B’More Social: Sept. 6-9


Steam Show Days

Take a step back in time and experience life on the farm as it used to be. Enjoy antique farm equipment, tractor races and games, an antique truck and car parade and more. Sept. 6-9, Carroll County Farm Museum, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org

Toddler Time at the B&O

Bring the little ones to hear a railroad story, play in the Choo Choo Blue Kids Zone, make a craft and take a ride on the train carousel. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. Sept. 6 and 20, B&O Railroad Museum, 10:30 a.m., free with admission, borail.org

Itsy Bitsy Sing-Along

Dinosaurs, bears and more: Head to the Kids’ Room for songs, rhymes, and finger plays about all kinds of fun topics. Thursdays, Maryland Science Center, 11 a.m., free with admission, mdsci.org


Madonnari Arts Festival

Enjoy live music, food, drinks and Italian-style classical and contemporary chalk paintings on the streets of Little Italy. Through Monday, free. littleitalymadonnari.com

Bookworm Story Time

It’s story time with a nature twist. Every first Friday of the month, come for stories and activities, including crafts, puppets or maybe even an animal encounter. Ages toddler to 6 years. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 11-11:45 a.m.; free, oregonridgenaturecenter.org

Tubing in Monkton

Take a 1.8-mile hike up the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail and then enjoy a leisurely two-hour float back to Monkton Station. Registration required. Ages 10 and up. Monkton Station, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $5/person, dnr.maryland.gov

Half-Price Friday Nights

All the fun for half the price: Spend any or every Friday night with 20,000-plus amazing aquatic animals at the National Aquarium. Presented by M&T Bank. Fridays, National Aquarium, 5-8 p.m., aqua.org


Courtesy of the Fire Museum of Maryland

Honoring Our Heroes: Motor Muster

Thank the members of our community who protect and serve citizens every day in this fun day filled with classic vehicles, antique engine rides and hometown heroes. Fire Museum of Maryland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free, firemuseummd.com


In this oft-lauded ‘city of neighborhoods,’ it’s hard to find a ‘hood with more character than Hampden. Enjoy this local vibe at HampdenFest, the annual celebration of all things 36th street and beyond featuring live music, cook-offs, crab cakes, beer, musical and art performances and craft vendors galore. Keep an eye out, too, for the unofficial Mayor of Hampden, who announced his candidacy for real mayorship earlier this summer.  36th St. Hampden. Free. hampdenfest.blogspot.com.

Cinderella. Cinderella.
A classic tale with an updated twist. Magic isn’t the answer anymore. Now it’s about courage, self-confidence and kindness. Sept. 8, 9, 14, 15, Howard Community College’s Horowitz Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m., $5, hocoarts.org

Intro to Improv Workshop

Funny kids needed. This intro class is designed to explore basic concepts of improvisation in a fun and safe environment and concludes with a special performance to show off your new skills. Registration required. Ages 7 to 12.The BIG Theater, 10-11:30 a.m., $20, bigimprov.org

Maker Workshop for Kids: National Grandparents Day Gifts

Create your own handcrafted gift in honor of the wonderful grandparents in your life. Registration required. Baltimore County Public Library, Rosedale Branch, 2-3:30 p.m., free, bcpl.info

Charm City Jazz

Enjoy an evening of engaging music that will have you swaying in your seat, as talented musicians perform “A Tribute to The Music of Phyllis Hyman and Teddy Pendergrass.” Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., $30, jcc.org/gordon-center


Science Sundays

Irvine Center naturalists invite you to drop in and explore the amazing world of science through activities, exhibits, crafts and more. Sept. 9 and 23, Irvine Center, 10 a.m.-noon, free, explorenature.org

Trucks for Tots

Get up close and personal with all kinds of big trucks and emergency vehicles. Explore, take pictures and even go inside these giants of the road. Maryland Zoo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free with admission; marylandzoo.org

Second Sundays at the Maryland Historical Society

The second Sunday of every month is free for families. Enjoy different themed activities each month including tours, scavenger hunts and more. Maryland Historical Society, 1-4 p.m., free, mdhs.org

Charm City Run Kids’ Cross-Country Series

Introduce your kids to the sport of running with this seven-week, seven-race series designed for boys and girls 12 and under. Race location changes every week. Sundays, Sept. 9-Oct. 21, Gilman School (Sept. 9), 3:30 p.m., $6/preregistration for one race, $8/day of registration for one race, $35/all seven races, charmcityrun.com

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