Bugs, prehistoric pachyderms, stargazing, snowman, construction zone opens at Port Discovery, and MORE! Check out these fun things to do with kids in the Greater Baltimore area this weekend! For more events, check out our community calendar.

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Where to Play! Baltimore Area Family Events This Weekend, January 11-13

Baltimore City Events

Friday Night Stargazing
Friday, January 11 | 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

The Observatory is open to the public every Friday. Friday admission to the Observatory is free (does not include access to the Museum). Phone 410-545-2999 after 5pm on Fridays to find out if the Observatory will be open that night. The Observatory is on the roof of the Maryland Science Center. The Observatory is open to the outdoors, so please dress appropriately. MORE

Music Box: Bugs
Saturday, January 12 | 10:00 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. 30 minutes prior to the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. MORE

Art Kids
Saturday, January 12 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The Walters Art Museum

Learning is fun at the Walters for children 3 to 5 years old and their favorite adults. Use all of your senses during this hands-on experience that combines a story, gallery tour, and art-making activity. Monthly programs provide rich opportunities for the youngest visitors to bond with their parents, grandparents, and caregivers through fun and interactive gallery experiences. The programs also encourage visual exploration and language development related to a different theme each month. The January theme is “Nature”. MORE

The Construction Zone in The Atrium at Port Discovery – Opening Weekend
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Sunday, January 13, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM | 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 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday. The Construction Zone is located in the Atrium at Port Discovery Children’s Museum (directly next door to the main Museum). MORE

Owl Moon
Saturday, January 12 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Enoch Pratt – Waverly Branch

View the Caldecott award-winning picture book and make a winter craft. MORE

Penguin Love Cake
Saturday, January 12 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Charm City Cakes

Learn how to decorate with the pros! Participants will each receive their very own 6-inch iced cake, and learn the ways to decorate their cake with fondant. All Ages, A parent or guardian must remain on premises with those younger than 18. MORE

Harbor Point Ice Festival
Saturday, January 12 | 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Harbor Point

Central Plaza in Harbor Point will come alive for the Harbor Point Ice Festival on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 2-8pm! 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! MORE

Crystals in the Clouds
Saturday, January 12 | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Create delicate snowflakes from paper while learning about the science of snow! This is for all ages but younger children should have an adults help. MORE

Family Yoga with Peale’s Mastodon
Sunday, 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! MORE

Snowflake Festivus
Sunday, January 13 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 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

Family Second Sunday Drop In: Step Into History: Peale’s Prehistoric Pachyderm
Sunday, January 13 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Have you ever seen a mastodon? Step into history and be there when it was first discovered! Pick a character from Charles Peale’s painting and explore excavation stations, maps, and prehistoric pachyderm bones. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays! Free Event, No advanced registration required. MORE

Drop-In Workshop at BMA
Sunday, January 13 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art

Drop-in for hands-on fun the entire family can enjoy. No registration required. All materials are provided. Generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust. January theme is “Where in the Weather”. This week print snow storms inspired by works in the American Wing. MORE

Baltimore County Events

Parents Survival Night at The Little Gym
Friday, January 11 | 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM | The Little Gym – Hunt Valley

Parents Need recess too at The Little Gym of Hunt Valley! Parents call it a break from the kids. Kids call it a break from their parents. That sounds like a win-win situation! Parents’ Survival Nights let you enjoy some adult time to see a movie, catch up with friends or enjoy a meal without—ahem—your pint-sized food critics in tow. Meanwhile, your children get some quality “kid time” in a safe, fun, familiar place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games, and fun LEGO® DUPLO® and LEGO® Juniors building activities. Join awesome instructors from 6:00pm to 9:30pm for gymnastics, games, activities and tons of fun along with a pizza dinner and a craft. Members and Non-Members are welcome. Advance registration is required. MORE

Saturday Morning Tunes with Sonia de Los Santos
Saturday, January 12 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 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. Tickets include organic snacks, juice and milk (for the kids), coffee (for the adults), bicycle rides, arts & crafts and more. MORE

An Incredible Incredibles Movie Party
Saturday, January 12 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – North Point

Celebrate the Incredibles with us by watching the new movie and discovering your superhero self with awesome activities and crafts. MORE

Winter Adventure Team
Sunday, January 13 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Irvine Nature Center

Is your child at home and loves being outside? Join the Winter Adventure Team one Saturday/Sunday a month to spend time outdoors. Each session will be an exciting blend of outdoor skills and science projects. Work as a team to explore, respect, and protect nature! Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 7-12. MORE

Critters Up Close – Who, Who, Who wants to learn about Owls!
Sunday, January 13 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Oregon Ridge’s resident Barred Owl will be the guest of honor as you learn about the owls that live in the area. Learn about their ability to hunt and live in colder weather and the different types of adaptations that make them the rulers of the night sky. All Ages, No registration required. MORE

Harford County Events

Snowy Story and Play Time with Sunshine Sensory
Friday, January 11 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Caprichos Books

Celebrate snow at Caprichos Books!  Sunshine Sensory presents her fabulous sensory activities and reads a story to all who join them. MORE

The Snowy Day Story Time
Saturday, January 12 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM |Painted Daisy Consignment & Marketplace

Story time at Painted Daisy with Miss Jess!! Come from 10-11:30 to listen to a story, make a craft, and enjoy a snack! $5 per child.  All ages welcome…adult supervision suggested for the younger ones. Please arrive at 10 for the start of the story! MORE

Morning Star Pow Wow
Saturday, January 12 | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM | John Carroll School

Celebrate American Indian Culture during the 19th Benefit for St. Labre Indian School. The Pow Wow provides a cultural and educational event for students and the wider community. Enjoy drum groups, more than 100 dancers, and 2000 visitors. MORE

Let It Snow!
Saturday, January 12 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 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

Make Your Own Jello Lip Gloss
Saturday, January 12 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Painted Daisy Consignment & Marketplace

Make your own Jello flavored lip gloss with The Crafty Mama’s Girl! You’ll mix 3 simple ingredients together to make lip gloss for those dry winter lips! Recommended for ages 6+. $5 for 2 glosses! Call 443-640-6260 to reserve your spot! MORE

Master Musical Theater Class for Ry Strong Fundraiser
Saturday, January 12 | 2:15 PM – 9 PM | Dance with Me School of Dance

Join Dance with Me School of Dance for a master musical theater class taught by Mark Myars! Mark is the associate choreographer for The Cher Show as well as the revival of My Fair Lady. Mark has been involved in many Broadway and off-Broadway shows to include Wicked, SpongeBob Squarepants, Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is a fundraiser for one of the Dance School’s family members, Ryleigh Vasold. Ry was diagnosed with Leukemia in August, one month before her 9th birthday. Ry has been dancing with DWMSOD for 6 years. Mark has two nieces at the DWMSOD and wants to help the Vasold family through dance! Classes available for ages 6+. MORE

Observatory Open House
Saturday, January 12 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Harford Community College

Kid friendly! Observatory Open House at the Harford Community College. Highlights will include the Moon, Mars, Uranus, Orion Nebula, a hand full of bright globular clusters, and a few planetary nebulas. Besides their amazing 14in schmidt cassegrain telescope, there will be various telescopes setup in the parking lot for guests to view the cosmos. Have an astronomy related question? Their members will be able answer it for you. Need help with your telescope? They can help with that as well. Children are welcomed. MORE

Howard County Events

Lively Arts for Little Ones presents Tracey Eldridge
Friday, January 11 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | The Other Barn

Come join Tracey Eldridge on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:00 am at The Other Barn. Tracey’s fun and interactive program is designed to spark imaginations, to inspire creative self-expression, to enhance self-esteem, and to foster a sense of community in the classroom. Her show includes singing to “live” musical accompaniment, creative movement and dancing, puppetry, body percussion and percussion instrument play, riddles and rhymes, stories and dramatic play. MORE

Story Time: Sneezy The Snowman
Saturday, January 12 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | The Pottery Stop

Read a Sneezy the Snowman and paint a Snowman Figure to go along with the book. Appropriate for ages 2 and up. This is designed as a parent/child activity and will last for about one hour. One ticket includes a seat and project for one child– up to one adult per ticket may also attend! Projects will be ready to pick up in one week. MORE

Rails and Tales: Preschool Storytime
Saturday, January 12 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Hop aboard the story train! Bring your little one out to a discovery story time in Ellicott City. Hear stories about how life was long (or not so long!) ago, play old time games, and make a history craft you can take home. Designed for ages 1.5-6. MORE

New Year Nature Hike & Cider-Sipping
Saturday, January 12 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Robinson Nature Center

Join Robinson Nature Center in The New Year to get active and enjoy nature (two great resolutions for 2019)! Join a naturalist for a guided winter hike during which you can try a range of activities to help your family stay moving and entertained during the cold weeks ahead. After, head back inside to brew and enjoy kid-friendly wassail (mulled cider) to help take the chill out of winter! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Ages 6+ with an adult. MORE

Last Chance! Closing Performance of The Little Mermaid at Toby’s Dinner Theatre
Sunday, January 13 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Disney’s The Little Mermaid If you loved last season’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast make your reservations now for Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) this show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”  The entire family will love The Little Mermaid! Please note: Fog, haze and strobe effects may be used in this production. 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.


55 Things To Do with Kids in Baltimore this January