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Things to do with the kids this weekend May 2-5

This weekend has gone to the dogs…cats…sheep…unicorns – and some! From a GIANT poodle floating past the Inner Harbor for the AVAM’s Kinetic Sculpture Race to the SPCA Walk for the Animals, May fairs, a Sheep and Wool Festival and free comic book day. Here are our top picks for family fun May 2-5.

Thursday, May 2

Free First Thursdays
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum. Free. 10 a.m. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. mdhs.org

May 2–5. Kick off spring at the beach with food, lots of live entertainment, art, crafts and family-friendly fun. Free; headline acts require admission. Inlet Lot, Boardwalk, Ocean City. ococean.com

Friday, May 3

Day out with Thomas the Tank Engine
May 3–5. This fun-filled event provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, meet other characters and enjoy Thomas-themed activities. $22–$26. 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org

little mermaid stage and screenThe Little Mermaid Jr.
May 3-5, May 10-12. Come see Ariel and all the fabulous sea creatures as portrayed by the talented actors of Stage and Screen Studios during their multi-media production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” $10 per ticket. Stage and Screen Studios, Millersville.

Saturday, May 4

Music Box: Opposites
Over and under, high and low, loud and soft. Explore the world of opposites with an unlikely trio of BSO musicians. For children ages 6 months–3 years. 10 a.m. Baltimore. bsomusic.org

Dinosaur Park Open House
Check out the Dinosaur Park on the first and third Saturday of every month. Noon–4 p.m. Dinosaur Park, Laurel. mncppc.org

Free Comic Book Day
Celebrate 11 years of Third Eye Comics with over 30 free comics, including all ages books Free. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Third Eye Comics, Annapolis. thirdeyecomics.com

Walk/Run for SIDS and Child Loss
Bring the whole family on this 1-, 3- or 7-mile walk/run/rollerblade/bike/stoll for SIDS (pets welcome, too). Registration at 7:30 a.m., Dove release at 8:30. Rain or shine. $5–$20. 8 a.m.–noon. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. infantandchildloss.org

Walk for Wishes
Walk through the mall to help grant wishes of local kids battling life-threatening medical conditions. Enjoy music, carnival games, delicious food, face painting and the chance to hear firsthand from wish kids. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. National Mall, Washington, D.C. walkforwishesdc.org

Garden Festival
This festival is an anticipated sale of rare plants, garden ornaments, and antiques, featuring an exclusive collection of 40 vendors from throughout the region. Plus tour Ladew’s gardens, visit the historic home of Harvey S. Ladew, and stroll through the Nature Walk. $20–$25. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Ladew Gardens, Monkton. ladewgardens.com

Family Outdoors Day
This day of primitive skills like fire building, cordage-making, and campfire cooking will have separate activities for adults and kids. $5 per child, $10 per family. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore. carriemurraynaturecenter.org

May Day
Celebrate the arrival of spring colonial-style. Rally around the Maypole with the colonists, entertainment, art, garden crafts, and games with a 17th-century flair. $10 per adult, $6 per kid. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Visitor Center, St. Mary’s City. visitstmaryscity.com

Solomons Maritime Festival
Check out a huge assortment of antique and classic boats, and enjoy toy boatbuilding, Chesapeake Bay retriever demonstrations, live music, food and more. Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. calvertmarinemuseum.com

Spring Festival at Waugh Chapel
Live music by Bodkin Creek, balloon art, face painting, a special kid’s flower pot activity, and visits and tastings from your favorite retailers and restaurants. Noon–2 p.m. Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, Gambrills. visitwaughchapel.com

Planet Walk
Walk along a 4.7 mile segment of the B&A Trail between Glen Burnie and Severna Park. Scientists and astronomers from NASA/Goddard, area colleges and universities and local astronomy clubs will be at planet stations along the trail to provide additional information about that planet. Free. 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, Glen Burnie. friendsofaatrails.org/planet-walk

Kinetic Sculpture RaceKinetic Sculpture Race
Head to Baltimore to watch wild, larger-than-life sculptures/floats race around downtown. The amphibious, human-powered works of art are custom built for the race, which starts and finishes at the American Visionary Art Museum. From there, the race heads through Federal Hill, around the Inner Harbor to the water portion at Canton Waterfront Park, up to Patterson Park and back to AVAM. Baltimore. kineticbaltimore.com

IMET Open House
Science happens at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET). At this annual open house, enjoy hands-on science activities for kids of all ages, meet IMET scientists, and discover important marine research happening at the harbor’s edge. Free. 1–4 p.m. Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. Baltimore. imet.usmd.edu/events

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
May 4–5. Celebrate all things sheep, with crafts and supplies, demonstrations, live sheep, and plenty of entertainment. $5. Sat. 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship. sheepandwool.org

Frederick Running Festival
May 4–5. Half marathon, 2 person team relay, 5K and Kids Fun Run for all abilities. $15–$140. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick. frederickrunfest.com

Towsontown Spring Festival
May 4–5. This giant spring fest features carnival rides, lots of live bands, performances, shopping, two beer gardens, wine and a fleet of food trucks. Free. Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 1–6 p.m. Towson Core Business Area, Towson. 410-825-1150, towsontownfestival.com

Sunday, May 5

Bike to Market Day
Pedal down to the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar to celebrate National Bike Month. Featuring giveaways, advocacy groups and fun. Free. 7 a.m.–noon. Baltimore. bikemore.net

Hurray for May Day!
Welcome the arrival of spring this year at a family-friendly afternoon at the William Paca House and Garden. Free. Noon–5 p.m. William Paca House & Garden, Annapolis. annapolis.org

Walk For The Animals
Raise money for the SPCA while enjoying a fun run/walk with pets, plus a vendor village, car show, K9 demos and agility yard and food. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. aacspca.org

First Sunday Arts Festival
On the first Sunday of each month through November, enjoy strolling the first blocks of West Street for live entertainment, over 100 local and regional artists, food and fun. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis. firstsundayarts.com

made in maryland festival minMade in Maryland Festival
Celebrate the artisans that make their wares here in Maryland, plus crafts, food, live music, character meet and greets, plus a petting zoo, moon bounce, face painting, and exhibits. $15; ages 12 and under free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Kurtz’s Beach, Pasadena. madeinmarylandfest.com

Mother/Daughter Tea & Fashion Show
Enjoy afternoon tea, and games and prizes for mothers and daughters. $12.50–$25. 2–4:30 p.m. 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach. windowsofstrength.org

International Family Equality Day at the Zoo
Celebrate the beauty and importance of family diversity at the Zoo with family-focused activities, from field games with prizes, to special animal enrichment demonstrations and live entertainment. Free. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. National Zoo, Washington, D.C. nationalzoo.si.edu

Unicorn Festival
Unlimited unicorn rides, hay rides, unicorn games and crafts, a photo stop, unicorn snacks and drinks. $20. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Snapdragon Stables Unicorn Farm, Queen Anne. snapdragonstables.com

For more weekend fun, be sure to check out our full Calendar of Events!

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