All in the Fam­ily

Kids in tow? Check out our guide to fam­ily-ap­proved at­trac­tions at the In­ner Har­bor and be­yond.

Where Baltimore - - CONTENTS - BY JULEKHA DASH

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

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