Close to 70 degrees in January??? There is absolutely no reason to stay home this weekend! Tons of kid and family-friendly activities are happening in and around the city. Our top picks for fam-friendly fun are below… but you can check out our calendar for a more complete listing of area events.

Kids Night Out at Kiddie Crusoe
Parents are you looking for a night out on the town? Don’t know what to do with the kids? Bring them to Kiddie Crusoe and give them their own Night Out! During KNO, they supervise the kiddos in the play areas, provide dinner, and play lots of games! The night ends with an age appropriate movie and popcorn. Friday from 5:30 PM – 9 PM. $30/child. Reservation required. MORE INFO

Winter Constellations at Irvine Nature Center
Did you know that the stars are just like a moving picture book? Bring your friends and family to Irvine to find the people and creatures of the night sky and hear the stories behind them. We will meet in front of the Nature Center and walk down the access road to the meadow. We suggest bringing a flashlight and dressing warmly. Hot chocolate will be provided! Feel free to bring your own telescope or binoculars. All ages (with adult). Free for members, $10 non-members. MORE INFORMATION

Gertrude’s Tenth Annual Krautfest – A Baltimore Tradition
So, this is a great date night idea. {Trust us!} Celebrate the release of Gertrude’s 2013 sauerkraut at the 10th annual Krautfest! Dance the night away with live polka music by the Joy of Maryland and enjoy an enormous buffet menu (the cash bar will even have “Krautinis!”) Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $40. MORE INFORMATION

Speed! Air! Danger! Perfect for the adventure loving kiddo in your live. It’s what makes AMSOIL Arenacross the premier indoor, off-road motorcycle racing championship. What separates AMSOIL Arenacross from traditional motorsports is its intimate close-to-the-action setting, giving fans the on-track feel of horsepower and gravity. Fans will be treated to an exciting new competitive format in 2013 with a pair of high-octane 12-lap Main Events during each night of racing on the highly-technical, air-inducing tracks of AMSOIL Arenacross. Shows Friday-Sunday at 1st Mariner Arena. MORE INFORMATION

FREE Group Guitar Lesson
Do you have a guitar that you’ve always wanted to learn how to play? Come to Bill’s Music in Catonsville for a FREE 1 hour beginners’ guitar lesson offered every Saturday at 10am! If you have a guitar and want to get started on your way to learning how to play, this FREE class is for you! This fun class is taught at Bill’s Music by friendly and talented instructor Ryan Raines. The lesson is geared towards beginners who have not played before or played very little. No one is too young or too old, all ages are welcome! 10:00 AM on Saturday. MORE INFORMATION

The Adventure to the Imagi Nation Family Show
The Adventure to the Imagi Nation utilizes magic, storytelling, and interactive play to take children of all ages on a journey to the Imagi Nation– a far away place found within each one of us. Take a ride in a hot air balloon, meet the Mayor of Imagi, behold the Phantasmata flower, and say hello to Frank the Frog. And that’s just the first 10 minutes! Recommended for ages 5-11. Fun for all! At The Baltimore Theatre Project. Saturday at 11:00 AM. MORE INFORMATION

Lingo Leaps Open House
Head to Lingo Leaps in Fells Point to learn about their early childhood and elementary foreign language learning classes. It’ll be leaping good fun! Saturday at 1:30 PM. MORE INFORMATION

American Girl Doll Fashion Show Model Casting Call
The American Girl Doll Fashion Show to benefit Cool Kids Campaign returns to the Hippodrome on March 23rd and 24th. They are currently looking for local girls to model in the show. There are three model casting calls this month and TWO this weekend. All model applicants must attend one of the below model searches. Applying to model more than once (i.e. attending multiple sessions) is not allowed. Each casting call takes place from 12pm – 2pm at the location noted at each mall. They’ll be at Columbia Town Center on Saturday and White Marsh Mall on Sunday. MORE INFORMATION

LAST WEEKEND to catch Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Anciet Greece at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Last weekend to catch the exhibit at Port Discovery! Experience ancient Greece without leaving Baltimore—no passports required. The family exhibit Gods, Myths And Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece transports visitors to the bedrock of western civilization. Created by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Gods, Myths And Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece invites visitors on an interactive journey through the world of ancient Greece.
Visitors of all ages can meet the gods, experience ancient Greek daily life and interact with the epic poem The Odyssey through more than 25 engaging interactive components, including climbing into a 13-foot tall Trojan Horse. Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFORMATION

Group Building at The Maryland Science Center
Calling all engineers, builders, architects and scientists ready to have fun! Construct the biggest, wildest, creation ever with our material du jour. Our science stash is filled with different size dominos, cornstarch packing peanuts, newspaper and more. Which material will we have out each day? Stop by and find out and then stay a while and build. We guarantee this build will be big fun for everyone! Sunday from Noon to 3 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Animal Encounters at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Come to Oregon Ridge Nature Center and learn about our native wildlife. A naturalist will introduce you to one of our wild animals, tell a story, and answer questions you may have. All encounters are FREE and do not require pre-registration. Just drop in and bring your friends and family! 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFORMATION

Mazel Tales: Tu B’Shevat
Join The Ivy Bookshop at the JCC to learn about Tu B’Shevat, a celebration of trees. This free family event (best-suited for children five and under) includes a holiday story and a topical craft. 10:00 AM on Sunday. MORE INFORMATION


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