MLK Day celebrations, owl prowls, appearances by those famous snowy sisters, shadow puppets, art classes, and more! Here are our favorite family events in and around Baltimore this weekend.

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Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore, January 14-16

All Weekend

MLK WEEKEND: DOERS AND DREAMERS
January 15 – 17 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Get inspired by incredible Doers and Dreamers throughout history during MLK weekend. Use speech bubbles to explore the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. Listen to tales of unlikely heroes that defy the impossible. Read stories of innovators, activists and pioneers. Learn about the history of African Americans in baseball with the Baltimore Negro Baseball League. Port Discovery will be open on Monday, January 17th. MORE

DROP-IN ART MAKING: MINDFULNESS
January 15 – 16 | 10 AM – 5 PM
The Walters Art Museum

The Walters’ free art-making activities return for weekend family fun! Inspired by our collection, you can create your masterpiece at the museum or take a supply kit home. MORE

CORDUROY AT IMAGINATION STAGE (AGES 3-9)
January 15 and 16 | Times Vary
Imagination Stage

We all need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can convince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worthy of going to a real home. After the store has closed, he goes on a hilariously destructive search–with the Night Watchman in comical pursuit. Sensory-Friendly performance: January 16 at 11:00 a.m. Socially Distanced performance: January 15 at 1:30 p.m. MORE

MLK DAYS POSTER PARTY AT ANNEMARIE SCULPTURE GARDENS
January 15 – 17 | Times Vary
Annemarie Sculpture Gardens

Join Annemarie Sculpture Gardens for an uplifting community art event and exhibit inspired by the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr! Join visiting artist,&nbsp;<strong>Sarah Matthews</strong>, and learn how to create your own stamps to design and print uplifting posters to hang in your community. Make two posters: one to leave here and one to hang in your favorite gathering spot.&nbsp; This project is inspired by Dr. King’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” FREE! Register in advance. Times vary. MORE

THAT’S WILD AT OREGON RIDGE NATURE CENTER
January 15 and 16 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center every Saturday and Sunday in January from 1 – 2 p.m. as their Naturalists present 8 Wild Programs! Register online in advance (use the individual links for each program). All ages! $3 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members) MORE

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WEEKEND: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM
January 16 – 17 | Times Vary
The B&O Railroad Museum

In celebration of the Museum’s designation as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site, and in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the B&O is hosting special programming exploring the concept of freedom on Sun, Jan. 16, and MLK Day, Mon, Jan 17. Programs include their From Slavery to Civil Rights tour, kid-focused educational activities, a presentation on the history of the B&O and the Underground Railroad, and choir recitals & youth readings from Baltimore’s historic Union Baptist Church. See full schedule of events for both days of the MLK celebration on their website. MORE

JEWISH VOLUNTEER CONNECTION’S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAYS OF SERVICE
January 16 and 17 | Times & Locations Vary
Hosted by Jewish Volunteer Connection

Join JVC in a National Day of Service that transforms Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action and learning for volunteers of all ages. Make MLK Day a day “on”, not a day “off.” Register today at jvcbaltimore.org/mlkday. MORE

Friday, January 14

LEARN TO BE A FROZEN PRINCESS WITH ELSA AND OLAF
January 14 | 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm
The Wiggle Room

Head to The Wiggle Room to enjoy an immersive princess experience with Elsa and Olaf! Come dressed as your favorite princess and meet a real-life Elsa and Olaf! Be completely surrounded by the magic of being a real-life princess! Your little ones will NEVER forget it. MORE

OWL PROWL
January 14 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Eden Mill Nature Center

Join Eden Mill Nature Center after dark to search the woods of Eden Mill for some of Maryland’s native owls and wildlife! Register in advance. MORE

OWL PROWL AND CAMPFIRE
January 14 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Marshy Point Nature Center

Meet Marshy Point’s resident owls and learn about nocturnal hunters’ adaptations. After the hike, enjoy s’mores by the campfire. Register in advance. MORE

WOLF MOON HIKE (AGES 5+)
January 14 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Lake Roland

Tradition and folklore dub January’s full moon the “Wolf Moon.” Join a ranger for a night hike in the moonlight. Register in advance. MORE

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT HIKE
January 14 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cromwell Valley Park

From Owls to Opossums, learn about our amazing nocturnal animals and their adaptations they possess to roam the nighttime landscape. Register in advance. MORE

HOWL AT THE MOON
January 14 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Did you know that the moon is more than a picturesque orb in the night sky? It influences life on our planet in many ways. Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center for a night of lunar viewing, some story telling around the campfire and a howl or two at the coming wolf moon. Adults and children ages 6+. Register in advance. MORE

FULL WOLF MOON HIKE AND CAMPFIRE AT BANNEKER PARK (AGES 6+)
January 14 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Saturday, January 15

FEEDING TIME WITH LIVE ANIMALS AT CARRIE MURRAY NATURE CENTER
January 15 | 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Carrie Murray Nature Center

Want to learn more about our animals? Join Carrie Murray Nature Center each Saturday for animal feeding time and watch our animal ambassadors gobble up their tasty meals! Registration is required. MORE

SATURDAY TODDLER ART PLAYGROUP
January 15 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Purple Bicycle

Drop-in art playgroup at The Purple Bicycle! Designed for ages 0-5. Register to reserve a spot. 10% Sibling & Multi-class Discount. Siblings under 1 year old are free alongside a paying child. MORE

NATURE DISCOVERY TOTS: SNOW
January 15 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Explore the Nature Discovery Area with a Naturalist! This month, explore the theme of snow. FREE! MORE

FREE FAMILY WORKSHOP: STAMP MAKING
January 15 | 10:30 am – 12:00 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! Register for a time slot in advance. FREE! MORE

WINTER SCENE SHADOW BOXES AT THE PURPLE BICYCLE
January 15 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Purple Bicycle

Make winter scene shadow boxes at The Purple Bicycle. Designed for ages 5-11. MORE

KIDS PAINTING WORKSHOP: SNOW PEOPLE (AGES 6-12)
January 15 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Chesapeake Arts Center

Enjoy Chesapeake Arts Center’s new weekly painting class for kids! Students will be guided in fun, themed painting project on paper or canvas. MORE

KERPLUNK! SATURDAY FAMILY DROP-IN ART CLASS
January 15 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Creative Alliance

Kerplunk! Family Art Drop-in class is great for younger kids and families! Come join us in the Creative Alliance Marquee Lounge to create some art projects based on current exhibitions and fun crafts! MORE

OPEN NATURE CABIN AT HOLT PARK
January 15 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Visit Holt’s historic Nature Cabin to see our live animals on exhibit, and enjoy a nature craft. No pre-registration is required for these drop-in times, but please remember to wear a face mask, and limit ten guests inside the cabin at a time. MORE

EXPLORING ARENDELLE AT SNAPOLOGY
January 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snapology Discovery Center

Do you want to build a snowman with Elsa and Anna?! Design your own Ice Castle, create your own snowman, like Olaf, and love is an open door is only a snowflake away. Have a blast as you create your own kingdom of Arrendale using LEGO® bricks. For the first time in forever you will be building with LEGO® bricks and Frozen all in one world! Students will make and take a LEGO Snowman. This is a drop-off class. Please wear mask and socks to class.** Ages 5-14. MORE

FAMILY CLASS AT PAINTING WITH A TWIST: JACK FROST
January 15 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Painting with a Twist – Lutherville

All guests must be registered for class prior to arrival to guarantee your registration and any special seating requests. MORE

WEEKEND ART ACTIVITIES AT SOCIAL STUDIO (AGES 5-8)
January 15 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Social Studio

Art making for ages 5-8! Each week there will be a different weekend art activity in the studio. Come to one or sign up for them all! Classes are small and we will use a range of materials for drawing, painting, fiber arts, and building. MORE

VIRTUAL | HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. KING WITH CULTURE QUEEN
January 15 | 2 PM – 3 PM
Hosted by Baltimore County Public Library

Teaching artist Culture Queen hosts the “Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!,” a family-friendly party celebrating his life and legacy with a fun and interactive civil rights-themed show and hands-on crafts. Your royal children also celebrate the legacies of the kings and queens of social justice. 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

ELSA & FRIENDS LIVE
January 15 | 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

The Havre de Grace Arts Collective presents Elsa & Friends Live! Sponsored by the Havre de Grace Alliance. Head to the Opera House for a 45 minute LIVE performance featuring your favorite Ice Queen, Ice Princess and Ice Harvester! Journey to the North is the adventurous tale of the Ice Queen’s journey to the frozen river, where she hopes to find her true destiny. Children will learn the importance of bravery, family bonds and friendship as they sing along with some of their favorite songs. Enjoy a meet and greet with all the characters after the show, and plenty of time for pictures. Two performances: one at 3 PM and one at 5 PM. MORE

FAMILY FUN GLOW GOLF
January 15 | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Genesis Golf

GLOW Golf is back for the winter! New to indoor SIMULATED Virtual golf? Genesis Golf’s event includes 9-holes of miniature golf, time in their simulators and even trying SNAG golf. This is your best value at trying it out as a family. To learn more, visit http://www.genesis.golf/glow-golf-special-events/.
Entrance Fee includes a glow golf bracelet, use of glow golf balls and glow-in-the-dark face paints (you apply). You get 30-45 minutes for the miniature golf (this is an average unless your group is extra large) and 45-75 minutes in a simulator per group on average. Allow yourself up to 2 hours for the full experience. Larger groups of 7+ should call for reservations, so that they can schedule other reservations accordingly. MORE

OWL PROWL (AGES 8+)
January 15 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Venture into the woods of Bosely Conservancy on a cool winter evening to hear the call of these elusive creatures and possibly catch a glimpse of them. Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy. Registration required. Ages 8+. Under 16 with an adult. MORE

SHADOW PUPPETRY WITH PHILLIP MCKNIGHT
January 15 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Prigel Family Creamery

Bring the kiddos to Prigel Creamery for some unique fun! Phillip will be performing shadow puppetry called Crankies, which are scrolling panoramas. This art form utilizes paper-cuts, silhouettes, stories, poetry, and live music. Come on out to enjoy a night of fun, community, and magic with stories ranging from the wonders of nature to hiking the Appalachian trail. Event will be held inside their heated tent! Milk, cookies, and other sweet treats for sale inside. MORE

Sunday, January 16

BABIES, BOOKS, & BAGELS: TU B’SHEVAT EDITION
January 16 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ben and Esther Rosenbloom JCC on the Weinberg Campus

Shalom Baby! powered by the Macks Center for Jewish Education, and the JCC of Greater Baltimore invite you to Babies, Books, and Bagels: Tu B’Shevat Edition! Sing Songs, enjoy PJ Library Story Time, and plant seeds for Tu B’Shevat. Adults and children over 2 must wear masks when not eating. Register in advance. MORE

MEET A CRITTER (ALL AGES)
January 16 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Check out one of our live critters up close while discovering what makes that animal special. Registration required. All ages. Under 13 with an adult. FREE! MORE

SCOUT DAY: ANIMAL TRACKS
January 16 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cromwell Valley Park

This program is for both Boy AND Girl Scouts. Learn the art of reading clues left behind by animals. Hike in the park and try to figure out what animals have been up to and where they might be. Let’s see if you can solve the mystery! Participants will receive a Cromwell Valley Park logo patch. Please do NOT bring siblings as this program is intended for the Scout and their parent or leader. $5 Per Scout. Ages 5-11 with adult. Register in advance. MORE

POP-UP ART CLASSES (AGES 9-13)
January 16 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Social Studio

Immerse yourself in a paint, pastel, or printmaking project! Complete a different project each week. Learn about new artists and techniques, explore your personal expression, and exchange ideas with others. MORE

TU B’SHEVAT WINTER PLAYDATE
January 16 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Bundle up and Celebrate Tu B’Shevat (the New Year of the Trees) in an outdoor wonderland! MORE

SUNDAY CELEBRATION FAMILY SKATE
January 16 | 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sportsman’s Hall Roller Skating Center

Bring the whole family to Sportsman’s Hall for Roller Skating! $10 Admission; $4 Skate Rental. Check their website for new skater deals, too! MORE

FULL MOON HIKE AND CAMPFIRE (AGES 8+)
January 16 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Join Anita C. Leight Estuary Center for a nighttime adventure and explore the grounds of Leight Park to see what critters are doing after dark in the full moon. Ages 8+. Under 16 with adult. MORE