I'm back with another edition of Keep 'Em Busy. I'm sorry I missed last week—the snow wreaked havoc on my productivity (not to mention our ability to keep 'em busy...)
Tomorrow, Saturday, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is hosting a wonderful program for kids 5 and up called Beethoven: A Musical Hero. The performance, which includes portions of some of Ludwig Van's greatest hits (Fur Elise, Symphonies 5 and 9, and Moonlight Sonata) broken up by a narrator tying the music into the composer's life, begins at 11 am. But the lobby opens at 10 am for the BSO Family Fun Zone, with face-painting, the ZOOmobile, and the World Rhythm Drum Circus. We've been to these events before, and they're perfectly put together. Tickets, ranging from $12 to $20, are still available at the link above.
Train people, get ready to be excited because this weekend is the Great Scale Model Railroad Show (pictured) at the Timonium Fairgrounds, with dozens of operating layouts. Admission free for everyone under 15, $9 for adults.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year (the year of the rabbit—a lucky year) at the Walters Art Museum, with performances by the Johns Hopkins University Lion Dance Troupe and the Baltimore Chinese School, and stations for kids to make rabbit-inspired art.
And of course, there are the perrenially great-for-kids activities, including the Walters, which, besides the great, often kid-friendly exhibits, has a fantastic play area on the lower level with lots of dress up stuff, puppets, puzzles, and an art room where there are facilitators to help you and are kids make great projects and bonus: FREE; Also, the Marlyland Science Center ($3 off admission before noon on Saturdays, plus the weekly egg-drop contest), Port Discovery Children's Museum, The Zoo (still open—check out the pic of zebras in the snow (!) on their website), two Storyville locations (we LOVE Storyville), The American Visionary Art Museum (also with kid-friendly exhibits, and the treehouse/sculpture out back if it's not too cold), the various nature centers and conservancies (Oregon Ridge, Irvine, Howard County), and—of course!— the Aquarium.