Feeling a bit cooped up after the snow/ice days this week? Here are lots of fun ways to get out with the kids this weekend. Don’t forget — this Sunday is Little Lion Challenge Day! Be sure to help us reach 1000 acts of kindness by doing something kind for someone else (here are 100 ideas) and posting about it on social media with the hashtag #LittleLionChallenge.

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, February 9-11

#LittleLionChallenge Day of Kindness
Sunday, February 11 | All Day | EVERYWHERE!

Sunday is the 5th Anniversary of #LittleLionChallenge Day! In honor of the anniversary, (cool) progeny is celebrating the organization’s core belief that small acts of kindness make a BIG ROAR. Join us as we flood the world with the best heart therapy out there: kindness. Perform your own act of kindness and post about it with the hashtag #LittleLionChallenge. Then watch the kindness in action online! MORE

Silly Goose & Val-entine Show
Friday, February 9 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | St. James Academy

Looking for a family night out that’s affordable, delicious, and entertaining? St. James Academy’s Children’s Dinner Theatre series aims to provide quality local entertainment for children and parents. MORE

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s The Sleeping Beauty
Friday, February 9 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Saturday, February 10 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | The Hippodrome

Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia – now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin – presents the most passionate love story ballet. MORE


Saturday Morning Tunes with Cathy & Marcy & Sonia De Los Santo
Saturday, February 10 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | WTMD

WTMD is thrilled to host Cathy & Marcy with special guest Sonia De Los Santos for this bilingual performance of “Sing To Your Baby” at WTMD! Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have won two Grammys, and are master musicians with a career spanning over 35 years. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the guitar, five-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, cello-banjo, and many other instruments. MORE

Be My Valentine
Saturday, February 10 – Friday, February 16 | Times Vary | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loves! Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum for special Valentine’s activities while you celebrate this special day with the ones you love the most. MORE

Sensory-Friendly Film: The Little Mermaid
Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Hereford

A sensory-friendly film screening of The Little Mermaid (G). The lights will be less dim and the volume will be turned down. Children are welcome to sing, talk, shout and move around. This program is designed with children of all abilities in mind. Registration required. MORE

Valentine’s Enrichment
Saturday, February 10 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Fall in love with a special day filled with animal enrichment. Join The Maryland Zoo and see some of your favorite animals receive Valentine’s Day themed treats, like red fruit, fish-filled icicles, and food-filled paper mache. Enrichment activities help enhance the care that keepers provide for Zoo animals by adding variety and stimulation to the animals’ daily routines. MORE

Lil’ Stars: Super-Duper Stars
Saturday, February 10 | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Robinson Nature Center

Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories, crafts and song. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day! MORE

Carnival of the Animals (Narrated by Wordsmith)
Saturday, February 10 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Join BSO musicians for an animal-themed program featuring visuals by MICA students. Enjoy the beauty of The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto and experience Carnival of the Animals like never before with family-friendly hip-hop narration by Baltimore’s own Wordsmith. The lobby will have face painting, crafts, an instrument petting zoo with members of the BSYO and activities from the Maryland Zoo! MORE

Maple Sugaring Weekend
Saturday, February 10 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Sunday, February 11 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park

Native people made sugar from the sap of our native maples. Join a Naturalist for this ongoing program to tap a tree, boil some sap and make a pancake. Reservations NOT required. All ages. MORE

Disney Delights: Gnomeo & Juliet
Saturday, February 10 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Thursday, February 15 @ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Enoch Pratt – Roland Park Branch

Old Time Disney Delights – Not a Princess in Sight! Enjoy old-fashioned Disney films as Enoch Pratt Roland Park continues their series of Disney classics. Snacks permitted! Shown with subtitles. MORE

200th Anniversary Celebration – Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis
Saturday, February 10 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with an array of activities honoring this iconic statesman. John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University will present a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ America. Other activities will include readings of Douglass’s speeches by living history re-enactors, a talk on Mapping Douglass by Johns Hopkins University Professor Lawrence Jackson and a children’s art and story hour. MORE

Valentine Crafternoon!
Saturday, February 10 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Prigel Family Creamery

Come to The Creamery for a Crafternoon! Have fun and get Creative! There will be tables full of paper, stickers, glitter, markers, feathers, and anything that goes into making a lovely card for that special someone. Enjoy ice cream and valentine treats! MORE

Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt on Main Street
Saturday, February 10 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Welcome Center on Main Street Ellicott City

Join Ellicott City shops & restaurants and go cajun! The Scavenger Hunt is free & family friendly. Check in at the Welcome Center to pick up your scavenger hunt card & map then visit the shops to find hidden Mardi Gras masks and earn beads. MORE

Maker Workshop for Kids: All You Need Is Love (and the Library)
Satuday, February 10 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Rosedale

This month at the BCPL Rosedale library, create slime to take home and make Valentine’s Day-themed crafts such as a LED light card and a “secret message” coding bracelet. Supplies provided. Registration required. MORE

Gilman School

Cultural Arts Festival
Sunday, February 11 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Gilman School

Gilman School presents the 15th Annual Cultural Arts Festival, which promotes understanding, education, respect, and friendship by showcasing art, history, music, customs, performances, and foods of various cultures. The event, celebrating the rich diversity within the Gilman community, is free and open to the public. Parents and their children will learn first-hand about countries including Malaysia, Nigeria, India, Iran, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Nepal, Germany, Ireland, and more. MORE

Free DANCE DAY: Dance Workshops for All Ages!
Sunday, February 11 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

The Collective will host a day of free dance classes/workshops taught by artists participating in the Baltimore Dance Invitational. Bring a friend! Dance together as a family! MORE

Second Sunday FazaFam!

Sunday, February 11 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Movement Lab

Second Sundays are FUNdays with FazaFam! Sundays of family strengthening fun! Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, ANYONE can hop, skip, jump, or scoot to the Second Sunday FazaFams! Games, moves, and great music make it easy to meet your goals! MORE

Worth the drive …

Family Day: Chinese New Year Festival
Saturday, February 10 | 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Smithsonian American Art Museum

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at SAAM to begin the Year of the Dog! Enjoy a variety of activities and demonstrations including traditional paper cutting, an art scavenger hunt, red paper lantern making, and panda crafts. Performances by special guest artists from Chengdu, China, will include traditional music, Sichuan Opera, and acrobatics. MORE

India Day
Sunday, February 11 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | KID Museum

All are invited to KID Museum’s Festival of Color to celebrate India’s Holi Festival (which marks the arrival of Spring). Learn how to create marigold garlands, cardboard peacocks using a scroll saw, Indian tie-dye, intricate sand murals known as Rangoli and Kolam, and much more! MORE