Train gardens, saying goodbye to Kidworks, ABCs of Dog Care, and MORE… check out our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this weekend.
Don’t miss our 10 Awesome Things to Do Over Winter Break, too!
Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events, December 28 – January 1
Winter Break Fun!
Daily through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | Times Vary | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Oh what fun it is to… Play! Especially over Winter Break! Keep those “I’m bored” comments to a minimum as you enjoy an indoor (and warm!) winter wonderland filled with festive performances and fun programs for the whole family. There’s tons to see, do and explore every day – from special science performances from Eric Energy to interactive play workshops, dancing and singing with the Kindersinger, pop-up science and STEM activities, family art projects and so much more! MORE
Holiday Train Garden
Select Dates through Friday, January 4, 2019 | Times Vary | The Shops at Kenilworth
Join The Shops at Kenilworth this holiday season for their annual Train Garden featuring action-packed model trains, animations & favorite childhood characters! You’ll see why they’ve carried on this spectacular holiday tradition for over 30 years. MORE
Select Dates through Sunday, January 6, 2019 | Times Vary | Maryland Science Center
Watch the Maryland Science Center transform the exhibit Science & Main into a winter wonderland!
Visit Sweet Street, a massive, hand-crafted, Maryland-themed gingerbread village! How many rowhouses do you count? Can you spot the gingerbread Science Center? Go all the way from the streets of Charm City to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay on a delicious gingerbread journey! MORE
The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® Exhibit!
Select dates through Monday, January 21, 2019 | Times Vary | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Have an out-of-this world silly adventure with MR. POTATO HEAD® when you explore The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit! 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! MORE
Tales & Tails with Danny Joe at Irvine Nature Center
Friday, December 28 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Irvine Nature Center
Join Irvine Nature Center every Friday for storytime with Danny Joe from Danny Joe’s Treehouse. Hear a story, sing songs, watch a puppet show, and meet an animal friend. MORE
ABCs of Dog Care, led by Little Veterinarian School
Friday, December 28 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Core Cycle Studios
Little Veterinarian School will conduct a two hour “mini-vet clinic” for children aged 4-9. MORE
Santa & Friends Cupcakes
Friday, December 28 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Charm City Cakes
Young decorators will learn the basics during this fun cupcake class. Students will each receive 4 cupcakes, and learn how to cut, and prepare fondant to create Santa & Friends cupcake creations! Ages 6-17. MORE
Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Feeling the drag of those extra holiday calories? Join a naturalist for a moderate nature hike over varied terrain to get some fresh air, exercise and enjoy the signs of the season. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. All Ages, Advance Registration Required. MORE
Celebrate Port Discovery’s 20th Birthday!
Saturday, December 29 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Hip, hip, HOORAY! 20 Years of Play! Grab your kids, friends, neighbors…and anyone you know – and join in a party to remember! Decorate GIANT (we’re talking big!!) birthday cakes. Create birthday cupcakes. Make birthday art. Take selfies and silly photos in the photo booth – don’t forget to use #portdiscovery20! And…of course…enjoy special activities like Eric Energy’s Freeze Show (how cool?!), a scooting rink (scooting has never been so fun), an interactive theater performance from a favorite puppet family, The Hornswoggles, and, finally….a birthday party show where you’ll sing, dance and celebrate together. Don’t miss out on this special day – after all, Port Discovery couldn’t possibly celebrate their big 2-0 without you! MORE
Storytime and Activities Featuring The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
Saturday, December 29 | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Barnes & Noble – White Marsh
From the author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Join Barnes & Noble in White Marsh for Storytime and get a coupon from the Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4! MORE
Saturday Crafternoon: Beaded Snowflakes
Saturday, December 29 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Towson
Make a seasonal craft in the children’s area. Featured craft: beaded snowflakes. All materials provided. All ages. MORE
Kwanzaa Celebration 2018
Saturday, December 29 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Celebrate this African American holiday with 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. Special Admission is $5. MORE
Free Family Sundays at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, December 30 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art
Explore your creative side with hands-on art workshops in response to works on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art. MORE
Sunday, December 30 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Participants will learn how to identify trees in winter by examining twigs. Head outside for a twig matching tree hunt hike and then head back to the center to make an edible twig snack to enjoy! Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Adults and children 5+, Advance Registration Required. MORE
Letter Together with Amy Latta
Sunday, December 30 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | The Pottery Stop
Learn to Letter Together with your favorite tween or teen! This workshop is designed for ages 9+ to do with an adult! Makes a great holiday gift– give an experience instead of more “stuff”! Join The Pottery Stop for an intro to Hand Lettering class with craft blogger, artist and author, Amy Latta! In this class, each participant (adult and tween/teen) will learn basic hand lettering techniques, then put their skills to work on their own 8×10 canvas. MORE
Frozen Cake Workshop
Sunday, December 30 | 5:00 PM – 7:45 PM | Bill Bateman’s Rosedale
SugarDoh hosts a Frozen themed cake making party. Learn buttercream and fondant (aka: sugardoh) from Amy Eagan. Your ticket includes instruction and materials. NO experience is necessary. Price includes one cake (up to two decorators per cake) that will serve 10-12 people. MORE
Netflix’s New Year’s Eve
Monday, December 31 | All day | Anywhere
Each year, Netflix hosts a bunch of short videos that end with a countdown. Just fire ’em up at bedtime, tick down the seconds, and send the kids on their way at a decent hour. For the new round of videos, which go live on December 26, your kids can choose to ring in 2019 with the stars of Alexa and Katie, Prince of Peoria, Pinky Malinky, Motown Magic, Larva Island, Beat Bugs, Super Monsters, Tales of Arcadia, All Hail King Julien, Boss Baby, Spirit Riding Free, or Fuller House, among others. MORE
Farewell to Kidworks
Tuesday, January 1 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Join Port Discovery as they bid farewell to the beloved three-story climber, KidWorks! Stop by activity tables throughout the day to create your very own sound and noise shakers to use during the Goodbye to Kidworks! Will you be the lucky guest who wins the raffle and dons Port Discovery’s Go-Pro for the final slide down KidWorks? MORE
DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns, food preferences of toddlers, and moods of tweens/teens!). Please check the specific event website for advanced registration requirements, time changes, rain/snow dates, and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.