Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekend Outlook - Jan 14-16, 2011

Economoms' recommendations for the best budget-conscious family activities in the Maryland region for the weekend of January 14-16:

Catch the Purple Friday Caravan
We suspect most of you have dedicated Saturday to the fierce playoff game slated between our hometown Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. GO RAVENS! Get revved up today at one of more than 15 pep rallies going on around town for Purple Friday. Each location includes cheerleaders, playmakers, Poe and a pep band.

Drop-In Art Activities at the Walters
Available both Saturday and Sunday, the focus this weekend will be on animal habitats. Children can drop in to explore animal representation throughout the museum, then make a diorama to take home with them. No registration required, and best of all, this event is FREE! Next weekend's feature is mythological creature sculptures.

No Name-Calling Storytime at Barnes and Noble
The Power Plant B&N is hosting this special storytime that teaches kids name-calling is not the answer. Two well-known and highly-revered books for children, One by Kathyrn Otoshi and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, will be featured. FREE at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

MLK Day Celebrations
      • Meet and Greet with the Negro Baseball League: 10 am - 5 pm
      • Our Beloved Community Quilt with the Baltimore African-American Quilters Guild: 10 am - 4:30 pm
      • Make a Community Charm: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
      • Pets On Wheels: 11 am - 1 pm
      • Kamishibai Story Time: 11:30 am
      • WildLife Adventures - African Wildlife display: 1 pm - 3 pm
      • Black Cherry Puppet Theater - Three Billy Goats Gruff: 1 pm
      • Community Drum Circles: 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade 2011 - The 11th annual parade kicks off at noon, starting at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, then travelling south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
  • MLK Jr. Day at AVAM - In celebration of the holiday, admission to the American Visionary Arts Museum is FREE on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eat birthday cake and enjoy special performances by Abu the Flutemaker.
      • 10a.m. - 3p.m. - Join Hands Community Project, Sculpture Court, Level 2A
      • 10a.m. - 3p.m. - Who are the People in Your Neighborhood? Sculpture Court, Level 2A: Meet and learn about community organizations and enjoy the NEW! Early Childhood Community Helper Corner!
      • 10a.m. - 4p.m. - Create Your Community Collages, Studio A, Family Art Center; Mega Hero Medallions, Studio B, Family Art Center; Grateful Greetings, Level 2 Lobby
      • 11 a.m. - Karen’s Fun House children’s group performs A Tribute to Dr. King and Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement
      • 12 p.m. - Baltimore Urban Debate League presents award-winning student speeches
      • 1 p.m. - Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech (1963)
      • 3 p.m. - GRAND FINALE: Illstyle & Peace Productions performing the dance and music celebration, Become Your Dreams


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