MLK Day events, wiring circuits, bioluminesent bacteria, animal encounters, superhero family fitness, and more. Check out our favorite ideas for keeping the kiddos busy — the entire three day weekend!

(cool) baltimore family fun this weekend

Observe Venus at the Maryland Science Center
January 13 | 5:30 PM – 9 PM

Join Maryland Science Center staff for a special edition of their weekly “Friday Night Stargazing” to enjoy a view of the brilliant planet Venus. MORE

BSQReads with Maryland Book Bank at Belvedere Square
January 14 | 9 AM – 12 PM

Children of all ages are welcome aboard the book mobile to choose one book to keep for free!  MORE

Weekend Workers at The Baltimore Museum of Industry
January 14 | 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, explore wiring circuits, switches, and lights. MORE

I Have a Dream Weekend at Port Discovery
January 14 – 16 | Times Vary

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Educational activities are planned  from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, January 14,  from 12PM to 5PM on Sunday, January 15, and from 9:30AM to 5PM on Monday, January 16. MORE

Does it Glow? Or no?
January 14  | 10 AM – 2 PM

Join Baltimore Underground Science for a few hours to explore how well do disinfectants work, using bioluminesent bacteria as a marker! Great introductory mini workshop to get busy in the lab working with bacteria and how we can use them for reserach. Anyone middle-school-adged to adult will enjoy this short hands-on session! MORE

Weekend Animal Encounters at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
January 14 & 15 | 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. (No registration required) MORE

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at The Lyric
January 14 | 2 PM

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!  Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe. MORE

Cinderella at Oregon Ridge Dinner Theatre
January 14 and 15 | Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee

The Baltimore Actors’ Theatre presents an Original Musical Adaptation of Charles Perrault’s classic story, “CINDERELLA.” This is a Family Musical event, featuring original songs and dances, sets, beautiful costumes, and a buffet prior to each performance.  You don’t want to miss Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, Stepmother, two Stepsisters, court dancers, and of course, the handsome Prince. MORE

Donut Run at Lake Roland
January 15 | 9 AM – 11 AM

Donuts and hot beverages await you at the end of our short run (5 miles or less) through Lake Roland’s marked trails. No run times will be recorded, but top finishers will be recognized at the end of the run. Ages 7+, $5/person. Pets or strollers NOT permitted.  Advanced registration required. MORE

PANDORA Ice Rink Closing Party
January 15 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Join Waterfront Partnership on Sunday, January 15th from 1-3pm for our official PANDORA Ice Rink Closing Party! Celebrate the end of another great season with a spin on the ice, hot chocolate and tasty treats. MORE

Meet the Author & Signing Paralympian Tatyana McFadden at Princeton Sports Columbia
January 15 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Princeton Sports in Columbia is excited to host the fastest woman on three wheels, Paralympian Tatyana McFadden on Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm to discuss and autograph her new book, “Yo Sama! Moments from my Life”. “Ya Sama! Moments from My Life” is written for middle-school readers, but the book’s engaging first-person narrative will appeal to people of all ages. MORE

MLK Celebration featuring The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 at Gordon Center for the Arts
January 15 | 1:30 PM, 5:30 PM

With over 3 million views on Facebook of their joint YouTube video “Shed a Little Light,” join internationally-acclaimed A cappella and vocal play groups, The Maccabeats and Naturally 7, for their first ever live concert together! Using only their voices, these talented men will provide a spiritual, celebratory concert in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Before each show, join Jewish Volunteer Connection in the Gordon lobby assembling hand warmers to give to seniors and first responders in our community. MORE

Superhero Sunday FazaFam! at The Movement Lab
January 15 | 4:30 PM

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s Super Hero FazaFam! And it is here to help you and your family channel the inner super heroes inside of you this Sunday! MORE

AVAM Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 16 | 10 AM – 6 PM

A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America’s history. Join AVAM for guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances at this FREE, fun-filled day! The museum is FREE & open to the public from 10am–6pm: see their latest exhibition, YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food, and tour their entire wonderland campus, including the Jim Rouse Visionary Center & more! MORE

The Skin You Live In: Hands-On Workshop
January 16 | 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Mar n Luther King, Jr. with hands-on activities about skin color at The Chesapeake Children’s Museum. Why are we different and how are we all the same? Ages 7-12. Two sessions: 10:30 am – 12 noon and 1 – 2:30 pm. MORE

MLK Day Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
January 16 | 12 PM – 2 PM

Join for interactive programs that reflect on, and honor, the civil rights leader. For young visitors, they can engage in craft activities that integrate Dr. King’s images and teachings. MORE

need a date night?

Baltimore Restaurant Week
January 13 – January 22

Grab a sitter and make it a date night (or day!). Baltimore Restaurant Week returns this weekend! Enjoy 2-course lunch and brunch menus for under $20, and 3-course dinner menus for under $35 at over 100 Baltimore restaurants. Many restaurants also include special priced menus for wine and beer pairings as well. MORE


Image courtesy of Oregon Ridge Nature Center’s Facebook Page