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The Best Things to Do With Kids in Baltimore in October

Things to Do Baltimore
Harbor Harvest Fall Children's Festival Photo Courtesy of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore Harbor Harvest Fall Children's Festival Photo Courtesy of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

It's finally time to make pumpkin cookies and not be judged! Soon we'll be watching "Hocus Pocus" on repeat and choosing between being a super hero or pirate. But, as much as we all love Halloween specials, eventually we're going to be looking for something else to do.

Check out our picks for the best things to do with your kids in Baltimore this October.

Butler's Orchard Sunday Evening Bonfire in Germantown, MD

Photo by Butler's Orchard
Photo courtesy of Butler's Orchard

Autumn is the time for hayrides and bonfires at Butler's Orchard in Germantown! Choose a Sunday evening this fall to enjoy a tractor driven hayride on over 300 acres of rolling hills. Then gather around a crackling bonfire to roast hot dogs and enjoy s’mores, sing songs, play games, tell stories and socialize under the stars in the open night air. Save 28% off a bonfire and hayride package for up to 30 people with this CertifiKID Deal

Maize Quest Fun Park in New Park, PA

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Photo courtesy of Maize Quest Fun Park

When you want the biggest bang for your buck and the most fabulous fall fun for your family, Maize Quest Fun Park is the place to go! Just over the Maryland line, Maize Quest offers 30+ attractions in the rolling hills and fresh air of the Pennsylvania countryside. Maple Lawn Farms is home to the "Largest Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch" in the East, too. Save over 50% on admission here.

TLV Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch in Glenelg, MD

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Photo courtesy of TLV Tree Farm

During the month of October Triadelphia Lake View Farm (TLV Farm) opens up its adjacent acres of pumpkin patches, welcoming you and your family to come pick your perfect pumpkin. All aboard Farmer Brown’s truck, it’s time for a hay ride down to the pumpkin patch. Find a spectacular squash, pluck it from the vine, then run through the patch hollering, “I GOT MINE!” Visit the farm animals, guide the kids through the children's corn maze, and much more. Get 50% off admission, hayride, and the cornfield maze here!

Check out BRAND NEW Fun Kidzz in Owings Mills, MD

 Photo by Fun Kidzz Indoor Playground
Photo courtesy of Fun Kidzz Indoor Playground

Baltimore County has a brand new indoor playground perfect for those upcoming rainy and cold days - you know they're coming! Great for kids ages 1-8 and designed to bring the power of play to the community and inspire children to think creatively, Fun Kidzz features a two-level interactive play structure with tunnels, trampolines, mazes, ramps, and swings! Kids not quite old enough? Toddlers are just as entertained in the area made specially for them with a mini climbing structure, caterpillar crawl tunnel, foam puzzles and more. Enjoy it for 36% off with this great deal!

Markoff's Haunted Forest in Dickerson, MD

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Photo courtesy of Markoff's Haunted Forest

Markoff’s Haunted Forest - scaring the pants off people since 1993 - is back in 2019 with more hair-raising thrills in the ghostly woods outside Poolesville. This year, Markoff’s will bring you a brand new theme – BLACK DEATH – which will plague all who dare enter its terror-filled trail. Markoff's offers three terrifying trails that are sure to give you the jitters that can only be calmed with apple cider and homemade kettle corn sold on site! Terrifying for the whole family! Take advantage of CertifiKID's discount here!

Tails on the Rails at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore

Bring the whole family, including your fur babies, to Tails on the Rails at the B&O Railroad Museum on October 5th. Four-legged friends are welcome aboard for an evening of exploration and play — and don't worry, there will be plenty of treats for owners, too! With a beer and wine happy hour, food trucks, a live DJ, and a 3 p.m. train ride to historic Carroll Park for a puppy play date, this event is sure to be absolutely "fetching" for both puppers and people alike!

Global Day of Play at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore

Day of Play at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore
Photo Courtesy of Port Discovery Children's Museum

Inspired by the story of 'Caine's Arcade' and the global movement that grew from it, the Imagination.org Global Day of Play will showcase creations built by children and families during the B'More Build-a-Thon, part of a global cardboard challenge Port Discovery is taking part in. On Saturday, October 5th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., children and families will get the chance to participate in the Build-a-Thon, building anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination, as well as see the creations others have made.

Baltimore Children's Business Fair at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in Baltimore

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Photo courtesy of Alexandra Grimes

At the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair on October 12th, kids will create a product or service, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace. This event is the perfect opportunity for kids to purchase products from other kids. How fun! The children are responsible for the setup, sales, and interacting with customers. Admission is free and open to the public but you'll want to bring plenty of cash for all the goodies the child entrepreneurs are selling! Can't attend? Check out other events at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and save 50% off admission here

Irvine Nature Center's Pumpkinfest in Owings Mills, MD

On October 12th, spend the day outdoors enjoying all that autumn has to offer at Irvine Nature Center’s 35th Annual PumpkinFest. Each year, families from across the greater Baltimore region join Irvine’s naturalists and educators for hayrides, pumpkin painting, live animal encounters, crafts, games, scavenger hunts, food trucks, and more.

Monsters, Mystery & Magic at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore

Monsters, Mystery & Magic at Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore

Calling all ghouls, goblins and princesses! From October 18th through the 31st don your spookiest (or sparkliest!) Halloween costume and head to Port Discovery for a spook-tastic celebration- Monsters, Mystery and Magic! Enjoy fangtastic family entertainment, and not-so-scary Halloween celebrations. Make Halloween-themed creations in Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Factory. Enjoy the magic of the season during special theater performances on Port Discovery’s Magic Stage. Dress up and celebrate together during Monster Parades.   

Puppets in the Garden by Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore

Photo by Audrey Lengbeyer
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lengbeyer

On October 15th and 22nd enjoy Puppets in the Garden at Black Cherry Puppet Theater! These free shows and events include puppet making outside in the garden starting after the first show is over at 1:30 p.m. and will go on until 3:30 p.m. when the second show begins! Stop by anytime between then to make a puppet to take home. Bring a picnic for the whole family. Black Cherry Puppet Theatre is a non-profit association of artists and performers that presents performances and workshops for adults and children. Their theatre is housed in Southwest Baltimore right next to the historic Hollins Market.

Toddler Time Halloween and Costume Parade at B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore

Join B&O Railroad Museum on October 24th for a spooktacular Toddler Time, as they celebrate the end of this year’s Toddler Time program, Halloween-style. Featuring festive fun, they'll read Alice Schertle’s "Little Blue Truck’s Halloween" before making monster grab bags to fill with all sorts of fun tricks and treats during the costume parade around the Museum’s campus.

Free Fall Friday Night at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Join the National Aquarium on October 25th for Free Fall Friday Night. The Aquarium is proud to help bring awareness to all Baltimore has to offer by inviting thousands to share in—and be inspired to protect—the wonders of the underwater world.

Zoo Booo 2019 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Photo by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Photo courtesy of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Celebrate Halloween and the fall season during the weekend of October 25th - 27th with the Zoo’s 36th annual ZooBOOO! festival. There will be games, prizes, contests, live entertainment and FREE trick-or-treating! PLUS, you won’t want to miss the “not-so-spooky” hay maze, super fun inflatables, free crafts, and fun animal enrichment. Parents and kids of all ages are encouraged to bring trick-or-treat bags and wear costumes! If you forget your costume, face painting will be available for a small additional cost. Some games also may require additional fees. This event is rain or shine.

STEM in History Festival at the Baltimore Museum of Industry in Baltimore

Photo by the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Photo courtesy of The Baltimore Museum of Industry

Learn about technology and engineering in careers past and present at the STEM in History Festival on October 26th. Presented in partnership with Union Mills Homestead, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the Maryland STEM Festival, this event is fun for the whole family and includes Baltimore’s role in exploring outer space and Maryland’s historic canning industry. This event is included in Museum admission. Attend other great events for 50% off with this deal!

Lantern Night Event at the Fire Museum of Maryland in Baltimore

Fire Museum of Maryland
Photo Courtesy of Fire Museum of Maryland

Wear your Halloween costume to this event! See fire apparatus in a new light: etched glass signal lamps and kerosene lanterns; also visit with reenactors in period attire for the Lantern Night Event on October 26th. Don't miss out on 56% off admission for three to the Fire Museum of Maryland!

Dragons Love Tacos at the Olney Theater in Olney, MD

Photo by the Olney Theater
Photo courtesy of the Olney Theater

Dragons love all sorts of tacos -- except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Join the Olney Theatre for their special performance of Dragons Love Tacos on October 26th or 27th. Get tickets for the whole family for 25% Off with this exclusive deal!

American Visionary Art Museum's Free Fall Halloween Celebration in Baltimore

American Visionary Art Museum Halloween
Photo Courtesy of American Visionary Art Museum

AVAM's Free Halloween Celebration on October 27th invites all monsters and their mummies to create their own eerie luminary lantern. Bring your own glass jar (any size w/ label removed); all additional materials - glue, paper, googly eyes - will be provided. Afterward, everyone can enjoy the latest AVAM exhibition and tour the wonderland campus for free and end the evening with a free movie- Young Frankenstein (1974)! Costumes encouraged! Movie rain location: inside AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd floor.

Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Farm Fun - Up to 50% Off!

Photo by Great Country Farms
Photo courtesy of Great Country Farms

Enjoy all that fall has to offer with hayrides, apple picking, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, and so much more -- all for up to 50% off HERE. 

For more fall family fun, check out The Best Fall Festivals Across the U.S.


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