Where to Play! Family Fun in Baltimore This Weekend: August 9-11

Weekend FUN! August 9-11; (cool) progeny

Fire trucks, AFRAM festival, backyard science, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for getting out and about this weekend.

Want to join us for summer fun next week? We’ll be blinging backpacks at Wee Chic Boutique on Tuesday and still have spaces available in Wednesday’s Kids Yoga Class at Core Cycle Studios (non-Passport Kid Passes available!). Moms, don’t forget to book the sitter and join us for Moms Night Out on Thursday night!

Family Fun in Baltimore This Weekend: August 9-11


Baltimore City Summer Restaurant Week
Through Sunday | Various Participating Locations

Baltimore is a delicious city – it’s the local mecca of food. Just last year, Thrillist named Baltimore one of “The Best Food City in Every State.” If you aren’t dining here, you are missing out. During Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week, enjoy two-course brunch and lunch menus from $12-20, and three-course dinner menus from $20-$35. The price points allows you to try somewhere new, go out to lunch, have a date night (or two). MORE

Family Yoga & BYO Picnic at Canton Waterfront Park
August 10 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Canton Waterfront Park

Pack your picnic basket and join instructor Vanessa Young-Miller at Canton Waterfront Park Saturday, August 10th. Vanessa will lead your family through a 60-minute flow, then stick around to take in the view and enjoy a picnic with your family! Bring your picnic, yoga mats & blankets. Members: Free Non-Members: $25 for families of 4, additional $5 per child. MORE

AFRAM Festival
August 10 and 11 | Times Vary | Druid Hill Park

AFRAM—one of the largest African American festivals on the East Coast! Hosted in Baltimore City’s Druid Hill Park, this 745-acre urban oasis draws crowds of over 100,000 each year! For two days, people from all walks of life come together to enjoy national entertainment, local eats and much more. The AFRAM Festival is a celebration of African American life, music and culture. This family-oriented event is filled with entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, health & wellness and more. MORE

Mirabelle’s Beach Party!
August 10 | 11 AM – 12 PM | The Children’s Bookstore

Bring your beach towel and come join Mirabelle and Mr. Muller at The Children’s Bookstore to celebrate their newest book, Mirabelle Goes to the Beach! MORE

Backyard Science Days
August 10 and 11 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Science Center

Science happens all around us and lots of it happens right outside your door. MSC’s annual Backyard Science Days take place this year on August 10 and 11 from Noon until 4. Meet some familiar backyard animals, help build a giant playhouse outside The Shed, get up close and personal with animal scat and more. Plus, see the new IMAX film Backyard Wilderness. All activities are free with paid admission, IMAX requires an extra fee. MORE

Lexington Market Garden Day
August 10 | 12 PM – 3 PM | Lexington Market

Go green this August! Lexington Market holds Garden Day, a free event for families, on the Arcade Stage of the Market. The event features healthy plant-based food demos with recipes, gardening techniques and tips, children’s activities, and arts and crafts. Produce bags and microgreens will be available. MORE

Wagging Tales with the SPCA
August 10 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Port Discovery

Join Port Discovery and the Maryland SPCA on select Saturdays from 1:30PM – 2:30PM for Wagging Tales! Each child participant will also receive a stuffed dog or cat along with a ‘certificate of adoption’! This Saturday, learn that not all heroes wear capes, some wear leashes! Learn more about service animals and working pets through the story “Pet Heroes”. Plus, meet some ordinary pets who have done extraordinary things for yourself! MORE

Puppy Days of Summer Block Party
August 10 | 4:30 PM – 8 PM | Creative Alliance

The Dog Days of Summer Block Party is BACK and this year the Creative Alliance is focused on the tiniest 4-legged friends – PUPPIES! They close the street in front of the Creative Alliance for a FREE community block party. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome! You know your dog best. ACTIVITIES: Pools for swimming, Art activities for the whole family! MORE

Second Sunday Family Fun Day in the Park
August 11 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Leakin Park

Second Sunday Family Fun Day in the Park! Fun activities for all ages 11AM-3PM during Second Sundays in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, including: Miniature steam train rides for all ages with Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers; Open House at the picturesque HIstoric Chapel & magnificent historic villa Orianda House; and Nature Art Making for young or old and self-guided walk on woodland trails to see the Nature Art in the Park (NatureArtBaltimore) outdoor exhibit. MORE

Free Second Sunday Admission
August 11 | 12 PM – 5 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Enjoy free museum admission every second Sunday of the month. In addition to their many rotating and permanent exhibitions about Maryland history and culture, they have free parking and a museum store. MORE


Creamery Creative and Art Night
August 9 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Prigel Family Creamery

Join Prigel Creamery for a day of local talent! Local artist will be at the Creamery from 6pm – 9pm, displaying and selling their work! Food and ice cream available from 11am – 9pm. MORE

Weber’s Farm 5th Annual Peach & Blackberry Festival
August 10 and 11 | 9 AM – 4 PM | Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Head to Weber’s Cider Mill Farm in Parkville on August 10th & 11th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fresh peach and blackberry treats, gem mining, live music, craft show with local artisans, and more! Pancake breakfast offered from 9 AM – 10:30 ($5/child, $8/adult). MORE

(cool) progeny Summer Passport Event: Donuts and Firetrucks!
August 10 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Fire Museum of Maryland

Think one fire engine is cool? Imagine more than 40 pieces of fire fighting equipment and engines in one place! Join (cool) progeny for donuts and fire trucks at the Fire Museum of Maryland! Kids will love exploring the Discovery Room, climbing on a real fire truck, and trying on real turnout gear. Admission to the Fire Museum is FREE for Passport families during this event! You MUST have a Summer Adventure Passport to get free admission and donuts for this event. MORE

A Morning in Mining History
August 10 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a naturalist for a trip back in time to when Oregon Ridge was a mining town. Explore various historical sites in the park and learn how the miner’s lived in the 1800s. 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 [email protected] MORE

Stream Searchin’
August 10 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Enjoy a fun hike to Irvine Nature Center’s stream and immerse in some aquatic exploration to find critters like crayfish, caddisflies, and salamanders. Ages 5 & up. $2 for members, $10 non-members. MORE


Maryland State BBQ Bash
August 9 and 10 | Times Vary | Downtown Bel Air

The Maryland State BBQ Bash is a barbecue themed street festival featuring live music, top quality barbecue, sponsor displays, crafters, farmers market, beer and wine garden and children’s entertainment. MORE

Children’s Garden Club
August 10 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Get out the shovels and trowels to grow a garden full of fun! Cook, create, and explore while learning how a garden is connected to us and the wild world around us. This program is for ages 5 to 8 (w/adult). MORE

It’s In the Stars
August 10 | 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Harford County Public Library – Darlington

Learn about the myths behind some of your favorite constellations and create your own craft constellation to take home. MORE

Steppingstone Folk and Bluegrass Festival
August 11 | 12 PM – 6 PM | Steppingstone Museum

Head to the Steppingstone Museum for an afternoon of music, food (and beer), and fun while overlooking the Susquehanna! Featuring Joe & Co., Under the Oak, & Ken and Brad Kolodner with Charm City Junction! MORE


Nite Bite Fishing
August 9 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Centennial Park

Have you ever wanted to fish Centennial Lake at night? Now’s your chance! Join Howard County Recreation & Parks for a unique opportunity to fish the lake after hours. Bring your own fishing pole, bait, tackle, bug repellant, flashlight or lantern, chair, or boat. Advanced registration is encouraged but on-site registration is available. Under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

74th Annual Howard County Fair
August 9 and 10 | Times Vary | Howard County Fairgrounds

The Howard County Fair has been delighting families for 74 years! (Did we mention kids 10 and under are FREE!?!) Amusement rides are open from 12 noon till 11 p.m. on both Saturdays and on Sunday. Check out the website for a full list of events, including livestock shows, pony rides, live entertainment, and more. MORE

Chrysalis Kids: Beat Bugs A Musical Adventure
August 10 | 5 PM – 6 PM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Drama Learning Center’s TYA program brings its second production to Chrysalis Kids! Inspired by music made famous by The Beatles, Beat Bugs: A Musical Adventure hits the stage. Meet the Beat Bugs – five insect pals who explore the world and pick up life lessons along the way in this new musical, based on the Netflix animated series that incorporates songs of that famous band. MORE

S’mores with Fireside
August 10 | 6 PM – 9 PM | Fireside Patio and Stone

August 10th is National S’mores day and Fireside Grill would love to celebrate with you and your family! So please come enjoy free s’mores and fellowship with the community on August 10th from 6pm – 9pm!! Let them know if you are coming by calling 410-203-2876. MORE

River Romp
August 11 | 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! 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 so wear closed-toed water shoes. Participants must check-in for program at front desk. 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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