MUST. GET. OUT. OF. HOUSE. Winter weather blahs are starting to take over…

You, too? Good.

Here are our picks for family-friendly fun in Baltimore this weekend! Including an International Sword Swallowing celebration. Because every elementary school kid in your life will think that is beyond (cool). We figure you’ll get triple bonus parent points if you spring that on the kiddos Saturday morning.

baltimore weekend events for families

Happy Birthday to the B&O! Special weekend of Train Rides!
Celebrate both the B&O’s 188th birthday as well as the 131st birthday of the historic 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse! The B&O will offer a special weekend of train rides (weather permitting) and and highlight educational programs on both the birth of the oldest railroad in America and the 1884 Roundhouse. Half-price admission for all visitors! With paid admission train rides are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children (2-12) and free for B&O members. Saturday and Sunday. MORE INFO

Rocknoceros at The Park School
One of the Maryland metro area’s favorite kindie bands will be rocking The Park School this Saturday. For FREE. Join Rocknoceros (pronounced like rhinoceros) for a musical morning that won’t make you feel like you overdosed on saccharin. That’s right. Kid-friendly lyrics with adult-friendly music. Who is Rocknoceros? Three guys: Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie. They have been making award-winning music for the whole family since 2005. Saturday at 11 AM. FREE! MORE INFO

Gadgets & Gears Day at The Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center will break out the bots in celebration of National Engineers Week on Saturday for Gadgets & Gears Day. Young engineers, builders and inventors will, well, engineer, build and invent all day with activities, experiments and demonstrations involving robots, drones, radio-controlled cars, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Guests will explore different aspects of the engineering field at stations throughout the Maryland Science Center. Free with Paid Admission. 12 PM – 4 PM. MORE INFO

8th Annual Sword Swallower’s Day
Join Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to celebrate the ancient art of Sword Swallowing at the 8th Annual Sword Swallower’s Day! Join Tyler Fyre and Thrill Kill Jill for free performances in front of the Ripley’s building at the Inner Harbor and to learn about the Science of Sword Swallowing. Come have fun and be amazed! All guests will get a discount to the Odditorium after the show. Saturday at 12 PM. MORE INFO

KERPLUNK! At the Creative Alliance
Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour the Creative Alliance’s galleries 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. No registration required! 12pm-3pm on Saturday. Free! All ages! MORE INFO

Spaghetti Disco XVII
Spaghetti Disco is a favorite wacky neighborhood tradition and benefits the Village Learning Place. This amazing 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! From 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, February 28, feast on a delicious spaghetti dinner, chat with your neighbors, engage your kids in fun activities, and enjoy delicious desserts. Then hit the dance floor! MORE INFO

Purim Carnival at Beth Israel Congregation
ALL NEW! NEW Games! NEW layout! Buy a wrist band for UNLIMITED play $10.00 per preschool-aged child $15.00 + 2 free tickets per child for school-aged children OR individual tickets are 50 cents each. FRESH Pizza and hamantaschen available for purchase; FREE photobooth by Electra Entertainment; FREE popcorn; Raffle tickets Come in costume! Sunday at 11 AM. MORE INFO

“The Girl’s Photography Project” Reception + Exhibit at The Jewish Museum of Maryland
In 2014, 15 African American and Orthodox Jewish girls ages 10-14 participated in a series of workshops that enabled them to learn about each other’s perspectives living in their northwest Baltimore City community. They learned to use a camera, take quality photos and most importantly, got to know one another while gaining an understanding of each other’s life experiences. The photos in this exhibit feature their view points and are truly one of a kind. Sunday at 1 PM. MORE INFO

Kids Comedy Sunday – Family Friendly Comedy Magic Show
Award winning comedy magician, Tim Hall will be hosting Kid’s Comedy Sunday on March 1st at Magooby’s Joke House in Timonium, Md. Doors open at 12 PM for this family friendly performance that gives parents and their children an opportunity to laugh out loud together. Admission includes a 60-minute act, a kid-friendly menu and free face-painting. Free magic trick souvenir for all children in attendance. Doors open at 12 PM. Show starts at 1 PM. $10/ticket. MORE INFO

Community-Wide Pre-Purim Carnival at Ner Tamid Congregation
Your kids are raring to show off their costumes, so let them get dressed up a bit early this year and burn off some energy at this pre-Purim carnival featuring a moon bounce, face painting, a video game truck, magic show, and more. $8 per person, $30 per family. Sunday at 1 PM. MORE INFO

Cookies and Canvas: Cookie Monster
aMuse Toys has teamed up with Cookies & Canvas to bring you a painting party like no other! Talented instructors will provide step-by-step instruction to the little art enthusiast in your life & you’ll be amazed at the finished product. This 2-hour drop off class for children ages 4+ will help build your kiddos personal artistic style, confidence & creativity! Cookies & Canvas instructors will provide art materials, yummy cookies & instruction. $25/child. MORE INFO

Maple Sugaring Weekends
Head to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Sugar Shack any time between 10AM and 4PM on Saturday and Sunday to learn the magic behind the fascinating process of making maple syrup! Take an invigorating hike to the sugar bush to tap a tree for sap. Then, taste maple syrup and sugar! Hikes on the hour. Sugar on the snow demos at 12:30 and 3:45. Sugar time activities are FREE! Pure Maple Syrup will be sold in the Nature Center’s gift shop. MORE INFO

Drop In Art: Treasure Boxes
The Walters is celebrating love this month, so grab a loved one’s hand and join us as we explore a theme that artists have used as inspiration throughout history! Build a monument for someone you love, write love-filled letters, and create a special box to keep items you love safe. No registration required – drop-in, make, and take a fantastic piece of art home with you! This Saturday and Sunday, make treasure boxes! Drop in between 10 AM and 3 PM. MORE INFO


Image courtesy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.