORE

Touch a Truck for Relay for Life
September 7 !12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
510 Johnny’s

Celebrate the first week back to school with a fun day for the kiddos!! They will have fire trucks, police cars, lifted vehicles, propane trucks, dump trucks etc. out in the parking lot of 510 Johnny’s. Kids (and kids at heart) are welcome to explore them, sit in the driver’s seat, honk the horn, and marvel at all these huge trucks. The owners will be there to help you learn all about them! MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Cosmic Egg
September 7 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
American Visionary Art Museum

Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! On September 7, make your own mini version of artist Andrew Logan’s Cosmic Galaxy Egg sculpture with a special clay-like material and sparkly bits! Supplies & boundless inspiration provided! No advance registration or payment required, just drop in during a scheduled Saturday to participate. Payment can be made by cash or credit at AVAM’s Front Desk, or at the Classroom when you arrive. MORE

Films on the Waterfront: Ralph Breaks the Internet
September 7 | 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
West Shore Park

Join Waterfront Partnership at West Shore Park for an evening of video games, movies, popcorn, vendors and more. Bring your chairs, blanket and anything else you may need to enjoy the movie – they’ve got FREE popcorn for guests! MORE

Pollinator Paint Night at Leight
September 7 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Grab the kids or bring a buddy for an evening of fun and creativity. Follow along on this guided paint night while enjoying snacks and sunset over the water. Ages 5 – adult. MORE

Science Saturdays & Sundays: Fall Beginnings
September 8 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month, families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. All ages. MORE

Rodent Rampage!
September 8 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lake Roland

Learn about rodents from around the world and those native to Lake Roland! Make a craft and see what rodent evidence you can find on a short hike around the park! Registration required. Ages 5 and up. FREE. MORE

Cool Tot Time: All About Apples at Our Lady of Grace Preschool
September 11 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Our Lady of Grace Preschool

Way up high in the apple tree, five little apples smiled down at ME… Join (cool) progeny at Out Lady of Grace Preschool for an apple-licious morning! We’ll enjoy an apple story, activities, snacks, and craft. MORE

Defenders’ Day 2019
Spetember 13-15 | Times Vary
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Join in celebrating Baltimore’s oldest holiday and commemorate Defenders’ Day 2019 at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine! This year’s event will take place Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15, 2019. Join us as we commemorate Baltimore’s oldest holiday, which honors the successful defense of the city from British attack and the writing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ in 1814! Highlights of the weekend long event will include a parade, ranger programs, living history and music, fireworks, and more! MORE

Super Science Sleepover: The Academy of Wizardry
September 13 at 5:30 pm – September 14 at 8:00 am
Maryland Science Center

Visit your favorite wizarding shops as you stock up on school supplies for the year, and step into our SciLab to brew potions. Take on the role of a goblin to design your own silver sickle, discover the mystery behind the disappearing footsteps, and see if you are skilled enough to catch a golden snitch! For children ages 5+. All children must have an adult in their party. MORE

(cool) progeny’s Pup Pup Pawty at Calvert School
September 14 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Calvert School

Show ’em what you got — that Pup Pup stuff! Join (cool) progeny for a family play date that celebrates community heroes at Calvert School! Have photos taken with your favorite Paw Patrol characters, ride a trackless fire truck, meet first responders and animal helpers, and MORE! We’ll have special activities from BARCS, Little Medical School, Glenn Martin Aviation Museum, and Calvert School faculty, plus face painting, a moon bounce, balloon twisting, and other fun family surprises! Just $5 for the WHOLE FAMILY! MORE

Scout Day at the National Aquarium
September 14 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
National Aquarium

Partake in special scout-centered programming at the National Aquarium! Explore aquatic habitats from around the world in the Aquarium’s exhibit galleries and discover a world of wonder behind the glass. Complete a Scout Day scavenger hunt and get up close and personal with one of the Aquarium’s 20,000 residents during a special animal encounter! All scouts attending will receive an official National Aquarium Scout Day patch! MORE

Central Library Grand Reopening
September 14 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enoch Pratt – Central Library

Celebrate the Central Library Grand Reopening with a Block Party & Open House! Check out the fresh spaces and enjoy activities, authors, musicians, performers, storytelling, and slam poetry all day. MORE

6th Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival w/ Route One Apparel
September 14 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Canton Waterfront Park

Experience Baltimore’s best seafood at the 6th Annual Baltimore Seafood Fest taking place Saturday, September 14th from 12pm to 7pm at the Canton Waterfront Park. KID FRIENDLY! 16 and under are free with paying adult. Kid Zone with face painting, local vendors, more than 40 local restaurants and food trucks, chef cooking demos, live music and more. MORE

Bel Air Festival for the Arts
September 15 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bel Air

350 booths of fine art, crafts, and photography will be featured in this event which will also include continuous live entertainment on the bandshell stage as well as roving entertainment. Great festival food will be available. FREE shuttle buses will be available at the MVA parking lot on Rt. 24. Admission is FREE! MORE

Trucks for Tots
September 15 !10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Honk, honk, toot, toot! Big trucks are coming to the zoo! On September 15, a variety of big trucks will be “on exhibit” at the top of Buffalo Yard Road down towards Creature Encounters, from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Kids of all ages are welcome to visit the trucks, take pictures, touch, and even go inside some of these amazing vehicles! MORE

Pikesville Fall Festival at the Quarry
September 15 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Quarry Lake

Vendors, food trucks, and fun! The Pikesville Fall Festival is back at the Quarry this September! MORE

COOL TOT TIME: Hip Hop Hooray at Rebounders Gymnastics
September 18 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Rebounders Gymnastics

Get ready to hop, climb, and tumble! Join (cool) progeny at Rebounders Gymnastics for an adventurous Cool Tot Morning. You’ll get to sample Rebounder’s “Tiggers” Caregiver/Child class! MORE

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert
September 20 at 8:00 pm | September 21 at 3 PM
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is under attack. Jedi Master Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker the ways of the force in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as the BSO performs John Williams’ unforgettable score live. MORE

Museum Day
September 21 | Times Vary | Locations Vary

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Local participating Museums include Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Jewish Museum of Maryland, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Fire Museum of Maryland. MORE

Johnny Appleseed Festival
September 21 and 22 | 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Each year, Weber’s Cider Mill Farm celebrates the beginning of the fall season with their annual, Johnny Appleseed Festival. As you probably know, the story goes that Johnny Appleseed (who’s real name was John Chapman) traveled about a great part of the country planting apple seeds. Johnny was a friend to everyone he met. Indians and settlers — even the animals — liked Johnny Appleseed. His clothes were made from sacks and his hat was a tin pot. He also used his hat for cooking. His favorite book was the Bible. Now there is a good chance that you may meet Johnny Appleseed (or at least, an actor portraying him) when you come to visit Weber’s Cider Mill Farm during the festival. Lots of fun activities for the whole family. Admission includes 1-hayride, and all day admission to the barnyard activity area with the straw maze, mini-straw maze, Hillside Slide, Duck Races, and more. MORE

8th Annual Perry Hall Apple Festival
September 21 and 22 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery

Hosted by Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery and Perry Hall Improvement Association—Experience Perry Hall’s “Spirit of Community” in a weekend of Fall Fun with Craft Vendors, Great Food, and tons of Family Activities! MORE

Imagine You Play Date

Imagine You Play Date at Roland Park Country School
September 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Roland Park Country School

ImagineYOU…. are an engineer. Or an explorer. Or a scientist. Or an artist. Join (cool) progeny for a morning of possibility at Roland Park Country School on Saturday, September 21st! Kids (and parents!) will experience a variety of hands-on activities guaranteed to spark their inner curiosity. We’ll be inventing, concocting, exploring, making, and MORE! $5 family pass includes all activities and a snack. All we ask is that you bring your imagination! MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes: Movie Soundtrack Show
September 21 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Power Plant Live

WTMD is thrilled to present a concert of songs from two of the greatest kids’ movies ever. Black Root Underground will perform songs from “The Lion King,” and Kristen Toedtman & Matt Hutchison and their band will do songs from “Aladdin.”  Parents and kids — dress up as your favorite character from either movie! Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m. at 34 Market Place in Baltimore. $5 validated parking is available at the Pier V Garage at 711 E. Pratt St. MORE

18th Annual Pigtown Festival
September 21 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pigtown Main Street

The 18th Annual Pigtown Festival, a family-friendly event that celebrates the character and history of one of Baltimore’s most unique neighborhoods. Thousands will visit the funky neighborhood to experience another spectacular festival while dancing to live music, enjoying food and drink, and browsing arts and craft tables. Families will enjoy an amazing KidZone, lacrosse shootouts, and, of course, cheer on their favorite pig at the iconic “Squeakness” pig races. Their all-day KidZone is back and better than ever! MORE

Main Street Wing Festival
September 21 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Black Eyed Suzie’s

Bok bok! Black Eyed Suzie’s is back to celebrate one their all time favorite foods, Chicken Wings! You bring an empty stomach, they’ll bring the saucy, finger licking goodness. More than just a food festival, fun for everyone in the massive parking lot next to Black Eyed Suzie’s on Main St, Bel Air! MORE

Goodbye Summer Family Campfire
September 21 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Carrie Murray Nature Center

Say good-bye to summer and usher in autumn with a solstice campfire. Dusk will fall as we savor night sounds and make our own. Feel free to bring an instrument for campfire songs and storytelling. MORE

Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Open House
September 22 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company

IT’S BACK! The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Open House will be full of family-fun activities for ALL ages and is absolutely FREE! Ever want to ride on a fire engine with lights and sirens blaring, squirt a pressurized fire hose, see an up-close vehicle rescue, or climb to the top of our 95 foot aerial ladder?! NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! They will have various Arts-and-Crafts activities, games, moon bounce, and age appropriate FD obstacle courses. MORE

Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House
September 22 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s 8th birthday! See what’s new, including our 2019 ARTsites installation, Nature Place additions and a new indoor exhibit. Enjoy innovative presentations, live animals, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts and shows in our planetarium. Delight in hands-on activities with our partners, food vendors, the Nature Place, Discovery Room, and an outdoor picnic area. Limited parking on-site. Complimentary shuttle from off-site parking area. No registration necessary. Info: 410-313-0400. This event is Free and open to the public. MORE

Family Fun in the Galleries: Storytime
September 22 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Walters Art Museum

Meet local children’s book illustrator Jia Liu for a fun and interactive story time in the galleries. Then, check out their weekly drop-in art activity to create your own storybook! MORE

Community Night at The BMI
September 24 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Baltimore Museum of Industry

Enjoy the BMI after hours during this special event for Baltimore City residents featuring kids’ activities, music, and treats from local vendors. MORE

COOL TOT TIME: A-Maizing Corn at St. James Academy
September 25 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
St. James Academy

We’re getting corny! Join (cool) progeny at St. James Academy for a morning of a-maizing fun. We’ll play with corn, make a craft, read a story, and have a snack! MORE

Fall Equinox Twilight Hike and Campfire
September 25 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Howard County Conservancy

Bring your family, walk through the meadow and along the stream to the woodland campfire ring. Listen to the birds singing at dusk. Gather around the crackling fire and hear legend-stories about the Equinox, sing old-time songs, roast marshmallows, and enjoy s’mores with Holly and George Stone.. Hike back in time to watch the sun set over horizon –exactly due west – and hear other interesting astronomical facts about the Fall Equinox. Advance registration required. MORE

St. Demetrios Greek Festival 2019
September 26-29 | Times Vary
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Baltimore, MD presents our 46th Annual Greek Festival from September 26th through September 29th, 2019. Come join us in a celebration of culture, music and delicious food! FREE parking and admission! MORE

Fall Campout at Lake Roland
September 27 at 6:00 pm – September 28 at 9:00 am
Lake Roland

Join Lake Roland for their Fall Campout! We’ll go on a staff led night hike, make s’mores around the campfire, and enjoy a provided breakfast in the morning. Bring your own tent. Rental tents are available by reservation only for a small fee. Eat dinner before you come or bring a brownbag dinner or takeout. Please no delivery. Ages 5 and up, $10 per person ($8 members). MORE

Judy Moody & Stink
September 27 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Amoss Center at Harford Community College

This dynamic sister and brother duo take audiences on a hilarious adventure! After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship. MORE

Owl Prowl
September 27 | 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Do you know what goes bump or hoot in the night? Sometimes it’s an OWL! Come and join an Irvine Naturalist as we go on the search for owls on our trails. Don’t worry, if you don’t find any, you’ll get to meet Irvine’s very own Owl Ambassadors. Fun for all ages. $5/members and $10/non-members. MORE

Bike About
September 28 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Long Reach Village Center

Head to Downtown Columbia for the 19th annual Columbia Archives BikeAbout — a free, fun and informative tour spotlighting Columbia’s history and the connectivity of its pathway system. This year, we’ll ride on a well-marked, family-friendly easy six-mile route that begins and ends at Long Reach Village Center. This year’s theme — Village Voyage — will enable participants to learn and enjoy the pathways within the village of Long Reach and discover historically exciting aspects of the Columbia story. MORE

National Aquarium’s Fort McHenry Field Day
September 28 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Give a day for the Bay! Join the Aquarium Conservation Team for a field day at the Fort McHenry wetland. We will maintain pollinator and rain gardens, remove debris from the wetlands and much more. Data collected from this event will contribute to the International Coastal Cleanup. Please note that space is limited, and registration will close when the event is full. If you have registered and find that you are unable to attend, please contact conserve@aqua.org. Preregistration is required. MORE

Marshy Point Nature Center’s Fall Festival
September 28 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Marshy Point Nature Center

Join Marshy Point for their Annual Fall Festival. Environmental exhibits, vendors, displays, and lots of activities for the whole family. Hay rides, canoe and boat trips, and mud mucked obstacle course for the youngsters. Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks available for purchase. MORE

Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs
September 28 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Shawan Downs

Join GBMC for the 19th annual Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs. Set in Maryland’s picturesque horse country, Legacy Chase is GBMC’s signature event benefiting its oncology services and patient support programs. Fill up your car with family and friends, pack a cooler and picnic and spend a day in the warm September sun for this homecoming of the GBMC community. MORE

SATURDAY FUN: Royal Story & Art Hour with Culture Queen (Ages 4-8)
September 28 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join Culture Queen for interactive storytelling, music and movement activities that build your prince or princesses’ self-esteem while introducing them to African American heritage and culture. This month, Culture Queen will teach children to embrace their natural beauty with her new book, I Like the Me I See along with other stories about hair. MORE

Steppingstone Museum’s Fall Harvest & Craft Festival
September 28 and 29 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Steppingstone Farm Museum

Steppingstone Museum’s annual Fall Harvest & Craft Festival features pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, hayrides, craft vendors, demonstrations of historical trades, live music, food, kids activities & more! $10 for adults (cash preferred at the gate). Members with event passes and children 12 & under. FREE! MORE

Telegraph Day
September 29 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Join the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum for a day of telegraph fun! W.S. Halliday, reporter, takes us back to the 1800s to share his knowledge of telegraphs. Try your hand at sending messages, learning Morse code, and building a telegraph! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov. MORE

Tea-Rex: A Dinosaur Tea Party
September 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Would you invite a dinosaur to a tea party? You can be the judge after examining fossils and conducting a “dinosaur bone” dig to learn more about these creatures. You’ll also get to meet, sing, play and take your picture with a dinosaur from Drama Learning Center! Then, enjoy a full tea service catered by Sweet Simplici-Tea. As this is a catered event, all attendees (children and adults) must register by Sep 26. 3 yrs + $27 per person. MORE

Family Movie Night: The Lorax
September 29 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Schools are closed on Monday September 30th, so come on out to Irvine for Family Movie Night! We’ll be screening The Lorax in our very own outdoor theater. Enjoy the sounds of nature with your entire family. Fun for all ages! FREE! Concessions available for purchase. MORE

CRAVING ALL THINGS “BACK TO SCHOOL”?

Check out (cool) progeny’s  Back to S(cool) Guide HERE. We’ve got fun kid styles, snack hacks, ways to ease back to school anxiety, and MORE!

 

DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers!). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.