MLK Celebrations, foodie fun, Ice Festivals, and MORE! There is a ton of kid-friendly fun happening in and around Charm City this weekend! Check out this weekend’s round-up of Baltimore family fun.

Are you a (cool) progeny member? Join us for our first MEMBER NIGHT at ClimbZone White Marsh on Friday from 6 Pm – 8 PM! It’s just $5/climber — but space is limited and you must register in advance.

Looking for ways to keep the kiddos busy on Monday? We’ve got a round-up of MLK Celebrations here.

As always, with the potential dicey weather this weekend, please be sure to check with the location or event host to make sure there haven’t been any cancellations.

Where to Play! Baltimore Family Fun This Weekend, January 17-19

Baltimore City

$2 Family Fun Night presented by Maryland 529
January 17 | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Explore Port Discovery’s BIG new exhibits, The SkyClimber and The Port, and three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits for just $2 per person! Join us for $2 Family Fun Night presented by Maryland 529 on Friday, January 17th from 4-8PM. This is a great chance to explore the Museum’s two newest exhibits, The SkyClimber and The Port, and updated guest amenities! Tickets for this event must be purchased in person at the event. MORE

Sherlock Gnomes Movie Night
January 17 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Amazing Glaze – Mt. Washington

Drop the kid’s off for movie night! We’ll be watching Sherlock Gnomes and painting an adorable gnome cookie jar. Only $40 per child and dinner is included! MORE

Druid Hill Park Bird Watching Walk
January 18 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Druid Hill Park

Join Audubon and the Maryland Zoo for a free guided bird watching walk for all ages! No registration is required, just arrive ready to explore. We have binoculars to lend you – please request them in advance via email at [email protected] MORE

Parent and Me: Dim Sum
January 18 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Baltimore Chef Shop

A class for young chefs and their parents to work together in the kitchen. We will start with basic kitchen safety and move on to a menu of steamed dumplings, vegetable spring rolls, and fortune cookies. This class introduces a wide range of Asian cooking techniques and tools to the young (and not so young!) up-and-coming chefs. For ages 8-17 plus an adult. Registration is $97 for two: one adult (18+) and one minor (ages 8-17). MORE

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

Join Port Discovery Saturday, January 18 – Monday, January 20th to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during their “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! Check the Event Calendar for a daily schedule. Check website for museum hours. MORE

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

This is not your typical Rock Fest. Carrie Murray Nature Center is nviting 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

Drop-In Art | Traditions and Celebrations
January 18 and 19 | 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

Roy’s Keiki (Kids) Sushi Making Class and Luncheon
January 18 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Roy’s Restaurant

Join Roy’s as they share our passion for sushi making with your children. In this hands-on, interactive class children will learn to create a traditional Tempura Shrimp Sushi roll and how to create candy “sushi” for dessert. Adults will enjoy a three-course prix fixe lunch. Space is limited, please call today to secure your reservation. MORE

Bridge to Freedom Kids Workshop
January 18 -20 | Workshop Times Vary (Check Website)
B&O Railroad Museum

Young students of history will construct their own bridges as they learn about the role African American bridge-builders and railroad workers played in securing the Union’s victory in the Civil War. Free for B&O members and $6 for non-members plus admission. Advance registration is required, and registration closes January 16. MORE

Baltimore County


Member Night at Climb ZoneMEMBER NIGHT | (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. 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

Critters Up Close – Who, who, who wants to learn about Owls?
January 18 | 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 our 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! $3 per person (FREE for ORNCC Members). Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or [email protected] MORE

Jewish Volunteer Connection’s MLK Day of Service
January 19 & 20 | Times and Locations Vary

Join JVC and the wider community and help move forward Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community on this national day of service. Volunteers from across Baltimore will engage in hands-on volunteer projects and inspiring educational opportunities that will impact our community not just on this holiday, but year-round. Check their website to register for a volunteer project (be sure to look at age minimums). MORE

Mega Babka-Challah Bake
January 19 | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Reggio & Co

Mushka’s monthly baking club is making Babka – Challah. This event is guaranteed to be exciting and fun for children ages 4-10. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay and participate. While the dough rises, children will have fun stuffing their very own Challah at the Build-A-Challah Workshops. MORE

Harford County

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 superheroes, and more. Participants are welcome to dress as their favorite fairy tale or superhero character or every day superhero. For more information about the Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival, visit 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

The Havre de Grace Arts Collective presents: Happy Feet Two
January 18 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Head to the The Cultural Center at the Opera House for a morning of family movie fun! Enjoyactivities prior to the film at 10:30 am. Recommended for Ages 5+. Always free for kids under 13 when accompanied by an adult. MORE

Children’s Winter Wonderland Cake Pop/Cupcake Decorating Class
January 19 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 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 6 cake pops to dip and decorate. All decorating tools, supplies provided. All edible decorations/icing 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 water will be provided! MORE

Howard County

Family Bingo Night
January 17 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Hawthorn Center

Chase away the winter blues with a fun-filled evening of Bingo on Friday, January 17 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30). No fee for admission and no reservations required. Purchase bingo cards for a nominal fee (5/$1) and drinks for $1, plus enjoy our free snack bar! Between bingo games, help make Valentine’s Day cards to be delivered to local clients of Meals on Wheels – we’ll provide supplies. Have fun and make a difference at the same time! MORE

Board & Brush Parent and Child Workshop
January 18 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Board & Brush

Looking for a fun experience to share with your children? Join us for Board & Brush’s Parent & Child DIY Workshop! Select a wood project from our gallery and choose one child project from the available options. They provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create a beautiful piece for your home or for a gift. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. 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. Inclement weather date is January 26. MORE

Anne Arundel County

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

Animal Party at Chesapeake Children’s Museum
January 18 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Have a scout? This is the perfect opportunity for them to earn a badge (although siblings and non-scouts are welcome!). Meet lots of live animals while Daisies earn a 3 Cheers badge, Brownies earn a Pets badge, and Juniors earn an Animal Habitats badge. Cost is $12. One adult free for every 5 children! MORE

Kids Club Day at Navy Men’s Basketball
January 18 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
US Naval Academy

Join the Kidshipmen Club for Kidshipmen Day at Navy Men’s Basketball on Saturday, January 18th! All members are invited to high-five the team as they run out onto the court and take a group picture on the court after the game. Then stick around to Meet the Mids and have your 2019-2020 poster signed by the team! Gates open at 3:00 PM and Navy takes on Lafayette at 4:00 PM! To receive your FREE Kidshipmen ticket and discounted tickets for parents, contact Kristin Toler at (410) 293-8743 or [email protected] Tickets may also be purchased online at using promo code “KIDSHIPMENBB.” MORE

Skunk Cabbage Swamp Stomp
January 19 | 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Join volunteer Siobhan Percey who studied skunk cabbage and learned a lot about this unusual wetland inhabitant. Walk off-trail to visit this fascinating plant, in bloom, along the swamp edges. Wear boots that can get wet. Bring a small flashlight if you have one. Ages 12+. Free with $6 vehicle admission fee. Registration required: 410-741-9330 or email [email protected] 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.