B&O Railroad Museum Kids Zone
901 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223

Toddler Time

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. 



2019 Schedule:


January 17

After an interactive story time, learners will practice adapting and improving while they build Lego cars to race against their peers.

Story: Ada Twist, Scientist

February 7

Young learners will listen to Andrea Beaty’s Iggy Peck, Architect before making their own train sculptures out of foam and household materials.

Story: Iggy Peck, Architect

February 21

Students learn the basics of building as they construct PVC railcars that carry different types of freight after an interactive story.

Story: Rosie Revere, Engineer 

March 7

During the story, children learn about sustainability in transportation and then make their own compostable planters.

Story: Here Comes the Garbage Barge  

March 21

After the story, children will decorate and build paper rail cars that they can practice moving through simple tabletop mazes.

Story: The Secret Subway  

April 4

Children will practice color recognition while playing games with traffic signals, then they will be asked to consider these colors as signifiers of similar concepts (mild, medium, hot in the book).

Story: Dragons Loves Tacos 

April 18

During this story time, children will explore all of the different parts of a police officer's job. Afterwards, children will get the chance to decorate their own police offices cap and badge as honorary members of Toddler Time Patrol!

Story: Police Officers on Patrol

May 16

Just like early inventors, children will go through their own design process while choosing small objects to make I-Spy bottles out of after listening to What Do You Do with an Idea?

Story: What Do You Do with an Idea?

June 6

Children will learn about the connection between ports and trains and will be able to practice making guesses and observations during story time.

Story: Shark vs. Train

June 20

Embracing their natural curiosity and creativity, children will collaborate to decorate a train to be displayed in the kids wedge after story time.

Story: The Most Magnificent Thing

July 18

During story time, children will be exposed to basic color theory and then will be challenged to make their very own mold to create a train inspired work of art.

Story: The Day the Crayons Quit

August 1

After learning about communication along the rails, young learners will practice different ways of communication and self-expression during an interactive reading of Today, I’m a Monster.

Story: Today, I’m a Monster

September 5

During the story, children will be exposed to the idea of different perspectives. Then, they will decorate a mosaic of the Chessie System’s mascot.

Story: They All Saw a Cat

September 19

Children will learn how lanterns were used for navigation along the rails, much like stars in the sky for ships. Then, they will make their very own star in a jar.

Story: Star in the Jar

October 3

What do trains and imagination have in common? They can take you anywhere! Children will use costumes and props to explore the magical realm of railroading and make-believe! 

Book: Magic Train Ride by Sally Crabtree and Sonia Esplugas

October 24

Children come dressed as their favorite storybook character to listen to a story and then trick-or-treat throughout the museum.

Story: Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

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