Looking for something to do this weekend? We have LOTS of ideas! Ride the ferris wheel at the Maryland State Fair. Flutter with mermaids fun at the Havre de Grace Waterfront Festival. Go paddling with your kids with B’More SUP. Get messy at Thinkery. Meet Mr. G at The Children’s Bookstore. “Hang” with Curious George. Here are our favorite ideas for keeping the kiddos busy in Charm City and beyond.

Where to Play! Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, August 23-25

Baltimore City

Kid Studio: Butterflies!
August 24 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Thinkery: A Curiosity Studio

Kid Studio! is a mini creative retreat for the whole family! Give your kids ages 2 – 10 a space in their week to tinker, explore, & play! This week’s theme is BUTTERFLIES! There will be fun prompts and materials to spark your child’s creative experience around the idea of “a perfect picnic”! Kid Studio! offers invitations to play, create, and explore for kids of all ages. These can include messy and sensory play, as well as creative activities. MORE

Torah for Tots
August 24 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Torah for Tots is an interactive family service for children up to age 5 and their grown-ups. Singing, dancing, snacks, stories, and so much more! MORE

Weekend Workers at The BMI: Paper Airplanes
August 24 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Baltimore Museum of Industry

It’s all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. Please note, weekly activities are subject to change. Free with Museum Admission! MORE

St. Elizabeth’s Summer Carnival
August 24 | 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Patterson Park

St. Elizabeth’s Summer Carnival is back in Patterson Park on August 24th! Enjoy a fun and social festival in Patterson Park to celebrate the end of summer! Ride a zipline through the park and be entertained with live music, kids zone, beer garden, festival food, games and wheels for all ages, flea market, a pie-eating contest, pet costume contest and more! MORE

LGBT Family Day at the Maryland Zoo
August 25 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The very first LGBT Family Day at the Maryland Zoo is here! Join FreeState Justice and the LGBTQ+ Maryland community for a day of community and fun! Grab a blanket and join other LGBTQ+ families, friends, and allies at the Waterfowl Pavilion on Sunday, August 25th. From 11am-3pm, there will be lawn games, family friendly activities, and of course, the whole cast of animal characters who make the zoo their home. MORE

Meet Mister G at The Children’s Bookstore
August 25 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Children’s Bookstore

Ben Gundersheimer (aka Mister G) (mistersongs.com) is an activist, a former teacher with a Masters of Education, as well as a Latin Grammy Award winner for Best Children’s Album. He’s been called a “bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post and “irresistable” by People magazine. MORE

Life on the Forest Floor
August 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lake Roland

Explore the diversity of living organisms in the park – right at our feet! Dig in the soil, roll over some logs, and discover the plants and tiny animals often overlook. Ages 7 and up. Registration required. MORE

Baltimore County

138th Maryland State Fair
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Maryland State Fairground

Excitement is just around the corner! The 138th MY Maryland State Fair, a fun and educational destination sure to captivate visitors of all ages, runs from Thursday, August 22 – Monday, September 2, at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County. MORE

August 24 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
White Marsh Mall

Baltimore County Public Schools will celebrate the upcoming school year with its biggest and best back-to-school festival yet — BCPSfest. Lots of activities for students! We will be set up in the parking lot outside Boscov’s at White Marsh Mall. MORE

Nutcracker Auditions
August 24 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
MidAtlantic Youth Ballet

Have a dancer in your family? MidAtlantic Youth Ballet is holding open auditions for their annual community ballet production of “The Nutcracker.” Students ages 4 and older from all dance schools are invited to audition. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition time for registration. Performances are December 6-8. MORE

Forest Story Time
August 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Glen Meadows Retirement Community

Free! Drop in for Forest Storytime on Saturday, 8/24 at 10 a.m. at Glen Meadows Retirement Community (home of the new Notchcliff Nature Preschool in Glen Arm). Drive straight back to park and look for us under the dogwood tree. This is a sweet way to spend a summer morning singing, reading, and meeting friends. MORE

Backyard Butterflies
August 24 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center as they explore the life cycles of butterflies and get a close-up look at some caterpillars and chrysalides. Then grab a butterfly net and head outside to the meadow and gardens to test your identification skills. Adults and children 5+. Please call to register! Some programs will fill, in which case, walk-in guests cannot be accommodated. 410-887-1815 or info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

Stages Music Arts 3rd Anniversary Concert & Open House
August 24 | 2:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Stages Music Arts

Join STAGES Music Arts on Saturday, August 24th from 2–9:30PM as they celebrate and thank their music community for 3 rockin’ years in business with a FREE concert & open house! MORE

Donut Drop-In
August 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Cake by Jason Hisley

Channel your inner Donut and stop by CAKE for their MOST POPULAR drop in workshop to date! Each ticket grants you and your family 12 deliciously naked donuts to glaze and top however your heart desires! Donuts will be pre-made and ready for you to decorate with an assortment of glazes and toppings.MORE

Kids Yoga at the Park
August 25 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Angel Park

Join Light Love Little Yogis for a Drop-In Kids Yoga at the Park! All ages welcome. (Not a drop-off program… Parents must stay!) Bring water and a mat/towel. $3.00 to $10.00 per kid suggested. A portion of the proceeds goes to the support of Angel Park. MORE

Family Paddle + Play!
August 25 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Family fun — on “board!” If you’ve never tried Stand-Up Paddleboard, here is your chance and you can BRING the kids! This event is perfect for families with kids aged 8 and under (or small enough to ride on the board with you!). You will paddle to a small beach (where there is also plenty of grassy area and playground) and let the kids swim and play before heading back to B’More SUP. MORE

Harford County

Fourth Friday in Bel Air
August 23 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Near Black Eyed Suzie’s

Harford County’s best block party is Bel Air Downtown Alliance’s Fourth Fridays with local live music, beer and wine garden, delicious food from Black Eyed Suzie’s, Kona Ice, face painting, games and more. MORE

Community Policing Day
August 24 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Aberdeen Festival Park

Join the Aberdeen Police Department for the their biggest Community Policing event of the Summer. On location will be regional public safety agencies, local leadership, games for the kids, a kids slide, “Ferrous” the Aberdeen Ironbirds mascot, safety brochures, police cars, food vendors and more. MORE

Clams – Can You Dig It?
August 24 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Clams are environmental heroes and gastronomical treats! Dig into the mud of Otter Point Creek to harvest clams, use those clams in a demonstration of their superhero filtering capacity, and then dig into the finer points of steaming and consuming clams! This program is for ages 8 to adult. $10/person. MORE

Havre de Grace Waterfront Festival
August 24, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm | August 25, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Havre de Grace

Two full days of waterfront fun! From Army ships, retriever dogs, decoy and art displays, to crab fest, beer garden and kids carnival rides and games, there is something for everyone! Plus Fireworks Saturday night, concerts both days. From Concord Lighthouse to Hutchins Park, there is plenty of things to see and do! MORE

Howard County

Backyard Summer Picnic
August 23 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Dancel Y in Ellicott City

Summer’s going out with a bang at our backyard party! Join us at the Y for fun the whole family can enjoy including yard games like ladder ball and corn hole, summer snacks, and other summer fun activities! Activities vary by center. This is a free event but space is limited. MORE

Despicable Me Kids Night Out
August 23 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Pottery Stop

Watch Despicable Me (G), paint a Minion snack set (OR a piece from our party room), and have a pizza party! Cost is $32+tax pp. Drop off event for ages 6+. Includes materials, instruction, and firing, pizza and a drink. MORE

Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious
August 24 | 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Kiddie Academy of Columbia

You’re invited to Kiddie Academy for Storytime LIVE! Curious George and Pinkalicious will jump off the page and visit the classroom. This event is FREE and open to everyone — bring a friend or two. Please RSVP to reserve a spot. MORE

Kindergarten, Here We Come!
August 24 | Howard County Public Library Branches
Glenwood Branch, 11 AM 
Savage Branch, 11:30 AM
East Columbia Branch, 2 PM

For children entering Kindergarten this fall; 45- 60 min. Stories and activities to help mark that all important first day, including boarding a real school bus. Cosponsored by Friends & Foundation of HCLS and Howard County Public School System. Registration is required. MORE

Wine Bin Movies: The Natural
August 24 | 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Wine Bin

Head to the Wine Bin for a family-friendly outdoor movie! An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top. FREE! Movie starts at 9 PM. MORE