Where to Play on the Weekdays: January 12-16

Old autos on exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Old autos on exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Monday – Go for a swim! It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside when there are plenty of indoor pools in the area that are open to the public. Wilson Aquatic Center in NW is popular, and Deanwood in NE even has a slide. In Maryland, Rollingcrest in PG County has a special preschool area, and there are several indoor aquatic facilities in Montgomery County. In Northern Virginia, Arlington County has a few indoor public pools, and there’s one in Alexandria, too. Be sure to check schedules for open swim times at all of them, and I recommend calling ahead to make sure there are no weather-related closings.

Tuesday – Take a little time trip through Baltimore’s early business days at the Museum of Industry. The Inner Harbor attraction highlights the trades and people that helped build the port city through exhibits that showcase relics from the past and recreate various industry environments. Hours are 10am – 4pm (Tuesday – Sunday). Admission is $12/adult, $7/ages 7-12, free for 6 and under, and you can currently get a deal through Certifikid.

Wednesday – Discover American Indian culture with all kinds of hands-on pursuits at imagiNATIONS, the family activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian. Weave a big basket, play in a teepee and models of native dwellings, do some arts & crafts, hear bird calls of the wild, read kids books in the library, and much more. Go in the afternoon to explore Native music through drums, rattles and other percussion instruments at 2pm. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm, but imagiNATIONS closes at 5. Admission is free.

Thursday – Enjoy a musical morning with the Boogie Babes as they bring kiddie entertainment to Eastern Market at 10:30am. Admission is $5/child, and siblings 6 months and under are free. Stay after for lunch — there are plenty of great options for a bite both right in the market and nearby.

Friday – See a movie! There are several great flicks for kids out now: Annie, Into the Woods, Big Hero 6, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb are all playing at a theater near you (we’ve seen and enjoyed ’em all!). Read more about them and buy tickets here.

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