The Works Fun Center opened its doors to provide youngsters with a fun, safe place to let off steam, have a good time, and quite simply, act their age. Inside the entertainment emporium, kids unwind while learning the fine art of tag-team parallel parking while behind the wheel of a bumper car. They can also rack up high scores in an arcade or tumble through the colorful tunnels and tubes of the indoor playground. But, while the focus is on kids, The Works makes sure to help out adults, too, specifically with party-planning packages that include pizza and decorations.
Sitting on the treasured site of the first commercial long-distance track and passenger station in America, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum harbors one of the oldest and most comprehensive collections of train relics in the world. Weave through the 40-acre campus to discover more than 200 pieces of finely preserved locomotive and rolling-stock materials, which are flanked by hundreds of thousands of artifacts such as tools, art, uniforms, and memorabilia. The trainy display expertly lays out a timeline of America's railroad industry, its impact on culture, and the foolhardiness of starry-eyed tycoons.
"Running is such a beautiful metaphor for life,” Back on My Feet founder Anne Mahlum says on her organization’s website. “Life is about choosing different roads and our program teaches the importance of choosing roads filled with opportunity, hope and happiness.” Anna’s understanding of life and running intertwined and strengthened during her own daily runs. Every morning she would follow the same route, but despite her conditioning it began to take her longer and longer. This was because her route took her past a homeless shelter, and what began as jogging past without breaking stride turned into waving at familiar faces and then stopping to talk. Today, Back on My Feet is dedicated to the empowerment and self-sufficiency of underserved people. Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Through running, people experiencing homelessness gain community, self-esteem, and confidence alongside other people of all backgrounds. Anna’s efforts have led to a running club in Philadelphia and have since expanded to the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. The organization funds its cause by hosting events and races throughout the year, including various 5Ks, half-marathons, and The AT&T Sneaks Come Out at Night 15K & 3x5K Relay.
This newly opened megacenter offers more than 5,000 square feet of open space for slick shoes and rug cuttery. The staff is composed of well-oiled dance machines who lead eclectic student groups across a multi-genre range of dance styles. Learn how to pirouette like a pro with the classical ballet class (offered for beginners and intermediate/advanced), or take a fanciful tap class and finally use those tap shoes you bought for their intended purpose, instead of for alerting your skittish, shotgun-toting grandma to your presence. A Latin dance class (pre-registration required) is offered to get hips swinging and tongues rolling, while the yoga class is a great way to unwind by bringing uppity energies back down to earthly levels through relaxing poses. Check out the schedule for a complete list of dates, times, and class offerings.
Big House of Bounce's bounce houses and popcorn machines become the focus of the party after technicians set them up on location or when groups of kids arrive at their indoor playroom. Whether indoors or outside, the moon bounces keep kids entertained and tumbling inside the inflated structures, which were modeled after Orion’s rec room. Parents can choose from giant birthday cakes and castles with themes such as princess, crayons, or sports. Popcorn machines pump out tasty kernels into bags to fuel further bouncing.
Big House of Bounce's commitment to gravity-defying fun isn't shown solely in its traveling bounce-houses–they've set up shop as well. An indoor playroom stocked with some of its bounciest creations welcomes youngsters to two-hour play sessions or parties celebrating a birthday, third-grade graduation, or the continued production of chocolate milk straight from the cow.
A long fly ball from Oriole Park could hit the row house where, on February 6, 1895, Babe Ruth entered the world and sent chills down the spines of pitchers and outfielders across the country. After the legend earned more than 700 home runs and 2,200 RBIs, his career ended and his life faded, leaving his birthplace to fall into disrepair. In the late 1960s, a campaign restored both it and the adjoining structures to create the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. Babe’s widow, daughters, and sister collaborated with the museum founders to create exhibits commemorating the record breaker’s life and career, filling glass cases with balls and jerseys and restoring his bedroom to how it would have looked the year that the stork pitched the little Bambino through the window.
Originally, this museum also explored the history of the Baltimore Orioles—Ruth’s first professional team—and hosted the Baltimore Colts’ archives. Its quickly growing collection of artifacts, however, soon led to the need for a larger location. In 2005, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum retained those items relating to its titular legend while the rest found a new home in the Sports Legends Museum. This museum occupies the basement and first floor of the historic Camden Station, sprawling throughout 22,000 square feet with exhibits that delve into subjects such as the history of baseball in Maryland and collegiate ball.