I really love the Passover/Easter time zone, infused as it is with matzo ball soup and chocolate—not, preferably, together.
This Saturday brings the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance's annual FREE Easter Egg Hunt in Patterson Park. It's a massive undertaking—I never cease to be amazed by the number, enthusiasm, and organization of DBFA volunteers—with three separate hunts, organized by age (the thousands of plastic eggs scattered all over the park mostly have stickers and temporary tattoos inside, with some more substantial treats sprinkled in—at least that was the deal last year). There will also be face painting, a visit from the Easter Bunny, craft tables, and food. We went last year and had a blast, capping off the hunt with a visit to the hungry ducks in the lake. Note: In my experience, the ducks do not observe Passover and welcome all manner of chometz (bread). B.Y.O.B (basket).
There's also an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Clark's Elioak Farm—a great place to visit any time, with the petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, and Enchanted Forrest stuff to climb on—with two age divisions. Also B.Y.O.B. Running today through Sunday, the Maryland Zoo will have its Mary Sue Candies Bunny BonanZOO (pictured), with games, crafts, chocolate, a bouncy house, and performances by Silly Goose and Val (she's great) and others.
On Saturday—although unrelated to the holidays, as far as my religio-historic knowledge goes—the Walters Art Museum will hold a free Medieval Family Festival. The Walters always puts on tremendous family events, and this one seems no different, with lots of costumes, crafts, and performances, including the Ballet Theater of Maryland performing "Excalibur," and something called Fight School performing "Sword History 101," which I'm already certain by 4-year-old sword aficionado will appreciate.
Of course, there are always the perrenially great-for-kids activities, including the Walters, which, besides the great, often kid-friendly exhibits, has a fantastic play area on the lower level with lots of dress up stuff, puppets, puzzles, and an art room where there are facilitators to help you and are kids make great projects and bonus: FREE; Also, the Marlyland Science Center ($3 off admission before noon on Saturdays, plus the weekly egg-drop contest), Port Discovery Children's Museum, The Zoo, two Storyville locations (we LOVE Storyville), The American Visionary Art Museum (also with kid-friendly exhibits, and the treehouse/sculpture out back), the various nature centers and conservancies (Oregon Ridge, Irvine, Howard County), and—of course!— the Aquarium.
[photo courtesy of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore]