The Inner Harbor Goes Kid-Crazy

This weekend promises to be a big one for families who want to spend a little time enjoying autumn in downtown Baltimore. With gorgeous weather on the horizon and kid-friendly activities all over the Inner Harbor, it’s a great time to head downtown with the kids.

Harbor Harvest at Rash Field

On Sunday, October 15, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore will host the 10th Annual Harbor Harvest Fall Children’s Festival at Rash Field.

The party starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. – a perfect way to get outside for a few hours in the middle of the day.

It will include all sorts of fun fall family activities. Kids can explore a pumpkin patch (sponsored by IKEA), take a pony ride, and get up close and personal with animals in a petting zoo. There will also be a trackless train, arts and crafts and a kids’ play area.

If you get hungry, there will be food trucks on hand, serving kid-friendly food. The lineup includes Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, Farm to Charm, Miss Twist Ice Cream and Funnel Fare. Plus, the party features live entertainment that’s fun for the whole family.


Port Discovery

There’s also plenty to do this weekend at Port Discovery, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday – it would make a great Sunday afternoon stop after Harbor Harvest.

On Saturday, Port Discovery is hosting Little Explorer’s Day – a Hispanic Heritage Celebration. All day long, museum guests can enjoy different interactive programs focused on Hispanic heritage, like making their own Day of the Dead skulls or maracas.

Sunday’s lineup is jam-packed with fun activities, as well, including several Percussion Garden sessions and Jingle Jangle Music Times, Exploration Station from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Kamishibai Story Time at 3:30 p.m.

And all season long – through February – Port Discovery has an interactive exhibit featuring Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego. The exhibit, dubbed “Dora and Diego – Let’s Explore!”, includes everything from a rainforest maze to a puppet-filled garden.


Parents know that convenient parking can make or break a family outing – which is why Harbor Park is a great place to begin and end your downtown adventure this weekend. Located at 55 Market Place in downtown Baltimore, Harbor Park is easily accessible from both 83 and points south, east and west.

Plus, the garage is reasonably priced and the friendly staff is knowledgeable and ready to point you in the right direction, no matter where you’re going.

The garage is just a short block away from Port Discovery, making it an easy walk to and from the museum. Plus, it’s only a brief walk to the water taxi stop at the National Aquarium, where both the yellow and green lines stop; both lines travel the short distance across the harbor to the Maryland Science Center, which is right next to Rash Field, where the Harbor Harvest festival takes place.

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