Baltimore Family Events - February 1-3, 2013

Looking for ways to burn off that pre-Super Bowl anticipation with the kids? Look no further… there are lots of ways to keep ’em busy this weekend! Here are our picks for sure-to-please-everyone Baltimore family events!

TODAY Show Taping/Ravens Rally
“Today Show” folks are hoping Baltimore fans will throw on their purple gear and head to the Inner Harbor on Friday as they film live to show off Baltimore’s Super Bowl pride. Natalie Morales will be representing the ‘Today’ crew at the Inner Harbor amphitheater from 7 to 10 a.m. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be interviewed. And Morales, lucky lady, will also get a taste of Baltimore. According to Sun Blogger Jill Rosen, The National Aquarium might make an appearance — possibly in the form of a diver who can do an underwater Ray Lewis dance. MORE INFO

Waterfront Partnership Kicks Off Heart the Harbor Contest
Love is floating along the Waterfront this February! Come down to the Waterfront and locate one of Waterfront Partnership’s eight hearts along the promenade (between Rusty Scupper and Bond Street Wharf). Show your love by taking a photo next to a heart and submit it to [email protected] to be automatically entered to win over $2,000 of sweet prizes! This promotion will run from Feb 1 to Feb 28. Great fun for the kiddos, too! MORE INFO

Ravens Tot Shabbat
Wear your purple for an extra spirited Tot Shabbat at the Owings Mills JCC on Friday, including songs, crafts, candle lighting, Kiddush and challah. Free for members, $5 for guests or free with parenting center pass. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. MORE INFO

Show Your Ravens Spirit and get 50% off Admission at the B&O Railroad Museum
Show your Ravens spirit by wearing Baltimore Ravens apparel and receive 50% off museum admission, now through Superbowl Sunday, February 3. Congratulations Baltimore Ravens for all your accomplishments this year! GO RAVENS! MORE INFO

Last Weekend to Catch the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is in Baltimore! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Hippodrome Theatre! Performances through Sunday. MORE INFO

Children’s Opera: Little Red Riding Hood
In collaboration with Towson University Opera, the Annapoli Opera Company continues their tradition of offering an opera specially geared for children. Seymour Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood is a delightful adaptation of the fairy tale classic, in which the scary wolf is transformed into a comic character and important lessons about life are learned. Saturday at 10:30 AM. MORE INFO

KERPLUNK at the Creative Alliance
Open to families and kids of all ages! Our galleries are beautiful, so simply drop in to The Patterson for a tour and family art making fun. We provide all materials. Great instructors guide you as get in touch with your creative side. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon to make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Youth must be accompanied by an adult — enhance that special bond between adult and child. No registration required! Noon-3pm on Saturday. MORE INFO

FREE Kids’ Admission to Sports Legend Museum and Photo Op
This Saturday and Sunday, admission to Sports Legends will be free for children ages 14 and under! Stop by and get your picture taken with the Super Bowl XXXV trophy, on display courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens! MORE INFO

Pumpkin Theatre: Quest of the Ziz Bird
A NEW PLAY! Written by Pumpkin Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Jimi Kinstle with music by Ryan Michael Haase and based on the children’s book The Hardest Word, by Jacqueline Jules, The ZIZ is a giant mythological bird (ours will be a puppet!) that one day accidently destroys the community garden of the children. A misfit himself, how will the Ziz make things better and find a way to ‘fit in’? Performances Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFO

31st Annual Great Model Scale Train Show
At the Timonium Fairgrounds! See 16 huge operating train layouts; Thomas play area and craft table for kids; over 700 vendor tables. Refreshments available and plenty of free parking. Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. FREE for kids under 15. MORE INFO

World Wetlands Day
Let’s protect our planet’s waters! Hands-on activities for all ages, indoors and out, from 2 PM – 4 PM at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum on Saturday and Sunday. Please dress for the weather for a walk along the creek. Girl Scouts can earn the Water Drop patch. MORE INFO

Yo Gabba Gabba: Get the Sillies Out
Is your family ready to GET THE SILLIES OUT? Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is going back on the road with a new show, “Get the Sillies Out!” featuring the one and only DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex, and of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie. Winner of Billboard’s Creative Content Award, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! has performed in front of countless fans across the U.S. and Canada over the past three years, and the new show “Get the Sillies Out!” is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. We’ve taken the fan favorites from the past two tours and combined them with some all-new music and other surprises that we can’t tell you about… yet! Performances at 2 PM and 5 PM on Saturday. MORE INFO

Drop in Art: Lanterns & Firecrackers
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Walters by lighting up the night sky with them this February! Make lucky art inspired by the museum’s colorful Asian art collection and traditions of this lunar holiday. Slither your way into the Year of the Snake as we create snake sculptures, bright lanterns, sparkling skies filled with firecrackers and banners to hang in your home. This weekend they are making a Firecracker Nightscape. FREE! Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 Am – 3:00 PM. MORE INFO

Super Bowl Sunday Spectacular
Join Port Discovery in celebration of the Baltimore Ravens as they head to the Super Bowl! From 12 pm- 5 pm, enjoy ½ off general admission for all children wearing purple with paid adult admission.* Make your own Ravens shrinky dinks and enjoy a magic show with David London, Mother Goose on the Loose, Wild Life Adventures, a moonbounce, and more! MORE INFO

FREE Family Sundays at the BMA: Contemporary Voices
Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime. Every Sunday, join the Baltimore Museum of Art from 2-5 PM for activities the entire family can enjoy. Express your inner artist in a hands-on workshop or enjoy an interactive gallery tour. This Sunday, investigate the innovative works in the new Contemporary Wing and construct a 3D Version of Zwelethu Mthethwa’s Photographs. MORE INFO


Next Saturday there are two FAB opportunities to make some memories with the kiddos. Take a look:

Twist Photography Valentine’s Mini Sessions
Join Twist Photography for a SWEET deal! On February 9th, they’re hosting Valentine’s Day Mini-Shoots at The Best of Luck Candy Store (located in Power Plant). For $99, each family will receive a mini photo-shoot in the sweetest of all candy stores, one sweet treat from the candy store for their photo shoot, and 20 valentine’s day cards (additional cards available). Shooting will occur on a first-come, first serve basis — so come early! Special guest appearances by Silly Goose and Val, too! MORE INFO

Captured in Clay at Wee Chic Boutique
Join Captured in Clay at Wee Chic Boutique Saturday February 9th from 10a-1p. Bring little fingers and toes to be “captured” in clay and customize your tile with dates, names and more. Call for an appointment 410.878.7400. MORE INFO


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