Join us for Toddler Time every other Thursday, January – October, at 10:30 AM for a craft followed by a story and sing-a-long.

Designed for the naturally inquisitive minds of toddlers, the B&O’s 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, learn our Toddler Time song and dance, and play exciting train games while building their knowledge and confidence. 

Toddler Time is held in the Junior Junction section of the Roundhouse.

  • 10:30 AM – Sing-a-long with musical instruments 
  • 10:45 AM – Story Time 
  • 11 AM – Craft  

Mile One Express Train Rides are available on select Toddler Time Thursdays at 11:30 AM. Please check the Calendar of Events on the date of your visit for train ride schedule. Train Ride tickets can be purchased on site.


2024 Schedule

January 4, 2024

Story: Night Train: A Journey from Dusk til Dawn by Annie Cronin Romano
Activity: New Year’s Train
Children will use construction paper and oil pastels to create a train under New Year’s fireworks.

January 18, 2024

Story: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim
Activity: Paper Lantern
Children will read a story inspired by Chinese culture, then create paper lanterns for the Year of the Dragon.

February 1, 2024

Story: D is for Drinking Gourd by Nancy I. Sanders
Activity: Signal Light
Children will read an alphabet book inspired by Black history, then create a railroad signal light in honor of inventor Garrett Morgan.

February 15, 2024

Story: Magic Train Ride by Sally Crabtree
Activity: Make a Valentine
Children will create train themed valentines to give to loved ones.

February 29, 2024 — Read Across America Day!

First 20 children receive a FREE book!
Story: Thomas the Tank Engine Happy Birthday by Rev. W. Awdry
Activity: Birthday Hats
Children will create birthday hats in celebration of the B&O Railroad’s 197th birthday.

March 14, 2024

Story: The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing
Activity: Four-leaf Clover
For St. Patrick’s Day children will read a story inspired by Irish culture, then create a traditional Irish four-leaf clover.

March 28, 2024

Story: Olive Dennis Railroad Engineer by Kaye Baillie
Activity: Build a Train
In honor of Olive Dennis’s pioneering work, children will design their very own train!

April 11, 2024

Story: Curious George Takes a Train by Margaret & H. A. Rey
Activity: Conductor Hat
Children will design their very own conductor hat!

April 25, 2024

Story: B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet by Shirley C. Menendez
Activity: Morse Code Name Trains
Did you know the telegraph was invented right here in Maryland? Children will use the Morse code alphabet to create a name train.

May 9, 2024

Story: Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Rosenbaum
Activity: Build a Train
Children will color and assemble their own steam engine! 

May 23, 2024

Story: Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Activity: Dinosaur Hat
Children will create dinosaur hats to turn all the museum’s trains into Dinosaur Trains for the day.

June 6, 2024

Story: Gordon’s New View by Thomas & Friends
Activity: Train Shaped Sun Catchers
Children will use tissue paper to create a colorful train shaped sun catcher.

June 20, 2024

Story: Trouble on the Tracks by Kathy Mallat
Activity: Shape Train
Children will decorate a train by identifying various shapes and colors.

July 4, 2024

Story: Our Flag Was Still There by Jessie Hartland
Activity: Independence Day Crown
Children will create their own Independence Day crown inspired by the Statue of Liberty.

July 18, 2024

Story: My Friend Julia: A Sesame Street Book about Autism by Jennifer Cook
Activity: All Aboard! Booklet
Children will create a booklet about diversity amongst their peers and how to be inclusive of all friends.

August 1, 2024

Story: Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Rosenbaum
Activity: Name Train
Children will create a train to spell their names by assigning each train car a letter.

August 15, 2024

Story: Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
Activity: Railroad Horse
Children will color and assemble a railroad horse — don’t forget to give it a name!

August 29, 2024

Story: Crossing by Philip Booth
Activity: My Train
Children will create a train-shaped frame and be able to attach their picture in the window as the engineer. Remember to bring a photo of your child in with you!

September 12, 2024 — Grandparent & Me Toddler Time!

Story: Pete the Cat’s Train Trip by Kimberly & James Dean
Activity: Clay Hand Prints
Children will read a story about how grandparents impact their lives then create a clay hand print ornament.

September 26, 2024

Story: Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker
Activity: “Melting” Tissue Paper Trains
Children will create colorful trains using “melting” tissue paper!

October 10, 2024

Story: Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton
Activity: Make a First Responder’s Badge
Children will read a story about police horses, learn about our first responders, then create their very own first responders badge!

October 24, 2024 — Halloween Toddler Time!

Story: The Spooky Express Maryland by Eric James
Activity: Trick or Treat & Pipe Cleaner Spiders
Children will read a Halloween-themed story, then have the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat and complete a craft.

December 5, 2024 — Holiday Toddler Time!

Story: There’s a Moose on the Christmas Caboose by Michael MacCurtain
Activity: Santa Photo Picture Frame
Mrs. Clause will read a story, then children will have the opportunity to create a picture frame for their picture with Santa.

Upcoming Events at the B&O

2024

Monthly Tours

Tour the B&O No. 7701 “Dreamland Sleeper”

August 14, 17 & 18

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Nov. 29-30 & Dec. 1, 6-8, 12-15 & 18-22

July 1-31

Submit your creation!

Sensory Inclusive Summer Camp

Week 3: July 22-26

July 28 & August 11

12-1 PM

August 17-24

Workshops & More!

September 7

10 AM – 3:30 PM

Diesel Days are Back!

September 21 @ 12 – 2 PM

September 28

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Tails on the Rails

October 27 @ 2 – 5 PM

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