Bubble parades, science sleepovers, kindie concerts, the Wizard of Oz, spring festivals and tall ships… there is something for everyone! Check out our weekend fun for families in Baltimore this weekend. Looking for more ideas? Check out our Community Calendar.

Please be sure to check with the host organization for the most up-to-date details, any weather-related news, and health/safety plans before venturing out!

Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore! May 13-15

Baltimore City

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
Friday- Sunday, Times Vary
The B&O Railroad Museum

Peep Peep – 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! MORE

STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI – IN CONCERT
Friday and Saturday, Times Vary
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance as the Rebel Alliance continues its fight against the Empire in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The iconic full-length film plays on the big screen as the BSO performs John Williams’ legendary score live. MORE

LION OVERLOOK YOGA (AGES 15+)
Saturday, 8 AM – 10 AM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Animals have been a core element of yoga poses for centuries. From downward dog to cow, to lizard, cat, and more, wildlife has a deep tie to this ancient practice. Now’s your chance to connect even closer to nature during Yoga at the Zoo. Whether you’re just beginning or you’re looking to perfect your practice, a yoga class at the Zoo offers something wildly different. MORE

BUTCHERS HILL SPRING FLEA MARKET & CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, 9 AM – 2 PM
Patterson Park

Meet your neighbors and browse the wares of over 150 vendors and local nonprofits at the Butchers Hill Spring Flea Market and Craft Fair! Find treasures galore while enjoying live music and snacks from both the BHA and local businesses. MORE

FIND YOUR WAY TO PRE-K @ THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM
The National Aquarium

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

BACKPACK LENDING PROGRAM
Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM
Carrie Murray Nature Center

Exploration materials are available to borrow during operating hours. Materials include binoculars, magnifying glasses, field guides, and much more! A driver’s license or formal identification necessary at check-out. MORE

TEEN CREATION STATION: PROJECT CORNER (TEENS)
Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Central Branch

The Pratt Creation station is excited to open the makerspace to teens to inspire you to think big and practice your craft. The makerspace features Juki heavy duty sewing machines, 3D- printers, 2 heat press, an embriodery machine, and a lot more. MORE

SUNSHINE & FLOWERS FEST (ALL AGES)
Saturday, 12 PM – 10 PM
Union Collective

Everyone at the Union Collective is so excited for Sunshine & Flower weather, so we’re throwing a collective-wide event!! 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. Join Baltimore Spirits Company in the Cocktail Gallery for the official, state-wide release of our newest member of the Shot Tower family: Sunshine & Flowers Liqueur. We’ll be serving special Summer Cups all day long to mark the occasion! And, our friends at Marigold Sisters Floral Designs and Hon’s Honey will be onsite to maximize the fabulous floral vibes. MORE

THE DRAWING ZOO (AGES 5-12)
Saturday, 3 PM – 4 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Central Branch

The Drawing Zoo brings nature lovers together to draw live animals to build a deep appreciation for animals through art.
In this visit, we will focus on combining the elements of art to draw the amazing Chameleon! Together, we will meet a real, live Chameleon and study each of their adaptations as we draw. MORE

SUPER SCIENCE SLEEPOVER: MAY THE FOURTEENTH BE WITH YOU (AGES 5+)
Saturday – Sunday (Overnight)
The Maryland Science Center

Spend the night at the Maryland Science Center for a night of mastering the force! It’s time to jump in your ship and travel to a Science Center not so far, far away for a night of fun with some of your favorite characters. Learn how to make things levitate using the science of the force and then build a structure using fewer senses. Search for all the hidden masters of the force while creating a scribble droid. MORE

BALTIMORE BIRTH FESTIVAL 2022
Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM
Patterson Park

Maryland Families for Safe Birth is thrilled to host the second annual Baltimore Birth Festival! Join vendors, care providers, local businesses, birth workers, and more for a day of family fun. If you’re looking for more information on what support there is for pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting in the Baltimore area, this festival is for you. Admission for this event is FREE! MORE

CENTER FOR HOPE COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY
Sunday, 12 PM – 3 PM
Center for Hope

Join us at our Community Block Party for the greater Baltimore community as we celebrate the opening of Center for Hope’s new building. There will be family entertainment, music, community resource tables, and of course, fun and food. Come say hello to the new neighbor in Park Heights – Center for Hope! MORE

FAERYSCAPE 2022: AN AFRO FAE DAY CELEBRATION
Sunday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Alchemy of Art

This FREE Event, is inclusive of Faefolk of ALL backgrounds and ethnicities. Dress-up, Family Fun, Vendor Market, & More! MORE

6TH ANNUAL BALTIMORE BUBBLE PARADE
Sunday, 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Riverside Park

The Bubble Parade is BACK! This year’s parade will be at Riverside Park. Meet inside Riverside Park on the Covington Street side in the grass at 12:30, where we 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! MORE

Baltimore County

ST. MARY’S GREEK FESTIVAL
Friday-Sunday, Times Vary
Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church

Saint Mary’s Orthodox Church of Hunt Valley, MD presents the 2022 Greek Festival! They will be hosting their three day event from May 13th to May 15th. Join them in a celebration of culture, music and delicious food! Their festival has something to offer for everyone young and old. Taste the wonderful flavors of Greece, enjoy folk dancing, entertainment, Fine Greek wine tasting, traditional Greek music. FREE on-site parking + FREE admission! MORE

NATIVE PLANT SALE & WORKSHOP (For Grown-Ups!)
Saturday, 9 AM – 1 PM
Irvine Nature Center

While this plant sale and workshop is for the grownups, the benefits of family gardening are vast. Getting outside with your kiddos, to tend the land, to watch things grow, and ultimately to have an outdoor oasis to play. Whether you want to learn to identify plants, use them to attract birds or bees, solve problem areas in your yard, take the best photography of your gardens, or discover ways to incorporate homegrown herbs to both attract pollinators and make the very best teas…there is a session for you! MORE

WTMD’S MINI MARDI GRAS IN MAY
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 11 AM
Lurman Woodland Theatre

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. Registration required. MORE

CATURDAY: COZY UP TO A CAT (ALL AGES)
Saturday, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Baltimore County Public Library – Hereford

Join fellow cat lovers for a morning of meowy good fun. Chat with representatives from local humane organizations, learn what is involved with fostering or adopting a cat, visit the kitten nursery, take part in paper craft activities or pick up a cat toy craft to take home. Remember to say hello to Sneaks, the library cat mascot who is available for high-fives and to pose for photos. While this event is for two-legged customers, there are several adoptable four-legged friends on hand. MORE

LIL’ NIPPERS (AGES 6-11)
Saturday, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Baltimore County Public Library – Essex

Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Waterways and what is involved in “working the waters” for a local oyster harvester and his skipjack. Enjoy a reading from a Chesapeake Bay-themed book, followed by a chance to tong for oysters off the “boat” the way watermen still do today. Various oyster life cycle shells and waterman props are available to see and touch. Presented by Clear Shark H2O education coordinators. MORE

CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH: MANGOS TO APPLES TUMBLE FROM A FILIPINO RAINBOW INTO THE DANCING MERMAIDS (AGES 3-11)
Saturday, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Baltimore County Public Library – North Point

Dance in your seat as your mind takes a trip to the Mango Poem and through the rainbow spectrum as you are transported to Cebu, a southern island in the Philippines. Swim on the shores to meet sea creatures: candy crab, leaf scorpion, paper kite butterfly and hawk owl. The show combines Filipino indigenous mythology with the flora and fauna of the islands, the ocean and spoken word poetry. MORE

LET’S PLAY BALL – THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BCPS
Saturday, 12 PM – 4 PM
George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Come celebrate Baltimore County Public School educators by cheering on your favorite teachers and administrators from across the BCPS District. Live music, free face painting, family activities and learning booths, food trucks, softball games, awards, and more! MORE

ESTUARY EXPLORATION AT MARSHY POINT
Saturday, 1 PM – 2 PM
Marshy Point Nature Center

Warmer water temps have brought animals back into the shallows. Join a naturalist to observe some of Dundee Creek’s residents! $2/person. MORE

CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH: STORYTELLING THROUGH CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE (AGES 6-11)
Saturday, 2 PM – 3 PM
Baltimore County Public Library – Towson

Prakriti Dance shows the audience stories told in a new way — through the body and face movement of the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam. Stories presented draw from Indian mythology and the fables of the West, showcasing dance as a versatile language that transcends cultural boundaries. Audience members learn different hand gestures and have opportunities to brainstorm about how they are used in storytelling. MORE

LET’S GO TO THE HOP! (AGES 3+)
Sunday, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

In honor of National Frog Jumping Day (May 13th), we will talk all things frogs and meet some of our resident ones. Then we will have a frog hop race and explore the pond for our hoppiest friends. Register in advance. MORE

SUNDAY FUNDAY
Sunday, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Marshy Point Nature Center

Join Marshy Point for their first combination water program where both canoeing and kayaking will be offered! Canoeing runs 10 AM – 12 PM and kayaking runs 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Registration required. Ages 8 and older to paddle. Single-person kayaks only. $7/per non-member, $5/member. MORE

FIBER ARTS DAY AT MANOR MILL (ALL AGES)
Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Manor Mill

Explore and discover the amazing world of Fiber Arts! Join us for a daylong event of all thing’s fiber art! Enjoy demonstrations, a meet and greet with the artists, shopping, activities, and contests! Kids 12 and under are FREE! MORE

SPRING FESTIVAL AT OAK SPRING FARM
Sunday, 12 PM – 4 PM
Oak Spring Farm

Join Oak Spring Farm for the Spring Festival! They’ll have live music, food, vendors, a plant sale, and a farm tour. MORE

LEARN2PLAY POKEMON
Sunday, 1 PM – 3 PM
Alternate Worlds

Learn2Play Pokemon at Alternate Worlds! Join them for FREE Pokemon casual league play and learning session. Come hang out, trade cards, and learn to play. They will have their resident Pokemon Professor in house to help out with gameplay, deck building and collecting tips. MORE

Anne Arundel

ANNAPOLIS UP RIGGING TALL SHIP FESTIVAL
Friday-Sunday, Times Vary
City Dock, Annapolis

Downtown Annapolis will play host to the Annapolis Up Rigging Maritime Festival on City Dock this Friday through Sunday. This weekend event will help kick off the spring tall ship season. MORE

SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Saturday, 10 AM – 1 PM
Chesapeake Arts Center

Come celebrate our 20th anniversary at our FREE CAC Open House as we open our doors for a day of fun and 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 our 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! Watch our website for details. Thanks to Four River Heritage Area for their support of this week. MORE

ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: FAMILY CONCERT (AGES 4+)
Saturday, 11 AM – 12 PM
Maryland Hall

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. Recommended for ages 4 and up. MORE

ANNAPOLIS OPERA: HANSEL AND GRETEL
Sunday, 3 PM – 5 PM
Maryland Hall

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! MORE

Harford County

YOUR MIND MATTERS: A FAMILY WELLNESS NIGHT
Friday, 6 PM – 10 AM
Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium

FREE! Your Mind Matters: A Family Wellness Night featuring 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. RAIN or SHINE. MORE

HARFORD DANCE PRESENTS WIZARD OF OZ
Friday-Sunday, Times Vary
Harford Community College

Put on your ruby slippers and enjoy this fun-filled adventure as Dorothy and Toto try to find their way back to Kansas from the spectacular land of Oz. The same dance company that brings you Harriet’s Happiest Halloween, The Nutcracker and Kinetic Canvas will take you on a journey of heartfelt friendship with the beloved Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man as they follow the yellow brick road. It’s a trip you won’t want to miss! MORE

THE HAVRE DE GRACE ARTS COLLECTIVE YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM PRESENTS: DRAW A MAP: WORKSHOP & CONTEST
Saturday, 10 AM – 11 AM
Havre de Grace Opera House

Draw, paint, and color different maps of the World. Many examples to look at and learn from. There will also be a display of homemade globes. If you have one, bring it to show them! FREE! Register in advance. MORE

SONGS OF SPRING (AGES 5+)
Sunday, 1 PM – 2 PM
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Explore the trails in search of the different types of birds that nest in Leight Park. Finish with a tasty treat while discussing what was found. MORE

Howard County

A PLAYDATE WITH NATURE (AGES 3-5)
Saturday, 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Howard County Conservancy

Join the Howard County Conservancy’s Nature Preschool for a morning of outdoor adventures and open-ended learning. 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. Registration required. MORE

ROCKING SATURDAYS AT CLARK’S ELIOAK FARM
Saturday, 10 AM – 5 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

BARBIE TRUCK MALIBU TOUR – COLUMBIA APPEARANCE
Saturday, 10 AM – 7 PM
The Mall in Columbia

Barbie™ is hitting the road again with the Barbie Truck Totally Throwback Malibu Tour! Come check out all new limited edition 70’s inspired Barbie merch only available at the truck! On May 14th, they will be at The Mall in Columbia in the courtyard near Maggiano’s. MORE

LIL’ STARS ASTRONOMY PROGRAM (AGES 3-8)
Saturday, 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Robinson Nature Center

Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories, crafts and song. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day! Each month we focus on a different theme − from the colors of stars, to the stories behind a constellation, to the seasonal changes in the sky. Call 410-313-0400 to reserve tickets. No late seating. 3-8 yrs with parent or caregiver. Located at the Robinson Nature Center. $5 per ticket with admission or annual pass. MORE

BOOKS IN BLOOM
Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM
Color Burst Park

From readings and panel discussions to poetry walls and pop-up bookstores, Books in Bloom has become a celebrated tradition in Downtown Columbia and the ultimate expression of the arts and culture the community reveres. This year, we’re happy to bring back our outdoor, in-person format which will include moderated discussion and family-friendly activities across three stages. As always, this event is free and open to the public. MORE