Making your weekend plans? See the holiday train gardens at The Shops at Kenilworth, catch Jay Sand at WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes, shop Bits and Bobs at St. Paul’s School, take flight with the Maryland Science Center, see Annie on stage, and MORE! Here are our favorite family-friendly events this weekend.

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, November 17-19

Holiday Train Garden & Visits & Photos with Santa
From November 18 to December 24 | The Shops at Kenilworth

The wait is over! On Saturday, November 18th Santa will arrive and the Train Garden will be completed. The Train Garden is free and open to the public from November 18th-January 5th. Santa will be available for pictures on select days and times. Visit the website for detailed information. MORE

2017 Lights On The Bay
From November 18 to January 1, 2018 | Sandy Point State Park

Lights On The Bay is an annual holiday light show featuring a two-mile scenic drive along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay through Sandy Point State Park, with more than 70 animated and stationary displays depicting regional and holiday themes. In addition to the popular classic displays and lighted tunnels – NEW for 2017-2018 season is the North Pole Village & Enchanted Fairy Tales. Lights on the Bay has plenty of twinkling lights sure to delight all ages. MORE

Target $2 Family Fun Night
Friday, November 17 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Enjoy three floors of interactive exhibits along with fun and engaging programs for just $2 per person from 4PM-8PM! Join in Circle Time, take part in our Create and Read! activities, and learn about animals with the Maryland SPCA. Plus, enjoy Nickelodeon’s Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! exhibit, at Port Discovery for a limited time! MORE

20th Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, November 17 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | THE AVENUE at White Marsh

Join host, Jamie Costello, as THE AVENUE at White Marsh unwraps another holiday season. Live musical performance by King Teddy begins at 6pm followed by Santa’s arrival to light the tree at 7pm! Then stick around for visits with Santa, have dinner at one of THE AVENUE restaurant or demonstrate your ice skating skills on our brand new 60’ x 115’ outdoor ice rink! MORE

Annie the Musical
Friday, November 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Saturday, November 18 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Sunday, November 19 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray about an orphan with equal measures of pluck and positivity, who charms everyone’s heart. Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon making it the perfect family-friendly musical. MORE

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Friday, November 17 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Royal Farms Arena

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is grateful to announce that they will hit the road again to perform ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ the best of TSO! The songs are presented in such a way as to form a storyline about a runaway who takes refuge in an abandoned theatre on Christmas Eve and experiences the musical performances as ghostly visions from the theatre’s past. MORE

All Around This World with Jay Sand
Saturday, November 18 | 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | WTMD

All Around This World is an interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0- 9 years old that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement.

Bits and Bobs – 2017 Holiday Pop-Up Marketplace
Saturday, November 18 | 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | St. Paul’s School

Baltimore’s best pop-up shop is back and fully loaded with more makers, artisans and locally-owned businesses than ever. Bits and Bobs is the absolute best kick-off to your holiday shopping! MORE

Astronomy and the First Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 18 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | CCBC – Catonsville

What did the night sky look like when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down for their feast that fall in 1621? What stories might they have told to their children? FREE. Open to the public. No reservations needed. MORE

Waldorf Fair
Saturday, November 18 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Waldorf School of Baltimore

Join the Waldorf School of Baltimore for their annual Waldorf Fair – “a magical family experience.” This years event will include artisan vendors, live music, Winter Faerie’s Grotto, family crafts, jump rope making, a marionette show, a pixilated photo booth, food truck service, including Farm To Charm and so much more! MORE

Parent Child Cooking Classes – Asian Dumplings
Saturday, November 18 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Schola

Every culture has their version of a dumpling, but the Asian cultures have perfected them! Join Schola and create the perfect fried wanton – the Crab Rangoon, then fold steamed shrimp dumplings and pork shumai. Pan fry a vegetarian dumpling and make a few classic dipping sauces to go with them. MORE

Flight Fest
Saturday, November 18 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Let your imagination soar at the Maryland Science Center for our second Flight Fest on Saturday, November 18! From noon to 4pm, get up close with all different kinds of flight as you learn about the science of aerodynamics and wings. Participate in challenges and test out your own flying contraptions! MORE

Opening Day for ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Saturday, November 18 | 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Be one of the first guests to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by joining Gaylord Resort on opening day! Relive the beloved 1964 TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in colorful, larger-than-life ice sculptures and thrilling two-story tall ice slides. Then continue the fun in our Christmas Village with more attractions and excitement for the whole family! MORE

Disney’s The Lion King
Saturday, November 18 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Sunday, November 19 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | The Hippodrome

Baltimore’s best-loved musical returns to the Hippodrome. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. MORE

Make Your Own Cornhusk Doll
Saturday, November 18 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Perry Hall

Join volunteers from Jerusalem Mills and create your very own Native American toy made from dried leaves of a corn cob. MORE

Book Signing: Old Ike
Saturday, November 18 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM | Greetings and Readings

It’s 1917. The world is at war. What the president of the United States needs most is… a ram. Meet Old Ike, the cantankerous animal who arrived at the White House for a publicity stunt and charged into history! POTUS Pets is a series of books put out by the Presidential Pet Museum designed to bring America’s past to vivid life through the eyes of the presidents’ animal companions. Old Ike is the first in the series. MORE

Trot the Trails
Sunday, November 19 | 8 AM | Herring Run Park

Get up early on November 19 and Trot the Trail with Baltimore Rec and Parks and Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.! This fam-friendly 5Ks is just $5 and t-shirts are $15. Of course, family fitness is the benefit of trotting the trails — but they are also asking participants to bring perishable and nonperishable foods to benefit Masterpiece Community Connection Ministries. MORE

Read Local Party! – Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool
Sunday, November 19 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | The Ivy Bookshop

Join in on the fun as The Ivy celebrates local authors! Our special guest, Courtney Pippin-Mathur, will read her new book, Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool. Crafts and treats will also be provided. Perfect for ages 4-8. MORE

Let There Be Light: Build a Working Flashlight
Sunday, November 19 | 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Loch Raven Branch

Using recycled materials, batteries and a small light bulb, design, construct and decorate your very own working flashlight. Registration required. Children under 8 with an adult. MORE

Free Family Sunday: Powerful Portraits
Sunday, November 19 | 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Baltimore Museum of Art

Explore your creative side with hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. This week participants will have the chance to sculpt a clay figure. Family workshops are held in the studio space of the Joseph Education Center, located on the first floor of the Museum. Space is limited. MORE

Dazzle Dash
Sunday, November 19 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Merriweather Post Pavilion

Celebrate the opening of the Symphony of Lights at the Dazzle Dash! Bring your friends and family to walk through the magical outdoor display of lights, and experience the excitement as the holiday season begins and enjoy the lighting ceremony, entertainment, giveaways (including warm winter hats and s’well-type stainless steel water bottles) and food truck vendors. MORE


Editor’s Note: Photo courtesy of Charm City Players’ Facebook Page. Photo Credit Shealyn Jae Photography