Looking for ways to keep the kids busy this week? Here are a few ideas… check out our #WeekAheadPlanner! Need more ideas? Our Community Calendar is full of them!

The Week Ahead: January 11 – January 15


Submit a Shoebox Float to the Baltimore Rec and Parks Shoebox Parade

Shoebox parades are big celebrations on a small scale! Residents from across Baltimore are submitting handmade mini floats to capture the spirit of Baltimore and Black History in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021. The Shoebox Parade will premier LIVE on the Baltimore Rec ‘n Parks Facebook Page at 12 noon on January 18.  Want to submit a mini-float? Submissions are due January 11, 2021. MORE

Take Part in the #MyFlatRanger Project

Your kids can now color and cut out their very own Park Ranger to join them on adventures in their backyard and exploring nearby nature! Have your child think about some of the jobs a Park Ranger does and then take their “Flat Ranger” to help them with those. You can then post pictures of your kids and their  “Flat Ranger” on social media using the hashtag #MyMDRanger. MORE

Head to the Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo has announced their winter hours… Friday-Monday, 10 AM – 4 PM. Admission during January and February is just $15/person. Curious about what animals you’ll see when the temps are colder? Check out this list… MORE


Sign-Up for an MLK Day of Service Project with Jewish Volunteer Connection

Join JVC as they move forward Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community on January 17 and 18. Volunteers can engage virtually in provocative learning experiences and a variety of service projects from home, as well as meaningful and physically distanced volunteer projects in the community. Volunteer opportunities that meet vital community needs are available for all ages, abilities, schedules, and comfort level. Participants will have three different ways in which to engage over the course of the two days: 

  • SERVICE “TO GO”: Volunteer Projects To Do From Home
  • ON-SITE SERVICE: Volunteering Throughout the Community
  • VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES: Online Social Justice Learning and Service Project Gathering

Many projects require advance registration — so take a look and register! Then start planning for next week… MORE


Virtual Tot Time | Birdie Bash

Join Us for Virtual Tot Time: Birdie Bash!

Tweet tweet! Join us for a morning of chirping fun from 10 AM – 11 AM via Zoom. We’ll be reading Ten on a Twig, visiting with some fluttery new friends from Irvine Nature Center, and making a cute yarn-wrapped bird. It’s FREE to join us! Don’t forget to download the Craft Instructions/Materials List in advance so that you’re ready to craft with us or order a $5 Yarn Wrapped Bird Craft Kit and we’ll mail all of the materials to you! MORE

Connect With the Maryland Zoo for their first FREE Virtual Field Talk

Experience life on the front lines of wildlife conservation with the Maryland Zoo’s new FREE Virtual Field Talk series! Join them for our first talk where you will “travel” to South Africa to learn from Dr. Lucy Kemp about the work of the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project and conserving an African icon.  MORE

Take a Road Trip to FestiveICE in Downtown York

Head to Downtown York through Martin Luther King weekend for fun times and frozen art at FestivICE, York’s fastest growing family tradition! In an effort to continue to provide COVID-safe, FREE family fun, York Traditions Bank and York Revolution will be expanding to include more sculptures covering a larger area to the rail trail from Philadelphia St to King St. MORE

Check Out the 9th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Comic book fans of all ages — get ready for the ninth annual Schomburg Black Comic Book Festival, the virtual edition! The Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comics featuring panel discussions, a cosplay show, and more. Virtual events begin on Wednesday and continue through January 16. MORE


Take an Artful Movement Class with the Smithsonian Asian Art Museum

Get ready to flex, bend, and strike a pose! During this live online learning webinar , young yogis will combine breath, stillness, and movement exercises to recreate a work of art, explore the senses, and discover mind-body connections. This mindfulness session starts at 4:30 PM and is led by a yoga instructor from Create Calm.   Each session is open to families, care providers, students, and teachers of all abilities.   MORE

Enjoy a FREE Virtual Concert with Dan and Claudia Zanes

Dan and Claudia Zanes join the World Music Institute for an At Home conversation with their friend and fellow children’s performer Sonia De Los Santos. Dan and Claudia will chat about their new all ages music series for WMI called “Dan and Claudia Go Global!” Gather the family and bring your questions for a Q&A with the artists. Reserve your FREE spot in advance! MORE


Tune Into One Book Baltimore: YOUth Speak

Enoch Pratt Free Library invites 7th and 8th graders  to join them for their mid-program launch at 10 AM! Authors D. Watkins, Jason Reynolds (National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature) and Nic Stone will be in conversation with  Wes Moore about the importance of young voices! This event will be livestreamed to the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Facebook page. MORE

A look ahead to the weekend…

It’s a three-day weekend for many families and there are many ways to commemorate Martin Luther King Day. We’ll be sharing a round-up of events happening around town and virtually. Stay tuned!



Photo courtesy of The Maryland Zoo’s Facebook Page.