Getting cabin fever and need some ideas of where to take the kids to burn off some energy while not spending a lot? Here’s a list of 8 fun and cheap family-friendly things you can do in and around Charm City this winter.
Burn up excess energy by taking the kids ice skating. Open until January 15, the rink is open daily, with special events scheduled throughout the season, such as Frost Fest, Princess Skate, and a Closing Glow Party. To see their special discounts with area merchants, click here.
PANDORA Ice Rink at Harbor Place Amphitheater — 201 E Pratt Street; Baltimore
Cost: $9 per child; $10 per adult; $4 skate rental
Go roller skating
Roller skating is a great way to burn off energy while staying warm. It’s cheap fun for the whole family, with a little bit of nostalgia thrown in.
- Northpoint Skateland — 1113 North Point Rd.; Dundalk
Open daily – call for pricing
- Sportsmans Hall — 15500 Hanover Pike; Upperco
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Cost: $6-$10 entry; $3 skate rental; family pricing packages available
Try out Duckpin Bowling
This variation of 10-pin bowling using smaller pins and balls is believed to have originated in Baltimore around 1900. Great, inexpensive (with a little competitive fun thrown in!) way to spend time with the family when it’s cold outside. There’s no shortage of duckpin bowling centers around Baltimore. Here are some to check out:
- Stoneleigh Lanes — 6703 York Rd.; Baltimore
- Patterson Bowling Center — 2105 Eastern Ave.; Baltimore
- AMF Dundalk Lanes — 1101 Merritt Blvd.; Baltimore
- Parkville Lanes — 7607 Harford Rd.; Parkville
- Pinland Bowling Lanes — 10 N. Dundalk Ave.; Dundalk
- AMF Towson Lanes — 701 Southwick Dr.; Towson
This café and coffeehouse caters to families with small children. With a play area filled with toys, games and activities for toddlers and children up to age 5 plus a selection of board games for older children, you can relax while your children have fun. There is a $5 minimum food/beverage purchase to stay and play.
Play Café Baltimore — 3400 Chestnut Ave, Baltimore
The Walters hosts drop-in art programs every weekend and the third weekend of each month features a special Paint Party and Walk-in Family Tours. All for FREE! Your family can also take part in the FREE Lunar New Year Celebration on February 18, where you will celebrate the Year of the Dog with art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances by the Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, and Korean dance groups Stepping Stones and Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company.
Walters Art Museum — 600 N. Charles St. Baltimore
Every Saturday and Sunday in January, the Maryland Science Center will be investigating pioneering science across the ages. Blaze a new trail with the western pioneers, brave the cold like arctic explorers and discover deep space like astronauts! Different activities each weekend. FREE with paid admission.
Maryland Science Center — 601 Light Street; Baltimore
Robinson Nature Center has an entire calendar full of winter programs geared to families (there are some just for adults, too). Family Fridays under the Dome in the “NatureSphere” Planetarium and First Friday Stories are just a few. General admission to the Center is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 3-17. Under 3 are FREE. Some programs have an additional fee and pre-registration is required.
Robinson Nature Center — 6692 Cedar Lane; Columbia, MD
Harvest some maple sap
Did you know February is maple harvesting time? Several Baltimore locations have family-friendly Maple Magic events – they are sure to be a sweet time:
- Irvine Nature Center— 11201 Garrison Forest Road; Owings Mills, MD
Saturday, February 28
$20 per family of 4 ($10 for members) – registration required
- Ladew Topiary Gardens— 3535 Jarrettsville Pike; Monkton, MD
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18 – pre-registration recommended
$5 for ages 3-12; $10 for adults; $8 for students and senior; FREE under 3
- Oregon Ridge Nature Center— 13555 Beaver Dam Road; Cockeysville
February 17, 18, 24 & 25, 2018 – drop-in, no registration required
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