Baltimore Family Events - (cool) progeny - January 25-27

Feeling frozen yet? Luckily there are tons of fun kid-friendly events happening in and around Charm City this weekend. Two brand new exhibits are opening (one for the superheroes in your life, another for the ones that love sparkly shoes), it’s the last weekend to catch the phenomenal LEGO train, Beauty and the Beast is in town, Pumpkin Theatre is debuting a BRAND new show for kids, you can get moving and grooving — er mamboing — at Talara with Waterfront Partnership… just TONS of reasons to get outta the house! Here are our picks for fam fun:

Annual Winter Sidewalk Sale at Green Spring Station
One of the most wonderful times of the year for stylish moms and their mini-fashionistas (although honestly, you may want to leave the kiddos at home while you shop…)! Enjoy savings of up to 75% off your favorite brands including Tibi, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Chantelle, Tea, LA Made, Cole Haan, FRYE, Eileen Fisher, Trina Turk and so many more at Green Spring Station this weekend. Thursday – Saturday. MORE INFORMATION

Lively Arts for Little Ones: Anansegromma of Ghana
Lively Arts For Little Ones presents: “Anansegromma of Ghana” at The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center on Friday at 10:00 AM. An exhilarating and memorable performance of traditional west African music, storytelling and dance. Tickets are $5.00 (ages 2 and up) and are available online or at the door. MORE INFORMATION

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
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 daily through February 3rd. MORE INFORMATION

Hairspray in Concert
Good Morning Baltimore… “You can’t stop the beat” in the world premiere of this semi-staged concert production featuring full orchestra, vocalists and Baltimore’s own John Waters as narrator. Relive this quirky classic through your favorite songs from the musical that follows a young girl’s dream to star in a dance show as she ends up changing the world. Performances at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall all weekend long. MORE INFORMATION

LAST WEEKEND to see the Lego Train Exhibit
Head to the B&O Railroad Museum’s Ellicott City Station to see the custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club. This masterpiece made completely of LEGO toy pieces is interactive for children of all ages. There are push buttons along the sides that will activate lights, motors, and sounds. Other model exhibits featured at the Station will include a popular Thomas the Tank Engine G-scale layout, a small N-scale layout in the museum’s telegraph office and a push button children’s layout in the main waiting room. Exhibit closes on January 27th! Friday – Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Australia Day at the National Aquarium
Can’t fly across the globe to celebrate Australia Day? Join National Aquarium, Baltimore on Saturday, January 26, and transport yourself to the land down under! Get close more than 1,800 native Australian animals including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, birds and lizards in the Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit. Experience animal encounters each hour in the exhibit. Watch feedings of numerous animals, including the crocodiles! Channel your inner aborigine by painting on the rocks in the exhibit. Other activities include didgeridoo performances, face paintings, crafts, and more! Activities are free with Aquarium admission. MORE INFORMATION

Family Salsa Social at Talara
Head to Talara on Saturday, January 26th for the Waterfront Kids Salsa Social! Learn new steps from a Waterfront Kids instructor and mambo away from 2PM – 5PM. Each child will also get their own set of maracas! Kids can snack on a buffet of chicken tenders, tater tots, macaroni and cheese, and fruit skewers. Food and drink specials will be available for the adults. Just $8 per child. Adults are FREE. This is a private event and tickets must be purchased in advance. Saturday from 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFORMATION

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. FREE! MORE INFORMATION

Catch Those Dreams
Native Americans believed that dream catchers enhanced their sleeping by allowing good dreams through while keeping out the bad dreams. Dream catchers made from natural materials remind us that we are all connected in the web of life. Make your own personal dream catcher at the Willow Grove Educational Center on Saturday at 10:30 AM. Natural materials will be provided, but feel free to bring any small natural objects that have special meaning for you. MORE INFORMATION

Wizard of Oz Exhibit Opens at Port Discovery
Dorothy, Tin Man, and Scarecrow await at Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s new traveling exhibit, The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition, opening Saturday, January 26th! Created by Miami Children’s Museum and licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, this interactive fantasy-adventure takes children and families over the rainbow to continue the celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary milestone. Travel from the Gale Farm in Kansas to the colorful Land of Oz where you can explore Munchinkland , The Crossroads, the Witch’s Castle , and Emerald City with Dorothy and her friends. Elements of the movie available only in this licensed exhibition include Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, images of the characters everyone knows and loves from the film and classic movie moments. Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFORMATION

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 INFORMATION

Owl Moon at Irvine Nature Center
Join Irvine’s naturalist on a moonlit hike in quiet search of Maryland’s majestic owls. Before the walk, enjoy a reading of Owl Moon by Jane Yolan and meet one of Irvine’s resident owls. Ages 4 & up with adult. Please call to pre-register. Saturday from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION

Summer in the Snow
Join the Noah’s Ark staff for some cold weather “summer sun and fun!” Meet the Rosenbloom JCC camp staff to see what’s in store this coming summer. Enjoy family fun activities including face painting, crafts, games and more! Ages 2-5. FREE for the whole family! RSVP required. Sunday at 10:30 AM. MORE INFORMATION

Superhero Exhibit Opening
Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 opens at The Jewish Museum of Maryland on Sunday! With the American economy in deep Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe, a group of young, largely Jewish, artists began to create illustrated stories of superheroes and provided the nation with an optimistic antidote to a growing sense of despair and helplessness. Featuring superhero memorabilia, original comic book art, and video interviews with the creators of superheroes, offers visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Golden Age of comic books. ZAP! POW! BAM! is designed for people of all ages and backgrounds, with an interactive telephone booth, a drawing studio that allows guests to try their hands at comic book art, and a ride on the Bat Mobile. MORE INFORMATION

DBFA Presents Meet the Big Kids’ Parents
Do you enjoy being a city parent but have questions about the “next phase” of raising children in downtown Baltimore? The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance has invited eight local parents from neighborhoods all over the city, each with at least one child older than 8, to give you the inside scoop on the challenges and benefits of parenting the school-aged child in our urban environment. Learn how these downtown parents are raising healthy, self-confident children without yards, two–car garages, and shopping malls. Parents only event. 7:15 PM on Sunday. MORE INFORMATION

Image Credit: National Aquarium