Orioles FanFast, Aesop’s Bop!, unicorn cupcake making, Frozen Fest, and MORE! Check out all of the fun things to do with kids in the Greater Baltimore area this weekend.

What do Little Medical School, Alex from Alex & the Kaleidoscope, Mama Bear Yoga, and Port Discovery Children’s Museum all have in common? They will ALL be offering heart-healthy activities at Saturday’s Healthy Heart Play Date at The Bryn Mawr School’s Little School! Buy your $5 family pass online before you come so check-in is quicker…

Where to Play! Greater Baltimore Area Events, January 25-27

BALTIMORE CITY EVENTS

Baltimore Boat Show
Through Sunday, January 27 | Times Vary | Baltimore Convention Center

Enjoy four days of boating fun at Maryland’s longest-running boat show! (Best part? Kids under 12 are FREE!) Find the boat of your dreams and everything to go with it at Maryland’s longest-running indoor boating sales event. The Baltimore Convention Center will be packed with more boats, more exhibits, and more family fun than ever before. See and board boats for every lifestyle, activity and budget. Browse booths showcasing the latest in engines, marine electronics, accessories fishing tackle and gear, too. There’s something for everyone, including educational seminars and kid-friendly activities. MORE

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Through Sunday, 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

Healthy Heart Play Date: A (cool) progeny Event
Saturday, 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. MORE

Baltimore Orioles FanFest
Saturday, 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
Saturday, 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”
Saturday, 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

Aesop Bops
Sunday, 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

BALTIMORE COUNTY EVENTS

18th Annual MD World of Pets Expo
Friday, January 25, 2 PM – 8 PM | Saturday, January 26, 10 AM – 7 PM | Sunday, 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

2019 Frostbite 5K & Frozen Mile Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, January 26 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Downtown Towson

Put on your hats, gloves, and jackets for a wonderful morning of running and fun with Towson’s Frostbite 5K and Frozen Mile Run/Walk! The 5K is a primarily flat and fast course through the streets of North Towson. The Frozen Mile is a shorter 1-mile course. Both courses start and end on West Chesapeake Ave. Both courses are stroller and walker friendly, and leashed pets are permitted in the Frozen Mile and Fun Run. MORE

Feeding Frenzy: Behind the Scenes with Irvine’s Animal Care Team
Saturday, 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

Clifford the Big Red Dog Character Visit
Saturday, January 26 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Catonsville

Meet Clifford, share stories and do crafts! Sponsored by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Registration required. MORE

Painting with Snow and Ice
Sunday, 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

HARFORD COUNTY EVENTS

Kids Night Out
Friday, January 25 | 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM | My Gym – Bel Air

This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides, and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – My Gym will take care of that too!! Ages 3 to 9, Pizza dinner included. Register in advance. MORE

Laura Ingalls Wilder
Friday, January 25 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Amoss Center at Harford Community College

Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors is expertly adapted for the stage in a musical format by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. MORE

Family Paint Night at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
Saturday, 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

Glitter Tube Plastic Bracelets
Saturday, January 26 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | The Painted Daisy Consignment & Marketplace

Bringing back the 90’s with these plastic glitter tube bracelets! Use glitter, water, and perler beads to fill the bracelets. Perfect for ages 5+; adult supervision recommended for the little ones. MORE

HOWARD COUNTY EVENTS

Most Valuable Player
Through 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

S.T.E.A.M Campus Opening
Friday, January 25, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Sunday, January 27, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Idea Lab Kids

Idea Lab Kids is celebrating the exciting opening of their NEW S.T.E.A.M. CAMPUS in Howard County… and YOU’RE INVITED! IDEA Lab Kids is a leading resource for STEAM education! They combine the principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with the world of Arts & Social Sciences through cutting-edge curriculum offered in their diverse programming for kids of all ages. Check out the new campus and experience some of their fun & engaging activities! MORE

Kids Night In At The Museum
Friday, January 25 | 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Need a kid-free date night? Drop your children off at the Baltimore and Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum and enjoy a night out on Main Street in Ellicott City. Participants will have a blast from the past doing historic crafts and explore the hidden history of the station. Pack a nut-free meal, snack, and reusable water bottle. MORE

Winter Water Land
Friday, 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

Take a Wild Guess!
Saturday, January 26 | 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Howard County Library System – Savage Branch

Play a variety of guessing games. How many? What’s that smell? Why is this slimy? Ages 5 & up (5-7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult). Registration required. MORE

Frozen Fest
Sunday, January 27 | 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

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2nd Annual Festival in Downtown Bethany Beach
Friday, January 25 – Sunday, 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 Friday, January 25 through Sunday, 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

Immersion Day
Saturday, 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

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.