B’More Social: Feb. 15-18

THURSDAY

Homeschool Workshop: Designing and Gaming
Begin with a visit to the Baltimore Museum of Industry to learn about engineering and game design. Spend the afternoon at The Walters Art Museum exploring ancient games and creating your own art.
Ages 7-12. Registration required. The Walters Art Museum, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $12 (members), $15 (non-members), thewalters.org

Chinese New Year Story Time and Craft
The Year of the Dog is here. Celebrate with story time and a craft.
Enoch Pratt Library, Southeast Anchor branch, 3:30-4:30 p.m., free, prattlibrary.org

Baltimore Dance Invitational
Come for an evening of original dance in a variety of styles and genres. Prepare to be blown away by the talent of top area performers.
Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m., $10/child & $20/adult (in advance), $12/child & $22/adult (at the door), jcc.org/gordon-center

Cirque Zuma Zuma
Fans of “America’s Got Talent” may remember the dynamic Cirque Zuma Zuma from the show’s sixth season. But even if you’ve never seen them on the silver screen, the performance from the African-style circus (often referred to as “African Cirque du Soleil,” though the pair aren’t officially affiliated) is well worth the trip to Annapolis’ Maryland Hall. Backed by live music, the Zuma Zuma squad puts on “an action‐packed show of pole and aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dances, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling, and South African contortionist feats.”
$25-$30. Feb. 15 at Maryland Hall. 

Champions of Magic
Five unbelievable British magic acts, each presenting a different brand of magic from illusion to mind-reading, take the stage.
Feb. 15-18 at the Hippodrome. 

FRIDAY

Rails & Sails Days
Calling all young adventurers! Learn how railroads allowed people new opportunities to travel and participate in exploration-related STEAM activities.
Feb. 16-17, B&O Railroad Museum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free with admission, borail.org

Target $2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery
All the fun, play and programs for only $2 per person! The Maryland SPCA will also be on hand to teach kids about animals.
Port Discovery, 4-8 p.m., $2, portdiscovery.org

Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Theatreworks USA brings everyone’s favorite little monkey and his yellow-hat-wearing human friend to life on stage for another musical adventure. Part of the BGE Family Series.
Harford Community College, Amoss Center, 7 p.m., $10-16, http://harford.universitytickets.com

New Moon Night Sky
Explore constellations when the sky is at its darkest, during a new moon. Dress warmly! Registration required. Ages 5 and up.
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 7-8:30 p.m., $3/person, $10/family, facebook.com/BannekerMuseum

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series
Huge trucks, giant tires, tons of mud, a loud arena … what more could anyone need?
Feb. 16-18, Royal Farms Arena, show times vary, $18-$73, monsterjam.com

SATURDAY

Great Backyard Bird Count
Citizen scientists needed! Come ID and count birds as part of a nation-wide survey and create a pinecone bird feeder for your own backyard. Reservations requested.
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 10-11:30 a.m., free, facebook.com/BannekerMuseum

Maple Sugaring Weekends
Stop by the Sugar Shack and experience the amazing process of making maple syrup. Hike to the sugar bush, tap a tree for sap, try a taste and more!
Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free oregonridgenaturecenter.org

Painting a Winter Wonderland
Create a beautiful winter scene of paper birch trees as you connect with nature through your paintbrush. Registration required. Ages 8 and up, under 13 with adult.
Anita C Leight Estuary Center, 1-2:30 p.m., $5/project, otterpointcreek.org

African American Heritage Tour
Learn about the history and heritage of Annapolis’ African American population, ending at the Banneker-Douglass Museum.
 $20 adults, $10 children. 1-3 p.m. in Annapolis (departing from City Dock). 

SUNDAY

Special Needs Jump Time
Avoid the crowds and loud sounds and jump in a sensory friendly environment every third Sunday of the month.
Rockin’ Jump Towson, 8-10 a.m., $14.99 (jumper and caregiver), $9.99 (additional siblings), towson.rockinjump.com

Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Witness the impact that historically black colleges and universities have had on higher education and American culture in this award-nominated film.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 2 p.m., free, lewismuseum.org

Tales and Tots
Get to know nature through stories and fun. Enjoy listening and learning about animals and habitats. For ages 0-6 with adults.
Anita C Leight Estuary Center, 2-3 p.m., free, otterpointcreek.org

Black History Hall of Fame
Bright Star Theater presents a look at Black History’s heavy hitters, from Maya Angelou to Mae Jemison.
Free. 2 p.m. at the Owings Mills Branch of BCPL. 

Lunar New Year
Join the Walters in celebrating the coming of The Year of the Dog with art activities, the Baltimore Chinese School and performances from traditional dance troupes.
Free. 11-4 p.m. at the Walters.

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