30 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This July


30 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore

Get those Summer Bucket Lists out! Many of your family-friendly favs are reopening and offering programs for kids. From crystal bracelet making to stand-up paddleboarding to butterfly house visits, our list has something (cool) for every kid in your family!

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30 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This July

Attend a Summer Program at The Fire Museum of Maryland
Wednesday-Sunday | Times Vary
Fire Museum of Maryland, Timonium

The Fire Museum of Maryland is OPEN again! They’re offering a summer STEM program every Wednesday, a Fire Rescue Game every Thursday, and Story Time on Fridays all summer long. MORE

Register for Enoch Pratt Library’s Summer Break!
All Month Long
Your Local Enoch Pratt Branch

Get free books for your home library, join the Pratt for fun events, and enter into a weekly prize drawing with Summer Break Baltimore, June 1 through September 4! Just for signing up, you’ll get a Summer Break Baltimore box with a book, prizes, a scratch-off card, an event calendar, and more! MORE

Watch a Barrel Racing Demo at Maryland Farm Park
Saturday, July 3 | 10 AM – 11 AM
Maryland Farm Park, Cockeysville

Kids have rodeo fever? Take them to Maryland Farm Park to learn the basics of barrel racing with professional barrel racer and trainer, Paige Reynolds. MORE

Attend a Fourth of July Parade or Celebration
Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4th | Times Vary
Locations Vary

Looking to get out and celebrate Independence Day? Here are the fam-friendly 4th of July celebrations in Baltimore and the surrounding areas!

Make an Earth Collage at the Visionary Art Museum
Saturday, July 3 | 10 AM – 12 PM
American Visionary Art Museum, Federal Hill

Join American Visionary Art Museum for an in-person, drop-in, art workshop. Create a collage inspired by artist William Hall, whose work is currently on view in our exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth.” This project is based on his piece “Pinecurving.” Great for all ages and abilities. Registering in advance to participate is suggested. MORE

Learn All About Horses at Horse Discovery Days
July 3 | 11 AM – 1:00 PM
Graham Equestrian Center, Glen Arm

Stop by Graham Equestrian Center to meet and greet some of their horses! Pet / brush and ask questions about horses, horse behavior, horse health and riding. While you are there you can watch a riding lesson or check out some of the trails in this section of Gunpowder Falls State Park. This is a free event but please complete waiver before you arrive. MORE

Visit the Butterfly House at Ladew Gardens
July 6 | 9 AM – 3 PM
Ladew Gardens, Monkton

The butterfly house at Ladew Gardens opens on July 6th! Take the kids for a day at the Gardens. No advance purchase required. However, guests need to request / pick up timed-tickets when they purchase their regular admissions ticket at Check-In.  (Tours will be offered every 20 minutes). Be sure to preorder a picnic from Classic Catering ahead of time or bring a picnic because the cafe at the gardens is currently closed. Admission to Butterfly House is included in your gardens admission. MORE

Go On a Superhero Train Ride
July 7 and July 21 | 11:30 AM
Walkersville Southern Railroad and Museum, Walkersville

Visit Walkersville Souther Railroad & Museum dressed as your favorite Super Hero! Train departs at 11:30 AM and returns at approximately 2 PM, with a stop in the park for BYO lunch and a Super Hero themed story time presented by the Frederick County Public Library.  MORE

Learn to Make Your Own Art Supplies from Nature!
July 10 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Ellicott City

Learn to make your own art supplies and tools from natural materials. Topics covered: ink, pigments, charcoal, twig pens, and more. This hands-on workshop at Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum  will inspire you to keep experimenting with natural materials. Take home samples of what you make. A bibliography of learning resources and recipes for items made is included. MORE

Have a Berry Good Time at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
July 10 and 11 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville

It’s wineberry pickin’ season! Hike with Oregon Ridge Nature Center to learn about this invasive plant and the best ways to keep it from spreading. You’ll taste and collect ripe wineberries and bring them back to make a wineberry ice-cream treat. Adults and children 3+. $6 per person ($4 for ORNCC Members). Register in advance. MORE

Experience Music Brings Us Together: Urban Choral Arts Society Community Concert Series
July 10 | 6:30 PM – 8 PM
The Baltimore Museum of Industry, Key Highway

Join the Urban Choral Arts Society, Inc. (UCAS)–a nonprofit dedicated to improving the achievement and esteem of Baltimore area youth through choral music and cultural arts–for an outdoor, socially distanced performance highlighting the important contributions of African-Americans in the BMI’s covered pavilion. Seating will be available but visitors are welcome to bring their own chairs/blankets. MORE

Go Wild for Water at Robinson Nature Center
July 11 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

Don’t stay dry! Join Robinson Nature Center at their most exciting event of the summer. Enjoy fun water games as a family, create and race homemade mini-boats, participate in a river treasure hunt or take a guided stroll in the stream. Each child 3 years and up receives a take-home goody bag with materials to do more water experiments and exploration. Please call to register. Tickets for this event are timed, must register by 7/3. All ages. MORE

Step Back in History During Family Fun Day
July 11 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Steppingstone Farm Museum

Join Stepping Stone Farm Museum for a day of old fashioned FUN! This family friendly event will include lawnmower races, a car show, music, food, vendors, children’s games, contests, museum demonstrations and more! MORE

Explore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with Irvine Nature Center
July 11 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Irvine Nature Center

Head to Irvine Nature and learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and explore Irvine’s water habitats! Let’s see what you can find living in their streams—frogs, turtles, crayfish, who knows?! Enjoy an animal encounter, an activity, and hike as a family! MORE

Go on a Story Adventure with Diane Macklin (Virtual)
July 13 | 2 PM – 2:45 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Join storyteller Diane Macklin for an interactive program that features stories for the audience to solve and enjoy from around the world. This event is part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Summer Break Baltimore, a fun, free program for all ages that encourages literacy and learning in our community. MORE

Sing and Dance with Grammy Award-Winning Musician Sonia De Los Santos (Virtual)
July 15 | 6 PM – 6:45 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Join Sonia De Los Santos for an evening of music and fun! Sing along to her beloved songs and learn about the stories that inspire her music. Sonia De Los Santos was nominated in 2019 for a Latin Grammy® with her second family music album titled ¡Alegría! and has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and “Best Latin Children’s Music”. MORE

Get Ready to Bake with Young Chef’s Academy
July 16 | 6 PM – 8 PM
Young Chef’s Academy, Bel Air

Your young baker will bring tantalizing treats to life and master the art of the perfect pastry! As they indulge in the delicate flavors of a French patisserie, they’ll be “baking” the world a better place, one pastry at a time. Registration required. MORE

Go to WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes’ PopGrass Festival
July 17 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Independent Brewing Company, Bel Air

Kids love bluegrass, and parents love pop music. So why not combine the two? WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes is excited to announce their 2nd annual PopGrass Festival, featuring original bluegrass songs and bluegrass covers of pop songs from the 1970s-2000s from Baltimore’s own Caleb Stine and Wicked Sycamore. It’s WTMD’s first family concert at Independent Brewing Company, at 418 N. Main St. in Bel Air. MORE

Burst with Fun at Bubble Days
July 17 and 18 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor

Join the Maryland Science Center for the best bubble party of the summer! On July 17 & 18 from noon to 4pm, celebrate Bubble Days at MSC by creating bubbles in many unique ways! Engineer a way to drive bubbles through the air and join us for some sudsy spectacles. See the world-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle in his suds-tacular show, Bubble-Ology 101: The Secret Science of Soap! Get ready for two days that will be bursting with fun. MORE

Slither Like a Snake at Oregon Ridge’s Snake Party
July 17 and 18 | 1 PM – 2 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Don’t let this one snake past you! Friday (7/16) is World Snake Day, so Oregon Ridge is having a snake party! Meet some of their resident snakes and learn the many reasons why they celebrate snakes. Then make a snake “party favor” to take home. Adults and children 2+. $6 per person ($4 for ORNCC Members). Register in advance. MORE

Stroll with the Animals — at Night!
July 17 and 23 | 5 PM – 7 PM
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park

Ever wonder what happens at the Zoo after hours and the lights go out? Bring your friends, family, and flashlight for this guided tour of the Zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. Participants will tour the Zoo from a whole new perspective. Event Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. MORE

See the B&O Railroad Museum for FREE on Community Day!
July 18
B & O Railroad Museum

Community Days at the B&O! The museum is offering free Museum admission on Sundays, July 18 & August 8, so members of the community can enjoy special programs, tours, activities, and free train rides at the B&O. July’s Community Day includes pavilion games, snacks, and art activities; a junior “From Slavery to Civil Rights” Tour; train rides, and a Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra Performance! MORE

Journey to Space with Turtle Dance Music
July 20 | 4 PM – 4:30 PM
Enoch Pratt Patterson Park Branch, Patterson Park

This techno-space-dance-party for kids and teens is designed to help them learn and have fun at the same time. Each song in Space! The Cosmos for Kids includes dancing, music technology, and information about our universe delivered with a thumping beat. Meet aliens from outer space, sing about the solar system, participate in a rap battle with the sun, and learn the difference between revolution and rotation… and still be home in time for dinner. MORE

Head to Port Discovery for $2!
July 21
Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Inner Harbor

Explore Port Discovery for just $2 per person on Wednesday, July 21st during both Morning & Afternoon Play Sessions! 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 new activities inside the StudioWorkshop and exploring Port Discovery’s newest exhibit, Animationland locally sponsored by M&T Bank! MORE

See Ghostbusters Under the Stars
July 21 | Dusk
Manor Shopping Center, Jacksonville

Enjoy Four Corner’s Summer Film Series brought to you by and sponsored by the Merchants of the Manor Shopping Center in Jacksonville Maryland. Please bring your chairs and blankets to this outdoor event that takes place in the parking lot of the Manor Shopping Center. The movie will begin at dusk. MORE

Be Dazzled by Voices of Carmen (Virtual)
July 22 | 12:30 PM – 1 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Voices of Carmen is a musical adaptation of the opera Carmen. Set in a high school, the musical brings a contemporary spin to this iconic story that is filled with fresh, yet familiar, renditions of George Bizet’s compositions, as well as a dozen original songs performed in the styles of Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B. Enjoy excerpts from this vibrantly staged and choreographed piece featuring Baltimore youth that examines how we deescalate conflicts and manage our social emotional health. This event is part of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Summer Break Baltimore, a fun, free program for all ages that encourages literacy and learning in our community. MORE

Paddle with BMore SUP
July 24 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Sparrows Point Country Club, Dundalk

Grab the kids and hit the water! This fun family outing is geared towards families with kids aged 2-12 who would like to ride on the board with their parent (or adult paddler!).  Cost includes one board (for one adult and one child on the board). MORE

Make a Crystal Bracelet with Movement Lab
July 24 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
The Movement Lab, Remington

Join The Movement Lab for a special kids event! Sit, create and learn about Crystals together through beading! Each kit includes materials to create 1 bracelet and a Stone Story to help you learn about each piece in your new work of Art. This workshop is for kids ages 6 and up. Parents can be present if they wish. Registration required. MORE

Watch the Chincoteague Pony Swim! (Virtual)
July 28 | 7 AM – 1 PM
Via Facebook Live

This year will mark the 95th year of Chincoteague’s annual Pony Swim! After the swim, the ponies rest for about 45 minutes. Then the Saltwater Cowboys will “parade” the ponies down Main Street, to the carnival grounds where the auction will be held Thursday morning. MORE

Visit the Tractor Zoo!
July 31 | 10 AM
Maryland Farm Park | Baltimore Ag Center

Head to Maryland Farm Park to see their tractors and other large farm equipment. Then take a hayride, ride a peddle tractor, and make a craft! All Ages! MORE

 

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