Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore, November 12-14


Elf on the Shelf (the musical)l, Big Trucks, STEM Festival fun,  author visits, the Irish Festival, Storywalk® trails, and MORE! Check out our favorite things to do with families in and around Baltimore this weekend. For even more options, check out our Community Calendar

Please be sure to check with the host location about their health and safety protocols, as well as their registration requirements, prior to heading out!

Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore, November 12-14

2ND ANNUAL BALTIMORE OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL
Creative Alliance
November 12 -13 | Times Vary

Creative Alliance convenes some of the brightest old time musicians, singers, and dancers in the country to celebrate where this music exists today. Join host artists Ken & Brad Kolodner for the Baltimore Old Time Music Festival! On Friday night, Ken and Brad welcome a dizzying lineup of musicians including Brad Leftwich & The Humdingers, Bill and The Belles, and Jake Blount with his band. Saturday is packed with hands-on workshops in the morning and concerts in the afternoon and evening. This event will be able to stream virtually as well as attend in-person. MORE

CELEBRATE STORYWALK® WEEK WITH ENOCH PRATT!
Enoch Pratt Free Library Hampden, Hamilton, and Canton Branches
November 12-24

Want a fun way to promote literacy and exercise with your kids? Join Enoch Pratt Free Library for their StoryWalk® Week Celebration, kicking off November 12th! What is a StoryWalk®? It’s a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking route in your community. In celebration of National StoryWalk® Week, Enoch Pratt Free Library is offering THREE different story trails. MORE

THE ADDAMS FAMILY BY CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF ANNAPOLIS
Children’s Theatre of Annapolis
November 12-14 | Times Vary

America’s darkest family comes to life in this original musical about love and family, and it’s a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family. It’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. If that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. MORE

MOTHER NATURE STORY TIME
Carrie Murray Nature Center
November 12 | 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Join the staff at Carrie Murray Nature Center with your little one to hear stories about nature. After the story, participants will either go on a nature walk, meet an animal ambassador, or do a craft. Story time will take place outdoors, weather permitting, so be sure to bring a blanket to sit on. Depending on weather, we may utilize indoor space if necessary but will primarily be outdoors. MORE

HALF-PRICE FRIDAY NIGHT
National Aquarium
November 12 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday is your night! Enjoy access to the Aquarium’s award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. An evolution of their Friday After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm with our 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site. MORE

48TH ANNUAL MARYLAND IRISH FESTIVAL
Timonium Fairgrounds
November 12 – 14 | Times Vary

Be Irish for a day at the 48th Annual Maryland Irish Festival, set for November 12-14, 2021 at the Timonium Fairgrounds; from 6-11 p.m. on Friday; 12 noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from 12 noon – 6 p.m. (festival will comply with any and all health related guidelines) There will be plenty of traditional Irish food & drink, internationally recognized musical groups, children’s activities, cultural exhibits from Ireland, festive contests, a speaker series and various vendors all contained in the spacious Cow Palace. Ticket prices vary and are available on-line as well as all the days of the festival. MORE

COCKPIT IN COURT, DUNDALK COMMUNITY THEATRE AND CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE HOST “ALL TOGETHER NOW!”
CCBC Essex
November 12 – 14 | Times Vary

Community College of Baltimore County will join thousands of theatrical organizations around the globe by producing their own local production of Music Theatre International’s All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre features Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, Dundalk Community Theatre and Children’s Playhouse of Maryland. All Together Now! is the first ever collaboration between all three theatres. MORE

Cars, Trucks, Things that Go

CARS, TRUCKS, AND THINGS THAT GO!
Gilman School
November 13 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Join Gilman School for monster trucks, community helper vehicles, circus acts, and more! Share with your friends, and reserve your time spot today! All are welcome to attend this free event. Masks are required. MORE

FREE FAMILY MAKERSPACE WORKSHOPS: LEAF PRINTING
Chesapeake Arts Center
November 13 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 our STEAM Lab on the third floor of the main building. Register for a time slot in advance. MORE

TRUCK TOUCH
Port Covington
November 13 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Head to Port Covington to explore all kinds of construction equipment and first-responder vehicles at our Truck Touch event. Kids of all ages are welcome to come see, climb, and explore! There will be food trucks and live music at the event as well. This event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the parking lot adjacent to West Covington Park. MORE

ACORN TIE-DYE
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
November 13 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tie-dye with acorns while learning about the natural dye process. All materials will be provided. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR VISIT: JOYCE HESSELBERTH
Enoch Pratt – Waverly Branch
November 13 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join author/illustrator Joyce Hesselberth as she reads her new book Beatrice Was a Tree, published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins). Afterward, we will collage our own trees. What kind of tree would you be? Joyce Hesselberth is an author, illustrator, and educator. Her books for children include Mapping Sam, Pitter Pattern, and most recently Beatrice Was a Tree. She teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. This indoor program has limited spaces and pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Waverly Branch at (410) 396‑6053. MORE

DROP IN ART: COMMUNITY
The Walters Art Museum
November 13 and 14 | 11:00 am – 1:00 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

STORIES OF THE FOUR DIRECTIONS WITH NATIVE STORYTELLER DOVIE THOMASON
Baltimore County Public Library – Parkville-Carney
November 13 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The wise, boisterous teaching tales of her Lakota and Plains Apache relatives come alive in listeners’ imaginations as Dovie Thomason shares her culture with understanding, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations. Told with elegance, wit and passion, her stories inspire delight in the spoken word and teach respect for values passed on through generations. In this program, audiences enjoy stories from diverse Native cultures from different regions of the country, including the Northeastern Woodlands to the Southwestern Apache and Pueblo. MORE

THE ELF ON THE SHELF: A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
The Lyric Opera House
November 13 | Times Vary

This holiday season, the beloved tradition that has captured the hearts of families everywhere returns to the live stage! The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical is the thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and heartfelt moments that will bring the family together, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season. MORE

STEM FAMILY FUN FAIR (MD STEM FESTIVAL EVENT)
Doyle Hall, Notre Dame of Maryland University
November 14 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bring the whole family for a series of fun-filled drop-in events that give kids an opportunity to collaborate with one another to solve engineering and design tasks. Activities will be available for kids of all ages, from preK through grade 12. This event is sponsored by Notre Dame of Maryland University’s School of Education and is run by the Leadership in Teaching: STEM program’s faculty and students. MORE

LITTLE BUILDERS’ WORKSHOP-CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN & COMPLIMENTARY HOT CHOCOLATE BOMBS
Made Me Mine
November 14 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Let the countdown begin! Bring your littles’ in for an evening of fun, festive crafting to get them into the holiday spirit! Our instructors will guide them through painting and assembling our snowmen and blocks, adding decals, hats & scarves, and lighting up our mini Christmas Trees as we listen to Christmas carols and enjoy hot chocolate bombs. MORE

SENSORY-FRIENDLY SUNDAY AT THE NATURE CENTER
Robinson Nature Center
November 14 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The center opens early for these events designed for families with kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. Enjoy activities led by Howard County Park Rangers, Heritage staff and Robinson Nature Center educators. Families can also explore the exhibits (lights/sounds adjusted), Discovery Room, nature trails, outdoor NaturePlace and a themed-sensory pathway. Planetarium open between 11am and noon. Sensory alert maps, sensory backpacks and quiet areas available. MORE

WILD TURKEYS!
Robinson Nature Center (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)
November 14 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are there wild turkeys in Baltimore County? Learn about this large and spectacular bird wild bird, and how it is much more than just an item on the menu. All ages, Free. Registration required. MORE

A SEEDY SITUATION
Marshy Point Nature Center
November 14 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Late fall brings about seeds and nuts galore! Learn about the various types you can find in the park in addition to the animals that store and consume them. $2/person. MORE

NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE CHESAPEAKE AT BENJAMIN BANNEKER PARK
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
November 14 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What was life like for the Native people who lived hundreds of years ago along the many Maryland rivers and Chesapeake Bay? Learn how they utilized their environment! This program is designed for adults and children 8+. Please be sure to register in advance, as space is limited! MORE

KIDS COOKIE DECORATING CLASS
Newport Terrace
November 14 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn how to decorate and build a big scarecrow cookie! One ticket is for one adult and one child, additional parent/child tickets may be purchased. MORE

VIRTUAL | TRAVELING THROUGH LATIN AMERICA
Hosted by the Jewish Museum of Maryland
November 14 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Take a trip to Jewish Latin America. Join Latin Grammy award-winning musical artist Mister G for a multilingual concert celebrating Jewish values and culture and then participate in a latke cooking demonstration with Jewtina y Co. The concert will begin at 2pm and the cooking demonstration will begin at 2:50pm Eastern. This program is designed for families with children ages 6-12. This program is part of the series, Shalom World: Judaism Around the Globe. MORE

PJ LIBRARY IN BALTIMORE’S BOOKMITZVAH!
Beth Tfiloh Camp
November 14 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate 13 Years of PJ Library in Baltimore! Enjoy live music, games, food, and fun for the whole family. Do a Mitzvah! Bring a book to donate as part of JVC’s Season of Service. All books are welcome at the book drive – Jewish, secular, adult, and kid-themed! MORE

 

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