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Where to Play on the Weekdays: October 11-14

O, say can you see... the amazing historic sights at Fort McHenry

O, say can you see… the amazing historic sights at Fort McHenry

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Tuesday – Take a day trip up to Baltimore to visit Fort McHenry, where “The Star Spangled Banner” was inspired and site of a key battle in the War of 1812. Learn about the history of the national monument through all kinds of interesting exhibits, both in the Visitors Center and throughout the grounds. Children will especially enjoy seeing the cannons, exploring underground spaces, and touring the barracks that now house neat exhibits. Hours are 9am – 5pm. Admission is $10 for ages 16 and up. And as part of Maryland Fleet Week, you can see a “Salute to Schooners” from 9am – 12pm as schooners fire a cannon salute to the Fort while students sing patriotic songs. (You can also see and possibly tour U.S. and Canadian Navy ships at the Inner Harbor starting on Wednesday.)

Wednesday – Go to the National Archives’ monthly story time series for littles! Children aged 3-5 with accompanying adults can listen to a book reading, participate in group activities, and create a craft — all with a Halloween-in-the-White-House theme. The session takes place 10-11am in the Boeing Learning Center. Admission is free.

Thursday – Get a unique dose of nature in the city at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast DC, just off the BW Parkway. Go on a nature walk among the ponds and marsh areas filled with giant lily pads and other interesting water plants. Look for geese, egrets, great blue herons, turtles, frogs, and small fish on the way. Hours are 9am – 5pm this time of year. Admission is free.

Friday – Enjoy the autumn day at the enchanting Clark’s Elioak Farm, where children will feel like they’ve stepped right into a nursery rhyme with recovered installations from an old storybook park scattered throughout the grounds — that they can play in and on, too! There are also hayrides, cow train rides, pony rides, mazes, a petting farm, a playground, and even more delights for all. Open 10am – 5pm. Admission is $6, some rides are extra. Read more about the farm among the round-up of the best outdoor places around the DC area.

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Tot Trails Grand Opening at Port Discovery

As if Port Discovery wasn’t terrific enough, the interactive children’s museum in downtown Baltimore is about to get even better.  This Saturday, February 12, a new exhibit will join the myriad hands-on, curiosity-peaking, educational, and fun displays that kids have been enjoying for years.  And the best part: this one was created especially for infants and toddlers, an age group a little too young to enjoy many of the museum’s other offerings.

Tot Trails was developed as a learning environment for both little ones and parents.  Young children can explore and discover their world, while parents can learn about their children through interaction and observation, as they see how innovative play educates even the youngest learners.  Here’s even more about the exhibit from the Port Discovery website:

While exploring some very unique landmarks and landscapes of Maryland, children and their caregivers will engage in hands-on exploration in a space that sparks imagination and inspires curiosity. Children will delight in the joy of reading and singing, while building language skills as they engage in our Mother Goose on the Loose story times and Jingle Jangle Jamboree with our Museum educators. Infants will develop their gross motor skills and balance coordination as they can crawl, roll, and wiggle through cushioned, mirrored “tidal pools” and “dune walk.” Young toddlers will test their problem-solving skills as they maneuver their way through the Mountain Trail and Paw Paw Tunnel, while exercising their imaginations by digging for fossils and playing with puppets. Visit after visit, caregivers will be encouraged to play, interact, and observe their child as they discover new ways to connect learning and play. Tot Trails also includes a nursing station and family restroom so families can enjoy hours of play without having to leave the exhibit.

A Tot Trails Grand Opening Celebration will take place this weekend, February 12-13.  Both days will be full of programs and activities the whole family can enjoy, from moon bouncing and Valentine-making to story time and clown performances. The complete schedule is available on the Port Discovery website.

Admission is $12.95 for ages 2 and up, free for guests under 2.  Port Discovery is located at 35 Market Place in downtown Baltimore.  Visit the website for directions and parking information.


Filed under Babies, Maryland, Museums, Play, Toddlers, Weekend