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The Best Things to Do With Kids in Baltimore This August

Things to Do Baltimore
Photo Courtesy of Oregon Ridge Nature Center Photo Courtesy of Oregon Ridge Nature Center

August is here, ushering in back-to-school time for Baltimore area kiddos. End summer vacay with a bang by filling your calendar with these fun, family-friendly Baltimore activities and events before the kids are back to the books.

From an interactive water day in the park, to a kids concert at the zoo, to carnivals and even a day playing in the MUD, put off the back-to-school stress and enjoy your last days of summer with some family fun!

Check out our list of kid-approved August activities and events in the Baltimore area, and soak up the last bit of summer fun in Charm City! 

Fluid Movement Water Ballet
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Fluid Movement Water Ballet's 20th Anniversary at Patterson Park in Baltimore
Start August with a splash at Fluid Movement, the Water Ballet's 20th Anniversary show. Synchronized swimming and water ballet come together to create this incredible performance. The show includes drama, comedy, choreography and unique costumes. This year, the event will also include a scene full of children swimmers, so get ready to enjoy the show and celebrate community at the city's public pool. All ages will enjoy this fun show on August 2nd - 4th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Howard County Fair

Howard County Fair in Friendship, Maryland
Take a trip to the Howard County Fair on August 3rd - 10th for a day of family fun. The fair will feature exciting attractions like magic shows, pig races, barns brimming with critters, and more. There will be something for everyone with kid rides, family rides, and thrill rides. Save 35% off an "unlimited rides" wristband for the 2019 Howard County Fair.

Sunflower Festival at Maple Lawn Farms

Sunflower Festival at Maple Lawn Farms in New Park, Pennsylvania
Just over the Maryland line, less than an hour from Baltimore, the Sunflower Festival at Maple Lawn Farms will be in full bloom the weekends of August 10th-11th and August 17th-18th. The farm has over 8 acres full of 10 different varieties of sunflowers fun for the whole family to explore and pick. There will be live music, food trucks, and, of course, tons of photo opportunities! Save 51% off admission to the Sunflower Festival at Maple Lawn Farms with this CertifKID Deal!

Baltimore Orioles Game

Cheer on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Cheer on the Baltimore Orioles at one of their home games in August. Camden Yards offers some exciting kid-friendly activities like getting a chance to catch a ball during batting practice, the Kids Corner with interactive games and jungle gym, and kids get to run the bases after every Sunday game. Save 50% off tickets for select Baltimore Orioles games with this CertifiKID Deal.

Remodeled Port Discovery
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$2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery in Baltimore
Head to Port Discovery on Friday, August 16th from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. for their exciting event, $2 Family Fun Night! Families will be able to explore the BRAND NEW exhibits including The Port (featuring a giant cargo ship!), the four-story SkyClimber, and three floors of other exhibits including Wonders of Water, Tiny’s Diner, Here We Grow, and more! Tickets must be purchased on-site the day of the event. Admission for this event is only $2 for ages one and up, while members and children under one are free. This is event is made possible and presented by Ports America Chesapeake. For a behind-the-scenes look, check out our blog post on Port Discovery's {HUGE} New Exhibits!

Puppy Days of Summer Block Party at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore - FREE
Calling all furry friends and dog-lovers to the Puppy Days of Summer Block Party on August 10th from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Puppy Block Party returns this year and is focused on the tiniest, cutest puppers. The event includes pools for swimming, art activities for the whole family, pet photos, doggy and owner games, face painting and more! This free event is held on the street in front of the Creative Alliance. Friendly dogs on leashes are also invited. Best of all you, will be able to learn about some incredible pet charities and there will be adoptable dogs for those ready to add a furry friend to the family. 

Water, Water Everywhere! at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
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Water, Water Everywhere! at Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville, Maryland
Cool off this month at Oregon Ridge Nature Center's Water, Water Everywhere! summer fun water event. Adults and kids ages 6 and up will spend the afternoon exploring the water cycle through fun activities, games, experiments, and a scavenger hunt! This water fun day will take place on August 17th from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Call 410-887-1815 or email [email protected] to register.

Family Fun Day 5K at Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore
Sign up the whole family for the Family Fun Day 5K race. This is a great way to encourage teamwork, fitness and have fun as a family! Choose between running or walking, and have fun while enjoying the fresh air and raising money for the Baltimore Community. The race takes place on Sunday, August 18th from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Click HERE to register.

Mud Day at Lake Roland
Photo Courtesy of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

Mud Day at Lake Roland in Baltimore
If your kids love making mud pies, sliding through mud puddles, and playing in the mud, we have an event for you! Head to Mud Day on August 18th from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Lake Roland for a day of dirt, a whole lot of mess, and most likely an extra set of clothes. There will be mud painting, mud sculptures, mud games, a muddy obstacle course, and of course, the very popular mud pit! Rinse off all the mud by running through the sprinklers and be sure to wear clothes that are meant for a muddy play day. Participants must wear water shoes or Crocs to run the obstacle course. To register please email [email protected] and include each participant's name, age, and a contact phone number. Parents, be sure to bring towels and a change of clothes for the muddy kiddos!

Backyard Butterflies at Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Cockeysville, Maryland
Explore the life cycle of butterflies at Backyard Butterflies at Oregon Ridge Nature Center on August 24th from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Kids will be able to observe and study caterpillars and chrysalides up close at this interactive workshop. Grab a butterfly net and wander through the meadow and garden in search of butterflies. This event is recommended for children ages 5 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. To register call 410-887-1815 or email [email protected]

Zoo Bop 2019 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Celebrate the end of summer at Zoo Bop 2019 on August 31st from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Kids are encouraged to dance along and sing to the music at this outdoor, family-friendly concert. There will be two kid-approved live performances for the whole family to jam out, plus kids vendors, food trucks, an activity table, and the whole zoo to explore! Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Urban Pirates Family Cruise Ship

Go on an Urban Pirates Family Adventure Cruise in the Baltimore Harbor
All aboard the Urban Pirates ship for a Family Adventure Cruise! Prepare to transform the whole family into pirates with pirate attire, talk, songs, and games. Man the water cannon and splash enemies to protect the treasure on board. The whole family will love this unique activity and will be singing about their pirate days for years to come. Save up to 40% off an Urban Pirates Family Adventure Cruise.

Go on a Family-Friendly Tubing or Rafting Adventure
Head to the water in the Baltimore area for a day of family fun while water tubing, rafting, paddle boarding, or pedal boating! This is the perfect summer activity to cool off in the warm temps while enjoying a relaxing float on a lazy river or an adrenaline-pumping white water rafting adventure. Check out our article on The Best Places to go Tubing Within 2 Hours of Baltimore to find your family's next exciting summer adventure!

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

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