All in the Family
Kids in tow? Check out our guide to family-approved attractions at the Inner Harbor and beyond.
Among the city’s newest family-friendly attractions? A remodeled home for African penguins at the Maryland Zoo and the “Living Seashore” exhibit at the National Aquarium. Read on for our best bets. BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY Sure, your child may know how to play video games, but what about creating one? The Baltimore Museum of Industry’s “Video Game Wizards” allows kids (and adults!) to make their own video game and share it on the exhibit’s website. Permanent displays pay homage to Baltimore’s industrial and maritime past. 1415 Key Hwy., 410.727.4808, thebmi.org MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER Highlights at this museum include an IMAX theater, a planetarium and a rooftop observatory where star gazers inspect the night sky through a telescope. In “Dinosaur Mysteries,” youngsters dig for fossils or perch in a nest of eggs, as life-size models of Astrodon and T. rex loom nearby. “Newton’s Alley” explores matter, energy and force with interactive displays. 601 Light St., 410.685.5225, mdsci.org PORT DISCOVERY Forbes named it one of the 10 best children’s museums in the U. S., as it “combines play with serious learning.” In the new “LEGO Castle Adventure,” visitors of all ages build fortresses and learn about their defense secrets. Permanent exhibits include “Adventure Expeditions,” which transports kids back to ancient Egypt to look for a pharaoh’s tomb. 35 Market Pl., 410.727.8120, portdiscovery.org NATIONAL AQUARIUM Opening May 12, the “Living Seashore” exhibit brings the magic of mid-Atlantic beaches to the renowned aquarium. Visitors touch moon jellyfish, the spines of a sea urchin and the wings of an Atlantic stingray. Blacktip reef sharks, dolphins and a rooftop rain forest are among the aquarium’s other highlights. There’s also a 4- D theater with rotating films. 501 E. Pratt St., 410.576.3800, aqua.org URBAN PIRATES What kid doesn’t want to don an eye patch and spray landlubbers with a water cannon? In Fells Point, the 3 to 10 set boards “Fearless” for a 90-minute Inner Harbor adventure during which the crew leads games and dispenses pirate lore. June through August, a free story time Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. delights marauders in the making (8 and younger). 911 S. Ann St., 410.327.8378, urbanpirates.com RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! With a long, green tail entwined around the entrance, “Chessie” the sea monster greets visitors in search of the eccentric. And the “Odditorium” doesn’t disappoint. See a 12-foot-tall Transformer made of scrap car parts, a Hogwarts Castle built with 600,000 wooden matchsticks and a delightfully disorienting mirror maze. 301 Light St., 443.615.7878, ripleys.com