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Toddler Time

Click here for Virtual Story Times every Tuesday and Thursday during school closure.

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday most months from January – October.

 Circle and story times begin promptly at 10:30am.

 

Designed for the naturally inquisitive minds of toddlers—18 months to three years old—the B&O’s award-winning Toddler Time program celebrates the excitement of learning through various sensory exploration activities, helping young learners develop their motor skills and interact with the world around them. 

During the program’s circle time, children follow along with an engaging story and play exciting train games, building their knowledge and confidence.

At the close of the program, children receive a complimentary ticket, which can be used for one free ride on the museum’s carousel. 

 


 

2020 Schedule:

 

January 16

We kick off the 2020 Toddler Time season with a festive story about the childhood excitement of snow days! Kids then get to plow their way through a fun blizzard of snow that won't melt.

Story: The Night Before the Snow Day by Natasha Wing


February 6

Kids learn about the secret history of trains while working together to solve a railroad puzzle of their own.

Story: The Secret Subway by Shana Corey


February 20

Scientific slime! Budding scientists will explore the chemical changes of compounds in this safe, kid-friendly science lab.

Story: Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty


March 5

After young guests learn how to care for an engine, they'll apply their newfound skills to design in order to decorate an engine of their very own to take home.

Story: How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton


March 19 - Cancelled

Enjoy a Virtual Story Time


April 2 - Cancelled

Enjoy a Virtual Story Time 


April 16 - Cancelled

Enjoy a Virtual Story Time


May 7

Our little conductors trade in their trains for captain's hats as they learn about the different ways officers help their community. 

Story: Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton


May 21

Using their imaginations and our STEM building kits, young architects create their very own structures.

Story: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

 

June 4

Hank is one confused conductor! Let's read together and see if he can figure out his cargo. Afterwards, kids will participate in their own sorting activity to keep Hank organized!

Story: Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser

 

July 2

Meet Allan, a boy who loves trains! Follow him on his first rail trip and learn about the way of the rails! After story time, kids are invited to sort through our sensory bins to find trains, planes, and so much more.

Story: Whoo! Whoo! Goes the Train by Anne Rockwell

 

July 16

Take a chilly break from the heat to celebrate Christmas in July! Young engineers learn about how our friend Thomas clears the snow. Then, they get to clear the tracks of some summer snow.

Story: Thomas Gets a Snowplow by Wilbert Awdry

 

August 20

Could a T-Rex shovel coal? Could a stegosaurus be a conductor? Young readers explore what the railroad would look like if dinosaurs ran the show! Afterwards, kids will paint and decorate their very own fossils to take home.

Story: All Aboard the Dino Train by Deb Lund

 

September 3

Budding readers will explore just how different the world can look from other perspectives besides their own, before using their sense of creativity to design their very own cat puppets!

Story: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

 

September 17

What would you do if you caught a star? Learn about a young friend who finds a special star and decides to share his gift. Afterwards, young explorers can use special stars to make their own constellation to share at home.

Story: Star in the Jar by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini

 

October 1

Come read about Sofia: a girl who wants to change the world! After the story, kids can decorate their own train banner by spelling out their name.

Story: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty

 

October 22

During this special Halloween Toddler Time, all participants enjoy a friendly spooky story in our Roundhouse, followed by a trick-or-treating parade around the museum's campus! Costumes recommended but not required.

Story: The Monster Under the Shed by Richard Courtney



 

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