Build turtle racers, take a walk through Fairy Forest, learn about the Chesapeake Watershed, celebrate Earth Day, and MORE! Check out the (cool) fun for kids happening in and around Charm City this weekend!

We can’t wait to see many of you at next week’s What Makes a Rainbow Tot Time! If you’d like a craft kit, be sure to preorder by Friday so we can get it in the mail. The event is FREE but advanced registration is required.

And don’t forget to take the Get Dirty Challenge with TasteWise Kids!

Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore: April 23-25, 2021

VIRTUAL | Annapolis Book Festival
Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25
Hosted by The Key School

Annapolis Book Festival is going virtual in 2021! The Annapolis Book Festival, one of the premier community events in the region, is going virtual in 2021 and expanding to three days–April 23, 24 & 25. Every year thousands of people enjoy this free community Festival that celebrates the beauty, power, passion, and excitement of the written word. MORE

Build Turtle Racers at The Science Center!
Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Design and build a racer with a twist – that faster isn’t better! Experiment with forces and friction in order to get the slowpoke rider to the finish line safely. Free with paid admission. The Shed opens at 12 PM. MORE

Half-Price Friday Night at the Aquarium
Friday, April 23 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The National Aquarium

Friday is your night! Enjoy access to the National Aquarium’s award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. An evolution of their Friday After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm with our 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site. MORE

VIRTUAL | Saturday Morning Tunes TV Ep. 8: The Environment
Saturday, April 24
Hosted by WTMD

On the newest episode of Saturday Morning Tunes TV, presented by Race Pace Bicycles, They’re celebrating Earth Day and the environment with the help of students from the Gilman and Bryn Mawr schools. You’ll learn how to make a compost pile in the backyard, help keep the Chesapeake Bay clean and the benefits of trees. Plus, green-themed videos from Formidable Vegetable and Milkshake, Painting with Landis and more! Watch it for free on-demand starting at 7 a.m. MORE

Fairy Forest Weekend
Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, April 25
Clark’s Elioak Farm

Walk through the Farm’s new Fairy Forest and see where the fairies live. Wear your wings or fairy dresses! They will have fairy storybook times throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday. Learn about their Fairy Forest House Contest and enter to build a house. (All age groups can enter) MORE

Morning Bird Walk at Cromwell Valley Park
Saturday, April 24 | 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Cromwell Valley Park

This spring join a Park Naturalist for an early morning bird walk. FREE! REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Meet at the sign at the Willow Grove Gravel Parking Lot. Registration Link (All programs require registration. Ages 14+. MORE

Lil’ Acorns – Outdoor Spring Program
Saturday, April 24 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Robinson Nature Center

Spend the morning in nature with your lil’ acorn! These outdoor parent/child, interactive programs include stories, tot-friendly investigations, a puppet show, and a short walk through the woods. In their Spring Fling program, learn about what animals are doing in the spring as you search for signs of spring outdoors. 2-3 yrs w/adult $25 per program (1 parent, 1 child). Register in advance. MORE

FREE Family Art Workshop: Cardboard Robots
Saturday, April 24 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chesapeake Arts Center

Chesapeake Arts Center’s popular Free Family MakerSpace Workshops are back with even more opportunities to get creative as a family! These workshops will be held indoors in their STEAM Lab on the third floor of our main building. All ages are welcome, but caregivers must be present. Pre-registration through the CAC website is required and space is limited. MORE

I Need a Filter!
Saturday, April 24 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

No! We are not talking about those Snapchat filters that make you look fabulous! For one hour, students will explore the world of watersheds, pollution, and engage in an engineering challenge to construct their own filtration and clean polluted water! We will see why the Chesapeake Bay watershed is so important to Maryland. Ages 10 – 13. MORE

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 24 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dejon Vineyard

Join Dejon Vineyard as they celebrate Earth Day and have some fun! Folks from Ecotone, Marshy Point Wildlife, Gunpowder Conservancy and Forage culture will be at Dejon Vineyards. Learn more about the conserved wetlands on their property, and the steps taken daily to preserve and protect it. Discover the wide assortment of wildlife from plants, insects, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Maybe their resident deer, foxes, rabbits and groundhog will make an appearance! MORE

Earth Day Celebration at Marshy Point Nature Center
Saturday, April 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Marshy Point Nature Center

Environmentalism at Marshy Point! Come learn how they go green at Marshy Point and pick-up a few tips and tricks you can try at home. $2/person. MORE

Lake Roland’s Beginner Canoe Trip
Sunday, April 25 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lake Roland

Learn the basics of canoeing or brush up on what you already know. Participants will learn proper safety measures and precautions, how to enter and exit a canoe, paddling techniques and much more. Please bring water and a snack. Ages 8 and up. $10 per person ($8 members). To register, please email [email protected] *Pre-Registration and masks required for program participation. MORE

Inspect Inspections
Sunday, April 25 | 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Irvine Nature Center

Stink bugs, lantern flies, and beetles, oh my! Invasive species impact Maryland’s natural world on a daily basis. Work together as a small group to find as many bugs as possible on a guided walk through Irvine’s forest while learning about how insects can be both helpful and harmful to the world around us. Ages 4-8 (Pre-K to 3rd grade). MORE

Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Sunday, April 25 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

You’ve heard the saying about seeing the big picture amongst the details. Join them on a moderate hike in celebration of Arbor Day! Get the big picture of the forest while gaining a better understanding of the many species of trees found in our area. Adults and children 8+ $4 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members) Register via email at [email protected] MORE

Amphibian Adventures
Sunday, April 25 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Learn about Maryland’s awesome amphibians as you look for frogs and toads in the pond and on the trail. End with a fun craft! All ages. By donation. MORE

VIRTUAL | Natural History at Home: Biodiversity in Your Neighborhood
Sunday, April 25 | 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Natural history exploration doesn’t just have to happen in the museum, it can happen in your home too! Discover the joy of exploring your neighborhood, city or park, and learn to observe and document the variety of animals and plants you encounter! Join museum educators Juan Pablo Hurtado Padilla and Odalys Lugo-Morales in conversations and activities with experts Jorge Ahumada of Conservation International and Jorge Bogantes Montero of Anacostia Watershed Society as they show how they track biodiversity. MORE

Parent and Me: Pizza
Sunday, April 25 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Baltimore Chef Shop

An in-person culinary experience! A class for young chefs and their parents to work together. Explore the world of making the perfect pizza: the one that you make from scratch. Advanced registration required. MORE