Stuck inside on a rainy day? Did your nanny call in sick? On any day of the week, you can find fun, affordable activities that both you and your toddler will enjoy throughout Charm City. — Melissa Dahne
The Little Gym of Hunt Valley
11121 York Road, Suite G
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
At The Little Gym, toddlers have a blast moving their bodies to music, learning basic gymnastics, and interacting with other kids. Parents appreciate that these activities help their toddlers build strength, flexibility, coordination and social skills. In specialized parent-child classes, children as young as four months to three years old learn colors and numbers, spatial concepts, independence, and how to share. The staff is always warm and friendly and takes the time to get to know the kids and parents. Hours: See class schedules on website.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
All aboard! Toddlers love playing with toy trains. Bring their imagination to life by taking them on a train ride through history at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. Universally recognized as the birthplace of American railroading, the B&O Railroad Museum spans 40 acres and contains the country’s most comprehensive collection of American railroad artifacts. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Children ages two through 12, $8; Adults, $14; Seniors ages 60 and older; $12; Museum members are free. Train rides are offered at additional cost Wednesday through Sunday from April through December and weekends in January. See website for more info.
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has some of the best stuff for toddlers – and parents too! Located in the historic Druid Hill Park, the zoo features special attractions geared toward young children. Don’t miss the farm-style petting zoo, where kids can interact with goats, sheep, cows, donkeys and more. There’s also a chick hatchery and a penguin display where the zookeepers perform feeding shows several times throughout the day. For an additional cost, the zoo also offers a scenic 10-minute train ride through the Jones Falls Watershed, the opportunity to feed a giraffe and camel rides. The zoo delivers hours of entertainment in an uber kid-friendly atmosphere and at a great value. Hours: Open every day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission: Children ages two through 11, $10; Adults, $14; Seniors 65 and older, $12.