First Friday fun, old fashioned adventures, beaded beasts, rock climbing, mama + me yoga, and MORE. Here are our favorite ideas for getting out of the house! Check out this weekend’s round-up of Baltimore family events.

And don’t forget to join us for Frost Fest on Wednesday! Ice Skating, hot cocoa, crafts, live music… and the weather is supposed to be a lot nicer. 

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events this Weekend, January 5-7

First Friday
Friday, January 5 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Join the Maryland Science Center for First Friday, a night when they celebrate the first Friday of each month with discounted admission from 5:00pm-8:00pm! Admission for First Friday includes the permanent exhibit halls, Planetarium, and IMAX Theater. MORE

Miracle on 34th Street
Friday, January 5 @ 6:00 PM  | Saturday, January 6 @ 6:00 PM | Sunday, January 7 @ 5:00 PM | Toby’s Dinner Theatre

This musical adaptation of the classic film is the holiday tale of a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. Recreating the magic of the classic story, Miracle on 34th Street is a joyous, heartwarming musical, the perfect holiday treat for the entire family. MORE

Friday Nite Rox
Friday, January 5 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM | EarthTreks Timonium

Kids get a fun night of climbing adventure and parents enjoy a night out on the town- what could be more perfect! Activities include vertical games, age-appropriate basic skills instruction, and tons of climbing, all under the supervision of our qualified instructors. No experience is necessary. This event is appropriate for children ages 6-12 years old. MORE

Story Time: Tacky The Penguin
Saturday, January 6 @ 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | The Pottery Stop

Visit The Pottery Stop to read a story and paint a project to go along with the book, Tacky the Penguin. This event is designed as a parent/child activity, will last for about one hour and is appropriate for ages 2 and up. MORE

A Year of Old Fashioned Fun: A Child’s Life in a Mill Town
Saturday, January 6 @ 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Museum of Howard County History

Explore what a child’s chores and pastimes were like in a 19th-century mill town like Ellicott Mills. Children’s programs at the Museum of Howard County History are offered the first Saturday of every month. Each session runs from 10am until 12pm. Sessions are suitable for children ages 5-12. Each session includes a craft. MORE

Art Kids: Nature
Saturday, January 6 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Learning is fun at the Walters for children 3–5 years old and their favorite adults. You and your child will use all of your senses during this hands-on experience that combines a story, gallery tour, and art-making activity. MORE

Healthy First Saturday
Saturday, January 6 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Walk, skip, run or slide to Healthy First Saturday and find ways to get active as a family! Take part in programs that encourage children to get active, make healthy choices, and understand how our bodies work! Get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, stretch and learn new poses as a family during Life on Yoga Mountain and watch your little ones express themselves during our interactive theater workshop, Play Within a Play! MORE

Final Weekend of Gingerbread Lane
Saturday, January 6 @ 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, January 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Come visit MSC to take a stroll around a gingerbread village handcrafted by chef Jon Lovitch. Located on Level Two, Gingerbread Lane is a unique holiday experience that begins a new tradition at the Inner Harbor. MORE

CSI Sleuths
Saturday, January 6 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Catonsville

Solve the mystery of the missing lunch with The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. To crack the case, children compare evidence and testimonies from the book’s neighborhood animals. Hands-on activities include making molds from footprints. Registration required. MORE

First Saturday Discovery Days
Saturday, January 6 @ 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Join Robinson Nature Center for the first Saturday of the month as they introduce a special nature theme through an engaging story. Each month’s theme will be highlighted for the remainder of the month at the Discovery Room Field Station and during special weekend hours with docent-led activities. This month’s theme is Seasons! MORE

Mile One Express
Saturday, January 6 @ 11:30 AM and @ 2:00 PM  | Sunday, January 7 @ 1:00 PM  | B & O Railroad Museum

All aboard! Visitors at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore may take a 20 minute round trip train ride along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America, recognized as the birthplace of American railroading! MORE

A·MAZE·D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips
Saturday, January 6 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Sunday, January 7 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Put on your thinking caps as you explore giant indoor mazes inside Port Discovery Children’s Museum! A·MAZE·D will challenge kids and adults alike with mazes by Dave Phillips. This puzzling exhibit gets you moving as you weave, turn and use logic, math and problem-solving skills to become a maze master! Jump from dot to dot in Hop Dots, confound yourself as you walk the puzzle mazes, and get lost in a giant walk-through cardboard box maze. MORE

Mindful Mama + Me Yoga Workshop
Saturday, January 6 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Lift Yoga + Strength

Join Brielle Weber, RYT, RPYT and Fit Yoga + Strength for a workshop to connect with yourself, your baby, and other moms. The first thirty minutes of the workshop will include conversation and connection. You will then move through a 60-minute uplifting and strengthening yoga practice that will help pair your breath with movement and incorporate your baby in the postures. The class will end with a cool-down and relaxation. Following class, tea and light snacks will be offered. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Beaded Beast
Saturday, January 6 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | The American Visionary Art Museum

Join American Visionary Art Museum for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! The Education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. Supplies & boundless inspiration provided! In this drop-in workshop, make a mosaic cat or dog using AVAM’s plethora of beads, sequins and other teeny bling! MORE

Shark! Behind-The-Scenes Tour
Saturday, January 6 @ 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Sunday, January 7 @ 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM | National Aquarium

Don’t miss your chance to get up close to the Aquarium’s sharks! Go behind the scenes with an expert guide to discover the truth about these incredible ocean creatures. Learn how the team cares for a variety of sharks—including the school of sleek, fast-moving blacktip reef sharks in one of the most popular exhibits, Blacktip Reef. MORE

SplashDown at Columbia Swim Center
Saturday, January 6 @ 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM | day, January 6 @ 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Columbia Swim Center

Come splash in the newly renovated SplashDown indoor water park. There is no inner tube needed, just slide down with your body! SplashDown is open to the public for plenty of twisting, turning, wet and wild fun, an exhilarating ride that is much faster than before. Must be at least 4 feet tall. Also available at the facility is a snack bar, rope swing, diving board and a recreational swimming pool. MORE

Anxiety Workshop for Kids
Sunday, January 7 @ 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative

Join Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative for this 6-week workshop and explore what anxiety is and tools for dealing with it. Kids will learn basic skills that reduce anxiety, to include body awareness, healthy practices, cognitive therapy, and mindfulness and relaxation. MORE

The Winter Wonders Magic Show
Sunday, January 7 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Pikesville

Mike Rose presents an entertaining magic show specifically for the cold and blustery winter months featuring snow and winter activities. For all ages – children under 8 with adult. No registration required. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Birds of Africa
Sunday, January 7 @ 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This weeks workshop allow you to construct your own wings. MORE

Kamishibai Story Time
Sunday, January 7 @ 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Enjoy the art of Japanese Paper Theater that combines storytelling with illustration! MORE