Dad's choice this weekend...
This may sound more like mom's choice, but Family Art Day at the newly re-opened Cylburn Arboretum in Mt. Washington is a great chance to explore the glorious grounds. At the event, which runs from 10 to 3, the Walters Art Museum's education department will be doing art projects with the kids and a naturalist will lead nature walks at 10:30 and 1. After each walk, kids will be able to help create a mural. Kooper's Chowhound and IcedGems Creations will be on hand to supply your picnic lunch.
Also Saturday, check out the Kids Creativity Workshop at Greenspring Station, with a free music class sponsored by Charm City Kids Club, cupcake creation with Chesapeake Cupcake, and learning about herbs and spices with Urban Farming, all free.
The Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company Carnival started on Wednesday and runs through next Saturday. It's always a blast. Stop by one evening for a cotton candy and a tilt-a-whirl—not necessarily in that order.
Sunday is, of course, the big day for us dads. Clark's Elioak Farm—always a great family trip—is offering free hayrides to all fathers and grandfathers, along with their usual attractions, including the petting zoo, the pine tree maze, the enchanted forrest, etc. There's also free admission for dad at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, which has awesome safari rides. And kids ages 6-12 visiting the Reginald F. Lewis Museum can build a toolbox for their dad (pictured) on the big day (they call it a "storage container" for the dads—like me—who wouldn't really know what to do with tools anyway).
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.
Have fun! And happy father's day!