From Aesop Bops to Ice Cream Factory Tours to SkateFest — there are tons of fun things happening for kids in and around Charm City this January!

55 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this January

Tales & Tails with Danny Joe at Irvine Nature Center
January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10 AM – 11 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

Science on the Wild Side
January 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 | Times Vary | Maryland Science Center

Open that can of worms, go on that wild goose chase, let that cat out of the bag and get WILD because every Saturday and Sunday in January is going to be the bees knees during Science on the Wild Side! Talk a walk on the wild side as we discover amazing animal adaptations, explore the traces animals leave, and learn how different creatures use their senses to navigate the world. MORE

Kids Workshop – Easel with Whiteboard
January 5 | 9 AM – 12 PM | The Home Depot – Timonium

Pique your child’s visual arts interests with a hands-on workshop where you and your child can build an easel. Your young artist can display artwork from school or create a new masterpiece on the dry-erase whiteboard keeping the project mess free. Encourage your artist to experiment with different mediums—Picasso, Kahlo and Basquiat utilized easels after all. Once your easel is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. MORE

Saturday Puppet Theater – Penguins Don’t Live in Maryland
January 5 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM and 11 AM – 11:30 AM | Robinson Nature Center

Join Robinson Nature Center for nature-themed puppet theater presentations! Each puppet show portrays a different nature story. After the puppet show, create a simple craft to take home. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult for the duration of the program. This program’s theme will be Penguins Don’t Live in Maryland. MORE

SkateFest at the Pandora Ice Rink
January 10 | 6 PM – 8 PM | PANDORA Ice Rink

Head to the ice rink for a special night benefitting Special Olympics Maryland! Pay just $5.00 admission, including skate rental, and enjoy a skating “Beary White,” special treats, and more! All proceeds and donations from the event will be donated to Special Olympics of Maryland. MORE

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week
January 11 through January 20 | Times Vary | Restaurants Vary

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week returns! Tons of Downtown Restaurants will offer special, discounted prix-fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Try somewhere new, have a date night, or take a break from the kitchen and go out with the kids. Two-course brunch and lunch menus range from $12-20, and three-course dinner menus range from $20-$35. (cool) progeny favorites include Chez Hugo Bistro, Cosima, Miss Shirley’s Cafe, Petit Louis Bistro, Sotto Sopra, The Capital Grille, The Food Market, and Verde! MORE

Mt. Washington Kid’s Penguin Canvas
January 11 | 6 PM – 8 PM | Amazing Glaze – Mt. Washington

Drop your child off for a fun canvas night with Amazing Glaze to paint dancing penguins! Reservation fee covers the cost of all supplies and instruction. MORE

The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank
Opening January 12, 2019 | Times Vary | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create your own theatrical play and more in The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank! The Construction Zone will be open for a limited time and features unique opportunities for little learners ages birth to 10 to explore the art, science, and fun of construction. MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes with Sonia de Los Santos
January 12 | 9 AM – 11 AM | WTMD

WTMD is thrilled to host the award-winning Sonia De Los Santos for a bilingual Saturday Morning Tunes at the performance studio in Towson. Sonia was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and in 2007 started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award-winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. MORE

Music Box: Bugs
January 12 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Bees, Lady Bugs, Spiders, and Butterflies! All of these favorite insects come together in music from a BSO ensemble. Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of musicians of the BSO performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination, and literacy. MORE

Improv for Kids
January 12 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Baltimore Improv Group

Do your kids love to make believe? Are they creative? Do you think they might be funnier than you? Then have them join The Baltimore Improv Group for a fun class of improvisational theater! Students ages 8-12 will learn the basics of improv, including creating solid scene work and fun characters. The students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures and games. Through it all, the students will see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity. MORE

Let It Snow!
January 12 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Embrace winter weather. Celebrate the white stuff through stories, crafts, and a walk in the woods. Warm up with hot chocolate and tasty treats. Ages 3 to 6 with an adult. MORE

Harbor Point Ice Festival
January 12 | 2 PM – 8 PM | Harbor Point

Central Plaza in Harbor Point will come alive for the Harbor Point Ice Festival! The plaza will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with twinkling lights, ice sculptures lining the walkways, live music, food & drink, kids crafts, and more! Watch the excitement as award-winning ice sculptors use chainsaws and chisels to create spectacular ice sculptures, and vote on your favorite! Admission to the event is FREE! MORE

Family Yoga with Peale’s Mastodon
January 13 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Maryland Historical Society

Join Maryland Historical Society and mastodon, Shorty, for a fun and energizing yoga class with music specifically designed for young children and grown-ups together. Doing yoga as a family promotes health and well-being, provides tools to use back at home to relax, manage stress and emotions, and be more focused on the present moment. Please BYOM (bring your own mat). All ages and experiences welcome! Free admission, space limited, registration encouraged. MORE

Snowflake Festivus
January 13 | 11 AM – 1 PM | Carrie Murray Nature Center

Carrie Murray Nature Center loves SNOW! Honor the snowflake with snow-inspired artwork. If snow is on the ground, you’ll also search for frozen tracks and animal clues in the snow. All ages! MORE

GYPSY
Select Dates January 17 – March 17 | Times Vary | Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Regarded by many theatre professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Set in the 1920’s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, GYPSY explores the world of show business with brass, humor and heart featuring the hits “Everything’s Coming up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You.” MORE

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
January 17 | 5 PM – 8 PM | The Walters Art Museum

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose skills as an orator continue to inspire the current generation of youth leaders. See presentations by the Baltimore Urban Debate League, take part in special art-making activities, and stop by the free photo booth to commemorate the evening. MORE

Rainbow Theatre-Beale Street Puppets Presents Dig Those Dinos
January 18 | 10 AM – 11 AM | Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House

Join Beale Street Puppets for their original puppet show “Dig Those Dinos”. A great show for kids of all ages. MORE

Parents Night Out – Let’s GLOW Crazy!
January 18 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | My Gym – Timonium

Let’s GLOW crazy! Wear your brightest colors, neon or glow in the dark preferred, to light up the night with games, relays, songs, adventures, a pizza dinner and the ULTIMATE dance party! Ages 18 months – 9 years old. MORE

Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Weekend
January 19, 10 AM – 5 PM | January 20, 12 PM – 5 PM | January 21, 10 AM – 5 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Learn from the African American Quilters of Baltimore, take a step back in time during Living History performances featuring prominent African Americans and so much more! MORE

MakerSpace Family Workshop: Make Your Own Soap Day
January 19 | 11 AM – 2 PM | MakerSpace at Chesapeake Arts Center

Using a simple recipe, make soap you can sculpt into any shape. All Ages! MORE

Parent/Child Series – Asian Dumplings
January 19 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Schola

Spend some time with your very special ‘little chef’ at Schola cooking together in the kitchen. Every culture has their version of a dumpling, but the Asian cultures have perfected them! Join Schola and create the perfect fried wanton – the Crab Rangoon, then fold steamed shrimp dumplings and pork shumai and make a few classic dipping sauces to go with them. Classes will last about two hours and culminate in a tasting of everything you’ve created. MORE

Princess Skate at Pandora Ice Rink
January 19 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | PANDORA Ice Rink

Dress like your favorite princess or prince and get a free crown. MORE

Creamery Open House and Tours
January 19 | 12 PM – 4 PM | Prigel Family Creamery

Prigel Family Creamery is opening up the doors of the creamery and processing plant and inviting you all to see how they do it! Learn step by step how ice cream is made and how the farm works from the grass to your table. Finish up your tour with an ice cream flight! Want to spice up your Tour experience?! Upgrade to the Interactive Tour! You and your party will be able to mix up a custom pint of ice cream to take home! MORE

Animal Party
January 20 | 9 AM – 11 AM | Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Meet live animals that live in or around CCM. Bake dog biscuits and make cat toys. Badge activities for Girl Scouts. MORE

Frozen Fest
January 20 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Robinson puts the cool in winter with this fun, family-oriented festival. If you and your family have cabin fever, come explore indoor snow and “snowball” games. Join in fun, frozen experiments. Enjoy an ice cream sandwich bar, take a virtual tour of icy wonders, create tracks in the snow and take a guided winter hike along the trails. Check out the cold-blooded creatures that live at the nature center through live, roving animal presentations. Get cozy while watching a movie in the NatureSphere full-dome theater and meet “frozen” costumed-characters courtesy of Drama Learning Center. Make a fun, winter craft to take home and chase the winter blues away. MORE

Total Lunar Eclipse
January 20 – January 21 | 10:30 PM – 1 AM | Maryland Science Center

See a total lunar eclipse from the best spot in Baltimore! Join MSC staff to watch this late night eclipse through rooftop telescopes, and then get even closer by peering through our massive Clark Telescope in the Observatory. MORE

MLK Jr. Day of Service
January 21 | 9 AM – 1:30 PM | Calvert School

This is a family event, during which Calvert School welcomes your children who attend Calvert or other schools. Every year, volunteers from across the Calvert School community come together to celebrate the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of service. Each year over two hundred students, parents, and teachers work with over a dozen community partners both and on and off campus. New this year, bring your appetite. There will be a bake sale organized by Diversity Club members. Proceeds will go to the Wildfire Fund to assist the families displaced by California wildfires. Please know that if you want your child to participate, an adult family member must participate as well. Our hope is that parents will work side by side with their children. MORE

School’s Out Drama Workshops – Superhero Day
January 21 | 9 AM – 4 PM | Drama Learning Center

Why have them sit at home in front of the TV when they are off from school? Join Drama Learning Center for a day of drama-themed fun and arts & crafts. For children grades K through 6. MORE

Penguin Mini Camp
January 21 | 10 AM – 1 PM | The Pottery Stop

School’s out and it’s Adopt a Penguin Month! Drop off kids to create two projects that follow the theme of the day: Penguins! You’ll be making penguins out of ceramic eggs AND painting a multimedia canvas!! Cost includes all materials, firing, instruction, pizza, and a drink. For ages 6+. This is a drop off event. MORE

School’s Out History’s In: Cursive
January 21 | 10 AM – 2 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Practice your loops, swirls and basic strokes as we learn how to read historical documents from written by Marylanders just like us. Using chalk, ink, quills and paint, participants will be engaged in local history while learning or perfecting this lost art. Museum admission and drop-in are free. Registration required. MORE

MLK Dare to Dream Day!
January 21 | 10 AM – 6 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America’s history. Join AVAM for guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances at this FREE, fun-filled day! Scheduled activities include a button making workshop, step performances, African dance and drum performances, and more! The museum is FREE & open to the public. MORE

The Skin You Live In
January 21 | 10:30 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 2:30 PM | Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Hands-on activities about the simple but complex topic of skin color. Ages 6-12. MORE

MLK Day Celebration & Day of Service 2019
January 21 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Kaiser Permanente Presents: MLK Day Celebration and Day of Service 2019 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Celebrate the holiday with musical performances, theater readings, a book discussion with Dr. King’s barber, films and craft activities for the family. Kaiser Permanente will provide an array of resource services for the community including free health screenings. Special admission of $5. MORE

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
January 21 | 12 PM – 2 PM | Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard & Eutaw Street

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts celebrates the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21, 2019 at noon. More than 70 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. MORE

MLK Day Camp
January 21 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM | My Gym – Timonium

A half day of gymnastics, arts and crafts, story time, music, sports and much more. My Gym Camp was created to enhance physical development and a sense of individual success. Best of all the three-hour drop-off program gives you 3 hours to yourself while school is out! Camp will keep them active and moving and show them fitness made fun! Snack included! 2yrs 6mos to 9yrs. MORE

Closing Glow Party at Pandora Ice Rink
January 21 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | PANDORA Ice Rink

Celebrate the end of another great Winter Season at PANDORA Ice Rink and take one last spin on the ice. MORE

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
January 22 – January 27 | Times Vary | The Hippodrome Theatre

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale is now Broadway’s Golden Ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before—get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! MORE

Most Valuable Player
Select Dates January 22 – March 1 | Times Vary | Toby’s Dinner Theatre

In this fast-paced show, we meet Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in professional baseball. Audiences will enjoy this portrayal of his determination, despite seemingly insurmountable racism. The story is driven by Branch Rickey, the owner of the Dodgers who dared to sign Robinson, who guides Robinson while believing in him and his talent. Many characters move in and out of the story that both support Robinson, and attempt to keep him down. Robinson’s use of nonviolence and unquestionable talent challenged the rules of segregation, and therefore impacted American life. Recommended for Upper Elementary, Middle & High School. MORE

(cool) Tot Time: Snow Much Fun!
January 23 | 10 AM – 11 AM | St. James Academy

Join us for our first Tot Time of 2019! We’ll be having “SNOW MUCH FUN” at St. James Academy. $5/child fee includes story, sensory fun, craft, and snack. Don’t worry — we’ll have coffee for the caregivers. MORE

2nd Annual Festival in Downtown Bethany Beach
January 25 – January 27 | Times Vary | Downtown Bethany Beach

Experience the Quiet Resorts as you never have before at the 2nd Annual Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Bethany Beach! Trade your beach cruiser for your ice skates for a family-friendly weekend full of winter festivities, including an ice sculpture tour and live sculpture demonstration, ice skating rink, beach bonfire, and of course, a seasonal stop at your favorite shops, restaurants, and businesses. MORE

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – A New Musical
Select Dates January 25 – February 3 | Times Vary | Chesapeake Arts Center

THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents. MORE

Dreaming of Snow
January 25 | 8:30 AM – 3 PM | Carrie Murray Nature Center

Celebrate the snow! Join Carrie Murray Nature Center for a day of snow-inspired art, stories, and outdoor exploration. If there’s fresh snow on the ground, bring your sled. Dress for the weather, bring a non-perishable lunch and your water canteen. Ages 5 to 10 (Note: BCPS schools are closed this day!) MORE

18th Annual MD World of Pets Expo
January 25, 2 PM – 8 PM | January 26, 10 AM – 7 PM | January 27, 10 AM – 5 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds

THE Family Event for Pet Lovers – Shop! Adopt! Be Entertained! The World of Pets Expo is a fun, educational experience for the entire family—including children of all ages and pets of all kind. For less than the price of a movie ticket, you and your family can experience a full day of education and entertainment. Located at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD, the World of Pets Expo features wide variety of popular pet-themed entertainment including Horseland, Pit Boss Shorty Rossi, Chesapeake DockDogs, Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix, educational workshops and seminars, vendors for all types of pet products. MORE

Winter Water Land
January 25 | 6 PM – 8 PM | The Dancel Y in Ellicott City

Join The Dancel Y in Ellicott City for fun in and out of the water with games, snacks and a hot cocoa bar, winter crafts and more! This is a free event, open to all, but space is limited. Participants will choose an hour-long swim time, at either 6pm or 7pm and can arrive early or stay late for additional activities! MORE

Healthy Heart Play Date: A (cool) progeny Event
January 26 | 10 AM – 12 PM | The Bryn Mawr Little School

Get a jumpstart on heart month with (cool) progeny and The Bryn Mawr Little School at our annual Healthy Heart Play Date on January 26th! This year, we’re thrilled to be joined by Alex from Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band. The amazing education team at Bryn Mawr’s The Little School are ready to get crafty with fun Valentine’s Day projects your kids will love. Move and groove with our friends from Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Pretend you’re a real life doctor or nurse and “examine” hearts with Little Medical School. Stop by the Little Lion Challenge table and help us make a BIG ROAR by assembling care cards for area families. Nosh on coffee (for the adults) and health snacks (for the kids). Don’t worry — there will be plenty of opportunities to get the wiggles out on a chilly morning! Guaranteed to be two hours of the best heart therapy around. Just $5/family and proceeds benefit The Bryn Mawr Little School Tuition Assistance Fund. 

Feeding Frenzy: Behind the Scenes with Irvine’s Animal Care Team
January 26 | 10 AM – 11AM | Irvine Nature Center

What do the animals at Irvine eat? How are their diets prepared? Join a naturalist for a behind the scenes tour and feeding of the animals that call Irvine home. Fun for all ages! MORE

Immersion Day
January 26 | 10 AM – 4:30 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Immerse yourself in London Town, circa 1770. Chat with tailors, shoemakers, teachers, cooks, servants, enslaved people, and merchants who sleep in the cold and huddle over the fire. They eat only period dishes and live as close to the eighteenth-century style as possible. MORE

Baltimore Orioles FanFest
January 26 | 11 AM – 1 PM | Baltimore Convention Center

Join O’s fans at the Baltimore Convention Center for a day-long baseball celebration with player appearances, Kids’ Press Conferences, Q&A sessions, games, autographs, one-of-a-kind memorabilia, and more. MORE

Unicorn Magic Cupcakes
January 26 | 11:30 AM – 1 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 unicorn cupcake creations! Ages 6-17. MORE

Discovery Stage Series featuring Happenstance Theater’s “Pinot & Augustine”
January 26 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Giggle along – and celebrate the simple joys of life with the theatrics of Happenstance Theater’s “Pinot & Augustine” – a classic, family-friendly clown duo inspired by the golden age of Circus. Dance along to musical surprises, enjoy theatrical flair, and laugh until it hurts (in a good way!) at surprises from the sublime to the ridiculous: from lyrical melodies on a musical saw to pratfalls and a whoopee cushion! The whole family will enjoy this creative, funny show! MORE

Family Paint Night at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
January 26 | 6 PM – 7:30 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Follow along on this guided paint night while enjoying hot cocoa, hot cider, and cookies. All ages are welcome! MORE

Painting with Snow and Ice
January 27 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Learn watercolor techniques while painting a winter scene with some of winter’s most plentiful resources, snow, and ice! Adults and children 5 and up. Advance Registration Required. MORE

Aesop Bops
January 27 | 11 AM – 12 PM  & 1 PM – 2 PM| Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage is thrilled to introduce the next generation of theatergoers to the joys of high-quality theater with this season’s Family Series. Fast-paced, funny, and packed with audience participation, Aesop Bops features a potpourri of Aesop’s classic stories including The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and His Wife, and The Turtle’s Shell. This feast of funky, physical storytelling leaves young audiences feeling like they had just performed the show too! Aesop bops, rocks, and rolls out the red carpet—inviting kids to join in the fun. Recommended for ages 2 to 7. MORE

Kids’ Tea Party
January 31 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Emma’s Tea Spot

Join Emma’s Tea Spot for a proper British storytime! A British themed craft, followed by an afternoon tea party and finishing with a British story. May get messy! 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 time changes, rain/snow dates and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.