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Weekend Family Fun: April 23-26

The weather forecast: Bleh. Rain tonight and into tomorrow. OK, OK. We like a challenge here at Baltimore’s Child. With Earth Day this week, we are still feeling a little love for Mother Earth. Naturally, this week’s Weekend Family Fun gives a nod to the environment as well as some ways to get up and move.

Note: Some of these events, such as story times, are tied to specific date and time. Others are not.

Thursday

Play Football Workouts

NFL’s Play Football YouTube channel has 10 to 20 minute workouts for the athletes in your life. Predictably no-frill, they offer core exercises, strength training, push-ups and squats, and more if you want a workout with a little brawn this weekend.

Egg Watch Cam

Admittedly, we are a little obsessed with The Maryland Zoo’s penguin cam (daily feeding at 10:30 a.m.). In our defense, how can you not be? But we recently became aware of Scuttle and Buttercup, two trumpeter swans who are nesting, and the zoo has a special egg watch cam as the world awaits this pair’s fifth clutch of eggs. Did you know that baby swans are called cygnets? Your kids can see Scuttle and Buttercup right here.

Weekend Family Fun: April 23-26
Photo: The Maryland Zoo

More Animal Cams

The Maryland Zoo is not the only zoo providing a front-row seat to the animal kingdom. The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has a giant panda cam and a cheetah cub cam. The renowned San Diego Zoo has a polar bear cam, a koala bear cam, a butterfly cam, an elephant cam and more. Rainy weather, be damned. Your child can have a zoo visit right from your couch.

More Animal Stuff

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York regularly makes the list of best museums for children. Check out their online activities including an animal track match and a video about koi ponds. There are also instructions for making a cool koi pond collage.

Friday

Chicago Children’s Museum Parenting Playbook

Oh, this is fun! The Chicago Children’s Museum, another museum that gets high ratings, has a whole section on their website, Parenting Playbook, with online activities. Look for their instructions for a window garden, something we like called “Tabletop Bubbeologist,” and the rules for an old-school game of two-square. Lots of good stuff await you and your little ones at this website.

Fiesta Pack

Yes, we could use a party in a box right about now. The staff at Creative Alliance have been coming up with all sorts of great ways to keep folks entertained and to keep a little art in their days. Hats off to them—we love their spirit. One example: their Fiesta Packs, which include a piñata-making essentials, along with instructions, as well as instructions and supplies to make paper flowers. Adult beverages can be added to the Fiesta Packs for those grown-up celebrations. Proceeds benefit the Creative Alliance’s Artesanas program.

Storyline

Did you know if you call Baltimore County Public Library’s Storyline, a librarian will read a book to your child? That seems like a fun Friday mini break for kids. Every week there are six stories, all perfect for kids ages 3 to 10. Get that number programed into your phone, ASAP!

More Story Times

Penguin Kids offers live story times every weekday at 11:15 a.m. on Facebook and Instagram. Random House Kids has readings from its authors at its Instagram (@randomhousekids). Kids even can learn to draw a unicorn with illustrator Brigette Barrager. Another Instagram to follow? MacMillan Kids Books (@macmillankidsbooks), which has instructions for a water protector activity kit, lots of giveaways and MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse, with a lineup of author-led classes for next week.

Saturday

ROAR for Kids

This annual fundraiser supports many programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute and is usually held at Oregon Ridge Park. This year, it’s gone virtual, which means you can support a good cause from your very own home. Here’s how to do it: Families can register online and then share their fundraising page through Facebook, a popular way to get support for a cause. Then they get active—walking, racing the stairs or otherwise working out. This year’s event has a jungle theme, and participants are encouraged to post costumed selfies and videos on social media. Check out it all right here.

Virtual Pile of Craft

We can’t make it to the craft fair, so the craft fair is coming to us. The ultimate spring bazaar of items both local and awesome is just a few keys away today. That’s right, Pile of Craft has gone virtual. Check out the event here and get a new candle for your work space/dining room table, or some handcrafted earrings for your next Zoom meeting. It’s always fun to chat with the craftspeople in person, but right now, supporting their work is the most meaningful. Give it a look.

Sunday

Get Moving

Sunday is for you and your own self-care. Movement Lab in Remington is hosting an array of classes online. Offerings range from afro-modern, meditation, jazz dance party, nia and more. This is the place to check out options not offered by the local gym and bring something new to your workout. The best news is that you don’t have to feel self-conscious—you’re in your own living room as you bust those moves.

Glennon Doyle

The Momastery founder and longtime parenting writer has a new book out, “Untamed.” Follow her on Instagram for frequent check-ins and inspirational thoughts.

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