So many choices and many of them FREE or budget friendly! From $2 admission to Port Discovery, to free admission at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and free Makerspace workshops at the Chesapeake Arts Center, here are our top picks for February 21 to 23.
Friday, February 21
$2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery
Explore Port Discovery’s BIG new exhibits, the SkyClimber and the Port, and three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits for just $2 per person! 4 p.m. Port Discovery, Baltimore.
The American Craft Show
Feb. 21–23. At this three-day celebration of all things handmade, you can explore hundreds of thousands of unique, handcrafted objects, each with a story you can take home with you. $14–$36. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore.
Parents’ Night Out
Kids will enjoy their choice of STEM activities, art, games, movies, and music. Each child will get 2 slices of pizza and juice or water. Appropriate for ages 4–12. $35. 6–9 p.m. Pongos Learning Lab, Crofton.
Feb. 21–23. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland presents this “timeless classic” as a fusion of compelling drama, dance, passion, athleticism, and romance. $30–$53. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis.
Saturday, February 22
Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show
This exciting family-friendly event will host more than 20 vendors offering a variety of fossils, minerals, jewelry, jewelry making supplies, tools, info on local workshops, classes and so much more. There will be a grand prize valued over $150, free door prizes every half hour, live demonstrations, a fun scavenger hunt for kids, and delicious food available to purchase by Little Italy Sausage Company. This is also a great show for boy and girl scouts alike to work on merit badges and sign up for classes. $6 admission goes directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Active military with ID and children 14 and under are free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Earleigh Heights VFC, Severna Park.
What’s Goin’ On?
A glimpse of African American life in the 1960’s and 70’s , when culture and politics exploded with people attempting to find solace despite a background of riots, peace marches, music, speeches and war at home and abroad. Free. 2 p.m. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park.
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Mozart Mash-up
Feb. 22–23. Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special family concert! A string quartet featuring members of the National Symphony Orchestra plays its favorites from the prolific composer. $20. Sat. 11:30 and 1:30 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.
Heartbeat For Health
Heart health activities, education, music, health screenings and refreshments. Presentations and demonstrations by local dance studios and more. Free. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Northeast High School, Pasadena.
Family MakerSpace Workshop: Paper Towel Roll Kaleidoscope
See twinkle, twinkle, little stars when you look into our kaleidoscope. Turn it and the view changes into a one-of-a-kind starscape. Free. 9–11 a.m. Chesapeake Arts Center, Brooklyn Park. chesapeakearts.org
Seventh Annual Chester Gras Celebration
Hosted by Peoples Bank to raise funds for the Kent County Community Food Pantry’s Backpack nutrition program for children, the event takes place in a heated tent from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It offers a traditional Cajun Mardi Gras party with a parade on High Street, New-Orleans-style music, a selection of Louisiana specialties prepared by local chefs, a costume contest, and a silent auction. Spring Avenue, Chestertown.
Happy Birthday Geoge Washington!
Celebrate with General Washington in honor of his 288th birthday! Admission is free on George Washington’s Birthday, a $20 savings off the regular adult admission.
The event is open to all including children and groups – non-service animals are not allowed. Timed tickets for Mansion tours will be distributed upon entry. George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Virginia.
Sunday, February 23
Free Family Sunday
Sundays in February. Bring the family in for free art-making workshops and enjoy hands-on fun the entire family. All materials are provided. Free. 2–5 p.m. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.
Black History Month at Harriet Tubman State Park
Fri.–Sun. In celebration of Black History Month, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center invites everyone to free, family-friendly programs including ranger-led tours of the park highlighting the symbolism, story times, movie screenings, music programs and more. Free. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, Cambridge.