Black History Month Events for Kids


Black History Month Event Round-Up

Virtual author visits, history explorations, dance celebrations, music adventures, and more — there are lots of Black History Month Events for kids happening around town and online!

We’ll keep adding as we find more. Know of an event not on our list? Submit it to our Community Calendar.

Black History Month Events for Kids

VIRTUAL | Live for Little Scientists: Let’s Celebrate Black Scientists!
February 3 | 12 PM
Hosted by The Maryland Science Center

This February the Kids Room at the Maryland Science Center is celebrating Black History Month by learning more about Black scientists! Join them on February 3 at noon for a Facebook Live event to learn about the work of scientist Valerie Thomas, the inventor of the Illusion Transmitter. Plus get a sneak peek of all the other African-American scientists little learners can explore at MSC this month. MORE

VIRTUAL | Livestream: American Girl Dolls Cécile, Addy, and Melody
February 3 | 2 PM
Hosted by Northeast Georgia History Center (NEGAHC)

Come learn about Black history through the eyes of several American Girl Doll historical characters, including Cécile Rey, Addy Walker, and Melody Ellison. This lesson will take participants on a time traveling journey from 1853-1964. MORE

VIRTUAL | Half Day Fun: Black History Month Biographies
February 3 | 4 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Find your next great read as Ms. Karen spotlights print and digital biographies for kids in upper elementary and middle school. Register via Zoom to receive login details. MORE

VIRTUAL | Family Fun Night IN! with Bomani Armah (Baba Bomani)
February 4 | 6:30 PM
Hosted by Carpe Diem Arts

Bring the whole family to enjoy a fun night IN with Carpe Diem Arts’ “Jump Start with the Arts” as they celebrate Black History Month and the GREAT orator, writer, and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass–with Bomani Armah (Baba Bomani ~ www.babagotbars.com)! Baba Bomani (a.k.a the Watermelon Man) uses hip-hop, poetry, and multi-media to bring history and ideas to life! MORE

VIRTUAL | Joyful Fridays: Make Your Own Hat
February 5 | 11 AM
Hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Make your own hat. Black creativity and culture can be expressed through hats and hair! Join us to craft hats inspired by Mae Reeves’ hats in the NMAAHC collection and talk about how people express themselves through hair styles and headwear during this webinar-style Zoom class. Designed for: Children ages 4 to 8 years Supplies: A list of supplies will be sent to all registered guests. MORE

VIRTUAL | Family Fun Night: Celebrate Black History Month with Jazz for Kids
February 5 | 7 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

​The Baltimore Jazz Alliance presents a concert introducing children to jazz mainly through jazz versions of familiar children’s songs and virtual participation through scat singing. Jazz classics also presented.​​ Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

VIRTUAL | Anti-Racism Story Time: History of Racism
February 6 | 10 AM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

​Join Baltimore County Public Library for a special Anti-Racism Story Time in honor of Black History Month. At this story time we read books, sing songs, do activities ​and learn about the history of racism in a kid-friendly way. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

“Let It Shine” Reading Corner
Saturdays in February 10 AM – 3 PM | Sundays in February 11 AM – 4 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate Black History Month by reading festive stories inside The Oasis at the Reading Corner at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. MORE

African American History Month Storytime Saturday
February 6, 13, 20, 27 | 10:30 AM
Hosted by Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and Park

Join Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum for a new story and craft each Saturday morning in February as they celebrate African-American History Month. Ages 3-7. $3/per child. Register in advance. MORE

VIRTUAL | Afrofuturist Collage
February 6 | 12 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Afrofuturism is a philosophy that reimagines the world of tomorrow. Black Futures Month, which takes place in February in conjunction with Black History Month, celebrates Black joy and “imagines a joyful, free and liberated future for Black folks” through art. (source: https://bit.ly/32k9wF1) Celebrate Black Futures Month by creating Afrofuturist collages with materials you can find around your home. Please email hml@prattlibrary.org if you need any accommodations, such as live captioning. This event is for teens (12-18). MORE

VIRTUAL | Celebrate Black History Month: Black History Live with Culture Queen
February 6 | 2 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

A virtual performance for your royal children that uses original and interactive music, movement and storytelling to teach them to celebrate their history and love themselves. The Queen’s soulful voice dances across a fusion of festive Calypso, Afrobeat, jazz and hip hop rhythms that celebrate the kings and queens of African American history. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

VIRTUAL | Freedom Seekers- Family Days Virtual Program
February 6 | 2 PM
Hosted by Hampton National Historic Site

The Northampton Ironworks, farms, dairy, stables, gardens, and Hampton House itself were all powered by the enforced labor of indentured and enslaved men, women, and children for over a hundred years. We have records and stories of freedom seeking indentured servants and enslaved persons dating from the mid-1700s through the Civil War. These freedom seekers courageously set out from Hampton, sometimes in groups, sometimes alone, with varying degrees of success. MORE

VIRTUAL | African Stories with Mama Janice the Griot
February 7 | 1 PM
Hosted by Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures

Sankofa Children’s Museum of African Cultures welcomes Black History Month by introducing a series of cultural events they are calling Sankofa Sundays @ 1 series. Every Sunday in February, join them for various exciting African adventures! The series kicks off on Sunday, February 7 at 1:00pm when Mama Janice will delight everyone with some exciting African stories suitable for children of all ages! Parents, please mark your calendar first, then share with other parents and grandparents. MORE

VIRTUAL | Introducing… Barack Obama
February 10 | 11 AM
Hosted by The National Portrait Gallery

Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week we shine a light on some of this country’s lesser-known history makers and their portraits. Join the National Portrait Gallery on YouTube every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for Introducing… with a Portrait Gallery educator. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits, and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families. MORE

VIRTUAL | Kids Writers LIVE! Kwame Alexander
February 11 | 6 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library and Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join award-winning children’s and young adult author Kwame Alexander as he discusses his books during a moderated Q&A conversation. Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. MORE

VIRTUAL | Joyful Fridays: Black Music & Imagination
February 12 | 11 AM
Hosted by the National African American History and Culture Museum

Create a sculpture of recycled materials. Daring music, movement and costumes have always been a special part of Black history and culture. Join us to create sculptures inspired by the Mothership and talk about how people use music and movement to express their feelings, ideas and beliefs during this webinar-style Zoom class. Designed for: Children ages 4 to 8 years Supplies: A list of supplies will be sent to all registered guests. MORE

VIRTUAL | Kuumba Showcase: Lift Every Voice
February 12 | 7 PM
Hosted by The Creative Alliance

Our voices are the medium through which we do most of our communicating with the outside world: our ideas, emotions, and of course, our stories. The Creative Alliance invites you join them for the Kuumba Showcase – a celebration of creativity. This year’s theme “Lift Every Voice” explores the importance of vocal expression in Black Liberation movements. Enjoy the art of storytelling in gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and rap. MORE

VIRTUAL | Anti-Racism Story Time: Important People in Black History
February 13 | 10 AM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

​Join Baltimore County Public Library for a special Anti-Racism Story Time in honor of Black History Month. At this story time we read books, sing songs, do activities ​and learn about the important people in Black history in a kid-friendly way. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

VIRTUAL | Gather Round: Stories that Unite Us with Diane Macklin
February 13 | 11 AM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Celebrate the history and communities that make up Baltimore with folk tales for the young and young at heart. Participants will also reflect on ancestors who have made a difference for many. Presented by storyteller Diane Macklin, this is a family-friendly program that welcomes participation. MORE

VIRTUAL | Lift Every Voice Virtual Book Club: Carole Boston Weatherford, Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre
February 13 | 11 AM
Hosted by The Ivy Bookshop

For Ages 8-12. The Ivy is excited to welcome celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford, whose latest book, Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, provides a powerful look at one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation’s history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa’s Greenwood district and chronicles the devastation that occurred in 1921, when a White mob attacked the Black community. This picture book sensitively introduces young readers to this tragedy and concludes with a call for a better future. MORE

VIRTUAL | Introducing… Mary Mills
February 17 | 11 AM
Hosted by the National Portrait Gallery

Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week we shine a light on some of this country’s lesser-known history makers and their portraits. Join the National Portrait Gallery on YouTube every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for Introducing… with a Portrait Gallery educator. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits, and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families. MORE

VIRTUAL | Joyful Fridays: Black Women Artists
February 19 | 11 AM
Hosted by National African American History and Culture Museum

Make a self-portrait. Black women have long used art to tell stories and express emotions and thoughts. Join us to learn about Black women artists from the NMAAHC collection and create your own Amy Sherald-inspired portrait during this webinar-style Zoom class. Designed for: Children ages 4 to 8 years Supplies: A list of supplies will be sent to all registered guests. To prepare for this project and future NMAAHC Kids programs, build an at-home creativity kit. MORE

VIRTUAL | Anti-Racism Story Time: Celebrating Black Joy
February 20 | 10 AM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

​Join Baltimore County Public Library for a special Anti-Racism Story Time in honor of Black History Month. At this story time we read books, sing songs, do activities ​and learn about celebrating Black joy in a kid-friendly way. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

VIRTUAL | Celebrate Black History Month: Jazz for Kids
February 20| 2 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

The Baltimore Jazz Alliance presents a concert introducing children to jazz mainly through jazz versions of familiar children’s songs and virtual participation through scat singing. Jazz classics also presented.​ ​Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

VIRTUAL | Children’s Author Visit: Moira Rose Donohue
February 20 | 2 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Baltimore’s Chick Webb drums up an unforgettable storytime with author Moira Rose Donohue! Join Moira for a virtual reading of her new picture book biography, Stompin’ at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums. Attendees will be transported back in time to the 1930s swing era, which is brought to life through vivid illustrations from Laura Freeman, in a story that chronicles Chick’s discovery of Ella Fitzgerald, his incredible musical talent, and his live band competition against Benny Goodman. Activity pages will also be offered! MORE

VIRTUAL | After 1864: What Happened Next-Family Days Virtual Program
February 20 | 2 PM
Hosted by Hampton National Historic Site

In 1864, the state of Maryland declared slavery illegal, and any person who had been enslaved was granted freedom. At Hampton, where over 500 men, women, and children had been enslaved over a period of more than 100 years, many enslaved men, women, and children now had to decide what would happen next. Learn about stories of newly freed people who had labored in many different ways across Hampton Plantation. MORE

VIRTUAL | Culture Queen’s Virtual Dance Party
February 21 |1:30 PM
Hosted by Culture Queen and Ramsey County Library

Join Culture Queen on an interactive journey through the Swinging 60’s as she teaches your royal children the hottest dances of the era like “The Twist”, “The Mashed Potato”, “The Bird”, “The Swim”, “The Funky Chicken and more through music and lots of movement! This energetic show will introduce young audiences to the music of Rock & Roll kings and queens like Chubby Checker, Little Eva, and Dee Dee Sharp. Don’t be tardy for the party! MORE

VIRTUAL | Introducing… Stokely Carmichael and Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
February 24 | 11 AM
Hosted by The National Portrait Gallery

Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week we shine a light on some of this country’s lesser-known history makers and their portraits. Join the National Portrait Gallery on YouTube every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for Introducing… with a Portrait Gallery educator. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits, and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families. MORE

From Slavery to Civil Rights Tour: Kids Tour
February 24 | 1 PM
B&O Railroad Museum

The B & O Railroad Museum is honoring African American History Month with our “From Slavery to Civil Rights” tour. Discover the rich and enduring legacy of African American railroaders, from the dark days of slavery and the Civil War, through segregation, and into the Civil Rights movement. The kid-friendly version of their “From Slavery to Civil Rights” tour is designed to engage kids’ in their understanding of the history of African Americans on the railroad, and includes an activity to reflect on what they have learned. MORE

VIRTUAL | Author Study: Kelly Starling Lyons
February 24 | 4 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Celebrate Black History Month with a virtual reading featuring books by notable author Kelly Starling Lyons! In this program that is perfect for families, participants will listen to stories written by Ms. Lyons, discuss these stories and their cultural context, and vote for their favorite title. MORE

VIRTUAL | Storytime Science for Kids Online: The Color Episode
February 24 | 4 PM
Hosted by The Exploratorium

Join The Exploratorium for Storytime Science—a storybook read-aloud, followed by a simple activity geared toward young children. This February, the Exploratorium’s own Vivian Altmann reads Black is a Rainbow Color, written by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Online Event: Join via Facebook or YouTube. Color can be more than paint on a piece of paper. Sometimes color has special meaning. It can describe an emotion, a culture, a history, a connection to family, a way to see ourselves. MORE

VIRTUAL | The Life of Harriet Tubman
February 25 | 12 PM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

To celebrate Black History Month, reenactor Gina Lee will share the story of Harriet Tubman’s life, her Underground Railroad experience, her achievements and conclude with her death & final resting place. Ms. Lee has performed with Arena Players, Inc. and portrayed Harriet Tubman in Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee. MORE

VIRTUAL | Mr. Imagination: Virtual Movie Night & Art Workshop
February 25 | 7 PM
Hosted by The American Visionary Art Museum

In honor of Black History Month, join AVAM for a virtual film screening and art workshop demonstration inspired by visionary artist Gregory Warmack, aka “Mr. Imagination” on February 25, 7pm ET. They’ll screen the short documentary “Sculpting History: Mr. Imagination’s Sanford Memory Wall at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art,” and then demonstrate AVAM’s art project, the “Imagination Portrait,” inspired by Mr. Imagination. Want to make along with them? Purchase your Imagination Portrait kit at AVAMshop.com. MORE

VIRTUAL | Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering
February 25 | 8 PM
Hosted by Chicago Children’s Choir

Black History Month Virtual Concert: Preserving and Persevering explores how the power of Black music has been the cultural key in both preserving African traditions in America and in helping millions persevere in the face of racial injustice. The dynamic virtual educational program features powerful performances by Chicago Children’s Choir singers and GRAMMY Award-winning guest artists Lisa Fischer and Ranky Tanky following a behind-the-scenes pre-show of the educational experience leading up to the virtual event. MORE

VIRTUAL | Joyful Fridays: Activist Art
February 26 | 11 AM – 11:45 AM
Hosted by National African American History and Culture Museum

Create a protest word painting. There are many ways to speak up and stand up for what you believe in! Learn about the many ways African Americans have used art to fight for justice and create your own art to show what’s important to you during this webinar-style Zoom class. Designed for: Children ages 4 to 8 years Supplies: A list of supplies will be sent to all registered guests. MORE

VIRTUAL | Anti-Racism Story Time: Use Your Voice and Black Lives Matter
February 27 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

​Join Baltimore County Public Library for a special Anti-Racism Story Time in honor of Black History Month. At this story time we read books, sing songs, do activities ​and learn about how to use your voice and the Black Lives Matter movement in a kid-friendly way. Registration closes one hour before the start of the program. A valid email address is needed at registration to send a Zoom link to the program 30 minutes before scheduled start. MORE

 

DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers… even before the times of COVID). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates, COVID policies, and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew or gather around the laptop to log on.

 

Image Credit: Images in the lead graphic courtesy of Culture Queen’s Facebook Page, AVAM’s Facebook Page, and the National Portrait Gallery.

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