Where to Play: Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, September 13-15


Weekend Fun | Baltimore Family Events, September 13-15

Firetrucks, Paw Patrol, Domino Days, and Fairies — OH MY! There are so many fun things to keep the kiddos busy this weekend. Check out our favorite ideas for family fun below!

We can’t wait to see everyone at our Pup Pup Pawty with Calvert School on Saturday! Your kiddos favorite characters from Paw Patrol will be there, plus lots of other fun surprises! Tickets will be available at the door but check-in is quicker if you buy your $5 family pass in advance! Purchase it online here.

Already planning for next weekend? Make plans to join us for our annual Imagine YOU Play Date at Roland Park Country School!

Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, September 13-15

Baltimore City

Defenders’ Day 2019
September 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

B’More Build-a-thon
September 13 – October 6 | Times Vary
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Port Discovery is taking part in a global Cardboard Challenge to celebrate imagination, creativity and the city of Baltimore! Through creative play, children will work together to build out of cardboard and other materials major Baltimore sites as well as their own neighborhoods, culminating in a day of play on where they put it all together. The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by Imagination.org to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Watch the story of Caine’s Arcade that inspired this now international event, then come and join Port Discovery as they recreate Charm City. 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

Butchers Hill Fall Flea Market & Craft Fair
September 14 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Patterson Park

Join The Butchers Hill Association in the northwest corner of Patterson Park for the biannual Butchers Hill Flea Market & Craft Fair! 150+ vendors selling clothing, toys, sporting equipment, furniture, pottery, antiques, art, and unexpected treasures! ATM on site, live music, food, and fun! All are welcome! Proceeds support the Butchers Hill Association and local non-profits and PreK-8 schools. 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! MORE

First Responders Day at The B&O
September 14 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
B&O Railroad Museum

First Responders Day at the B&O honors those who answer the call and aims to educate the public about their lifesaving practices! Event is FREE with price of admission and includes a controlled collision between a train and car, Baltimore City Fire Dept. performing an extraction, and much more! MORE

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

Come 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

Touch-A-Truck at Boys’ Latin School
September 14 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

Join Boys’ Latin School for their fourth annual Touch-a-Truck at Boys’ Latin! At this fun and interactive event, kids in pre-school through grade 2 can get a glimpse of what hands-on learning looks like at BL through up-close encounters with an impressive line-up of trucks, classic cars and, other cool vehicles. Bring the whole family and give your little ones a chance to sit in the driver’s seat. 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

Domino Day
September 14 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Dominoes will be toppling at MSC on Saturday, September 14. World-renowned domino topple expert Scott Suko will be leading the creation of a dynamic domino topple design through our Harbor Lobby. This year‘s theme is Life Rising, with dominoes depicting DNA and the patterns of life in a manner inspired by the artwork of M. C. Escher. The topple will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday, but come early to test designs of your own with the help of their Domino experts. MORE

Story Time with Drag Queens
September 14 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Creative Alliance

FREE! Everyone loves story time – so why not add a fabulous twist! The Creative Alliance is hosting an afternoon of kids’ stories read by marvelous drag queens – Baltimore’s own Pariah Sinclair and Lula Lioness! Bring your family and friends to a welcome space where kids and storytellers are free to present as they feel comfortable and listen to classic children’s tales. Part of the first Baltimore Drag Festival! MORE

Sensory Friendly Day at the B&O
September 15 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O offers Sensory Friendly Days for children and guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences. The Museum opens one hour earlier at 10am on this day to accommodate our special guests and their families. Staff will modify museum lights and sounds and post extra signs to give guests a more accessible experience. Additional volunteers and staff will be available to support visitors throughout their stay. Come and enjoy smaller crowds, specialized activities, less sound and light. 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

Baltimore County

FREE Family Open House: Shells
September 14 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Natural History Society of Maryland

During the Overlea Farmers Market, the Natural History Society of Maryland will be open for families to come in and enjoy its many collections. Clubs and organizations will be on hand on select Saturdays providing hands-on activities and curated displays. NHSM also has a robust collection of Natural History related books for sale. MORE

Motor Muster at The Fire Museum of Maryland
September 14 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Fire Museum of Maryland

Join The Fire Museum of Maryland for their Honoring our Heroes Motor Muster as we salute Fire, EMS, Police and the Military.  See historic and modern emergency apparatus. Watch as they shoot water high in the sky! Rides, food, games. Great family fun. Admission to the Muster and the Museum are FREE on Muster Day.  The Muster runs till 3 pm. The Museum is open until 4 pm. MORE

Meadow Grass Weaving
September 14 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center to learn about the adaptations and importance of grasses in the meadow. You will finish our exploration with an outdoor activity and a meadow branch weaving craft. Adults and children 5+. $4 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members).Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

Nature Bingo at Irvine Nature Center
September 15 | 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

Fairies and Dragons
September 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Come learn about the mysterious forest-dwellers of myth and legend, said to visit the human world as Summer moves into Fall.  You’ll search the park for signs of dragons and the Fair Folk.  Then you’ll use natural materials to create fairy houses or dragon dens.  Dress to be outdoors.  Ages 5+ with an adult to assist them. Preregistration is required at 410 887-1081 or BannekerMuseum-RP@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov. MORE

Harford County

Harford LIVE presents Into the Woods
September 13 – 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

2019 UCH Kids for Hope Ultimate Obstacle Course
September 14 | 8 AM – 11 AM
Arena Club

The seventh annual Kids for Hope obstacle course fun run is an adventurous and exciting event designed especially for kids! Modeled after the challenging obstacle courses and mud runs for adults, this family friendly course empowers kids ages 7-18 to take part in this exciting and unique event while raising funds to support Cancer LifeNet at the Patricia D. & M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. MORE

Fall Scavenger Hunt Kayak
September 14 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Avid nature watchers, heads up! Explore the estuary for plants and animals on your water tour. The first boat to find all the items on the list wins a prize! Ages 8+ MORE

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

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

Howard County

Tortoise vs. Hare 2: This Time it’s Personal!
September 13 -15 | Times Vary
Horowitz Performing Arts Center

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

Chrysalis Kids: Monarchs and More!
September 14 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Howard County Conservancy, Community Ecology Institute, and the Inner Arbor Trust are proud to present Chrysalis Kids: Monarchs and More! The Howard County Conservacy will present its popular, interactive program on Monarach butterflies on the Chrysalis Stage at 10 a.m. and then at 11 a.m. This interactive program that discusses the Monarch butterfly’s physical traits, life cycle, survival strategy, behavioral traits and more. On the lawn, Community Ecology Instutute will host stations making seed bombs to support pollinators and other nature focused craft activities. MORE

Free Trial Yoga Class ages 5-7
September 14 | 10:20 am – 11:05 am
Dance Connections

Join Dance Connections, Inc. this Saturday, Sept 14th for a FREE trial of kids yoga with Ms. Jasmine!! This fun 45 minute class is full of active yoga sequences, energizing music, yoga-inspired games, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. Students will explore yoga with the use of different themes and props. Please call to pre-register for this class. MORE

Rails and Tales Storytime
September 14 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Hop aboard the story train! Bring your little one out to a discovery storytime at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum. We will read stories about life long (or not so long!) ago, play games, and make a craft you can take home! The story changes each month, so be sure to join us more than once! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or emosher@howardcountymd.gov. Designed for ages 1.5-5 yrs. $3 per child. MORE

7th Annual Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic
September 14 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wilde Lake Park

FREE community event featuring live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities, watermelon contest, corn hole, giveaways and more! New this year… Zumba demo by Columbia Association and magic by Drew Blue Shoes. MORE

Robotics Fun for All
September 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Universities Space Research Association

Gear up for a great time integrating science and technology with fun, competitive play by building LEGO Sumo Wrestling Robots. Build your toughest SuGO robot using a mega collection of LEGO Mindstorms to then compete in an exhilarating tournament against other teams! Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate in this unique robotics competition! We welcome participants of all experience levels – no experience with LEGO engineering or robotics? No problem! Registration is required. 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.

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