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The Best Things to See and Do With Kids in Baltimore This July

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Wild for Water Day at Robinson Nature Center. Photo Courtesy of Robinson Nature Center Wild for Water Day at Robinson Nature Center. Photo Courtesy of Robinson Nature Center

July is here with firecrackers, sparklers, parades and plenty of family-friendly activities in the Baltimore area. This month is the peak of summer fun and includes the biggest event of summer -- the 4th of July!

Enjoy endless summer barbecues and pool parties. Fill up with as many popsicles and as much ice cream as your tummy will allow. Spend nights roasting s'mores over bonfires and be sure to add this roundup of exciting July events to your calendar.

Discover what it's like to be a paleontologist at the Maryland Science Center's Dinosaur Exhibit, load up on corndogs and thrilling rides at the Cecil County Fair, explore our solar system at the 2019 Solar Fest and so much more! With tons of outdoor activities, live music, festivals, and fun, there's something for everyone in Baltimore this July.

Early Learning Art Exhibition at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland - FREE
Visit the Walters Art Museum for their exhibit showcasing artwork created by children who attended their Art Kids, Art Tots, Start with Art, and Kennedy Krieger Achievements early learning programs. Kids will be excited to connect to art pieces created by artists in their age group and everyone will be inspired by the brilliant minds who brought these pieces to life. The Early Learning Art Exhibition is open June 26th - July 7th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cirque du Soleil's CORTEO at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore

Cirque du Soleil's CORTEO at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland
Take the whole family to see Cirque du Soleil's CORTEO, a show that celebrates life through beautiful imagery and daring acts. The show takes place July 3rd-7th at the Royal Farms Arena. Each show is 2 hours with intermission. Save up to 30% on an individual adult ticket to the show with this CertifiKID deal.

Dinosaur Mysteries Exhibit at Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Become a paleontologist at the Dinosaur Mysteries Exhibit and explore a world where dinosaurs roam free. At this interactive exhibit, you can visit excavation sites, wander through dig pits and experiment at the field lab. The exhibit is permanent and available any day in July, and is free with museum admission.

July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland
Photo Courtesy of Eric Gerber and AVAM

Attend a 4th of July Family-Friendly Celebration
The 4th of July is America's Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Celebrate America's freedom from Britain, and the joys of being part of a country that stands united and free! Check out our article on Unique Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July With Kids in Baltimore for family-friendly events near you!

Fun on the Waterfront Concert Series in Baltimore
Photo Courtesy of Waterfront Partnership

Fun on the Waterfront Free Outdoor Concert Series at Harbor Point in Baltimore, Maryland - FREE 
Take to Baltimore's Harbor Point the first Friday of July for a free concert series featuring David Bach Jazz Concerto. The Fun on the Waterfront event includes free live music, local food trucks, bar service, family-friendly lawn games, photo booths, face painters, and more! Pack up your lawn chairs and enjoy a night of Baltimore's best local bands while taking in the breathtaking waterfront view. The free concert takes place on July 5th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Water Lantern Festival in Baltimore, Maryland
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Water Lantern Festival at Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore, Maryland
Light up the water along Canton Waterfront Park at the Water Lantern Festival! Experience the magic of hundreds of lanterns shining on the water at this family-friendly festival as well as food, games, activities, vendors, music and more. As the sun sets, the lanterns will be launched on the water carrying hope, peace, and love. The festival takes place on Saturday, July 6th from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Wild for Water Day at Robinson Nature Center
Photo Courtesy of Robinson Nature Center

Wild for Water Day at Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, Maryland
Get ready for family-friendly water games and activities at Wild for Water Day at Robinson Nature Center. There will be activities including, a homemade mini-boat race, a river treasure hunt, an exploration of the stages of water area, ocean critters at the "Fish Mobile"  and more! Food trucks will be available. On-site parking is limited, but off-site parking will include a complimentary shuttle. The event takes place on July 7th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This event is free for ages 3 and under, call 410-313-0400 or click HERE to register for this event.

Photo Courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Weekend Workers Workshop at Baltimore Museum of Industry in Baltimore, Maryland
Visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry any Saturday in July for their Weekend Workers event. At Weekend Workers, your child can discover the magic of design and engineering through engaging activities like creating your own spice rub or performing a fruity science experiment. These events take place July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, and are open to kids of all ages from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This event is free with museum admission. Click HERE to find out more about weekend workers. Save 50% off adult or youth admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

African Cultural Experience Festival in Baltimore, Maryland
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African Cultural Experience Festival at Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage, Maryland - FREE
Take a trip to Africa without leaving U.S. soil. Celebrate diversity in the Baltimore area community at the African Cultural Experience Festival. Watch cultural performances, enjoy delicious food and hear exciting music at this free event! This festival will also include fashion, games, dance folktales and more and takes place on July 13th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Click HERE to register for this free event.

2019 Solar Fest in Marriotsville, Maryland
Photo Courtesy of Howard County Recreation & Parks

2019 Solar Fest at Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville, Maryland
Take the family to the 2019 Solar Fest for a night of stargazing and fun! Howard County Recreation & Parks and the Howard Astronomical league have planned an evening of fun events with science, engineering, arts, crafts, games, astronomy, and more! There will be interactive activities for all ages and kid-friendly activities such as inflatables, demonstrations, arts & crafts, games, telescopes, and prizes. The festival takes place on July 13th from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required, click HERE to purchase tickets and register.

Charm City Games in Baltimore, Maryland - FREE
Don't miss Baltimore's version of the Olympics this summer! The Charm City Games will take place throughout Baltimore City from July 13th - 20th. The games will include sporting events in track and field, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Each district in Baltimore will form teams and compete for the Charm City Cup! This event is for youth athletes ages 12-14, the deadline for athletes to register is June 21st.

Second Sundays Family Fun Day at Leakin Park in Baltimore, Maryland - FREE
Enjoy a day of family activities for all ages when you attend the Second Sundays Family Fun Day event at Leakin Park! This outdoor event includes free rides on a miniature steam train, a guided hike, Nature in the Park (an art show featuring sculptures made from natural materials), art workshops, and more! Your family can explore the walking trails or take part in the planned activities. The free event takes places on July 14th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cecil County Fair in Elkton, Maryland

Cecil County Fair in Elkton, Maryland
Go to the Cecil County Fair, only one hour north of Baltimore, and enjoy a thrilling family day trip! The fair takes place from July 19th - 27th and has attractions for all ages. Experience the demolition derby, the professionally-sanctioned rodeo, tractor and truck pulls, and  so much more. Save 32% off unlimited rides wristbands at the Cecil County Fair.

Animated Children's Film Festival: Through the Rainbow at Creative Alliance
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Animated Children's Film Festival: Through the Rainbow at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Maryland
Witness the magic of storytelling through this timeless collection of prizewinning animated films at the Animated Children's Film Festival: Through the Rainbow. The festival will show thirteen short films through the medium of stop-motion, hand-drawn, and other animation techniques. These family-friendly films share stories about friendship, love and becoming the best you can be. This event will take place on July 28th from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. and is suitable for all ages. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Champions of Magic at The Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, Maryland
Experience the incredible show Champions of Magic and its five world-class illusionists on their Summer Spectacular tour on July 31st at 7:30 p.m. This magic show is bigger than ever with new magic tricks and incredible illusions! The whole family will be captivated by the mind-bending tricks of these talented magicians. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

For more family-fun this month check out our Things to do in July with Kids in Washington, D.C. post! 

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