Lots of opportunities to get fresh air at area nature centers and parks this weekend — plus fun things happening online for families! Here’s this weekend’s round-up of fun for kids in Baltimore.

Looking for MLK Day events and opportunities? Check out our round-up. For a full list of events happening on Monday, check out our community calendar.

Weekend Fun for Kids in Baltimore | January 15-17

VIRTUAL | LaxCon 2021
Friday, January 15 – Saturday, January 16
Times Vary

Virtually join thousands of lacrosse enthusiasts at #LaxCon2021 to hear the latest strategies, drills, rules and mechanics from industry leading coaches, officials and athletes. Join US Lacrosse to turn the challenges of 2020 into opportunities — for everyone — in 2021. Lock arms, collect the sport’s brightest minds, learn from each other and position ourselves for growth and success in the new year. MORE

VIRTUAL | 9th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
Through January 16
Hosted by The Schomburg Center

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 | One Book Baltimore: YOUth Speak!
Friday, January 15 | 10 AM  – 11:30 AM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library invites 7th and 8th graders to join them for our mid-program launch! 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

VIRTUAL | An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Friday, January 15  | 6 PM – 7 PM
Hosted by Mount Auburn Cemetery

Edgar Allan Poe rises thanks to modern technology for this special virtual event just in time for his birthday! Edgar Allan Poe rises thanks to modern technology for this special virtual event just in time for his birthday! The author himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) returns from beyond the grave to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten. Recommended for ages 13 and up. FREE! MORE

VIRTUAL | High School Juried Art Show and Artist Talk with Will Watson
Friday, January 15 | 7 PM – 8 PM
Hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join the Lewis Museum to recognize Maryland high school students who participated in the annual art show. This year’s artistic theme is inspired by the exhibition Make Good Trouble: Marching for Change currently on view at the Lewis Museum. This virtual program includes an artist talk with Will Watson, a spoken word presentation by DewMore Baltimore, and a conversation with the student artists. In partnership with the Maryland State Education Association. MORE

Campfire Fun
Saturday, January 16 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Irvine Nature Center

Do you like just hanging around the campfire and enjoying the warm glow? Ever take a winter hike and wish you had a cozy fire at the end? Come and join Irvine Nature Center around the campfire; you’ll warm back up and even make a delicious campfire snack. Advanced registration required. Timed entry. MORE

Be the Light – Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 16 from 10 AM – 3 PM | Sunday, January 17 from 11 AM – 4 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during our “Be the Light” event! Experience the strength of celebrating differences and stories in our community, take part in interactive programs and virtual performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the positive impact that their dreams and creativity can have on the world around them, inspired by Dr. King’s message! Don’t miss the Keep Playing Baltimore! Mural (where kids can paint on the walls!) or Diane Macklin’s storytelling performance on the Discovery Stage on Sunday! MORE

VIRTUAL | TCG & DAB Adventures
Saturday, January 16 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

CG & DAB Adventures are wildly entertaining music, dance, comedy, and play for all ages. Comic storytelling and interactive conversations are the creative tools used to educate youth and family about safety, conflict resolution, health and nutrition. The TCG Puppets troupe along with CJay and the FazaFam band sing and dance to original song that highlight character traits like Patience, Gratitude, and Teamwork. You will love these laugh out loud adventures! Register via Zoom to receive login details. MORE

VIRTUAL | MLK Days 2021: A Virtual Community Event!
Saturday, January 16 | Sunday, January 17 | Monday, January 18 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by Annemarie Garden

Join Annemarie Garden for their annual event that brings the community together for uplifting creativity and inspiration. Each year, they invite a different artist to develop and lead a meaningful project inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year, due to the pandemic, the event is going virtual! Pick up supplies at their front desk (or gather them from home) and join virtual resident artist, Esther Iverem on Zoom to design a flag to honor Dr. King’s dreams, values, and legacy. Appropriate for all ages! Choose from one of three FREE sessions! Quick registration required to join one of the Zoom gatherings. MORE

Foodways 1790
Saturday, January 16 | 12 PM – 3 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

What sorts of foods would Banneker have had access to? Join Foodways Historians as they prepare a meal in the outdoor earth oven. No registration necessary; drop-ins are welcome. MORE

“That’s Wild!” Fishy Tales
Saturday, January 16| 1:00 PM – 2 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center every Saturday and Sunday in January as their naturalists present 10 Wild Programs. Designed for adults and children ages 4+. $3 per person ($1 for ORNCC members). Advance registration required. MORE

MLK Day of Service with Jewish Volunteer Connection
Sunday, January 17 and Monday, January 18 | All Day
Hosted by 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

Winter Wildlife at Irvine Nature Center
Sunday, January 17 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine Nature Center for this 3 part-series where we dive into the world of mammals. See different mammal skulls, look for tracks on the Irvine’s trails, and make your own track story. You’ll even get to meet an Irvine Animal Ambassador! $30 per child for all 3 sessions (Ages 5-8 & 9-12). MORE

VIRTUAL | Mitzvah Morning in Honor Of MLK DAY!
Sunday, January 17 | 11:15 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by PJ Library, Har Sinai – Oheb Shalom and Jewish Volunteer Connection

An event for kids ages 3-8!  Listen to a story, learn about the mitzvah of honoring the elderly, create a puzzle for seniors, and get to know new friends! $5/family — all supplies included. This event is part of JVC’s MLK Day of Service. MORE

Feast for our Feathered Friends
Sunday, January 17 | 1PM – 2 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

All Ages. Join a Naturalist as Cromwell Valley Park as they make edible winter treats for our feathered friends. $2 members /$4 non-members. Both adults and children must register. MORE


Take a Drive…

FestivICE presented by York Traditions Bank
January 15 – January 19, 2020
Downtown York
All Weekend Long

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