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Winter Family Fun in Baltimore

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During the winter months, it can be tough to think of fun things to do with the kids. As the weather gets cold, there are still plenty of things to see and do to keep the entire family entertained in Baltimore. Here are some ideas for fun-filled winter activities all ages will enjoy.

1. Spend the Day at a Museum

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Baltimore
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Baltimore is full of great museums for families to enjoy. In the winter months, many of them are less crowded-and some even offer free programming to draw visitors. Some suggestions include:

2. Catch a Movie

National Aquarium 4D Theater
Courtesy the National Aquarium
Whether you are catching the latest blockbuster at an area theater or taking in an IMAX film at the Maryland Science Center or National Aquarium in Baltimore, movies always make for a great day out.

3. Go Bowling

You won't strike out with the kids if you take them to a local bowling alley. Try Duckpin bowling and you'll also be sharing a Baltimore history lesson with the young ones.

4. Take Part in an Event or Festival

Baltimore has a whole host of annual events and ethnic festivals, including during the winter months. Pay tribute to the visionary African American men and women who helped shape the nation during Black History Month (February), get your fill of sauerkraut and dance to Polka music at Krautfest (January), celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday (January), or catch a lacrosse or indoor soccer. There are also many free and discount monthly events worth checking out.

5. Teach Kids the Art of Cooking

Crabcakes at Baltimore's Rusty Scupper
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Cooking is a hands-on activity that many children love. Consider teaching them how to make traditional Chesapeake recipes, such as Maryland-style crab cakes. If you're feeling up to it, you could also take your kids to area farmers markets, public markets, or ethnic markets so they learn more about where food comes from and the importance of eating healthy and sharing traditions.

6. Spend the Day at the Pool

Baltimore native Michael Phelps, along with his teammates, celebrates winning gold.
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Many people reserve swimming for summer, but there are a number of indoor public pools in Baltimore and health clubs with pools that are open during the winter months. The winter season is also a great time to teach kids how to swim so they're ready to hit the pool when summer rolls around. You never know, you might have the next Michael Phelps on your hands!

7. Stay Active

The Lacrosse Museum and Lacrosse Hall of Fame pay tribute to America's oldest sport.
Photo by Katie Langer.
Football season comes to a close in the winter months, but hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and indoor soccer are just a few of the sports that are going strong. If you’d rather spectate, you can catch a lacrosse or indoor soccer game.

8. Shop ‘Til You Drop

Hunting Ground: Vintage Boutique in Baltimore
Libby Zay
Whether your family is in need or some warm weather gear or you want to keep up with the latest fashions, shopping is another way to keep busy in the winter months. Play dress up at vintage boutiques, or get some deals at outlet malls near Baltimore.

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