Staying in Baltimore over Winter Break? Make your staycation AWESOME! Here are 10 things to do over break…
10 Things to Do on Your Winter Break Staycation in Baltimore
Take One Last Climb Up Kidworks at Port Discovery
On January 2, Port Discovery will begin construction on two new major exhibits. In order o make way for new adventurous experiences, the museum is officially saying Goodbye to KidWorks. (Yes, the three story urban treehouse!) Be sure to visit the museum over winter break for one last slide — or make plans to join Port Discovery on January 1, 2019 for their “Farewell to KidWorks” celebration. They’ll be sending the messiest, heaviest and goofiest objects down the slide.
Throughout the month, kids are invited to climb up, down, and all around KidWorks, while tying a ribbon with a favorite memory or farewell message to the exhibit.
Don’t miss The Adventure’s of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit while you’re there! Travel the globe and have fun learning on a jungle safari, an archeological dig, under the sea and outer space. Crawl through a jungle cave, dig for treasure, go scuba diving, and command a space station as you think about all you can be and do! The exhibit closes on January 1, 2019.
Go Ice Skating
There is no shortage of opportunities to get the kids out on the ice in Charm City! Four Seasons Baltimore transformed its fifth floor Harbor Terrace into a 1,560 square foot synthetic ice skating rink featuring hundreds of twinkling lights, festive decorations and lively music. Go for a spin, break the ice, or create new family memories at the PANDORA Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor (check their website for themed-skates!). Or visit one of Baltimore Rec and Park’s indoor rinks at Mimi DiPietro Family Skating Center in Patterson Park or Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena.
Try a Kooky Shake
Poulet opened on York Road on November 14th — and brought “Kooky Shakes” to Baltimore! It might not be the best way to ‘warm up’ on a chilly winter break day, but it’s definitely a sweet treat. Expanding on the success of the Green Spring Station location, the Timonium Poulet offers an expanded menu and “dining in” experience that’s family-friendly. In addition to Kooky Shakes, try a sweet or savory crepe, nosh on French-style rotisserie chicken, or head to the burrito bar. Let us know which shake you try!
Ride the Ferris Wheel
Did you miss the ferris wheel at the fair this year? Don’t worry — you still have time to cross that off your 2018 Bucket List! This year’s Baltimore Christmas Village at the Inner Harbor boasts a 65 foot Ferris Wheel. You’ll find it next to the Visitor’s Center at 401 Light Street. Rides cost $5/per person. We highly recommend that you bundle up! Make sure you do this early during Winter Break. The Christmas Village, patterned after similar holiday villages popular in Germany, opens officially on Thanksgiving and remains open through Christmas Eve.
Discover How Things Work at Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is a connection factory. Only when you suit up to shuck oysters, develop your own video game, or watch a blacksmith forge iron does your connection reveal itself. It could be the moment you realize how important your grandfather’s factory job really was in building this great city. It could be the “That’s what I wanna do when I grow up” moment. We don’t know what your connection to Baltimore’s story is, but we do know one thing. This is where you’ll find it.
The BMI offer guided tours, hands-on activities, and plenty of exploration opportunities for visitors of all ages. Sit in a 1953 car, create a video game, watch a blacksmith work and much more! FREE onsite parking.
DEAL ALERT! Mention (cool) progeny and get a FREE ADMISSION with purchase of another admission.
DIY Mac and Cheese Tasting
It seems like every restaurant in Charm City has it own spin on the classic kid-favorite, mac n’ cheese. Get out of the house and go on a culinary adventure! Challenge your kiddos to challenge their inner Food Network Star and go on a mac ‘n cheese taste testing tour. (We’ve got a few of our favorites outlined here). Ask kids to talk about the texture, guess what type of cheese is used, evaluate the mix-ins… your family just might discover a new fav! And calories don’t count if you snag a bite of your kids’ entree. Right? Asking for a friend.
Make Art at The Walters Art Museum
Enjoy two extra days of drop-in art activities at The Walters Art Museum for winter break. Drop-in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home! Each weekend features a new project, so check their website to see what they have in store! No registration is required. Art fun takes place from December 26 – December 30th, 11 AM – 4 PM. Added bonus? Your kids can get in touch with their artistic superpowers and get super messy in the Walter’s family-friendly art studio — while your kitchen and tupperwear stays clean!
Experience The Wonder (In My Soul)
In a Baltimore beauty shop, two longtime co-owners and best friends grapple with a major decision: remain as the anchor of their beloved neighborhood, or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime? In dialogue that resonates with everyday poetry, and underscored with music, A Wonder in My Soul at Baltimore Center Stage looks at the evolution of one family, the history of Baltimore, and a whole community. This story of friendship and Baltimore neighborhoods is fitting for all audiences. Children ages six and up are permitted into the theater. The show runs through December 23.
Go On a Winter Walk
Sure, it’s chilly. But winter hikes are the perfect way to get the wiggles out and explore! Head to Carrie Murray Nature Center, Irvine Nature Center, Cylburn Arboretum, Cromwell Valley Park, Lake Roland, or Oregon Ridge Nature Center for a fun, family-friendly winter walk. Many of these organization also offer kid-friendly programming on the weekends and over weekend break — so check our community calendar before you go. (Or, better yet, check their websites or Facebook pages!)
See Charlie Brown on ICE! at Gaylord National Resort
Head down ’95 to Gaylord National at National Harbor for ICE!, their signature holiday attractions. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the meaning of Christmas as the beloved story unfolds through two million pounds of ice sculptures and displays. The entire attraction is kept at a chilly 9°F and involves 40 artisans. Your kids will love the two-story tall ice slides. Don’t worry — they provide calf-length, hooded parkas to keep everyone warm. Parkas come in infant and kid-sizes, too! ICE! runs through New Year’s Day.
Celebrate Kwanzaa at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
On Saturday, December 29th, join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to celebrate Kwanzaa! There will be African dance, storytelling with puppets, drumming performances, workshops, lectures, craft activities and a fashion show celebrating the principle Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH) or Collective Economics.