Animal Craft Safari
Come for an animal related story and craft as well as the opportunity to meet one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors. This month’s title is “The Salamander Room.” Registration required. Ages 4 and up.
May 17 or 27, Maryland Zoo, 11-11:45 a.m., $7/member child, $10/non-member child + zoo admission, marylandzoo.org
Teen Art WorkshopExperiment with different mediums and learn to think link an artist by observing and discussing pieces throughout the museum. Designed for homeschooled students ages 13-17. Registration required.
The Walters Art Museum, 1:15-3:30 p.m., $5 (members), $9 (non-members), thewalters.org
Lil’ Stars: Junior Astronauts
Enjoy the nighttime sky during the day! Discover constellations, planets and more through stories, crafts and music. Registration required. Ages 3-8
Robinson Nature Center, 9:30-10 a.m., $3 + admission
Aquafina $2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery
All the fun, play, and programs for only $2 per person! The third Friday of each month provides the opportunity for family fun at a fraction of the regular price.
Port Discovery, 4-8 p.m., $2, portdiscovery.org
Young Playwrights Festival
For over 30 years, Baltimore Center Stage has encouraged children to see themselves as writers and gain experience writing their own plays. The Young Playwrights Festival celebrates these efforts. Prepare to be amazed, inspired and amused at the works created by students from across our great state.
Baltimore Center Stage, 6:30 p.m., free ($5 suggested donation), centerstage.org
Harford Dance Theatre brings the classic fairy tale to life on stage where a genie grants wishes, a magic carpet is real, and dreams come true.
May 18-20, Harford Community College, showtimes vary, $16/adult, $12/kids, LIVEatharfordcc.com
The United States Army Field Band Concert & Soldiers’ Chorus
Enjoy a free concert by the musical ambassadors of the United States Army featuring a selection of pieces ranging from patriotic to popular music.
APGFCU Arena, 7:30 p.m., free, tickets.harford.edu
Baltimore Birding Weekend
Catch sight of some warblers, orioles, tanagers and more at The Patterson Park Audubon Center’s Spring Baltimore Birding Weekend. Find out for yourself how many feathered friends make a stop at our beloved city park as part of their migration pattern. Then join an afternoon “Tally Rally” at one the city’s breweries to compare notes with other birders.
May 18-20. baltimorebirding.com
Year of the Market: Farmer’s Market Kick-Off
The BMI’s Farmers’ Market is 10 years old! Celebrate the anniversary with live music, activities for children and pop-up vendors.
Baltimore Museum of Industry, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, thebmi.org
Together at the Table: SOUL – The Stax Musical
Spend a day at the theatre with your family and reconnect through the sharing of a pre-show meal with actors and attending a matinee.
Center Stage, 12 p.m. (lunch), 2 p.m. (matinee), $10/person, centerstage.org
Bring your family and your tent for a community campout in the park. Enjoy a night hike, campfire, and s’mores with your fellow campers. Registration required. All ages.
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 6 p.m.-9 a.m., $8/person, oregonridgenaturecenter.org
Teens & Adults
Trade School Fair
Explore post high school options and meet with representatives to learn about potential career training programs available.
Anne Arundel County Library, Glen Burnie branch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, aacpl.net
Sip & Stroll
Grab a babysitter for the kids and head to the zoo for an adults-only evening filled with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a twilight tour focusing on the architecture and history of the zoo.
Maryland Zoo, 5-6:30 p.m., $25/member, $35/non-member, marylandzoo.org
Slime Time in #theLab!
Slime is all the rage! Create your own custom slime and take it home in a jar of your own design. Come ready for mess! Registration required. Ages 6 and up.
aMuse Toys at Quarry Lake,
1-2 p.m., $20, amusetoys.com
Hike up to Irvine’s stream and set out on an aquatic exploration as you search the water for salamanders, crayfish, and other creatures. Ages 5 and up.
Irvine Nature Center, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., free/members, $10/non-members, explorenature.org
Faeries and Elves of the Forest
Create a wand and a crown and then head into the forest for faerie magic. Costumes encouraged! Ages 3 and up with adult.
Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park, 1-3 p.m., $2/member, $4/non-member, cromwellvalleypark.org