Snow, shmow. They maybe might be calling for some more of the dreaded white stuff next week, so get out of the house THIS weekend and burn some energy with one of these Baltimore family events! Ice Cream for breakfast, first birthday celebrations, Chinese New Year fun, Orioles Fanfest, ice skating, story time, art exploration, and more! Here are our top picks for kid-friendly fun.

Be sure to check out our calendar for a complete listing of events happening in and around the city.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tales and Tails Story Time at Irvine Nature Center
Join Irvine Nature Center for a few animal stories followed by an animal meet & greet! They have this award-winning program every Friday from 10 AM to 10:45 AM. Get an up-close and hands-on experience with Irvine’s animals. No registration required. MORE INFO

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day at The Charmery
Saturday February 1st, The Charmery is opening early at 10am for National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – with a portion of sales going to Moveable Feast. Here are some of the special breakfast flavors they will be scooping: Lucky Charms, Cornflakes and Milk, Peanut Butter and Apple Jacks , Chocolate Fruity Pebbles, Michele’s Granola Frozen Yogurt, Coffee by Spro, and Strawberry Poptarts. Plus they’ll be serving Liege waffles, actual coffee from Spro, and having a Best Pajamas contest! MORE INFO

Orioles Fanfest 2014
The annual Baltimore Orioles FanFest celebration will include appearances by current and former Orioles players, autograph sessions, Q&A forums with players, clinics for children and memorabilia dealers. Saturday at the Baltimore Arena. MORE INFO

KERPLUNK! Family Drop-In Art
Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour the galleries at The Creative Alliance and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials and let your creativity soar. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday from Noon-3pm. FREE! No registration required! MORE INFO

Kids Story Time at Greetings and Readings
Baltimore parents bring their children to meet Miss Bonnie every Saturday at 11 a.m. for Kids Story Time at Greetings and Readings. Miss Bonnie carefully selects the books to make this a fun experience for ages two through six. Visit the Balloon Desk afterward for a free balloon! MORE INFO

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

FREE Chinese New Year Festival
Good luck and fortune begin at The Walters Art Museum! Join them for traditional Chinese performances in honor of the year of the Horse. Those born under the sign of the horse are energetic, hard working, and quick-witted- let’s celebrate together! 12 PM – 3 PM. MORE INFO

Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance’s 5th Annual Ice Skating Party
Registration is now open for Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance’s 5th Annual Ice Skating Party at Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center in Patterson Park, which takes place on Sunday, February 2nd, from noon – 2 PM. Join other DBFA families as we enjoy two hours of private ice time, children’s activities, and healthy snacks. MORE INFO

Downtown Baltimore JCC’s First Birthday
This Sunday, Feb. 2 from 9:30-12:30 the DBJCC will be hosting their 1st birthday party! Join them for special activities all morning long: Jackie Cooper from One Happy Family will be giving a talk about Healthy food choices for your baby & food sampling; decorate your own cupcakes in the snack room; and story time with puppets and more in the dress up theater in the main playroom. The first 50 families that stop in to play during the week of Feb. 2-7 will be given a Swag bag with lots of goodies for parents and kids. MORE INFO

Family Fun Day at Port Discovery
Join Port Discovery for fun, educational activities that the entire family can enjoy! Adventure to IMAGINation, Mother Goose on the Loose, Jingle Jangle Music Time and More! Sunday from 1 PM – 5 PM.  MORE INFO

Me and My Shadow: Fun at Irvine Nature Center
Did the groundhog see his shadow? Do you see yours? Join the staff at Irvine Nature Center to learn all about light and shadows through hands on activities and crafts. All ages. MORE INFO

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All Weekend Long

Drop-In Art Activities: Women in the Arts
Celebrate inspirational women with The Walters Art Museum this February! Create art inspired by famous women printmakers, sculptors and painters. Honor the important women in your life through portraiture and storytelling. No registration required! This weekend, make curio cabinets. Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM, the kiddos can make olympic torches. MORE INFO

NEW EXHIBIT!  Check Out (Cool) Children’s Book Art
“Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books,” a major exhibition highlighting illustrations from children’s picture books, premieres at McDaniel College this week. While it may be an imaginative magical journey back into to your childhood (or produce spontaneous warm fuzzy flashes of bedtime story snuggles with your kiddos), the collection is about more than child-friendly tales. MORE INFO