B’More Social Jan. 3-6


Shoots and Letters: Animals in the Winter

Drop-in program for kids ages 3 and older. No registration required. Children will learn about the cold weather habits of their furry friends. Oregon Ridge, 10-11 a.m., $2 per child. oregonridgenaturecenter.org

Itsy Bitsy Sing Along

Music, rhymes, finger plays and more center on the natural world in this engaging time for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Maryland Science Center, 11 a.m., free with admission. mdsci.org


Tales & Tails

Free story time with Danny Joe from “Danny Joe’s Treehouse.” Gather at the Hodgepodge Lodge’s outdoor classroom for stories, songs and a puppet show. Meet an animal friend, too. Irvine Nature Center, 10 a.m. explorenature.org

Baltimore Crankie Fest

A crankie is an old-fashioned storytelling form that involves a scroll, a great tale and often musicians. This is the 6th annual festival with retro-feel performances designed for kids and parents alike. See what unravels. Creative Alliance, Jan 4 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 5 at 4:30 and 8 p.m.; Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m.; $15 members, $18 nomembers. creativealliance.org.


Earth in a Glass Bowl

Make a terrarium and learn more about the earth. Materials provided. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, 10:30-noon, $18. otterpointcreek.org.

Weekend Walk-In: Micro Drama

Drama is best when it comes in small doses. In this case, it’s a tiny scene that you create, inspired by the work of artist Mars Tokyo. Craft + cocktail: This workshop is open to all ages, so bring some friends, get creative in the New Year, and then go out for drinks. It’s a great way to spend a winter afternoon. American Visionary Art Museum, 1-4 p.m., $5. avam.org

Free Drop-In Activities

This month’s theme is animals. Using work in the museum’s collection, young artists can create their own to take home. The Walters Art Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free. thewalters.org

Parent and Me: Pasta

Learn to make, roll and cut a range of noodles. Designed for kids ages 8-17. Baltimore Chef Shop, 9:30 a.m., $90 for parent and one child. Baltimorechefshop.com

Paint Nite: Polar Bear

Pick up a paint brush and create this “Beary Colorful Polar Bear.” For ages 6 and above. My Thai restaurant, 2 p.m. $45. paintnite.com


Otterly Fun Afternoon

Learn about otters and hike to see them in their habitat. Ages 3-adult; ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, 1-2:30 p.m., $3. otterpointcreek.org

Skate with a Superhero

Dress like your favorite superhero and receive a special gift. Pandora Ice Rink, 1-3 p.m., $9 for children, seniors, military; $10 adults. innerharboricerink.org

Indie Lens Pop-Up Film

Watch “RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World” and learn about musicians with Native American roots. A moderated discussion follows the film. Baltimore County Public Library, Hereford Branch, 2-4 p.m., free. bcpl.info

About Adranisha Stephens

When Adranisha Stephens isn’t chasing down a story, she is traveling, blogging, photographing or spending time with family and friends. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Frostburg State University and a master’s degree in journalism/digital storytelling from American University.

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