I stopped by the Occupy Baltimore encampment at McKeldin Fountain Park (at the Inner Harbor) on Tuesday and was happy to see that some of the protestors had brought their kids. They just removed the fence separating the group from a big grassy area, so, if you're so inclined (and aligned), it's a nice place to chat up the crowd, play on the grass, and have a picnic.
If you're not feeling so political (or busy in synagogue), head to the Annual Festival on the Hill, a great neighborhood event in Bolton Hill. This is one of our favorites because it has such a friendly, truly neighborly feel. There's a stage for performances all day—the Catonsville High Steel Drum Band, who were a major highlight for us last year, are coming back. And while the kid's area does have a bouncy house—whew!—it's also always had more innovative ways to have fun, like a giant wooden ramp and boxloads of toy cars of all shapes and sizes to race down it, and a huge spread of legos. This is also where we first had "chili in a bag of Fritos"—which is exactly what it sounds like (delicious).
Also, thanks to blog buddy (cool)progeny, I know that tomorrow is National Costume Swap Day—an opportunity to trade your own once-previously-worn costumes for those of others, a great idea both for the environment and the wallet. The closest location is at the Baltimore Homeschool Community Center in Pikesville, tomorrow from 11am to 2pm.