Maryland’s largest, most well-known city, Baltimore is a great place to visit, or live, with kids! Plenty of educational and unique activities will ensure that both parents and kids remain happy and engaged, regardless of whether you’re looking for a week’s worth of adventures or are just visiting for the day.
As you search for the best things to do with kids in Baltimore, you’ll want to keep everything from art and history to science and outdoor activities in mind. Depending on which season you’re choosing to explore in, there will be no shortage of fun, kid-friendly things to do here.
So, get ready to explore some of the best things to do with kids in Charm City. Let’s dive in!
Indoor Activities in Baltimore
If your search bar online looks like ‘family activities near me’ then you’re in the right place! Baltimore is home to so many activities and spaces that are meant for both children and adults to enjoy spending time in. Especially seasonally, indoor activities are always a safe bet, and we have plenty to recommend today!
1. Baltimore Museum of Art
Not only is this museum free to enter, so long as you stick to the regular exhibitions, but there are drop-in art activities available to kids so that they can create works of their own.
Try out the Family Audio Tour, available on iTunes, to learn about the art in a fun, accessible way.
For adults, there are always plenty of works to enjoy as your little ones get to learn alongside you.
10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday
Parking in the museum lots is free for 30 minutes, but there is a $12 day rate.
Entry to the regular exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art is free
2. Maryland Science Center
An interactive way to combine education and play, the Maryland Science Center offers three levels full of exhibits surrounding the human body, outer space, astronomy, paleontology, and so much more.
Located in the Inner Harbor, this is a wonderfully positioned stop as you go about your day exploring Baltimore and its offerings. Adults and kids alike will appreciate the in-depth planetarium and observatory spaces.
601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
The Science Center validates parking at nearby garages, offering flat rates of parking for $12-15 for the day.
Adults: $26.95 or $31.95 with IMAX
Kids: $20.95 or $25.95 with IMAX
3. Port Discovery Children’s Museum
With a plethora of indoor activities designed for babies, preschoolers, and older children up to 8 years old, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum is the place to be.
Also conveniently located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, kids can engage in 3 levels of options ranging from musical exhibits and interactive art studios to the famous four-story SkyClimber play area.
35 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Partnered with Harbor Park Garage nearby, guests can expect $15 daily rates.
$23.95 per person, kids under 1 are free
4. Enoch Pratt Library System
Books aren’t the only thing you’ll find at this library system, which has 22 Baltimore-area locations. It also just so happens to be one of the oldest free library systems in the United States, so there’s a bit of history for you, too.
Enjoy book readings, craft days, and additional kids’ events across the city at each location. These libraries offer ways to take a break in between outdoor activities, and can also give parents a bit of downtime when group activities are offered.
Outdoor Kids Activities in Baltimore
Outdoor outings may be fewer and farther between in the colder months, but that’s not to say that there aren’t still great ways to get out and run around the city. In fact, you can head to the following sites for as short, or long, as you’d like before trying out some local restaurants or spending the afternoon inside.
5. Take an Adventurous Boat Ride
Hop in a dragon-shaped paddle boat named ‘Chessie’ or take a ride in the electric ‘Pirate Ships of Baltimore,’ both of which are part of the Living Classrooms Foundation and great for adding a little adventure to your stay.
These boats not only offer a great way to get on the water but are a must-see attraction when you’re in the area.
Find boats in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Noon to 7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Open daily April to September and weekends in September and October.
Paddle boats cost $25 for 30 minutes
Electric boats cost $35 for 30 minutes
6. Watch a Game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards
You don’t have to be a die-hard sports fan to enjoy a game at Oriole Park, especially with their Kids Cheer Free program which admits kids ages 0-9 to attend for free with a purchase of an adult ticket in the Upper Deck.
Kids 4-14 can also run the bases at the end of Sunday home games, if you’re looking for a unique way to create some special memories.
The Kids Corner at Gate C is also a helpful place for the kids to burn off some steam if they’re starting to squirm in their seat.
333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Vary depending on game times
Lots surround the stadium, and parking can (should) be purchased ahead of time
Adult ticket costs vary
Kids can enter free
Go Explore, Baltimore
With so much to do in Charm City, we know that you’ll have no trouble finding things to eat, places to see, and lots of activities that are fun for the whole family!
As you look for more ways to explore our beautiful city, you can find plenty of additional recommendations on our website.
If you’re a local, and think we missed any extra special kids activities, let us know! You can find us on socials @marlyandrecommendations and we welcome your feedback.
Happy exploring, friends!