It’s the MEGAlist! From fall festivals to superhero gatherings to kid-friendly theatre, there is no shortage of fun things to do with kids in Baltimore this October. Here are our favorite ideas…

50 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this October

(cool) progeny’s Superhero Social 2019
Saturday, October 5 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Garrison Forest School

Grab your cape and join us for a SUPER night! Join us for some SUPER fun and a great cause! Superhero sightings, face painting, inflatable obstacle course, arts, crafts, snacks, DJ Lisa, HEROIC fun, and MORE!  Tickets are $10/pp and include ice cream, snacks, and all activities! Dinner will be available for purchase. The evening ends with a million bubble release! MORE

Superhero Social 2019

Go Pumpkin Picking

Nothing says fall like a trip to the pumpkin patch! Head to one of these (cool) Baltimore farms for a pumpkin picking adventure! Take a hayride, search for the perfect pumpkin, meet barnyard animals, indulge in cider donuts — just don’t forget the camera. These fall family excursions always mean awesome family photos! Check out these fun pumpkin destinations.

Try a Corn Maze

What do Harry Potter, Toyz Stories, and emojis have in common? You can explore them all this fall… in a corn maze! Check out these six awesome corn mazes in Maryland.

COOL TOT TIME: SUPERheroes at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
October 2 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

POW! ZAP! ZING! Get your cape ready…. we’re going to have a SUPER morning at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum! Join us for a story, songs, craft and snack — plus take a peek at their new Superhero exhibit! Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! Please purchase $5/child pass in advance. MORE

Mommy and Me Yoga
Thursdays beginning October 3 | 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Brown Memorial Preschool at St. Thomas

Join us for a Mommy and Me YOGA! We will meet for 6 sessions on Thursdays, starting October 3rd and ending November 7th from 9:30 – 10:15 at Brown Memorial Preschool at St. Thomas. Advance registration required. MORE

TNT (Theatre Night for Teens): Proof
October 4 | 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Everyman Theatre

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to TNT (Theatre Night for Teens), a teens only event which takes our shows to a whole new level. Pay just $10 for dinner, an artist meet-and-greet, show, post-show discussion and dessert. Pre-show activities begin at 5:30 PM. MORE

Fall Into Autumn Children’s Dinner Theater
October 4 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
St. James Academy

Looking for a family night out that’s affordable, delicious, and entertaining? St. James Academy’s Children’s Dinner Theatre series provides quality local entertainment for children and parents — along with a delicious dinner! Pam, Rascal, and friends will bring lots of laughs during this “Fall Into Autumn” Children’s Dinner Theatre experience. Get ready for singing, dancing, and puppets! $6/dinner and $6/show or $48 for a family pass. MORE

Friday Night Flicks at THE AVENUE
October 4 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
THE AVENUE at White Marsh

Mark your calendars for Friday Night Flicks, every Friday Night in October! Enjoy patio dining or grab a bite from one of our eateries and feel free to bring a blanket (chairs prohibited). Visit – www.AVEeats.com for online ordering options available at our eateries. Snack and drink tents opening at 6pm and the movie presentation will begin at 7pm! Friday Night Flicks Line-up: October 4 – Space Jam, October 11 – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, October 18 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, October 25 – Paranorman. MORE

Symphonic Fairy Tales
October 4 and 5 | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Returning to the BSO is the brilliant young pianist Conrad Tao, heralded by The New York Times as one of the top pianists performing today. Tao brings his probing imagination to the rarely heard Scriabin Piano Concerto, highlighted by lyrical beauty and gorgeous orchestral writing. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Bartók’s The Wooden Prince complete the program with vivid settings of fairy tales. MORE

Wizarding Weekend on Magical Main
October 5  and 6 | All Day
Main Street at Ellicott City

Staring at 10:00am, participating stores & restaurants will be offering wizarding activities, discounts, special menus, and lots more! Grab your robes, your wands and brooms, and come defend Magical Main from the dark arts. MORE

Doors Open Baltimore
October 5 and 6 | Locations Vary

Visit Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places during a weekend of architectural adventure! Free admission to 50+ buildings. Rain or shine! Saturday, October 5th features more than 50 sites for open house visits beginning at any participating Doors Open location. Or stop by an Info Hub for recommendations: AIA Baltimore Chapter House, Baltimore Museum of Industry, MCA Architecture, and the Public Works Experience. MORE

Music Box: Autumn Colors
October 5 | 10:00 am & 11:30 am
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Celebrate the colors of fall, from pumpkins to brightly colored leaves, with a BSO oboe, bassoon and piano trio. MORE

Day of Play at Port Discovery
October 5 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate play, learning and imagination during Port Discovery’s Day of Play! Inspired by the story of Caine’s Arcade and the global movement that grew from his inspiring story, the Imagination.org Global Day of Play will showcase creations built by children and families during the B’More Build-a-Thon, part of a global cardboard challenge Port Discovery is taking part in. In addition to exploring hands-on exhibits including the new four-story SkyClimber, massive Port exhibit, and three floors of exhibits designed to spark curiosity and imagination, children and families will have a chance to participate in the B’More Build-a-Thon and see the creations others have made, shining a light on creativity, imagination, and Baltimore! MORE

Honey Harvest Festival
October 5 and 6 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Celebrate all things honey at the 38th annual Honey Harvest Festival. Learn about honeybees from the 2019 American Honey Princess, Nicole Medina. Activities include open honeybee hive demonstrations, honey extractions, mead making, honey ice cream making, puppet shows, animal encounters, face painting, local honey product sales, food vendors, craft demonstrators, children’s activities, live music and more. Watch our Facebook Page for updates and details on craft demonstrators, vendors and musicians that will be performing. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Tree
October 5 | 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 October 5, make a beaded mosaic tree and celebrate the museum’s newest exhibit, “The Secret Life of Earth.” 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. Museum admission is not included in the cost of the workshop. MORE

Science Saturdays & Sundays: Pumpkins Galore
October 6 | 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. Drop in! MORE

Fall Festival
October 6 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Howard County Conservancy – Mt. Pleasant

It’s harvest time: ideal for the annual, old fashioned Fall Festival at the Conservancy! Watch blacksmiths hammering iron in their shop, listen to blue grass music and explore the historic three-century-old farm. Visit our pygmy goats, the chickens, Onyx the snake, and Ranger the barred owl, and many visiting farm animals. There are children’s crafts, pumpkin decorating and hayrides. MORE

Opening Day Celebration: Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style
October 6 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Walters Art Museum

Celebrate the opening of this exhibition with art activities and tours. Be among the first to experience the art, design, and architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his circle. This day is perfect for art lovers of all ages! Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is a touring exhibition co-organized by Glasgow Museums and the American Federation of Arts. Support for the US national tour is provided by the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation. MORE

Danny Joe’s TreeHouse (LIVE) from Black Cherry Puppet Theater
October 6 | 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Black Cherry Puppet Theatre

Bring your family back in time to the golden age of children’s television and attend a “live-taping” of Baltimore’s last standing local kids’ show; Danny Joe’s TreeHouse at Black Cherry Puppet Theater!  There are two opportunities to catch the show: 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM. MORE

Spooky Tuesdays: Cinema in the Dell
October 8 and 15 |6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wyman Park Dell

Friends of Wyman Park Dell and Free Fall Baltimore present Spooky Tuesdays, Cinema in the Dell! Join the Wyman Park Dell Association for two special spooky film screenings, just in time for fall. On October 8 see Coco (2017) and October 15 watch Beetlejuice (1988). Find a spot on the hill beginning at 6 PM. The movie will begin at 7 PM. All are welcome to our FREE family friendly outdoor film series. Bring your own blanket or chair. MORE

COOL TOT TIME: Fall Into Colors at School of the Incarnation
October 9 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
School of the Incarnation

Fall into color fun with us (and get the wiggles out!) during our Tot Time at School of the Incarnation! Join us for a story, songs, craft and snack — plus go on a leaf hunt and play! Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! MORE

Disney On Ice Presents Road Trip
October 9 – 13 | Times Vary
Royal Farms Arena

Summer road trips may be over for the year… but Disney wants to take your family on an adventure this fall! Join them for Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures at Royal Farms Arena for their newest on-ice experience. You have nine chances to catch the show from October 9-13. MORE

Night Out for Newbie Parents
October 11 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Maryland Science Center

Welcome to parenthood! Your days (and nights!) have been filled with feedings, diapering, internal dialog of whether or not you’re doing this right, and overwhelming feelings of love. It sounds like you could use a night out to start feeling like a grown-up again. Join the Science Center for a night tailored to parenting newbies. No need for a sitter, this is a baby friendly event with activities to keep mommies, daddies, and babies happily entertained. MORE

Mini Pumpkins and Poses
October 12 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Brad’s Farm Market

Celebrate the Fall Harvest with Brad’s Farm Market! They’re popping up to offer you and your MINI PUMPKIN a Mommy and Me Yoga session at the Farm. You will be guided through a joyful stretching session just perfect for Mom and her little one. Class will be geared to children ages 5 to 13 years of age. Afterwards, participants can enjoy all of the Farm’s Fall activities. Your $15 ticket includes 2 participants, mat, water & cold towel. MORE

Fall Harvest Festival
October 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cromwell Valley Park

Join Cromwell Valley Park for family fun in the Valley! Pony & Hay Rides, Music, Earth Oven Cooking, Apple Pressing, Apple Butter Making, Face Painting, Beekeeping, Family Games & Crafts, Native American Activities, Food and 4-H Animals! Reservations NOT required. Suggested donation is $5 per car. Use Willow Grove Farm entrance. Rain date: October 13. MORE

Truck Touch and Fall Fest
October 12 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Forest Hill Nursery School

Join Forest Hill Nursery School for their annual Truck Touch and Fall Fest! Amazing trucks and vehicles, kids activities, bake sale, local artisans, and more. $5/child entrance fee. Children under 2 and adults are FREE. MORE

53rd Fell’s Point Fun Festival
October 12 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fells Point Main Street

53rd Annual Fell’s Point Fun Festival is headlined by multi-platinum selling artists the GIN BLOSSOMS on Saturday, Oct 12. 16 local bands will also play on 2 stages over the 2 day event. Enjoy the Wolfe Street Beer Garden and a Festive Family Zone + a History Walk and more for your furry friends and family members. MORE

Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Open House
October 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company 500

Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Departments Annual Open House is your chance you bring the family up to the firehouse for a fun filled day of actives and displays; A MUST for kids and adults alike as there is something here for everyone. Activities include: Fire Engine Rides, Fire Engine Slide, Pumpkin Sales and Painting, Princesses, Kids firefighter obstacle course, rescue demonstration, art projects, crafts, Bake Sale, Pit Beef. Kids play and craft all day free! MORE

Irvine Nature Center’s PumpkinFest
October 12 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

A fall festival for the whole family! Spend the day outdoors enjoying all that autumn has to offer at Irvine Nature Center’s 35th Annual PumpkinFest. Each year, families from across the greater Baltimore region join Irvine’s Naturalists and Educators for hayrides, pumpkin painting, live animal encounters, crafts, games, scavenger hunts, food trucks, and more. This event has sold out in the past, so be sure to get your tickets online in advance! MORE

Whodunnit Day
October 12 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Solve the mystery of the missing goldfish! Mikey has never had a goldfish until today, but as soon as he turned his back it disappeared! Find the missing pet using fingerprints, alternate light sources, blood typing, and more investigation techniques. Can you piece together the clues to solve the mystery? MORE

History Alive! with the Friends of the PFI
October 13 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

Enjoy a fun afternoon for the whole family and get into the spirit of the Victorian era at both Mt. Ida and the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Bring a picnic, try on costumes, play old time lawn games, and look up your family names in our PFI student database– you may be a descendant of a former student! Free event parking and shuttle in the Circuit Court Parking Lot. Info: Emily Mosher, emosher@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-0419. MORE

Cool Tot Time: Itsy Bitsy Spider at Brown Memorial Preschool
October 16 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Brown Memorial Preschool

We’re ‘spinning’ up a morning of spider fun at Brown Memorial Preschool! Join us for a story, songs, craft, and play. Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! Please purchase $5/child pass in advance. MORE

2019 Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race Parade of Sail
October 16 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Inner Harbor

Head down to the waterfront in Baltimore! On Wednesday, October 16, there will be a parade of sail, a spectacular parade of schooners sailing around the Inner Harbor. They will be gathering and staging near Anchorage Marina and then start at 5:00 PM heading through the Inner Harbor. Everyone is invited to view and cheer on the schooners from the Canton, Fells Point and Inner Harbor waterfronts. MORE

Sukkah City: A Community Festival
October 17 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Join the JCC for the SECOND annual Sukkah City on Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:00-9:00pm. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! Rain or Shine. Sukkah City is a joyous fall festival with over a dozen Sukkot built to help our community celebrate together with activities, live music, and so much more! Sukkot is the Jewish fall harvest festival and a time known as our “season of joy”. MORE

Harriet’s Happiest Halloween
October 17 – 20 | Times Vary
Harford Community College

For over 30 years, Harford Dance Theatre has been thrilling audiences with tales of young Harriet as she searches for the perfect Halloween Costume. Join us for an all new adventure as Harriet stays after school to work on a project and discovers a new world of crazy characters lurking in the science lab, skulking in the spooky boiler room, and more! Slip on your favorite costume and join her…if you dare! MORE

Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)
October 18 -26 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Conservatory is open Wednesday – Sunday)
Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

The plants, many of which live in nutrient-poor soil, like in bogs and mossy cloud forests, have adapted to attract, trap, and kill prey to absorb nutrients. View the wide variety of trap shapes and colors, and features such as sticky surfaces, digestive enzymes, and hairs that trigger movement. Specimen plants will be on display in the Orchid Room. Admission is free. $5/person donation appreciated. MORE

Monsters, Mystery & Magic – Halloween Celebrations
October 18 – 31 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (On days the Museum is Open)
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Calling all ghouls, goblins and princesses! Don your spookiest (or sparkliest!) Halloween costume and head to Port Discovery for a spook-tastic celebration! Enjoy fangtastic family entertainment, and not-so-scary Halloween celebrations. Make Halloween-themed creations in Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Factory. Enjoy the magic of the season during special theater performances on Port Discovery’s Magic Stage. Dress up and celebrate together during Monster Parades — and so much more! MORE

Fall on the Farm | A (cool) progeny Play Date

Fall on the Farm: A (Cool) Progeny Play Date at Roots Farm
October 19 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
McDonogh School

A corn maze, apple pressing, and chickens — oh my! Join (cool) progeny for some ‘down on the farm’ fall fun at McDonogh School’s Roots Farm on Saturday, October 19th! MORE

Harvest Day
October 19 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hampton National Historic Site

Join Hampton National Historic Site for their annual Harvest Day on the Lower Farm! Experience Antebellum era traditions and farming techniques. Enjoy ongoing farm activities from cider pressing and ice cream making demonstrations, as well as corn shucking contests. National Park Service staff and volunteers, dressed in period attire, will demonstrate farming techniques and play music on the fiddle and banjo. Learn more about the enslaved and indentured individuals who worked on the Hampton estate. Spend an afternoon on the farm and explore what life and work were like on an antebellum plantation. MORE

Towson Rock Block
October 19 | 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WTMD

Get ready for the 3rd annual WTMD Towson Rock Block, presented by Fidelity Investments and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. On Saturday October 19th, the street in front of WTMD will be closed down for an afternoon of family friendly music, food, art vendors, beer and fun. This free music festival features live performances from: D.C. rockers EX HEX, Baltimore alt rockers Post Pink, Rising indie rock stars Jealous of the Birds. Take a stroll through the Art Village, featuring works by great Baltimore artists. And new this year — a Kids Block, with bicycle rides from Race Pace Bicycles – Baltimore, face painting, hair coloring and more, sponsored in part by the Waldorf School of Baltimore. MORE

Garden Glow at Ladew Gardens
October 19 and 20 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ladew Gardens

Ladew is delighted to announce the 2nd annual Garden Glow, a magical celebration of fall featuring illuminated sculptures. Enjoy  theWoody Pines bluegrass band, Crank Puppet Show,Glowing stilt walkers, jugglers and hoopers, and more! MORE

Hoot’s Halloween Party
October 20 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

BOO! Come and Join Hoot as we celebrate Halloween at Irvine! Come in costume as you enjoy party games, crafts, and maybe even the Monster Mash! You’ll even get to go trick-or-treating for Hoot’s very own Hoot-errific Trail Mix. Fun for all ages! Sunday, October 20, 2019 1:00 – 3:00 pm $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members. MORE

ArBOOretum – A Halloween-themed Family Event
October 25 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cylburn Arboretum

Cylburn Mansion is the prime spot for a night of Halloween revelry for the entire family. Our traditional family fun event is sure to send shivers down everyone’s spine. Cylburn Mansion done up for Halloween is not to be missed. Ar-Boo-Retum is fun for all the family. Trick or treat trail, educational display and take home craft. Come early and stay late. Something for everyone. $10/child, adults are free. Purchase tickets in advance. MORE

ZooBooo 2019
October 25 – 27 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Celebrate Halloween and the fall season with the Zoo’s 36th annual ZooBOOO! festival. There will be games, prizes, contests, live entertainment and FREE trick-or-treating! PLUS, you won’t want to miss the “not-so-spooky” hay maze, super fun inflatables, free crafts, and fun animal enrichment. Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring trick-or-treat bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost. Some games may require additional fees. MORE

Walk Two Moons at Baltimore Center Stage
October 25, 10:30 am – 11:30 am | October 26, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Baltimore Center Stage

An adaptation of the beloved novel, Walk Two Moons follows Sal, a 13 year old girl on a cross-country road trip with her grandparents to find her mother. To pass the time, Sal entertains her Gram and Gramps with the story of her best friend Phoebe’s mother’s disappearance. Featuring eccentric characters and wild conspiracy theories, Sal’s story takes audiences on a fantastical journey and even helps her come to terms with her own bittersweet truths. For ages 10 and older. MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes: Baby Beats Album Release Party
October 26 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
WTMD

Join WTMD for the album release show for “Play Mode,” the new record from the Baltimore vocal percussion duo Baby Beats. Max and Root have been longtime friends of WTMD, and we’re excited to have them back for this live concert and radio broadcast. Plus, the opening band is All Access, the winner of (cool) progeny & WTMD’s Battle of the Bands: Kids Edition at Hard Rock Cafe. MORE

Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead
October 26 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Get ready for chills and thrills! Think like a detective to figure out how the composer met his unfortunate demise. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Help solve this perplexing musical murder mystery while learning about the instruments of the orchestra. Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. For tickets and more information, visit BSOmusic.org/family. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. MORE

STEAM Day at The Lewis
October 26 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Explore being an astronaut for a day at the Lewis! Youth will participate in cool hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Math) activities relating to space exploration and meet African Americans who contribute to the field. This program is in partnership with the Maryland STEM Festival (Oct 11- Nov 10th) which is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Free admission. MORE

Halloween Family Fest

(cool) progeny’s Halloween Family Fest
October 26 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
St. James Academy

Join St. James Academy and (cool) progeny for a BOOtastic afternoon! Crafts, music, face painting, trick-or-treating, ice cream, pumpkin decorating, and MORE! Come in costume and have a kid-friendly ghoulishly good time! $10 for the whole family to attend (All snacks and activities are included in the pass!). Activities include ice cream, face painting, pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating, slime lab, mad science, spooky stories, music, and more! All activities included in the family pass. MORE

Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM
October 30 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
American Visionary Art Museum

Join The American Visionary Arts Museum for another freaky Free Fall Baltimore Halloween Celebration at the American Visionary Art Museum, with free museum admission for the whole family, and more! Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to create their own paper monster! All templates, markers and sparkly bits provided. Join this ALL AGES family workshop. There’ll be face painting too! MORE