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Hands-on Family Fun

Want to cultivate an appreciation of classical music in your infant? Help your city dweller reconnect with nature? Or just find a safe way for your kids to touch those slimy/sharp/heavy things they're always reaching for? You can do all that and so much more right here in Charm City.

WITH BABIES

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Series
At the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Music Box Series, children between 6 months and 3 years old get a chance to explore and experience music in a developmentally appropriate way. The monthly, half-hour Music Box concerts, which are in the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, also include a range of musical and creative activities for babies and their families.
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Walters Art Museum Art Babies
Art Babies is an opportunity for babies and their caregivers to bond, play and learn at the Walters Art Museum. The hour-long event, held weekly on Tuesdays, is appropriate for ages 11 to 23 months, and focuses on developmental themes such as “Letters & Numbers,” “Faces & Feelings” or “Foods & Feasts.” Sensory exploration in the Walters galleries and fun activities in the museum’s private studio are included in each event.
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Storytime at the Enoch Pratt Central Library
The children’s department of the Enoch Pratt Free Central Library is a welcoming place for families any day, with its large skylight and colorful fish pond. But the best times to visit are Thursdays at 11:15 a.m., when babies and toddlers are invited to play along with stories and rhymes at Toddler Jumps Story Time, and on Saturday mornings for Family Story Time, which is for kids ages 2 to 5.
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WITH TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS

Free Family Sunday at Baltimore Museum of Art
Hands-on art-making workshops help kids get in touch with their creative side at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Free Family Sundays. Activities are inspired by works currently on view at the museum.
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Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Kids of almost any age group will have a great time at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, but many exhibits especially appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. Let your kids explore Tot Trails, a learning environment designed to celebrate Maryland’s natural heritage, or splash in the museum’s water room.
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Irvine Nature Center
The Irvine Nature Center aims to bring kids closer to the natural environment that surrounds them. On 210 acres of forest, meadows and wetlands, children enjoy nature walks, live animal encounters, stories, songs and art projects.
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WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS

Maryland Science Center – The Shed
If you want your kids to know what it’s like to work with their hands, The Shed at the Maryland Science Center is the place to go. Part workshop, part laboratory, The Shed helps children learn how things work, how to use different tools, and how to apply their new skills to creating things.
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B&O Railroad Museum
At The B&O Railroad Museum’s stunning historic roundhouse, kids can enjoy climbing old railroad cars and playing in the Kids Zone. For most of the year, the museum offers train rides down the first mile of the original B&O. Don’t miss the museum’s special events, such as themed train rides.
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Baltimore Museum of Industry – Weekend Workers
Weekend Workers, a Saturday program that’s free with admission to the Baltimore Museum of Industry, helps kids investigate the world around them, for example, by creating and testing a roller coaster, mixing their own putty or designing and racing their own cars. (A version of the program for preschoolers, Wee Workers, takes place on Tuesdays.)
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National Aquarium – Living Seashore
The National Aquarium is always worth a visit, but its newest exhibit — Living Seashore — makes the experience that much richer for children (and grown-ups too). At the two touchpools, aquarium volunteers help visitors get in touch (literally) with sea creatures, including stingrays and jellyfish, which inhabit our Mid-Atlantic waterways.
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WITH TWEENS/TEENS

American Visionary Art Museum
Teens in particular will appreciate the appeal of what’s on display at the American Visionary Art Museum — so-called outsider art. The works are created by untrained artists, who highlight a creative spirit that makes this museum’s exhibits truly unique. (For hands-on fun, head to the adjacent Jim Rouse Visionary Center, where visitors can interact with wooden automata.)
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Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Even experienced go-kart connoisseurs won’t get bored at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. The Italian-made electric karts speed up to 50 mph and run along professionally designed Grand Prix-style indoor tracks, making for a true racing experience.
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Terrapin Adventures
Watch your kids soar through the air and defy gravity as they zip, climb and jump at this aerial adventure park. Kayak, bike and hiking tours are also available.
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Medieval Times
Visitors to Medieval Times feast on roasted chicken, sweet corn, tomato bisque and other delicacies while watching sword fights and fast-moving jousting competitions. (Jousting, incidentally, is Maryland’s official state sport.)
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