Lunar New Year, mask making, maple magic, Rock Fest, friendship bracelet making, and MORE! Here are all of our favorite fun things to do with kids this weekend!

And be sure to plan your act of kindness for Little Lion Challenge Day on Monday! Do something kind with your kids, post about it on social media, and watch all of the acts of kindness in real time on our website on Monday!

Greater Baltimore Area Family Events, February 8-10

BALTIMORE CITY EVENTS

Kid’s Llama Canvas
Friday, February 8 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Amazing Glaze – Mt. Washington

Drop your child off for a fun canvas night with Amazing Glaze! They will be painting adorable Llama Canvas’ – an awesome gift to give for Valentine’s Day! $30 Reservation fee covers the cost of all supplies and instruction. MORE

KERPLUNK! – Making Masks with Mama Ebony
Saturday, February 9 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Creative Alliance

Families make their own African Mask on February 9 with featured teaching artist, Mama Ebony Evans! Masks can represent ceremonial and every-day functions. Inspired by African facial masks, students and family members will design and create their own. Kerplunk! is a signature Creative Alliance program for families to make art together and engage directly with Baltimore’s rich pool of visual teaching artists. MORE

Improv for Kids
Saturday, February 9 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM | Baltimore Improv 

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. MORE

Groovin’ with your Grownup – Weekend Edition
Sunday, February 10 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Movement Lab

The perfect class for Mom, Dad, or any special grown-up to do with their child. A fun work-out for adult, and mentally and physically stimulating activity for your child! Plenty of dance games, fun music, and choreography will be included. An amazing way to build a special bond between you and your little mover! For children ages 0 – 5. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Cosmic Egg
Saturday, February 9 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | American Visionary Art Museum 

Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the classroom! This week, make a mini, blinged-out cosmic egg. The Education staff will help you explore new creative territory. Supplies & boundless inspiration provided! $5 per participant (museum admission not included), All ages welcome (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). MORE

Harry Pottery Movie Night
February 9 | 5:30 PM – 8 PM | Emma’s Tea Spot

Head to Emma’s Tea Spot for a showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 plus a special Potter menu and movie specials. MORE

Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 10 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Walters Art Museum

Each year, cultures throughout Asia celebrate the start of the lunar calendar with fanfare and festivity. Join The Walters Art Museum this year as they honor those traditions to celebrate the Year of the Pig. Enjoy art activities and Lunar New Year performances in the galleries of the museum. MORE

Free Family Second Sunday Drop In: Virtual Reality Experience-Historic Ships with the University of Baltimore GameLab
Sunday, February 10 | 1 PM – 4 PM | Maryland Historical Society

Explore historic ships through VR technology! Experience being on board the USF Constellation and USS Constellation (the one docked in the Inner Harbor!). With the help of the University of Baltimore, GameLab take your turn at what it would have been like to be on these 19th-century ships. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays! Free Event No advanced registration required. MORE

Rock Fest
Sunday, February 10 | 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Carrie Murray Nature Center 

Yep, that kind of rock fest with minerals, gemstones, and fossils! Whether you’re an old rock hound or an amateur, there’s something for everyone. Meet in the lodge by the fire! Bring your rocks, meet a geologist, and ask questions about your cool finds. Enjoy rockin’ activities for the kids like, “Rock or Not?” and grown-up talks about local stones. MORE

Story Tapestries, “The Giggling Wiggling Bookworm”
Sunday, February 10 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Imaginations come to life in the newly launched Discovery Stage Series at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Designed specifically for children ages two and up, The Discovery Stage Series features interactive performances featuring some of the best children’s performers throughout Maryland! Enjoy an immersive learning experience with Story Tapestries with Arianna Ross, who uses dance, storytelling, music and art to entertain and enrich audiences’ knowledge of the world. MORE

Valentine’s Workshop
Sunday, February 10 | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Holt Center for the Arts

Experiment with different art forms including linocut and papermaking throughout the afternoon. Drop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole program. MORE

BALTIMORE COUNTY EVENTS

Valentine’s Parents’ Survival Night!

Friday, February 8 | 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM | The Little Gym – Hunt Valley

Want a night out with your Sweetheart? Let the kids have fun at The Little Gym while you enjoy a night out. Join awesome instructors from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm for gymnastics, games, activities and tons of fun along with a pizza dinner and a Valentine’s Day craft. Members and Non-Members are welcome. MORE

Maple Magic
Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, 10 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Irvine Nature Center

There’s magic in the trees! Join Irvine’s naturalists in a quest to make delicious syrup. Learn to identify maple trees, properly tap a tree to collect its sugary sap and convert the sticky fluid into syrup. You’ll even get a taste of this liquid gold as a reward for all the hard work! All ages (with adult). MORE

Storytime and Activities Featuring All You Need Is Love
Saturday, February 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Barnes & Noble – White Marsh

In this book, the beloved song “All You Need Is Love” comes vividly to life, showing that if we follow the music we will see there is indeed love all around us. Enjoy a cookie coloring activity, while supplies last. MORE

Fall in Love with Snowflakes
Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Discover the uniqueness of this winter wonder! Learn how snowflakes form and all about Snowflake Bentley and his snowflake research. Then, make your own one of a kind snowflakes to take home! Adults and children 5+, $3 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members), Advance Registration Required. MORE

Children’s Yoga at Core Cycle Studios
Saturday, February 9 | 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM | Core Cycle Studios

Core Cycle Studios is offering a brand new yoga series — and it’s for kids and teens! Through partner poses, games and a fun flow, Julie will meet each student where they are, so beginners and advanced pint-sized yogis are welcome. She will invite each child to challenge themselves mentally and physically, to have fun, and to take one hour each week to just “be” on their mat. MORE

HARFORD COUNTY EVENTS

Love Monster Story Time
Saturday, February 9 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | The Painted Daisy Consignment & Marketplace

Storytime at Painted Daisy with Miss Jess!! Listen to Love Monster and the Last Chocolate, make a craft, and enjoy a snack! $5 per child. All ages welcome, adult supervision suggested for the younger ones. MORE

Friendship Bracelets
Saturday, February 9 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | The Painted Daisy Consignment & Marketplace

Valentine’s Day is coming so show your friends you care about them with a handmade bracelet! There will be 2 different styles: woven string and beaded. MORE

BEAM Me Up
Saturday, February 9 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Harford County Public Library – Fallston Branch

Stop in to play with BEAM! BEAM by EyeClick is an award-winning interactive gaming projector system. It is like a touch screen game system that you play with your whole body since it is projected on the floor. Come have fun at the library with BEAM! All ages. MORE

Chilly Chemistry
Saturday, February 9 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Discover the science behind winter weather with experiments and activities in the Finton Formula Lab. Ages 3 – 10 w/adult. MORE

Children’s Valentine’s Cupcake and Cake Pop Decorating Class
Sunday, February 10 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Sweet Eats Cakes

Kids will enjoy decorating cupcakes and dipping and decorating their own festive cake pops! Each child will get 6 cupcakes to decorate and 8-10 cake pops to dip and decorate. All decorating tools and supplies provided, includes two cake decorators to help kids and provide guidance. Each child takes home their own decorated cupcakes and cake pops. Hot chocolate and cupcakes will be provided as snacks. MORE

HOWARD COUNTY EVENTS

Let’s Invent with LEGO® Blocks
Friday, February 8 | 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | Howard County Public Library – Elkridge Branch

National Inventors Day is February 11. See what new creations you can build with Lego® blocks. Ages 6-9; 45 min. Ticket required. MORE

Kids Night In At The Museum
Friday, February 8 | 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. MORE

Family PJ Party
Friday, February 8 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | The Dancel Y in Ellicott City

Wear your PJs and join The Dancel Y for a night of family fun! Enjoy silly games, a temporary tattoo booth, hair wraps, a moon bounce, snacks at our cereal bar, and more! Activities may vary. This is a free event but space is limited. MORE

Connecting to Nature with Music
Saturday, February 9 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Howard County Conservancy – Mt. Pleasant

Join the Candlelight Concert Society and the Howard County Conservancy for a CandleKids Concert! The Crosswinds Trio will present a concert of musical pieces inspired by nature. Following the concert, Mike’s Music of Ellicott City will host an instrument “petting zoo.” Recommended for ages 4 and up, performance will last about 50 minutes. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. MORE

S.T.E.A.M Campus Opening
Saturday, February 9 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 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. MORE

OTHER/WORTH THE DRIVE

Anatole: Mouse Magnifique – Opening Weekend
Select Dates through March 24 | Times Vary | Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

Meet Anatole- mouse magnifique- the best cheese-taster in all of France! Anatole and his best friend Gaston set out to save the Duval cheese factory, only to discover something much scarier than moldy Brie lurking in the tasting room. Can Anatole outsmart the hungry predator and save the factory? Join Anatole, Gaston, and a chorus of dancing cheeses to find out! Best for ages 4+. MORE

AND FOR MOMS (AND THEIR GAL PALS) ONLY …

Galentine’s Day Soirée
February 13 | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Join Harbor East and (cool) progeny for an evening of celebrating ladies – friends, gal pals, girl squads, besties and beyond – at the inaugural Galentine’s Day Soirée on Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. Round up your gals for an evening of cocktails, pampering, mingling and music, including pop-up shops from Sassanova, Lululemon and South Moon Under, product demos by Lush Cosmetics, and a fabulous Raffle benefitting Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake! Other event details include a DIY Bouquet Bar by Everyday Rose, a Magic Mirror Photo Booth, Tattoo/Paint Artist featuring Galentine’s designs, live beats from the 90’s and beyond by DJ Crome. Reserve your ticket in advance for this special girls’ night, a time to reconnect with your BFFs and meet new lady loves. Your ticket includes two cocktails, lite bites, a Harbor East swag bag (including a sweet treat from Cakes by Jason) and garage parking at the Four Seasons Hotel. 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.