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Throughout our KIDS CAN’T WAIT: 30 Day Miracle Movement for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center we will be hosting a variety of fun-filled activities and events for all ages!

Unless otherwise noted, activities are free, and registration will close at 9 p.m. the night before an event. Invitations and Zoom links will be sent to registered participants' email addresses the morning of each activity. 

Be sure to check back regularly for updates. Thank you for being a Miracle Mover!

Past Events:

Friday, Oct. 8: KIDS CAN'T WAIT Opening Ceremonies
Time: All day
Audience: Families
Description: Head to the Friends of Johns Hopkins Children's Center Facebook page throughout the day for an exciting KIDS CAN'T WAIT kick-off videos with Johns Hopkins Children's Center leadership and staff! Hear an inspirational story from one of our patient families and learn about all the fun ways you can get involved over the 30-day movement. 

Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 10: Chiapparelli’s Pastathon
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $50 for Family Meal for 4 or $70 for Family Meal for 6
Audience: Families
Description: Sprint to Chiapparelli's in Little Italy and order one of their Family Meal Specials benefiting Johns Hopkins Children’s Center! Available for carryout, the options include all of the carbs you need to be race-day ready. All meals include salad, bread, choice of 3 entrees and mini cannoli (gluten-free pasta available). Pick 3: Lasagna, penne vodka (with chicken), eggplant parmesan, chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs. Wine by the bottle available to add to order starting at $10. Call Chiapparelli's directly at 410-837-0309 to place your order.

Saturday, Oct. 9: Team Hopkins Kids Race Day with the Baltimore Running Festival
Time: 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Audience: Families
Description: Join Team Hopkins Kids for Race Day! Run (or walk!) any distance and hear powerful stories throughout the morning from Johns Hopkins Children's Center patients, families and care providers. Videos will be posted on the Friends of Johns Hopkins Children's Center Facebook page throughout the day. Make sure you share your race day adventures on our Kudoboard too!

Sunday, Oct. 10:  Team Hopkins Kids Post Race Recovery with Merritt Clubs
Audience: Families
Join Merritt Clubs Group Fitness Director Kara Laurence for a virtual stretch and cool down to bring your heart rate down slowly and to help reduce lactic acid in your muscles which will help prevent you from being sore tomorrow. Kids Can’t Wait Participants may enjoy 7 days free of Merritt Clubs On Demand virtual classes by visiting or try 3 days free in any Merritt Clubs location by visiting

Monday, Oct. 11:  Visit the Maryland Zoo Penguin Cam
Audience: Families
Description: One of the things we miss most about not being able to be in-person at the Baltimore Running Festival is seeing the penguins along the race route! But have no fear - you can visit our feathered friends virtually via the Maryland Zoo's Penguin Cam! Make sure to tune in to see penguin activity, including feeding times at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.

Tuesday, Oct. 12: Easy Fall Crafts for Kids
Audience: Families
Description: Autumn is the best time for nature walks with the family - and if you have kids, you know that they come home from these jaunts with pockets full of leaves, acorns, sticks, and rocks. You know what that means? Craft time! Put all those raw materials to use with these easy fall craft ideas for kids from Good Housekeeping. You can use these natural items, along with the supplies in your good 'ol art box to make creations inspired by everything you see around you in fall.

Wednesday, Oct. 13: Game Night
Audience: Everyone
Description: Grab your friends or family and settle in for a fun night in with game night! Checkout these teen/adult focused recommendations from USA Today or these family friendly suggestions from Playtivities. Make sure to post the competitive action on our Kudoboard.

Thursday, Oct. 14:  National Dessert Day
Audience: Families
Description: Today is National Dessert Day! How about letting the kids help make some easy, healthy desserts? All of these top-rated dessert recipes from are simple enough that kids can lend a helping hand with the measuring, pouring, and stirring. And these treats will satisfy dessert cravings without being total sugar bombs. There are even a few ingredient swap tips for making the recipes more healthy!

Friday, Oct. 15: Kendall Burrows Foundation 007 Footloose Gala
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: Early bird tickets will be available for $97 through September 17; $107 for general admission
Audience: 21 and up
Location: Della Hotels Baltimore, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Description: Join us for our 007th annual "Footloose: Because She Just Wanted to Dance" Gala to celebrate and raise money for The Kendall Burrows Foundation! This year’s black-tie optional gala is a wonderful way to come together after a highly disrupted and challenging year. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvre's and open bar, bid in a live auction, and cut loose like a Kevin Bacon meets James Bond on the dance floor – all for a good cause! Buy a ticket and let's all Cut Loose, Footloose 007 style for children! All proceeds will benefit the Palliative Care Program, which optimizes the quality of life for patients living with serious, life-threatening, or life-limiting diseases. It also helps the families of these children cope with their immediate situation whether those days are measured in days, weeks, months, or years. This program was not in effect when we lost Kendall, and by funding this program now, we can ensure others will get the comprehensive support they need.
Registration Deadline: Early bird pricing through September 17; tickets available until event date or they sell out.

Saturday, Oct. 16: National Fetch Day and Global Cat Day
Audience: Families
Description: Grab your dog and nearest toy because today is National Fetch Day - a chance to get out in the yard, get some exercise, and build some memories with furry friend. More of a cat person? It is also Global Cat Day, a day for cat advocates to unite! Did you know that the number of cat videos on YouTube tops 2 million - with the average views hovering around 12,000 - that's higher than any other category of YouTube content! Post your pics and videos on our Kudoboard!

Sunday, Oct. 17: Race and Putt for the Kids at The Go-Kart Track!
Time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • One hour bracelet (go-karting or mini-golf) - $29
  • Four ride package - $28
  • Family packages (to be shared)
    • ​10 rides - $54.99 (saves $13)
    • 15 rides - $69.99 (saves $55)
    • 25 rides - $105.99 (saves $100)
  • Individual tickets
    • ​Single ride - $12.50
    • Double seater single ride - $13.50
    • Mini-golf - $6 per game
Audience: Families
Location: 10907 Pulaski Highway, White Marsh, MD 21162
Description: We are racing and putting for Hopkins Kids at The Go-Kart Track! Mention the Children's Center or show this flyer and 30% from the purchase of any go-kart package or mini-golf game will benefit Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Purchase directly at The Go-Kart Track.

Monday, Oct. 18: Healthy Halloween Snacks
Audience: Families
Description: These easy and fun healthy Halloween snacks are a perfect treat without the guilt! Franken-kiwis, Boo-nanas, Mandarin Pumpkins, Killer Strawberries, and Pretzel Brooms make a fun and festive platter that will be a hit with your kids!

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Halloween Crafts for Kids
Audience: Families
Description: With Halloween just around the corner, what better way to get into the Halloween spirit, then to do some fun Halloween crafts with the kids! Get inspired and pick one (or more!) of the 50+ craft ideas brought to you by The Best Ideas for Kids.

Wednesday, Oct. 20:  Visit the National Aquarium Livestream
Audience: Families
Description: Did you know that our patients can visit the National Aquarium by using a "telepresence robot" called WeGo? The Aquarium has designated a few tour specialists to guide the robots from exhibit to exhibit explaining to the child what they are seeing. The patient actually moves the WeGo using a keyboard of a computer. Did you also know that the Aquarium has a live livestream so your little ones can check up on their fish and shark friends anytime they want? Check it out!

Thursday, Oct. 21: Night with Nando's Peri-Peri
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $75
Audience: Everyone - Sangria tasting for 21 and up
Location: Nando's Harbor East, 1300 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Description: Join us for a cooking demonstration using our famous Nando's sauces by our Culinary Expert, sangria demo and sampling of three of our signature sangrias, and sampling of our three different bowls (including a preview of our new holiday bowl!). Additional food will be provided, along with an exclusive gift bag including a $30 Nando's platter voucher for your next visit, Nando's sauces, and more!

Friday, Oct. 22:  Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Corporate Advisory Board  Virtual Wine Tasting Hosted by Benziger Family Winery
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $100 for pick up
Audience: 21 and up
Location: Pick up from Johns Hopkins Children's Center on Thursday, Oct. 21 – details will be emailed to participants.
Description: Join us for a virtual wine tasting hosted by the Benziger Family Winery and sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Corporate Advisory Board.  Your ticket includes four 750 ml bottles of wine (Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc). All proceeds will support Child Life Services at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.  
Registration DeadlineRegister by 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 for pickup

Saturday, Oct. 23: Kudoboard Challenge
Audience: Families
Description: We are officially halfway through the movement! Celebrate by joining our Kudoboard challenge and post about your personal movement journey - how did it start, how it's going, what's your "why?", or how you are helping Hopkins kiddos from home!

Sunday, Oct. 24: Virtual Wine Dinner with Luna Blu
Time: Food and wine pickup between 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Virtual call at 6 p.m.
Cost: $140 for parties of 2; $85 for 1
Audience: 21 and up
Location: Pick up at 36 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; Zoom details will be emailed to participants

Description: Eat and drink for a great cause! Pickup your prepared 5 course dinner and four 750 ml bottles of paired wines, and join us at home for a virtual wine dinner! 10% of each dinner and 100% of our cash wine raffle will be donated to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Register directly with Luna Blu.
  • 1st course - Blackened shrimp over a corn soufflé with roasted red peppers; Pairing - Spellbound Chardonnay
  • 2nd course - Sacchetti (cheese filled purse shaped pasta) with caramelized onion and mushrooms in light marinara sauce; Pairing - Spellbound Pinot Noir
  • 3rd course - Roasted fall squash risotto with rosemary crusted port tenderloin; Pairing - Spellbound Merlot
  • 4th course - Boneless beef short ribs over bay spinach; Pairing - Spellbound Petite Sirah
  • 5th course - Madeleine cookies dipped in dark chocolate

Monday, Oct. 25: National Pasta Day
Audience: Families
Description: Pasta is one of the word's most favorite foods! Spaghetti, lasagna, rotini, tortellini - there are over 600 known pasta shapes. Learn more about National Pasta Day and enjoy one of these healthy recipes from Healthy Aperture as a main course or side dish. Don't forget to post your masterpieces! Mangiamo - let's eat! 

Tuesday, Oct. 26: National Pumpkin Day – Pumpkin Carving 
Audience: Families
Description: Be sure to pick your pumpkin in advance of National Pumpkin Day and then download our special pumpkin carving stencils for Johns Hopkins Children's Center supporters! Be sure to share a picture of your carved pumpkin on our Kudoboard, or by tagging Friends of Hopkins Children’s on Facebook and Instagram. We can't wait to see your creations!

Wednesday, Oct. 27: Beer Tasting with Oliver Brewing
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 for pick up, $35 for delivery
Location: Oliver Brewing Company, 4216 Shannon Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213
Audience: 21 and up
Description: In honor of National American Beer Day, join us for a virtual beer tasting hosted by Oliver Brewing Company team members and Hopkins Children's family, Team Abby May. Pick up your 4-pack of 12 ounce tasting beers (Bmore Sour, Bmore Breakfast Stout, Bmore Hazy IPA, Chesapeake Cider - Orange Crush) on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the brewery, or opt to ship directly to your home for an additional donation. All proceeds will benefit Child Life Services in the NICU.
Registration Deadline
Register by 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22

Thursday, Oct. 28: Miracle Treat Day
Audience: Families
Description: We all scream for ice cream because it's #MiracleTreatDay! Today only, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat sold at participating Dairy Queen locations will be donated to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. What flavor blizzard will you grab today?

Friday, Oct. 29: Reverse Trick-or-Treating at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Audience: Corporate Partners and Foundations
Description: Join us for an exclusive sponsorship opportunity as Children’s Center staff members deliver costumes and goodies to patient rooms. With a sponsorship of $2,500 or more, sponsors will receive a link to participate in this virtual, reverse trick-or-treat parade. Contact Cynthia Palacz for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 30: Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Audience: Families
Description: Grab your family and friends and get outdoors in your neighborhoods for a Halloween decorations scavenger hunt that is fun for all ages! Print out your scavenger hunt list, grab your cameras or cell phones, set a timer for 45 minutes, and go! Try to find as many of the items on the list as you can and take a picture or video of each one. When your time is up, meet up with other families/team to compare your findings and enjoy some delicious treats and hot cocoa. 
Make sure to post your adventures on our Kudoboard! It's a great way to enjoy family night!

Sunday, Oct. 31: Not-So-Scary Movie Night
Audience: Families
Description: Clear out the family room and camp indoors with blankets, popcorn, and your favorite not-so-scary movies. Bust out the classics or check out Good Housekeeping's 41 Kids' Halloween Movies That Won't Keep Them up All Night. Make sure to post your night on our Kudoboard

Through Sunday, Oct. 31: Spirit of Halloween Coupon Campaign
Audience: Families
Description:  Don't let us scare you with this ghastly exciting news! Now through #Halloween, if you purchase costumes or decorations at select Spirit Halloween stores you'll receive 10% off using this coupon or promo code and 10% will be donated back to Johns Hopkins Children's Center. It's a spooktacular win-win! You can also make an additional donation at the register in-store. All proceeds will support our Department of Child Life thanks to Spirit of Children. To find a JHCC benefiting store near you, click here.

Monday, Nov. 1 - Wednesday, Nov. 3:  Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Home Delivery Fundraiser
Audience: Everyone
Cost: Varies by package
Location: You must live within a 15 mile radius of Johns Hopkins Children's Center to participate (1800 Orleans Street)
Description: Support Hopkins Kids and sweeten up your November with Taharka Brothers Ice Cream delivered right to your doorstep! Locally made and focused on flavor,  Taharka Brothers' menu features classic flavors, seasonal delights, and even dairy free and allergen friendly options.  Once you enter your delivery zip code you will be able to chose from available delivery dates. Click here to order and use enter coupon code JHChildren2021 when checking out, and $5 per order will be donated to Hopkins Children's!
Registration Deadline: You must place your order between Nov. 1 - Nov. 3 

Monday, Nov. 1: Halloween Costume Contest
Audience: Families
Description: Participate in our Halloween costume contest judged by our very own Teen and Children's Council! Post your Halloween costumes on our Kudoboard for the following categories: Best Overall Child, Best Overall Adult, Best Family/Group/Couple, Scariest, Funniest, and Best DIY. Winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 pm. 

Tuesday, Nov. 2: Give Thanks with Thanksgiving Crafts
Audience: Families
Description: It's the season of thanks and giving - prepare for the upcoming holiday with some easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids from Country Living. As your little ones string together gratitude bracelets and paint bubble wrap to look like corn on the cobs, they are also pausing to reflect on the meaning of the holiday itself - and as they grow older, that is something they'll cherish as much as you.

Wednesday, Nov. 3: National Sandwich Day
Audience: Families
Description: Did you know that the Children's Center has 4 corporate partners that are sandwich shops? Chick-fil-AJersey Mike'sRoyal Farms, and Wawa all support Hopkins Children's throughout the year - on National Sandwich Day, consider supporting them and grab a sandwich at your local shop for lunch or dinner.

Thursday, Nov. 4: Learn the Baltimore Boogie Morale Dance
Time: 7 p.m.
Audience: Families
Description: Don't miss a beat - it is a dance marathon tradition to come together and dance a unique line dance throughout our event. During these ever-changing times, we are determined to keep this tradition alive! Join via Zoom (Meeting ID: 826 7642 1359, Passcode: 517954)
 for a virtual morale dance lesson and get ready to show off your moves at our Baltimore Boogie dance party on Saturday!

Friday, Nov. 5: Harry Potter Themed Trivia Night
Audience: Teens and adults
Description: So you think you are a Harry Potter pro? Are you more clever than Hermione? Then prove it! Grab some friends and put your wizarding knowledge to the test and host a trivia night (
use these suggested questions!), or head to Wizarding World for their exciting quizzes!

Saturday, Nov. 6: Extra Life 24-hour Gaming Marathon
Audience: Families
Description: Join thousands of gamers supporting 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as they play games and heal kids. Register and learn more. Share an encouraging message for our gamers on our Kudoboard!

Saturday, Nov. 6: 5th Annual Baltimore Boogie Virtual Party
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Audience: Families
Description: Join us for our virtual Baltimore Boogie event! We'll dance the morale dance, hear from two aof our amazing patients, adventure through a virtual escape room, and get creative with a virtual scavenger hunt. all before we announce our Miracle Movement total during our closing ceremonies! 

Monday, Nov. 8: KIDS CAN'T WAIT Final Reveal
Audience: Families
Description: Head over to the Friends of Johns Hopkins Children's Center Facebook page and hear from some of our frontline heroes as we reveal this year's fundraising total.