Where to Play | Weekend Fun for Baltimore Families! November 8-10


Explore light at Brilliant Baltimore, celebrate all things apple at Union Collective’s first Apple Festival, make art at Towson University’s Family Arts Day, go a whimsical fairy walk at Cylburn Arboretum, and MORE! Here are our favorite family events in the Greater Baltimore area this weekend. 

Don’t forget to join us for our first STEAM Shindig at Garrison Forest School’s Lower School on Friday night! We’ll have lots of STEAM-related activities for kids ages 4-10 designed by the experts at Garrison Forest, plus activities from Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream, IdeaLab Kids, and Project STEAM Baltimore! Pizza dinner included in $5 family pass. Passes available at the door, but check-in is quicker if you nab it online in advance. MORE

Weekend Fun for Baltimore Families! November 8-10

Brilliant Baltimore
Through November 10
Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is uniting two of its marquee events: Baltimore Book Festival and Light City. Brilliant Baltimore will illuminate the city with literature, ideas, world-class light art installations, and live performances. Check out last week’s Friday Five for fun things to do with kids at the festival! MORE

Girl Scouts: Trashion Fashion with SEWSQUAD!
November 8 | @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society is celebrating the opening of their newest exhibition, “Spectrum of Fashion,” with a unique Girl Scout event! Join SEWSQUAD as they turn your closet cast-offs into this season’s must-have accessories. Join SEWSQUAD to turn your closet cast-offs into this season’s must-haves. SEWSQUAD experts will help you create a soon-to-be-favorite fashion item from your own old clothes. Troops are required to bring their own used clothing items. MORE

Mindfulness Matters
November 9 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Social Studio Baltimore

Art can be meditative both in the making and the viewing! It can record the experience connecting to ourselves, each other and the earth as well as gratitude for these connections. During the month of November, Social Studios Saturday Workshops are all about mindfulness. Make zen tangles, mindfulness paintings, peaceful pathways paintings and clay desk fidgets for finger meditations. All ages. Children under 5 years old are free and must be accompanied by adult. MORE

Harvest Festival at R. House
November 9 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
R. House

R. House’s annual Harvest Festival returns! Free activities include pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, crafts, games and a curated class offering from Movement Lab. There’s also seasonal mini workshops, 20+ craft vendors in the Garage and they’re also bringing back Rattlewood bluegrass band. MORE

Kerplunk! Gratitude & Growth
November 9 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Creative Alliance

Drop-in every Saturday from noon to 3pm for FREE art-making workshops that the whole family can enjoy. No registration required and all of the materials are provided. Throughout November, they will focus on expressing gratitude and growth through three dimensional art projects. MORE

Union Collective Apple Festival
November 9 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Union Collective

How do you like them apples? The Union Collective is throwing its first ever Apple Festival. Think Apple Pie Shakes and Apple ice creams at The Charmery, Apple Cide Snake Bites at UNION Craft Brewing, Apple takeover menu at Well Crafted Kitchen, a special apple themed release at Baltimore Spirits Company, Hot Cider and Coffee with specialty syrups at Vent Coffee Roasters, and an Apple-themed climb at Earth Treks Hampden. In addition, their newest neighbor, The Wine Collective will open their doors for tours. Brown’s Orchards will be there selling apples and freshly pressed cider, too! To set the vibe right the The Honey Dewdrops will be playing at The Charmery from 2 to 4pm. Bring friends, family, children – face painting and crafts and all around frivolity! MORE

Whimsical Fall Fairy & Gnome Wood Walk and Workshop
November 9 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cylburn Arboretum

Join Cylburn Arboretum for a whimsical afternoon! Enjoy story time, hands on activities, and crafts. Make and take home your very own Treasure Bottle necklace. Walk through Cylburn forest’s enchanting Autumn foliage to discover our hidden fairy, gnome, and woodland friends. You can keep any treasures that you find along the trails! Everyone is encouraged to dress in their best Fairy garb. Children must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

Family Fun Havdalah Happy Hour
November 9 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Downtown Baltimore JCC

Join the DBJCC for open play and a beautiful Havdalah service led by Beth El’s Cantor Melanie Blatt. This program will also feature a Live With Purpose service project courtesy of the JVC (Jewish Volunteer Connection). Snacks and drinks will be provided. This special event is graciously sponsored by Richard Waxman, Realtor/Investor of Cummings & Co. Realtors. MORE

Light Night Canton
November 9 | 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
O’Donnell Square Park

Light Night Canton, a free interactive night of light, music and family fun, returns on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5:30-10pm. Neighbors of all ages are invited to play, eat, dance, and create under the lights at O’Donnell Square Park. This family-friendly, community event is officially a part of Brilliant Baltimore’s Neighborhood Lights, aka Light City. Come enjoy the fun, meet your neighbors, and help us raise funds for Canton Parks. MORE

Sensory Morning at The Walters
November 10 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Walters Art Museum

Join The Walters for a morning of accessible programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their families. We welcome participants an hour before the museum opens, allowing families to enjoy activities in a quieter, less stimulating environment. Educators from the Walters Art Museum and therapists from Kennedy Krieger Institute will be present. FREE. MORE

Meet Victoria Cossack, Author of Gus and the Greatest Catch of All
November 10 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Children’s Bookstore

Meet Victoria Cossack at The Children’s Bookstore and check out her book, Gus and the Greatest Catch of All. The premise? While trying to break his own record of most fish ever caught, Gus falls overboard and realizes that he must change his tactics. He follows a clever, shape-shifting school of fish and comes to realize that it’s more fun when fish are friends, not food. Accompanied by beautiful and whimsical art, this aquatic story hints at the importance of conserving sea life and shows that, if you get to know someone, they just might change your perspective and end up your friend. MORE

BRRR! Animal Adaptations in the Cold
November 10 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Carrie Murray Nature Center

When the cold weather sets in, animals are preparing to hunker down for the winter. Meet Carrie Murray Nature Center’s animal friends and discuss how their wild counterparts survive the cold. This is a #FREE event, great to enjoy with friends or family. RSVP quickly before the event fills up! MORE

Baltimore County

STEAM Shindig

STEAM Shindig 2019 – A (cool) progeny Play Date!
November 8 | 6 PM – 8 PM
Garrison Forest School – Lower School

Full STEAM ahead! Join us for a “Big Kids” night out at Garrison Forest School as we celebrate National STEAM Day on Friday, November 8! Enjoy pizza, explorations, and experiments designed for kids ages 4-10 (with their parents). Be inspired by female STEAM pioneers as you visit “their labs” and engage in hands-on activities related to their various fields. These activities are ideal for elementary school ages! Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream, IdeaLab Kids, and Project STEAM Maryland will be there offering activities, too! Tickets available at the door, but it’s quicker if you purchase online before you come. MORE

Maryland Irish Festival
November 8-10 | Times Vary
Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Maryland Irish Festival is presented annually by Irish Charities of Maryland, and is held at the Maryland State Fair Grounds in Timonium during the second weekend in November. This annual celebration of Irish culture features local, regional and international Irish music, Irish Dancers, traditional cuisine; cultural exhibits and workshops, and a wide variety of quality vendors of Irish goods. Children under 17 are FREE. MORE

NDP Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid
November 8 – 10 | Times Vary
Notre Dame Preparatory School

Come be a part of NDP’s world this November! Their Upper Level cast and crew can’t wait to bring one of their favorite stories to life in their newly updated auditorium. MORE

Big Truck Day
November 9 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Preschool

Trinity Episcopal Preschool is hosting their first Big Truck Day at Trinity on Saturday November 9 from 10 am-1 pm! Come out to see a fire truck, police car, ambulance, tow truck, and more awesome vehicles. There will be food, treats, and fun for all ages. This event benefits the Assistance Center of Towson Churches, which provides support, food and opportunities to the community. Donations and canned food will be happily accepted. Free admission and open to the community! MORE

Family Arts Day
November 9 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Towson University Community Art Center

Experience the joy of being an artist at TU Community Art Center’s Family Arts Day. Drop in for a day of free interactive art activities, dance workshops, and gallery tours inspired by the current art exhibitions. All ages welcome. TU’s Opera in a Can presents “Mr. Brewster’s Invigorating Invention, Nov. 9 at 9:30am and 11am in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall. MORE

Scales and Tall Tales
November 9 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Join a naturalist at the Native American site for tribal tales of local wildlife with a spooky twist! Meet some of Irvine’s animal ambassadors that are mentioned in the tales! Fun for all ages. $2-$10. MORE

Charm City Players Presents Elf, The Musical
November 9 and 10 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. MORE

Finding Your Way
November 10 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a naturalist and learn about the basics of orienteering before hitting the trail to test your skills! Adults and children 10+ $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members). MORE

Harford County

Scottfield Theatre Company presents Scrooge! The Musical
November 8-10 | Times Vary
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

SCROOGE! follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Scottfield Theatre will leave you singing the praises of “Father Christmas.” MORE

Nutcracker Preview by Ballet Chesapeake
November 9 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Caprichos Books

This classic is a must-see this holiday season! Enjoy an abridged version of the story of the Nutcracker performed by Ballet Chesapeake, followed by a story time and short dance lesson. MORE

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns
November 9 | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Disney brings everyone’s favorite nanny back to a new generation of kids. Mary Poppins returns to help the next generation of Banks children. Following in the footsteps of the original movie, the sequel delights with catchy songs and Disney’s animated magic. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda star, with cameos by Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke. Enjoy kite designing and hot chocolate. Admission is free with donation of food items for Havre de Grace Elementary School Food Pantry. Recommended for ages 6+. Kids under 13 FREE when accompanied by an adult. MORE

Havre de Grace Autumn Art Walk
November 9 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Havre de Grace

Visit the downtown stores on the second Saturday of the month for the Autumn Art Walk. Participating businesses will feature artists demonstrating their skills. Musicians, painters, sculptures, authors, etc. For more info contact the Havre de Grace Arts Collective at 443-502-2005. MORE

Leaf Lanterns
November 10 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Illuminate your home with the golden warm light of a fall foliage lantern crafted from leaves you’ve hand-selected while strolling through the Estuary Center’s woods. This program is for all ages, under 13 w/adult. $10/project. MORE

Howard County

Kangaroo Kids Fall Workshop
November 9 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
North Laurel Community Center

Kids ages 6 and up are invited to learn new jump rope skills – beginner to advanced – with their nationally recognized Precision Jump Rope and Competition Teams. Single rope, wheel, long rope, Double Dutch! Kangaroo Kids uses an online registration process for workshop and event registrations. Please register at tshq.bluesombrero.com/kangarookids. MORE

Magical Wizards Day
November 9 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clarksville Commons

Find your striped scarves and dust off your wands, Clarksville Commons is celebrating Harry and his friends today! Join them for the magic! Costume contest on the plaza! Prizes will be awarded for the best Harry, Hermione, Ron, professor, and ‘most creative.’ Please gather on the grassy circle at 12:15pm to participate in the contest. Kupcakes & Co. will open their magical case of wizardly delights at 11am! Sorting cupcakes, chocolate wands, edible Snitches, and so much more! MORE

The ART in eARTh: Nature: Prints, Paintings and Processes
November 9 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Join staff from Port Discovery Children’s Museum to examine our world through the arts. Participate in an interactive “pop-up” performance that follows nature’s expert builders as they spin a cobweb. Explore the grounds and gather natural objects to create unique works of art inspired by nature. Supported by the Howard County Council on the Arts, tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. 2-9 yrs. Free with general admission or annual pass. MORE

Mother Daughter Date Night in Ellicott City
November 9 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Old Ellicott City

Enjoy an evening in Old Ellicott City and be a part of their first MOTHER DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT! Moms and daughters of all ages are invited to choose an activity at one of our host businesses, create-rejuvenate-celebrate together, then receive discount coupons to continue the fun at participating restaurants and stores. Dine and shop till your heart’s content! Mommy and me yoga, DIY flower bouquets, vintage dress-up photo booth, intro to ballet class, and more! MORE

Howard County Veterans Day Parade
November 10 | 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lake Kittamaqundi

The Howard County Veterans Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the Columbia Association is busy planning the 5th Annual Howard County Veterans Day Parade to honor all branches of the US Military, the National Guard, First Responders, and their families. The parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from Merriweather Post Pavilion, travel along Little Patuxent Parkway and end at the future site of the Howard County Veterans Monument at Lake Kittamaqundi. MORE

Maryland STEM Fest Coding Open House
November 10 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Code Ninjas

Join us Code Ninjas a coding open house! Your children will get an opportunity to learn how to code their own computer games using Scratch. There will also be STEM activities, interactive robotics, and an introduction to JavaScript. MORE

Anne Arundel County

Tarzan, The Stage Musical
November 8-10 | Times Vary
Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits, like the Academy Award winning “You’ll Be in My Heart,” as well as “Son of Man” and “Two Worlds,” make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. MORE

Infant and Toddler Sensory Nature Hike
November 9 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Beverly Triton Nature Park

This hike is designed with little ones in mind. Research has shown that kids who play outside are calmer, happier, and more imaginative. What better time to introduce them to nature than in these young formative years. Please be prepared to let your little ones get wet and dirty. Register in advance. MORE

Archaeology Lab Open House
November 9 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Historic London Town & Gardens

Drop in to the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab to learn more about current archaeology projects happening nearby, discover volunteer and internship opportunities, or get hands on and help process some artifacts from recent digs! MORE

Animal Party
November 10 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Meet some live animals and learn how to take care of them at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum. Activities designed for kids ages 5-11. Sessions offered from 9 am-12 noon and 1-4 pm. $12 per child, $4 adults. MORE

Brunch with Anna and Elsa
November 10 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
West Arundel Creative Arts

Meet the cast of WACA’s FROZEN before the show begins this December and enjoy a preview performance. Crafts, meet and greet, and photo with Anna and Elsa included. Enjoy fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, water, coffee and other light fare. MORE

Marsh Mammal Hike
November 10 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Early evening is a good time to look for beavers,otters, muskrats, and other marsh animals! Chuck Hatcher, one of our Friends of Jug Bay experienced volunteer naturalists, will walk you through the woods to the Beaver Pond to look/listen for any activity of the amazing creatures that call the marsh their home. Participants will walk approximately 1.5 miles on mostly level terrain. Bring a flashlight. Meet at the visitor center 15 minutes prior to program start. All ages. $6/car. 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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