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Fall Family Fun in Charm City

Living in Baltimore, you quickly learn that there is no shortage of fun to be had year-round, from neighborhood playground meet-ups to festivals galore! The instructor team and I came up with this list of our FALL favorites in and around town! Click on any of the photos or headings below for more details!

Buckle Up!

The following attractions are about 30-60 minutes from the city, but are well worth the drive! Be sure to look closely at their websites for expanded fall/October hours and attraction pricing.

Pro tip: Pack lunch, go early, and take the long way home to ensure a nice car nap.

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Weber's Cider Mill Farm, Parkville

After you park and get the kids out of their seats, you'll enter the farm through their market where you'll pay for admission to the barnyard. At the barnyard, your kiddos will enjoy traversing the play areas, saying hi to the animals, navigating the straw maze, poking their faces through photo props, and sliding down the big hill. Wheeee! Be sure to ask how often hayrides run, as you won't want to miss your only chance to sit for a minute. And don't forget to set aside time to shop at the market. They sell pumpkins and the tastiest apple cider donuts!

Drive time from the harbor: About 30 minutes

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Clark's Elioak Farm, Ellicott City

Clark's is known for its petting farm and for giving new life to The Enchanted Forest, a storybook park that was enjoyed by families from the 1950's until the 1990's. Clark's moved each piece of the park to its farm between 2004 and 2015. If your parents grew up around Baltimore, they'll probably remember this quirky attraction. In addition to the animals and storybook statues, this family farm offers hayrides, a ride-on cow train, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, and more.

Drive time from the harbor: About 30 minutes

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Larriland Farm, Woodbine

Whether you prefer reaching up high to pick apples off trees or squatting to pick pumpkins from their vines, you can likely skip your strength exercises the day you visit Larriland. More fun can be had in their straw maze, on a hayride, and in the Boo Barn!

Drive time from the harbor: About 40 minutes

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Gaver Farm, Mt. Airy

Do you have a good sense of direction? You're going to need it once you get to Gaver - Their corn maze covers 7 acres! If you're not a fan of feeling lost, the giant jumping pillows, playgrounds, giant slides, and petting farm are just a few things that will entertain the whole family!

Drive time from the harbor: About 45 minutes

Fall Events in Charm City

One of the many reasons you find life here charming - You might be able to stroll through your own neighborhood to happen upon some of these exciting events!

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September 29: Pumpkins in the Park at Center Plaza

From 10am til noon, enjoy a downtown pumpkin patch, toddler hay maze, face painting, photo booth, and more courtesy of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. DPOB also sponsors free family Stroller Strides classes at Center Plaza every Sunday through the end of October.

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October 13: TJEMS Fall Festival on school grounds

This festival is always a huge hit in South Baltimore, and you don't need to live or go to school here to attend! This event is open to all, and there are endless activities for parents and kiddos alike. Take your chance at the cake wheel or place your bid on a silent auction item, including a $100 gift certificate for FIT4MOM Baltimore City (which you'll want after winning that cake)! Best part- this event is rain or shine!

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October 14: Harbor Harvest at Rash Field

Can you picture a pumpkin patch or train rides at the harbor? Bring that vision to life on October 14th between 10am and 3pm! There will also be crafts, live music, food trucks, face painting, a petting zoo, hay maze, and more! The event is free to watch, but there is a fee to participate in some of the kids' activities. Discounted tickets available online through October 12th.

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October 26 - 28: ZooBOO! at the Maryland Zoo

This one may not be walkable, but it will be worth the short drive! From 10am til 4pm each day, there will be games, prizes, contests, live entertainment, and trick-or-treating. The event is free with the cost of zoo admission. Anyone dressing up as their favorite animal this year?

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October 26: Moms' Night Out: Halloween Yoga at Canton Waterfront Park

We're joining in the fun with Pop Up Yoga Baltimore for their last outdoor offering of the season. This donation based yoga class is sure to be spooktacular as participants are encouraged to wear costumes or make themselves glow in the dark! It starts at 6:30pm, but everyone is encouraged to get there a few minutes early and get settled on their mats. (For our other Moms' Night Outs that have nothing to do with fall or Halloween, click here.)

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October 27: SOBO Halloween Bash at Riverside Park

I might be a little biased because this is my neighborhood park, BUT this event is so great! There is so much to do for every aged kid, and it's completely FREE thanks to great sponsors and volunteers, including yours truly! There's live music, kids' crafts, pumpkin and cookie decorating, a toddler play zone, a spooky book nook, a costume contest, a parade, and more! See you there?

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October 27: Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival at Patterson Park

We can't describe it better than the Creative Alliance: "The day begins at 3:30pm with Baltimore's BEST family Halloween festival featuring an adorable kids costume contest, lantern making, hayrides, dancers, live music, an arts & crafts market, and more! Local food trucks and the beer garden stay open until 8:30pm. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the afternoon! Once the sun sets, the magic begins. Grab your lantern and get ready to march with thousands of your neighbors, artists, musicians, and performers. You can also line the parade route to watch the delightful Great Halloween Lantern Parade!!"

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October 28: Canton Tot Lot Halloween Parties at the Tot Lot

If you live in the Canton area with a little one, I sure hope someone's told you about the Canton Tot Lot! It's a fenced area chock full of all the kids' toys your rowhome and tiny yard can't accommodate. They also rent the space for birthday parties. Every year, Tot Lot families celebrate Halloween - infants and early walkers in the morning, and toddlers and big kids in the afternoon. More details coming soon in their FB group!

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October 30 - 31: Stroller Strides or Barre + Halloween Fun

Tuesday, 10/30 at Patterson Park AND Wednesday, 10/31 at Federal Hill Park: Join us Tuesday and/or Wednesday for a great workout at 9am, and for the chance to show off your kiddo's Halloween costume. It won't fit next year, so wear it as much as you can, right?! We'll also enjoy some fall treats after class both days, and snap obligatory group pix!

Your first class is always free, so come any time!