Surprising snow science, ice festivals, blue grass music for kids, and MORE! Here are our favorite things to do with kids in Baltimore this January!

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50 Things To Do With Kids in Baltimore This January

Cabin Fever Mondays

Mondays in January | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Fire Museum of Maryland

Join The Fire Museum of Maryland for Cabin Fever Mondays. January 6, 13, 20 & 27. Get out of the house and enjoy fire-themed playtime in our Discovery Room. Cost: $10 per adult. Kids free. Members are always free. Tickets at the door. Please note: The museum itself will not be open. Just the Discovery Room and the rest rooms. Please check the museum’s Facebook page in the event of bad weather. MORE

The Wiz
Through January 12 | Dates and Times Vary

The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a joyous modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story reflecting contemporary African-American culture. After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz. There, she makes new friends, battles evil witches, and seeks the aid of the all-powerful and mysterious Wiz. Ultimately, Dorothy finds that, if you believe with all your heart, you can always find your way home. MORE

Baltimore Crankie Fest: 2020 Edition
January 3 – 5 | Times Vary
Creative Alliance

Watch the world’s greatest stories unroll before your eyes! Baltimore’s beloved festival of scrolled panoramas known as crankies, returns for its 7th year of fireside wonder. All performances will feature the same lineup of artists and musicians. MORE

Parent and Me: Pizza
January 4 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Baltimore Chef Shop

A class for young chefs and their parents to work together in the kitchen. During this class we will explore the world of making the perfect pizza: the one that you make from scratch. For ages 8-17 plus an adult. MORE

Drop-In Art | Traditions and Celebrations
Saturdays and Sundays in January | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Walters Art Museum

Drop-in, explore materials, and create a work of art to take home every weekend at The Walters! Each weekend features a new project. January’s theme is celebrations and traditions. MORE

Weekend Walk-In: Crazy Clown
January 4 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
American Visionary Art Museum

Everyone needs a crown! Create a custom royal headpiece just for YOU using shiny tape, faux flowers & more. AVAM’s education staff will help you explore new creative territory & make a project inspired by one of their beloved visionary artists. Supplies & boundless inspiration provided! No registration required. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

Surprising Snow Science
January 4 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

This is the season of a special frozen precipitation – snow! Be amazed and dazzled while participating in surprising experiments involving fake snow. This program is for ages 5 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Naturally Creative
January 5 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

If your child likes art, animals, food and nature, then they will love our Naturally Creative series! Drop off your child as they unleash their inner artist by painting with the possum, crafting with critters, and even creating their own EDIBLE art. Attend one session or the whole series!! Ages 5-10 – this is a two-hour drop off program. MORE

Wee Workers at The BMI
Tuesdays in January | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Baltimore Museum of Industry

Preschoolers will love this program just for them. Explore the museum’s galleries through stories, songs, crafts, and pint-size tours with a different theme each week. Advance registration suggested, contact [email protected] or 410.727.4808 x132. MORE

COOL TOT TIME | Hang On To Your Mittens
January 8 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Redeemer Parish Day School

It’s our FIRST Tot Time of 2020 and it’s going to be a whirlwind of fun! Hang on to your mittens and enjoy a morning of ‘getting the wiggles out’ at Redeemer Parish Day School. We’ll enjoy a mitten-themed story, sensory play, craft, and snack! Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. MORE

SkateFest at the Ice Rink
January 10 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Inner Harbor Ice Rink

Head out to the Inner Harbor Ice Rink for a special one-night event in support of the Special Olympics of Maryland (SOMD) that includes skating alongside the SOMD mascot “Beary White,” free Insomnia Cookies to the first 100 skaters and more! A portion of the $10 admission and all donations collected on-site will support the Special Olympics of Maryland. MORE

POP-UP PLAY DATE | Family Art Night at Social Studio
January 10 | 6:00 pm & 7:15 PM
Social Studio

It’s our first pop-up play date of 2020 AND our first play date at Social Studio! Join us on Friday, January 10th for Family Art Night and create a three dimensional animal at Charm City’s hot new creative space. Adults are invited to co-create with their children! This make & take art play date is designed for ages 5-12. Classes are intentionally small and we have two class times available. A fun family date night! $5/Member Child and $10/Non-Member Child. MORE

Full Cold Moon Hike
January 10 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park

Native Americans would hear wolves howling outside their wigwams and Great Horned Owls begin their mating season this time of year. Dress for the weather! Ages 5+. Adults and children must register for this event. MORE

Story Time: The Mitten
January 11 at 9:30 am – 10:30 am | January 14 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am
The Pottery Stop

Head to The Pottery Stop for Story Time! Enjoy reading a story and painting a project 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. Ticket includes a project for one child– up to one adult chaperone per ticket may also attend. The adult does not need to purchase a ticket unless they would like to paint. MORE

PopGrass Fest at Union Craft Brewing
January 11, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Union Craft Brewing

Kids love bluegrass, and parents love pop music. So why not combine the two? WTMD is excited to announce our first ever PopGrass Fest, featuring original bluegrass songs and bluegrass covers of pop songs from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s from Baltimore’s own Dirty Grass Players and the Honey Dewdrops. This lineup was curated with help from friends at the Charm City Bluegrass Festival. It’s also WTMD’s first family concert at Union Craft Brewing, 1700 W. 41st St. in Baltimore. **(cool) progeny members save 25% on tickets! MORE

BSO Music Box Series: Snowflakes on Parade
January 11, 2020 | 10:00 am and 11:30 am
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Oh what fun to frolic in a beautiful winter wonderland of fluffy, white snow! Recommended for children ages 6 months to 3 years, and their families. Your child will explore music and the sounds of winter through these highly engaging and interactive performances by a small ensemble of BSO musicians. The light-hearted classical tunes help youngsters develop musicality, creativity, coordination, and literacy. Each concert is 30 minutes. Go early and enjoy fun pre-show activities! All children 6 months and up require tickets. MORE

Saturday Puppet Theater | Penguins Don’t Live in Maryland
January 11 | 10:00 am and 11:00 am
Robinson Nature Center

Join Robinson Nature Center for nature-themed puppet theater presentations! Each show portrays a different nature story. Afterwards, enjoy creating a simple craft Afterwards, enjoy creating a simple craft to take home. January’s show is “Penguins Don’t Live in Maryland.” MORE

Harbor Point Ice Festival
January 11 | 12:00 pm – 6:00 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 and open to the public. MORE

Kid’s Kooky Science Experiments
January 11 | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Calling all budding scientists! Don a lab coat and prepare to have fun while conducting hands-on experiments in the Nature Center’s lab! Learn how the world around us works. This program is for ages 8 to 12. MORE

Night Out for Newbie Parents
January 11 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Maryland Science Center

Join the Science Center for a night tailored to parenting newbies. No need for a sitter, this is a baby friendly event with activities to keep mommies, daddies, and babies happily entertained. They’re doing our best to keep this as easy and fun as possible for you and your little ones. Free parking is available on our unattended, first-come first-served parking lot off of Key Highway. MORE

Science Sundays: Salty Snow
January 12 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. One Saturday and Sunday a month, families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include crafts and hands on exhibits and more. All ages. FREE! MORE

Winter Birds and Nests
January 12 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park

Enjoy an easy walk through the Park with a Naturalist to observe our winter residents. We will look for last season’s nests outdoors then head inside to examine our nest exhibits and the eggs they left behind. All ages! Adults and children must register for this event. MORE

Preschool Winter Nature Wildlife Party
January 14 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Eden Mill Nature Center

Bring your preschooler to Eden Mill to discover the wonder of nature! Discover how animals are surviving the winter with nature games and activities, and a story. Make a special snack for wildlife and kids! Weather permitting, take a short hike and explore the landscape. Pre-registration IS required. Ages 2-5 with an adult. [email protected] or MORE

COOL TOT TIME | Fun with Flakes
January 15 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Dance like snowflakes in the air. Twirling, whirling here and there! Join us at Immaculate Heart of Mary School for a morning of snow-themed fun! We’ll enjoy a story, sensory fun, craft, and snack. A great way to get the wiggles out before lunch! Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! MORE

4th Annual Fairy Tale & Superhero Festival
January 17 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Harford County Library – Bel Air Branch

Harford County Public Library’s 4th Annual Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival takes place Friday, January 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bel Air Library. The event includes celebrity story time throughout the day plus activities for all ages including green screen, scavenger hunt, crafts, preschool STEM challenge, superhero obstacle course, Quiver Augmented Reality superhero coloring pages, scavenger hunt, dance parties, parachute play, Lego engineering–build a fairy tale castle or superhero headquarters, a parade of princes, princesses and more! MORE

MEMBERS ONLY | Cool Progeny Member Night at ClimbZone
January 17 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ClimbZone White Marsh

Climb to new heights with us at this fun pizza + climbing play date! Special $5/climber pricing for (cool) progeny member families (includes pizza and drink!). YES! Adults can climb, too for that price! Purchase your Winter Adventure or annual (cool) progeny membership at Registration for this event is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Members must register in advance. Registration opens on January 2. MORE

Be The Light: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18 – 20 | Times Vary
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery Saturday, January 18 – Monday, January 20th to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during our “Be the Light” event! Experience the strength of celebrating differences in our community and learn how you too can become a Change Maker. Take part in interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the positive impact that their actions can have, inspired by Dr. King’s message of promoting fairness. Activities are planned daily throughout the entire weekend! MORE

The Havre de Grace Ice Festival
January 18 – 19 | Times Vary
Downtown Havre de Grace

The Havre de Grace Ice Festival, which takes place over Martin Luther King weekend, transforms the city into a winter wonderland with ice sculptures around town and music drifting through the air. There are live ice carvings, bands, artisans, a chili cook-off, kid stations, contests, in-store specials, food trucks, street performers, live radio broadcasts, costumed characters, fire pits, s’mores and more. You can even try your hand at ice sculpting by carving your name into a graffiti wall or join the kids’ parade and be crowned Ice Prince and Ice Princess! Grab your hat, mittens & scarf and join head to downtown Havre de Grace. Check website for schedule and event times. MORE

Junior Master Chef Class
January 18 | 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Give your young chef ‘wannabe’ a one-day class where they will learn kitchen safety & knife skills, the elements of taste, the art of roasting, sauteing & poaching, mastering two different sauces, making handmade pasta, and baking cookies to take home. MORE

Immersion Day at Historic London Town and Gardens
January 18 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Historic London Town & Gardens

Immerse yourself in London Town, circa 1771. 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

Rock Fest!
January 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Carrie Murray Nature Center

This is not your typical Rock Fest. Carrie Murray Nature Center is inviting rock enthusiasts of all ages to come together and share their enthusiasm for and knowledge about minerals, gemstones and fossils! Bring your rocks, meet a geologist and ask questions about your cool finds. They’ll have crafts, games and activities for all in addition to more in-depth presentations about local geology. This is a FREE and all-ages event with a suggested donation of $10 per family. MORE

Family Fun Day at The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
January 18 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum

Who is Glenn L. Martin? Enjoy a good puzzle as you learn about the life and accomplishments of an early aviation pioneer as the museum celebrates his birthday. Embark on a family scavenger hunt and don’t miss the birthday celebration at 1 PM with cupcakes! MORE

Frozen Fest!
January 19 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Put the “cool” in your winter during Robinson Nature Center’s frozen festival. Delight in their “Snowball Alley,” frozen experiments and an ice cream sandwich bar. Take virtual tours of chilly locales, create tracks in the snow, and embark on a guided winter nature walk. Meet cold-blooded creatures and costumed characters from Drama Learning Center and enjoy other winter-friendly fun. Pre-registration recommended. MORE

School is Out, History is IN! Cursive
January 20 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Maryland Historical Society

Practice your loops, swirls and basic strokes as we learn how to read historical documents 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. This is a free drop-in programs and is ideal for ages 8-14 years of age (with accompanied adult). Program includes free admission to the museum. MORE

MLK Dare to Dream Day
January 20, 2020 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
American Visionary Art Museum

You’re invited to a FREE celebration honoring one of history‘s greatest visionaries. Enjoy birthday cake, a Power Patch printmaking workshop, an artist talk by exhibiting artist Kyle Yearwood, a Poetry Slam and Open Mic, and more, at this FREE, fun-filled day! See AVAM’s latest exhibition “The Secret Life of Earth” with FREE admission all day. MORE

MLK Day Celebration at The Lewis
January 20, 2020 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King at the Lewis Museum! Special $5 admission all day long. Stop by A Ride To Remember Story Hour and Mural Art Project to explore the story of the desegregation of a local amusement park and carousel. Join Dr. Traci Parker, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as she discusses Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement. Enjoy an Urban Theatrical Presentation and Talkback session of the Voices of Carmen, examining escalating conflicts among young people, and more. MORE

20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
January 20 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Downtown Baltimore

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is proud to present the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade alongside the City of Baltimore. The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020 starting at noon. Spectators are welcome to view the parade along the route on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw Street and Baltimore Street. MORE

COOL TOT TIME | Waddle Like a Penguin
January 22, 2020 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
St. James Academy

We’re “diving” into penguin fun at our January 22 Tot Time! Join us at St. James Academy for a WADDLE of fun! We’ll enjoy a penguin story, activities, snacks, and craft. Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! MORE

The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show
January 23 – 26 | Times Vary
Baltimore Convention Center

The Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show once again sets sail for the Baltimore Convention Center for the largest indoor boat show in the MD, D.C., and Chesapeake Bay region on January 23-26, 2020. This year’s show will be expanded by 32,750 square feet, bringing more products and new activities for the whole family. Children 12 and younger are allowed in Free when accompanied by an Adult. MORE

Lunar New Year at Port Discovery
January 25 – 16 | Times Vary
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world, with an exciting celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Visitors of all backgrounds will learn, experience, and participate in traditions surrounding the Lunar New Year celebration. You’ll be mesmerized by the Chinese Lion Dancers of Tai Yim Kung Fu School, who perform the traditional lion dance throughout Port Discovery using a paper mache lion, instruments, and dance that will captivate you! MORE

Healthy Heart Play Date
January 25 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Bryn Mawr School 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 25h! We have so many fun things planned for families — including yoga with Child’s Heart Yoga, exploring heart health with Little Medical School, fitness fun with Nanny McFit, snacks, crafts, and MORE! $5/family. 

Children’s Opera: Mr. Brewster’s Invigorating Invention
January 25 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

The winner of the 2018 Zepick Modern Opera Competition, Mr. Brewster’s Invigorating Invention is a fun, musical journey through the history and science of the kaleidoscope. A unique opera experience combining art and science for children young and old! Presented in partnership with Towson University’s Opera in a Can. MORE

Danny Joe’s TreeHouse LIVE from Creative Alliance
January 25 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Creative Alliance

Bring your family back in time to the golden age of children’s television and attend a “live-taping” of Baltimore’s last standing local kids’ show; Danny Joe’s TreeHouse at The Creative Alliance! Head to Toe w/ Special Guest Blair Imani In this episode of Danny Joe’s TreeHouse, special guest Blair Imani stops by the treehouse with Ms. Monica to talk with Ollie Ollie Oxenfree about expression and identity. MORE

Creating Black Comic Books
January 25 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Calling all young comic artists! This workshop is designed to teach the necessary skills to emerging artists. Learn how to enhance your drawing skills, tips for self-publishing, and how to best present yourself as a professional in the expanding comic book industry. MORE

Winter Afternoon “Campout”
January 25 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Love camping, but it’s just a little too cold? “Camp” indoors while practicing putting up a tent and making a “fire”, eating s’mores, and more! This program is for ages 5 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

From Trash to Treasure
January 26 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Jewish Museum of Maryland

One person’s trash is another person’s robot, or building, or racecar. Join us for a morning of tinkering, exploring, and building with a collection of recycled materials. We will use our imaginations to turn junk into unique creations. All materials will be provided, and activities are suitable for all ages. Story time begins at 10:30 AM. MORE

The Legend of Marshmallow Island ~ An Adventure in World Music
January 26 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Beth Tfiloh

Join Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School for a fun Sunday morning, featuring Mystic Drumz, an interactive, silly, fast-paced, children’s musical showcase of eclectic percussion instruments from around the globe. This is a perfect event for preschoolers and will warm up a winter Sunday with storytelling through instruments. Refreshments following performance, and meet BT’s new Camp Director Sam Bloom! MORE

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Walters
January 26 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Walters Art Museum

Celebrate the Year of the Rat during the 11th annual Lunar New Year Celebration, one of the Walters’ most popular events. Enjoy performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and more. Make paper flowers to add to our giant floral rat sculpture, explore zodiac animals through a scavenger hunt of the Arts of Asia galleries, participate in art-making activities, snap your picture in a photobooth, and share a fortune for good luck in the New Year! MORE

January 26 |1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Natural History Society of Maryland

Come meet some local experts at the Natural History Society of Maryland for a fun afternoon learning about the most fascinating and informative part of the body, the skull! Skulls give clues on an animal’s dietary habits (food chains), predator/prey relationships, anatomy, biology, ecology, habitats, adaptation/evolution and behavior. Find out how to read these clues as you examine a large variety of skulls and teeth. MORE

Family Art Frenzy | Snowflake Salt Painting
January 26 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Columbia Art Center

Enjoy a family-friendly art afternoon on the second Sunday of each month. Experiment with mixed media and have fun making your own inspired creations. Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by a guardian. $5 per pair or $10 per family. MORE

Azure Family Concert
January 26 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

A fun and engaging concert for people living with autism and related challenges with LAVENA JOHANSON and JUDAH ADASHI, performing beautiful music for cello and piano. Our motto is, “ALL BEHAVIORS WELCOME!” The entire family can enjoy an afternoon together in a relaxed and welcoming setting where there is no shhh-ing! An instrumental petting zoo will follow the concert. Azure events are fun, friendly and engaging performances tailored to children and young adults who are on the autism spectrum or have similar challenges. MORE

COOL TOT TIME | Winter Wiggle Warm-Up
January 29 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
MidAtlantic Youth Ballet

“Brown bear, brown bear… what do you see?” Join us for a morning of stories and creative movement at Mid-Atlantic Youth Ballet’s Center for Dance Education! We’ll enjoy a story, craft, and LOTS OF WIGGLING inspired by Eric Carle’s famous book. Tot times are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregiver. Babies under 12 months of age are free! 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.