Winter animal adventures, native voices, women in sports, Cinderella, I Have a Dream Weekend, Peter Rabbit Tales, Saturday Morning Tunes… there are SO many fun things to do in Baltimore this January! Here are 30 ideas the whole family will love.

30 things to do with kids in baltimore this january

Visit “Winter Animals”  at the Maryland Zoo
Fridays – Mondays | 10 AM – 4 PM | $10

Winter is one of the best times to see the Zoo’s female Polar Bear, arctic foxes, penguins, and more! The zoo is only open Fridays-Mondays from 10 AM – 4 PM during January and February — but admission is just $10! Bundle up. Pack some to-go cocoa. Check their website to see what other animals will be on exhibit before you go!

Bake & Play at Waldorf
January 7th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Explore Waldorf with your child for a morning in the Children’s Garden for ages 2 1/2 – 5.  Join in activities such as bread baking, singing, storytelling, puppetry and play lead by their Early Childhood teachers. Their mini morning provides a window into the rich learning environment their Early Childhood programs provide at a crucial time in your child’s development. Learning by doing provides the foundations for success at school and success in life. MORE

Fake Food Fun at the American Visionary Art Museum
January 7th | 1 PM- 4 PM | $5

Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! In January, use their random fun fixins to create inedible works of art! No pre-registration required. Just drop in and pay $5. MORE

Try a FREE Dailey Method Baby Class at The Dailey Method Towson
January 7th & 8th | 8 AM – 12 PM

Join The Dailey Method Towson as they celebrate their one-year anniversary January 7-8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon with an open house of free classes all weekend! Try all they have to offer including our signature barre and indoor cycle classes. Guests can also take restorative yoga and Dailey Baby, a mommy-and-me barre class designed for parents and their infants aged 7 months and younger. MORE

Native Voices Exhibit Opening Event at BCPL Towson
January 7th | 11 AM – 1 PM

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land. he American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, is touring the exhibition to America’s libraries. This January, it comes to the Towson Library branch of Baltimore County Public Library.  During the opening event celebration on January 7th, explore Maryland’s native peoples through music, dance, making and storytelling. MORE

Explore Nature with The Cat in the Hat: There’s No Space Like Space!
January 7th | 11 AM – 12 PM

Bring the little ones for some Seussian Science fun on the first Saturday of each month at Benjamin Banneker Park! January’s featured book will be There’s No Place Like Space! We’ll read the book, look at some constellations then head outside to search for planets and stars. Children ages 3 – 8. Advance registration required. MORE

Skate Al Fresco at Frost Fest!
January 11th | 6 PM – 8 PM

Join (cool) progeny for an evening of frosty fun at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor! We’re teaming up with Waterfront Partnership to kick of 2017 with an ice-tastic evening of family fun. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, crafts, live music, and faceprinting before you skate*. Then hit the ice! There will be an Ice House to explore presented by The Fuel Fund of Maryland and Ice Snowman Photobooth created by Ice Lab, too! Regular skating fees and skate rental fees apply. Purchase tickets in advance to ensure we have enough cocoa (and to ensure your spot on the ice! Space in the rink is limited).  MORE

Watch Youth Leaders Debate & Celebrate MLK at The Walters
January 12th | 5 PM – 8 PM

Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy through the lens of debate. See how King’s oratorial skills continue to inspire the current generation of youth leaders through presentations by the Baltimore Urban Debate League and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. Take part in art-making activities and stop by the Pixilated Photo Booth to commemorate the evening. MORE

Observe Venus at the Maryland Science Center
January 13th | 5:30 PM – 9 PM

Join Maryland Science Center staff for a special edition of their weekly “Friday Night Stargazing” to enjoy a view of the brilliant planet Venus. MORE

Hit the Duckpins
Dates & Times Vary

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 Stoneleigh Lanes on Mondays for $3 games and $4 rentals!

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I Have a Dream Weekend at Port Discovery
January 14th – 16th | Times Vary

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Educational activities are planned  from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, January 14,  from 12PM to 5PM on Sunday, January 15, and from 9:30AM to 5PM on Monday, January 16. Admission is free with museum entry, which is $14.95 for guest ages 2 and up. Children under 2 and members are free. MORE

Dance with Daniel Tiger LIVE at The Lyric
January 14th | 2 PM

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations. MORE

See Cinderella at Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre
Saturdays and Sundays, January 14th – January 29th

The Baltimore Actors’ Theatre presents an Original Musical Adaptation of Charles Perrault’s classic story, “CINDERELLA.” This is a Family Musical event, featuring original songs and dances, sets, beautiful costumes, and a buffet prior to each performance.  You don’t want to miss Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, two Stepsisters, court dancers, and of course, the handsome Prince. Shows at 8 PM on Saturdays and 2 PM on Sundays (buffet dinner/lunch prior to show).  Tickets are $15 – $35.  MORE

Go On a Winter Adventure at Irvine Nature Center
January 14th | 9 AM – 11 AM

Is your child at home outside? Join the Winter Adventure Team at Irvine Nature Center one Saturday a month to spend time outdoors. Each session will be an exciting blend of outdoor skills and science projects. We will work as a team to explore, respect and protect nature! Sessions at $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Designed for ages 9-12. Register in advance. MORE

MLK Day Celebration featuring the Maccabeats and Naturally 7 at Gordon Center
January 15th | Performances at 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM

With over 3 million views on Facebook of their joint YouTube video “Shed a Little Light,” join internationally-acclaimed A cappella and vocal play groups, The Maccabeats and Naturally 7, for their first ever live concert together! Using only their voices, these talented men will provide a spiritual, celebratory concert in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Before each show, join Jewish Volunteer Connection in the Gordon lobby assembling hand warmers to give to seniors and first responders in our community to help keep them warm this winter. JVC will also be collecting used shoes to benefit Knafayim, an organization that provides free and low cost counseling services to the Jewish community. MORE

The Skin You Live In: Hands-On Workshop at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum
January 16th | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Mar n Luther King, Jr. with hands-on activities about skin color at The Chesapeake Children’s Museum. Why are we different and how are we all the same? Ages 7-12. Two sessions: 10:30 am – 12 noon and 1 – 2:30 pm. $8/child. MORE

See a Pirate Story Time
Dates/Times Vary

See your favorite Urban Pirates at Baltimore County Public Libraries this winter! Enjoy the songs, games, and stories for young buccaneers. FREE! MORE

Celebrate MLK Day at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
January 16th | 12 PM

Join for interactive programs that reflect on, and honor, the civil rights leader. For young visitors, they can engage in craft activities that integrate Dr. King’s images and teachings. MORE

Peter Rabbit Tales at Harford Community College
January 20th | 7 PM

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous World of Beatrix Potter™ comes alive on stage. Beatrix Potter created an instant classic with the little blue-coated rabbit who we recognize as both boy and rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he first hopped out of the pages of a story book and into children’s hearts. Tickets are $15-$25. MORE

WTMD Saturday Morning Tunes: Joanie Leeds
January 21st | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

WTMD kicks off their series of kid-friendly Saturday morning concerts with a live performance from the Brooklyn-based singer Joanie Leeds!  Her music was raved about in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. For her original kids music, Joanie won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a Gold Parents’ Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award and a Family Choice Award. Her band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, has performed songs from her 7 high-energy and interactive CDs in dozens of cities across the country at venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, CMAs and Hang Out Festival.  Her tunes have climbed up the charts to #1 on Sirius-XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. Joanie is currently working on her 8th album for kids! MORE

Make Snow Friends Cupcakes at Charm City Cakes
January 21st | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Let it snow! Students will each receive 4 cupcakes, and learn how to cut, and prepare fondant to create their own decorated cupcakes at Charm City Cakes. Designed for ages 6-17. A parent or guardian must remain on the premises. MORE

Thomas & Friends Explore the Rails at Port Discovery
Opens January 21st | Exhibit Free with Paid Admission

All aboard for fun and learning at Port Discovery Children’s Museum January 21 through May 7, 2017 Everyone’s favorite blue engine will roll into Port Discovery Children’s Museum this January! Thomas & Friends encourages kids to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through play – while interacting with their favorite characters.  The exhibit opens on January 21st and is in town through May 2017. Be sure to check Port Discovery’s hours before heading out to see it! MORE

Repticon at the Timonium Fairgrounds
January 21st and 22nd | 10 AM – 4 PM

Repticon Baltimore is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Kids under 5 are free. MORE

Frozen Fest at Robinson Nature Center
January 22nd | 12 PM – 4:30 PM

Robinson puts the cool in winter with this fun, family-oriented festival. If you and your family have cabin fever, come make your own ice cream, create tracks in the snow, and take guided winter hikes along the trails. Check out the cold-blooded creatures that live at the nature center through live animal presentations. Get cozy while watching a movie in the NatureSphere full-dome theater. Explore all things frozen through fun experiments. Make a fun winter craft to take home and chase the winter blues away.  Preregister to secure your family’s spot. The snow date for this event is January 29th.  Open to all ages / $7 Robinson annual pass holders; $10 general admission; Under 3 yrs free. MORE

CandleKids: BRASS, BRASS, BRASS
January 22nd | 2 PM and 4 PM

Bursting with color, styles and captivating choreography, “Brass Brass Brass” shows the range of everything a brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) can do. Legendary trumpeter Maurice André hails “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music.” Spanish Brass offers a dynamic introduction to the exciting sounds of the brass section, from the baroque music of JS Bach to the jazz tunes of Lee Morgan, featuring short selections of popular music from across the globe. Don’t miss this fun, fascinating concert for the whole family! Performances at 2 PM and 4 PM. MORE

World of Pets Expo
January 27th – 29th | Times Vary

Watch the agility dog trials at the World of Pets Expo. It’s headed back to the Maryland Fairgrounds this month! 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. Children under 5 are FREE! MORE

Sleeping Beauty: A New Opera for Children
January 28th | 11 AM

This exciting new adaptation of the classic fairy tale is set to the music of Mozart and is the perfect way to share the experience of opera with the children in your life. The production is in partnership with Towson University’s Opera in a Can. MORE

Orioles FanFest
January 28th | 11 AM – 6 PM 

The kickoff to the 2017 baseball season will begin on Saturday, January 28 at the Baltimore Convention Center when the Orioles host FanFest.  Enjoy appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches, clinics for children, clubhouse tours, giveaways, autograph stations, photo stations, spring training exhibit, and more! Autograph vouchers go on sale on January 18th. MORE

Women in Sports Day at Loyola University
January 28th | 12 PM

Open to girls in Kindergarten through 8th grade and their families. Join Loyola’s student-athletes for fun activities before the basketball game, including: autographs, face painting, sign making, photo booth, nail painting, interactive sports activities, and much, much more! Eat and drink for free as a courtesy of event sponsors (Pepsi product sampling, Season’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A , Zen West). Enjoy hot dogs, pop corn, and ice cream, too! Watch Loyola Women’s Basketball take on Lafayette College for free, then meet the women’s basketball team for autographs afterwards! Register in advance. MORE

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at The Walters
January 29th | 11 AM – 4 PM

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and the Korean dance groups Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company and Stepping Stones. MORE