25 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This May


Baltimore is opening up — in a socially-distanced, safe way — and we are thrilled to bring back our “Things to Do with Kids” Monthly Lists! From Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Imagination Celebration to Kids Comedy Shows to LIVE performances of Alice in Wonderland, here are our favorite ideas for exploring the Greater Baltimore area with kids of all ages this May.

Please be sure to check websites before you go for registration requirements and the organization’s latest COVID precautions. Many programs are self-pacing and many others have capacity limits.

Looking for more ideas? Check out our Community Calendar (it’s filling up!).

25 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This May

Join the Imagination Celebration at Enoch Pratt Free Library
May 1-30 | Times Vary
Enoch Pratt Free Library Branches

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Imagination Celebration is a magical month of events, both outdoors and virtual, for their smallest customers, ages 0-5. Stop by any Pratt location during the month of May to pick up your free Wonder Kit, filled with arts and crafts projects while supplies last. Imagination Celebration is made possible by TransAmerica. MORE

Go On a Park Safari with Nature Quest 2021!
Kicks Off May 1
Various Locations

Get ready to spread your wings and enjoy Maryland’s State Parks this spring and summer — Park Quest 2021 kicks off on May 1! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently offering 25 different bird-themed quests for families to participate in this year. Complete 12 or more quests by October 31st to be entered into the Park Quest Prize Drawing! MORE

Train a Giraffe at the Maryland Zoo
May 1 – 30 | Advanced Registration Required
Maryland Zoo

Last January, The Maryland Zoo launched brand new penguin and goat encounters. The experiences were so popular that they’ve added two new fun animal interactions for zoogoers: tortoise meet-and-greets and giraffe trainings! Tickets for animal experiences range from $15 to $59 and do not include general Zoo admission.* Experiences are intended for ages 5 and up. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Masks are required and closed-toe shoes are highly recommended for each experience. MORE

Take the City Nature Challenge
May 1-2 | All Day
Various Locations

City Nature Challenge is an annual event that encourages community scientists in cities around the world to get nerdy with nature by spotting as many plant and wildlife species as possible and then tracking their sightings in the iNaturalist app.  Many local nature centers and conservation organizations have planned hikes and other activities to help get families outdoors as part of the challenge. MORE

Register for the Maryland Science Center’s Raingutter Regatta
Register and Design Your Boat in May 
Maryland Science Center

Set your course for science! Join Maryland Science Center on June 5 for their Raingutter Regatta. Learn what keeps a boat afloat as you design, build, and test a tiny boat at home, then set sail at the Maryland Science Center to test your ship’s seaworthiness! All teams must register in advance. Families are encouraged to work on one boat together. Registration includes one boat kit (shapeable hull, mast, rudder, and sail) to serve as the starting point for your not-so-high seas boat-building adventure! The rest is up to your imagination. MORE

Take Part in The Jewish Museum’s Virtual Drag Queen Story Hour
May 4 | 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Join the Jewish Museum of Maryland for a Drag Queen Story Hour with Pariah Sinclair. Listen to stories, sing songs, and join in activities that celebrate acceptance and inclusivity. This program is open to all, and the activities are perfect for children ages 3-8. FREE! MORE
Build Your Own Lightsaber to Celebrate Star Wars Day
May 4 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm OR 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Alternate Worlds Comics
Join Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department and Alternate Worlds Comics to Celebrate Star Wars Day! Enjoy a character meet and greet, build your own lightsaber, lightsaber demos, and a costume contest. Advanced registration required. MORE
Try a FREE Kids Zumba Clas
Mondays | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Pagoda in Patterson Park

FREE and for kids of all ages! Join Malindi and Stephanie for this free Kids Zumba class Mondays through May 24th on Pagoda Hill! Masks are required and space is limited to allow for social distancing. Register in advance. MORE

Ride a Pontoon Boat with Mom
May 8 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Spend quality time with mom while soaking up the sun, floating along the Bush River. Search for animal moms and their babies in and along the water. This program is for ages 2—adult, under 13 w/adult. $10.00/person. Advanced registration required. MORE
Make an Egg Carton Green House with Chesapeake Arts Center
May 8 | 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 their main building. All ages are welcome, but caregivers must be present. Pre-registration through the CAC website is required and space is limited. MORE

Ride Thomas the Train
May 14-16 and 21 – 23 | Times Vary
B & O Railroad Museum

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine will be hosting outdoor events at the B&O Railroad Museum on May 14-16 & 21-23, 2021. With full health and safety protocols in place, this fun-filled event offers families the opportunity to hop on board an interactive train ride pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy access to family activities including lawn games, live entertainment to include a DJ and Gregory Mays the stilt-walker, photo ops, a bubble zone, special guest appearances from the horses of the First Mile Stable, and more. Advanced registration required. MORE

Kick-Off Farmers’ Market Season at The BMI
May 15 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Baltimore Museum of Industry

The 2021 BMI Farmers’ Market season will start on Saturday, May 15, from 9 am to 1 pm.Enjoy the BMI’s waterside views and purchase delicious goodies from small & local businesses. To give shoppers a safe and enjoyable visit, the BMI Farmers’ Market will follow health guidelines such as social distancing and requiring proper face coverings. MORE

Check Out A Kids Comedy Show
May 15  | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Little Market Cafe

Head to a family comedy magic show hosted by Elizabeth Norman and headlined by Charlie Ross — where kids tell their jokes, too! The Ellicott Silly Comedy Festival is ecstatic to announce their inaugural Family Comedy Magic Show where kids (too) are the comics. Join them in the courtyard outside Little Market Café, just off Main Street in Ellicott City on May 15, 2021 for Kids Say The Goofiest Things!! Showtime is 10:30 am — but the event check-in and treat pick-up for kid comics is 10:00 am -10:25 am. This is a G-rated family comedy magic show hosted by Elizabeth Norman and headlined by Charlie Ross. MORE

Have a Magical Experience with the Maryland Science Center (In-Person OR Online)
May 15 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

All will be revealed at the Maryland Science Center for Magically May on Saturday, May 15 from noon to 4:00 pm. Spend the day exploring the science behind some of their favorite magical tricks and demonstrations. Explore the extraordinary properties of water and use it to reveal hidden objects. Turn ordinary coins into gold with chemistry. Discover why mirrors are a magician’s best assistant, and more! It may seem like magic, but they’ll teach you that it’s all about science. Only practicing magic tricks at home right now? Join the event online! MORE

Help Kennedy Krieger ROAR for Kids!
May 15 – 23 | Times Vary
Virtual + CARnival

Kennedy Krieger Institute will host its 17th annual, jungle-themed ROAR for Kids fundraiser this May! But they need you — and your kids — to help! Due to the pandemic, the fundraiser will be held virtually again this year as a weeklong celebration that includes an in-person CARnival. Starting Saturday, May 15, and lasting until Saturday, May 22, families can join in for daily activities to raise funds for research and programs that help kids at the Institute. On the last day, the event will conclude with a virtual version of the traditional 5K road run! MORE

Go Fishing at Marshy Point Nature Center
May 16 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Marshy Point Nature Center

Bring your little ones to fish from Marshy Point’s dock. Maryland fishing license required for participants 16 and older. $2 per person.

Explore Port Discovery Children’s Museum for Just $2
May 16 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Explore Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Sunday, May 16! Plan ahead – capacity is limited. Guests are limited to a total of 4 adults, 4 children per reservation on $2 Community Day. Look forward to unique activities including Shadow Puppet Theater (where you can make your own shadow puppet play), Shadow Puppet Play Pals (where you can create paper dolls and puppets), and Slinky™ Zone (where you can show off your Slinky™ skills using stairs, ramps, and a built-in Slinky™ racing wall! MORE
Hear Peter and the Wolf Performed in the Woods
May 22 | 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
The Columbia Orchestra returns to the Chrysalis on May 22nd! A smaller ensemble from the Orchestra, dancers from Dance Connections, and narrator Greg Jukes perform Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf, music from Moana, and more! Children of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled introduction to the orchestra! MORE
Take a Dairy Farm Wagon Tour at the 3rd Annual Festival on the Farm
May 22 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fawn View Farm

Festival on the Farm is a FREE, outdoor family-friendly event with something for everyone! Shop the open-air market from 35+ local artisans and farmers market vendors. Enjoy live music, local beers, and wines. Take an (optional) wagon tour of a local dairy farm. Explore the kids ‘area featuring animal balloons and crafts, and live farm-to-table cooking demos. Enjoy food trucks, funnel cakes, and ice cream! MORE

Check Out Tractor Day at The Farmyard
May 22 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Farmyard

Join The Farmyard in Parkton for their largest event on the farm. Enjoy equipment displays from local farmers and operators, activities for children, educational hayrides, delicious treats, and more! They will have over 40 pieces for families to see. MORE

MYB Alice in Wonderland

Experience Alice in Wonderland LIVE 
May 23 | 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm Performances
The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park in Symphony Woods

Join MidAtlantic Youth Ballet on an imaginative adventure through Wonderland with Alice, the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, and the frantically late White Rabbit! MYB Is thrilled to bring this classic tale to life during a magical outdoor performance LIVE at The Chrysalis. Performances are designed with families in mind and presented in partnership with Inner Arbor Trust. Capacity is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. Add a “Tea Party To Go” Box and enhance your wonderland experience! MORE

See the Blue Angels in Annapolis!
May 26 | 11:15 am – 3:00 pm
Annapolis City Marina

The Blue Angels are headed to Annapolis. Head to the City Marina to see them. MORE

Meet a Retired Race Horse
May 29 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Maryland Farm Park | Baltimore Agriculture Center

Head to the Ag Center and have an educational encounter with their herd of retired Racehorses. Learn how they now have a second career as therapy animals for Veterans. All ages! MORE

Play Bingo at Irvine Nature Center
May 29 and May 30 | All Day (Self-Guided)
Irvine Nature Center

Looking for something to do with your whole family? Have family who haven’t been to Irvine before? Head to Irvine and do your self-led spring bingo. Fun for all families! Free for Everyone! MORE

Picnic and Paddle at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
May 30 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

It’s the unofficial start of summer! Kick it off with a paddle on the lake with a Naturalist, learn some basic paddling techniques. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake afterward. Adults and children 8+; children ages 4 – 7 only as a third person, non-paddler. $10 per person ($6 for ORNCC Members). Register in advance. 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… even before the times of COVID). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates, COVID policies, and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew or gather around the laptop to log on.

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