Spending some time with the Family in Charm City? Car and Caboodle writer Kyle shares his picks for family fun in Baltimore

Shopping:

  1. Bediboo 4321 Harford Road, Lauraville
    Did anyone think I wouldn’t pick this as my number one destination?? Seriously cute baby and kids clothes, toys and gear. Note: Kyle’s wife owns this fabulous store!
  2. Red Canoe 4337 Harford Road, Lauraville
    While you’re at Bediboo, a stop at this great children’s bookstore and cafe is in order.
  3. Baltimore Farmer’s Market Holliday & Saratoga Streets, Downtown; Sundays from 7 AM – Noon thru 12/21
    Simply the best farmer’s market I’ve ever been to. Lots of friends and their kids to see, terrific sausage and pit beef sandwiches, and Zeke’s Coffee taboot!
  4. Belvedere Square Belvedere Ave & York Road, Govans
    The Belvedere Market has a handful of awesome vendors, and the shops that flank it such as Bratt Decor are great as well. Atwater’s soups make the trek worth it alone.

Dining:

  1. Clementine 5402 Harford Road, Hamilton
    This brand-new restaurant, opened by Sobo Cafe alumni, is both ridiculously good and family friendly. More kids than adults on some nights, a freshly stocked play area and mac and cheese to die for keep the kids happy.
  2. Golden West Cafe 1105 W. 36th St., Hampden
    Long been our favorite restaurant in the city, menu items like PB&J French toast and chocolate chip pancakes never disappoint. Spirographs in the kids menus are a nice bonus. Be sure to turn off your cell phone!
  3. Paper Moon Diner 227 W. 29th St., Remington
    Diner food with brains. Thousands of toys plastered to the walls, ceilings, and every available surface. You’ll love it.
  4. Amer’s Cafe 7624 Belair Road, Fullerton
    Amer’s (pictured abover) is one of the many middle eastern brick-oven pizzarias in Baltimore, but it’s the belly dancers, extravagant holiday decorations, and the fact that kids get to make their own pizzas what makes this place great. The friendly family service is a big plus too.

Play:

  1. Patterson Park Eastern Ave & Patterson Park Ave, East Baltimore
    an oasis in the city, running from Butcher’s Hill to Highlandtown. New playgrounds, a great fishing pond, a summer concert series, a newly renovated enormous public pool and an ice skating rink are just a few things this park has to offer.
  2. Port Discovery 34 Market Pl, Inner Harbor
    The “kid-powered museum” is really much more than a museum. However long you plan to be here, double it. It’s that great!
  3. Maryland Science Center 601 Light St., Inner Harbor
    More of a traditional museum than Port Discovery, if your kid is into dinosaurs (whose aren’t?) this stop is a must-see. Great toddler play area as well as an Imax theater for the grownups’ enjoyment.
  4. National Aquarium Pier 4, Inner Harbor
    Despite my listing it 4th, The Aquarium is the best stop for kids in Charm City. From the sharks to the dolphin show to the puffins to the blue tangs (read: Dori) and clown fish (read: Nemo), the kids will be amazed throughout. The Australia exhibit is kind of underwhelming for the hype it received, but still worth 15 minutes of your day. There is a HarborPass available for all three Inner Harbor attractions as well.