Cold temperatures doesn’t mean hibernate. Here are 20 things on our ‘winter bucket list’ this season — things to do with kids in Baltimore before the spring thaw.

20 winter activities for kids in baltimore

Warm Up at Play CafeIt’s the (cool)est place for littles and they have ah-mazing coffee. Sip while the kiddos play or stop in for one of their monthly family dinner  and movie nights!

Channel your inner Elsa at the Sykesville Ice Fest! Ice sculptures, an ice skating rink, an ice playground and more in downtown Sykesville. 

Ninja Training. ‘Nuff Said. Sign your favorite kiddo up for an Intro to Parkour class at Urban Evolution. Learn jumping and landing, rolling, vaulting, climbing, and falling safely.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Walters. We love The Walters for their drop-in art programs each weekend (yes, drop in!), but their family festivals are even MORE fun! Be sure to catch their FREE Chinese New Year Celebration on February 7th. Celebrate the Lunar Year of the Monkey with art activities and traditional Chinese performances.

Check Out Cinderella, The Opera. Yes, opera. A pint-sizer friendly production of the classic tale takes place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis on January 30th. 

See The Princess Bride on the big screen. It’s the perfect thing to do on a chilly weekend morning (because who DOESN’T love this movie?). On February 13th and 14th,  The Senator Theatre will show The Princess Bride for just $5 a ticket at 10 AM. Popcorn for breakfast.

Go Maple Sugarin’. February is maple harvesting time! Head to Ladew Topiary GardensOregon Ridge Nature Center, or Irvine Nature Center for their fam-friendly Maple Syrup extravaganzas. All are super sweet. (But you really don’t want to miss the Pancake Breakfast at Oregon Ridge!).

Sip Hot Chocolate at Pitango: Sure, it’s your favorite place to score a sweet frozen treat on a hot day — but did you know the hot chocolate at Pitango is ah-mazing? No additives and you can enjoy it straight up, cut with frothy steamed milk, or with fresh whipped cream served on the side.

20 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This Winter - (cool) progeny

Ride the Rails with Choo Choo Soul. For one day only the B&O Railroad Museum presents three performances by Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul. Follow the musical adventures of the hip-hop singer, train station manager, Genevieve Goings, and her dancing, beatboxing engineer, DC, as they entertain kids while performing soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s and 1-2-3’s, March 5th. 

“Jump” Off Some Energy. Head to Rockin’ Jump in Towson and get the whole family grooving! Dodge Ball, slam dunks, trampolines, stunt bags and more.

Dance with the Littles at Port Discovery’s Valentine’s Family Dance PartyDon your best “play” attire and enjoy an evening of dancing, playing, exploring, and making great memories with your family. DJ Holly is spinning. February 13th. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Go Old School — Roller Skating! It’s family fun and nostalgia all wrapped into one. Have a kiddo that’s ready to roll? Take them to Northpoint Skateland or Sportsmans Hall.

Hit the Pins. Duckpins, that is. Duckpin bowling. There’s a little contention as to where it actually started, but one theory is that Duckpin bowling originated in Baltimore around 1900, at a bowling, billiards and pool hall owned by future baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson. So when you take your kids to play, you’re not only getting the wiggles out — you’re introducing them to history, too. Check out Patterson Bowling Center or Stoneleigh Lanes.

“Topple” (or not?) at the Maryland Science Center’s Domino Day.World renowned domino topple expert Scott Suko and a team of local engineering volunteers will be joining us to create a dynamic domino topple design through our Harbor Lobby. Witness over 15,000 dominoes of different sizes and colors zigzag, spiral, climb up stairs, across tables, fall in collapsing pyramids and much more. This year’s event has a space theme, with dominoes portraying planets and stars and much more. February. 6th.

Eat Waffle Sundaes at Prigel Family CreameryWhat could be better than Ice Cream for Breakfast?! Bring the kiddos out for a once a year breakfast treat! Join Prigel Family Creamery on Saturday February 6th from 9:00am to 11:00am to celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast day! Enjoy a Waffle Sundae – a hot waffle, scoop of ice cream, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Get Your Groove on at the Spaghetti Disco. Spaghetti Disco is one of our favorite benefits! Proceeds go toward the Village Learning Place. This amazing kid-friendly party brings together delicious food, kids’ crafts and games, and great neighbors on a sizzling dance floor. Not too many parties combine meatballs with literacy, the Bee-Gees with the ABCs, like this one does! March 5th.

Watch the agility dog trials at the World of Pets Expo. Haven’t heard of it? One of our writers takes her kids every year! Enjoy a rainforest experience, petting zoo, classes for easy tricks to teach your dog, performing cats, miniature horses, story time adventures and more. January 29 – 31.

Rock to Schoolhouse Rock LIVE, Jr.! The Emmy-award winning Saturday morning cartoon is coming to Pumpkin Theatre this winter — featuring a pint-sized cast! The show opens January 30th and runs for two weeks.

Make art at The Creative Alliance. KERPLUNK! Drop in for free family art making at The Creative Alliance! Saturdays from 12 PM – 3 PM (kids must be accompanied by a parent). February 6th – April 23rd.

Create picture books with author Shadra Strickland. Head to the Reginald F. Lewis museum to hear Shadra read her children’s book, “Sunday Shopping,” and then make art with her! Children will learn how to draw like an illustrator and discuss how she got started. In conjunction with the current exhibition Ruth Starr Rose. February 20th. Advanced registration required.

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