The Maryland Zoo and B&O Railroad Museum are opening back up this weekend! The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is hosting the 8th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair online. Downtown Columbia Partnership is hosting ChalkItUp for Pride and more! There are lots of ways to keep the kiddos busy whether you want to venture out or stay home. Here’s what’s happening around town and online. 

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WEEKEND FAMILY FUN | June 26 – June 28

B&O Railroad Museum’s Grand Re-Opening Weekend
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28 | 10 AM – 4 PM
B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum opens on Friday at 10 AM! Start your day with a FREE ride on Sweet Toot, offered from 10 AM to 11 AM, followed by a train ride along the nation’s first mile of commercial railroad at 11:30. Then, be sure not to miss out on their Signs & Signals tour at 12 Noon. Outdoor rides are open from 10:30 AM -3:30 OM. Plus, don’t forget to check out the Ma & Pa No. 101 Buick in the center of their Roundhouse turntable! See full schedule of events for the rest of their Grand Re-opening Weekend here. The museums asks that you please wear your mask while on the Museum grounds. Children under the age of two (2) are exempt from mask policy.

Last Weekend! Tiny Toes Going Out of Business Sale
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28 | Check Website For Hours
Tiny Toes Boutique

Tiny Toes in Bel Air is closing their doors on June 30, 2020. That means you can score up to 70% off of adorable clothes, toys, and gifts. Stop by and say farewell. Check their Facebook Page for updates. MORE

Fair Food Preview Weekend
Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28 | 11 AM – 6 PM
Maryland State Fairgrounds

Head to the Maryland State Fairground’s Farm and Garden Building this weekend for Fair Food Preview Weekend! A variety of tasty treats will be available like Italian Sausages, Corn Dogs, Gyros, Greek Salads, Maryland Crab Cakes, Cheesy Crab Fries, Funnel Cakes, Cotton Candy, Candy Apples, Fried Oreos, and more. Drive-thru and outdoor seating available. Thanks for helping vendors promote mask wearing, social distancing, hand sanitizing & other positive measures during this time. MORE

Just Walk at Lake Montebello
June 27 | 9 AM – 10 AM
Lake Montebello

Join Backyard Basecamp for this FREE, fun, walking program. What better way to start your weekend than making strides toward a healthier lifestyle? Backyard Basecamp was founded, and is operated, by Atiya Wells. A pediatric nurse with a passion to introduce, educate, and connect families in Baltimore, especially those of color, to local outdoor spaces. MORE

Maryland Zoo Reopening Week
Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 | 10 AM _ 4 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is reopening this Saturday, June 27th and they can’t wait to welcome you back! Timed entry reservations are required for ALL guests and Zoo members, so reserve your ticket online before you visit. Masks are recommended on Zoo property and required in some areas (for guests over 9). Guests should maintain 6ft social distance from other groups and practice frequent hand washing. Please note that some attractions and indoor spaces will be closed. MORE

4th Annual Dairy Day at The Farmyard
Saturday, June 27 | 10 AM – 2 PM
The Farmyard

Bring the family for a fun day at the farm! The purpose of this event is to educate the public about the industry and offer hands-on experiences. The Dairy Day package is $25 per person, ages 3 and up (2 and under are free). Each package purchased for a child includes one free adult. MORE

Outdoor Family Yoga
Saturday, June 27 | 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Razz Yoga

In this 45-minute OUTDOOR class, youngsters explore self-awareness and self-regulation, build confidence and self-esteem, and enhance strength and body awareness while engaging in yoga stories, games, and poses along side their parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members. This class is an ideal opportunity for families with young children to come together to play, learn, grow, and have FUN as a family. MORE

VIRTUAL | 8th Annual African American Children’s Virtual Book Fair
Saturday, June 27 | 11 AM – 4 PM
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will host the Annual African American Children’s Virtual Book Fair on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join us online for a day of family-friendly activities including storytelling, workshops, author talks, art-making activities and literary resources that celebrate diverse book titles embracing black culture and identity! MORE

VIRTUAL | Story Time with Meeka & Anian
Saturday, June 27 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Gigi’s Playhouse of Annapolis

Join Meeka Caldwell and her son Anian, as she reads her children’s book; “A Friend Like Anian”. Anian was born extra special, he was born with Down syndrome. He loves to learn new things and show everyone what he can do! Enjoy this story as you get to know Anian! Meeka decided to write this book when she could not find a story representing African Americans with Down syndrome. This book is based on her son Anian. MORE

U Pick Lavender Harvest Day
Saturday, June 27 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Purple Rain Lavendar Farm

Lavender Harvest Days at the farm for lavender picking, farm market shopping, sweets and treats. Your timed ticket will provide you scheduled entrance to the farm during your designated two hour time block. Tickets are limited to preserve safe distancing and for the well being of guests and employees. Guests should plan to arrive within 30 mins of your designated time slot and no later than 30 mins past your entrance time. MORE

VIRTUAL | Imagination Stage Annual Children’s Festival
Saturday, June 27 | 4 PM – 6 PM
Imagination Stage

The Children’s Festival is going VIRTUAL! Due to the effects of COVID-19, this in-person event has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind online event that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy engaging and interactive Imagination Stage-curated activities along with activities from our wonderful event partners. A dance party and raffle will round out the party. So throw on your best garden party attire and join us for this larger than life event! MORE

ChalkItUp for Pride in Downtown Columbia
Saturday, June 27 | 5 PM – 9 PM
Downtown Columbia

Pride is an ever-evolving yearly event that’s rooted in both protest and celebration of ones identity. Through art, music, and endless creativity we can celebrate Pride and exude the true meaning of Pride in a beautiful and bold way! Meet up at Color Burst Park in the new Merriweather District in Downtown Columbia and then head out and spread out to create chalk creations in celebration of pride. Please wear a face mask and plan to maintain safe social distance. MORE

VIRTUAL | The Heart and Soul of Magic
Saturday, June 27 | 7 PM – 9 PM
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore

The Heart and Soul of Magic is the nation’s first Virtual Magic show that features an entire cast of African-American magicians! Poe’s Magic presents The Heart and Soul of Magic! Hosted by Ran’D Shine, it is the nation’s first Virtual Magic show that features an entire cast of African-American magicians! Links and info coming soon! Sponsored by Associated Black Charities! MORE

VIRTUAL | Observatory Open House Live on Facebook
Saturday, June 27 | 8:40 PM – 9:30 PM
Muddy Run Observatory

Muddy Run Observatory is excited to start their event with a tour of their beautiful sundial. It’s one of only two of its kind in the world. They will also have a planet report so you can find out where Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible in your night sky, a constellation tour and weather permitting, a view from one of our telescopes. MORE

VIRTUAL | Pride Month Storytime
Sunday, June 28 | 3 PM – 4 PM
Bunny Patch Press

June is National Pride Month! Celebrate and join Bunny Patch Press for this special read aloud as they celebrate all types of love and all kinds of families. They will be reading Mighty May Won’t Cry Today, a story about May, an imaginative and determined girl who tries not to shed a tear on her first day of school but with the help of her two moms, learns why it’s okay to cry. MORE

VIRTUAL | Pollinator Garden and Bee Hive Virtual Tour
Sunday, June 28 | 3 PM – 4 PM
The Community Ecology Institute

The Community Ecology Institute’s Freetown Farm is an “out yard” for several local bee keepers. Join them for a virtual tour of the hives and the pollinator gardens they have planted to support bees and other important pollinator species! MORE