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Join Tripster for a Sleepover Party with Penguins! Register Today, This One’s Going Fast!



From Tripster Website:


Have you ever wondered what goes on at The Maryland Zoo at night? Find out! We are going where the wild things snore and spending the night in the new African Penguin Exhibit!

The Maryland Zoo is thrilled to have completed its new state-of-the-art exhibit. This exciting penguin habitat, called Penguin Coast, provides an enhanced natural environment designed to reflect the South African home of these unique coastal birds. Among other enhancements, this new exhibit space will allow us to get closer than ever to this amazing and endangered species. 

The evening start on Saturday, November 22nd at 6:00 PM. We’ll tour the Zoo from a whole new perspective, visit natural habitats and look for nocturnal creatures, explore animal senses through participatory games, listen to camp light stories and songs, hang out with old friends and make some new ones! On Sunday morning, we’ll have a light breakfast and depart by 9:30 AM. The price includes admission to the Zoo on Sunday, so you are welcome to stay and continue your adventure!

Price includes dinner, snacks, a light breakfast, games, activities and admission to the Zoo on Sunday, November 23rd. 

What do you need to bring? Suggested items to bring include your sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, warm clothing, folding chair, cup or water bottle, personal care items, camera, and your sense of adventure! 

Parents and guardians are welcome to join their kids. However, this event will be chaperoned and well-supervised by Tripster staff members. 


6:00 PM Saturday-9:30 AM Sunday





Send the Kids on an Adventure with Tripster


Kids at the Franklin Institute

catch of the day fish (2)Kids jump for joy when school is out for a day, a week, or even three long months. But parents are sometimes less enthused. You can’t make everyday “Take Your Child to Work Day,” nor, really, would most of us want to. But the kids need something to do, and isn’t it better for everyone if they get to spend the day doing something social, enriching, potentially educational, and most of all, fun? That’s the idea behind Tripster– the awesome service we can’t believe no one invented sooner. Think of Tripster as basically the coolest, most fun baby-sitter/extended-family-member/youth-group/field-trip-organizer ever. Because that’s pretty much how they operate. Bottom line: you need somewhere for the kids to go when school is out for the day, and Tripster has the solution.

Outward Bound with Tripster Oct. 13th – Space Limited so Register Today


Outward Bound with Tripster Oct. 13th – Space Limited so Register Today

AGE GROUP: 4th GRADE – Adult

Participate in this one day course at Outward Bound’s scenic campus in Baltimore’s Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, a 1,200 acre woodland park within Baltimore’s city limits. Participants will spend the day engaged in collaborative problem solving exercises, constructive communication, and challenge themselves and each other while climbing the high ropes and the 40-foot wall. As they tackle their fears, they will build confidence and develop a sense of trust and teamwork. After each activity, the group will reflect on the experience in order to reinforce lessons learned. All activities will take place outside and the event will take place rain or shine. Included in this amazing experience is expert instruction, safety equipment, snack and water, and lunch. Transportation to and from Outward Bound is not provided. If you require transportation, please contact us. 

Outward Bound is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults.


9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Click Here for More Info & to register


Fall Story Time for Kids at Ladew Gardens


Story time for Kids

catch of the day fish (2)There’s a wee nip in the air, but it’s still perfect weather for hanging out in the grass, under a shady tree, and letting the seasons change around you. Kids love fall, and Ladew Gardens loves kids, so their Fall Story Time program is a perfect weekday activity for those looking to get the young ones out and about a bit. These nature-themed programs are for ages 2-6 years (with an adult, of course). When the weather is good, Story Time sessions take place outdoors under shade trees in several of Ladew’s gardens. Later in the season, they move indoors—but all still within the glorious setting that is Ladew.

School’s Closed? No Childcare? Try Tripster For Creative, Fun Activities For Kids


Tripster Marketing Photo

We recently met up with the folks at Tripster, and we’re excited to introduce Baltimore Fishbowl readers to this fun, creative and engaging option for drop-off child care.  Tripster can be the lifesaver you need when a holiday, professional day or vacation day shows up on the school calendar and you have to work! Even on those days when you’re home and don’t have the time to engage your children, you don’t have to park them in front of a video game console or TV. Tripster will give them a day filled with fun, interesting activities.  With many schools closing  NEXT WEEK for the Jewish holiday, now’s the time to learn more!  Check out the launch event Tripster has planned, and read more about the company and its amazing proprietor, who is a working mom herself and understands the need for occasional child care.   Here’s a note from owner, Jamie Seward:

I wanted to share the exciting news that we have an event planned for Thursday, September 25th! Many private schools are closed for Rosh Hashana and families will be scrambling for childcare options. Just drop off and pick up and we’ll do the rest!
We have an exciting day planned complete with activities that will keep children entertained! Our experienced, well-trained staff will guide children on a journey through activities that include Frisbee golf to making “Floam” to learning Secret Agent tradecraft. We’ll even provide lunch and snacks!

Families are welcome to drop-off and pick-up children any time throughout the day. They can even stay and hang out with us! Space is limited. Register today! For more information, please visit  http://www.tripsteronline.com/.

WHERE:  aMuse Toys, 2580 Quarry Lake Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209, (410) 415-000, http://www.amusetoys.com/

WHEN: Thursday, September 25, 2014

TIME:  8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

WHO: Children in grades 2-12

COST: $80 per child

Backyard Science Days at the Science Museum


Science Days

catch of the day fish (2)The folks at the Maryland Science Center want you to know that, “Science can happen in a lab, science can happen in space and science can happen in your own backyard!” Of course, to find out how, you’ll need to leave your own backyard for just a minute and hop on down to see what the Science Center is cooking up. August 16th and 17th are the Maryland Science Center’s 9th annual Backyard Science Days this year. They’ll be full of animal encounters and hands-on activities. You can stomp on stomp rockets (what?), race vegetables, build a beetle habitat, make seed bombs and much more.The folks (and beasts) from Scales and Tales will be there all weekend as well featuring live birds of prey and reptiles.

Breakfast With the Animals at the Maryland Zoo


Breakfast Africa

catch of the day fish (2)When someone mentions that they’ll be down at the watering hole, you don’t generally assume it’s for breakfast. And you don’t generally assume that it’s an actual, literal watering hole. But the folks at the Maryland Zoo are real experts at getting us up close and personal with our fellow animals, and so toward that end they’re inviting you to August’s Breakfast with the Animals—at the zoo’s own African Watering Hole (you know, where the animals get their actual water). Join them early in the morning, before the zoo opens for an exclusive VIP experience dining al fresco face to face with rhinos, ostrich and zebras as they feast on their morning meal themselves. Of course, your menu will be somewhat different than theirs—probably heavier on the French toast and lighter on the shrubbery. But probably that’s best for everyone.

Free Sunday Art Classes for Kids at the BMA


Kids Art Classes at the BMA

catch of the day fish (2)This weekend is all about art. That is, it’s all about Artscape. Of course for some, that means all about staying away from the throngs of tourists, the beating sun, and the utter lack of parking. But even if you spend the day (or the whole weekend) trying to steer clear of Station North and the country’s largest free public art festival, you can still get your art on—and get the little ones in on the action with the BMA’s free family activities on Sunday afternoon. It’s a great (and air conditioned way) to introduce kids to fine art, and to explore creative, hands-on art-making that goes beyond the usual “art class” stuff.

For the Love of Food: Cooking Classes for Kids and Adults


For the Love of Food

catch of the day fish (2)Foodie-ism is all the rage these days. Everyone is going local for produce, meats and dairy, and getting on board the slow, whole food bandwagon. Everyone seems to be fermenting their own pickles and yogurts and infusing all manner of things with who-knows-whats. But if cooking was never quite your thing, you might feel a little out of the loop. For the Love of Food offers a great way to play catch up—in a fun, educational setting that will leave your future dinner guests giving their compliments to the chef (and the chef, in this scenario, would be you).