Free Fall Baltimore kicks off Saturday, Oct. 1 with FREE arts and culture events all month long. Economoms has scoured the more than 300 programs planned to give you a quick and easy guide to the best bets for kids.
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ART & MUSEUMS
Free Family Sundays at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Sun Oct 2 2pm – 5pm Paint Masterful Portraits
Sun Oct 9 2pm – 5pm Fashion Your Own Old-World Costume
Sun Oct 16 2pm – 5pm Sketch a Sensational Still-Life
Sun Oct 23 2pm - 5pm Sculpt Animals
Sun Oct 30 2pm – 2:45pm Art of the Old Masters Family Tour
No advance reservations required.
Economoms Insider Tip: Free Family Sundays are available each and every Sunday of the entire year, not just during Free Fall Baltimore. Look for them in our Weekend Outlooks. Additionally, the BMA has no admission fee year round!
Drop-In Art Activities at the Walters
Every Sat & Sun, Oct 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, & 30, 10am - Creative Kid Geniuses. No advance registration required.
Economoms Insider Tip: Drop-in Art Activities are available each and every Saturday and Sunday of the entire year, not just during Free Fall Baltimore. Look for them in our Weekend Outlooks. The topic changes each month.
Family Festival of Discovery at the Walters
What happens when you combine curiosity with creativity? The festival celebrates the connections between art, science, math and play. Learn about inventions created by artists, discover how scientists and artists have used art to answer questions and solve puzzles, and explore how creativity in one field can influence discoveries or breakthroughs in another. Create your own inventions, make experimental art projects, play with light and much more! Sat Oct 22 10am – 4pm
Economoms Insider Tip: The Walters has no admission fee year round!
Dance Classes at Charm City Dance Theatre
Ages 10 to Adults. Sun Oct 2, 9, 16 & 30.
2pm – Hip Hop
3pm – Modern
4pm – Capoeira (2nd & 9th), Yoga (16th & 30th)
Advance reservations are not required.
Family Dance at Dance & Bmore
Moms, Dads and kids! Dance together in a family class for all levels and all ages taught by Dance & Bmore. Learn a variety of moves and styles each week from salsa to disco to Motown and hip-hop. Parents get moving along with your kids to Bmore fit, Bmore fun, Bmore creative, Bmore connected and Bmore Free! Tues Oct 4, 11, 18, & 25, 6:30pm – 7:20pm. St. John’s Church – 2640 St Paul Street
No advance reservations are required.
HISTORY AND HERITAGE
The War Came by Train at the B&O Railroad Museum
Discover the role the railroads played in the Civil War during the two free admission days offered by the B&O Railroad Museum. Costumed living historians will provide information to visitors on various aspects of railroading, travel, and military life during the Civil War period. Guided tours of the exhibit in the Roundhouse will also be available. Tues Oct 11 & 25, 10am – 4pm. Advance reservations are not required.
Free Admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Sun Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 10am – 4pm. No advance reservations required.
Free Admission to the Phoenix Shot Tower
Sat & Sun Oct 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 Noon-4pm. Reservations are only required for groups of 10 or more. Call 410-605-2964.
Maryland Come Alive! at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House
Maryland’s role in the War of 1812 was more than just battles, but people who accomplished extraordinary feats! Visit the Flag House to interact with these outstanding figures in Maryland history and participate in the activities that made these folks noteworthy. Meet George Roberts, Joshua Barney, Mary Pickersgill, and others. Experience living history presentations and enjoy free admission all day. Sat Oct 1 10am – 4pm. Register on-line at http://www.flaghouse.org/index.php/flag/info/calendar/
Jazz for Kids at the National Jazz Institute
A fun introduction to jazz for elementary school children featuring jazz versions of well-known children’s songs played by BJA’s five piece band and encouraging audience participation. Families will have the opportunity to try several musical instruments. Sat Oct 29 2pm. Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center – 847 N. Howard Street. For reservations email email@example.com or call 410-225-3130
World Rythm Drum Circus at Port Discovery
Join the drumming circle which will feature drums, shakers, scrapers and boom whackers. No musical experience necessary! The World Rhythm Drum Circus will take place directly outside of the Museum. Museum admission is not included. Sun Oct 9, 16 & 30 – 12pm – 1:30pm. Advance reservations are not required.
Halloween of Light & Luminaria Parade
Lantern making, hayrides, food and more. Join the parade at 6:30 on Eastern and Linwood, step off at 7 p.m. and follow through to Pulaski Monument. Sat Oct 29 7pm, Patterson Park
Free Admission to the Maryland Science Center
Take part in the Maryland Science Center’s popular Fridays After Five program for free. Fri Oct 28 5pm - 8pm Get tickets on-site only beginning at 5pm day of event. No advance sales.
Free Day at the Maryland Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, Oh, my! Experience the fun and wonder of the Zoo during their free admission day for Free Fall Baltimore. Mon Oct 3 10am – 4pm. Tickets available at the Main Gate only on free admission day.
Free Admission to the National Aquarium
Participate in any family/children’s event (Mother Goose, Preschool Leaps, etc.) at any of the 22 Enoch Pratt free Libraries and receive a family 4-pack of aquarium passes. A limited number of admission passes are available for distribution and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes will not be replaced if lost or unused. Passes are valid only for Wednesday, October 19, Thursday, October 20, and Friday, October 21, 2011 during regular visiting hours.
The Ultimate Block Party at Rash Field
Bring your family for a day filled with playful activities that illustrate firsthand the importance of play. Play is the work of children, helping to develop the skills needed in life, in school and in the workforce of the 21st century. So, come out and play! Sun Oct 2 11am – 5pm. Rash Field – The Inner Harbor, Downtown Baltimore. Advance reservations are not required.
4th Annual HarborFest at West Shore Park
Join Waterfront Partnership and the Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance for the 4th Annual Harbor Harvest Event at West Shore Park. Activities include the IKEA Urban Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Straw Maze, Face Painting, Kids Crafts, Pie Eating Contest, Live Music by Milkshake and more! Sun Oct 16 10am - 3pm. The rain date will be Sunday, October 23. Advance reservations are not required.
Big Stilter Celebration
Stilters from all of the Nana Projects gather to celebrate their new skills. Come watch the fun! Sun Oct 23, Time TBD. Rash Field – The Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Morgan State
The classic tale by Washington Irving is brought to life by Arts on Stage. Experience thrills ( and maybe some chills) with this masterful musical retelling of this lively legend. Thurs Oct 6 11am. Morgan State University Murphy Fine Arts Center: Gilliam Concert Hall - 2201 Argonne Drive. Call 410-252-8717 or email Jamie@artsonstage.org to reserve tickets.
Puppets in the Garden at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre
Watch the finest puppeteers from Baltimore and beyond perform in Black Cherry’s performance garden and make your own puppets to take home. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the Black Cherry Theater. Sun Oct 9, 16 & 23, 1pm & 3:30pm-puppet show; 2pm-workshop. Admission is free with seating first come first serve. Please call 410.752.7272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Backstage at CENTERSTAGE
The Open House will feature backstage tours, performances, workshops, and activities that are FREE and fun for the whole family. Sat Oct 22 10am - 1pm. For reservations please email the CENTERSTAGE Box Office at email@example.com. For more information please call 410/986-4050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vagabond Clown Clinic
For the young and young at heart! Enjoy learning some of the basic clowning sills – makeup, movement, mime, magic and more! See a live performance in our theatre! Learn about juggling and puppetry! Wear comfortable clothes and join us for an afternoon of FUN! Sat Oct 15, 22 & 29, 2pm. Vagabond Theatre – 806 S. Broadway. Call Shirley Bell at 410-488-2404 to reserve your space. Class size is limited.
Making a Community Mosaic- Free Fall Clay WorkshopAll hands welcome. Learn about the elements of mosaic construction while you work on a group project. Adults and children. Sun Oct 23 12pm – 5pm. Baltimore Clayworks - 5706 Smith Avenue. Advance registration is not required.
Street Circus at Lake Montebello
Get over to the free hula hoop jams every Monday on the north side of Lake Montebello. Hula hooping and juggling are the focus, with free instruction shared all around. Mon Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 4pm - 6pm. Lake Montebello - Off East 33rd Street at Hillen Road. Advance reservations are not required.
Stilt Walking Workshops by Nana Projects
Why stilt?? Conquering fear is a powerful thing. Learning to fall safely means you no longer have to be cautious when you take risks. Stilt walking is great exercise. It’s empowering and, most of all, it is fun! Nana Projects will offer 6 workshops throughout the month. 30 students max at each session. Watch for signs at each of the locations.
Wed Oct 5 6pm – 8pm in Roosevelt Park - 1221 W. 36th Street
Sat Oct 8 1pm – 3pm in Roosevelt Park - 1221 W. 36th Street
Wed Oct 12 6pm – 8pm in Druid Hill Park by the Conservatory
Sun Oct 16 1pm – 3pm in Druid Hill Park by the Conservatory
Wed Oct 19 6pm – 8pm in Herring Run Park - Belair Road & Chesterfield Avenue
Sat Oct 22 1pm – 3pm in Herring Run Park - Belair Road & Chesterfield Avenue
To reserve space in the Stilt Walker Workshop, email email@example.com or call 443-919-6980.
Art Workshops at The Painting Workshop
The Painting Workshop believes, as Picasso says, “Everyone is an artist.” Young or old, the art of creating is a joyous, exciting process. We encourage students to try new things, to be inspired by other artists and to find their voice. We invite children to two workshops – one for crafts and the other for painting and drawing. Crafts workshop – Sat Oct 1, 3pm – 4:30pm; Painting and drawing workshop – Sat Oct 15, 3pm – 4:30pm. The Painting Workshop – 1605 Sulgrave Avenue in Mt. Washington. Please RSVP on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size is limited.