From WIZ action to SkateFest to bluegrass for kids, there are lots of awesome things for kids happening this weekend! Check out our list of Baltimore family fun!

We still have a few spaces in Friday Night’s Pop-Up Art Play Date at Social Studio! The event is designed for kids ages 5-12. Be sure to register in advance.

Where to Play! Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, January 10-12

The Wiz
January 10 – 12 | Times Vary
ArtsCentric

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

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

Family Art Night | Pop-Up Play Date

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

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

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. MORE

Drop-In Art | Traditions and Celebrations
January 11 and 12 | 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

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

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

FREE Family Second Sunday
January 12 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Maryland Historical Society

Visit the Maryland Historical Society every second Sunday for FREE! On January 12 and February 9, join Quilter Mimi Dietrich to learn more about her exhibition, “Hometown Girl” from 1-3 p.m. MORE

Baltimore County

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

Creative Clay: Snowman
January 10 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Creating with clay is both relaxing and rewarding. Projects are geared to all ages and levels of experience. The FIRST date listed you will create the project (January 10)- and on the SECOND date (January 24), you’ll add color. Roll up our sleeves and get your hands dirty! This month, make a clay snowman- Create a frosty friend that never melts. $10. Please RSVP by emailing RMWeber@baltimorecountymd.gov with your name and phone number. Subject line: Creative Clay. MORE

Toddler time w/ Special Guest at Sky Zone
January 11 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am
SkyZone – Timonium

Tell the kids to keep their PJs ON and join SkyZone for a very special Toddler Time as their favorite SUPERHEROES fill the park with action and adventure during a time dedicated for little ones from walking to age 5! The kids love to jump at the park and will enjoy their amazing attractions, along with meeting their favorite characters, in addition to special activities at the park. Parents are welcome to jump with children. Doors open at 8:30. Guests may arrive ANY TIME between 8:30 and 10AM to meet the characters!! Sky Socks available at extra cost. MORE

Repticon Baltimore
January 11 and 12 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maryland State Fairgrounds

Repticon Baltimore is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free. MORE

Wintertime Natural Ornaments
January 11 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Willow Grove Nature Center at Cromwell Valley Park

The holidays are over and the tree is down; but you can still make some wintertime decorations and use nature’s art supplies. Ages 8+. Adults and children must register for this event. $2-$4. MORE

Summer in the Snow
January 12 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Join the JCC’s camp and early childhood staff for a magical morning and see what’s in store for Noah’s Ark and Camp Ami 2020! Explore the wonders of camp at their magic themed event. Enjoy a FREE morning full of fun and age appropriate activities including face painting, crafts, exciting games and more! Ages 3 months to 5 months. 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

BSO Music Box Series: Snowflake on a Parade
January 12 | 10:00 am – 10:30 am and 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

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. Come early and enjoy fun pre-show activities! All children 6 months and up require tickets. MORE

On the Hampton Plantation
January 12 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Hampton National Historic Site

Dressed in Antebellum period attire, Park Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors around the grounds of Hampton and give voice to the enslaved African Americans and European indentured servants who made the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible. Participants will have the opportunity to experience first hand, replicas of items used on the plantation during the 1800s. Admission and parking are free on a first come, first serve basis. ADA accessible. Reservations are not required and will not be taken. MORE

Harford County

20th Annual John Carroll School Pow Wow
January 11 | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
The John Carroll School

Celebrate American Indian Culture during the John Carroll School’s 20th Annual Powwow. Enjoy singing, dancing, flut circle, quality Native American crafts, jewelry, and more. MORE

North Park “Frostbite” Trail Walk
January 11 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Lock House Museum

Guided nature/history walk free to the public. An easy walk of 1.5 miles in 90 minutes. All ages, rain or shine, sturdy footwear recommended. Meet at the Lock House.  For more information 410-939-5780 or 4005. MORE

Block Party!
January 11 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Harford County Public Library – Bel Air Branch

Put on your engineering hat and build with LEGO®, Duplo®, wooden blocks, and more! 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

Rustic Winter Bird Feeders
January 12 | 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Not all birds migrate – some tough out the winter here in Maryland! Make a log bird feeder to take home to your backyard birds and help them survive the season of scarce resources. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Howard County

Breakfast with Anna and Elsa
January 11 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Join UNO on Saturday January 11th for Breakfast with Elsa and Ana. Reservation will include meet and greet with the princesses, a picture, goodie bag, and breakfast buffet. MORE

Story Time: The Mitten
January 11 | 9:30 am – 10:30 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. Cost is $17+tax pp. MORE

Saturday Puppet Theater | Penguins Don’t Live in Maryland
January 11 | 10:00 am – 10:30 am and 11:00 am – 11:30 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.” $5 per person. Click here for tickets to register and secure your spots. Or, call 410-313-0400 to purchase tickets over the phone. If still available, tickets will be sold at the front desk on the day of the program. MORE

Family Yoga
January 12 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Haven on the Lake

Children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. These stressful influences can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better. Yoga helps counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a noncompetitive physical activity. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children. Come enjoy the healing practice of yoga with your children! Children must be between the ages of 4 and 12 to participate in this event. Register in advance. MORE

Anne Arundel County

Kids Night Out- Abominable (Pottery Painting)
January 10 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Clay Bakers

Drop off your child for Kids Night Out this winter with this pottery painting night! They will watch Abominable and paint a holiday pottery piece, and chow down on some PIZZA! Ages 6+. MORE

Kids Club Day at Navy Wrestling
January 10 | 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
US Naval Academy

Navy Wrestling will host Kidshipmen Day at their dual against Bucknell on Friday, January 10th at 7:30 PM. This is also Superhero Day at Navy Wrestling – come wearing your favorite superhero costume, take photos with a special superhero guest from 7:00-8:00 PM, and the first 100 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive Superhero Navy Wrestling t-shirt! To receive your free Kidshipmen tickets and discounted tickets for parents, contact Kristin Toler at (410) 293-8743 or toler@usna.edu, or use promo code “KIDSHIPMEN” online at navysports.com. MORE

Free Soccer Session For Children Ages 2-5
January 11 | 9:00 am – 10:10 am
St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

Wondering what Soccer Shots is all about ? Join them for a FREE Soccer Shots session and help their Soccer Shots team train the newest members of their team. Their 30-minute session will include a warm-up, exclusive Soccer Shots games, introduction to a new soccer skill, and FUN! MORE

Jug Bay Tour
January 11 | 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary

Join a Jug Bay Naturalist for a free guided tour of the wetland boardwalk to discover the wonderful and unique plants and animals found here at the Sanctuary! Tour is approximately 45 minutes in length and $6 vehicle entrance fee to the park is required. There is no participant limit and no registration is required. Meet inside the McCann Wetlands Center (visitor center) promptly at 1pm. MORE

Story Time | Old Eastern, Out of Water Experience and Ainsley McGray
January 11 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Chesapeake Arts Center

Every song has a story. Regional Rock Bands play Full Band Acoustic or Electric with Strings & Piano. Limited seating available. ALL AGES. This is a one of a kind event. Please plan to be respectful and stay until 11pm. You’ll be glad you did. Happy Hour & Seating from 7-8pm. 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.