ROAR for Kids, Springfest at Irvine, Dia del Nino at Patterson Park, Towsontown Spring Festival, May Day Festivities, and MORE! There are so many things happening for kids in Baltimore this weekend!

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Weekend Fun for Kids in Baltimore! April 29 – May 1

All Weekend

FLOWER MART
Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30
Mt. Vernon

Flower Mart returns to Mount Vernon Place! Baltimore’s oldest free public festival will continue the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy’s mission to support local flower and plant growers, hand-made crafts on flower and green themes, and feature Baltimore’s great food! There will be music and educational sessions. MORE

4OTH ANNUAL DECOY & WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
Havre de Grace Decoy Museum

This annual event celebrates its 40th year in 2022. Join Honorary Chairman Charlie Pierce to celebrate the show that his father Jim Pierce started forty-years ago. The festival represents the single largest fundraiser for the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and features vintage as well contemporary waterfowl decoys of all types and makers. Wildlife artists also present a myriad of flat art offerings. Carving, Gunning Decoy, and the J. Evans McKinney Old Decoy contests lure folk artists from every talent level. MORE

2022 MAY DAY FAERIE FESTIVAL
April 30 and May 1 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Marshy Point Nature Center

The May Day Faerie Festival will feature a variety of live music, dancing, bubbles, magicians, fairies, goblins, renowned craft vendors, and winged things both common and uncommon. Activities for humans and faeries of all ages include wildlife encounters, parades, drum circles, faerie and gnome villages, and much more! MORE

53RD ANNUAL TOWSONTOWN SPRING FESTIVAL
April 30 and May 1 | Times Vary
Downtown Towson

The 53rd Annual Towsontown Spring Festival will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 10am-8pm and Sunday, May 1st, 2022 from 1pm-6pm. If you are a thrill-seeker, foodie, music lover, or just a Baltimore explorer, this is your kind of festival. Visit 300+ vendors that offer unique crafts, jewelry, art, food, and more! Two stages of live music will feature some of the best music in Baltimore. MORE

DROP-IN ART MAKING: GROWTH & CHANGE
April 30 and May 1 | 11 am – 1 pm
The Walters Art Museum

Join us at the Walters’ free art-making activities for weekend family fun! Inspired by our collection, you can create your masterpiece at the museum or take a supply kit home. MORE

2022 CITY NATURE CHALLENGE – LIFE IN THE POND (AGES 6+)
April 30 and May 1 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a Naturalist for a hands-on, close-up look at what lives in even the smallest of ponds as part of the City Nature Challenge. We will head out into the park on a short hike to see the ponds teeming with interesting life. Register in advance. MORE

TIDEWATER PLAYERS PRESENTS: THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.
April 30 and May 1 | Times Vary
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance. MORE

Friday, April 29

ICE CREAM DATE WITH DAD
April 29 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pic-n-Paint Pottery

Dad and date will paint their own Ice Cream Bowl and then enjoy some yummy Ice Cream with lots of fun toppings! $61/pair ($22 for an additional child). MORE

ENCORE CHORALE OF ANNAPOLIS & ANNAPOLIS ROCKS
April 29 | 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Maryland Hall

Encore is the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over the age of 55. Based in Maryland, Encore has 15 Chorales and 6 Encore ROCKS rock & roll choruses in the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington area, as well as a Chorale in New York City. Maryland Hall is proud to present their Spring concert featuring Encore Chorale of Annapolis & Annapolis ROCKS. This concert is free and open to the public. MORE

Saturday, April 30

KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE ROAR FOR KIDS
April 30 | 6:30 am – 11:00 am
Oregon Ridge Park

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s ROAR for Kids 5K road run and low-mileage fun walk comes ROARing back to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md., on Saturday, April 30. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to get outside and get going for this great cause. MORE

LIL’ ACORNS – OUTDOOR SPRING PROGRAMS – APRIL SHOWERS (AGES 2-4)
April 30 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Robinson Nature Center

Spend the morning in nature with your lil’ acorn! These outdoor parent/child, interactive programs include stories, tot-friendly investigations, a puppet show, and a short walk through the woods. The April Showers program teaches participants about the weather by engaging hands-on activities involving clouds, rain and temperature. The May Flower program explores different flowers with your senses and discovers the insects and animals that visit these flowers just like you. MORE

2022 CITY NATURE CHALLENGE EPHEMERAL WILDFLOWER WALK (AGES 13+)
April 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge for a naturalist-led hike to discover their Spring ephemerals and learn their lore. This will be an easy-moderate hike. MORE

THE HAVRE DE GRACE ARTS COLLECTIVE YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM PRESENTS: DRAWING FROM NATURE!
April 30 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Sart by watching a magically inspiring video of trees and bugs and birds! Then draw and paint while listening to bird and rainforest sound effects. Join them for this special way to honor the Earth. FREE! MORE

Y HEALTHY KIDS DAY! (ALL AGES, FREE!)
April 30 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
All Y of Central Maryland Locations

For 30 years, Healthy Kids Day has been where play is purposeful and fun is for families. Join them from 10AM – 1PM on APRIL 30 for healthy, fun activities that celebrate kids being kids. Activities include a scavenger hunt, tie dye craft, a moon bounce or inflatable obstacle course, family fitness, community partners, giveaways and more! FREE – ALL ARE WELCOME! No registration necessary. MORE

EXPERIMENTAL ARCHEOLOGY DAY
April 30 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum

Spend the day exploring how archaeologists understand how ancient cultures made and used the artifacts we find during excavations! Try your hand at stone tool making, building a shelter, practice the bow drill to make a fire, and learn how pottery was made! Info: Kelly Palich, [email protected] or 410-313-0423. Ages 10 and up. MORE

2022 SEE BEYOND FESTIVAL
April 30 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Maryland School for the Blind

This is not your typical Spring Festival!! There is something for everyone: Live Music by Sound Storm, Student Drumming, Blindfolded Food Tastings, a Makers and Vendor Market with more than 50 vendors, a Kids Zone featuring our unique playground, Sensory Craft, Braille and Tactile activities, Balloon Animals, Blind Soccer, Beep Baseball, guidewire Track Races!! MORE

FIND YOUR WAY TO PRE-K @ THE SCIENCE CENTER
April 30 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Registration for kindergarten and for free, all day pre-k for priority 1 families begins April 25th and City Schools are celebrating at all of our favorite local attractions! City families with children under the age of 5 are invited to join them for a day of fun, learn about pre-k at Baltimore City Schools, and begin the registration process. Families need to register in advance to attend and admission is FREE! MORE

ROCKING SATURDAYS AT CLARK’S ELIOAK FARM
April 30 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Clark’s Elioak Farm

Bach to Rock in Fulton, MD provides music lessons for students of all ages and skill levels with a special emphasis on live performance. This Spring, Bach to Rock will be bringing its musical spirit to Clark’s Elioak Farm in the form of games, prizes, and live performances! MORE

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY! ALL-DAY CELEBRATION
April 30 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Ivy Bookshop

Join The Ivy for our annual celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, featuring activities and surprises in the shop and across the gardens! Mark your calendars now, and stay tuned for updates as they reveal the details of the day. MORE

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE – AMPHIBIAN HUNT (AGES 6+)
April 30 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Grab a net and a bucket before heading out into Leight Park to find some slippery, slimy critters! We’ll log what we find into iNaturalist for the City Nature Challenge. MORE

PEABODY PREPARATORY GUITAR CONCERT
April 30 | 11:00 am
Enoch Pratt – Light Street Branch

The Peabody Preparatory Guitar Performance Academy will present a concert of classical guitar solos and ensembles by composers from around the world. This indoor program has limited spaces and pre-registration is recommended. To register, please call the Light Street Branch at (410) 396-1096. Walk-ins are also accepted until the program reaches maximum capacity. This program is part of the Imagination Celebration, celebrating children’s creativity with special events, arts and crafts, and more throughout the month of April. MORE

DÍA DEL NIÑO 2022
April 30 | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Patterson Park

Día del Niño (Kids’ Day) returns to Patterson Park for its 12th year! This FREE day of fun will feature piñatas, paper rockets, books, folkloric dance, games, music, and much more! MORE

2ND ANNUAL SPRING CLEANING EVENT
April 30 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Village of Cross Keys

Join The Effy Group for a FABULOUS SPRING CLEANING event on April 30th from 12pm to 3pm at The Village of Cross Keys. They will have a selection of Food Trucks, Home Services Vendors, Paper Shredding, Raffles, KIDS ZONE, and a charity collecting clothing, toys, books, and small household item donations. Bring your families & friends and enjoy a nice spring afternoon with lots of food and fun in the Cross Keys Courtyard! MORE

THE GREAT INDIAN FOOD & FASHION FESTIVAL
April 30 | 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Howard County Fairgrounds

The Great Indian Food & Fashion Festival is on April 30th, 12pm – 8pm at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Enjoy live music, DJ, entertainment, while shopping for Mother’s Day! Free Entry. Free Parking. MORE

EARTH OVEN PIZZA WITH WILD GREENS
April 30 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Join a Naturalist and discover the wild edible plants that can be found in your own backyard. Then cook pizza in the earth oven with the option of garnishing it with the day’s harvest! $5/person. MORE

KID’S SATURDAY OUT AT THE NATURE CENTER (AGES 5-12)
April 30 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Join us once a month for a nature-based, outdoor social program for kids. Explore the wonders of nature, play outdoors with friends, learn outdoor skills and have an afternoon away from home! Kids enjoy nature walks, games, investigations and more. Please dress your child to go outdoors. Indoor spaces used for warming breaks. MORE

STOOP STORIES WITH GRANDPARENTS
April 30 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Enoch Pratt – Govans Branch

nspired by the 2022 Imagination Celebration title What Will You Be? by Yamile Saied Méndez and Kate Alizadeh, we invite grandparents and grandchildren to join us for this inter-generational event where grandparents can share stories aloud about their lives, cultures, or favorite things to do with their grandchildren. This indoor program has limited spaces and pre-registration is recommended. To register, please call the Govans Branch at (410) 396-6098. Walk-ins are also accepted until the program reaches maximum capacity. MORE

ROCK PAINTING WITH FARAH ROCKS & SUSAN MUADDI DARRAJ
April 30 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and meet Susan Muaddi Darraj, the author of Farah Rocks, the exciting new book series from Capstone. Farah Rocks is the first book series to feature a Palestinian American character — the brave, funny, and smart Farah Hajjar. Farah loves her friends, family, books, and science – and she has a large rock collection! MORE

PETRA AND THE WOLF
April 30 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Towson University – Stephens Hall

An old children’s classic with a 21st-century female heroine; Petra and the Wolf takes us through a musical journey of instruments and beloved characters. Join the young dancers from our TU Community Dance Center for a family-friendly afternoon performance. MORE

Sunday, May 1

LET’S PLAY TENNIS, KIDS! (AGES 6-12)
Times Vary | Locations Vary
Hosted by USTA MidAtlantic

USTA Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organization and leader for tennis in the region, is hosting low to no-cost introductory tennis programs for kids in Baltimore! There are three different programs to choose from. Each program is designed to focus on FUN while getting active learning the basics of tennis. It is great for kids ages 6 to 12, and no experience is needed. We also provide all the equipment! Programs start in early May on the 1st, 7th, and 9th in local park locations. Check online for location, dates and details for the programs. MORE

PRINCESS MEET & GREET: MIRABEL
May 1 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Playroom Harford

Meet Maribel from Encanto!! Join The Playroom for this 1.5 hour event on May 1st! Spend the first hour playing in The Playroom then dance with Maribel! Each child will get their face painted and take pictures with the princess. Take time to paint Casa Madrigal and take it home with you! Each child should have an accompanying adult that attends for free. The fun happens from -12pm (designated time for your child is given at registration). MORE

May Day

HANDS ON HOLIDAY: MAY DAY (AGES 1-9)
May 1 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Ivy Bookshop

Join us on the covered patio for a safe, fun and special seasonal celebration. This special program is best for children up to age 9 and will include songs, storytime, a festive holiday craft and sweet lemon-stick treat. We will end the morning by inviting children and their families to learn a simple walking/skipping pattern with the rainbow colored ribbons around a the May Pole. MORE

2022 CITY NATURE CHALLENGE EXPLORE THE FOREST (AGES 4+)
May 1 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join a Naturalist on the trails to explore the forest as we participate in the City Nature Challenge competition. Learn why forests are important and what plants and animals call the forest home at Oregon Ridge Park. Register in advance. MORE

SPRINGFEST FOR FAMILIES
May 1 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Celebrate Spring at Irvine! Lots of fun for all the family with games, crafts and nature activities. Try your hand at building a bird’s nest, decorate eggs, plant flower seeds to take home, explore the Woodland Garden, look for birds along the trails and more. All ages welcome Great event for families! MORE

AAPI HERITAGE FESTIVAL (ALL AGES. FREE!)
May 1 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park

Howard County is a proud home to a diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Howard County Office of the County Executive and AAPI community organizations on May 1st for the first annual Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Festival at the Chrysalis in Downtown Columbia. Come together to celebrate our unique culture which helps Howard County thrive! Festival includes cultural performances, food vendors, activities, and more. FREE! Register in advance so that you receive parking designation. MORE

MAY DAY AT CROMWELL VALLEY PARK (ALL AGES)
May 1 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Cromwell Valley Park

Join a Naturalist as we celebrate May Day by frolicking through the forest and collecting natural materials to make your very own crown and wand. $2 members/ $4 non-members. Register in advance. MORE

MAY DAY FLOWER CRAFTS (AGES 4+)
May 1 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Benjamin Banneker Historic Park and Museum

Early American colonists would celebrate the 1st of May by gathering flowers. Learn how to press wild flowers and use dried ones to make beautiful bookmarks. Preregistration required. MORE

A (PRETEND) TOUR OF ISRAEL
May 1 | 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Robinson Nature Center

A (Pretend) Tour of Israel with Beth Shalom and PJ Library! Pack your bags for A (pretend) Tour of Israel departing from the Robinson Nature Center on May 1. Destinations include a stop in Jerusalem to visit the Kotel and a Shuk (market), tubing down the Jordan River, Maccabi sports, fishing in Eilat, and so much more! Register in advance. MORE

Healthy Kids Running Series

HEALTHY KIDS RUNNING SERIES HEREFORD
May 1 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Healthy Kids Running Series is a five (5) week running program in the spring and fall for kids Pre-K through 8th grade. The Spring Series for Healthy Kids Running Series takes place at Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton. MORE