Today I’m sharing all about visiting the Maryland Science Center – specifically visiting with toddlers! This is one of my absolutely favorite places to bring my kids. I first brought the girls right after they turned 2 (just before Covid hit) and was amazed at how much there was for them to do! I was so sad that we missed out an on entire year of visiting with them, but was so happy to finally be back. Kids under 3 are free and will have a BLAST!
🅿️We like the garage at 📍30 E. Lee Street *if* we are going early (which is always for us!) This garage has an early bird rate of $9 for the day if you arrive before 10 am – we usually arrive around 9:45 to get to the science center when they open at 10. This garage is also the closest one! For more parking options – check out their website.
💵$20 for children 3-12 and $26 for 12+. Highly recommend considering a membership since it will pay for itself in about 2 visits. Also – did you know teachers are ALWAYS FREE at the science center? Just bring your ID!
We go straight to the 3rd floor to the kids room (it’s kind of hidden, follow signs) everything is totally stroller friendly but stroller parking is available if you want to ditch yours at the front of the room.
The kids room includes:
⭐️ Huge interactive water table (Tip: Bring a change of clothes in case your kids get too wet!)
⭐️2 level play area with boat, microscope, reading nook, parascope, etc.
⭐️Dozens of hands-on activities with magnets, light, sound, construction, ramps, etc.
⭐️Special room for babies 0-24m (including space and seating for nursing/bottle feeding!)
⭐️Tanks with turtles, fish, tarantula, lizards, etc.
We easily spent 2 hours in here and my kids had SO much fun that they never even asked me for a snack😱🤣 (this literally NEVER happens – lol)
In addition to the kids room we love visiting the planetarium for the Sesame Street show (currently running daily at 11 am)
The ONLY downside I can think of about coming here is that It’s a little hard for me to come here solo with my crew of 3 under 4. I could maybe handle the twins on my own but definitely not with the baby too! I had my aunt and cousin with me on this trip
For lunch, we bring our own food and eat in the cafeteria (eating is only allowed in designated areas!) The café currently isn’t open but hoping it will soon – it’s actually really good and reasonably priced!
There is so much else to do and explore here that I’ve barely even scratched the surface. I cannot recommend visiting the science center with toddlers (and kids of all ages) enough! We can’t wait to visit again soon!
Last thing! Did you know there is a splash pad in the inner harbor? It is located in between the science center and the visitor center. We were too tired to check it out afterwards but we did walk down there in the morning before it was turned on. The splash pad opens at 11 daily, and is right next to the Rita’s!
🚽: Super clean bathrooms with built in step stools for kids to reach the sink!
🛒 Stroller friendly?: yes!
👩👧👦Solo w/ kids?: No – I need help here with my 3 under 4 crew
⏰: 3+ hours
🦠Covid-safe🦠: Not busy at all from 10-12 on a weekday. Masks suggested for the unvaccinated. (I anticipate this to change to mandatory again soon – check their website for updates!)
*Update – Baltimore City reinstated mask mandates indoors effective Monday 8/8/21