April showers bring a much-needed clearing of all the wintery grey weather to make way for the brilliant spring flowers. And with these rainy days come a shower of events to the Baltimore Area! From Earth Day Festivals to The Baltimore Kids Market, family-friendly fun abounds this month. And we hope that all these rainy days make way for some springtime blooming, especially for the Belvedere in Bloom event at the end of the month. So grab your rain boots and get ready to skip into some puddles on your way to these fun April events!
Meet Award-Winning Children's Author/Illustrator Jason Chin at the Ivy Bookshop
Jason Chin's book The Grand Canyon will take you on a journey back to the Grand Canyon, where he and his daughter explore what it looked like in the past and what we can learn from it in the present. His books take you on a wild adventure all while teaching science, geology, and history. Visit the Ivy Bookshop on Thursday, April 4th from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. to meet Jason and hear about his creative research and inspiration.
Baltimore City Schools International Family Night
Come out for a night of fun, food and celebration at City Schools International Family Night on Thursday, April 4th. Attend this event wearing the traditional attire of your country and culture, and enjoy food, entertainment, interactive activities, and student performances. This free event is only open to the families of Baltimore City Schools and will take place between 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Registration is required and all ages are welcome.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Cirque Goes Hollywood at The Myerhoff
The BSO brings Hollywood flair to The Myerhoff with Cirque Goes Hollywood on April 5th - 7th. Watch Troupe Vertigo's acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers all to the tune of Hollywood's hottest hits. Bring the whole family out for an exciting show that will have you at the edge of your seat with the troupe's daring athleticism and routines. Save 45% off Cirque Goes Hollywood with this CertifiKID deal.
3D Family Trees made at Weekend Walk-In Workshop at the American Visionary Art Museum
Weekend Walk-In: Family Tree in 3D at American Visionary Art Museum
Join the American Visionary Art Museum's Weekend Walk-In Workshop on April 6, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. This is an exciting, hands-on workshop where your kids can create a sculpture of their family tree. All ages are welcome with a $5/ per person admission fee, not including the museum admission fee.
The Gnome and Garden Show at H.P. Rawlings Conservatory
Stop and smell the spring flowers at H.P. Rawlings Conservatory for their spring flower display, The Gnome and Garden Show. The show is open from April 6th to April 21st from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Witness the rainbow of spring colors with tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, grape hyacinths, and other plants. Many of these unique varieties in the display will be available for sale, and you can also stop in the Conservatory gift shop for books, cards and more.
The Easter Bunny at Bunny Hop Train Ride
The Bunny Hop Train Ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Look no further for the Easter Bunny or his eggs, we found him for you on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's Bunny Hop Train. Climb aboard a diesel locomotive in downtown Cumberland, Maryland and experience an Easter like never before! This 2-hour train ride includes a 45-minute stop in Mountain View for an Easter Egg Hunt, games, prizes, refreshments and, of course, the Easter Bunny! This trip is for all ages and will soon become your new Easter family tradition. Be sure to "hop" on our deal to save 60% off Bunny Hop Train tickets.
Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations
We also spotted the Easter Bunny and other fun Easter activities around Baltimore. Just follow our trail of eggs over to our Easter Egg Hunts and Celebrations guide. We've rounded up only the best springtime celebrations including dying eggs with natural dyes, evening Easter egg hunts, Easter egg relay races and more! Kids of all ages can take part in the Easter season fun!
Spring fun at The National Aquarium
There's lots of family fun to be had at The National Aquarium this month, from slimy creatures to a BioBlitz in the park, we've got you covered with the inside scoop! On Saturday, April 13th come see the Icky Creepy Slimy tour to observe the ickiest, creepiest and slimiest creatures beneath the surface. The tour begins at 9 a.m. and runs for 2 hours. All participants must be 8 years and up; an adult must accompany those under 16. If a hands-on activity is more your style then join the National Aquarium's Conservation Team for a City Nature Challenge BioBlitz event. Using binoculars, magnifying glasses, nets and other tools (all tools will be provided), participants will search the trails at Leakin Park to find organisms. This free event is open to all ages and will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and all participants under 18 must be supervised by an adult.
Eco Adventures Earth Day Festival
Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is coming up this month on April 22nd, and it's a great time to teach your kids about caring for the earth. There are so many little things we can teach our kids to do that will have a lasting positive impact on the earth. If you need some ideas on how to inspire your child to care for the earth, check out this article on Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Projects for kids. You can also celebrate at these local events around Baltimore:
- Celebrate Earth Day surrounded by some of the most amazing creatures on the earth with the National Aquarium. The Earth Day Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 22nd with a full day of activities. There will be educational opportunities to teach about the effects of plastic in the world around us. Come from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. to join in the festivities, activities will be included with Aquarium admission.
- Celebrate Earth Day an outdoor, educational and animal-focused spot in Maryland. Eco Adventures will be hosting an Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 13th from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The event includes a moon bounce, pony rides, live animal interactions, green screen photos with animals, crafts and carnival games, face painting, and more! The festival is $10/person, for ages 3 and up. But if you can't make Earth Day at Eco Adventures, don't worry we've got you covered with an Eco Adventure's School's Out Camp pass for 20% off for April 18th, 19th and 22nd!
Spring Family Arts Day at Towson University-- FREE
Visit Towson University on Saturday, April 13th for a day of art activities, dance workshops, and tours of Towson student's artworks at the gallery. This free event takes place from noon to 4 p.m. and is open to all ages. There will be something for everyone at Spring Family Arts Day, so come out and enjoy some Towson-tiger infused fun!
The Baltimore Kids Market at R. House-- FREE
Shopping with kids just got easier, thanks to The Baltimore Kids Market event, both you and your kids will find a reason to shop 'til you drop! With over 50 small businesses for kids apparel, games, accessories, books, toys and more! So now you can pick up some extra sizes in preparation for your kid's next growth spurt and they can enjoy the shopping trip finding fun and unique toys, it's a win-win for all. This free event will also include family entertainment. The market opens on Sunday, April 14th at 11 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.
Little Red Riding Hood at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley
This classic fairy tale turned musical is retold with original songs and dances. You'll have never seen Little Red Riding Hood quite like this before, with the same characters but a new story put on by Wixie Children's Theatre. Come see the show on Wednesday, April 17th at Oregon Ridge Park starting at 10:30 a.m., doors open at 10 a.m. This one-hour musical is sure to delight the whole family, for children ages 4-12. Save up to 40% off tickets to Little Red Riding Hood.
Kids riding a roller coaster at Adventure Park USA
Outdoor Rides Open at Adventure Park USA in Monrovia, MD
If you're looking for a fun family day trip in April, check out Adventure Park USA. They house both indoor and outdoor attractions, from laser-tag, mini-golf, go-carts, roller coasters, and bumper cars! On April 20th, Adventure Park's outdoor rides will be open, including bumper boats, Skycoaster (a free-fall at 100 ft.) and more! Adventure Park is the perfect destination for a month that has such spotty weather, with both indoor and outdoor attractions. Save up to 33% on an All-Day Pass valid for unlimited rides on more outdoor and indoor attractions.
A Child Going to The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
BSO Family Concert Series: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra at The Myerhoff
Join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 27th for a musical journey through the different sounds of the orchestra in this month's Family Concert, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. This concert highlights the instrumental sounds in the orchestra through different classical music pieces. Your kids will be delighted to hear the different sounds and connect them to the instruments playing. For ages 4 and up, pre-performance activities will take place in the Symphony Hall lobby starting at 9:45 a.m. Save 47% off tickets with this CertifiKID deal.
Belvedere in Bloom at Belvedere Square Market-- FREE
Celebrate the second annual Belvedere in Bloom spring event at Belvedere Square on Saturday, April 27th. Listen to live music, shop local produce, craft made products and antiques at this family-friendly free event! Come from noon to 3 p.m. and check out the new spring menu items at your favorite local restaurants all while surrounded by beautiful flowers from Dutch Floral Gardens. This event will be sure to have the whole family ready to celebrate spring!
For more family fun this month check out fun craft activities to welcome spring with kids!
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