Five Free Places to Take Your Baby Downtown

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Five Free Places to Take Your Baby Downtown
By Christina Dumas

As new (and overwhelmed) parents, we’ve found that getting out of the house can be tough. The places below may be obvious to veteran parents, but it took us a while to compile the list!

Here are five low-stress and free places around Baltimore that we enjoy going to with our six-month-old daughter:

Light Street Library

The Light Street Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library offers a wonderful interactive nursery rhyme program for babies on Wednesday mornings at 10:15am. Our daughter loves the atmosphere and watching all of the other children! We sing, dance and shake bells. Directly after the baby program there is also a preschool program, but our baby is already exhausted from all the fun with Mother Goose.

Playgrounds and Parks

We are very fortunate to have so many great parks within walking distance of our home. We live quite close to Riverside Park, so we are frequent visitors to the playground. But, sometimes we need a change of scenery! Federal Hill Park has a wonderful playground and, of course, fantastic views. Playgrounds are also great spots to have a quick chat with other parents.

If we venture into the Inner Harbor, the West Shore Park and Walter Sondheim Fountain are definite hot spots for kids, especially during the summer months. Another option is to catch the Banner Route of the Circulator on Key Highway or Fort Avenue for a short trek over to Fort McHenry.

The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum

I thought our daughter was still too young for museums, but we decided to take a chance on the BMA and I’m so happy we did! The people watching and bright colors kept her interested for almost an hour. Since there was no admission cost, there was no pressure to get our money’s worth of the experience. Go on Sunday and parking is also free. The Walters also offers a Waltees Cubs Baby Program specifically for babies 0 to 18 months old. I can’t wait to try that next!

Farmers’ Markets

We decided to start small last fall and took our daughter to the Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers’ Market. I definitely recommend this as starting point for new parents since it is small and relatively subdued. The hustle and bustle of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market under the JFX was too much for our baby last fall, but I know she will enjoy checking out the colorful fresh produce in the spring.

Masonville Cove Environmental Center

I just recently learned of this educational center just a little outside of downtown. It offers wonderful nature programs for the under five crowd that I can’t wait to try once the weather is a bit warmer. The Environmental Center will be on our list for many years to come!

Bonus: Barnes and Noble

The Barnes and Noble in the Inner Harbor has a small play area in the children’s section. It is a nice spot to stop in and check out if your child is getting antsy while taking a stroll through the Inner Harbor.

Enjoy!

About the author: Christina is a South Baltimore resident and new parent who loves traveling, reading, wine, and nap time.

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