Get those planners out… here’s our megalist of family-friendly fun this month! Check out 50 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore this May.
As always, please check with the host organization for the most up-to-date info, registration, and health/safety policies before venturing out.
50 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This May
Celebrate “May The Fourth”
May the 4th is Star Wars Day! And it seems like Baltimore is showing Star Wars love all month long. From paper circuit light sabers to movies with the orchestra, we’ve got a round-up for Kid-Friendly Star Wars Fun this May.
Read to a Shelter Dog
One of the best ways to get reluctant readers is to have them read to animals. Baltimore County Public Library offers a Paws to Read program select Saturdays at their Cockeysville Bbranch and a partnership with Defenders of Animal Rights through the Hereford Branch.
Create Wood Sculptures with Enoch Pratt Free Library
Sign your little one up for an Art Explorer: Wood Sculptures session at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch on Wednesday mornings in May. Their completed project can stay on exhibit and be featured in a special art show at the end of the month!
Flip Out at Rebounder’s Open Gym Session
The best way to hurdle through hump day? Flip out at Rebounders Gymnastics in Timonium during a Wednesday Open Gym session! Explore, run, jump, tumble, and play on preschool equipment, and practice skills on the Olympic sized equipment on Wednesdays from 11 AM – 12 PM. Register through their event calendar in advance. $10/Rebounders member child and $15 for non-member child.
Experience Dinosaurs at the Maryland Zoo
Travel through a prehistoric forest of roaring, rustling dinosaurs deep in the heart of the Zoo! The Maryland Zoo’s new limited-time experience, DINOSAURS!, opens on May 6th and runs through November. You’ll take a winding path through our Maryland Wilderness to experience up-close encounters with life-size, animatronic dinosaurs like velociraptors, triceratops, tyrannosaurus rex, and more, created by Dino Don Inc. The fully robotic creatures move their heads, arms, tails, and even spit water! They’re also offering a special showing of Jurassic Park at the Zoo on / /. A don’t miss for future paleontologists!
Master “The Pretzel” with Ropenastics
Get up and move for National Physical Fitness Month. Learn some cool jump rope tricks from Guinness World Record holder David Fisher, The Rope Warrior. Step by step, The Rope Warrior teaches tricks, like “The Pretzel,” “The Houdini” and the “180 Jedi Turn.” All ages and skills levels welcome. Catch them at Baltimore County Public Library’s Catonsville Branch on May 6th at 3 PM and at the Owings Mills Branch on May 7th at 2 PM.
Down Dog with the Goats
Join Ms. Ashley and Ms. Nicole from Wild Little Yogis for a fun filled children’s goat yoga class at Daily Chaos Farm on Friday, May 6th at 6:00pm. This class is open to children ages 2-10. Register in advance.
Stroll and Roll for a Cause
Join the Erin Levitas Foundation (ELF) on Saturday, May 7, 2022, for the 3rd annual Erin Levitas Foundation Stroll & Roll. Friends, families, businesses, and individual supporters will walk, run, dance, stroll or roll to raise the organization’s goal of $150,000 and awareness for sexual assault prevention through early education. Following the Stroll & Roll, families will enjoy a kid’s zone complete with a moon bounce, giant slide, face painting, coloring wall and more! To celebrate members of ELF’s community, awards will be given to those who have gone the extra mile in categories for fundraising, team gathering, volunteering and more. Thanks to a generous sponsor, $35 in-person Stroll & Roll registrants also get FREE lower-level tickets for the Orioles + Kansas City baseball game the night of the Stroll & Roll on Saturday, May 7! For kids, with a $10 donation to the Erin Levitas Foundation for each in-person youth registration, kids also get a game ticket.
Explore Primitive Technology at Cromwell Valley Park
Join Cromwell Valley Park for Primitive Technology Weekend as they share knowledge and hands-on experience in the replication of items composed of stone, bone, wood, and natural fibers on May 6th and 7th. FREE! Donations welcome! Reservations NOT required.
Run a 5K with Mom
Baltimore City Rec and Parks $5 5K Series is BACK and they’re kicking things off on Saturday, May 7th at Carroll Park with a We Heart Moms run. Family-friendly! Don’t want to trek downtown? Charm City Run in Bel Air is offering a FREE Mother’s Day Family Fun Run on the 7th as well.
Score Free Comic Books during Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day is May 7th and ALL of your favorite local comic book shops are celebrating! Check out the specials, creator appearances, and surprises at Collectors Corner, Alternate Worlds, and Dreamer & Make-Believers Books.
Experience Kinetic Sculptures in Motion
The American Visionary Art Museum’s spectacular spectacle is back! Nab a spot along the Kinetic Sculpture Race‘s route on Saturday, May 7th. You don’t want to miss this human-powered, eco-happy race of artful contraptions built by ordinary people to travel over land, water, sand, and mud! One of our favorite spots to catch the fun is Patterson Park.
“Rock Out” with Bach to Rock at Clark’s Elioak Farm
This Spring, Bach to Rock will be bringing its musical spirit to Clark’s Elioak Farm in the form of games, prizes, and live student performances! You can catch the musical fun on Saturdays, May 7-21.
Check Out STEAM Power at The Fire Museum
Families love seeing real steam and hand-pumped fire engines at the annual Steam & Hand Show at the Fire Museum of Maryland. Take a ride on a horse-drawn hose wagon, kids’ games and activities. The show takes place on Saturday, May 7th, 10 AM – 2 PM. Free admission!
Create Fantastical Bugs With Your Mini at Manor Mill
Adults and kids (limit 2 kids per parent, ages 6 and older) will model delicious, fantastical monsters and bugs out of marzipan during this marzipan parent-child workshop. A fun and creative activity you can do together. Plus, you’ll have presents to give Mom for Mother’s Day, or to give anyone for any day, or just to eat every day! The workshop takes place on May 7th at 2 PM. Register in advance.
Celebrate Mom at the Tianquiztli Market
Join Creative Alliance for a very special Mother’s Day celebration at the Tianquiztli Market on May 7th from 3 PM – 7 PM! CIELO and Artensanas honor our Mothers with the renowned cuisine and culture of Latin America. The Tianquiztli Market will offer a wide variety of unique, eccentric, and sweet flavors that reflect Latin American recipes and traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Celebrate and enjoy special live performances, including music, poetry, dances, and traditional workshops that reflect the colors, sounds, textures, dances, and flavors of our heritage. All mothers will receive a special hand-made gift by Artesanas.
See Daniel Tiger Live On Stage
The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. On Saturday, May 7th, Harford Community College is offering TWO performances for little Tiger fans! It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore their much-loved neighborhood of Make-Believe. Purchase a seat in the Magic Circle to enjoy a meet and greet, photo opportunity and special treat!
Borrow a Backpack and Explore Carrie Murray Nature Center
On Saturdays and the Second Sunday of May, borrow a backpack from Carrie Murray Nature Center and explore 1,216 acres in the historic Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, which is one of largest forested city parks in the United States. Materials include binoculars, magnifying glasses, field guides, and much more!
Join (Cool) Progeny for Babies and Friends at Irvine Nature Center
Have littles? Want to get out and about? Want to meet other moms? Join us for Babies and Friends at Irvine Nature Center on Tuesday, May 10th at 10 AM! Meet new friends and mingle while enjoying an outdoor guided walk with one of Irvine’s environmental educators! Wear sturdy shoes ready for an easy hike and dress for the weather. We suggest bringing a wearable carrier for your little one, too. Designed for caregivers with infants and toddlers. Purchase a pass online in advance.
Try Wet on Wet Watercolor Painting with Your Preschooler
Join the Waldorf School of Baltimore at The Painting Workshop this spring to discover the magic of Wet-on-wet watercolor painting. Wet-on-wet watercolor painting is a staple of Waldorf education, and offers a beautiful introduction to the world of colors. This program is best suited for children aged 2.5-7. Sessions are offered on May 12th and May 26th.
Join TasteWise Kids for Story Time with Chef Rey Eugenio
TasteWise Kids celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month AND National Salad Month with Chef Rey Eugenio of Heritage Kitchen on May 12th at 4 PM! Chef Rey will read a story, answer questions from the audience, and share a recipe. He will also share this month’s “Spotlight Ingredient,” sponsored by United Healthcare Community Program. Participate live, onsite at Whitehall Market or tune in vritually. Please register regardless of if you will participate virtually or in-person.
Take a Train Ride with Thomas at The B&O Railroad Museum
Get ready for a full day of fun! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is rolling into town for a day of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Jump on board Thomas for an interactive train ride, pick up your Dream Pass and head to the Play Pod or say Hello to Sir Topham Hatt. For the little engineers who want a little more excitement, check out the Dream Big Corner for photos ops, lawn games & more. And don’t forget to head to the Exclusive Pop Up gift shop for toys and swag! Day Out With Thomas™ is heading to the B&O Railroad Museum – bring the whole family & imagine how far you will go! Thomas is in town May 13 – 22. Purchase tickets online in advance.
Explore Family Wellness at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium
Your Mind Matters: A Family Wellness Night features vendors for families including behavioral health services, summer camp programs, teen employment resources, and others. Families will have an opportunity to engage in a community conversation about mental well-being and enjoy crafts, bounce house, a petting zoo, yoga, meditation, photo booth, gaming truck, axe throwing, and much more. After dark, grab a blanket and enjoy with family and friends watching the Disney/Pixar feature film Soul the from the grass of Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. FREE!
Pint-Size Party Like It’s Mardi Gras (in May) with WTMD
89.7 WTMD, in partnership with Baltimore County, is offering a FREE (yes, you read that right!) “Mini Mardi Gras” celebration featuring live music by Rufus Roundtree & Da Bmore Brass Factory the morning of Saturday, May 14 at Catonsville’s Lurman Woodland Theatre. The show is part of WTMD’s popular Saturday Morning Tunes concert series, an event for families, which brings together kids, parents and grandparents with live music they can all enjoy. FREE but families must register in advance.
Playdate with Nature and Howard County Conservancy
Join the Howard County Conservancy’s Nature Preschool for a morning of outdoor adventures and open-ended learning on May 14 at 10 AM. Children and their families are invited for a hike followed by intentional activities in the forest! Learn tips and tricks to get your young naturalist engaged with the world around them! Best suited for children ages 3-5 with a caregiver present. Register in advance.
Create with Chesapeake Arts Center During their FREE Open House
Celebrate Chesapeake Arts Center’s 20th anniversary at their FREE CAC Open House on May 14th from 10 AM – 1 PM! Their doors will be open for a day of fun with creative activities for the whole family. Explore the arts in every room at CAC – join in or watch dance demonstrations; see artists throw pots on a wheel; create hands-on projects in their arts classrooms; tour the exhibits in our galleries; see performances in our Black Box theater; and much more. Come celebrate indoor activities inside CAC’s Education wing and some outdoor fun as well. And no party is complete without a cake and giveaways!
Be Kind to Your Mind with Dr. Bear and Enoch Pratt
Discover SCIENCE (a Scientific Creative Innovative Engaging New Cool Experience) with Dr. Bear engages children and families in the out-of-school time setting of community libraries in hands-on, inquiry-based art and science programs that help to improve the physical, cognitive and social development of children and their families. Be Kind to Your Mind on May 14th from 10 AM – 12 PM at Pratt’s Orleans Street Branch will introduce learners to the basics of neuroscience, stress, and mindfulness through fun, hands-on arts and science activities.
Discover the Stars with Robinson Nature Center
Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories, crafts and song with Robinson Nature Center’s ‘Lil Stars Astronomy Program. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day! Each month, they focus on a different theme − from the colors of stars, to the stories behind a constellation, to the seasonal changes in the sky. Be sure to reserve seating in advance for the May 14th show!
See The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert
The Magic Circle Mime Company’s “The Listener” introduces audiences to the workings of a concert orchestra and explores the relationships between the audience and musician. The concert takes place on May 14th at 11 AM. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Sample The Charmery’s Sunshine and Flowers Sorbet at Sunshine and Flower Fest
Everyone at the Union Collective is so excited for Sunshine & Flower weather, so they’re throwing a collective-wide event on May 14th from 12 PM – 10 PM! Well Crafted Kitchen will be serving up their Bloom Pizza featuring edible flowers. Union Craft Brewing will be adding some flower power to their Old Pro game. The Charmery will feature a Sunshine & Flowers sorbet.
Blow Bubbles in the 6th Annual Baltimore Bubble Parade
The Bubble Parade is BACK! This year’s parade will be at Riverside Park on Sunday, May 15th. Meet inside Riverside Park on the Covington Street side in the grass at 12:30, where parade-goers gather, grab bubbles, take pictures, and get instructions. The Parade starts at 1 PM. The point is to have fun, dance, twirl, blow bubbles, play music, spread joy, and create a beautiful scene that people (including you, the participants), can enjoy! And let’s be honest, it’s a fantastic photo-op!
Adventure with Hansel, Gretel, and the Annapolis Opera
The classic fairy tale is brought to life in this lively new production perfect for the whole family! Travel with Hansel and Gretel as they journey into a magical forest where fairies and creatures lurk in the shadows and a house of candy can lead to danger! The show takes place on May 15th at 3 PM at Maryland Hall.
Spring into Summer Learning with Baltimore City Public Schools
Join City Schools’ Teaching and Learning team to explore City Schools’ summer learning programs and experience the Maryland Science Center on Thursday, May 17th from 5 PM – 8 PM. All families are invited to this FREE evening of exploration and discovery. Register in advance.
Meet Author/Illustrator Joyce Hesselberth
Join author/illustrator Joyce Hesselberth at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Southeast Anchor Branch on May 18th at 3:30 PM as she reads her new book Beatrice Was a Tree, published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins). Afterward, participants will collage our own trees. What kind of tree would you be?
Make Origami Animals with Holt Park
Discover the connection between art and nature using a variety of materials and techniques during Holt Park and Center for the Arts “Natural World” series on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. On May 18th, they’ll be making origami animals. Projects are designed to bring out the inner artist in people of all ages. $2/project. Register in advance.
Dance Upon a Story with Baltimore County Public Library
Dance Upon a Story, for ages 3-5, is a multifaceted program geared toward Kinesthetic learning. The program takes place at the Cockeysville Branch on May 19th at 10 AM. Illustrated story books will come to life as retired Dance Professor Sandra Perez, Towson University leads the students through creative exercises that teach reading through dance. Reading fundamentals such as recognition of shapes, sizes, colors, patterns, letters, numbers, and words will be covered while we create a short dance with music that expresses the story they are reading. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Pajama Party Like a TRex
Get cozy in your PJ’s and bring your favorite dinosaur for an evening of exploration at the Maryland Science Center on May 20th from 5 PM – 8 PM! Bring your favorite dinosaur to the Maryland Science Center to explore all things Paleontology. Engineer an Astrodon so that it can reach its dinner, create your own prehistoric name and hunt for real fossils to take home. Visit the Kid’s Room and The Shed then end your night gazing at the stars in a live planetarium show.
Paddle Marshy Point Park at Sunset
Watch the sky’s colors change as it sets over the marsh during a guided sunset kayak paddle on May 20th. Limited space available. Ages 8 and older to paddle.
Catch a Ball Game + Fireworks
Cheer on the Aberdeen IronBirds on May 20th and stay for post-game fireworks.
Celebrate The Beginning of Farmers Market Season at The BMI
Kick off the BMI Farmers’ Market 2022 season on Saturday, May 21st from 9 AM – 1 PM with fresh produce, hot prepared foods, and local handmade goods. Families are invited to join Danny Joe and his puppet pals at 10 AM. Watch Danny Joe’s Tree House anytime on Sensical.tv or Kidoodle.tv.
Join The Park School for a Nature Expedition
Explore the Park woods and pond with Park School teachers on May 21st from 10 AM – 11:30 AM! Free and open to the public. Register in advance.
Try Cane Pole Fishing at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Fish for bluegill and largemouth bass with Oregon Ridge Nature Center’s cane poles on May 21 and 22. They’ll provide the pole and the worms. Adults and children 16+ must have a valid Maryland fishing license to fish. (Their fishing poles only, please do not bring your own gear. Adults and children 16+ can register, attend and assist a child without a fishing license but must have the license to fish themselves.)
Dive Into The World of Eric Carle at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Dive into the pages of some of your favorite childhood books in the Very Eric Carle exhibit at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, which immerses visitors in activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider. While exploring hands-on activities and interactive displays, visitors discover the books’ themes of hope, hard work, persistence and friendship. The exhibit opens on May 21st and runs through September.
Stroll Through the Children’s Village at The Gaithersburg Book Festival
The Gaithersburg Book Festival, happening on May 21st from 10 AM – 6 PM at Bohrer Park, is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience. Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation. Since its inception in 2010, the Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its beautiful park setting. Don’t miss their Children’s Village!
Join Weber’s Farm for a Canine-Themed Story Time!
Heidi Raduano is an accomplished and talented singer, songwriter, and musician. As a skilled songwriter, putting words on a page isn’t new for Heidi. She now presses forward in a new direction, as a children’s book author. Heidi loves to tell of the antics of her adorable Doxie, Maui. Join her at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm on May 21st at 10:30 AM for storytime! FREE! Space is limited and pre-registration is required for the attending child. Suggested ages 2-3.
Discover Magic at the Maryland Science Center
Is it magic or is it science? All will be revealed at Magically May on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 4:00 pm. Spend the day exploring the science behind some of our favorite magical tricks and demonstrations. Catch an interactive “science of illusion” show performed by our favorite local magician Adam Stone! Explore the extraordinary properties of an ordinary liquid. Turn mere pennies into golden coins with chemistry. Conjure colorful chemical concoctions. Make a cloud appear right before your very eyes, and more! It may seem like magic, but we’re here to teach you that it’s all about science.
Celebrate Young Playwrights at Center Stage
Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) is Baltimore Center Stage’s longest running learning program that encourages expression and creativity in students across the state. They’ve invited young artists in grades K-12 to send in their new written work and chosen six plays to receive a professional production produced by Baltimore Center Stage! All young playwrights were assigned a professional mentor to help them refine and edit their work before the presentation. Join them on May 21 at 6PM to enjoy their work.
Learn About Turtles with The Natural History Society of Maryland
Turtles have existed on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, but unlike them, they have survived. Join The Natural History Society of Maryland for their second annual celebration of all things turtle and tortoise. Meet and interact with over a dozen species, learn about the latest conservation efforts, and see specimens from the NHSM collections including the first bog turtle found in Maryland in 1940. In addition you can feed a tortoise by hand!
Take a Parent-Child Art Class at The Purple Bicycle
Join The Purple Bicycle Process Art Studio in Forest Hill for a guided parent-child paint night on May 27th at 6:30 PM. During this event, you’ll paint Ocean Waves CanvasAdult and child must register as a student. Cost is $25/person. Age 8+ for child.
Try Screen Painting at The B&O
Head to The B&O Railroad Museum from May 27 through June 10 to see select works of art on display in the Roundhouse, courtesy of The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore. They’re offering classes for kids on select dates so that they can try screen painting, too! Michael Seipp will also be doing a live workshop and demonstration on the history of painted screens throughout Baltimore.