Take the Kids Downtown During Spring Break - (cool) progeny

Spring Break is just around the corner, so what in the world is one to do to keep the kids happy and busy all week? Bring the family to attractions right here in Downtown Baltimore, where you can park once, walk or ride the Circulator to all the attractions, stop at The Corner Bakery for a yummy lunch that even two-year-olds will eat, and tucker everyone out by sunset.

The B&O Railroad Museum is in Easter Bunny mode – you can have breakfast with him, take train rides with him, and wear out your toddler in the Choo Choo Blueville Kids Zone. Plus, dads love this place so moms should feel guilt-free about making them take the lead on this field trip.

Feeling guilty about how much TV you let the kids watch so you could clean, read a book, shower? Port Discovery is running STEM (science, math & technology education) programs all week, March 25th – April 1st, so your kids will have fun and learn something. While there, take a nostalgic trip back to your youth at the Wizard of Oz traveling educational exhibit complete with munchkin houses and ruby red slippers.

For budding artists, The Walters Art Museum is hosting Spring Break Mini Camp: Paint the Town on April 2nd, and drop in art activities on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm. The mini camp is a registered event, but the Walters also offers drop-in art activities for an unplanned outing.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be in town at 1st Mariner Arena March 27th – April 7th, and the annual Lunch with the Elephants will return to Lexington Market on Wednesday, April 3rd. Kids love to see clowns and circus elephants take to the streets of Downtown, and moms love it because it’s free!

Instead of going to the movie theatre, take the kids to the National Aquarium for Animal Encounters (free w/regular admission) and for just $5 more, enjoy a 4-D movie experience with either Happy Feet and The Great Salmon Run – the wild adventures of Pacific salmon with waterfalls,  grizzly bears and all.

If your kids range from ages 6-12, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium should be on the to-do list. It’s odd, fun and fantastic displays include a candy Justin Bieber portrait and a larger than life Bumblebee Transformer replica.

For a slightly more historical day trip, try the Baltimore Museum of Industry with interactive exhibits for younger visitors, amazing artifacts for adults, plus free and easy parking. The new Maryland Lottery exhibit has just been unveiled and it just might make you feel lucky.

With all these day trips and many more spring breaks to come – you may just need to win the Power Ball. In the meantime though, head over to KidsLoveDowntownBaltimore.com by March 14th to enter to win free passes to Downtown attractions to use this year on spring break.

PHOTO CREDIT: Golden Lion Tamarin at the National Aquarium, Michael Bentley, Flickr