Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays has wound down, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled program of (cool) Baltimore family fun — and this weekend proves to have some serious fun in store.   

Kick off the new year with some healthy family fun at Port Discovery, build a roller coaster, create inedible works of art, check out the Blast, and more!  Here are our favorite ways to keep the whole family busy this weekend!

While you’re at it, why not plan your whole month? Check out our roundup of 30 things to do with kids in January!   

(cool) baltimore family fun this weekend

Ice Skating @ the Pandora Ice Rink
January 6th – 8th | 10 AM – 11 PM

It’s time to dust off those ice skates — the Pandora Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor is OPEN for the season! Located between the Harborplace Pavillions, the rink is open for posted hours seven days a week with extended times on the holidays. It’s the perfect keep-em-busy activity for those days off of school, early evenings or weekend adventures. MORE

Healthy First Saturday @ Port Discovery
January 7th | 10 AM – 3 PM

Start your month off the healthy way at Port Discovery’s community health fair! This event is packed with fun activities, healthy inspiration and oodles of ideas for mind and body wellness at any age. Enjoy some Circle Time, explore life on Yoga Mountain, kick up some fun with Kinderfit, create with art a la cart and MORE

Weekend Workers @ the Baltimore Museum of Industry
January 7th | 10 AM – 4 PM

It’s all about fun as you and your (cool) kids discover how things work at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The museum has developed a new and engaging activity for extra weekend fun that allows children of all ages to investigate the world around them. This weekend up the thrill factor by designing and building your won rollercoaster! MORE

Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance School & Children’s Programing Fair
January 7th | 10 AM – 4 PM

This 9th annual event brings together early childcare providers, public, private and charter schools, along with out-of-school extra-curricular programs.  Whether you have baby in the oven or an active 7 year old, our School and Children’s Programming Fair has something for everyone.  Event is FREE and open to all but please register in advance by clicking on the image.  Drop-in childcare will be available during the event. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Fake Food Factor @ the American Visionary Art Museum
January 7th | 1 PM – 4 PM

Hungry for some creative fun? Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! In January, use their random fun fixins to create inedible works of art. MORE 

The Enigmatic Edgar Allen Poe @ The George Peabody Library 
January 6th – 8th | 10 AM – 5 PM

What did Edgar Allan Poe’s tales and poems mean to readers in his own time? How did he master so many forms of literature—and invent exciting new varieties, from science fiction to the detective story? Why did he move so often between cities, calling Richmond, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore “home” at different points in his life? Meet the enigmatic Edgar A. Poe: a man who lived in the real world, but tried to write his way out of it. This exhibition of rare materials gives viewers the chance to see Poe at work, up close: “The Raven” in Poe’s own handwriting… first editions of Poe’s writings in books, newspapers, and magazines from the 1800s… and examples of the translations, illustrations, comic books, and portraits that have helped extend Poe’s global popularity. This unique exhibit is a great way to get older kids started on a journey to discover the history and talents of one of our city’s most renowned residents. Making that connection to history is beyond (cool) in our book. Don’t miss your chance. The exhibit closes February 5th, 2017.  MORE

Free Classes @ The Dailey Method Towson  
January 7th – 8th | 8 AM – 12 PM

Join The Dailey Method Towson – Barre + Cycle Studio as they celebrate their one-year anniversary January 7-8, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon with an open house of free classes all weekend! Try all they have to offer including our signature barre and indoor cycle classes. Guests can also take restorative yoga and Dailey Baby, a mommy-and-me barre class designed for parents and their infants aged 7 months and younger. The studio will also offer free childcare and guests can enjoy snacks, giveaways and specials throughout the weekend. MORE

Play & Bake @ The Waldorf School  
January 7th | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Explore Waldorf with your child for a morning in the Children’s Garden for ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old. Join in activities such as bread baking, singing, storytelling, puppetry and play lead by the Waldorf School’s Early Childhood teachers. This mini morning provides a window into the rich learning environment our Early Childhood programs provide at a crucial time in your child’s development. Learning by doing provides the foundations for success at school and success in life. MORE

Native Voices @ Towson Library (exhibit opening)   
January 7th | 11 AM – 1 PM

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Visitors will discover how Native concepts of health and illness are closely tied to the concepts of community, spirit, and the land. he American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, is touring the exhibition to America’s libraries. MORE

Let’s Explore with The Cat in The Hat @ Benjamin Banneker Historical Park
January 7th | 11 AM – 12 PM

Bring the little ones for some Seussian Science fun on the first Saturday of each month! January’s featured book will be There’s No Place Like Space! We’ll read the book, look at some constellations then head outside to search for planets and stars. Children ages 3 – 8. MORE

Weekend Animal Encounters @ Oregon Ridge Nature Center   
January 7th – 8th | 1 PM – 2 PM

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center every Saturday and Sunday in January for a Naturalist’s choice animal encounter and activity. Activities may be a story, craft, or outdoor exploration. MORE

Baltimore Blast vs. Dallas Sidekicks  
January 7th | 7:05 PM – 8:30 PM

Score a goal for family fun as you cheer on the Baltimore Blast as they hit the pitch to take on the Dallas Sidekicks. Indoor soccer is a great way to keep the kiddos engaged in the game even when it’s not soccer weather outside! MORE

Make Your Own Crankie @ The Creative Alliance   
January 8th | 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Join the amazing Stevie Lynne Dissinger as she teaches young artists how to create miniature crankies using cardboard, paper, and their imaginations. Then watch the amazing ensue! This class is perfect for (cool) kids ages five and older. MORE

Improv for Kids with Clever Kids   
January 8th | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Never taken an improv class before? Well now is your chance to try it out. Through simple, fun and supportive games, participants will explore basic concepts like playfulness, listening and agreement – all in a safe and comfortable group setting geared specifically toward kids who are new to improv. Ages 7 to 12. MORE

Free Family Sunday @ Baltimore Museum of Art  
January 8th | 2 PM – 5 PM

Paper becomes play in this hands-on free workshop at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Families will create their own crowning glory in the form of fun paper crowns. MORE

1st Annual Little Italy Meatball Fest    
January 8th | 3 PM – 6 PM

Think you have the best meatballs on the block? Prove it on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 in the 1st Annual Little Italy Meatball Fest, brought to you by Joe Benny’s! Enter your own recipe for a chance to win the coveted trophy and bragging rights for a year. More of an eater than a cook? This event also marks Little Italy’s first ever Meatball Eating Contest. Bring your appetite and your fan club to cheer you on! MORE

Parenting and the Brain @ Red Canoe    
January 8th | 4 PM – 5 PM

Join Katherine Endy in a conversation about brain development, parenting and how to have a more joyful relationship with your child. For parents of children ages 0-7. Katherine Endy is a clinical social worker with a focus on mental health and parenting. MORE