Cold temperatures doesn’t mean hibernate. Here are 20 things on our ‘winter bucket list’ this season — things to do with kids in Baltimore before the spring thaw.
Ice Skate Outside at the Inner Harbor: Waterfront Partnership’s Ice Rink at McKeldin Square is staying open an extra month! Now you can take the kiddos and ice skate al fresco through February 15th.
Meet an Author. Chilly days are the perfect times to curl up with a good book — so why not an author? Nick Bruel, best-selling author of the super popular Bad Kitty series, is at The Ivy Bookshop on January 22nd.
Sip Hot Chocolate at Pitango: Sure, it’s your favorite place to score a sweet frozen treat on a hot day — but did you know the hot chocolate at Pitango is ah-mazing? No additives and you can enjoy it straight up, cut with frothy steamed milk, or with fresh whipped cream served on the side.
Hit the Pins. Duckpins, that is. Duckpin bowling. There’s a little contention as to where it actually started, but one theory is that Duckpin bowling originated in Baltimore around 1900, at a bowling, billiards and pool hall owned by future baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson. So when you take your kids to play, you’re not only getting the wiggles out — you’re introducing them to history, too. Check out Patterson Bowling Center or Stoneleigh Lanes.
STRETCH Imagination at Everyman Theatre. Saturdays through February 28th, head to Everyman Theatre with your 4-8 year old for Yoga Storytelling. $20 for day-of drop-in.
WIPEOUT at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Seriously, if your family has NOT been to Ripley’s, you’re missing out on a great afternoon — not to mention weirdly bizarre and interesting dinner conversations for the weeks to follow. You can even hit the slopes without your ski boots in their 4D moving theatre. Bump, dip, and shake your way through Winter Wipe Out!
Catch the New LEGO® Exhibit at Port Discovery. That’s right –LEGO® is coming to Port Discovery! Opening on February 14th, your kiddos can go through the LEGO Castle Adventure! In this exhibit kids and their families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they too can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time – LEGO bricks. We hear you’ll be able to virtually build a fortress wall… FUN!
Ninja Training. ‘Nuff Said. Sign your favorite kiddo up for an Intro to Parkour class at Urban Evolution. Learn jumping and landing, rolling, vaulting, climbing, and falling safely.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Walters. We love The Walters for their drop-in art programs each weekend (yes, drop in!), but their family festivals are even MORE fun! Be sure to catch their FREE Chinese New Year Celebration on February 22nd. Celebrate the Lunar Year of the Sheep with art activities and traditional Chinese performances.
Check Out an Opera. Yes, opera. Peabody Conservatory’s production of Hansel and Gretel takes place on January 31st at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Catch The Story of Babar on February 7th.
See a Saturday Morning Movie at The Senator. It’s the perfect thing to do on a chilly Saturday morning (because who DOESN’T love popcorn at 10 AM?). On select Saturdays, The Senator Theatre shows family-friendly movies for just $5 a ticket. Showing this winter? The Muppet Movie, Stand By Me, Despicable Me 2, E.T., Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and The Karate Kid.
Show Milkshake Some Love. Baltimore’s favorite kindie rock band is hosting a Valentine’s Spectacular on February 14th! Fun pre-show activities (including illustrator David Zobel), plus proceeds benefit Arts On Stage, a non-profit organization in Maryland presenting live, professional and educational theatre for students. Tickets are $12/each; Family passes available for $45.
Go Maple Sugarin’. February is maple harvesting time! Head to Ladew Topiary Gardens, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, or Irvine Nature Center for their fam-friendly Maple Syrup extravaganzas. All are super sweet. (But you really don’t want to miss the Pancake Breakfast at Oregon Ridge!).
Tinker at the Maryland Science Center’s Gadgets and Gears Day. Celebrate National Engineers Week at the Maryland Science Center with robots, drones, radio controlled cars, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and more.Gadgets & Gears Day will be full of challenges and discovery related to the design process, the role of the engineer, and the future of different technologies in the field. February 28th.
Laugh until your stomach hurts at Magooby’s Joke House. One Sunday a month, Magooby’s Joke House hosts Kids Comedy Sunday. Tix are $10 and shows start at noon.
Learn How Video Games are made at The Baltimore Museum of Industry. Video Game Wizards—Transforming Science and Art into Games provides an interactive environment where visitors can explore how their talents, skills and passions could lead to a career in the interactive entertainment industry. The exhibit’s six stations provide an opportunity for visitors to meet game makers and learn about their roles, while making and customizing a game using the skills demonstrated at each station. We LOVED it!
Listen to a Symphony. Then join the musicians onstage. Hopkins Symphony presents their 23rd Annual Family Concert on March 8th. Live orchestral music performed by an 80 person orchestra & narrated by their Music Director. The audience is then invited on stage to meet musicians and try out instruments at the program’s end. FREE concert – no tickets or reservations needed.
Get Your Groove on at the Spaghetti Disco. Spaghetti Disco is one of our favorite benefits! Proceeds go toward the Village Learning Place. This amazing kid-friendly party brings together delicious food, kids crafts and games, and great neighbors on a sizzling dance floor. Not too many parties combine meatballs with literacy, the Bee-Gees with the ABCs, like this one does! February 28th.
Dine Family-Style at The Creative Alliance. A kids of all ages themed buffet dinner & movie. Expect childhood favorites like Mac & Cheese, Pigs in a Blanket, Fish Sticks, Sliders, and More! Beverages for adults will be available for purchase. On March 11th, they will be screening Lady and the Tramp. Dinner is at 6 pm, movie is at 6:30.
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