45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this September


45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This September

Fall festivals, live music, drop-in art and more — here are our 45 favorite family-friendly things to do with kids in Baltimore this September!

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45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this September

Visit the Maryland State Fair
Through September 6th
Timonium Fairgrounds

The Maryland State Fair will be back in full swing for its 140th year. For more information and list of events, please visit their website. If you’re looking for a fun horse experience, check out the FREE backstretch tours on one of the racing days! MORE INFO

Exploring Workin’ on the Railroad During the B&O Railroad Museum’s Labor Day Weekend Festivities
September 4-6
The B&O Railroad Museum

There’s no better place to celebrate the legacy of American labor than the Birthplace of American Railroading! B&O workers laid the very rails which sparked the spread of industry across the United States, and the nation would have never been the same without them. To honor these railroaders and the many working-class heroes on which we all depend today, they’re hosting track-laying demonstrations, giving “Working on the Railroad: The B&O and the Labor Movement” Tours, and offering $1 admission on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. MORE

Groove at ZooBOP!
September 4 | 10 AM – 2 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Kids, get your dancing shoes on and singing voices ready! Zoo Bop is BACK! Families will enjoy two performances by kid-approved rock stars – Baltimore’s own Baby Beats (featuring Max and Root) and Grammy-nominated band, Milkshake. Plus, bop around to kids’ vendors, inflatables, food trucks, and more. You won’t want to forget to explore the Zoo, too – your tickets include all-day admission! MORE

Enjoy An Outdoor Puppet Show at Robinson Nature Center
September 4 or 25 | 10 AM or 11 AM
Robinson Nature Center

Delight in nature-themed, outdoor puppet theater presentations! Each show portrays a different nature story. Afterwards, enjoy an interactive activity or craft. Please dress for the weather and bring a blanket to sit on. Fee includes admission to nature center after program. Cancelled in the event of extreme weather. Seating limited. No online registration; call 410-313-0400 to register. $5/per person. MORE

Explore Stream-ers at the Benjamin Banneker Park and Museum
September 4 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Is the stream healthy? Hike with park staff to learn about the species that live in and around the stream at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Catonsville. Rain boots are a must! Adults and kids 4+, FREE! Registration required. Call 410-887-1081 or email BannekerMuseum@BaltimoreCountyMD.gov. MORE

Meet a Critter at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum
Tuesdays in September | 3:30 PM – 4 PM
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Head to Chesapeake Children’s Museum every Tuesday to Meet the Animals at CCM. Join Benny the Beaver and the Wildlife Kids Club! MORE

Discover the Great Outdoors at Carrie Murray Nature Center
Wednesdays in September | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Carrie Murray Nature Center

A drop-off program at Baltimore’s Gwynns Falls Park! Children will be guided to use their senses and hone motor skills as they hike the trails, explore nature, and do arts & crafts. In addition to making new friends, they will meet and greet the nature center animal ambassadors. $12/child. Ages 6-12. Register in advance. MORE

Dan and Claudia Zanes

Celebrate with Dan + Claudia Zanes during their VIRTUAL Record Release Party!
Friday, September 10 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Virtual Participation via Concert Stream

Join new Baltimore residents Dan + Claudia Zanes for an end-of-the-week all-ages song and dance party to celebrate the release of their new Smithsonian Folkways record, “Let Love Be Your Guide.” Grammy Award winning performer Dan Zanes and Haitian-American music therapist / jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes have been singing together since the day they met in Brooklyn, NY. During the past five years they have developed a joyful style of electric folk music that has audiences of all ages dancing and singing along with gusto. All proceeds from this stream will go to supporting the Haitian Emergency Relief Fund. MORE

See First Responders Day at The B&O
September 11 | Museum Hours
The B&O Railroad Museum

First Responders Day at the B&O honors those who answer the call and aims to educate the public about their lifesaving practices. First Responders Day will feature a bomb squad display, fire extinguisher demonstration, various police and firefighting equipment for visitors to see and learn about, and controlled collision & extraction demonstrations to highlight the importance of motorists yielding to trains at railroading crossings. Plus, Operation Lifesaver will be on-site to help educate visitors about railroad crossing safety. In acknowledgement of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, visitors are also invited to join us for a special honor guard ceremony and moment of remembrance in the Roundhouse at 12:30 PM. All visitors, including B&O Members and First Responders, must reserve tickets in advance for train ride to controlled collision. Train ride ticket includes cost of regular Museum admission and is free for B&O Members and First Responders with valid ID. MORE

Take a Kids “Cooking Basics: 101” Workshop
September 11 | 9 AM – 12 PM
Culinary Craft Workshop

Do you have a budding chef in the family that loves to cook and experiment with food? Would they love to expand their recipes and improve their skills and learn new techniques? Then the Kids Cooking Basics Workshop is perfect for them. This is a drop off class and will last 3-hrs… be ready to enjoy the food you prepare at the end of class! Designed for ages 8-14. MORE

See Antique Fire Engines at The Fire Museum
September 11 | 10 AM – 3 PM
The Fire Museum of Maryland

They’re filling their parking lot with the finest antique and modern rigs ever seen, with a special emphasis on Seagrave. They will also be saluting Fire, EMS, Police, and Military. Free Admission. MORE

Create During a FREE Family MakerSpace Workshop at Chesapeake Arts Center
September 11 and 25 | 10 AM – 12 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 the main building. re-registration through the CAC website is required and space is limited. Registration opens approximately 4 weeks prior to each workshop. On September 11th they’ll be making Sock Birds. On September 25th, they will be painting t-shirts. MORE

Learn the Lingo during Pirate Story Time
September 11 | 10:30 AM – 11 AM
Baltimore County Public Library – Hereford Branch

Avast, me hearties! Cast off your landlubber ways and embrace the life of the sea. Come dressed in your best pirate finery, learn the lingo of pirates and hear stories of swashbuckling and derring-do! Limited seating. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

See Monarch Magic at Irvine Nature Center
September 11 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Irvine Nature Center

Explore the amazing lives of monarch butterflies and their epic journey to Mexico with lots of hands-on fun for all the family. Learn about their lifecycle from egg and stripy caterpillar to sparkly chrysalis and beautiful butterfly. Look for butterflies in the meadow to catch and how to distinguish males from females before tagging and releasing them ready for their migration. MORE

Explore TIANQUIZTLI | Latin American Artisan Market
September 11 | 3 PM – 7 PM
The Creative Alliance

Tianquiztli Hispanic Celebration will be the starting point to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is a period from September 15th to October 15th to celebrate the community, history, culture, and achievements of Hispanics in the United States. MORE

Experience “The Croods” on The BIG Screen!
September 11 | 8 PM – 10 PM
Gordon Center for The Arts

Enjoy The Croods: A New Age outdoors on Gordon Center for the Arts’ BIG screen! The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and … what will happen next?? MORE

Celebrate Creativity at the 48th Annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival
September 12 | 10 AM – 5 PM
CAA Park

Now in its 48th year, the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is excited to host this amazing showcase for artists and crafters in Catonsville’s Arts & Entertainment District. Join them at CAA Park, 202 Ingleside Avenue, to shop for unique and handmade gifts from our talented vendors, enjoy live music and festival treats. Then stroll Catonsville’s main street to find a wonderful array of specialty shops and restaurants that meet every taste. Spend the day in Catonsville to discover why LIFE is GREAT in 21228! Admission is FREE. MORE

Get “Toppled” at the Maryland Science Center’s Domino Day
September 12 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Maryland Science Center

Domino Day, presented by Domino Sugar, will take place Sunday, September 12 from noon to 4:00pm. This year the domino display will form a mesmerizing variety of patterns and effects all centered around the theme: STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)! The topple will take place at 2:00pm, but come early and hang around afterward to test designs of your own making and to further explore STEAM! MORE

Celebrate Grandparents Day at 2 Kids Farm
September 12 | 12 PM – 5 PM
2 Kids Farm

Join 2 Kids Far us for Grandparents Day and their 1st Birthday Day Event!  Come out and make memories with your grandparents and family while you help celebrate with a day full of farm fun. For each child admission, a grandparent gets FREE admission. Enjoy barbecue from Mackies Southern BBQ and delicious snacks. Listen to live music and sample beer provided by Idiom brewery. There will also be a good old-fashioned cake walk, cupcake eating contest, tug of war, hayrides, games, story time, face painting, crafts, and more. Of course, the farm’s animal friends will be out, too!  2 yrs old and under are FREE. MORE

Sleepover at the Science Center!
September 17 at 5:30 PM – September 18 at 9 AM
Maryland Science Center

Your mission, if you choose to accept… enroll in the Maryland Science Center’s Spy School for a night of spy intrigue and code breaking. Create a disguise to trick even your closest friends and family and stealthily navigate your way through a maze. Learn how to reveal invisible messages and decipher the clues hidden throughout our exhibits. Do you have what it takes to become a secret agent? Super Science Sleepovers are packed with hands-on learning paired with an unforgettable overnight at the science center. This event is perfect for families, friends, parties and special occasions. MORE

Go on a Flying Mammal Night Hike at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
September 17 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a naturalist as Oregon Ridge debunks myths about bats and learn ways you can help them. Then you’ll head out to explore the park for signs of bats and use echolocation technology to locate them before they head into hibernation for the winter. Adults and children 6+. $6 per person ($4 for ORNCC Members). Register via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

Get FREE Museum Admission During Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
September 18 | All Day
Participating Locations

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine! On Saturday, September 18, 2021 museums across the nation will adopt the policy of the Smithsonian, opening their doors for free to visitors with a Museum Day ticket. Each Museum Day ticket provides free admission to the ticket holder and one guest. To see the full list of participating museums and to download a ticket, visit their website. MORE

Find a New Treasure at the Butchers Hill Fall Flea Market & Craft Fair
September 18 | 9 AM – 2 PM
Patterson Park

The semi-annual Butchers Hill Flea Market and Crafts Fair is scheduled to happen on Saturday, September 18! Enjoy this free event in Patterson Park near the Observatory — find some great treasures! There will be over 160 vendors including your neighbors and local nonprofit organizations. Plus there will be wonderful music and great food. MORE

Celebrate Migration at Cromwell Valley Park
September 18 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

Join Cromwell Valley Park as they celebrate the fall bird migration! Live Birds of Prey, Bird walks, Hawk counting, Garden tours, crafts, and more! FREE! Donations are welcome! Registration NOT required. Don’t forget binoculars! MORE

BLTouchATruck

Touch a Truck at Boys’ Latin
September 18 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM
The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

Join Boys’ Latin School for their Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, September 18 from 10-11:30 am, current and prospective BL families will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of things on wheels, from big trucks and construction to equipment to safety vehicles and more! Register in advance. MORE

Have Lots of Fall Fun at the Johnny Appleseed Festival!
September 18 and 19 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm

Weber’s barnyard will open for the Fall Season with their Johnny Appleseed Festival held on September 18 & 19! Enjoy live music, their retail craft show, and crafts with Parkville-Carney Branch Library (Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM) for FREE! Purchase a barnyard fun ticket (online in advance) for hayrides, duck races, mini mazes, hillside slide, play structures, Boo Barn, farm animals and more. Gem mining, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon creations, and more available at an additional fee. MORE

Find the Beat at the Baltimore Rhythm Festival
September 18 | 12 PM – 8 PM
Baltimore City Public Charter Montessori School

Baltimore Rhythm Festival: A Spirited Day Celebrating the Power of Rhythm and Community in Baltimore City. The festival begins at noon with a blessing and prayer and continues all afternoon with two stages, workshops, children’s activities, open mic, vendors, and the festival drum jams that are like no other. MORE

See the BSO Perform Peter at the Wolf LIVE at The Chrysalis
September 18 | 1 PM – 2 PM
The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park

Join Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a part of the FREE Community Concerts at the Chrysalis! On Saturday, September 18, the BSO, in partnership with the Inner Arbor Trust, will present a free, outdoor performance at The Chrysalis in Howard County at 1 pm. Created with budding music enthusiasts and their families in mind, the 45-minute program, under the baton of BSO Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush, features recognizable favorites of John Williams’ “Adventures on Earth” from E.T. and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice alongside the BSO’s retelling of Prokofiev’s Peter and Wolf with lyrics and narration by Wordsmith. Gates open at 12:30 PM. FREE but registration required. MORE

Learn All About Horses at The Farmyard’s Pony Play Date
September 18 | 3 PM – 7 PM
The Farmyard

Head to The Farmyard for their annual play date that’s ALL ABOUT HORSES! Get close to some of your favorite Farmyard equine and jump into hands-on activities like a horse-drawn carriage ride, pony rides, pumpkin pictures with princesses, horse grooming, demonstrations and more. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and get ready for some fun crafts and local vendors, too! MORE
 
Learn Hip Hop with Vibe Tribe at Movement Lab
September 18 | 4 PM – 5 PM
Movement Lab

 
An hour long, kids hip hop dance session. This class is for beginners and will be broken down step by step. Dancers will warm up, learn choreography, and cool down. For ages 6-12! Vibe Tribe Dance serves Maryland with fun, high energy open hip hop dance sessions! Vibe Tribe Dance is excited to make a mark in the arts, while encouraging others to let dance become a lifestyle! Breathe it. Live it. Express it. MORE
 
Learn about Harriet Tubman during “Lear On, Harriet!” 
September 18 | 7 PM – 9 PM
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Take a “ride” on the Underground Railroad” with a famous “conductor” from Maryland. Dress for outdoor activity. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Please ask about group rates. MORE

Be a Citizen Scientist During Baltimore Birding Weekend
September 24-26
Participating Locations

Audubon’s award-winning Baltimore Birding Weekend will be hosted September 24-26, 2021. The weekend includes an exciting itinerary of bird watching field trips in and around Baltimore. Their tally for the 2020 weekend was 105 species! Excursions include guided hikes and paddles in city parks, unique natural areas, and areas with restricted public access. You can find details on the offerings as well as their COVID-19 precautions on their website. MORE

Celebrate Greek Culture at St. Demetrios’ Greek Festival 2021
September 24-26
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Baltimore, MD presents their 48th Annual Greek Festival from September 24th through September 26th, 2021. Join them in a celebration of Greek culture, music and of course delicious food! FREE on-site parking + FREE admission! MORE

Eat ALL the Things at the Susquehanna Wine & Seafood Festival
September 25 and 26 | All Day
Concord Point Lighthouse

The Inaugural Susquehanna Wine & Seafood Festival is a family-friendly event showcasing the best of Maryland seafood restaurants and food trucks.(There will also be non-seafood fare available.) In addition to delicious culinary offerings, the festival will feature 60+ wines, signature cocktails, and brews. The two-day event will host live music cooking demos by local chefs, wine pairings, mixology demonstrations, unique shopping, a VIP tent and a family zone. MORE

Participate in the Banneker Fall BioBlitz: Reptiles, Amphibians and More!
September 25 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. While generating useful data for science and conservation they are also an excuse for naturalists, scientists, and curious members of the public to meet in person in the great outdoors and are a lot of fun! All are welcome. Family friendly. Space is limited. MORE

Go On a Migration Search Pontoon Ride
September 25 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Hawks, osprey, waterfowl, and butterflies are journeying southward toward their winter homes. See how many choose to fly over or rest on the waters of Otter Point Creek. Participants will meet at Flying Point Park. This program is for ages 2—adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Drop In and Make Art at The Walters (It’s BACK!)
Saturdays and Sundays, Beginning September 25 | 11 AM – 1 PM
The Walters Art Museum

The Walters’ free art-making activities return for weekend family fun! Inspired by their collection, you can create your masterpiece at the museum or take a supply kit home. These events are free. No registration is required. MORE

Learn About Biking in Baltimore at the Baltimore Family Biking Open House
September 25 | 12 PM – 2 PM
Peabody Heights Brewery

Want to ride your bikes as a family around the city but not sure how? Trying to figure out how to transition your kids to their own bikes? Want to connect with other families that also ride in Baltimore? Head to the Baltimore Family Biking Open House! They will have volunteers who are bringing along bike seats, cargo bikes, e-assists, and kid bikes of all sizes and can answer questions about everything from rain gear for toddlers to bike-friendly routes to local parks and playgrounds. MORE

Grab Lunch or Dinner at Baltimore’s Largest Food Truck Festival
September 25 | 12 PM – 11 PM
Timonium Fairgrounds

Maryland’s Largest Food Truck Festival — Trifecta Food Truck & Music Festival — returns! 30+ Tasty Food Trucks, 2 Stages of Awesome Live Music & more! Kids 12 & Under Free. Free Parking! MORE

VIRTUAL | Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with 123 Andrés
September 25 | 2 PM – 2:45 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

A family concert with 123 Andrés is a family celebration! Learn about rhythms and instruments from across the Americas, and have fun celebrating the Spanish language and Latin culture with traditional and new songs, silly dances and family challenges. Families use household objects as instruments, practice salsa and bachata, and supply us with ideas for dance moves and characters for songs. Native Spanish-speakers Andrés and Christina get families moving, laughing and jumping. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start.​ Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

Meet Author/Illustrator Joan Waite During Story Time in the Garden
September 25 | 2:30 PM – 3 PM
The Ivy Bookshop

Join The Ivy for a very special Storytime in the Garden, which happens every Saturday at 2:30pm. On September 25, they’ll be featuring a special guest, author/illustrator, Joan Waites! A Colorful Tail: Finding Monet at Giverny tells the story of a young red fox living in Monet’s garden. In A Purr-Fect Painting: Matisse’s Other Great Cat, you will discover the world of Henri Matisse through the eyes of his cat, La Puce. MORE

Run Wild for Autism at The Zoo
September 26 | 7 AM – 11 AM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Join Pathfinders for Autism for their 11th Annual Run Wild for Autism. They are thrilled to be back in person at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to bring a day of awareness, competition and fundraising for the community. MORE

Help Dogman Escape at BCPL’s Cockeysville Library
September 27 | 4 PM – 5 PM
Baltimore County Public Library – Cockeysville Branch

Dog Man needs your help! The sinister Petey the Cat has Dog Man locked in a box. Use your creative skills to solve puzzles and use clues to unlock the boxes so Dog Man can escape the wrath of Petey. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

Enjoy Tea & A Story at Wight Tea Co.
September 29 | 4:30 PM.- 5 PM
Whitehall Mill

Join Enoch Pratt Free Library for a special family storytime at Wight Tea Co. at White Hall Mill! Participants will read stories, sing songs and explore the science behind their color changing Butterfly Glitter Lemonade! The program will be broadcasted on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page. It can also be watched after the broadcast has ended in the Live video library. MORE

See the Stars with #Popscope
September 30 | 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Northwood Branch

#Popscope is an urban movement that aims to reconnect diverse communities to the night sky and to each other by hosting free, “pop-up” astronomy nights in public spaces. Join Enoch Pratt Free Library at the Northwood Branch as they spend the evening looking into the galaxies. 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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