Friday, January 27, 2012

Weekend Outlook - January 27-29, 2012

Here are Economoms' picks for the best budget-conscious family activities in the Baltimore area from January 27-29, 2012:

All Weekend
  • World of Pets Expo - Maryland State Fairgrounds. Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults $10, children 5 and up $5, under 5 FREE.
  • Baltimore City Restaurant Week - Goes through Sunday, Jan. 29.
  • Recycle Your Christmas Tree for FREE Mulch - Offered through Saturday at the Reedbird Ave. Citizen Drop-Off Center, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • IMAX Film Festival - Maryland Science Center through March 1. Six films rotate through the festival. $12 per person (for IMAX show only, does not include museum admission). Or purchase a five movie pass for $30.
  • Open Houses at My Gym Columbia and My Gym Owings Mills - 4-7 p.m. Games, relays, songs, dance, gymnastics, puppets and more. FREE! Special Open House only discounts when you register for sessions. For kids up to age 10.
  • Fridays After Five, Prices Take a Dive - At the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center through March 23, 2012. Admission is $8. Dolphin shows or 4-D experiences at the Aquarium are $4. IMAX shows and Planetarium presentations are FREE at the Science Center. 
  • Friday Night Stargazing - Maryland Science Center, 5:30-9 p.m. every Friday through January 27, weather permitting. FREE! Friday After Five admission is NOT required to participate.  
  • Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic - All Lowe's locations, 10 a.m. This Saturday, your kids can complete a Build-o-saurus kit. Sign up online. FREE!
  • Australia Day Celebration - National Aquarium in Baltimore, 10 a.m.-noon, in the Australia exhibit. FREE with Aquarium admission. 
  • Drop-In Art Activity at the Walters - Every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A different theme each month. January's theme is Dragon Tales and Scales. FREE!
  • Hot Chocolate Walk - Cylburn Arboretum, 11 a.m. Reservations required. Call 410-367-2217. Members $5 or $20 per family. 
  • LEGO Day - Auburn School in Lutherville, 1:30-4:30 p.m. For ages 5-12. Reservations required. Call 410-321-4799. FREE!
  • Treasure Map Play Date - aMuse Toys Quarry Lake location, 2-4 p.m. FREE!
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