Walk, talk or sleep with the animals, see the new Thomas Exhibit at Port Discovery, watch Cinderella come to life on stage, innovate, make thinking putty, explore the galaxies, and more. Lots of family fun to be had in and around Charm City this weekend! Need a little ‘we’ time? Check out our Baltimore Restaurant Week date night ideas!

(cool) baltimore family fun this weekend

Target $2 Family Fun Night
January 20 | 4 PM – 8 PM

Join Port Discovery on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night from 4 pm until 8 pm. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend an evening out without breaking the bank, this is it! General admission is just $2 per person after 4 pm. MORE

Family NatureSphere Night @ Robinson Nature Center
January 20 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Treat your family to an evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. All programs are held in the NatureSphere, a digital planetarium and dome-style movie theater. MORE

Peter Rabbit Tales @ Harford Community College
January 20 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous World of Beatrix Potter™ comes alive on stage. MORE

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails @ Port Discovery 
January 20 | 8 AM – 5 PM

All aboard for fun and learning at Port Discovery Children’s Museum January 21 through May 7, 2017 Everyone’s favorite blue engine will roll into Port Discovery Children’s Museum this January! Thomas & Friends encourages kids to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math through play – while interacting with their favorite characters. Climb into Thomas’ cab and explore the engine’s inner workings. Flip levers and investigate other moveable parts. Work with others to get Percy moving by loading coal and filling his tank with water. MORE

Ready, Set, Let’s Play @ Roland Park County School  
January 21 | 9 AM – 12 PM

Kaleidoscope Junior invites you to join Roland Park Country School for a morning of unstructured free play and exploration for Preschoolers – driven by their imagination and in pursuit of curiosity! Explore, touch and create a variety of project-based activities using everyday objects within a workshop setting. Innovation stations designed by RPCS Director of Information and Innovation Joe LePain mirror the types of projects that are found in our own Innovation Lab. MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes: Joanie Leeds 
January 21 | 9:30 AM – 11 AM

WTMD launches Saturday Morning Tunes, a new family-friendly concert series featuring rising stars of the children’s music scene, this Saturday! Join them for a live performance from the Brooklyn-based singer Joanie Leeds. Her music was raved about in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post. For her original kids music, Joanie won first place in the USA Songwriting Competition, an Independent Music Award, a Gold Parents’ Choice Award, NAPPA Gold Award and a Family Choice Award. Her band, Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights, has performed songs from her 7 high-energy and interactive CDs in dozens of cities across the country at venues such as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, CMAs and Hang Out Festival.  Her tunes have climbed up the charts to #1 on Sirius-XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner. MORE

Weekend Workers @ The Baltimore Museum of Industry  
January 21 – 22 | 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, build an air-powered rocketMORE

Repticon Baltimore   
January 21 – 22 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Repticon Baltimore is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! MORE

Bird Brains @ the National Wildlife Visitor Center   
January 21  | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Looking for a high-flying EDventure? Join the folks at the National Wildlife Visitor Center as they search for birds on this guided walk and learn about adaptations they have to survive the cold days of winter. MORE

A Winter’s Masquerade: 2 Part Workshop @ make studio
January 21  | 11 AM – 1 PM

Chase winter’s gray, cold days away with Make Studio! In the spirit of masquerade festivals around the world, guest artist Valeska Populoh will lead a two-part, hands-on, family-friendly and inclusive workshop in making colorful animal masks and headdresses.On the first day, explore the pleasures of color mixing and painting, by collaboratively creating sheets of brilliant colored paper. On the second day, transform these paper by making fantastical animal masks and headdresses. FREE! MORE

Free Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Store  
January 21  | 11 AM – 3 PM

Lakeshore Learning Stores provide fun, free crafts every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Visit their website for the featured craft of the week. MORE

Make Your Own Thinking Putty @ aMuse Toys
January 21 | 11 AM – 11:45 AM

What could be more fun than playing with Crazy Aaron’s thinking putty? MAKING IT, that’s what! Kids ages 4 to 99 are invited to discover some basic science with color mixing & putty making. Participants will be mixing their very own colors of Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty and will take home 2 small tins they made themselves. Space is VERY limited so you must register in advance. Class will last 45 minutes and is designed for kids 4 to 14. MORE

Weekend Animal Encounters @ Oregon Ridge 
January 21 – 22  | 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

Make Snow Friends Cupcakes @ Charm City Cakes  
January 21  | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Let it snow! Students will each receive 4 cupcakes, and learn how to cut, and prepare fondant to create their own decorated cupcakes at Charm City Cakes. MORE

Zoo Snooze @ The Maryland Zoo   
January 21 – 22  | Times Vary 2

The Zoo is where the wild things snore! Join other zoo-loving families for an educational family sleepover in Penguin Coast! You and your children will explore Zoo exhibits to learn about African penguins, polar bears, African reptiles and mammals, and some of our local nocturnal animals. Families with children aged 6 and up are welcome to join in the fun! MORE

Cinderella @ Oregon Dinner Theater
January 21  | 6:30 PM – 10 PM

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

Brass Brass Brass
January 22  | 2 PM – 3 PM

Bursting with color, styles and captivating choreography, “Brass Brass Brass” shows the range of everything a brass quintet (two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba) can do. Legendary trumpeter Maurice André hails “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music.” Spanish Brass offers a dynamic introduction to the exciting sounds of the brass section. MORE