B’More Social: April 19-22


Ongoing: Light City
If you haven’t yet made your way downtown to see the lights, now’s the time!
Citywide until April 21. 

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 “Paper Bag Trail.” Registration required. Ages 4 and up.
The Maryland Zoo, 11-11:45 a.m., $7/member child, $10/non-member child + zoo admission

Preschoolers Love Pets
Enjoy stories and songs about pets and then create your own milk just pet to keep as your very own. Registration required. Ages 3-5.
Harford County Public Library, Abingdon branch, 1:30-2:30 p.m., free.

Rockfish & Rye
Get a sitter for the kids and head over for a specialty drink, dinner, and a presentation by the Department of Natural Resources. Adults only. Registration required.
Irvine Nature Center, 6:30-9 p.m., $35/members, $45/non-members.


Innovations 2018
Experience the best of ballet as the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts presents Innovations 2018, a program highlighting the past and future of the form. The event features Russian ballet “Raymonda,” Marc Galibre’s “Vortex” and a never-before seen creation from composer Ryan Lucas, all performed by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland alongside other to-be-announced works.
April 20-22 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. $30-$52.

Sensory Sensitive Storytime
Children of all abilities (with adult) are welcome at this supportive, inclusive story time. Registration required. Ages Birth-8.
Carroll County Public Library, North Carroll branch @ 9:30 a.m., Eldersburg branch @ 10 a.m., free. 

Kids & Families
Doll Making
See the amazing creations from the Recycled Arts and Crafts for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Senior Division and try your hand at making your own. Registration required. All ages.
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 1-3 p.m.

Target $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


Human Library 
Hear from “human books” at this special event. More on it here.
1-4 p.m., the Owings Mills branch of BCPL. Free. 

Privateer Festival
Little-known fact: Privateers are not the same as pirates. In fact, they’re just the opposite — government contractors given legal permission to attack enemy ships. Learn more about these law-abiding scalawags at the 14th Annual Privateer Festival in Fells Point, a celebration of waterfront history replete with art, crafts, music, dancing, kids’ activities and more.
April 21-22 on the Fells Point Waterfront. Free.

Space Bunny
Boynton the rabbit and his friend Jocelyn are headed for space and you’re invited to come along!
Banneker Planetarium, CCBC Catonsville, 10 a.m., free.

BSO Music Box: In the Treetops
Can you hear the rainforest animals? Come along for an interactive, musical adventure performed by BSO musicians. For ages 6 months-3 years.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m., $12.

Earth Day Open House
Celebrate our wonderful planet with a fun filled day! Enjoy tie dyeing, seed planting, fish games, e-cycling and more!
Anita C Leight Estuary Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free.

Countdown to Kindergarten
Happy National Kindergarten Day! This annual community-wide event promotes school readiness and provides parents with resources and information to help ensure their kids are all set for learning. Health care screenings, free books and special performances await those who attend!
Port Discovery Children’s Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free with admission.

Early Literacy Fair
Families with little ones 5 years and under are invited for activities, stories and free community resources to encourage early literacy and learning.
Baltimore County Public Library, Woodlawn branch, 11 a.m-12:30 p.m., free.

Stroll the streets of Old Ellicott City and enjoy a day of music, craft beer, food, kid’s crafts, sidewalk sales, and more! With four outdoor stages and over 25 different bands, there’s something for everyone.
Old Ellicott City, 12-8 p.m., free.


Odyssey Opening Celebration
Celebrate the opening of the BMA’s monumental Jack Whitten exhibition (more on that here) with free admission, carving demonstrations, artmaking, storytelling and more!
1-5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Free. 

Highlandtown Wine Festival
Head on down to Highlandtown for this celebration of locally made wines, Italian food and Baltimore culture. Also on tap? Live music, arts and crafts vendors and more.
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door. 1-6 p.m. on the corner of Conkling and Claremont.

Crafts from the Past
If you were a child in the 1800s, what would you have played with? Travel back in time with crafts from the Living History Camp at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Ages 7-11.
Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg branch,1 p.m.

Crafternoon: Recycle Bottle Greenhouses
Bring a large plastic bottle and create a greenhouse to get a jump on your summer garden. Soil, seeds, and all other materials provided. Adult assistance encouraged.
Baltimore County Public Library, Parkville branch, 2-3 p.m., free.

Hamiltunes DC: A Hamilton Sing-A-Long
Whether you hum along from the audience or make your way on stage, you’ll be treated to an afternoon of melodies from the hottest Broadway show. Costumes encouraged!
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 4-6 p.m., free with museum admission.

Image courtesy of the BCPL Instagram.

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