Some Baltimore weekends—they usually happen in springtime or summer—Baltimore has an embarrassment of family-fun riches. This is one of the those weekends and, thank God, it looks like the weather will elevate everything a notch or two, as it sometimes does.
The 100th edition of Flowermart launched today and continues tomorrow in Mt. Vernon Park, with its typically flora-riffic displays, plus all kinds of concerts, contests, crafts, and food—including the classic lemon peppermint sticks (left).
Also tomorrow is the American Visionary Art Museum's Kinetic Sculpture Race, a true Baltimore original which sees amphibious "human-powered works of art" complete a grueling lap around Baltimore's harbor, through sand, mud, water, and concrete. I've never taken the kids but I imagine they'd love it and we just might try this year. If you've taken your kids before, let me know how they liked it and it you have any recommendation of the best perch to watch from.
Saturday is also—see what I mean? packed!—the 34th Annual Steam Show at The Fire Museum of Lutherville, where kid can check out antique water towers and fire trucks—and get sprayed with them extensively (bring a change of clothes).
Sunday is, of course, for the mom's, so do whatever she wants: Maybe a ride on The Black Eyed Susan, which is serving a special Mother's Day brunch.
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.