Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore! October 15-17


Pumpkin painting, pajama parties, drop-in-art, and MORE! Here are our favorite ideas for family fun in Baltimore this weekend!

If you’re looking for pumpkin patches and fall farm fun, you’ll find that list here.

Don’t forget! Our Pony Playdate In-A-Box Pick-Up is NEXT Saturday at Garrison Forest School! Order your $15 box in advance, pick it up at the school between 10 AM and 12 PM (and meet a pony!). Then stay for a youth polo tournament at 1 PM!

ALL WEEKEND

HARRIET’S HAPPIEST HALLOWEEN
Harford Community College
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

For over 32 years, Harford Dance Theatre has been thrilling audiences with tales of young Harriet as she searches for the perfect Halloween Costume. Join us for an all new adventure as Harriet visits a local carnival and discovers a new world of crazy characters lurking about, like Skat Kat, GoDiva, Harry Pits, and more. Slip on your favorite costume and join her…if you dare! MORE

2021 HEREFORD FALL FESTIVAL
210 Mt. Carmel Road
Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Join the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company for the return of the Annual Hereford Fall Fest, October 16th and 17th, enjoy over 100 craft, food, and local organization vendors. PLUS Helicopter, Hay Wagon, and Monster Truck rides! Live Music, HVFC’s Beer Truck, Local Wineries and much more! MORE

DROP-IN ART MAKING: MEMORY
The Walters Art Museum
Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM – 1 PM

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. Free, no registration. MORE

BALTIMORE TACO FESTIVAL
Power Plant
Saturday and Sunday, 12 PM – 8 PM

The Baltimore Taco Festival is back! Head to Power Plant LIVE (Located just one block from the famous Inner Harbor) on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 for one amazing weekend filled with a variety of tacos, delicious indulgences, and taco themed activities! MORE

HALLOWEEN FUN TRAIL & FALL FEST
Charlotte’s Quest
Saturday and Sunday, 3 PM – 7 PM

Join Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center for a family-friendly hike, crafts and games. Kids will enjoy a hike on their Halloween Fun Trail and then can spend time in our Fall Fest Area playing games and making crafts. Purchase tickets online for $8 or at the door for $10 per child. (Adults can accompany children on this hike at no charge). They’ll also offer pumpkin painting and s’mores at an additional cost and food trucks will be on-site. MORE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

SCHOOLS OUT DAY AT LAKE ROLAND
Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)
9 AM – 3 PM

Explore Lake Roland with a naturalist and experience all that our park has to offer. Enjoy games, crafts, and plenty of outside time. MORE

HOMESCHOOL DAY AT THE BMI: KIDS’ CANNERY (GRADES 3-8)
The Baltimore Museum of Industry
10 AM – 11:30 AM

The BMI offers homeschool days for families and groups of less than 10 students. Join other homeschoolers from the BMI community to participate in their award-winning, guided programs.MORE

HOMESCHOOL DAYS AT THE BMI: LIGHTS ON! (GRADES K-2)
Baltimore Museum of Industry
10 AM – 11:30 AM

The BMI offers homeschool days for families and groups of less than 10 students. Join other homeschoolers from the BMI community to participate in their award-winning, guided programs. MORE

MARYLAND STEM FESTIVAL: RAILROAD BRIDGE ENGINEERING WORKSHOP
B&O Railroad Museum
1 PM – 2 PM

As part of the Maryland STEM Festival, the Museum is offering a special educational workshop for kids & families! In this workshop, participants will learn what it takes to be a railroad bridge engineer by designing and building a railroad bridge that will be able to withstand the weight of a train car. This workshop is included with regular Museum Admission, and participants are welcome to drop in any time from 1-2 PM! MORE

TEDDY BEAR PAJAMA PARTY
Maryland Science Center
5 PM – 8 PM

Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the Maryland Science Center so they can help you explore science! Engineer a parachute to help your stuffy drift through the air, go on a scavenger hunt, and learn all about Bear’s Shadow. Design a sled to whisk your plush pal down a ramp and end the night gazing at the stars. Dinner is included as part of this event! The event was designed for children ages 8 and under, but older siblings can join in on the fun as well. Purchase tickets in advance. All children must have an adult in their party. MORE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021

GET OUTSIDE AT CAMBRIDGE! GRADES 3-5
Cambridge School
9:30 AM – 11 AM

Discover the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social benefits of taking school outside! This family-friendly event will introduce students and parents to outdoor education at Cambridge. Students will go home with a nature-made gift and reminder of their time on Cambridge School’s campus. MORE

OUTSIDE PUPPET THEATER- FLYING SQUIRREL MEETS HER NEIGHBOR
Robinson Nature Center
10 AM and 11 AM

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. Call 410-313-0400 to register (no online registration). MORE

OPEN HOUSE AT MDOT MPA COX CREEK FACILITY
MDOT Maryland Port Administration’s Cox Creek Facility
10 AM – 2 PM

You’re invited to an Open House at MDOT Maryland Port Administration’s Cox Creek Facility on Saturday, October 16th from 10 am – 2 pm. This event is free and open to the public, family-friendly with fun activities for everyone including, self-guided birding, Touch-A-Truck, a chance to meet live animals, and play games! MORE

ELLICOTT SILLY COMEDY FESTIVAL PRESENTS: KIDS SAY THE GOOFIEST THINGS
Little Market Cafe
10:30 AM

The Ellicott Silly Comedy Festival is ecstatic to announce the return of our Family Comedy Magic Show where kids (too) are the comics!!
Join Elizabeth Norman and Charlie Ross in the courtyard outside Little Market Café, just off Main Street in Ellicott City on October 16 , 2021 for Kids Say The Goofiest Things!! Show time is 10:30AM. (Check In and Treat Pick Up for Kid Comics is 10:00AM-10:25AM. All kid comics receive a free treat and drink courtesy of Little Market Café. This is a G Rated Family Comedy Magic Show hosted by Elizabeth Norman and headlined by Charlie Ross. Advance tickets recommended as seating is limited. MORE

FALL FORAGERS
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
10:30 AM – 12 PM

As the weather begins to cool down, the forest’s produce begins to change. See what is in season by hiking through Leight Park and tasting its bounty! This program is for ages 12 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

VIRTUAL | CULTURAL TRADITIONS STORYTIME: DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library
11 AM – 11:30 AM

Join the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Artesanas from the Creative Alliance for a special edition of storytime! Read a book exploring the cultural traditions and celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and learn about creating an ofrenda (altar) at home. MORE

KIDS PUMPKIN PAINTING
Makers of Maryland Pop-Up Shop
11 AM – 1 PM

Free Pumpkin Painting for all kids on Saturday mornings in October at Markers of Maryland Pop-Up Shop! Includes a small pumpkin, paining & craft supplies, and Halloween treats! Makers of Maryland is located in the old Pier 1 building next to Ulta Beauty. No RSVP or purchase necessary. MORE

2021 MARYLAND STEM FESTIVAL AT THE FIRE MUSEUM
The Fire Museum of Maryland
11 AM – 2 PM

The Fire Museum of Maryland is happy to announce that they will be participating in the 2021 Maryland STEM Festival. The museum will be conducting experiments from their new STEM program, The Science of Fire Safety. Participation is included with regular admission to the museum, no registration required. MORE

OPEN COCKPIT DAY
Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
11 AM – 2 PM

Visit the planes at Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum during Open Cockpit Day! 11 AM – 2 PM. Last bus to see the planes leaves at 1:30 PM. $7/adult, $5 for Children 12 and Under. MORE

KERPLUNK AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE
Creative Alliance
12 PM – 3 PM

Kerplunk! Family Art Drop-in class is great for younger kids and families! Come join the Creative Alliance team in the Marquee Lounge to create some golden light fall themed art projects and be thankful for the holiday season together. MORE

NEW SINGER AUDITIONS FOR MARYLAND STATE BOYCHOIR
Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Do you know a boy who likes to sing? Are you looking for a safe and nurturing outlet for the boy in your life to interact with other musically-inclined children? Boys ages 6-18 who have a pleasant singing voice and who love to sing are encouraged to apply for membership in the Maryland State Boychoir program! MORE

PUMPKIN PAINTING AT ANNIE’S PLAYGROUND
Annie’s Playground
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Join The Purple Bicycle for Pumpkin Painting at Annie’s Playground! $20/pumpkin. Register in advance. MORE

FAIRIES AND DRAGONS
Eden Mill Nature Center
1 PM – 3 PM

Legend has it that the forest is full of mystical creatures. See if you can find them! Join Eden Mill for a fun scavenger hunt with clues. Then build your own fairy house or dragon lair! Ages 5+ with adult. MORE

VIRTUAL | KEEPING OUR PLANET HEALTHY: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Join STEMCX and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum as they invite Kelly Wyche, CEO and founder of Collective Power (https://www.ourcollectivepower.org/) to discuss the need for sustainable ways to power our planet. Then join Kelly as she leads you through the construction of your own DIY windmill using materials in your own home. This STEM activity is inspired by William Kamkwamba, the environmentalist who famously built a wind turbine to save his village in Africa. A video reading of The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by illustrator Elizabeth Zunon will be included. MORE

CHEMISTRY IN THE LIBRARY: FAST OR SLOW… CHEMISTRY MAKES IT GO!
Enoch Pratt – Govans Branch
2 PM – 2:45 PM

Join a chemist from the Army Research Laboratory and the American Chemical Society and participate in hands-on experiments exploring the chemistry of reaction rates. For ages 7 & up (7-8 year olds must be accompanied by an adult). Registration required. To register, call the Govans Branch at (410) 396-6098. MORE

TWILIGHT FAMILY STROLL
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
5 PM – 7 PM

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 must be 5 years or older. MORE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

THE PUMPKIN PATCH EXPRESS AT THE B & O RAILROAD MUSEUM
B&O Railroad Museum
12 PM and 2:30 PM

The spooky season is upon us, and to celebrate, the Mile One Express at the B&O becomes the Pumpkin Patch Express! Take a Halloween-decorated train ride out to the B&O’s pumpkin patch, located at the site of the First Mile Stable. After choosing their pumpkin, touring the stable, and meeting the horses, kids will take the train back to the B&O, where they can decorate their pumpkins, play carnival games, win prizes, enjoy a fall snack, receive tokens to use on their children’s rides! MORE

FALL FAMILY FARM FEST
The Phoenyx Farm and Sanctuary
12 PM – 4 PM

Fall in love with Phoenyx Farm & Sanctuary! A whole day of family fun is planned, including pony and rainbow unicorn rides, pumpkin decorating, craft vendors, min golf course, food, craft bar, live music, horse meet and greet, and more! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tour our local facility and raise awareness and support for the Phoenyx Farm & Sanctuary AND have a great time! MORE

NATURE DISCOVERY TOTS
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
1 PM – 2 PM

Explore the Nature Discovery Area with a Naturalist! Each meeting will focus on a different theme of the season. This free program is for ages 0 to 6 w/adult. MORE

DEM BONES
Oregon Ridge Nature Center
1 PM – 2:30 PM

Join a Naturalist as you study bones and skulls and look for clues to figure out the mystery of where they came from. Adults and children 5+. $4 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members). Register via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org MORE

OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA SIGNING DAY
Robinson Nature Center
2 PM – 4:30 PM

Howard County Recreation & Parks invites the deaf and hard of hearing community to enjoy a day of outdoor demonstrations, activities and interaction at the Robinson Nature Center. Interpreters, captioning and additional technology are sponsored by the James & Anne Robinson Foundation. Delight in outdoor puppet shows, scavenger hunts, bingo games, Park Ranger-led activities and more. Families that preregister receive a goody bag with activities you can complete at home. MORE

CHARM CITY RUN KIDS XC SERIES PRESENTED BY SAUCONY – CARROLL PARK
Carroll Park
3 PM – 4 PM

The Charm City Run Kids X-Country Series presented by Saucony consists of five races for kids 12 and under. Parents are welcome to run with their kids to encourage them and perhaps get a little exercise themselves! 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.

Next post School Spotlight | Young Roland Park Country School Entrepreneurs Make Their Mark

Previous Article Make Art for Others with Social Studio

heather

About the Author heather

Heather is editor-in-chief of (cool) progeny. When not scouting the best in everything kid and family, you'll probably find her running The Weisse Group or adventuring around town with her kids and husband Patrick. Can be won over with a good glass of wine or something homemade. Addicted to Pinterest. A two-cups-of-coffee-a-day kinda gal. Only pretends to know what she's doing with her SLR, even though she's got a fantastic lens on it.Thankful it does most of the work for her. Navigating the world of special needs parenting. Trying to pay it forward one day at a time. #littlelionchallenge

Related Posts

No Comment

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.