Skate at the Color Burst Ice Rink, party with the B&O during their birthday celebration, support a local restaurant during Maryland Vegan Week, learn new moves during WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes karate edition, and more! Here’s what’s happening for families around town and online this weekend…

Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore | February 26 – 28

Celebrate Maryland Vegan Week!
Through February 28th
Participating Restaurants Vary

The mission of Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week is to bridge the gap by increasing the awareness, benefits and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative and community-based experience. Try a meal from on the amazing local restaurants participating in MD Vegan Week! Want to help your kids understand what vegan week is? Check out our article with TastewiseKids! MORE

Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather District
Friday, February 26 – Sunday, February 28
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

LAST WEEKEND TO SKATE! The Color Burst Ice Rink at Merriweather District is open for one more weekend! They’re excited to bring joy to Downtown Columbia this winter with a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience for the entire family. The rink welcomes you with beautiful lights – the perfect place for family outings. MORE

VIRTUAL | Joyful Fridays: Activist Art
Friday, February 26 | 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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 | Cultural Traditions Storytime: Lunar New Year
Friday, February 26 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by The Walters Art Museum and Enoch Pratt Free Library

Join the Walters Art Museum and the Enoch Pratt Free Library for two special editions of storytime. At each program, They’ll read about a different cultural celebration of Lunar New Year and create a paper lantern or a paper ox, in honor of the year of the ox. Each art making activity is inspired by objects in the Walters collection. MORE

VIRTUAL | Saturday Morning Tunes TV Ep. 6: Karate
Saturday, February 27 | 7 AM
Hosted by WTMD

If your kids are the active type who like to rough house, or the shy type who could use some self defense skills, WTMD’s latest episode of Saturday Morning Tunes TV, presented by Race Pace Bicycles, has you covered. Premiering at 7 a.m. Saturday Feb. 27, the Karate edition of Saturday Morning Tunes TV takes you into Kells Karate Academy in Towson, where you’ll learn some basic karate moves from sensei Karen Kells. Boards will be broken! MORE

VIRTUAL | Anti-Racism Story Time: Use Your Voice and Black Lives Matter
Saturday, 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

VIRTUAL | Grandma’s Place
Saturday, February 27 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Hosted by Silly Goose and Val

All grandparents, parents and children are invited to laugh, sing , and dance-along with Silly Goose & ventriloquist Val at Grandma’s Place. Via Facebook Live. MORE

Free Family Art Workshop: Seed Bombs
Saturday, February 27 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Chesapeake Arts Center

Chesapeake Arts Center’s popular Free Family MakerSpace Workshops are back with even more opportunities to get creative as a family! These workshops are held indoors in their STEAM Lab on the third floor of the main building. All ages are welcome, but caregivers must be present. Pre-registration through the CAC website is required and space is limited. Registration opens approximately 4 weeks prior to each workshop. Participants must wear masks, practice social-distancing and follow our C.A.R.E.S. safety protocol. MORE

Campfire Fun!
Saturday, February 27 | 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? Join Irvine Nature Center around the campfire; you’ll warm back up and even make a delicious campfire snack. Advance registration required. Timed entry. MORE

VIRTUAL | Dinosaur Mysteries Virtual Tour
Saturday, February 27 | 10 AM – 11 AM
Hosted by The Maryland Science Center

Learn about all things dinosaur! Take a virtual tour of the Dinosaur Mysteries exhibit, led by the Maryland Science Center’s very own paleontologist! Then discover how fossils are found, and what fossils can tell us about dinosaur life cycles, diet, behavior, and the ecosystems in which they lived. If you would like to, after the tour, there will be an opportunity for you to do two hands-on activities in your own home to further explore paleontology! MORE

VIRTUAL | How to Code a Sandcastle with author Josh Funk
Saturday, February 27 | 10 AM – 11 AM
Hosted by Aesop’s Fable

Join Aesop’s Fable *virtually* on Saturday, February 27 at 10am for a special Aesop’s Storytime with local author Josh Funk as he reads from How to Code a Sandcastle. FREE and open to the community. This discussion will be virtual. Registrants will be emailed a Zoom meeting invitation prior to the event. MORE

Lil’ Stars Astronomy Program
Saturday, February 27 | 10 AM – 10:30 AM
Robinson Nature Center

Let your little one discover outer space through views of the stars and planets, stories, crafts and hands-on activities. Each month Robinson Nature Center focuses on a different theme – from the colors of stars, to the stories behind a constellation, to the seasonal changes in the sky. All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Portions of this program may be held outside of the dome. 3-8yrs $4 per ticket w/ admission or annual pass. MORE

The B&O’s Big Birthday Bash!
Saturday, February 27 | 10 AM – 4 PM
B&O Railroad Museum

It’s the 194th birthday of the B&O Railroad, and you’re invited to the party! Join them for family-friendly festivities all day long as they celebrate the legacy of the B&O and the wonder of American railroading. First little engineers can enjoy an interactive STEAM Streamlining Workshop, using paper airplanes to represent early locomotive designs and explore why some models are faster than others. Then, take a 12:30 PM train ride along the nation’s first mile of commercial railroad! After the train ride, get ready for our birthday balloon drop, in which you have the chance to win special prizes including Day Out With Thomas tickets, Museum passes, and more! Once the balloons have dropped, you’ll receive refreshments and a goodie bag to take home, and have the opportunity on-site at the Museum to purchase your tickets for this year’s Day Out With Thomas! And finally, don’t miss B&O No. 51 tour at 2:30 PM to learn about the challenges and triumphs the team at the B&O Railroad Museum faced in restoring the first ever streamlined diesel-electric locomotive! All offerings except train ride are included with regular Museum admission. Train ride tickets may be purchased on-site. MORE

VIRTUAL | Art of Storytelling: Kevin Noble Maillard (Mekusukey Band of the Seminole Nation)
Saturday, February 27 | 11 AM – 11:45 AM
Hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian

Kevin Noble Maillard is originally from Oklahoma. A professor and journalist who regularly contributes to the New York Times, Maillard reads his award-winning debut book for youth, “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story,” and demonstrates his cooking skills by making some fry bread. Watch this program on YouTube: @SmithsonianNMAI. Native American storytellers use the oral tradition to teach life lessons, tribal histories, and the nuance of languages. Such stories are an essential tool in passing knowledge from one generation to the next. MORE

Discovery Stage Series

VIRTUAL | Discovery Stage Series featuring SOLE Defined
Saturday, February 27 | 1 PM
Hosted by Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum for an exclusive and festive performance featuring an award-winning show that takes an exciting twist on theater dance! SOLE Defined combines tap dance, tapping on roller skates and more to create a conversation through music and movement. Enjoy free, kid-friendly theater programs right at home during the Discovery Stage Series happening virtually through Port Discovery Children’s Museum! MORE

VIRTUAL | The Winter-Wonderland Music, Bubble and Comedy Show
Saturday, February 27 | 2 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

A snowy “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through winter songs, movement activities, big giant bubbles, children’s stories and interactive music technology. The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the autism spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time.​ Presented by Turtle Dance Music. 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

Brrr! It’s Cold Outside
Sunday, February 28 | 10 AM – 12 PM or 1 PM – 3 PM
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Brrr! It’s Cold Outside Sunday, February 28; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 3 p.m. How do animals stay warm in winter? Adaptations! Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center on a winter hike as they explore hibernation, torpor and the cold weather adaptations of the animals that call Oregon Ridge Park their home. Adults and children 5+ $4 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members) Register via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

Black History Month: Forgotten Contributions to Farming
Sunday, February 28 | 1 PM – 3 PM
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Explore the role of African Americans to farming from the Almanacs of Benjamin Banneker to George Washington Carver. Carver is known for his work on peanuts but his contribution to sustainable agriculture is equally important. Learn how you can use his work to improve the fertility of your vegetable garden. Then plant some seeds in a ‘mini greenhouse’ to take home and start growing! Adults & children 10 & older. $5/Family. MORE

 

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