Light shows, snowkus pocus, sweet science, and MORE! There are lots of fun ideas for getting the kids out of the house this weekend!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, December 15-17

North Pole Lights Walk
Friday, December 15 @ 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Saturday, December 16 @ 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

Take a self-guided walk to the North Pole! Let the North Pole Fairy send you on your way through the garden flowers and arctic animals to the North Pole Palace. Visit Santa in the Garden Cabin and journey back to our Christmas Barn for hot chocolate and cookies. MORE

Holiday Light Show at McDaniel College
Weekend Evenings through December 31st

As part of McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration, the college hosts a drive-in light display that is synchronized to music throughout the holiday season. The inaugural Holiday Light Show is free and open to the public. (cool) progeny is a proud sponsor! MORE

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Friday, December 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Saturday, December 16 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM | The Hippodrome

All ages are invited to celebrate Christmas with the Moscow Ballet company of almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs on their 25th Anniversary Tour of North America in 2017. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls. MORE

Madagascar – a Musical Adventure
Friday, December 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Saturday, December 16 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Sunday, December 17 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Red Branch Theatre Company

When Alex the lion and the rest of his friends from New York’s Central Park Zoo wind up busting out of captivity, a mad-cap adventure ensues. Based on the blockbuster DreamWorks film of the same name, this high-energy stage adaptation contains all of your favorite characters as well as your favorite dance hit “Move It. Move It!” MORE

Friday, December 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Harford Community College – APGFCU Arena

Young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. This charming tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant our imagination. This snow show for all ages will melt your heart. MORE

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 16 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Cylburn Arboretum

Join Baltimore Rec and Parks for a special holiday breakfast with Santa. This is a ticketed event and is open to all! Walk through their Winter Wonderland and receive one ticket to redeem a 4×6 photo with Santa. Children will have the opportunity to craft a magnetic frame for their photo. Breakfast will be provided for those who have a ticket. Zeke’s Coffee will provide coffee and hot chocolate. Red Canoe will have interactive story-time. MORE

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
Saturday, December 16 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Sunday, December 17 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | B & O Railroad Museum

Trains are magical during the holidays! There is no better place to be a child than at the B&O Railroad Museum! All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. MORE

Science is Sweet!
Saturday, December 16 @ 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Sunday, December 17 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland Science Center

Partake in tasty science activities centered around Maryland Science Centers Gingerbread Lane exhibit. Test your own gingerbread house in the event of an “earthquake”, help the Gingerbread man get across the river, and learn unique ways to decorate a gingerbread house using science. MORE

Ugly Sweater Day
Saturday, December 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | PANDORA Ice Rink

Don your finest Ugly Sweater at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and share a photo on social media for a chance to win prizes! MORE

Little Explorer’s Day: Nature
Saturday, December 16 @ 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Calling all future explorers! Get your compass ready and join Port Discovery for a special nature-themed adventure on Little Explorer’s Day! Learn about the great outdoors with the Robinson Nature Center and meet and learn about animals with Wildlife Adventures. Become a star in interactive Plays in the Park: Rosha and the Sun. Also enjoy interactive Circle Time and early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose(R). MORE

Christmas for Kids
Saturday, December 16 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Kraushaaur Auditorium – Goucher College

Baltimore Choral Arts presents Christmas for Kids. Christmas for Kids is about an hour long, and it features playful characters, a story with music and movement, and familiar sing-along carols. Santa Clause makes an appearance too. It’s the perfect way to introduce your children to the joys of classical music. MORE

Lego Christmas Ornament Building Class
Saturday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Classic Plastic Bricks will be hosting a Lego Christmas ornament building class at the Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum. Learn how to build Lego Christmas ornaments. The class is free but for a small fee you can take the ornaments home with you. MORE

Tin Roof Presents the Stages Music Arts Winter Frost Fest
Saturday, December 16 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Tin Roof

This concert event will feature 5 bands comprised of Stages Music Arts students who are ready to take the stage and perform for friends and family. The event is all ages and free to the general public. MORE

Charm City Ballet Presents A Christmas Carroll
Saturday, December 16 @ 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM | Gordon Center for the Arts

Charm City Ballet brings their critically acclaimed full-length ballet of “A Christmas Carol” to the stage once again. Join them, for this family friendly performance, as they present this classic holiday tale. MORE

33rd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas
Saturday, December 16 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Inner Harbor Baltimore

Over 100 festively dressed tuba players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms, and progressions for all to enjoy. Join them at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. MORE

S’mores, Stars, & the Winter Solstice
Saturday, December 16 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)

This week marks the longest nights of the year. Gather around the campfire to learn about the solstice, stars, and folklore of holiday traditions. Enjoy sing-a-longs and warm up while roasting marshmallows for s’mores. Ages 5 and up. MORE

Brunch with Santa
Sunday, December 17 @ 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Wit & Wisdom

Give the kids an early glimpse of the holiday magic the Sunday before Christmas at Wit & Wisdom. The whole family will enjoy the tavern’s highly regarded interactive buffet brunch experience with live music and action stations including a make-your-own omelet station, crepe station, raw bar, and delicious new items combining the best of breakfast and lunch. MORE

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 17 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | The Manor Tavern

Get the family ready for Christmas by attending The Manor Tavern’s Breakfast with Santa! Included in the price is delicious brunch, a free picture with Santa, and lots of fun crafts for the kids! MORE

Celebrate Chanukah at Foundry Row
Sunday, December 17 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | The Foundry

Join the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore and Foundry Row for their Chanukah event! Music, face painting, balloon art, and more will take place in Wegman’s Timber Room. MORE

Caroling at Greetings & Readings
Sunday, December 17 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Greetings and Readings

See the Stages singers perform holiday favorites! They will be singing a variety of winter music with special performances by the Junior and Teen Vocal Ensembles. MORE

Holidays with Hoot!
Sunday, December 17 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine Nature Center for a fun holiday party! Crafts, games, snacks, and a visit from Hoot! MORE

Old-Fashioned Candle Making
Sunday, December 17 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Experiment with different candle making techniques to decorate for the season. This program is for people ages six and up. MORE

Chanukah Wonderland at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC
Sunday, December 17 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Weinberg Park Heights JCC

Celebrate Chanukah at the J with fun-filled activities for the entire family! Activities include an olive press demonstration, donut decorating, arts and crafts, a moon bounce, face painting, a photo booth plus food available for purchase. MORE

Sunday, December 17 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Creative Alliance

¡Artesanas Mexicanas de Creative Alliance presenta la POSADA! Candle-lit street procession from Creative Alliance to Lady of Pompei, followed by fiesta with piñata breaking for all ages! MORE