Hess Shoes, Domino Sugar, Stieff Silver, Under Armour, McCormick Spice… Baltimore has a rich tradition of industry. All sparked by innovation.

Exciting kids of all ages about how things work is exactly the premise of Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Weekend Workers program. Every Saturday, museum educators provide a hands-on-learning experience that engages kids in the process of creating and exploring. Circuit building. Roller Coaster constructing. Learning about locks by picking one. 

Launching air-powered rockets made from paper. 

(Yes! Paper!)

Don’t expect a ‘Fisher Price’ version of innovation instruction. Kids use real tools to create.  The education team at the BMI helps teach kids not just about the items they are making, but also how to use tools safely to create. Hot glue and air powered rocket launchers.

(And, honestly, what could be (cool)er than blasting off rockets in a museum gallery?)

Weekend Workers programs are held on Saturdays from 10 AM –  4 PM and are free with paid admission. Check out the weekend program’s theme before you go. Don’t worry about registering in advance — just drop in! Younger kiddos may enjoy the BMI’s Wee Workers programs, held on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, September through June. Stories, songs, tours, and crafts. Wee Workers programs are free for kids ($5 for the accompanying adult) and RSVPs are recommend. 

(cool) tip: Have a kiddo that’s really into history or inventions? Check out The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Instagram. Lots of fun, local facts!

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