45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore This October

45 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore 2021

Mo Willems, big trucks, Halloween fun, spooky hikes, whodunnit adventures, harvest festivals, storytimes and MORE! Here are our favorite 45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this October!

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45 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore This October

Join Read to Reef and Earn FREE Admission to the National Aquarium

It’s BACK! This month, the National Aquarium, in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, celebrates the return of Read to Reef, an award-winning program that connects Baltimore students’ love of reading with the world’s aquatic treasures. Beginning October 1, 2021, Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger with a Pratt Library card can receive a special bookmark from their local Pratt Library (supplies are limited). Participants may request bookmarks until October 31. After reading any five aquatic or conservation-themed books, students can enter the code on the bookmark through the Aquarium’s online ticketing portal to make a reservation and receive free admission (up to four guests) through January 17, 2022. MORE

Head to the Pumpkin Patch

Nothing says fall like some harvest fun! Head to one of these (cool) Baltimore pumpkin patches for an adventure. Take a hayride, search for the perfect pumpkin, meet barnyard animals, indulge in cider donuts — just don’t forget the camera. These fall family excursions always mean awesome family photos! Please be sure to check the event host’s website for the most up-to-date info and health/safety precautions before venturing out. Check out our MEGA LIST of Pumpkin Patches and destinations for fall fun

Explore Monsters, Mystery and Magic at Port Discovery
All Month Long | Times Vary
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Ready for some wickedly fun things to do with your kiddos and family? Plan a visit to Port Discovery this October, and enjoy a day out filled with family-friendly Halloween-themed events for kids! You’ll find treats of all kinds to explore – from spooktacular mystery tours, special StudioWorkshop projects, and Halloween-themed music and storytimes to a spectacular Halloween event featuring costume contests, trick-or-treating, and more!  Reminders: Check PortDiscovery.org for Hours of Operation. Capacity is limited. Purchase tickets online in advance of visitingMORE

Make a Painted Leaf Wallhanging
Thursday, October 7 | 4 PM – 5 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Canton Branch

Celebrate the colors of fall by creating your own painted leaf wall hanging.  This indoor program is limited to 15 participants, and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Canton Branch at (410) 396-8548. All participants ages 2 and older must wear a mask during the program. MORE

Try a Toddler Takeover at Sharp’s Farm
Friday, October 8 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Sharp’s at Waterford Farm

Toddlers under the age of 5 years old are invited to “take over” Sharp Farm for the morning! Dress up in your favorite “farm” attire and come join the fun! Recommended for ages 1 – 5. Little farmers will feed the chickens, goats and cows; take a fun and bumpy hayride through fields and Cattail Creek; pick pumpkins and play pumpkin games; harvest an ear of popcorn; and MORE! MORE

Help Create a Playscape with Mo Willems at the Kennedy Center
Saturday, October 9 | 10:45 AM – 4 PM
The Kennedy Center

As part of the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary season celebration, Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems will work with local community members to create a giant mural on the bluestone floor of the REACH Plaza! This exciting public art piece is inspired by Mo’s abstract works of dots and lines. A huge graphic representation of how we’re all connected in unexpected ways, the playscape will be created throughout the day on Saturday, October 9 and remain installed until the winter. MORE
Drop In and Make Art at The Walters
Saturdays and Sundays | 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. Free, no registration. MORE

Celebrate Howard County Pride
Saturday, October 9 | 11 AM – 6 PM
The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Join the celebration at HOCO PRIDE 2021 Sponsored by The Howard County Health Department! Enjoy dozens of vendors, crafts and pumpkin-related activities, books and family lawn games from the HoCo Library, food trucks, entertainment line-up, a treasure hunt, and a variety of lgbtq+ themed arts, educational programs. MORE

See the “Big Trucks” at the Maryland Zoo
Saturday, October 9 | 10 AM – 1 PM
The Maryland Zoo

BIG trucks are heading to the Zoo! On October 10, a variety of BGE electric trucks will be “on exhibit” at the Zoo’s Shuttle Stop in Schaefer Plaza. Kids of all ages are welcome to come visit the trucks and take pictures. MORE

Have Your Silhouette Drawn at Pied Piper Kids
Sunday, October 10 | By Appointment
Pied Piper Kids at The Village of Cross Keys

Skip the lines and ease your way to holidays – sign up for your own Silhouette Appointment time, and pay in advance for that appointment. For only $40.00, 2 (TWO) silhouettes of your beloved sitter, and your guaranteed appointment time. (Each person receiving a silhouette must have his/her own silhouette appointment). MORE

Party at the Towson Fall Festival
Sunday, October 10 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Downtown Towson

Towson Fall Festival will be held on October 10, 2021 from 11 am to 7 pm at Patriot Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue & Washington Avenue. Towson Fall Festival will have 2 local bands performing, food trucks, craft vendors, and much more! This event is fun for the whole family. MORE
Learn All About Japan and Japanese Culture
Sunday, October 10  | 3 PM – 6 PM
The Meeting House, Columbia
Interested in Japanese traditional or pop-culture? This is the event for you! Did you know that Maryland and Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan have been in a sister state relationship for 40 years? Celebrating the 40th-year anniversary, Maryland and Kanagawa Sister State committee along with UMBC, Misako Ballet, Matcha Time Cafe, and Baltimore and Kawasaki Sister City welcome you to this cultural exploration event! MORE
Watch a Spooky Movie Outside at Wyman Dell
Tuesday, October 12 + Tuesday, October 26 | 6 PM – 9 PM
Wyman Park Dell
Head to Wyman Park Dell for two Spooky Tuesday film screenings! They’ll be showing the 1991 Addams Family on 10/12 and Edward Scissorhands on 10/26. Arrive at 6 PM to claim your spot; the movies start at 7.  All are welcome to attend our FREE family friendly outdoor film series. Bring your own blanket or chair. Popcorn will be available for purchase. MORE
(Virtually) Meet Author W. Bruce Cameron
Thursday, October 14 | 1:30 PM
Virtual Event with Enoch Pratt Free Library
New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose is back with another charming installment in the irresistible chapter book series Puppy Tales, featuring Lily, a rescue dog who rescues other animals! Join Enoch Pratt Free Library in partnership with The Ivy Bookshop for this charming Facebook live event! MORE
Build at Railroad Bridge at The B&O
Friday, October 15 | 1 PM – 2 PM
The B&O Railroad Museum
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
Party with Your Teddy at the Science Center
Friday, October 15 | 5 PM – 8 PM
The Maryland Science Center

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. All children must have an adult in their party. Register in advance. MORE

Get Outside at Cambridge School
Saturday, October 16 | 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Cambridge School
Head to Cambridge School for a morning of outdoor fun on their campus! This event is geared for rising 3rd-5th graders. FREE! MORE

Enjoy at Very Hungry Caterpillar Tea Party
Saturday, October 16 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Robinson Nature Center

Enjoy a catered tea party-to-go with caterpillar and butterfly-themed activities! Robinson Nature Center will provide the materials and pre-recorded activity videos for your experience. Create an adorable stuffed caterpillar and a puddling stone from which butterflies can drink. Try searching for butterflies and learning how to safely net them. Sweet Simplici-tea provides a delicious scone and cookies along with decorations you can add, and a pot’s worth of tea leaves for you to steep. Purchase in advance. MORE

Explore STEM Activities at The Fire Museum
Saturday, October 16 | 11 AM – 2 PM
The Fire Museum of Maryland

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

Tour The Airport During Open Cockpit Day
Saturday, October 16 | 11 AM – 2 PM
The Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum

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

Learn How to Keep Our Planet Healthy with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, October 16 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
VIRTUAL Event with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

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

See Chemical Reactions In the Library
Saturday, October 16 | 2 PM – 2:45 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Govans Branch

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

Take a Twilight Family Stroll at the Zoo
Saturday, October 16 | 5 PM – 7 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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

Go For a Cross Country Run at Carroll Park
Sunday, October 17 | 
Hosted by Charm City Run

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! $6/pp. MORE

Tune Into Spooky Storytime with Aurora Gorealis
Monday, October 18 | 6 PM
Virtual Event with Enoch Pratt Free Library

Settle in for some slightly spooky stories, songs, and rhymes with guest reader Aurora Gorealis of Shocktail Hour! Via Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Facebook Page. MORE

Ride The Pumpkin Express at The B&O
Select Weekend Days + Times
The B&O Railroad Museum

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

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with The Walters
October 20 – November 7 | Times Vary
The Walters Art Museum

From October 20 – November 7, visitors to the Walters Art Museum can contribute to a community altar designed by artist Edgar Reyes, pick up an Art Kit, and visit the Translations and Transitions / Traducciones y Transiciones exhibition. A special community conversation will be held on October 28 to explore the variations of traditions practiced as part of the Día de los Muertos celebrations. Explore more programs, activities, and community resources online. Please check the Walter’s website for their schedule. MORE

Discover Your Inner Sleuth at Whodunnit Day
Saturday, October 23 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Maryland Science Center

Can you solve the mystery of the missing piñata? It could have been the best birthday party of all time. The DJ was spinning tunes, a magician was setting up for his magic show, and everyone was chowing down on pizza in the backyard. All was going according to plan until, the piñata went missing! The Maryland Science Center needs your help to solve this mystery at Who Dunnit Day on Saturday, October 23 from noon- 4:00pm. Search for clues at the scene of the crime, use scientific investigation techniques to piece together evidence, and connect the dots to get the party back on track. Will you be able to close the case of the missing piñata? All Who Dunnit Day activities are free with paid admission and completely free for MSC members. MORE

Enjoy a Spooktacular Day On The Farm
Saturday, October 23 & 30 | 12 PM – 5 PM
2 Kids Farm

Enjoy a Spooktacular day at 2 Kids Farm to celebrate Halloween ?! The Farm’s Halloween festival will be a Halloween wonderland where the children are welcome to wear costumes and parade around their pond to trick or treat at the magical doors along the way for treats and fun activities. Families are also welcome to relax and listen to some live music , food/snacks provided by local vendors and beer provided by Idiom brewery . They will have pumpkin painting , needle in the hay stack treasure hunt , hayrides , pumpkin pie eating contest , trick or treating , corn table fun , animal friends to play with and meet and many more fall activities! MORE

Light Up The Night at The 22nd Great Halloween Lantern Parade
Saturday, October 23 | 4 PM – 8 PM
Patterson Park

Remerging from the pandemic cocoon like a mystical glowing butterfly is the 22nd Annual Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival! No need to check your eyes, you read that right, the Lantern Parade is back!! Participants will be marching in Patterson Park like days of yore at 7PM on Sat Oct. 23rd (rain date: Sun Oct. 24th) complete with magical illuminated floats, boisterous marching bands, stilt-walkers, and more! MORE

Get Dressed Up for Lantern Night at The Fire Museum
Saturday, October 23 | 6 PM – 8 PM
The Fire Museum of Maryland

A family-friendly Halloween. See fire apparatus in a new light: etched glass signal lamps and kerosene lanterns; also visit with reenactors in period attire. Wear your Halloween costume and get in for 1/2 price! MORE

Trick or Treat with the Animals at the Halloween Hoedown
Saturday, October 23 | 6 PM – 8 PM
Maryland Farm Park | Baltimore Ag Center

Put on your favorite costume and trick-or– treat with the animals, play games, take a hayride, and tour the “haunted barn”. All Ages. Free. MORE

Go On a Halloween Hike
Saturday, October 23 | 6 PM – 9 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Spend a spooky evening at the park hiking through the woods to discover the creatures of Halloween. Meet these real “scary” critters up close and listen to their tales spun by Halloween characters. After the hike, enjoy music and roasted marshmallows down by a cozy campfire. Registration required in advance – payment at door. Pre-register for ½ hour time slots to begin hike. Allow 1 hour for hike and campfire. This program is for any age able to handle a slightly spooky ¾ mile hike in the woods at night. MORE

Meet Creepy Crawlers at Chesapeake Arts Center
Sunday, October 24 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Chesapeake Arts Center

Echoes of Nature is joining Chesapeake Arts Center this fall for monthly free STEAM Sunday workshops. Each workshop will include a visit from one or more of their live animal ambassadors! Pre-registration through the CAC website is required and space is limited. Registration opens approximately 4 weeks prior to each workshop. This Sunday’s workshop is all about creepy crawlers! MORE

Take a Pony Ride (and MORE!) at the 14th Annual Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival
Saturday,  October 23 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Rash Field

Head to Rash Field at the Inner Harbor for our annual Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival! We bring the country to Baltimore City with a cityview pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay maze, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, live music, food trucks, stilt walkers, and other fall festivities! Admission to the festival is FREE! MORE

Celebrate Nature Quest at Lake Roland
Sunday, October 24 | 12 PM – 2 PM
Lake Roland

Head to Lake Roland for this family-friendly festival! Activities will include live animals, canoeing, dam tours, and more! Raffle for prizes at the end of the event. To learn about year-round Nature Quest activities, pick up your booklet at Wegmans grocery store or our Nature Center, or download it from the park’s website, LakeRoland.org. $5/person or FREE with the completion of 5 or more Nature Quest trail stamps. *Pre-Registration and masks required for program participation* MORE

Make Natural Lip Balm at Irvine Nature Center
Sunday, October 24 | 2 PM – 3:30 PM
Irvine Nature Center

A fun, hands-on class where teens get to make lip balms from scratch. Learn how to vary ingredients for different flavors and textures to create a personalized lip balm. Then find common plants that can be infused in oil to create an herbal balm for winter chapped lips. Take home two of each type (one for you and one for a friend!) and the knowledge to make lip balms again in your own kitchen. MORE

Party at ZooBooo!
Friday, October 29 – Sunday, October 31 | 10 AM – 4 PM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

For the 38th year, The Maryland Zoo brings growls and ghouls together at ZooBOOO! presented by Chase. ZooBOOO! will take place  October 29th through the 31st, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  ZooBOOO! includes safe Halloween trick-or-treating, visits from our Animal Ambassadors, two costume contests each day sponsored by Mount Washington Pediatrics, carnival games, crafts, the STIFEL “not-so-spooky” hay maze, family entertainment and much more! MORE

Check Out Area Schools + Programs at the Baltimore Family Alliance 2021 School & Programming Fair
Saturday, October 30 | 9 AM – 12 PM
Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School

Register for Baltimore Family Alliance’s School and Programming Fair for Oct 30, 2021 from 9am-12pm at Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School in Bolton Hill. This fair is sponsored by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. MORE

Rattle Your Bones at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Come in costume and join in a family-friendly Halloween event at Port Discovery over Halloween weekend! Enjoy special activities including costume parades, a Mythical Monsters Museum Tour, and a Studio Takeover featuring guest artist Kelsey Joyce who will lead visitors in paper mâchéing, painting, and decorating imaginative creatures and friendly monsters! Register in advance. MORE

Trick or Treat on the Ridge
Saturday, October 30 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Dress up in your best costume and stroll through the woods and meadow to learn about the tricks plants and animals have up their “leaves”. Participants will get a treat at each stop so bring a bag. Hike is approximately ½ mile. Register in advance for a time spot. All ages! $5 per child (maximum 2 adult chaperone per child). MORE

See The Baltimore Children’s Choir at The BMI
Saturday, October 30 | 11 AM – 12 PM
The Baltimore Museum of Industry

Join the Baltimore Children’s Choir for a free, family-friendly, outdoor musical performance along the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s waterfront. Youth ages 8-18 will present a variety of repertoire in this one-hour performance supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org). The Baltimore Children’s Choir is a nonprofit organization that makes choral music accessible to children in the greater Baltimore area, in a positive, child-centered environment. Free, no registration required. MORE

Trunk or Treat at the Columbia Sportspark
Saturday, October 30 | 4 PM – 7 PM
Columbia Sportspark

Not your average Trunk or Treat! After candy and treats, stick around and enjoy a round of mini golf with the family and games including: Snowball fight, Axe (plastic!) throwing, Bean Bag Toss, Obstacle Course, Tennis Fun, Fishing and more! Admission to the event, including games, is free. Mini golf is $5 per person. MORE

Take a Self-Guided Halloween Trek
Sunday, October 31 | 11 AM – 3 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

Bring your whole family to the Nature Center, where your adventure begins! Follow clues on this self-guided journey and then return to the center for a treat. Be sure to wear your favorite Halloween costume! $2 members /$4 non-members. Advanced registration required.  All ages! MORE

Go On a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, October 31 | 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Don costumes and step into the forest in search of clues hidden at creature stations. Complete a word puzzle to earn a Halloween prize! Register for 1-hour time slots. This program is for ages 2 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE


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