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We’ve survived the holidays and winter break! Woot. But don’t let the chilly air this weekend keep you homebound — there are lots of fun things happening in and around Charm City that are perfect for pint-sizers. Need more ideas? Check out our calendar…

Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration at The National Aquarium
The National Aquarium’s Cultural Series celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage! This event will feature a Chinese Lion parade followed by Kung Fu and Tai Chi forms – line up for the parade at 5pm! You’ll also enjoy beautiful Thai classical & folk dance performances, a calligraphy exhibit and demo and a Taiko drum presentation with audience participation. Kids can make Japanese fans to take home in our arts and crafts area and the Aloha Boys will bring the beautiful sounds of Hawaii to the National Aquarium! An event for the entire family to enjoy! Because Friday After 5 is in action, tickets are just $12/pp! Friday from 5 PM – 8 PM. MORE INFO

First Fridays at The Maryland Science Center
Admission for First Fridays includes the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and IMAX Theater on Friday evening beginning at 5:00pm. First Fridays take place November through March. All visitors pay just $8 for admission during First Fridays. One low price covers everything except national touring exhibitions. IMAX presentations are at 7:00pm, Planetarium presentations are at 5:40pm, and you will encounter live science during your visit. Children under 3 are always free. Members are admitted to First Fridays free of charge. First Fridays hours are 5:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m. MORE INFO

Drop in Art at The Walters
Our faces can tell a lot about us. Perhaps you know someone with a noble nose, energetic eyes, or a merry mouth! Join museum educators as they help families create artful projects related to the collection, special exhibitions, and family programs. In January, the Walters will help families will re-create our favorite faces in imaginative ways to help us learn more about ourselves and the people we care about! Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM in January. This weekend, they’ll be making Playing Card Faces. MORE INFO

Healthy First Saturday at Port Discovery
Join Port Discovery for the for the first Healthy First Saturday of the year! Keep your New Year’s resolution to be more healthy! Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery’s community health fair featuring performances by Kindersinger and more! Saturday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. MORE INFO

I-Spy History Tour at Mount Clare House Museum
Families become history detectives as they search Mount Clare Museum House for clues to learn about colonial life in the 18th century. Following this special I-Spy tour,visitors may make and take home an 18th century toy. Saturday at 10:00 AM. $4/Members, $8/Non-Members MORE INFO

Bee Informed at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Head to Oregon Ridge Nature Center to meet our beekeepers, and learn about the live of the honeybee. Buzz on by with your friends and family! It’s free and no pre-registration is required. Saturday at 11:00 AM. MORE INFO

Free Family Flicks at Pratt: Brave
This film follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery. Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Central Library Branch. MORE INFO

Circus and Dance Open House at Charm City Movement Arts
Charm City Movement Arts presents a Circus + Dance Open House, on Saturday, January 5th, from 3-5pm. Try out new skills, meet the instructors, free refreshments + save 10% when you register for new session. Free to attend. Current students, new students, those curious about circus, anyone invited! Parents come learn about kids’ classes too! Tightwire and juggling equipment will be available! MORE INFO

Model Rocket Launching at NASA
Like to build model rockets, but don’t have a launch pad? Now you do! Anyone can fly at the Goddard model rocket launches, and there are no costs or fees to participate. Rockets, motors and supplies are available at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop (and many hobby shops or toy stores) and you can even get rocket construction and launch tips from our on-site experts on launch day! Don’t want to launch your own rocket? That’s fine, too — come out to watch, and cheer on our rocketeers! Sunday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. MORE INFO

Free Family Sundays at the BMA: Matisse’s Dancers
Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime. Every Sunday, join us for activities the entire family can enjoy. Express your inner artist in a hands-on workshop or enjoy an interactive gallery tour. This weekend, leap into Matisse’s vision of dancers in motion and create a clay sculpture! Sunday from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. MORE INFO

Snowflakes at Irvine Nature Center
Play snowflake bingo as you walk the trails at Irvine Nature Center with a naturalist then come inside to make a snowflake as unique as you are! All ages. Please call to pre-register as soon as possible! Programs may fill, in which case, they will not be able to accept walk-ins. Free for members, $5 non-members. MORE INFO

and JUST FOR MOMS…

Prenatal Yoga Class at Soft & Cozy Baby
6 week session of pre-natal yoga classes starts this Sunday at 9:15 AM at Soft & Cozy Baby. Join for one class or sign up for all six weeks and save $8! Classes are $18/each. Pre-registration preferred but drop-ins are welcome. MORE INFO

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