The B&O Railroad Museum is hosting All-American Weekend with the Babe Ruth Museum. The Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium are opening back up this weekend. AVAM’s Visionary Pets on Parade goes VIRTUAL. Drive-In Movies and 4th of July Car Caravans… 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 | July 2 – 5, 2020

VIRTUAL | Lunchtime Live! Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Adventure
Thursday, July 2 | 12 PM – 12:30 PM
via Facebook Live with (cool) progeny

Join (cool) progeny during this FREE Kid-Friendly Lunchtime Live on Thursday, July 2nd as we virtually visit spots along the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, starting with Fort McHenry and then moving on to Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. Yes, kids will even be able to ask questions! MORE

Maryland Science Center Re-Opening Weekend
Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center will be reopening on Thursday, July 2. When you visit, you’ll notice some changes in the exhibit halls and some things are happening behind the scenes, too. But what hasn’t changed is their signature brand of science education creating unique, authentic experiences you can only get at the Maryland Science Center. Be sure to buy your tickets online (members included), before you visit—they’ve waived all fees. Everyone over 2 years of age must wear a mask. MORE

Baltimore’s All American Fourth Weekend With The B&O and Babe Ruth!
Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5 | Times Vary
The B&O Railroad Museum & Babe Ruth Museum

Baseball and Trains are about as American as apple pie! To celebrate the July Fourth Weekend, the B&O Railroad Museum with the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum have partnered to offer an All American Ticket to visit both museums for $25 adults, $20 seniors and $12 kids July 3-5, 2020. A savings up to $7 / person! Tickets may be purchased in advance online or in person at the Babe Ruth Museum or B&O Railroad Museum. MORE

VIRTUAL | Maryland “Mini- America” Trivia
Friday, July 3 | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
with Howard County Conservancy

How well do you know Maryland history, folklore, flora and fauna? Join the Howard County Conservancy on Facebook LIVE to test your knowledge during family style trivia with Environmental Educator Ann Strozyk. Have paper and a pen ready, and bring your best game! Simply visit the Conservancy’s Facebook page at 11am to join! MORE

Nite Bite Fishing
Friday, July 3 | 6 PM – 11 PM
Centennial Park

All ages! 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; yet on-site registration is available. Under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

VIRTUAL | Fourth of Jul-Yoga Family Night!
July 3 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
with Blooming Breath Yoga for Kids & Teens

With so many events cancelled, Blooming Breath Yoga for Kids & Teens has decided to throw their own Fourth of July bash with their favorite people – YOU! Join them for a little trivia, a few rounds of “Would You Rather” yoga style and rock out with them to high-energy patriotic tunes. They will end the party with a family relaxation & snuggle and have you on your way to kicking off an amazing holiday weekend! MORE

Drive-In Movies at Savage Mill (Shrek)
Friday, July 3 | 8:30 PM – 11 PM
Savage Mill

Join Historic Savage Mill all summer long for their outdoor drive-in movie series! They know being stuck in the house has been a drag, but your safety is their highest priority. That’s why they have developed measures with your safety in mind: COVID-19 POLICIES: Contactless Ticketing! Print your ticket or pull it up on your mobile device. Roll the window down and present your ticket. They’ll scan it, and you’re all set! Pull up, scan your ticket, and you’re ready-to-go! MORE

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Friday Night Movie!
Friday, July 3 | 9 PM – 11 PM
HoCo Drive In

They’re back! Please join HoCo Drive In this Friday night, July 3rd at 9pm for family favorite movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Passes must be reserved in advance (one pass per carload). MORE

86th Annual Dundalk Independence Day Car Caravan
Saturday, July 4 | 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Dundalk

The Dundalk Parade Committee has been working behind the scenes with Baltimore County Government and the Baltimore County Police Department to find a way to celebrate 4th of July. While unable to have a traditional parade, they have been able to create a safe alternative: the 2020 Dundalk Independence Day Community Caravan Celebration! Local businesses and community organizations are participating. The “caravan” will start at 9:30 am on the main streets of Dundalk. MORE

VIRTUAL | July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade
Saturday, July 4 | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
with American Visionary Art Museum

In thankfulness and celebration of the steadfast companionship and support that animals provide, particularly during life’s challenging times, this year’s Pet Parade goes VIRTUAL. Dress your pet & strut your stuff, online! To participate, simply submit a photo or video of your dear pet in its best costume finery to marketing@avam.org by July 1. They will “parade” the images and clips by publishing them on their social media and YouTube on July 4th for the delight of all. MORE

Reopening Day Celebration at Steppingstone Farm Museum
Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 | 11 AM – 4 PM
Steppingstone Farm Museum

This event is a free, kid friendly event. Come and learn about Steppingstone Museum, membership and upcoming events. There will be kids activities, demonstrators, exhibits, farm animal(s) and more. Visit the beekeepers to learn about the importance honey bees play in our environment. Mr. Dave will be on-site selling ice cream and Don’s Dogs. Visit the Basket Guild to learn about basket weaving and upcoming classes. MORE

July 4th Outdoor Music Festival Benefitting Rhythm Changes
Saturday, July 4 | 12 PM – 9 PM
Colonial Inn

Looking for something fun for your 4th of July? Head to the Colonial Inn from 12 PM – 9 PM for cold drinks, delicious food, live music and an all around great time! There will be a variety of bands playing different styles of music including, Da Kid Emm, The Goat Charmers, Amanda Wilkins, Gatwick, and more! Tickets are $7 in advance & $10 at the door for all day access. This is a family-friendly event & Children 14 & Under are FREE. Ticket proceeds benefit Rhythm Changes a 501(c)3 nonprofit that empowers communities through music. Come celebrate America and all of its diversity, with a variety of music, food, and a good times. This is a 100% Outdoor Event and all CDC & Maryland Health Department Guidelines will be in effect. MORE

Nature Quest Hike
Sunday, July 5 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

All ages! Explore the Park with your Wegmans Nature Quest booklet (or get one at the Nature Center) and hike to find the Quest Trail markers. Stop by the Nature Center after your self-guided tour to pick up your CVP sticker! FREE! Registration NOT required. MORE

River Romp
July 5 | 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Robinson Nature Center

Celebrate summer by cooling off with activities down at the Middle Patuxent River! Bring a picnic, and join Robinson Nature Center staff for lunch and family-friendly river games. Search for wildlife and construct mini-boats to race downstream! Wade in the river with closed-toed water shoes and clothes you can get wet. Participants must check-in at the front desk. Participation limited to 25 people per program. Call 410-313-0400 to reserve tickets. MORE