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Lot’s of fun things happening in and around Charm City this weekend — and if the Grinch has got you, there are even (cool) non-holiday activities happening! Here are our best bets for fam-friendly fun:

Santa’s Workshop at Kiddie Crusoe
Does your child love to do their own Holiday Shopping? Bring them to Kiddie Crusoe where their elves will help them create a special surprise gift for a parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend! Best of all you can drop them off and do some shopping yourself! Friday from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. MORE INFO

Christmas Open House Weekend at Ladew Topiary Gardens
The circa 1747 Manor House is decorated in the theme of “A Magical Christmas” by volunteers and garden clubs in honor of the holiday season. Holiday arrangements, greens and gifts for sale. Friday – Sunday MORE INFO

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival
Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie; and Woody, Buzz and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar and laughing with this band of characters! Friday and Saturday performances. MORE INFO

Little Italy Christmas Tree Lightning
Kick off the Christmas season as we decorate a giant outdoor Christmas tree and the countdown begins to “light it up!” Choir Performance by Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Family-friendly event. Carolers, Santa Claus, free treats for the kids, complimentary roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and pizzelle. Friday at 7 PM. MORE INFO

World Holiday Traditions
The National Aquarium’s Cultural Series celebrates world holiday traditions on December 7 from 5PM to 9PM! This event will feature Nutcracker Ballet Vignettes performances, live holiday jazz and an exhibit of Nativity scenes from around the world. Kids can make holiday cards to send to our service men and women. Don’t miss an appearance by our mascot, Puffin, the Polar Express train conductor, and the jolly bearded man in red himself, Santa Claus!  MORE INFO

Sock Monkey Saturday
Don’t let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey. A great last-minute gift! And just something fun to do. FREE, but you must bring 2 pairs of (clean) socks, & your own scissors to get in. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles and camaraderie provided! Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM. FREE! MORE INFO

The Nutcracker – For Kids!
Join the BSO and dancers from the Baltimore School for the Arts as excerpts from this holiday classic come to life. Treat the entire family to the timeless tale of the Nutcracker and delight in some of the season’s most memorable melodies.  Saturday at 11:00 AM. MORE INFO

Dollar Days
Your favorite downtown attractions are just $1 this weekend (Saturday and Sunday)!! (Cash only!) Think of the crazy savings!!

National Aquarium (normally $29.95)
MD Science Center (normally $16.95)
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum (normally $6)
Baltimore Museum of Industry (normally $12)
Carroll Museums (normally $5)
Evergreen Museum & Library, Homewood Museum (normally $8)
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (normally $10)
Historic Ships In Baltimore (normally $18 for all 4 ships, $1 each ship and lighthouse is FREE)
Port Discovery (normally $13.95)
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture (normally $8)
Top of the World Observation level (normally $5)

Tickets must be purchased on site. Check the location’s website for hours. MORE INFO

Abrakadoodle Holiday ArtShop
Head to Abrakadoodle’s Annual Holiday Artshop! This “Make & Take” experience includes all supplies for your kids to create holiday treasures for family, friends teachers, and most of all, for the fun of creating Art to deck your halls! They’ll create several take home projects, enjoy treats, music and face painting! Space is limited. See website for times. MORE INFO

Free Family Sundays at the BMA
Make Sunday afternoon family time without spending a dime. Every Sunday, join us for activities the entire family can enjoy. Express your inner artist in a hands-on workshop or enjoy an interactive gallery tour. This Sunday, kids will be experimenting with surprising materials! 2 PM – 5 PM. MORE INFO